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Whirled News Tonight
Whirled News Tonight is an improvised show that strives to not only provide a satirical turn on current events, but to provide another, human, point of view of those stories.
When the audience arrives they will be brought to a table with several local and national publications where they can cut out any articles they are interested in and tack them onto several bulletin boards onstage. The cast will randomly choose these articles throughout the show to inspire their improvised scenes.
Hans Davies advises senior government officials and Fortune 500 business leaders on strategic planning, risk management, and innovation policy as it pertains to the security and protection domain. His clients in the in the critical infrastructure, security and protection, aerospace, and hospitality industries rely on him to help them push their strategic thinking and position them to capitalize on emerging opportunities. Hans regularly presents to executive audiences on the future of security, critical infrastructure and risk, building adaptive leadership models, and developing an innovative culture.
Hans Davies advises senior government officials and Fortune 500 business leaders on strategic planning, risk management, and innovation policy as they transform their organizations to thrive in the Information Age. He brings almost 20 years of experience in areas, such as global innovation, future human capital planning, geopolitics and risk and he is sought after as a consultant and executive facilitator. Hans regularly presents to executive audiences on the future of security, critical infrastructure and risk, building adaptive leadership models, and developing an innovative culture. His clients have included companies in the hospitality and travel, aerospace, and security and protection industries. Prior to joining Toffler Associates, Hans worked at SAIC, supporting arms control and complex operations initiatives for the Department of Defense. He has served as a Congressional staff member, worked at the Department of State, and was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Germany. Hans earned a B.A. with honors in History from Williams College and an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
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Geoffrey Baer is a multiple Emmy award-winning Public Television writer, producer and program host. He has been a fixture on Chicago’s PBS station WTTW for 28 years. His work includes more than 20 feature-length “television tours” of the city and suburbs, a culinary special called The Foods of Chicago that was nominated for a coveted James Beard Award, and specials including Chicago Time Machine and the quiz show Where in Chicago. He also appears weekly on WTTW’s flagship nightly news program Chicago Tonight, answering viewers’ questions about Chicago architecture and history in a segment called Ask Geoffrey.
Nationally he hosts the PBS primetime series 10 that Changed America and traveled to Cuba to host the PBS primetime special Weekend in Havana. His other national public television specials include documentaries about acclaimed architects Robert A. M. Stern and Michael Graves and Saved from the Wrecking Ball, a documentary about the rescue of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.
He has been a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation since 1987, and has served on the boards of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture and Design Society and Chicago’s acclaimed Lookingglass Theatre Company.
In addition to his Emmy awards, Geoffrey has been honored by the Society of Architectural Historians, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Chicago Headline Club.
Chicago is one of America’s youngest major cities. But in its short history the city has had more than its share of disasters; the Great Fire on 1871, the Iroquois Theatre fire, the Eastland Disaster; the underground flood of 1992. In this talk, popular PBS television host and architecture expert Geoffrey Baer tells these and other harrowing stories and talks about ways they could have been anticipated and avoided. He also explores how the same hubris that led to avoidable catastrophes also led to great Chicago achievements, including the birth of the skyscraper.
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David Abbene is the US practice leader and a managing director in the Claim Consulting Practice of Marsh Risk Consulting (MRC), based in Chicago. He focuses on developing and delivering workers’ compensation process improvement and cost reduction strategies. He assists a variety of organizations in the design and implementation of operational audits and assessments and in redesigning processes to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery.
David, a licensed attorney, brings a broad range of business experience to Marsh and works with clients in many diverse industries, including financial services, insurance, manufacturing, not-for- profit, real estate development, telecommunications, transportation, retail, and energy/utilities. David joined our firm in 2002 and has over 20 years of experience, including several positions at Marsh, where he has advised clients on risk management, workers’ compensation, and process improvement. He was a member of a large financial and commodities risk consulting practice, where he assisted a variety of international organizations with operational risk issues. Previously, David was an attorney for a Midwest based law firm.
BA in economics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
JD, John Marshall Law School
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Shuaib Ahmed is an owner and managing attorney with ASA Law Group, LLC based in Oak Brook, IL. ASA Law Group, LLC concentrates in the areas of workers compensation defense and third-party litigation. Prior to forming ASA Law Group, LLC, Mr. Ahmed served as a Partner with one of the bigger workers compensation defense firms in Chicago, IL aggressively defending self-insureds. While Mr. Ahmed enjoys representing clients in Court and at the Commission, he is actively involved both in the legal and business community.
Notably, he serves on the Illinois Business Advisory Board for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Employment Law Council for the Chamber. Mr. Ahmed has authored numerous articles for the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Business Leader while serving as faculty member where he is a frequent lecturer in the areas of workers compensation and employment litigation. Mr. Ahmed was selected as an Emerging Lawyer for 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Leading Lawyers. This selection is based upon nominations from other practicing Attorneys and Judges who recommend lawyers based upon exceptional character, outstanding aptitude for the practice of law, ethics and experience. This honor is given to the top 2% of attorneys in the State of Illinois.
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Ross Albert, CAMS, ABCP
Ross Albert is the Assistant Vice President of Organizational Resilience for HUB International. He has over 10 years of experience in financial intelligence, anti-money laundering, cyber and fraud risk management. Prior to joining HUB, Ross was an Anti-Money Laundering Consultant for K2 Intelligence and was instrumental in a number of significant investigations. In addition, Ross created and designed unique methods for the use of social media analytics as a real-time, early warning mechanism as part of an intelligence led security risk management program.
He has worked closely with the protection of personal data in the high net worth community as well as with government agencies such as the US Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security and US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Ross is a member of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, DHS Fusion Center, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
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Kate Browne is an attorney with more than twenty-five years' experience in the insurance industry. She joined Swiss Re in 2004 where she is Senior Vice President, Claims Counsel and serves as Corporate Solutions informal futurist. Kate is the author of several white papers on emerging risks such as 3D printers, automated vehicles, commercial drones, and nanotechnology. She is a graduate of St John's University School of Law and worked at AIG and Mendes & Mount prior to joining Swiss Re.
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Evan Busman, a senior risk advisor at Hanover Stone Partners, serves on the leadership team of Hanover Stone CaptiveGuardSM, the firm’s specialty practice providing a wide array of governance and related advisory services for captive insurance companies and their parent organizations.
Based in Atlanta, he joined Hanover Stone Partners in 2017, bringing more than 25 years of experience in risk management consulting with a variety of businesses. Mr. Busman is widely recognized for his expertise in the design and implementation of non-traditional risk-financing arrangements, including single-parent and group captives and formal decision-support modeling.
Previously, he was a senior consultant for a global risk management consulting organization and, prior to that, was Midwest leader of the Advanced Risk Solutions unit of a global insurance services firm.
During his career, Mr. Busman has led consulting engagement focusing on a wide range of riskmanagement and financing needs, including organizational risk profiling, integrated risk approaches, and financial management of risk.
He has conducted feasibility and business planning studies for complex single-parent and group captives, risk and confidence level analysis, risk-bearing capacity and retention optimization, loss forecasting and reserve analysis, enterprise risk management, loss-sensitive cost of risk allocation models, and risk management program reviews.
A frequent speaker on various risk management topics, Mr. Busman earned a B.B.A. degree with a major in accounting from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University.
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Todd Cheema is a SVP and Senior Structurer, Non-Standard Solutions for Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. Todd works on a team dedicated to the use of techniques other than traditional insurance and reinsurance to provide risk-bearing entities with protection. Prior to his current role, Todd led a team in Swiss Re dedicated to providing a flexible range of customized Retrospective Solutions to help address the capital and earnings challenges arising from retained reserves.
Prior to his role in Retrospective Solutions, Todd worked in Underwriting and Pricing roles at Swiss Re, specializing in Commercial Umbrella. Prior joining Swiss Re in December 2005, Todd worked for 6 years as a Reserving and Pricing Actuary at Partner Re. Todd worked as an Actuarial Consultant at Milliman for 8 years prior to joining Partner Re. Todd began his career in insurance at Plymouth Rock Assurance Co as an Underwriter. Todd is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
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Dr. Brian Cole
Dr. Brian Cole is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and a Professor of Orthopedics and Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center. He is the Associate Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Rush and the Section Head of the Cartilage Research and Restoration Center. Since 2011, he has served as Chairman of Surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital and as the head of the Rush Orthopedic Master's Program.
Dr. Cole’s research interests include cartilage restoration, therapeutic biologics, and minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of the knee, elbow, and shoulder. He has published more than 1,000 articles and 8 textbooks on orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He received an MD and MBA from the University of Chicago, completed his orthopedic residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery at Cornell Medical Center, and a Sports Medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. His professional career outside of academia includes serving as team physician for the Chicago Bulls, co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox and team physician for DePaul University. He also co-hosts a weekly sports-medicine talk-show on ESPN radio.
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Daniel A. Cotter
Daniel Cotter is a Partner at Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP, where he is Chair of the Insurance Regulatory and Transactions practice group and a member of the Privacy and Cyber practice group. Prior to that role, he was Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Fidelity Life Association, and before that Dan was in private practice, the last two years in a firm he co-founded. His clients include a number of insurers and reinsurers and other insurance-related organizations. He spent 14.5 years in-house at insurance organizations, where he focused on insurance, regulatory, compliance and transactional matters.
Dan served as President of The Chicago Bar Association for the 2014-2015 bar year and is former Chair of The Young Lawyers Section of The CBA. Dan is an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School, and has taught Insurance Law, Accounting for Lawyers and SCOTUS Judicial Biography. Dan graduated summa cum laude from The John Marshall Law School and received his B.A. in Accounting from Monmouth College, magna cum laude. Dan is a frequent writer and presenter on various substantive topics and has spoken at various industry events. He has written, presented and advised extensively on technology, privacy and data.
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Tom is an experienced commercial litigator, focusing his practice on commercial conflicts and insurance coverage disputes. He routinely represents insurers in matters involving coverage disputes, as well as claims related to bad faith, class actions, fraud, misrepresentation, spoliation and contractual issues. Among his more significant cases include successfully defending an insurer in connection with contractual liability and bad faith issues resulting from an explosion at a fertilizer plant, as well as successfully defending an insurer against a claim for coverage under the “advertising injury” section of a policy relating to the labeling and display of a product.
Tom has experience handling matters in state and federal courts throughout the country, and also has represented foreign insurers in connection with events that take place in the United States. In addition, Tom has substantial experience in advising insurers on the adjustment and analysis of complex claims, underwriting challenges, regulatory compliance, and other related issues.
He is a frequent speaker and author on insurance-related issues, and has spoken at conferences and seminars conducted by the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, the Property Loss Research Bureau, the Illinois Association of Defense and Trial Counsel, ExecuSummit, and the National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues, as well as private seminars held on behalf of various clients.
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Dustin Duncan is a Consultant in the Chicago office of Oliver Wyman Actuarial Consulting, Inc. He specializes in Predictive Analytics, Product Warranty Accruals, Commercial Property and Casualty Reserving, and Property and Casualty Ratemaking. Dustin joined Oliver Wyman in August of 2014. His project work at Oliver Wyman has included building predictive models for numerous clients across multiple industries with respect to ratemaking, claims analytics, and non-actuarial applications, data mining, machine learning, reserving for self-insured commercial clients, warranty accruals, and utilizing programming to create actuarial and visual analytics applications for clients.
Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Dustin was a Senior Actuarial Analyst at Allstate Insurance Company where his projects revolved around the pricing of personal lines automobile and homeowners’ insurance. Projects included developing a new rating plan for personal lines automobile insurance, tackling problems relating to price optimization, and building predictive models to assist in pricing analyses.
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Melissa A. Dunn, ARM, AIC
Melissa Dunn joined Liberty Mutual in 2006 in Major Accounts, focused exclusively on the unique and complex needs of very large companies, including many of the Fortune 100. She now manages a dedicated sales and service team delivering integrated claims administration and loss control for customers of all sizes.
In her current role Ms. Dunn is heavily involved in strategy, marketing and broker/client/prospect relations. Based in Chicago, Ms. Dunn has over 25 years of industry experience in insurance, claims and third-party administration, including operations, account management, managed care, implementation, sales and sales management. She has previously worked for Travelers, The Hartford, McDonald’s Corporation and Ford Motor Company.
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Ron S. Fowler
Ron Fowler is a Partner in the Chicago office of Oliver Wyman Actuarial Consulting, Inc. He provides consulting services involving most commercial property-casualty lines to a variety of insurance companies and self-insured organizations. Ron has 23 years of actuarial experience and has provided actuarial consulting services for the last 14 years. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman Ron provided actuarial consulting services at a Big Four audit firm. Ron is a national practice leader in Oliver Wyman’s Predictive Modeling service offering.
Ron has completed predictive models spanning workers’ compensation, auto liability, and general liability. The models have focused on claim severity, litigation propensity, nurse case management resource allocation and claim adjuster assignment.
Ron also provides reserve analyses spanning workers’ compensation, auto liability, general liability, hospital professional liability, product liability, garage liability, warranty and garage keepers’ liability.
The predictive modeling and reserve studies analyzed food and beverage, manufacturing, retail, construction, and energy risks. He has been approved to provide captive loss reserve opinions by regulatory authorities in Vermont, Arizona, Montana, and Bermuda.
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Richard Frese, FCAS, MAAA
Richard is an actuary in the Chicago Casualty practice of Milliman. He joined the firm in 2002. Richard’s expertise in property and casualty primarily involves loss reserving and forecasting for self-insured clients in the area of medical malpractice and workers’ compensation liability. He also has extensive experience in commercial lines, including workers’ compensation, professional liability, general liability, auto liability, and property insurance. His clients include captives, Fortune 500 corporations, healthcare institutions, privately held companies, public entities, and risk-retention groups.
BS, Actuarial Science, University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign
Casualty Actuarial Society University Engagement Committee - 2010 to Present
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After thirteen years in our Hoffman Estates, IL workers’ compensation claims office, Matt is now a client service manager based in our downtown Chicago office.
Matt’s clients have included a wide industry range of manufacturing, retail, transportation, energy and financial services. His goal is to work closely with his customers and broker partners to decrease our mutual clients’ total cost of risk by reinforcing solid claims management, identifying opportunities to improve and creating actionable strategies that produce the best claim outcomes.
Matt graduated from the University of Iowa in 2001 where he majored in Political Science.
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John J. Kelly
John Kelly is Managing Partner of Hanover Stone Partners, a diversified risk services company he founded in 2009. Hanover Stone Partners draws on a network of prominent senior risk advisors and partner firms to provide an array of risk management services and consulting. John has held senior leadership positions with major brokerages, including Aon, Arthur J. Gallagher, and Willis. His responsibilities have encompassed strategic planning, acquisitions and investments, operational management, sales and new business development, and client management. He has led property/casualty and employee benefits companies and directed operations across multiple coverage lines and business segments.
Prior to forming Hanover Stone Partners, John was President of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. of N.Y., Inc. Earlier, he was an Executive Vice President at Aon’s Global Large Corporate group, which targeted the Global Fortune 1,500. John spent 25 years with Willis and its U.S. predecessor firm, Corroon & Black, holding a series of senior leadership positions with increasing responsibility, including: President and CEO, Willis Company of New York; Northeast Regional Director; and National Practice Leader, Willis Risk Solutions in North America.
From 2001 - 2004, he focused on national business development and produced more than 20 new mega accounts for the firm. Before joining Willis, John was Corporate Senior Vice President, Frank B. Hall & Company, where he had national brokerage responsibilities.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Baruch College and an MBA from Rutgers University. He is active in numerous nonprofit organizations, including: the Advisory Council of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College; The U.S. Advisory Board to the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin; The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation; and the Ireland-United States Council for Commerce & Industry. A founding member of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce – USA (ICCUSA), John also was a Partner of the New York City Partnership; a member of CARE’s Corporate Council; a Carnegie Hall Corporate Supporter; and Director and Secretary of the PROMESA Foundation, which is committed to revitalizing the South Bronx.
He is a past director of the Insurance Brokers Association of New York, the New York Chapter of CPCU, and he is a past director of the Insurance Brokers Association of New York, the New York Chapter of CPCU, and a past governor of the John Street Club. In 1996, John was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
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Ralph focuses his practice on commercial litigation, specifically construction-related litigation and insurance litigation, including coverage disputes. His experience andsuccessful litigation record has afforded him the opportunity to serve on the steering committee of the Fidelity and Surety Law Section of the DRI, as well as serving as program chairman of the DRI Fidelity and Surety Roundtable.
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law
B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Jon Laux is a managing director with Aon Benfield and head of Aon Benfield's Cyber Analytics practice. Jon leads a global team of actuaries, catastrophe modelers, predictive modelers and cybersecurity professionals focused on helping insurers to grow in cyber insurance and to manage cyber risk effectively through the development of leading edge analytical tools, business intelligence, and advisory services.
Jon has worked at Aon since 2006 and has held roles spanning strategic, operational, and actuarial functions. Jon most recently served as a senior consultant with Aon Inpoint, the management consulting arm of Aon. He previously held positions in Aon Broking Operations, in the Office of the CEO, and in Aon Benfield’s actuarial team with a focus on management and professional liability.
Jon is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, holds graduate degrees from Wright Graduate University and St. John’s College, and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.
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Huw Longmore joined the Joint Venture between Control Risks and International SOS International SOS in 2015 as a Coordinating Security Operations Managers in the Europe Region (including North and West Africa, Russia and CIS). In this role Huw managed operational support to clients across the region and was responsible for Travel Security Escalation Planning, working with clients to develop their emergency evacuation plans as part of their overall crisis management strategies. Since joining International SOS, he has been involved in the planning and execution of client evacuations in high-risk areas, such as Algeria, Burundi and Burkina Faso.
In May 2017, Huw was promoted to the role of Regional Security Manager, based in Houston. In this role Huw advises companies on their Travel Security Risk Management processes, assessing areas for improvement and developing policies and procedures to advance the organizations’ risk management maturity.
Before joining International SOS, Huw worked for a number of security consultancy companies and was an Officer in the British Army for nearly 10 years during which time he served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestinian Occupied Territories and North Africa. He is a fluent French speaker and speaks some Spanish and Arabic.
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Christine L. Maher
Christine uses over 23 years of experience in Liability and Workers’ Compensation claims and a passion to control costs and improve outcomes. She has successfully designed and implemented customized claims management programs mitigating loss and exposure to loss.
Christine’s experience includes a proven track record of monitoring and intervening in claims to ensure proper outcome and management of claims. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Christine was a senior level adjuster for a national insurance carrier handling complex Worker’s Compensation and Liability claims and spent 11 years as a trial assistant and paralegal specializing in Medical Malpractice, Liability and Product Liability Claims.
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Cal McCarty has over 10 years of experience in the Insurance Industry and is now the National Director of Sales for ServiceMaster DSI, a residential and commercial disaster restoration company. Since joining ServiceMaster DSI in 2014, Cal has been instrumental in building the ServiceMaster DSI Sales Team for 15 regional offices within the U.S. by developing sales training, initiatives, and strategies. Cal has extensive experience working on commercial projects with prestigious companies across the country from responding to disasters Hurricane Matthew, Harvey and Irma. Cal attended Lincoln Lane Jr. College and Olivet Nazarene University where he studied criminology and business management.
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Phillip N. Norton, Ph.D.
Phil Norton is the Vice Chairman of the Midwest Region for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. as well as a National Managing Director for the Management Liability Practice of Gallagher. His responsibilities include leadership for all specialty insurance placements and related risk management consulting. Phil is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on Directors and Officers Liability (D&O) and Cyber Liability, having published and spoken on these subjects throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Mexico, Bermuda, Japan, China and Germany.
Dr. Norton has more than twenty-five years of experience in the insurance industry, consulting with corporations of all sizes on D&O, M&A products, Cyber and other financial risk programs. His primary role is as a client executive, focusing on management liability consulting services and placement activities for select clients.
Phil has over 18 years with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. as National Managing Director and Division President, specializing in D&O, Professional Liability, Cyber Liability and hard to place coverages. His experience includes the genesis and launch of Cyber products almost 20 years ago – selling the 2nd Cyber policy ever placed in London. He has equal amount of D&O experience having written policy forms and created rating and reserving plans for carriers. Phil was also part of the formation of the EPL policy and assisted Swiss Re with the launch of their EPL product in the late 1990s. As a Ph.D. in Statistics, Dr. Norton is also responsible for and very experienced with risk modeling of all kinds, and has developed models for D&O, Cyber, EPL, Fiduciary and Crime.
He spent three years with Sedgwick as a specialty broker and National Managing Director for all Management Liability lines worldwide and seven years with Towers Watson (formerly Wyatt), running their worldwide professional liability practice, writing books on D&O and Fiduciary coverages, and holding educational seminars for thousands of participants. Phil began his career with CNA Insurance.
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Drew Olson is a Director in the firm’s Forensic Insurance & Recovery practice with more than 10 years of experience assisting clients with forensic accounting and consulting services related to insurance claims, including complex property and business interruption for insured businesses, as well as product recall, cyber and fidelity bond claims. Skilled at evaluating interdependency losses pursuant to direct physical damage and contingent business interruption, Mr. Olson has assisted Fortune 100 companies, manufacturers and retail businesses in preparing and substantiating complex insurance claims and analyzing losses from insured catastrophic events.
In the hospitality industry, Mr. Olson has prepared numerous hotel business interruption and property claims related to insured perils. He has served clients in a range of other industries, including retail, chemical and global manufacturing, food service, technology, mortgage and financial services, aviation and telecommunications. In addition, he has served as a neutral Umpire in appraisal proceedings related to business interruption disputes and as an expert in mediation proceedings.
Mr. Olson has been quoted and published on insurance claims and business interruption topics in several national and industry publications, including CNBC, Treasury & Risk, and the E-Commerce Times. Prior to joining BDO, Mr. Olson was a Manager in Ernst & Young's Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practice, where he provided insurance claims, forensic accounting and investigative services.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Illinois State Society of Certified Public Accountants
Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Chicago Chapter
Masters of Professional Accountancy, Illinois State University
B.S., Accounting, Illinois State University
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Mike Paczolt, FCAS, MAAA is a consulting actuary with the Chicago Casualty office of Milliman. He has a BS in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Mike has 10 years of consulting experience. Throughout his career, Mike has been involved in both traditional Casualty actuarial assignments, such as pricing and reserving, and non-traditional assignments, such as the application of non-linear predictive modeling techniques such as random forests and GBMs.
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Ms. Paziotopoulos began her career in 1990 as a prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney's Office, quickly focusing on the area of domestic violence. In 1996 she joined the American Prosecutor's Research Institute in Alexandria Virginia as a Senior Attorney traveling to 38 of the 50 states, conducting training and speaking on domestic violence.
In 1997, she was recruited back to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to create and supervise the Domestic Violence Division. She monitored the prosecution of over 100,000 domestic violence cases emanating each year from the city of Chicago and surrounding areas while creating new policies, programs and procedures for the division. She also served as the Director of Public Affairs, and the Violence Against Women Policy Advisor to State’s Attorney Richard A. Devine.
Ms. Paziotopoulos has developed and presented many training sessions on the topic of domestic violence, stalking and workplace violence to corporations and professionals of all disciplines. She has conducted training at NASA, Smithsonian Institution, the Albanian national police, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Sidley and Austin, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and numerous other corporations and organizations. She has also appeared as an expert on CNN, CNBC, WGN, and the Oprah Winfrey Show as well as numerous national radio and news stations. She has been a consultant on workplace violence guidelines and standards for the FBI, the American Society of Industrial Security, the Society of Human Resources Management, and the American Bar Association. She has authored numerous articles and chapters for various books on the issues of domestic violence, stalking and workplace violence. She participated on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s transition team for her expertise in domestic violence, stalking and workplace violence issues. She was recently appointed by Governor Rauner to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Board. In November 2000, she received the first Distinguished Alumni Award from Hinsdale South High School.
In July 2000, she was selected by Today’s Chicago Woman as one of 100 women making a difference in Chicago. In December 2008, she received an award from the Illinois Security Chiefs for making a difference in Security in 2011 she was awarded the Julia Beverage Award from Kent Law School and in 2012 she was awarded The Community Service Award by The Hellenic Bar Association. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching "Intimate Partner Violence" at Kent Law School and The Executive Director of a newly formed not for profit organization, "The Center for Domestic Violence Policy."
As a two-time cancer survivor, Ms. Paziotopoulos also acts as a mentor to others recently diagnosed with cancer, and is frequently interviewed by the media on tools and strategies to heal from cancer.
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Joe Powell is Vice President of Analytics, at Gallagher Bassett. He is responsible for the Analytics function within Gallagher Bassett’s U.S. Operations. Joe’s team provides a wide range of analysis services – from basic claims reporting to advanced analytics. Responsibilities include client stewardship, claims operations analytics, managed care analytics, and internal management reporting.
Joe joined Gallagher Bassett in January of 2014. Previously he was a consultant at Bain & Company. Joe holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
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Terry Ries specializes in developing and implementing customized safety and loss prevention programs for a variety of organizations, including large public risks and national entertainment, manufacturing and real estate clients. Terry has more than 35 years of experience in loss control. Prior to joining Alliant/Mesirow, Terry managed the loss control management practice at Near North Insurance Brokerage. Before that, Terry was a manufacturing segment manager at Zurich American Insurance. In this position, he managed risk engineers responsible for providing loss control services for national accounts.
Earlier, Terry worked in various loss control positions at Travelers Insurance Company including director of the National Accounts Marketing division of Constitution State Service Company, a Travelers subsidiary that provides loss control services under fee contracts. Terry began his career in engineering management positions, primarily for property, casualty, boiler and machinery exposures.
Terry earned a BS in mechanical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Additionally, he holds an Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM) designation.
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Peter Rosiere is a 30+ year risk management professional. Peter has served as Sodexo's risk management leader in North America for over 11 years. During this time, Sodexo North America has doubled in size while expanding the scope of quality of life services offered to clients and customers. Sodexo’s recent global re-organization is creating an opportunity taken to rethink and restructure the risk transfer program. Global scale is also leveraged in a much more effective manner.
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Gina Rothweiler, ARM
Gina Rothweiler, ARM is a Senior Sales Executive, at Riskonnect. Gina joined Riskonnect in 2011 from Aon Risk Solutions, where she was the vice president of business development from 2007-2011. She began her 20+ year career in the RMIS industry as a risk manager in Chicago and has since held various positions, including RMIS consultant, account executive and manager of Midwest client service team. Rothweiler earned her bachelor's degree from Penn State University and has her ARM designation.
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David J. Roy
David Roy joined The Travelers as an Ergonomics Specialist where he consulted with employers to reduce ergonomic related injuries. In 1996, Risk & Insurance Magazine awarded David the “Top Product of the Year Award” for developing “The Travelers Office Ergonomics Consulting Product”.
In 1997 David began working with Claim. His duties included identifying ways to integrate science and technology into claim investigations. He has authored several articles and a book chapter on the subject of ergonomics and human factors. He is currently serving as a member of the ANSI Z 535 committee on Warnings and Instructions. David is currently Co-Chair of the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace external advisory committee. David is a 2nd Vice President at the Travelers Engineering Laboratory where he is responsible for field operations, general liability and workers compensation subrogation forensic engineering initiatives.
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A nationally recognized expert, Reid joined JLT in 2015 as Senior Vice President, Credit, Political, and Security Risks and JLT's Cyber Practice after a 22-year career in the U.S. Army. Reid actively advises numerous senior government and industry leaders, with particular emphasis on terrorism, geopolitical, and cyber security risks. Reid is also a member of the New York City Fire Department’s Terrorism Task Force, providing subject matter expertise on resiliency, preparedness, and cyber issues for senior leaders in New York City and serves on Advisory Board for the University of Chicago's Project on Security and Threats.
Most recently, he served as the senior intelligence strategist for the Middle East and South Asia at U.S. Central Command, leading the organization’s most elite analytical team, for which he received the Director of National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation. PreviouslyReid was selected for a prestigious fellowship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During his fellowship year, he led the first summit on intellectual property theft through cyber means.
Having founded the nation’s premier counterterrorism research institute, The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, he led influential national counterterrorism policy reviews and testified before a bicameral Congressional committee hearing. During his career, he deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, and Latin America while serving in Special Operations Forces.
The editor of two books on transnational threats and author of numerous articles, Reid was a professor at the United States Military Academy and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s graduate School of International and Public Affairs for eight years. Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Sawyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.
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Carlos A. Sintes
Carlos A. Sintes is the Claims Manager at Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. The Company's trusted brands include MasterBrand cabinets, Master Lock, Moen faucets, Therma-Tru entry door systems, and SentrySafe.
Prior to Fortune Brands, Carlos held positions at W.W. Grainger, Inc., PepsiAmericas, Inc., Waste Management, Inc., and Aetna Life and Casualty.
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Richard B. Smith
Richard B. Smith is vice president, manager of operations engineering for FM Global; based in the company’s Johnston, RI, USA, corporate headquarters. Smith is responsible for a team that provides direction and support to a worldwide engineering staff; with the goal of providing value-added loss prevention and risk management services to FM Global’s clients.
Prior to his current appointment in January 2013, Smith served as divisional engineering manager, Eastern Division, based in Norwood, MA, USA. He has held a variety of engineering roles since joining FM Global in 1985 as a field engineer.
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA.
Smith is a member of the New England chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).
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Sam is an Associate Director & Actuary within Aon Global Risk Consulting’s (AGRC) Actuarial & Analytics Team. Sam has over 8 years of actuarial consulting experience with Fortune 1000, Forbes Global 2000, private, and non-profit entities. As the Team Lead for the Michigan’s Actuarial & Analytics team, Sam is responsible for leading projects, assisting in the renewal process for clients, and managing client experiences in regard to actuarial projects.Sam is also a member of the Cyber Risk Consulting team and leads the actuarial components associated with the Cyber Analytics & Quantification team.
Experience and Expertise
Sam’s areas of expertise include loss forecasting, reserve analyses, and collateral reviews for workers’ Compensation, products/general liability, auto liability, and medical professional liability. Additionally, Sam is a national resource for specialized modeling projects surrounding retentions and limits for casualty lines as well asexecutive risk lines such as employment practices liability and crime. Sam leads the actuarial component of Aon’s Cyber Analytics and Quantification team. As part of this initiative, Sam works with the cyber team to build and refineactuarial cyber models, research trends and correlations in cyber claims data, ensure proper coordination with Aon’s brokerage teams, and serves as the actuarial liaison to corporate wide Cyber initiatives.
Sam earned a BS in Business from the University of Minnesota and is an MBA candidate at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Sam is also a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society along with a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Education / Professional Designations / Affiliations
- University of Minnesota (Carlson School of Management), BS in Business
- University of Minnesota (Carlson School of Management), MBA Candidate
- Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS), 2013
- Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), 2012
- Actuarial Advisory Board Member for Michigan State University, 2016 – Present
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Robyn L. Wheeler
Robyn Wheeler is a Director in Willis Towers Watson’s Human Capital and Benefits practice based out of Chicago, IL. She applies her experience in both consulting and corporate environments to partner with clients to identify strategies for leveraging talent to achieve business outcomes while appropriately incenting and rewarding them for their efforts.
Robyn is an innovative leader with strong skills in organizational design & effectiveness, global talent development, organizational culture, employee engagement and change management to support business transformation. She has a deep expertise in global organizations and leadership of complex, multi-workstream projects. Additionally, Robyn is the Midwest market leader for WTW’s Talent Management & Organizational Alignment practice. Robyn is a frequent speaker on the Future of Work, Human Capital Risk and Global Talent Mobility. Her experience spans a variety of industries and subject matter.
A snapshot of her recent project experience includes:
Human Capital strategy for global pharmaceutical company: Led the team to develop a human capital strategy, employee value proposition, total rewards optimization study and talent management program assessment. Support included implementation and change management planning.
Career strategy and competency model development for global insurance company: Led the team to design a career management vision and framework to include competency models that are tied to strategic business objectives, talent development and total rewards programs. Support included implementation and change management planning.|
Organizational design for global third party logistics company: Led the organizational design team to complete detailed assessment and redesign of a critical business unit within the organization. This included stakeholder interviews with executives, partnering with leadership team to assess gaps, conduct qualitative and quantitate analysis and develop final recommendations, including business case, for change.
Organizational effectiveness review of the Enterprise Risk Management function within a Fortune 500 utility organization: Led the design team’s review to ensure proper alignment of the function to the organization’s overall business strategy and ERM-defined objectives.
Change transformation for global technology company: Led the team to develop the strategy, plan and implementation for a large-scale Business Transformation, building leadership alignment, operating as an executive coach, driving employee involvement and reengagement while ensuring impacted employees were supported through the change.
Robyn has her Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and her BA with a double major in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. She serves on the board of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago.
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