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Lauren Marsh, Nominee for the Inaugural 2019 Emerging Leaders Conference in Florida

Lauren Marsh, the Team Lead-Select for Small Business Commercial at PayneWest Financial, was selected to attend the 2019 Emerging Leaders Conference! Lauren has grown up as an NAIIA kid! She is the daughter of Michael Marsh, President and Senior General Adjuster at Midland Claims in Montana. Congratulations Lauren!


Nominees Announced for the Inaugural 2019 Emerging Leaders Conference in Miami

CHICAGO – The Emerging Leaders Conference, powered by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), the Insurance Careers Movement (ICM), and A.M. Best, today announced its inaugural class of 83 of the best and brightest rising talents in insurance who have been invited to an exclusive executive development and networking event in February 2019.

“The Insurance Careers Movement was launched to address the pending talent shortage in the insurance industry,” said Jessica Hanna, PCI’s senior vice president of public affairs. “The industry needed a centralized campaign to showcase the innovation and excitement in insurance jobs. The first phase was to build a grassroots, social media, and digital movement to spread the word that insurance is the career trifecta—stable, rewarding, and limitless. The Emerging Leaders Conference is the next dynamic and tangible phase of the Insurance Careers Movement. We are proud to show ideas turning into action.”

The Emerging Leaders Conference is the next global industry initiative from the Insurance Careers Movement, which aims to harness the tremendous responses and energy from the first digital engagement phase of the ICM. The conference is multi-dimensional, providing company CEOs a way to get involved in industry-wide recruitment, in addition to developing new leaders within the industry. Insurance industry CEOs and executives were asked to nominate rising stars within their organizations. These up and coming leaders will receive executive training from top industry icons, giving emerging leaders new perspectives on industry challenges, opportunities, and enterprise-wide leadership. The conference will provide networking opportunities, and in turn the participants will be recruited to become ambassadors for the industry.

The nominees below represent a wide-range of job functions including actuarial, claims, client relations, finance, marketing, product development, risk management, sales, technology, and underwriting. They work from coast to coast as well as overseas. Nominees have approximately 8-10 years of job experience and are already making a positive impact on their companies and the industry.

“The Emerging Leaders Conference nomination process was created to help spark internal conversations about rising stars within companies and to provide a professional development opportunity that rewards high performers. The conference is career focused and will also embed health and wellness strategies to help fuel a healthy executive lifestyle,” said Marguerite Tortorello, president of Tortorello Communications and one of the founding members of Insurance Careers Movement.

The following quotes about the nominations highlight the outstanding caliber of the selected Emerging Leaders Conference attendees:

“It is rare to find an individual with the passion, dedication, and professionalism that she exhibits each and every day. It is at times when tension is high and the pressure of a deadline looms that great leaders rise to the occasion. There is no better individual than she that we would want in control during those times.”

“His passion and commitment to his core responsibilities show his desire to excel in his role. He treats his work as his craft, constantly striving for improvement by way of industry designations and furthering his education. However, he realizes that his individual success will not grow the company, it takes the entire team, working in unison with focus, determination, and a touch of fun that will put us on a path for growth and success. His passion and motivation inspire others on the team to accomplish our goals and create a better future for the next generation.”

“She is a consistent high achiever who continually challenges herself and those around her to excellence. Her personal contributions to the branch and organization are framed by her high degree of confidence, honesty, respect and passion for success.”

The Emerging Leaders Conference will be held Feb. 24 - 26, 2019, at the Confidante Hotel during the 4th Annual February Insurance Careers Month. The agenda will feature panel discussions with leading company CEOs providing insights on major industry trends and sharing knowledge on some of the most pressing issues facing insurance.

The nominees will have an opportunity to network with insurance executives from diverse job functions in a vibrant environment. Click here to learn more about the Insurance Careers Movement or how to get involved.

We encourage you to follow the conversation on social media #ELC2019. For information on sponsorship opportunities contact Kristen McCann at          

Jyotipriya Ajay Amica Mutual Insurance Company Assistant Vice President
Eduardo Amador Weston Insurance Management, LLC AVP, Director of Marketing
Scott Applequist American Agricultural Insurance Company Actuary
Kasey Baker CM Regent - wholly owned subsidiary of Church Mutual Insurance Company Manager of Broker Relations & Distribution
Julie Berenz Anderson The Hanover Insurance Group Associate State Manager
Andy Bloechl CM Vantage Director of Operations
Joshua Bouchez Trident Insurance Territory Marketing Manager
Sarah Braughler United Educators Associate Vice President
Phil Brodeur RLI Insurance Company AVP, Risk Services
Holly Brokaw Illinois Casualty Company Underwriting Manager
Colin Burns COUNTRY Financial Director, Brand Marketing & Activation
Meagan Campbell Shields LWCC Investment Portfolio Manager and Enterprise Risk Specialist
Bruno Caron A M Best Company Financial Analyst
Raymond Charrier Confie Seguros AVP, Claims
Stephanie Coe CNA Business Analysis Director
Nick Coldwell The Hanover Insurance Group AVP New Business
Nick Cook Crum & Forster SVP- Small Business Team
Patrick Crotty Navigators Management Company, Inc. Vice President, Environmental
Kathleen Dalton Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company Assistant Vice President Operations
Ryan Daniele MJ Insurance Director, Strategy & Operations - Risk Management
Daniela De Leon Pacheco Argo Group International Holdings Manager of Business Operations for Latin American Operations
Lisa DeCarolis CNA Risk Control Consulting Director
Nicole Dinan Westfield Commercial Lines Product Management and Underwriting Practices Leader
Mandy Donovan Illinois Casualty Company Product Development Supervisor
John Eckmair Utica National Insurance Group Director of Underwriting Operations
David Edgerton Erie Insurance VP, IT
Tim Ekberg COUNTRY Financial Director, Field Operations
Simon Evans Argo Group Senior Recruitment Manager, International
Rosa Figueroa Catalina U.S. Insurance Services LLC Senior Claims Examiner
Jamie Flowers Illinois Casualty Company Legal Counsel
Jenna Francis Electric Insurance Company Senior Claims Adjuster
Candice Germain The Segal Group Senior Broker
Marc Glickman Argo Group Underwriting Director
Karen Guard Nationwide Insurance AVP, Product - Personal Lines
Zain Hasan NICG Founder & CEO
Janelle Henkel COUNTRY Financial Director of Billing Operations
Sarah Hinman Utica National Insurance Group Digital Delivery Manager
Kelly Hirn Church Mutual Insurance Company Claim Shared Services Manager
Daniel Hofmeister A.M. Best Company Financial Analyst II
Shane Hutsen Argo Group University Relations Program Manager
Brent Johnson Accredited Surety and Casualty Programs Manager
Rebecca Joseph The Hanover Executive Middle Market Sales Underwriting Specialist
Clifton Kersey Vela Insurance Services Assistant Vice President, Segment Underwriting Director
James Kienzle CNA Director Strategic Coverage Counsel
Meredith Krasnecky Lincoln Financial Group Business Process Improvement Consultant
Lynn LaGram The Hartford Assistant Vice President, Product Management
Aaron Lee Ally Insurance / Motors Insurance Corporation (MIC) Director of P&C Underwriting
Courtney Lehman Westfield Actuarial Leader
Thompson Mackey EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants Risk Management Consultant
Lauren Marsh PayneWest Financial Team Lead - Select (small business commercial)
Mohideen Masood Utica National Insurance Company Technical Delivery Manager
Alison McLean Swiss Re Head Behavioral Research
Sean Metzger Lancer Insurance Company Division Manager
Kristi Milbourn American Family Insurance Talent Acquisition Manager
Alex Miller United Educators Associate Vice President
Lane Miller Johnson Lambert LLP Principal
Tyler Nielsen Utah Business Insurance Company VP Operations
Christina Parrott American Family Insurance Compensation Manager
Nicole Parrott FBL Financial Group, Inc. Specialty Lines Vice President
Nicholas Petcoff Conifer Holdings, Inc. Executive Vice President
Leah Porath Erie Insurance IT Manager
Alison Powell Erie Insurance Inside Claims Supervisor
Kelly Ruud CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company Assistant Vice President, Financial Systems
Robert Ryan Navigators Management Company, Inc. NY Marine Branch Manager
Chris Schumacher Church Mutual Insurance Company Actuary
Sephora Sciara CAA Insurance (CCG) AVP, Insurance
Nick Scott Spinnaker Insurance Company General Counsel
James Shay ACIG Insurance Company Vice President
Amanda Sklavenitis Ohio Insurance Institute Vice President, Education and Workforce Development
JooHye Smith MetLife Auto & Home Manager
Dana Soubra CAA Insurance (CAA Club Group) Vice President, Insurance
Jessica Soufrine Amerisure Insurance Company Assistant Vice President, Field Marketing and Underwriting
Lynanne St. Denis Navigators Management Company, Inc. Vice President, Commercial Excess Casualty
Ryan Stieg Stieg Insurance, a Division of PayneWest Insurance Client Relations Director, Commercial Insurance
Katie Stryker CNA Consulting Director
Yen Tang MassMutual Life Insurance Company Head of FP&A Data Analytics
Alison VanOtterloo Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company Vice President
Kari Vaughn CNA Actuarial Consultant (P&C)
Ryan Vigus CSAA Insurance Group Vice President
Karen Williams Argo Group Group Senior Manager of Training and Organizational Development
Deidre Wright Business Insurance Director, Engagement & Marketing

PCI promotes and protects the viability of a competitive private insurance market for the benefit of consumers and insurers. PCI is composed of approximately 1,000 member companies and 340 insurance groups, representing the broadest cross-section of home, auto, and business insurers of any national trade association. PCI members represent all sizes, structures, and regions, which protect families, communities, and businesses in the U.S. and across the globe. PCI members write $245 billion in annual premium, which is 38 percent of the nation's property casualty insurance marketplace.