We're pleased to introduce your Interest Group leadership team! Our group of insurance professionals span the industry in both knowledge and experience. We are here to assist our members with education and support which is commonplace among those distinguished enough to be called a CPCU.
CHAIR FOR UIG & PLIG
CPCU, CLCS, PLCS
Sue currently serves as a commercial lines consultant for Nationwide Insurance. Sue has worked for Nationwide for 27+ years in a variety of roles including training, underwriting, and management. Sue is a long-time volunteer with her local Colorado CPCU Chapter serving as the President, Vice President, Director of Operations and is currently assisting as the Treasurer. She is also a Rocky Mountain Insurance Association (RMIA) Board Member. Sue graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in organizational management and human resources.
VICE CHAIR FOR UIG & PLIG
Dar is a P&C Underwriting Analyst in the Labs department at State Farm Insurance Companies and is based in Bloomington, Illinois. Prior to joining the analyst environment, Dar was an Underwriting Supervisor in State Farm’s Auto operations department where he also served as an underwriter in all functions within Auto. Dar has also spent time selling insurance, both in P&C and Life and Health. In addition to serving on the PLIG/UIG committee, Dar is the chair of the Careers in Insurance committee for Central Illinois CPCU Local Chapter. Dar received his degree in Finance from Illinois State University.
Ron S. Beiderman
Ron is the VP of Commercial Lines Coverage Products at ISO, a Verisk Analytics business. His primary responsibility is overseeing the R & D and implementation/ maintenance of all coverage-related products for ISO's Commercial Lines programs. Ron oversees ISO's emerging issues initiative and has represented ISO at several industry forums. Ron graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications and he achieved his CPCU designation in 2010.
Lamont Boyd is responsible for client and partnership opportunities that make use of FICO’s scoring products and services. Working with over 300 clients in the US and internationally, he speaks regularly to industry and consumer groups and is recognized as a leading expert in predictive analytics and decision management technologies. Prior to joining FICO in 1993, he served nearly 20 years in underwriting, product management and sales management with a major property and casualty insurer.
COMMITTEE MEMBER; WEBMASTER
CPCU, CIC, API
Kim is an Underwriting Consultant at Erie Insurance based in Erie, PA. Her current role focuses on underwriting quality and data analytics. Kim's prior insurance experience spans over 35 years where she worked in areas of policy processing, underwriting management and project management. In addition to the PLIG/UIG committee, Kim is a long time volunteer with her local chapter, Presque Isle, where she served as co-chair for Good Works, chair for Candidate Recruitment & Development, and is currently serving as a Webmaster and Director.
Melissa L. Castellano
CPCU, AU, AINS, AIS
Melissa is a Commercial Middle Market Underwriter at Chubb with Underwriting Expertise in the Casualty Practice. She has 15+ years of experience in the Insurance Industry and 10+ years of experience as a Commercial Underwriter, holds the CPCU, AU, AINS, AIS professional designations and is currently working on her ARM professional designation. She is a Current Member, past two-term Secretary & past Board Member at Large of the Oregon Chapter. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Portland State University.
CPCU, ARM, AU, AIS
Now enjoying retirement, Roger has held many roles in our industry: Und. Training manager at MAPFRE/Commerce Ins, sales for direct writers, sales, agency, and brokerage management to name few. Roger earned his CPCU in 1980 and served on the CPCU-Loman Education Foundation Board, Champions Advisory, and Personal Lines committees. He has led IIA and CPCU programs and was awarded IIA Course Leader of Distinction twice! He served on the Board of the Worcester County Ins. Institutes for 15 years, including President. Roger has served as President of the Western Massachusetts Chapter, as well as the Central Massachusetts Chapter, where he remains on the Board.
COMMITTEE MEMBER; PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE LIAISON
CPCU, AIM, AIC, AIS
Brian has been in the insurance industry since 1984 and is currently a claims service manager at USAA. Brian served as President of the Tidewater Virginia Chapter of the CPCU Society in 2014. Along with the CPCU designation, Brian also holds the AIC, AIM, and AIS designations. Brian has a Bachelors in Political Science from Virginia Tech and a Master's of Science in Insurance Management from Boston University.
Leah currently serves as Director of Specialty Excess at Rockhill Ins., with experience in commercial underwriting and compliance which includes development of coverage forms, guidelines, training, & underwriting audits. She is President-Elect of CPCU Society Golden Gate Chapter and a liaison to the Publication Committee. Leah holds a MBA degree and the CPCU designation, and recently participated at the CPCU Annual Meeting as a panelist for the Sharing Economy seminar and co-authored a research paper entitled Risk Management Implications of the Sharing Economy.
COMMITTEE MEMBER; COMMERCIAL LINES LEAD
CPCU, AINs, AIS
Andrew is currently the BOP Underwriting Supervisor at Synchronosure. He has brought a new product to market focusing on the growing Gig based economy. He has a well-rounded background in insurance getting his start in claims and working in Audits & Inspections before going into Underwriting. Andrew has worked primarily on small business commercial lines with a specialty in Hospital & Liquor Liability. He has worked in product development focusing on repositioning products and improving the workflows associated with them.
Jenna has 10 years of experience in the commercial insurance industry. She began her career in operations, servicing hard to place accounts growing quickly into risk selection and product development for Contractors and Manufacturers. Prior to her current role, Jenna was a commercial lines underwriter for AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. where she expanded her industry knowledge through a generalist appetite. She is Senior Underwriter for Cannasure Insurance Services, specializing in placement of cannabis business for the company’s MGA Program. Jenna is immediate past president of the Cleveland Chapter. She graduated from The Ohio State University.
CPCU, FSA, CLU, FLMI, CSPA
Tyson is a Modeling Manager in the P&C Actuarial and Underwriting Modeling department at State Farm, specializing in Homeowners insurance modeling. He started with State Farm in 2007, where his career has taken him through the Life Actuarial, Life Policyholder Tax, Enterprise Risk Management, and P&C Underwriting departments. Tyson holds the FSA, CPCU, CSPA, CLU, and FLMI credentials. He has been a presenter and coordinator for the ERM Symposium. He has Bachelors’ degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy from Illinois State University.
CPCU, AINs, AU-m, ARe, AIDA, ARM, & AIT
Sean Noonan is a Commercial Lines Underwriting Supervisor at EMC Insurance in their Dallas Branch. He has been in the insurance industry since 2012 and holds his CPCU, AINs, AU-m, ARe, AIDA, ARM, and AIT. Sean has been Secretary, Webmaster, and President of the Chicago West Suburban CPCU chapter. He is a graduate from the University of Iowa with a B.B.A. in Finance, as well as a certificate in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Iowa’s Risk Management program, the Vaughn Institute. Sean is on the Young Alumni Board for the Vaughn Institute and is an active member of the Gamma Iota Sigma Alumni network.
CPCU, ARM, AIS, & AINS
Brian is Assistant Vice President for Zurich North America, providing leadership to the company’s Alternative Markets team. He has his CPCU, ARM, AIS, and AINS designations, along with nearly 25 years of underwriting experience. Brian has his master’s degree in Management from Baker University, as well as his bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Kansas. He is a member and the past Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Omaha chapter.
COMMITTEE MEMBER; WEBMASTER, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
CPCU, AU, ASLI
Mike has over 20 years P&C insurance industry experience as a multi-line commercial underwriter, which includes work with standard and specialty lines carriers. In his most recent role with Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Co., Mike successfully managed a $9-10 million 4-region multi-state underwriting territory, and was the sole underwriter that led the initial company expansion out West. Mike is active with his local Philadelphia CPCU Society Chapter, having served as treasurer, board member, and is currently head of the chapter's Communications and Finance Committees. Mike graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration/Finance.
Germán Torres Ortiz
Germán Torres Ortíz is the VP of Business Development & Property at Assurant. His primary responsibility is to develop customized and innovative product programs for clients in all business lines, focusing on its development, marketing, and financial projections. He has over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry and international experience with Latin America and the Caribbean markets. Germán graduated from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He also has an MBA from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and a Diploma in Risk Management and Insurance from St. Johns University.
Richard F. Walsh Jr.
CPCU, ANFI, SCLA, SBCS, AIS, CPIA, RWCS, CRIS, CLCS, PLCS, MSC
Rick has 20+ years in our industry and is currently a Chapter Governor. He has specialized in corporate & agent training/education, continuing ed instructor, a corporate coach for Motorists, has a background in sales, service, claims, & personal lines. He’s actively involved with his Columbus Chapter, member of the Society Ethics Committee, & is on the Ohio Dominican University RIS Board of Advisors. Rick also writes personal lines articles, performs seminars, webinars, & is a faculty member of the National Alliance.
COMMITTEE MEMBER; WEBMASTER, PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE LIAISON
CPCU, CIC, AU-M, AINS
Laroux is a senior middle market underwriter with Erie Insurance. She began her career working in an agency, but developed a passion for underwriting and transitioned to the company side in 2013. Laroux has a BA in Communications from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and is currently an MBA candidate at Olivet College. She currently manages the social media for the Presque Isle chapter and represents the UIG on the Insights Publication Committee.
INTEREST GROUP GOVENOR
CPCU, MPA, MBA
Stephanie has years of experience in the P&C industry including underwriting, compliance, and product management. She is currently an associate product manager with Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, IA. She is active in her Iowa Chapter and is past-Chair of the Personal Lines Interest Group. She previously served as an adjunct instructor of insurance at Drake University. In addition to the CPCU designation, she holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Iowa and a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy from Drake.