Features Insurance

Jeff Burman – Fortitude Reinsurance Co. Ltd.

Jeff Burman is helping Fortitude Re build a new business by acquiring other insurers’ old business. Most recently, he’s helped his new company assume insurance business that AIG no longer writes. It just so happened that Burman was already familiar with these portfolios at AIG, where he served as a deputy general counsel for nearly […]

Nicholas Scott – Everspan Group

When it comes to transforming startups into bona-fide successful businesses, Everspan’s Nicholas Scott knows that practice makes perfect. After transforming Spinnaker Insurance Company from a shell into a prosperous national insurance company after joining in 2016, Scott was able to help sell it four years later—and at a substantial profit. Now, he’s helping another insurance […]

Julia Oltmanns – Zurich North America

The term wasn’t in the corporate vernacular during the mid-2000s but Julia Oltmanns was already applying DEI initiatives—diversity, equity, inclusion—as an employment lawyer elsewhere. When she joined the legal staff at the Chicagoland headquarters of Zurich North America in 2016, she found herself among kindred souls. Now, she considers her employer one of the world’s […]

Kristin Keltner – Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Imagine riding on a horse through fields of vast Indiana farmland, then slipping into a comfortable 1920 Ford Model T, where the horses under the hood make for a much smoother ride—until you drive over a pothole. In 1934, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance came up with a solution for such unfortunate moments, Kristin Keltner says. […]

Alexandra Kotelon – Delta Dental of Illinois

Most people are familiar with Robert’s Rules of Orders. But what about Alex’s Rules? As vice president and general counsel of Delta Dental of Illinois, Alexandra Kotelon is increasing communication, collaboration and engagement with the board of directors. As the company seeks to modernize, she’s simplifying board procedures to make them less overwhelming, too. Kotelon’s […]

Andrea Lockridge – Cameron Mutual Insurance

There’s a lot of risk in running a farm. With large animals and heavy machinery, the possibility of an employee getting hurt or equipment breaking is high. If an owner doesn’t have good insurance and there’s an accident, they could lose everything. Andrea Lockridge says she doesn’t want any farmer to go through that. The […]

Matthew Bagley – Security National Financial Corporation

At the age of 19, Matthew Bagley was up for just about anything—even flying to Hong Kong and learning Cantonese. It was a wild ride for this boy from Utah. Actually, Bagley had no idea he’d be heading to Asia. As a soon-to-be missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you don’t […]

Suzanne Spradley – NFP

Taking shortcuts and fudging the numbers will only get you so far. For a business to have stable and secure growth, it needs to be ethical from the start, Suzanne Spradley says. As chief compliance officer at NFP, she knows ethical leadership is good for business. And if someone has a concern about unethical behavior, […]

Ali Rifai – Zurich Insurance Group

M&A attorneys generally buy and sell operating businesses, but what about attorneys who do the opposite? What about attorneys who specialize in divesting discontinued operations? As general counsel for Zurich Legacy Solutions, Ali Rifai is part of a specialized division within Zurich Insurance Group that sells blocks of business that no longer fit its plans. […]

Darryl Lewis – Universal Insurance Holdings Inc.

Mind-boggling as the statistic may sound—74 percent of the nation’s property and casualty litigation being in Florida—it’s not that hard to fathom. Population-wise, it’s among the fastest growing states and, next to Alaska, has the longest coastline. That coastline also heavily built up—and not always according to code—and prone to increasingly severe weather and tidal […]

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