Nominees Announced for the Inaugural 2019 Emerging Leaders Conference in Miami

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Nominees Announced for the Inaugural 2019 Emerging Leaders Conference in Miami

CHICAGO – The Emerging Leaders Conference, powered by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), the Insurance Careers Movement (ICM), and A.M. Best, today announced its inaugural class of 83 of the best and brightest rising talents in insurance who have been invited to an exclusive executive development and networking event in February 2019.

“The Insurance Careers Movement was launched to address the pending talent shortage in the insurance industry,” said Jessica Hanna, PCI’s senior vice president of public affairs. “The industry needed a centralized campaign to showcase the innovation and excitement in insurance jobs. The first phase was to build a grassroots, social media, and digital movement to spread the word that insurance is the career trifecta—stable, rewarding, and limitless. The Emerging Leaders Conference is the next dynamic and tangible phase of the Insurance Careers Movement. We are proud to show ideas turning into action.”

The Emerging Leaders Conference is the next global industry initiative from the Insurance Careers Movement, which aims to harness the tremendous responses and energy from the first digital engagement phase of the ICM. The conference is multi-dimensional, providing company CEOs a way to get involved in industry-wide recruitment, in addition to developing new leaders within the industry. Insurance industry CEOs and executives were asked to nominate rising stars within their organizations. These up and coming leaders will receive executive training from top industry icons, giving emerging leaders new perspectives on industry challenges, opportunities, and enterprise-wide leadership. The conference will provide networking opportunities, and in turn the participants will be recruited to become ambassadors for the industry.

The nominees below represent a wide-range of job functions including actuarial, claims, client relations, finance, marketing, product development, risk management, sales, technology, and underwriting. They work from coast to coast as well as overseas. Nominees have approximately 8-10 years of job experience and are already making a positive impact on their companies and the industry.

“The Emerging Leaders Conference nomination process was created to help spark internal conversations about rising stars within companies and to provide a professional development opportunity that rewards high performers. The conference is career focused and will also embed health and wellness strategies to help fuel a healthy executive lifestyle,” said Marguerite Tortorello, president of Tortorello Communications and one of the founding members of Insurance Careers Movement.

The following quotes about the nominations highlight the outstanding caliber of the selected Emerging Leaders Conference attendees:

“It is rare to find an individual with the passion, dedication, and professionalism that she exhibits each and every day. It is at times when tension is high and the pressure of a deadline looms that great leaders rise to the occasion. There is no better individual than she that we would want in control during those times.”

“His passion and commitment to his core responsibilities show his desire to excel in his role. He treats his work as his craft, constantly striving for improvement by way of industry designations and furthering his education. However, he realizes that his individual success will not grow the company, it takes the entire team, working in unison with focus, determination, and a touch of fun that will put us on a path for growth and success. His passion and motivation inspire others on the team to accomplish our goals and create a better future for the next generation.”

“She is a consistent high achiever who continually challenges herself and those around her to excellence. Her personal contributions to the branch and organization are framed by her high degree of confidence, honesty, respect and passion for success.”

The Emerging Leaders Conference will be held Feb. 24 - 26, 2019, at the Confidante Hotel during the 4th Annual February Insurance Careers Month. The agenda will feature panel discussions with leading company CEOs providing insights on major industry trends and sharing knowledge on some of the most pressing issues facing insurance.

The nominees will have an opportunity to network with insurance executives from diverse job functions in a vibrant environment. Click here to learn more about the Insurance Careers Movement or how to get involved.

We encourage you to follow the conversation on social media #ELC2019. For information on sponsorship opportunities contact Kristen McCann at          

JyotipriyaAjayAmica Mutual Insurance CompanyAssistant Vice President
EduardoAmadorWeston Insurance Management, LLCAVP, Director of Marketing
ScottApplequistAmerican Agricultural Insurance CompanyActuary
KaseyBakerCM Regent - wholly owned subsidiary of Church Mutual Insurance CompanyManager of Broker Relations & Distribution
JulieBerenz AndersonThe Hanover Insurance GroupAssociate State Manager
AndyBloechlCM VantageDirector of Operations
JoshuaBouchezTrident InsuranceTerritory Marketing Manager
SarahBraughlerUnited EducatorsAssociate Vice President
PhilBrodeurRLI Insurance CompanyAVP, Risk Services
HollyBrokawIllinois Casualty CompanyUnderwriting Manager
ColinBurnsCOUNTRY FinancialDirector, Brand Marketing & Activation
MeaganCampbell ShieldsLWCCInvestment Portfolio Manager and Enterprise Risk Specialist
BrunoCaronA M Best CompanyFinancial Analyst
RaymondCharrierConfie SegurosAVP, Claims
StephanieCoeCNABusiness Analysis Director
NickColdwellThe Hanover Insurance GroupAVP New Business
NickCookCrum & ForsterSVP- Small Business Team
PatrickCrottyNavigators Management Company, Inc.Vice President, Environmental
KathleenDaltonPennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance CompanyAssistant Vice President Operations
RyanDanieleMJ InsuranceDirector, Strategy & Operations - Risk Management
DanielaDe Leon PachecoArgo Group International HoldingsManager of Business Operations for Latin American Operations
LisaDeCarolisCNARisk Control Consulting Director
NicoleDinanWestfieldCommercial Lines Product Management and Underwriting Practices Leader
MandyDonovanIllinois Casualty CompanyProduct Development Supervisor
JohnEckmairUtica National Insurance GroupDirector of Underwriting Operations
DavidEdgertonErie InsuranceVP, IT
TimEkbergCOUNTRY FinancialDirector, Field Operations
SimonEvansArgo GroupSenior Recruitment Manager, International
RosaFigueroaCatalina U.S. Insurance Services LLCSenior Claims Examiner
JamieFlowersIllinois Casualty CompanyLegal Counsel
JennaFrancisElectric Insurance CompanySenior Claims Adjuster
CandiceGermainThe Segal GroupSenior Broker
MarcGlickmanArgo GroupUnderwriting Director
KarenGuardNationwide InsuranceAVP, Product - Personal Lines
ZainHasanNICGFounder & CEO
JanelleHenkelCOUNTRY FinancialDirector of Billing Operations
SarahHinmanUtica National Insurance GroupDigital Delivery Manager
KellyHirnChurch Mutual Insurance CompanyClaim Shared Services Manager
DanielHofmeisterA.M. Best CompanyFinancial Analyst II
ShaneHutsenArgo GroupUniversity Relations Program Manager
BrentJohnsonAccredited Surety and CasualtyPrograms Manager
RebeccaJosephThe HanoverExecutive Middle Market Sales Underwriting Specialist
CliftonKerseyVela Insurance ServicesAssistant Vice President, Segment Underwriting Director
JamesKienzleCNADirector Strategic Coverage Counsel
MeredithKrasneckyLincoln Financial GroupBusiness Process Improvement Consultant
LynnLaGramThe HartfordAssistant Vice President, Product Management
AaronLeeAlly Insurance / Motors Insurance Corporation (MIC)Director of P&C Underwriting
CourtneyLehmanWestfieldActuarial Leader
ThompsonMackeyEPIC Insurance Brokers and ConsultantsRisk Management Consultant
LaurenMarshPayneWest FinancialTeam Lead - Select (small business commercial)
MohideenMasoodUtica National Insurance CompanyTechnical Delivery Manager
AlisonMcLeanSwiss ReHead Behavioral Research
SeanMetzgerLancer Insurance CompanyDivision Manager
KristiMilbournAmerican Family InsuranceTalent Acquisition Manager
AlexMillerUnited EducatorsAssociate Vice President
LaneMillerJohnson Lambert LLPPrincipal
TylerNielsenUtah Business Insurance CompanyVP Operations
ChristinaParrottAmerican Family InsuranceCompensation Manager
NicoleParrottFBL Financial Group, Inc.Specialty Lines Vice President
NicholasPetcoffConifer Holdings, Inc.Executive Vice President
LeahPorathErie InsuranceIT Manager
AlisonPowellErie InsuranceInside Claims Supervisor
KellyRuudCopperPoint Mutual Insurance CompanyAssistant Vice President, Financial Systems
RobertRyanNavigators Management Company, Inc.NY Marine Branch Manager
ChrisSchumacherChurch Mutual Insurance CompanyActuary
SephoraSciaraCAA Insurance (CCG)AVP, Insurance
NickScottSpinnaker Insurance CompanyGeneral Counsel
JamesShayACIG Insurance CompanyVice President
AmandaSklavenitisOhio Insurance InstituteVice President, Education and Workforce Development
JooHyeSmithMetLife Auto & HomeManager
DanaSoubraCAA Insurance (CAA Club Group)Vice President, Insurance
JessicaSoufrineAmerisure Insurance CompanyAssistant Vice President, Field Marketing and Underwriting
LynanneSt. DenisNavigators Management Company, Inc.Vice President, Commercial Excess Casualty
RyanStiegStieg Insurance, a Division of PayneWest InsuranceClient Relations Director, Commercial Insurance
KatieStrykerCNAConsulting Director
YenTangMassMutual Life Insurance CompanyHead of FP&A Data Analytics
AlisonVanOtterlooPharmacists Mutual Insurance CompanyVice President
KariVaughnCNAActuarial Consultant (P&C)
RyanVigusCSAA Insurance GroupVice President
KarenWilliamsArgo GroupGroup Senior Manager of Training and Organizational Development
DeidreWrightBusiness InsuranceDirector, Engagement & Marketing

PCI promotes and protects the viability of a competitive private insurance market for the benefit of consumers and insurers. PCI is composed of approximately 1,000 member companies and 340 insurance groups, representing the broadest cross section of home, auto, and business insurers of any national trade association. PCI members represent all sizes, structures, and regions, which protect families, communities, and businesses in the U.S. and across the globe. PCI members write $245 billion in annual premium, which is 38 percent of the nation's property casualty insurance marketplace.






The Emerging Leaders Conference nomination process was created to help spark internal conversations about rising stars within companies and to provide a professional development opportunity that rewards high performers.
Marguerite Tortorello, president of Tortorello Communications and one of the founding members of Insurance Careers Movement
The Insurance Careers Movement was launched to address the pending talent shortage in the insurance industry.
Jessica Hanna, PCI’s senior vice president of public affairs