Introducing the 2022 CRF Speakers!

Robert Benvenuto

Robert Benvenuto

Chief Sales Officer | HUB International Midwest

MODERATOR: Overcoming Risk & Insurance Challenges

Robert serves as Regional Chief Sales Officer and member of the Midwest Executive Leadership & Management Team. He is responsible for driving corporate growth, business development, and sales strategies across Hub International’s target client industries, products, and market segments. Robert leads a dynamic team of producers, complex risk and insurance specialists, recruits leading industry talent, and sources strategic M&A opportunities.

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Gina Brown

Gina Brown

Insurance Partnerships Manager | myCOI

Increasing the Value to Risk Management

Gina Brown is the Insurance Partnerships Manager at myCOI. As a 27-year insurance veteran and previous independent Insurance Agency President and Founder — just hosting a birthday party or going out to eat becomes a lesson in risk and exposure! When she isn’t reading and interpreting policy language or researching case law, Gina enjoys spending time with her family. 

 

Anjali Das

Anjali Das

Partner | Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP

Cyber Threats and Trends in 2022

Anjali Das has been instrumental in the unprecedented growth of Wilson Elser’s cybersecurity & data privacy capabilities in terms of both the number of dedicated cyber attorneys and areas of cyber expertise. She is a recognized authority on the key factors of cyber-defense, including incident response, privacy compliance and risk management, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, and the defense of nationwide Data Breach Class Actions. Co-chair of Wilson Elser’s national Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Practice and a respected member of the firm since 1999, Anjali is in high demand to provide oversight of cyber crisis management and incident response by clients victimized by a data breach, and those that struggle with high-stakes risk.

Don Delves

Don Delves

Executive Compensation / Board Advisory Practice Leader, North America | Willis Towers Watson

Navigating ESG: Corporate Governance, Risk Management, and the Board

Don Delves is a Managing Director and Practice Leader for Executive Compensation and Board Advisory, North America for WTW’s Work and Rewards Line of Business. Based in Chicago, Don is a leading expert and highly sought-after consultant and speaker on corporate governance and executive pay and performance, with over 30 years’ experience consulting with major corporate boards and executive teams across the country.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle

Senior Intellectual Property Counsel - SVP | Ambridge Partners LLC

The Emerging Intellectual Property Market During a Recessionary Period

Sean Doyle is senior IP counsel and SVP at Ambridge Partners where he is responsible for creating tailored solutions for clients seeking IP protection either in the ordinary course of business, or in connection with business agreements such as Licensing Agreements, Financings & Investments, or Mergers & Acquisitions. Sean is also responsible for underwriting Ambridge’s IP contingency product which responds to one-off legal, judicial and legislative IP risks. Prior to joining Ambridge, Sean worked in private practice as a patent litigator where he represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex IP disputes in a broad range of industries. 

Anne Fentress

Anne Fentress

Senior Risk and Insurance Specialist | myCOI

Increasing the Value to Risk Management

Anne Fentress is myCOI’s in-house Risk & Insurance Specialist. 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!

Larry Fine

Larry Fine

Management Liability Coverage Leader | FINEX North America - Willis Towers Watson

Navigating ESG: Corporate Governance, Risk Management, and the Board

Lawrence Fine is the Management Liability Coverage Leader for WTW’s FINEX North America practice, with prior experience at law firms and with AIG. He has more than 30 years of legal and insurance industry experience, particularly in relation to Directors and Officers Liability, Professional Liability, Employment Practices Liability, and Fiduciary Liability. Larry’s experience includes serving as Global Head of Professional Liability and D&O Claims at AIG, and as Claims Chief Technical Officer, Larry helped write all of AIG’s Financial Lines policies and many endorsements which are still in use.

Chris Hammond

Chris Hammond

Senior Manager, Compliance & Risk Management | Stepan Company

Navigating ESG: Corporate Governance, Risk Management, and the Board

Chris Hammond is the Global Compliance & Risk Manager for Stepan Company, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, and is Chair of the Sustainability Committee for the American Cleaning Institute. He has over 20 years of experience in the chemical manufacturing industry and works at the intersection of insurance risk, enterprise risk management, and ESG for Stepan.

Kelly Harkcom

Kelly Harkcom

Director, Employee Experience | Willis Towers Watson

Navigating ESG: Corporate Governance, Risk Management, and the Board

Kelly Harkcom, Ph.D., is a Director in Employee Experience at WTW.  With almost two decades of consulting experience, Kelly specializes in the design and implementation of strategies to optimize the employee experience in order to minimize people risk and, ultimately, impact organizational performance, including the Social aspects ESG. Kelly has led large-scale global employee research initiatives for some of WTW’s top clients in a variety of industries. Some of Kelly’s notable work includes partnering with business leaders and human resource business partners to design agile employee listening strategies; redefine how organizations attract, engage, and retain critical talent for future success; and align organizational culture to support strategic business and people priorities.

Geoff Hatfield

Geoff Hatfield

Chief Strategy Officer| HUB International Midwest

Is the Insurance Brokerage Industry Broken?
“Translating Value” of effective risk management and insurance to the C-suite and Board

Geoff has a diverse background with experience in underwriting, actuarial science, risk management, brokerage, “Big 4” management consulting and sales leadership. He spent his early career in industry progressing to the ranks of Risk Manager for a Fortune 50 broad line retailer. His brokerage experience involved specializing in accounts requiring heavy alternative risk financing and quantitative skills. As a management consultant, Geoff led complex operational improvement and change management initiatives for national insurance companies, third-party claims administrators, brokerage firms and Fortune 1000 clients around the world. Currently, in his sales leadership capacity, He focuses on supporting the team from a technical perspective, growing the business and building a sales culture with discipline that is the envy of the industry

Peter Holz

Peter Holz

Senior Vice President – Head of Commercial IP Risk, Intellectual Property Solutions | AON

The Emerging Intellectual Property Market During a Recessionary Period

Peter Holz currently serves as the leader of Commercial IP risk within Aon’s Intellectual Property Practice, with responsibilities for IP risk transfer product development, Vendor Risk Management, IP risk transfer advisory & placement, and business development. Peter also supports Aon IP Solutions’ strategic initiatives and advisory for large & complex clients. Prior to his role with Aon IP Solutions, Peter served as an Associate and Strategic Account Manager for Aon’s M&A and Transaction Solutions Practice, with responsibilities for day-to-day management of Private Equity clients.

Ian Lewis

Ian Lewis

Global Head, IP Underwriting Solutions | One Underwriting B.V. AON

The Emerging Intellectual Property Market During a Recessionary Period

Ian Lewis has over 30 years experience in helping businesses – from start-ups to multinational corporations – to protect themselves against the financial impact of IP-related exposures, such as litigation costs and expenses, liability and business interruption, and other financial losses. He established and leads One Underwriting’s IP team which works on behalf of Lloyd’s Syndicates and Insurers to assess and transfer clients’ IP exposures on a global basis.

Jonathan Little

Jonathan Little

Director, FINEX Growth Leader | Willis Towers Watson

Navigating ESG: Corporate Governance, Risk Management, and the Board

Jonathan Little is WTW’s Midwest Growth Leader for the FINEX business. He has over 17 years’ experience providing risk management solutions to public and large private companies, and non-profit organizations, specializing in marketing, consulting and negotiating management liability insurance, and advising clients on insurance coverage issues including ESG.

Joyce Lumpkin

Joyce Lumpkin

Sr. Vice President, National Sales | CorVel Corporation

Overcoming Risk & Insurance Challenge

Joyce is Senior Vice President of National Sales for CorVel Corporation. She has been with CorVel for over 20 years and has vast experience working with carriers, brokers, employers as well as numerous state funds to assist in designing and implementing comprehensive claims administration and managed care programs. With a focus on delivering quality results, clear communication, and exceeding customer expectations, Joyce is a tremendous asset to CorVel and the industry as a whole.

Cal McCarty

Cal McCarty

VP Commercial Sales and Response | ServiceMaster

Streamlined Disaster Planning for Risk Managers

Cal McCarty is a Vice President of Commercial Sales and Response for ServiceMaster Recovery Management, an Atlanta based national disaster restoration company. Cal has 10 years of experience in writing, installing, and consulting on disaster planning for Risk Managers in large national and global companies.

David Ross

David Ross

Partner and Co-Chair, Class Action practice | Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP

Cyber Threats and Trends in 2022

David Ross has worked with clients to prepare and implement a comprehensive defense strategy in response to state and nationwide class actions and mass actions, other complex litigation or demands, or investigations by government regulators or prosecutors. He represents clients in all aspects of complex civil litigation before federal and state courts and in alternative dispute forums. David has advised clients in advance of and while defending individual and class actions involving product liability issues such as defective vehicles, improperly labeled food products, medical testing and improper packaging, and class actions involving privacy and improper care. He also has worked on recall procedures and served as the NHTSA-approved auditor for a manufacturer as part of a resolution with the government.

Tim Routhieaux

Tim Routhieaux

Managing Director, Complex Risk Practice | HUB International Central Region

Is the Insurance Brokerage Industry Broken?
“Translating Value” of effective risk management and insurance to the C-suite and Board

Tim has over 30 years of diverse experience in the risk ecosystem. He began his career working as a casualty underwriter for Wausau Insurance Company followed by a risk management role with the University of Wisconsin System Risk Management Department. He has spent the last 27 years in the brokerage industry working in a variety of roles including broking, client management, and growth leadership roles. Currently, Tim is working with HUB’s Complex Risk Team to help clients improve financial performance by connecting C-suite business objectives to risk management and human capital strategies.

Annette Sanchez

Annette Sanchez

Senior Vice President| ESIS, Inc

Hot Trends Facing the Risk & Insurance Industries

As Senior Vice President of Sales, Annette Sanchez directs ESIS’ national sales and distribution strategy, ensuring that the organization’s business development goals and tactical plans drive profitable growth and market share. Annette also leads our sales team in developing sales strategies and creative solutions that align with each prospective client’s needs, as well as building effective relationships with brokers, carriers, prospects, and key accounts. She has also held a variety of executive positions with responsibility for marketing, national practices, product development, and managed care for several Third-Party Administrators (TPAs) and carriers.

Hemant Shah

Hemant Shah

Co-founder and CEO | Archipelago

Hot Trends Facing the Risk & Insurance Industries

Hemant Shah is the CEO of Archipelago, a risk data platform that connects and transforms property risk data for large commercial property owners and enables brokers and insurers to view and analyze customer portfolios to deliver optimal insurance outcomes. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of RMS, the world’s leading catastrophe modeling company. Hemant’s been a pioneer in the application of data analytics to risk management, helping to shape the modern re/insurance industry.

Hemant is passionate about risk and resiliency, and he serves on the board of the social venture, Build Change. Hemant holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Science in Engineering from Stanford University.

Gavin Souter

Gavin Souter

Chief Editor | Business Insurance

MODERATOR: Hot Trends Facing the Risk & Insurance Industries

Gavin Souter is the editor of Business Insurance, where he leads the editorial operations of the magazine and website. He has worked as a financial journalist for more than 30 years. After working at financial magazines in the United Kingdom, he joined Business Insurance’s London office as a reporter in 1991. He transferred to New York in 1993, held various roles, and moved to Chicago in 2004 after being named managing editor. He was promoted to editor in 2011.

Jennifer Stegmaier

Jennifer Stegmaier

Of Counsel, Sr. Litigator and member of Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice | Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP

Cyber Threats and Trends in 2022

Jennifer Stegmaier is experienced at representing clients in data privacy class-action litigation and regulatory investigations. She has defended third-party claims brought by individuals throughout the country whose personally identifiable information (PII) or protected health information (PHI) has been compromised in a data security incident. In addition, she has handled numerous investigations by law enforcement and state and federal regulators, including state attorneys general and HHS/OCR for HIPAA violations. Jennifer advises clients on cybersecurity and data privacy breach response following a cybersecurity incident, assesses overall risk and compliance, and helps to remediate cybersecurity issues.

Scott Webb

Scott Webb

Chief Sales Officer, Central Region | HUB International Midwest

Is the Insurance Brokerage Industry Broken?
“Translating Value” of effective risk management and insurance to the C-suite and Board

Scott has a diverse background with experience in building purpose-driven sales teams and culture within complex risk management and human capital environment. With his management consulting and sales leadership, he strives to make a positive impact in our communities and to society as a whole. He spent his early career helping drive sales growth for clients in the Emerging Markets for western companies abroad looking at specific perspectives for global growth. Specifically, his prior experience and background was helping run growth in the industry for Asian Pacific Markets. Scott also knows and has studied the Japanese language. He believes in delivering distinctive client value via innovative and effective risk management and workforce productivity solutions. He is an expert at relating to people and bringing businesses together.

John White

John White

Senior Director Global Clients| Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Overcoming Risk & Insurance Challenge

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.