Committee

We're pleased to introduce your Underwriting & Personal Lines 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.

2020 CO-CHAIR FOR UIG & PLIG

Sue Snyder

CPCU

Contact: snyders1@nationwide.com

720.545.7357

Sue currently serves as a commercial lines training consultant for Nationwide Insurance. Sue has worked for Nationwide for 26 years in a variety of roles including training, underwriting, and management. Sue is the past president of the Colorado CPCU Chapter and the vice chair of the Underwriting Interest Group.  Sue graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in organizational management and human resources.

2020 CO-CHAIR FOR UIG & PLIG; WEBMASTER

Dan Blodgett

CPCU, PMP, AIM, AIS, INS, CYB

Contact: dan.blodgett.cqsx@statefarm.com

309.287.8631

Dan is a Manager in the Enterprise Technology Department for State Farm.  He started with State Farm in 1990 working through various jobs including Auto Underwriter, Billing & Payments Supervisor, Business Analyst, & Project Manager.  Dan is an active volunteer of both the CPCU Society & Project Management Institute (PMI).  He is CPCU CE certified, the past chair of the Publications Committee, and past chair of the Personal Lines Interest Group.  Locally, Dan is active with the Central IL chapter, has served on the Board of Directors, and is past president of the Southwestern Michigan Chapter.  

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Dar Beachy

CPCU, CLU

Contact: dar.beachy.mu3d@statefarm.com

309.299.4680

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.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Ron S. Beiderman

rbeiderman@iso.com

Contact: rbeiderman@iso.com

201.469.2573

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.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Ken Bergeron

CPCU, MBA, FLMI, ARM, AIM

Contact: ken.bergeron.lq8c@statefarm.com

309.622.9016

Ken Bergeron has been in the insurance industry since 1992.  Currently, he is an Underwriting Team Manager with State Farm Insurance Companies and based in Bloomington, Illinois.  Ken has extensive underwriting experience in Auto, Fire, and Business Lines across various geographic regions over the course of his career.  In addition to serving on the Personal Lines Interest Group, Ken has also chaired the Scholarships Committee with the Central Illinois CPCU Society Chapter.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Lamont Boyd

CPCU

Contact: lamontboyd@fico.com

602.485.9858

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

Roger French

CPCU, ARM, AU, AIS

Contact: rgf2014x@gmail.com

COMMITTEE MEMBER; CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE (COE) COORDINATOR

Kellie H. Green

MBA, CPCU

Contact: Kellie.Green@allstate.com

330.342.2634

Kellie is a Vice President with Allstate, accountable for countrywide underwriting policy execution for all personal lines products across 3 brands. With Allstate since '89, she's had experience in field underwriting, project management, compliance, education & employee development, communication, customer experience, & various leadership positions. A 2003 CPCU designee, MBA studies at the University of IL at Chicago, & an MBA from Kent State; Kellie resides in Ohio with her husband & the youngest of their 3 children.

COMMITTEE MEMBER; PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE LIAISON

Brian Grieff

CPCU, AIM, AIC, AIS

Contact: brian.grieff@usaa.com

757.897.0766

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.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Leah Heller

CPCU

Contact: lheller@capspecialty.com

747.222.7043

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; CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE (COE) COORDINATOR

Dawn Ingham

CPCU

Contact: Dawn_Ingham@NCCI.com

561.893.3165

Dawn is currently serving as a state relations executive for the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).  In this role, Dawn is responsible for establishing and maintaining positive, productive relationships with the regulatory community, legislators, insurance trade associations, and employer and agent groups at the state level. She also provides research, pricing, and testimony on workers compensation insurance issues. Since joining NCCI in 1995, Dawn has worked in customer operations, residual markets, and regulatory assurance.  Dawn graduated from Florida Atlantic University with B.B.A. degrees in Finance and Accounting.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Greg J. Massey

CPCU, CIC, CRM, ARM, PMP

Contact: greg.massey@zurichna.com

845.545.5686

Greg Massey, is SVP & Head of Programs for Zurich North America. Greg has held positions currently on CIC Board (The National Alliance), National Committee member (CPCU), and (CPCU) Past Chapter President(s). He served as board member for AIPSO, AIA WC committee, panel member for ISO GL/Emerging Issues, and NY First. Greg has taught collegiate and AICPCU courses. He has a MBA from Keller Graduate School, a MS in Organiz. Leadership from Quinnipiac Univ., a BSBA from U of Denver and he has completed the Exec. Development Program from Indiana Univ. & the Insurance Exec. Program- Appalachian State.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Tyson Mohr

CPCU

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Sean Noonan

CPCU, ARM, ARC, AIT, AU-M, ARe, AIDA, & AINS

Contact: Sean.p.noonan@emcins.com

630.613.1075

Sean Noonan is currently a commercial underwriter at EMC Insurance in Chicago, IL. Sean graduated from The University of Iowa with a degree in finance and received a certificate in Risk Management and Insurance through the Vaughan Institute. Sean is currently an MBA candidate for Olivet College’s MBA in Insurance. Sean has been involved in the Chicago West Suburban CPCU chapter and is serving as president for the 2020 term.  Sean has been underwriting all lines of commercial insurance for 7 years and has received several designations from the Institutes including AU, AINS, ARe, AIDA, AU-M, AIT, ARC, ARM, and CPCU.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Brian O'Neill

CPCU, ARM, AIS, & AINS

Contact: brian.oneill@zurichna.com

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

Mike Povich

CPCU, AU, ASLI

Contact: mpovich7@gmail.com

484.919.4524

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.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Gerald Southard

CPCU

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Richard F. Walsh Jr.

CPCU, ANFI, SCLA, SBCS, AIS, CPIA, RWCS, CRIS, CLCS, PLCS, MSC

Contact: rwalsjunr@gmail.com

614.537.8441

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

Laroux Whitman

CPCU

INTEREST GROUP GOVENOR

Stephanie Wells

CPCU, MPA, MBA

Contact: wells2@nationwide.com

515.508.2908

Stephanie has over 10 years' 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.