American Property Casualty Insurance Association Announces 2022 Class of Emerging Leaders – InsuranceNewsNet


WASHINGTON, June 4 (TNSconf) — The American Property Casualty Insurance Association issued the following news release:

The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) announces the 2022 class of Emerging Leaders, representing 122 insurance professionals from across a broad spectrum of the industry. The rising stars are invited to attend the 2022 Emerging Leaders Conference August 7-9 in Denver, Colorado.

The conference, hosted by APCIA, the Insurance Careers Movement (ICM), and AM Best, is designed to bring together and recognize exceptional rising stars in the insurance industry. The highly competitive program includes a vibrant event that provides insights to executive leadership, unique networking opportunities, and a focus on professional as well as personal development.


“The 2022 class of Emerging Leaders continues the trend of excellence we have seen with each group of future industry leaders over the last four years,” said David A. Sampson, president and CEO of APCIA. “These bright and talented individuals have helped the industry navigate many challenges over the last year, and their leadership should be commended.”

The 2022 Emerging Leaders Conference is back to being in-person after conducting the event virtually in 2021. With talent pressures from the Great Resignation and the current economic landscape, industry executives are focused on celebrating and retaining rising stars. This year’s conference features a stellar line-up of speakers which reflects their commitment to outstanding professionals in the industry. Executive speakers for the 2022 Emerging Leaders Conference include:

* John Binder, President, Commercial Lines and Executive Risk, Crum & Forster

* Heather Boyer, President, Society Insurance

* Judy Busby, Senior Vice President of Executive Search & Corporate Strategy, The Jacobson Group

* Todd Campbell, President & CEO, Builders Insurance Group

* Noelle Codispoti, Co-Founder, Verto & Director, High School School CISR, The National Alliance for Insurance Education

* Whitnee Dillard, Executive Director, InVest & Diversity, Big I

* Jennifer Edwards, Director, Digital Marketing Communications, Argo Group

* Jelani Fenton, Founder & CEO, Safari

* Robyn Hahn, President, Commercial Lines, Westfield

* Jessica Hanson Hanna, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, APCIA

* Tamra Johnson, Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs, APCIA

* Matthew Mosher, President & CEO, AM Best Rating Services

* Ron Nielsen, President & CEO, Utah Business Insurance Company

* Tyler Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer, Utah Business Insurance Company

* Courtney Ransom, AVP, Talent Management, RLI

* David A. Sampson, President & CEO, APCIA

* David Snowden, Senior Vice President, Global Communications, Argo Group

* Partha Srinivasa, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, ERIE Insurance

* Marguerite Tortorello, Managing Director, Insurance Careers Movement

“Despite these difficult times, the exceptional 2022 class of Emerging Leaders is contributing in significant ways to new models of working, are advancing societal issues, and are fostering cultures of inclusion,” said Marguerite Tortorello, Managing Director of the Insurance Careers Movement. “The outstanding nominations showcased how rising stars are transforming business operations, are focusing on customers, and are giving back.”

“AM Best continues to be a steadfast supporter of the Emerging Leaders Conference, and APCIA and the Insurance Careers Movement sincerely appreciate their on-going commitment to growing talent in the industry,” added Sampson.

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Class of 2022 Emerging Leaders

Jeffrey Freeman, Acceptance Insurance

Michael Govea, Acceptance Insurance

Kim Boldi, Accredited Surety and Casualty Company, Inc.

Matthew Broome, Ally Insurance

Heidi Muglia, Ally Insurance

Kelly Benzet, ALPS

Alexandra Newman, AM Best

Dawn Schulze, American Agricultural Insurance Company

Ana Ramos, American Contractors Insurance Group

Alise Wozniak, American Family Insurance

Bethany Nadeau Dame, American Property Casualty Insurance Association

Denneile Ritter, American Property Casualty Insurance Association

Laura Sears, American Property Casualty Insurance Association

Kalin Coon, Amerisure Companies

Anastasia Gale, Amerisure Companies

RaFeael Smith, Amerisure Companies

Ashley Adrian, Argo Group

Kevin Libeg, Argo Group

Peyton Saley, Argo Group

Tracy Sartorious, Argo Group

S. Austin Bailey, Branch Insurance

Ryan Ensor, Builders Insurance Group

Barbara Poteet, Builders Insurance Group

Lidiane Smith, Builders Insurance Group

Desirae Wynn, Builders Insurance Group

Anthony Conn, Builders Mutual Insurance Group

Edgar Harrell, Builders Mutual Insurance Group

Ryan Hill, Builders Mutual Insurance Group

Tisha Vann, Builders Mutual Insurance Group

Shane Hanson, Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.

Jennifer Laabs, Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.

Carin Mulvey, Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.

Barb Tushoski, Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.

Kyle Wilson, Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.

Sarah Balzano, Cincinnati Financial Corporation

Rex Cabrera, Cincinnati Financial Corporation

Peter Marsh, Cincinnati Financial Corporation

Cebrina Briggs, CNA Financial

Jim Harvey, Co-operative Insurance Companies

Darren Kerr, Co-operative Insurance Companies

Rachel Davis-Schultz, CopperPoint Insurance Companies

Woody Hill, CopperPoint Insurance Companies

Kathleen Ziegler, CopperPoint Insurance Companies

Matt Andresen, COUNTRY Financial

John Grant, COUNTRY Financial

Mallory Hartman, COUNTRY Financial

Ashley Love, COUNTRY Financial

Kyle Steele, COUNTRY Financial

Miranda Turner, Crowell & Moring, LLP

Megan Champine, Crum & Forster Insurance

Safeer Mohammed, Crum & Forster Insurance

Robert Walsh, Crum & Forster Insurance

Kusuma Cherukuri, CSAA Insurance Group

Crystal Martin, CSAA Insurance Group

Rakesh Nair, CSAA Insurance Group

Kevin Troutman, CSAA Insurance Group

Blair Wachob, CSAA Insurance Group

Scott Felming, Erie Insurance Group

Nonya McNeil, Erie Insurance Group

Matthew Oldach, Erie Insurance Group

Jenneth Janikas, Everspan

Mark Winkel, Farm Bureau Financial Services

Doug Busta, FBL Financial Group, Inc.

Nazleen Ashraf, Frankenmuth Insurance

Estella Grablick, Frankenmuth Insurance

Shana Knake, Frankenmuth Insurance

Courtney Wascak, Frankenmuth Insurance

Matt Bodner, Great American Insurance Company

Krista Bunnell, GSFSGroup

Lidia Loredo, GSFSGroup

Chase Mardis, GSFSGroup

Greg Tao, GSFSGroup

James Hajjar, Hartford Steam Boiler Group

Sandra Tata, Hartford Steam Boiler Group

Tammy Teixeira, Hawaii Employers Mutual Insurance Company

Mark Schmalzer, Independent Statistical Service

Robert Waszak, Johnson Lambert LLP

Rosario DeVito, Lancer Insurance Company

Chai Ngai, Lancer Insurance Company


Greg Kosnoski, MAPFRE USA

Brad Robertson, North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Group

Scott Gardner, North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Group

Alison Richards, North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Group

Kenny Betkowski, NJM Insurance Group

Matthew P. Hardiman, NJM Insurance Group

David Combs, Next Insurance

Chandra Kwaske, Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group

Patricia Kafka, Patriot Insurance

Stephen Hicks, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company

Kyla Mattson, PMA Companies

Amelia Moreno-Roux, PMA Companies

Rahman (Rock) Adeen, Progressive Insurance Group

Lori Seme, Progressive Insurance Group

Adana Durse, RLI

Cory Figiel, RLI

Gayathri Mariappan, RLI

Kerrick Porter, RLI

Brad Tischendorf, Sentry Insurance Company

Doug Nation, Society Insurance – a mutual company

Cheryl Starling, Society Insurance – a mutual company

Bridget Dunn, Talcott Resolution

Matthew Drummond, The Hartford

Nick Marks, The Hartford

Winnie Li, The Jacobson Group

Dustyne Bryant, The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research

Teilia Bullock, Transverse Insurance

Stuart Kahler, UBIC

Santosh Bachuwar, United Educators Insurance, A Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

Seantrice Karimian, United Educators Insurance, A Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

Alyssa Keehan, United Educators Insurance, A Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

Dina Marsie-Hazen, United Educators Insurance, A Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

Abby Puleo, Utica National Insurance Group

Megan Kelly, Verisk

Ian Gehlbach, Vermont Mutual Insurance Company

Diane Hashagen, Vermont Mutual Insurance Company

Kim Morrill, Vermont Mutual Insurance Company

Chris Ware, Vermont Mutual Insurance Company

Y’Llon Herron, Westfield Group

Yolanda Hohman, Westfield Group

Nancy Rodriguez, Weston Insurance Management, LLC

Gary Whidby, Zurich North America

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