Introducing the 2021 CRF Virtual Speakers!
Diane Blaha started her career as a Registered Nurse focused mainly on critical care nursing and organ transplant. Thirty years ago, she joined CorVel as a Medical Case Manager to accommodate her children’s active life. She started consulting with her customers on program improvements so it was a natural move when she was recruited into the sales department. Bringing more than 30 years of workers’ compensation claims and managed care experience and more than 40 years of healthcare experience, positioned her well to work with several large national clients to customize their risk management programs. In 2006, Diane was promoted to Senior Vice President and became a corporate officer of CorVel. In 2016, Diane was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer. Diane has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.
Senior Associate Client Development Risk & Analytics
Erin is part of a global leadership team focused on client development across the spectrum of businesses and capabilities that make up Willis Towers Watson’s Risk & Analytics group. Erin focuses on strategic growth initiatives, cross-practice synergies, new product development and distribution, and the advancement of and governance around analytics messaging.
Erin is also a consultant, leveraging Willis Towers Watson’s comprehensive array of risk finance analytical offerings to empower clients to make optimal, empirically-driven decisions.
Erin joined Willis as a Captive Consultant in 2016 and spent several years focused on designing and implementing captive solutions for clients before moving into her current role. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Erin spent 13 years as an underwriting officer in the captive group at Travelers Insurance.
Over the course of her career, Erin has worked with clients across North America in a wide variety of industries. She has significant experience in managing alternative risk financing programs, including such elements as loss modeling, premium development, portfolio management, TPA oversight, coverage analysis, compliance requirements, credit risk management, and contract negotiation.
Erin earned her BA from Hamilton College with a double concentration in Economics and Government and a minor in Dance. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, with Honors in Government.
Erin is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and is currently pursuing an Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI) designation.
Risk Manager US Foods®
Paul Brandel is the Risk Manager at US Foods®. US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, we provide our customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology, and business solutions. The company also operates 14 processing facilities. These include 12 Stock Yards® facilities that provide a high-quality center of plate, custom cut and packaged to customer specifications; Freshway Foods, a fruit and vegetable processor, re-packer and distributor; and Save On Seafood, a seafood processor and distributor.
Paul began his career in 1999 as a multi-line claims adjuster for Marriott International. Following Marriott International, he held multiple positions with Gallagher Bassett servicing both captive and self-injured clients. In 2007, Paul accepted the Claims Manager position with Hyatt Hotels Corporation and then accepting a Risk Manager position with Rockford Mass Transit District in 2010 and Waterton in 2014. Prior to his current position with US Foods, Paul served as the Risk Manager for Eby-Brown from 2016-2019.
Mr. Brandel serves as a Workers’ Compensation Practice Group Advisor for the USLAW Network. He is a past President of RIMS Chicago Chapter (2018) and past chair of the Risk & Safety Committee for the International Foodservice Distributors Association (2016-2019).
EVP, Chief Underwriting Officer of Global Risk Solutions
David Carter joined Sompo International in January 2020. Mr. Carter has over 35 years of experience in the Property and Casualty industry specializing in middle market, specialty, and financial products. He held various underwriting and leadership positions at Aetna, Travelers, and The Hartford. While at The Hartford, he was the Executive Vice President and Head of the Middle Market and Financial Products group. Most recently, he served as the Chief Insurance Officer of an Insuretech startup. Mr. Carter is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing.
Jeremiah Chambers is an experienced people leader and executive with 10+ years in diversified leadership roles focused on driving and implementing growth through technology solutions including SaaS, information technology, insurance compliance, IoT, wireless communications, and unified communications. Jeremiah has a proven track record of growing organizations through new product development, marketing, branding, and partnerships. He has the ability to craft and execute a business strategy with a history of decision-making based on business metrics. Jeremiah utilizes an inspirational leadership style and hands-on approach to drive a culture that focuses on personal/professional development and the delivery of personalized business solutions with a world-class customer experience.
GRC Consultant for OneTrust GRC
Scott Chandler serves as a GRC Consultant for OneTrust GRC– a purpose-built software designed to operationalize integrated risk management. In his role, Chandler advises companies throughout their risk management implementations to establish processes to support operations and align with their enterprise objectives, including adopting industry best practices and adhering to requirements relating to relevant standards, frameworks, and laws (e.g. ISO, NIST, SIG and more). Chandler works with clients to realize the extent of their risk exposure, helping clients to map their digital infrastructure, assess risks, combat threats, monitor ongoing performance, and document evidence throughout the risk lifecycle.
MARY PAT DeCHANT, ESQ.
Claims Advocate Lead
Since joining Hylant in 2020, Mary Pat provides specialty claim oversight in the areas of
Executive Risk, Cyber Liability, and Environmental Liability for Hylant’s claim practice. She works with public, private, and non-profit entities. Prior to her career with Hylant, Mary Pat handled environmental claims and helped to develop a coverage oversight unit at a carrier, and practiced law defending various manufacturing and construction companies in tort liability litigation. Mary Pat is an active member of the Environmental and Toxic Tort Committee of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.
Mary Pat earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo, a juris doctorate from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and a Master of Laws in Privacy and Technology Law from John Marshall Law School (now known as UIC John Marshall Law School). Mary Pat has earned her Management Liability Insurance Specialist (MLIS), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and Senior Claim Law Associate designations.
Tami Earnhart is a partner in the Labor and Employment Group and Health Care Group of IceMiller. She represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor law, including discrimination and other litigation, claims filed with administrative agencies, and labor arbitrations. She helps employers avoid employment disputes, when possible, and advises companies in making personnel decisions and creating policies in compliance with state and federal laws, including FMLA, COVID and affirmative action policies.
National Director of Marketing and Business Development at RWH Myers & Company
Jeff Esper is the National Director of Marketing and Business Development at RWH Myers & Company, a policyholder side forensic accounting firm specializing in insurance claim preparation and business interruption quantification. Jeff has written several articles and manages RWH Myers Insights blog. He is a regular speaker at risk management conferences on various topics including a session on presentation skills. Jeff has a diverse insurance industry background working for Willis and for the insurance software company, Ebix.
Risk & Insurance Specialist - myCOI
Anne uses her insurance expertise to guide clients on best practices in managing third-party risk. Anne specializes in construction risk management, having managed a multi-billion dollar portfolio of commercial and residential projects across the country as a Project Manager at Paladin Risk Management. She is a self-proclaimed insurance geek who enjoys reading insurance legislation and case law; Anne loves the industry’s ever-changing nature!
Partner, Hennessy & Roach, P.C.
Erin obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and is licensed to practice law in Illinois. Erin started her career with the City of Chicago and practiced in both civil prosecution and defense. She has been defending workers’ compensation cases for over 10 years. She is an active member of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association.
Wesley Hyatt leads the Global Risk Solutions Client Executive team, which is charged with deeply understanding the evolving risks faced by clients, and helping them and their brokers fully benefit from Liberty Mutual’s suite of global products, services and capabilities. She also oversees the U.S. Client Service team, which provides day-to-day service support for large domestic policyholders and their brokers. Since joining Liberty in 2003, Wes has held a number of leadership roles in claims and account management, including Senior Vice President of Workers Compensation Claims. In this role, she led efforts to enhance Liberty’s worker’s comp business for the benefit of clients and their injured workers. In 2019, Wes was named a Woman to Watch by Business Insurance, and in 2020, she was recognized as a Woman in Insurance Leadership by Digital Insurance.
Kirsten Lester recently joined myCOI, where she leads product management, user experience, and development teams focused on delivering myCOI’s leading technology platform — backed by insurance experts — to protect companies from preventable, costly insurance claims through AI-driven compliance services. Prior to myCOI, Kirsten spent more than twenty years in software building and leading integration, services, and product teams.
President - Assurance
Diane Poljak, an executive management leader, is President of Assurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company. Tapping into over 20 years of industry experience, Diane is responsible for directing all property & casualty insurance practices, as well as overall sales management of the agency. As a result, Diane is charged with leading producer education and development as well as generating new property and casualty products that drive value to Assurance clients.
GLEN R. RAND
Co-Founder RHW Myers
Glenn R. Rand, CPA is a co-founder of RWH Myers. He is currently the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Chicago office, specializing in the quantification of large and complex business interruption, extra expense and property damage claims, builders risk claims, and cyber-attack claims. Since joining the loss-accounting profession in 1993, Mr. Rand has participated in the preparation and settlement of increasingly large and complex business interruption claims for corporate clients both domestic and international.
His clients represent a large mix of industry segments including healthcare, hospitality, high-technology, automotive, chemicals and plastics, retail, pulp and paper, manufacturing, government, and not-for-profit, among others. His forensic accounting experience has included analyzing business interruption values and exposures typically regarding ratable business interruption values, location BI Values, maximum foreseeable and probable maximum loss computations.
Senior Sales Executive - Origami Risk
Gina is a skilled, senior leader in risk management and technology with over 25 years of experience in risk management, consulting, client service, management, and sales. As a Senior Sales Executive at Origami Risk, Gina is responsible for delivering new business solutions to prospective clients. Prior to joining Origami Risk, Gina was a Senior Sales Executive at Riskonnect, where she was a sales leader and an integral part of the organization’s rapid growth and customer satisfaction. Gina holds a Pre-Law degree from Penn State University. She also has her ARM designation.
Head of the Central U.S. Zone for AXA XL
Todd Sutherland is Head of the Central U.S. Zone for AXA XL, a division of AXA. Based in Chicago, Mr. Sutherland leads a team of Zonal Product Line Leaders to operate AXA XL’s fully integrated insurance business in 19 states of the Central U.S.. With teams based primarily in Chicago, Dallas, and Houston, AXA XL’s Central U.S. Zone provides multi-line solutions to clients and brokers via property, casualty, professional and specialty insurance coverages, claims expertise, and risk management services.
Mr. Sutherland joined AXA XL in 2018, after 12 years with Allied World where he led a Chicago-based team in developing and implementing a distribution plan to grow profitably throughout the region. A 30-year insurance industry career includes tenure with Axis Capital, Kemper Insurance, and AIG. He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH, where he earned a degree in finance. Mr. Sutherland lives in Wilmette, IL with his wife Jill and 2 sons.
ANNE MARIE TOWLE
Leads of Global Captive Solutions Team - Hylant
She has over 25 years of experience with diverse projects and has worked with captives and other alternative risk transfer vehicles in many key onshore and offshore domiciles. Prior to joining Hylant, Anne Marie was in Senior leadership positions with JLT, Willis Towers Watson, and in a public accounting and tax firm, where she provided consultancy services to captive owners. Anne Marie manages client projects through feasibility and implementation processes in structuring captives and managing their accounting and tax compliance functions. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA), Vice-Chair for the North Carolina Captive Insurance Association (NCCIA), and the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE).
Tami Earnhart is a partner in the Labor and Employment Group and Health Care
Group of IceMiller. She represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor law, including discrimination and other litigation, claims filed with administrative agencies, and labor arbitrations. She helps employers avoid employment disputes, when possible, and advises companies in making personnel decisions and creating policies in compliance with state and federal laws, including FMLA, COVID, and affirmative action policies.
Managing Director - NFP
Doug Turk is a Managing Director at NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides specialized property and casualty, employee benefits, retirement, and individual private client solutions. He has 24 years of experience and leads all national Property and Casualty specialty groups and programs. Doug is a published author and a featured speaker on business and marketing strategy and technology.
John White began his career with Allianz in 1997 by opening and establishing the Chicago and Midwest operations for Allianz. He ran the Chicago office until 2003 when he took the position as Head of Broker Management. He held that position until 2013 when he became entirely Client Management focused today is a Senior Client Director for Global Clients. Having begun his career with Fireman’s Fund – John’s tenure with the Allianz Group totals 38 years.
Vice President and Chief Risk & Analytics Officer
Vice President and Chief Risk & Analytics Officer at SafetyNational®. Also serves as the Co-Chair of the Data Analytics Committee. Responsible for oversight of Data Analytics & Enterprise Risk Management Department operations, including recommending and advising senior management on department policies and procedures. Bill joined Safety National in 2008, formerly serving as Commercial Lines Pricing and Product Development, Chief Reserving & Appointed Actuary, and Enterprise Risk Management & Commercial Lines Pricing Actuary, until being named Vice President and Chief Risk & Predictive Analytics Officer in 2021. Prior to joining Safety National, Bill held various executive actuarial roles with global and regional carriers. Bill has been a speaker or panelist at various industry conferences and has contributed to articles on industry-related topics.
Director of Global Risk and Property Management at Regal Beloit Corporation
Responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive global enterprise risk management program and real property administration to effectively manage the company’s insured property assets and protect the company from all potential or foreseeable operating risks. His past roles include US Risk Manager for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, underwriter at Chubb, and broker at ECBM. Seung received his B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance at Temple University and holds the CPCU ARM-E and ARe designations.