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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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Renea Louie, ARM, ACI, Fellow (WRCIC Chair)
Chief Operations Officer, Pro Group Captive Management Services
Conference MC

Renea manages the day-to-day operations and is an accomplished business professional with extensive experience and knowledge in the Alternative Risk Transfer industry.  She manages marketing, underwriting, accounting, audit, risk management, client and regulator relations, government relations, client acquisition & retention, regulatory compliance, and corporate communications. With 30 years of experience Louie has been an active volunteer and leader across the U.S. both in business and in her community. She is a respected industry leader, and her experience includes procurement, management, and team oversight of complex national and global risk management clients using her authoritative experience in the feasibility, formation, licensing, and ongoing management for all forms and types of captives and Self-Insured Groups.

She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board the Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA), Nevada Captive Insurance Council, Secretary, Western Region Captive Insurance Conference Chairman and several other state and federal committees. Mrs. Louie is based at the Corporate Headquarters in Carson City, Nevada.

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Brandy Alderson (WRCIC Board Member)
Vice President and Sr. Account Manager, Marsh Captive Solutions
Session: The Power of the Pool

Brandy Alderson joined Marsh in 2004. 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 of captive insurance programs. Brandy is currently President of the Utah Captive Insurance Association (UCIA).

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Donald Ashwood, ACI, PIR
Captive Coordinator, Oklahoma Insurance Department
Session: Regulator Roundup 

In his role, Donald Ashwood serves as the primary captive regulator and conducts the financial review/ of all Oklahoma new/existing captive insurance companies and captive service providers, monitoring/suggesting prospective captive statutory/rule amendments, periodic conference attendance/participation as well as other various duties. Prior to joining the Insurance Department in June of 2014, Donald worked in the banking industry in Oklahoma and has worked his way up through various positions in OID including his previous position which focused on responsibilities across the OID Financial Division as a whole. Donald has a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications from Oklahoma City University and is a proud recipient of the Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI) designation of the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE).

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Brian Baney
Vice President, GB Specialty - Executive and Professional Liability 
Session: Side A D&O and Captives - New Developments and Considerations 

Brian Baney has nearly 30 years’ experience managing and leading claims organizations with specific expertise in Management, Professional and Financial Liability lines. He is currently Vice President of Professional and Executive Liability Claims at Gallagher Bassett Specialty. Prior to joining Gallagher, Brian was a Senior Vice President-FINPRO claims at Aspen Insurance. Brian’s previous roles include Assistant Vice President of Professional Program claims at Zurich American Insurance Company and associate at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker. He started his career as an auditor with KPMG-Peat Marwick. Brian obtained the following degrees: LLM-Taxation, New York University Law School; J.D., St. John’s University School of Law; B.S.-Accounting, Long Island University. Brian is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

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Sonya Bergquist
Senior Actuarial Analyst, Taylor-Walker Consulting, LLC
Session: Captive 101 Introduction 

Sonya Bergquist is a Senior Actuarial Analyst at Taylor-Walker Consulting, LLC, an actuarial consulting firm located in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is passionate about hiking, climbing, and property & casualty actuarial work. Her areas of concentration include reserving and pricing analyses related to workers compensation, professional liability, and general liability. She also provides actuarial services for other property & casualty exposures. She has five years’ experience working with captive insurance companies encompassing both captive feasibility studies and on-going reserving and pricing analyses.

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Dennis Brockway
President, North East Mobile Health Services (N.E.M.H.S.)
Session: Transitioning from a Fronted Med Stop-Loss Captive to a Direct Writer

Dennis Brockway has performed in various roles in EMS since 1972 and is currently President of North East Mobile Health Services (N.E.M.H.S.). Dennis is active in local, state and national politics and policy areas relating to EMS. With offices in Rockport, Topsham, Scarborough, Biddeford and Saco, Dennis has grown N.E.M.H.S. in size to become one of the largest EMS providers in the State of Maine. Since 2011, N.E.M.H.S. has been a member of MedTrans Captive Insurance and Dennis has served on the MedTrans Board of Directors since 2014.

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Rae Brown, CPA, ACI (WRCIC Treasurer)
Director - Captive Operations, GPW and Associates 
Session: Captive 101 Introduction 

Rae Brown joined GPWA in 2017, is a CPA and has achieved the Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI) designation from the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE). Her fields of expertise include captive insurance design, implementation and management, 831(b) captives, insurance company taxation and statement preparation. Rae is the former President of the Arizona Captive Insurance Association.

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Marilyn S. Chappell
Attorney, Sweetbaum Sands Ramming PC
Session: The Power of the Pool

Marilyn Chappell is a Denver, Colorado-based attorney. She has extensively advised insurance pool administrator clients on issues unique to insurance pools and has substantial experience in handling insurance coverage issues and defending insurers in litigation. She has obtained favorable results for clients at trial, on dismissal motions, and on appeal. Her practice includes advocacy at the trial court and appellate levels, in state and federal courts, in Colorado and in other jurisdictions. She is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. She began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for Chief Justice Joseph Quinn of the Colorado Supreme Court. She has been appointed to state and federal court advisory committees including a federal court magistrate judge merit selection panel and the Colorado Supreme Court Rules of Appellate Procedure Committee and has presented legislative testimony on issues involving the courts and made numerous presentations on legal research and writing topics.   

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Gregory H. Cobb
Director of Insurance Solutions, Sage Advisory Services
Session: Capital Markets – And Now for Something Completely Different: Regime Change, Volatility and Emerging Trends. What Every Investment Committee Should Be Considering.


Greg Cobb is a member of the Sage investment team and serves as Director of Insurance Solutions. He has over 35 years of experience in crafting investment solutions for both traditional insurance companies and risk-bearing entities within the world of alternative risk transfer. In 2021, he was awarded Asset Manager of the Year by Captive International for his work in the captive insurance space. He began his investment career in 1987 as a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager for Barnett Banks and later served as Senior Portfolio Manager for the institutional asset management arms of SunTrust and Bank of America. From there, he served as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for Sovereign Advisers and as Director of Fixed Income and Lead Strategist for Boyd Watterson Asset Management. Greg earned a BS in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the CFA Institute. 

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Michael A. Corbett
Sr. Vice President, Pinnacle Financial Partners 
Session: An Attorney, a Banker, an Accountant, and An Actuary Walk Into A Casino . . .Getting Your OTHER Service Providers Working Together

 

Michael Corbett's first professional post was as a corporate lender with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in New York. Later, he held senior financial positions with West Point Pepperell, Inc., Purolator Courier Corp., Macmillan Publishing Company and Genesco, Inc. Subsequently, Michael developed a successful institutional financial consulting practice at UBS that focused on the captive insurance industry. In 2011, Michael was recruited by the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Tennessee to be the chief regulator of captive insurance. In 2020 he joined Pinnacle Financial Partners (PNFP). Having been voted to Captive Review’s Power 50 for several years, in 2021 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame celebrating those individuals who have contributed to the captive industry for decades and without whom the industry would not be where it is today.

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Kevin M. Doherty
Member - Insurance Law Practice, Dickinson Wright
Session: A Deep Dive into the 4 C’s - Captives, Control, Consolidation, and Changes

 

Kevin Doherty practices in the area of insurance regulation and captive insurance. He serves as President of the Tennessee Captive Insurance Association, Inc., and he helped to rewrite the captive insurance law in Tennessee in 2011. Since that time, Tennessee has formed more than 200 captives and more than 500 related cells (more than 700 risk bearing entities) and become one of the leading domestic domiciles for captives. Kevin also practices music and entertainment law and represents recording artists, songwriters, and record and music publishing companies in connection with music agreements. Dickinson Wright was named “Law Firm of the Year” for 2020 by both Captive Review and Captive International in recognition of the firm’s Captive Insurance practice, of which Kevin is head.

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Rick J. Eldridge
President & CEO, The Intuitive Companies 
Session: The Power of the Pool

Rick Eldridge founded Intuitive in 2005 as a risk management and insurance brokerage firm with three guiding principles: Integrity, Execution and Performance. Today Intuitive’ s business is solely focused on designing, building, and managing captive insurance companies for large middle market businesses across the United States. Immediately prior to Intuitive, Rick was responsible for Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures as a Vice President of Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in Latin America. He subsequently led the team that sold Chubb de Venezuela in the first-ever market auction concluding the sale two weeks prior to the reelection of Hugo Chavez. Previously, Rick served as The Country Manager for Chubb’s operation in Japan. In addition to directing numerous marketing, underwriting and special project teams, Rick held numerous management and underwriting positions with Chubb in Singapore, Chicago, Tampa, and Dallas.

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Sandra Fenters
President, Capterra Risk Solutions, LLC
Session: A Deep Dive into the 4 C’s - Captives, Control, Consolidation, and Changes

Sandra Fenters is the President of Capterra Risk Solutions, LLC, working with entrepreneurs of closely held businesses, private equity firms, public entities, and not-for-profit organizations who seek to capture profits within their organizations by implementing solid risk management and loss prevention techniques. The firm specializes in creating alternative risk transfer (ART) mechanisms and captive insurance companies. Sandra began her insurance career with a large international insurance company as a surety underwriter. Her experience spans multiple disciplines including surety, professional liability, commercial liability and high net worth personal lines insurance. Sandra was also a broker for a large insurance brokerage outfit and possesses her Property & Casualty insurance license. She has authored numerous articles on captive insurance and was faculty for The University of Delaware’s Captive Program.

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Anjanette Fowler
Managing Director | Sr. Vice President - Insurance & Specialized Industries Group,
PNC Institutional Asset Management
Session: Captive 101

Anjanette Fowler is a Managing Director with PNC Institutional Asset Management and member of the Insurance & Specialized Industries Group which focuses on providing investment, custodial, and banking solutions to the captive insurance industry. She brings over 27 years of investment portfolio management experience for insurance companies, along with a valuable understanding of the financial complexities particular to our industry. Anjanette is a frequent speaker at insurance and risk management conferences and is actively involved in supporting the industry through her involvement in numerous insurance associations and events, including the current chair of the Captive Insurance Companies Association’s Amplify Women Committee.

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Solomon Frazier, FSA, FCAS, MAAA
Consulting Actuary, Taylor-Walker Consulting
Session: An Attorney, a Banker, an Accountant, and An Actuary Walk Into A Casino . . .Getting Your OTHER Service Providers Working Together 

Solomon Frazier has worked as a Consulting Actuary for Taylor-Walker Consulting since January 2010. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS). Solomon works on a wide array of projects in the life, accident and health, and property and casualty insurance arenas. He has experience conducting feasibility analyses, reserve studies, ratemaking analyses, regulatory examinations, rate filing evaluations, and captive application reviews. Solomon graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah. 

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Thomas E. Geyer
Member, Bailey Cavalieri LLC
Session: Side A D&O and Captives - New Developments and Considerations

 

Tom Geyer serves as coverage and claims monitoring counsel for domestic and international directors and officers liability insurers, overseeing securities class action, derivative, and other litigation against insureds. Tom handles claims under public company D&O policies and private company management liability policies. He provides coverage opinions and represents insurers during the claim resolution process, including mediation efforts and other settlement negotiations. Tom also practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, including advising clients regarding securities offerings, securities enforcement matters, and regulatory compliance. He represents clients in securities litigation and administrative proceedings; serves as an expert witness on securities law topics; and serves as a mediator for securities law disputes. Tom is a former Commissioner of the Ohio Division of Securities and a former Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

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Vincent R. Gosz, CPA, MBA, AIAF, ARe
Chief Captive Analyst, Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions Captive Program
Session: Regulator Roundup 

Vincent Gosz joined the Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions as the Chief Captive Analyst in March 2013. Prior to joining the Department, he held key financial roles in the insurance industry, including several years with a multi-line property and casualty insurer and a medical professional liability insurer. He also was an auditor with Deloitte & Touche and served four honorable years in the United States Air Force. Vincent holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cal State - San Bernardino and a MBA from Keller Graduate School. Vincent has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1995.

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Jonathan Habart
Director of Captive Insurance, Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance 
Session: Regulator Roundup 

Jonathan Habert previously served as the Captive Insurance Section’s Assistant Director and then Acting Director. He was promoted to the Director role after an extensive national search to fill this high-profile leadership role. A TDCI team member since 2016, Jonathan first distinguished himself for his work in the division as a Staff Examiner and Captive Insurance Specialist. Prior to joining TDCI, Jonathan began his career in Tennessee state government as an accountant with the Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration where he earned his CPA designation. Currently, Tennessee has 150 active captives and 336 cell captives, with gross premium volume topping $1.72 billion.

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Diana Hardy, CPA, CFE
Audit Partner, RH CPAs
Session: Hot Topics

Diana Hardy leads the firm’s auditing and attestation practice and oversees the management of the firm’s operations. Diana’s experience has also allowed her to provide value to a broad spectrum of entities within the insurance industry ranging from small cell companies to large multi-billion dollar entities. Her clients are domiciled across the United States and in many off-shore jurisdictions. She has authored courses ranging from reinsurance considerations, complex and alternative investments, complex accounting topics, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to her auditing work, Diana performs forensic and fraud investigative services. Diana was selected out of a large number of applicants to be featured in the 2018 “30 Under 10” list for the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association (IASA) a national association and a Triad Business Journal “40 under 40” Business Leader in the Triad.

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Joseph T. Holahan
Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Session: Captive Taxation - Nothing is Constant but Change

Joesph (Joe) Holahan is a partner with Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP and a member of the firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group. His practice focuses on insurance regulatory, corporate and transactional matters, with an emphasis on the development and maintenance of captive insurance programs. Joe is a board member and currently President of the Captive Insurance Council of the District of Columbia. He also is a board member and instructor for the International Center for Captive Insurance Education and a past Chair of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association Legislative Committee. Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP is a full-service law firm with over 200 attorneys. The firm is well known for its insurance and reinsurance practice. 

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Phillip Holowka
Chief Operating Officer, Complete Captive Management Services, LLC
Session: Transitioning from a Fronted Med Stop-Loss Captive to a Direct Writer

Phil Holowka oversees captive management operations for Complete Captive Management Services, LLC (“Complete Captive”). Complete Captive is a full-service captive management firm which specializes in medical stop-loss captive insurance. A graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, with a BS in Emergency Medicine, along with post-graduate work in the field of accounting, Phil applies his education and experience to the management of medical stop-loss captive insurance companies. Phil is a lifelong learner and passionate about being creative within the captive insurance space.   

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Steve Kinion, ACI
Director, Bureau of Captive & Financial Insurance Products, Delaware Insurance Department 
Session: Side A D&O and Captives: New Developments and Considerations

When Steve Kinion became Director in July 2009, Delaware had only 38 captive insurance companies. Today, Delaware ranks as the world’s 5th largest captive domicile and the 3rd largest U.S. domicile with annual captive insurance premiums exceeding $5 billion and captive insurance assets under management of $49.5 billion. In 2013, Delaware was named as the U.S. Onshore Captive Domicile of the Year by Captive Review magazine. Captive Review has frequently named Steve as one of the 50 most influential figures in the global captive industry. Captive Review also named Steve as the inaugural recipient of the Captive Industry Advocate of the Year in 2016 due to his advocacy on behalf of captive insurance. Steve is very involved in regulatory matters concerning captive insurance companies, including active participation in matters before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

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Amy C. Klatt
Vice President of Captives and Programs - Claims, Skyward Specialty Insurance
Session: Claims Management During Time of Transition

Amy C. Klatt has more than 20 years’ experience in insurance. Maintaining licensure and expertise across multiple states, she provides oversight of claims and defense litigation to ensure state-specific compliance, reduce claims exposure, and promote effective claim handling. In her current role at Skyward Specialty Insurance, Amy provides day-to-day direction of captive programs, working with these, their insured clients, and managing TPA operations to effectively resolve and mitigate risk for high-exposure claims. In addition to her claims and litigation expertise, she works directly with clients to understand risks, responsibilities, and strategies for employers to maintain a safe workplace.

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Sam Komo
Captive Manager, Missouri Department of Commerce & Insurance
Session: Regulator Roundup

 

Sam Komo joined the Missouri Department of Commerce & Insurance in 2021 as the Captive Manager responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program. Before joining the team, he held positions in the Missouri Legislature. He served on the Economic Development and Budget committee, Speaker’s Task Force of Economic Development, and Governor’s Tax Credit Commission. This experience transferred to the Missouri Department of Labor, where he provided stability to reduce high turnover while replacing a two-year backlog with a 90-day process. That experience followed him to the Department of Economic Development, where he managed a 16-person team to develop and implement multiple federal programs that doubled their yearly allocation to over $200 million. He is utilizing this experience to develop and expand the Missouri Department of Commerce & Insurance Captive Program by building multilayer partnerships around the state and beyond.

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Arthur Koritzinsky
Managing Director, Marsh Captive Solutions
Session: The Power of the Pool

Arthur Koritzinsky is a Managing Director in Marsh’s Captive Solutions Group. Located in Norwalk, CT, Arthur is the leader of the Americas Captive Advisory practice. He assists clients with the organization of single parent and association captives, as well as risk retention groups and is a frequent speaker at industry seminars. His team is also responsible for maintaining best practices and standards, training of Marsh colleagues involved with captive projects, and strategic planning for existing captives. In 2012, Arthur placed 8th on Captive Review’s Power 50 list, which ranks the most influential people in the captive industry and was recently named to the publication’s Hall of Fame.

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Daniel Kusalia
Tax Partner, Crowe LLP
Session: Hot Topics

Daniel Kusaila is a partner in the tax group at Crowe. He specializes in property and casualty, captives, and life insurance companies in global and multistate environments. Daniel has more than 20 years of experience including FATCA compliance, federal and state tax compliance and planning, structure of offshore and onshore captive insurance companies, mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, private letter rulings, federal excise tax compliance, GAAP

financial statement reporting, and statutory financial statement reporting.

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Charles (Chaz) Levelle
Partner, Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
Session: Captive Taxation - Nothing is Constant but Change

Charles J (Chaz) Lavelle was elected to the Captive Review Hall of Fame, has received CICA’s “Distinguished Service Award” and VCIA’s “Service to the Captive Industry” award. He is a lawyer in the Louisville, Kentucky office of Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP. He regularly represents clients before the IRS and frequently speaks and writes on captive insurance topics. Chaz was outside Tax Counsel for both Humana (brother-sister) and Ocean Drilling (unrelated business) in their captive insurance victories in the U.S. Court of Appeals. Among his civic and charitable activities, he is past Chair of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

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Joe McDonald 
Director of Captives, South Carolina Department of Insurance 
Session: Regulator Roundup

As Director of Captives for the South Carolina Department of Insurance, Joe McDonald leads a team that is responsible for the licensing and regulation of captive companies and risk retention groups, and marketing South Carolina as a premiere captive domicile. Joe serves on the Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) NEXTGen Committee and is actively involved in various efforts to promote the captive insurance industry. Prior to joining the captive division in South Carolina, he was the captive and risk finance product manager for the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI). Joe holds a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in philosophy and religious studies and a master of arts degree in religious studies, both from the University of South Carolina. He is currently pursuing the Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI) designation.

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Adam Miholic, MBA 
Senior Consultant - Captives, Hylant
Session: How to Maximize your Strategic Review

Drawing on over 10 years’ experience, Adam Miholic works with clients and prospects to model and evaluate various captive insurance structures that will best protect and finance risk for corporations of any size and industry. He has extensive experience leading captive feasibility and modeling projects for Group Captives, Cell Captives, Risk Retention Groups and both large and small Single Parent Captive entities. Adam currently serves as committee member for the Captive Insurance Companies Association's (CICA) NextGen initiative, focused on attracting, retaining, and educating young and new professionals in the captive industry. Adam is also on the conference committee for the Western Region Captive Insurance Conference (WRCIC). Adam earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Education and History from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a master’s degree in business from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

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Nicola Neilon, CPA
Shareholder, Casey Neilon, Inc.
Session: An Attorney, a Banker, an Accountant, and An Actuary Walk Into A Casino . . .Getting Your OTHER Service Providers Working Together

Nicola (Niki) Neilon is a shareholder in the public accounting firm of Casey Neilon, Inc. Niki has worked with insurance entities since starting her public accounting career in 1997, and began working with her first captive clients in 2003. Currently, Niki works with many captives, including risk retention groups, five self-insured associations and two state insurance funds. Casey Neilon, Inc. is authorized to provide auditing services to captives in multiple onshore and offshore domiciles. Niki served as President of the Nevada State Board of Accountancy, is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s Board of Examiners.

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Amy O'Brien, AIS
Vice President Captive Sales, Gallagher Bassett 
Session: Claims Management During Time of Transition


Amy O’Brien heads up new business development for captives, programs, and alternative market claim outsourcing arrangements for Gallagher Bassett. She serves as the sales liaison to the captive program manager, insureds, carrier, and other stakeholders. She oversees the financial aspects of the property / casualty program including proposal process, pricing, and contract. Amy has over 25 years of experience in claims management and was named on the Captive Power 50 in 2021 and 2022. She is based in the Chicago area.

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Philip J. Reed, JD, CFA
Senior Vice President, Marsh
Session: Side A D&O and Captives - New Developments and Considerations

 

Philip Reed is the FINPRO practice leader for Marsh in Los Angeles. Philip Reed’s practice focuses on global clients engaged in hospitality, real estate, consumer products, food and beverage, and sports marketing. Philip has helped clients navigate insurance considerations involving mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, class action securities claims, government investigations, activist shareholders, class action employment and consumer claims, commercial disputes, False Claims Act allegations, antitrust disputes, regulatory investigations, failed clinical trials, bankruptcies, and allegations of criminal wrongdoing leveled against executives. Philip’s responsibilities include the evaluation of risk and design of risk transfer solutions that address financial and professional exposures affecting publicly traded clients. Philip delivered guest lectures at Loyola Law School from 2013 to 2019 about issues litigators should consider with respect to insurance coverage.

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Nate Reznicek
Head of US Distribution, International-Re (I-RE)
Session: A Deep Dive into the 4 C’s - Captives, Control, Consolidation, and Changes

Nate Reznicek is a well-recognized captive expert and an active thought leader in the captive industry. As a devoted proponent of innovation and a staunch captive advocate, Nate is a frequently requested speaker, author, and faculty member at the International Center of Captive Insurance Education. A recipient of industry recognition and awards by Business Insurance, U.S. Captive Services Awards, Nate serves as a subject matter expert on captive insurance for brokers and advisors across the country.  Nate also serves as the Head of U.S. Distribution for International-Re (“I-RE”), a specialist insurance and reinsurance underwriter, the world’s first single-parent captive solution designed specifically for the small and mid-market.

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Leon L. Rivas II
Chief Visionary Officer, RH CPAs
Session: A Deep Dive into the 4 C’s - Captives, Control, Consolidation, and Changes

Leon L. Rives II is the Chief Visionary Officer in RH CPAs. Leon co-founded the firm and is an investor in several different businesses. Leon has authored more than 15 courses on insurance, insurance accounting, and governmental accounting. Leon is a regular speaker at board meetings and brings his 20 years of experience combined with the ability to communicate complex matters in an easy to understand practical approach. Leon has also assisted in drafting legislation pertaining to insurance in multiple jurisdictions. Leon also provides consulting services to a multitude of Risk Bearing entities across the United States and abroad, ranging from Workers Compensation, Property & Casualty, Life and Health, and Captives of all types. He spends most of his time on complex tax and accounting consulting.

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Julie E. Robertson 
Partner and Chair of Insurance Department, Honigman LLP
Session: Captive 101 Introduction

 

Julie Robertson is a partner of Honigman LLP who joined the firm in 1990 and chairs the firm’s Insurance Department. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Wayne State University. Julie has over twenty-five years’ experience in organizing and representing captive insurance companies, risk retention groups and other types of alternative risk vehicles in the leading domiciles. She is a frequent lecturer on alternative risk programs at national and international conferences and has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America from 2007 to the present and as a Captive Review Power Top 50 Captive Insurance Professional in 2021 and 2022.

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Bailey Roese 
Partner, Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
Session: Captive Taxation - Nothing is Constant but Change

Bailey Roese is a Partner at Dentons Bingham Greenebaum in the Firm’s Tax Practice Group. She represents taxpayers in disputes with state and local tax authorities and the Internal Revenue Service, including in captive insurance audits and litigation. In addition to advocating for taxpayers in the United States Tax Court, Bailey regularly works with the IRS Independent Office of Appeals to resolve tax controversies. Bailey has spoken and written on a wide range of tax topics. She has co-authored articles for the Captive Review and has been a panelist at VCIA, World Captive Forum, and the CICA International Conference.

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Allan Smith 
Client Service Leader | Sr. Vice President, Marsh Captive Solutions 
Session: Regulator Roundup

Allan Smith has been with Marsh for 23 years, is Arizona Office Head and part of the Executive Leadership Team of Marsh Captive Solutions. Allan’s unique brokerage background affords 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. He has extensive experience working with clients of all sizes to set up and strategically utilize a captive to maximize risk program efficiency. Allan has years of experience within many industry segments including: Retail/Wholesale, Real Estate, Financial Services, Health Care, Manufacturing, Transportation, Sports and Entertainment, Food & Agriculture, Public Entities, Gaming, Oil & Gas, Peer to Peer companies, Electric Vehicle OEM, and Autonomous Vehicle Technology.

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Nick J. Stosic, CLU, ChFC, CFP 
Deputy Commissioner, Nevada Division of Insurance
Session: Regulator Roundup

Nick Stosic is a Reno, Nevada native, who graduated from the University of Arizona in 1978 with a BS in Business Administration. After college, Nick went to work with the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse and Co. in Los Angeles and Seattle, obtaining his Certified Public Accounting designation in 1981. From 1983 through 2015, Nick worked in the Nevada insurance industry as a producer and state manager. Nick was hired by the Division of Insurance in 2016 and serves as a Deputy Commissioner. Nick oversees the Division’s Captives, Market Regulation, Legislative and Product Compliance sections. Nick is a past President of the Northern Nevada Life Underwriters Association; the Sierra Nevada Association of Financial Service Professionals; and the Nevada Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

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Travis Terzer
Senior Associate, CapVisor Associates, LLC
Session: Capital Markets – And Now for Something Completely Different: Regime Change, Volatility and Emerging Trends. What Every Investment Committee Should Be Considering.

Travis Terzer's primary responsibilities are business development and marketing. His coverage includes the continental USA along with offshore insurers while representing all CapVisor services designed for the commercial and ART insurance markets. Travis will also supervise and participate in the firm’s future systems and quantitative initiatives using his extensive engineering and analytical background. Prior to joining CapVisor in August of 2020, Travis worked for 3 years at American International Group (AIG) as an analyst in the Infrastructure Services Investment Committee and project management working with data and analytics with regards to the Technology project portfolio. Travis is a registered Investment Advisor Representative through completion of his Series 65, enrolled in ICCIE to earn an ACI designation as well as in FINRA training for his Series 7 licensing.Travis graduated from Clemson University, College of Engineering, where he received his BS in Industrial Engineering.

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Anne Marie Towle, CPA
Senior Vice President, Hylant
Session: Hot Topics

A veteran of the captive insurance industry, Anne Marie Towle leads the Global Captive Solutions team at 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 an Executive Vice President with JLT, and formerly a Senior Consultant with Willis Towers Watson for over 7 years. Anne Marie also spent time as a Senior Manager in public accounting and 10 years in taxation, where she provided consultancy services to captive owners. Anne Marie managed client projects through feasibility and implementation processes in structuring captives and managed their accounting and tax compliance functions. Before that, for over 6 years Anne Marie worked in private industry in the insurance tax departments of several Fortune 500 insurance and financial institution companies.

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Daniel Towle 
President, Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA)
Session: Hot Topics

Daniel Towle has been President of CICA since 2017. CICA is the premier global, domicile-neutral captive insurance association. Daniel is a frequent presenter at conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is highly visible in international media and is viewed as an authority on captive insurance. He has been recognized for his contributions to the global captive insurance industry and perennially is listed in Captive Review Magazine’s “Power 50” which recognizes the most influential individuals in the global captive insurance industry. In 2020, he was ranked #12. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Center for Captive Insurance Education. He previously has served as an Advisory Board Member for World Captive Forum, Chaired the Risk & Insurance Management Society Exhibitor Advisory Committee and was active in various capacities with the Vermont Captive Insurance Association. Previously, Daniel worked as the Director of Financial Services for the state of Vermont for 17 years.

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Elizabeth Urish Walton
Managing Director, Steel Tower 
Investments
Session: Capital Markets – And Now for Something Completely Different: Regime Change, Volatility and Emerging Trends. What Every Investment Committee Should Be Considering.

 

Elizabeth Urish has over ten years of experience creating bespoke solutions for institutional clients. She specializes in integrating operational, tax, and risk considerations into her client’s portfolio construction. Elizabeth began her financial services career in New York with Deutsche Bank. As a vice president on the investment bank's trading floor, she designed and executed bespoke 

investments across all asset classes for mutual funds, wealth management firms, and high net-worth individuals. Throughout her time at Deutsche Bank, she saw a need for advisors who understood both their client's financial needs and had a thorough understanding of complex investments. Elizabeth graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has been a guest lecturer at both Carnegie Mellon and Penn State. She mentors students interested in the financial services field.

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Benjamin A. Whitehouse
Attorney, Butler Snow LLP
Session: An Attorney, a Banker, an Accountant, and An Actuary Walk Into A Casino . . .Getting Your OTHER Service Providers Working Together

Benjamin Whitehouse is a Tennessee-based attorney at the law firm of Butler Snow, LLP where he focuses on general insurance and captive insurance matters. He works with business owners and service providers on forming and operating captive insurance companies, traditional insurance company matters, and tax issues related to insurance companies. Ben previously worked at the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance as the Supervising Attorney for Insurance. He also has prior experience with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office and served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Navy. Ben holds a certificate from the International Center for Captive Insurance Education as an Associate in Captive Insurance and held a certification as a Professional in Insurance Regulation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law and received his LL.M. in Tax from the Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations and serves as the Chairman of the ABA Business Law Section’s Captive Insurance Committee. He also serves as the board President and a course instructor for the International Center for Captive Insurance Education.

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Travis K. Wegkamp
Captive Insurance Director, Utah Insurance Department 
Session: Regulator Roundup

Travis Wegkamp, an Utah native, joined the Utah Insurance Department’s Captive Division in April 2011. Prior to joining the Department, he was an Audit Assurance Associate for McGladrey & Pullen in Las Vegas, Nevada. Travis holds an Associate of Business degree from Dixie State College, and both a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Accounting and a Masters of Accountancy degree from Southern Utah University. Travis was appointed Utah’s Director of Captive Insurance in August 2016.

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Mark Wiedeman, ACI, CFE, PIR
Captive Insurance Assistant Director, Utah Insurance Department 
Session: How to Maximize your Strategic Review

Mark Wiedeman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master’s in Public Administration both from Brigham Young University. Mark started his regulatory career working as a valuation analyst for the Utah State Tax Commission. He came to the Utah Insurance Department in 2012 as an auditor, worked his way up to Senior Examiner, and was hired into the position of Assistant Division Director in 2016. Mark has achieved his Certified Financial Examiner (CFE) designation from the Society of Financial Examiners as well as the Associate in Captive (ACI) designation from the International Center for Captive Insurance Education and Professional in Insurance Regulation (PIR) from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In addition to his duties for the Insurance Department, Mark also serves on the board for the International Center for Captive Insurance Education.

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Katie Wildman
Program Manager | Partner, BevCap Management
Session: Claims Management During Time of Transition


After graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Mays Business School in 2010, Katie Wildman quickly joined BevCap Management in June 2010. Katie’s primary focus at BevCap Management is program management across several industries and multiple lines of coverage. She currently holds General Lines-Life, Accident, Health HMO and Property and Casualty Agent Licenses. Fluent in Spanish, she also serves on the Junior League of Dallas and the Young Alumni Advisory Council for the Texas A&M Association of Former Students.

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Eric Wunder, FCAS, MAAA
Principal and Consulting Actuary, Milliman
Session: How to Maximize your Strategic Review

Eric Wunder is a Principal and Consulting Actuary with Milliman. He joined the firm in 2009. Eric’s area of expertise is property and casualty insurance risks. Eric has worked with corporate, hospital, non-profit, and insurance company clients. He assists his clients with captive feasibility studies, funding projections, reserving, pricing, statements of actuarial opinion, pro-forma projections, stochastic modeling, due diligence support for mergers and acquisitions, AM Best rating reviews, and legislation impact analyses. Eric has been a frequent author in medical malpractice insurance publications Medical Liability Monitor and Inside Medical Liability. He has also been published in Captive Insurance Company Reports and has presented at conferences on subjects ranging from medical malpractice insurance to reinsurance to captive formation and strategy.

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P. Bruce Wright, CPCU
Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Session: Captive Taxation - Nothing is Constant but Change

P. Bruce Wright is a partner at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP where he is involved in tax and insurance law issues including representation of property and casualty insurance companies, formation of single parent/group captive insurers, counseling of risk retention groups and creation of various types of alternative risk financing mechanisms, including, "rent-a-captives" and "cell companies," among others. His practice has included counseling clients on formation of commercial offshore privately and publicly held entities. Bruce speaks regularly at industry conferences including the Vermont Captive Insurance Association, Captive Insurance Company Association, Hawaii Captive Insurance Association and Cayman Captive Forum. He received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, cum laude and an LL.M. (Tax) from Georgetown University. He is also a CPCU.