BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rae Brown, CPA, AC
Rae Brown joined GPW and Associates, Inc. as a Senior Account Manager in 2017. She specializes in captive insurance companies for mid-sized employers. In 2008, she left Marsh Captive Solutions, leaving as a Vice President to join GPW. Ms. Brown is responsible for assuring high quality service in captive management activities. Additional duties include assisting clients in design, organization and implementation of captive insurance programs.
Allan Smith is a Client Service Leader and Senior Vice President in the Arizona office of Marsh Captive Solutions. He is responsible for oversight of client service teams that manage the daily activities of insurance companies, strategic captive program design, and new business development. Allan’s unique brokerage background provides expertise in broader risk strategies, tools and resources that captives utilize. His focus on both short and long term strategies sets a road map and helps a captive work in concert with the parent or group’s holistic risk program. Allan recognizes that a captive is only a piece in the broader context of a client’s risk strategy and works with brokerage teams inside and outside of Marsh to dovetail seamless solutions.
Alan is a Partner in the Brown Smith Wallace Insurance Advisory Services group, where he specializes in the taxation of insurance companies. He also leads our Captive Insurance Advisory Services practice. Alan has 24 years of tax experience and has worked closely with insurance companies for 22 years. Prior to joining Brown Smith Wallace, Alan was a senior manager with a national accounting firm. Alan is responsible for serving insurers writing fidelity, personal and commercial lines; medical and life insurance; other professional malpractice coverages; and captive insurance companies. His areas of specialty include consulting and compliance tax services, captive insurance services and structuring and review of complex GAAP and statutory accounting tax provisions. He has also authored a number of pieces in the insurance tax and captive insurance company areas.
Mike Grubbs has over 25 years experience in the insurance and claims industry, holding various management positions with companies in the South, Northeast, and Midwest. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing and Finance) from Southeast Missouri State University. He has also completed several technical management insurance courses, in addition to many years of professional development in the industry. Mike is a member of the St. Louis Claim Managers Council, the VCIA (Vermont Captive Insurance Association), St. Louis Risk Insurance Management Society, National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters. He is also on the executive committee for the Claim Professional Liability Insurance Company (CPLIC), and he is the secretary and a board member of MOCIA (Missouri Captive Insurance Association.)
Linda Walker Spann, Director of Marketing for Taylor-Walker Consulting, LLC, has worked extensively in the marketing and public relations field for many years. She was instrumental in forming Walker & Associates, a Utah actuarial firm working with State Insurance Departments in the regulatory sector. During that time, she made presentations to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and the majority of State Insurance Departments familiarizing Insurance Commissioners and Chief Examiners to services offered by Walker & Associates. In 1990 Walker and Associates was asked by the Vermont Insurance Department to review applications for captive insurance companies. In 1993 Walker and Associates was sold to a principle who renamed the company Taylor-Walker & Associates. Linda remained with the actuarial firm becoming Vice President, Marketing. At that time Taylor-Walker began to expand their captive insurance business performing all actuarial aspects. Taylor-Walker has seen substantial growth under the ownership of Scott Garduno, FSA, MAAA, with over 60% of revenue coming from the captive industry. Linda serves on the NVCIC Board, WRCIC Board, CICA Membership Committee, and WRCIC Conference Committee.
Renea Louie, ARM, ACI, Fellow
Renea Louie joined the Pro Group family of companies in 2005. She serves as Vice President of Pro Group Captive Management Services. Renea is an accomplished business professional with extensive experience and knowledge in the Alternative Risk Transfer industry. Pro Group, since 1995 is known as the premier administrator of self insured groups for workers' compensation and approved Captive Manager specializing in alternative risk transfer solutions for businesses of all sizes and types. Prior to joining Pro Group, she held top level roles in the IT and high-tech industry. Renea has 28 years’ experience in senior management, operations, IT, marketing and administration. She is responsible for the day to day operations of Pro Group companies. Renea has served the industry as a Board member on the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE) and continues to serve on the marketing committee. She has served on numerous committees over the past 14 years in several state and national associations including Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Vermont, Tennessee and others and chairs several currently. She holds degrees in Risk Management and in Insurance.
Martha joined Larson & Company in 1995 and has specialized in coordinating, completing and reviewing audit fieldwork specifically for insurance entities for 20 years. Her experience also extends to preparing and filing quarterly and annual statements, and preparing and reviewing tax returns and provisions. This experience results in an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the accounting and reporting issues faced by her clients allowing her to regularly field questions related to the recording of complicated transactions and providing the necessary guidance to ensure proper accounting treatment. As Quality Control Partner for Larson & Company, she leads the firm in her technical expertise. Her accounting acumen is demonstrated by the fact that she received the second highest score on the CPA exam in the State of Utah when she sat for the exam. She is well versed in all the relevant accounting and auditing standards and regulation as specified by the AICPA, NAIC, FASB, and GASB.
Brandy Alderson joined Marsh in 2004 and is a UCIA President and WRCIC Conference Chair, she is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the primary Marsh contact for the Utah domicile, manages the regulator relationships and is responsible for the development within Utah and numerous other domiciles. She is also responsible for assisting clients in design, organization and implementation captive insurance programs.