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December 18, 2020

APCIA Announces 2021 Class of Emerging Leaders


CHICAGO – The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) today announced that 123 insurance professionals from across the country and overseas were selected for the 2021 Class of Emerging Leaders and will be invited to attend the 2021 Virtual Emerging Leaders Conference on Feb. 22-23.

The virtual conference, hosted by APCIA, the Insurance Careers Movement (ICM), and AM Best, is designed to bring together and recognize talented rising stars in the insurance industry. Those selected represent a wide range of job functions including technology, claims, government relations, underwriting, human resources, marketing, legal, product development, actuarial, and public relations. Nominees have more than 8 years of job experience and are making a positive impact on their companies and the insurance industry. This year, many nominees not only excelled at their core job responsibilities but also played a pivotal role in helping their companies navigate the challenges of the pandemic or with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

“Retaining and cultivating top talent is a priority for the insurance industry, and the Emerging Leaders Conference is an opportunity to encourage high performers to remain in the industry and to help shape its future,” said David A. Sampson, president and CEO of APCIA. “2020 has been an unprecedented year, but there are many bright and talented future industry leaders who have excelled and demonstrated great leadership during these challenging times.”

“The Virtual Emerging Leaders Conference, which is held in conjunction with the 6th Annual Insurance Careers Month in February, provides an opportunity for learning, professional development, and networking,” said Marguerite Tortorello, Managing Director of the Insurance Careers Movement. “The members of the 2021 Class of Emerging Leaders innovated and provided solutions throughout COVID-19, accelerated action on diversity, equity, and inclusion and found creative ways to remotely give back to their communities.”

“AM Best has been an incredible supporter of the Emerging Leaders Conference, and APCIA and the Insurance Careers Movement deeply appreciate their on-going commitment to growing talent in the industry,” added Sampson.

The 2021 Virtual Emerging Leaders Conference highlights the exceptional future C-suite leaders in insurance and the collaborative spirit of the industry in supporting diverse rising stars. The conference provides candid insights by industry executives, virtual networking, and tools and resources for emerging leaders to succeed in this fast-changing world. After the Emerging Leaders Conference, the rising stars will join their fellow alumni in serving as ambassadors for the industry and in helping expand career opportunities in insurance.

Follow the conversation on social media with #ELC2021 and #ELC2021risingstar. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ashley Solovy at Ashley.Solovy@apci.org.

Class of 2021 Emerging Leaders

John Allaire, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group

Ryan Anderson, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Adam Barton, The Hanover Insurance Group

Patrick Beam, Erie Insurance Group

Neha Bhambhani, Munich Re US

Yamini Bhat, Vymo, Inc.

Brigette Brown, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group

Adam Busch, The Hartford

Brian Callaghan, American Contractors Insurance Group

John Calloway, Amerisure

Kris Campana, Noblr, Inc.

Denise Campbell, Marsh

Kara Carper, ACIG

Briana Clifford, CSAA Insurance Group

Cynthia Cook, United Educators Insurance, a Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

Mark Coyle, Crum & Forster

Beti Cung, CSAA Insurance Group

CeCe Davis, American Family Insurance

Jachyn Davis, CSAA Insurance Group

Rachel Day, Arthur J. Gallagher

Erik Dempsey, Assurant

Taylor Dever, Jacobson

Katie Doherty, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group

Dan Duvall, Accredited Surety and Casualty

Geoff Edwards, Church Mutual Insurance Group

Rachael Falk, Erie Insurance Group

Shawn Farrar, CNA

Dana Ferestien, Alaska National Insurance Company

Adam Ferguson, Crum & Forster

Dee Fisher, BMIC

Tim Flaherty, Johnson Lambert LLP

Courtney Flanagan, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan

Barb Fuchs, CopperPoint Insurance Company

Jennifer Fucile, The Hanover Insurance Group

Harriet Gaither, CM Regent Insurance Company

Marcia George, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Lynnae Gerbracht, Weston Insurance

Rebekah Gilbert, RLI

Stephanie Gill, Noblr

Dave Gracy, BMIC

Regina Harr, COUNTRY Financial

Jim Harvey, Co-operative Insurance Companies

Alan Hazzard, Westfield Insurance

Sara Helbing, Society Insurance

Laura Hemmer, United Educators Insurance, a Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

Selena Hills, GSFSGroup

Jodie Hopkins, Westfield

Stacy Hotte, Co-operative Insurance Companies

Seddrick Hubbard, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Laura Huggins, Church Mutual Insurance Group

Melanie Humphrey, HSB

Kevin Huth, Nonprofits Insurance Alliance

Teonna Icen, Assurant

Jonathan Jackson, Zurich North America

Christian Jones, CNA

Kenneth June, United Educators Insurance, a Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

Arlette Kambwa-Gitau, American Family Insurance

Shwetha Kanchibail, United Educators Insurance, a Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

Jason Kariotis, CNA

Kim Kebler, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan

Evan Kellogg, WCF Insurance

Meghan Kelly, Zurich North America

Darren Kerr, Co-operative Insurance Companies

Andrew Kimball, Utica National Insurance Group

Dustin Kingsbury, The Hartford

Ashley Kushner, CNA

Jordan Laeyendecker, Arthur J. Gallagher

Jon Land, RLI

Suzette Lesane, Assurant

Scott Loris, CNA

Rachel Lynch-Herrington, The Hanover Insurance Group

Michelle Machado, Weston Insurance

Laura Malloy, RLI

Dan Mangano, AM Best

Danielle Marsh, Protective Insurance Company

Rachelle Martin, CNA

Jamie Martin-Stewart, Erie Insurance Group

Cara Matarazzo, Transverse Insurance Group

Kris Mathis, Pacific Compensation Insurance Company

Meghan McLaughlin, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group

Suzanne Meraz, CSAA Insurance Group

Kym Mitchell, Protective Insurance

Matt Monahan, The Hanover Insurance Group

Mark Mooney, CopperPoint Insurance Companies

David Mork, Zurich North America

Alexander Mortimer, IFG Companies

LaDonna Murphy, Amerisure

Christian Myers, CSAA Insurance Group

Tandeka Nomvete, Questpro Consultants/QGRADS

Teena Novotny, Church Mutual Insurance Group

Kevin Olsen, Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Group

Steven O’Shea, Lancer Institute

John Page, FBAlliance Insurance Company

Maureen Parish, CSAA Insurance Group

Erin Pence, American Family Insurance

Rachel Perlmutter, Johnson Lambert LLP

Brittney Peters, American Family Insurance

Sarah Plonka, American Agricultural Insurance Company

Christopher Pustis, The Hanover Insurance Group

Ariana Richter, American Modern Insurance Group

Larissa Rios Friddell, CRC

Chris Roberts, ALPS

Dan Roda, Co-operative Insurance Companies

Noelia Salgado, Zurich North America

Becky Saroki, Ally Financial

Tom Schwefel, Society Insurance

Joseph Scott, BMIC

Dennis Sekharan, Illinois Casualty Company

Kyle Simpsen, COUNTRY Financial

Brandon Smith, Church Mutual Insurance Group

Brian Smith, The Hanover Insurance Group

Jacqueline Spencer-Sim, Hamilton

Maggie Sturm, Marsh & McLennan Agency

Craig Stutzman, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Michelle Terry, BMIC

Rosa Thomas, The Hanover Insurance Group

Lauren Tredinnick, Munich Re Specialty Insurance

Tony Trenzeluk, Sentry Insurance

Vernon Vasquez, Noblr, Inc.

Alvin Wells, Erie Insurance Group

Jennifer Wetzel, Westfield

David Williamson, Protective Insurance

Jamie Wilson, RLI

The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) is the primary national trade association for home, auto, and business insurers. APCIA promotes and protects the viability of private competition for the benefit of consumers and insurers, with a legacy dating back 150 years. APCIA members represent all sizes, structures, and regions—protecting families, communities, and businesses in the U.S. and across the globe.



Sarah Revell

Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs

850-681-2147 sarah.revell@apci.org
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