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ABOUT FEATURED SPEAKERS

Insurance Summit speakers have varied expertise. Hear from industry experts in producer licensing, communications, innovative technology, financial regulation, market regulation and CIPR. Across the various themes and trends, our featured speakers will present a snapshot of the most innovative ideas shaping the insurance industry. Learn more about our featured speakers and sessions below.

 
 

2017 SPEAKER LINEUP

Our featured speakers include some of the brightest professionals not only in the insurance industry, but in related leading edge industries. These thought-provoking sessions will provide you with insights from key leaders about top trends impacting the insurance regulatory community. Learn more about our 2017 speaker lineup below.

Insurance Summit Schedule

 

Yael Abouhalkah (Post-Truth & Consequences: Communications, Wednesday, May 24, 3:30 p.m.) – Yael Abouhalkah has worked in the newspaper industry since 1973 in Lawrence, Salina, Miami, Milwaukee and, finally, for 37 years at The Kansas City Star. A defender of the first amendment, Yael will address "Post-Truth America," the state of the media and how to navigate it.

Wayne Allen (Insurance Thought Leadership's Innovators Edge and IEx: CIPR, Thursday, May 25, 3:20 p.m.) – Wayne Allen serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Insurance Thought Leadership. As an attorney, he has advised entrepreneurs and investors on entity, transactional design and operational issues for more than 17 years.

Wayne Allen, Kelsey Brunette, Matteo Carbone, Nick Gerhart and Brian Hemesath (Insurance Innovation Ecosystem: CIPR, Tuesday, May 23, 1 p.m.) – Kelsey Brunette is an Ideation Analyst at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.'s (Munich Re) Incubator, a strategic business unit within New Strategic Markets. Matteo Carbone is founder and director of the Connected Insurance Observatory, Global InsurTech Thought Leader. Nick Gerhart joined FBL Financial Group as chief administrative officer after serving as the Iowa insurance commissioner. Brian Hemesath is the managing director of the Global Insurance Accelerator.

David Altmaier (Group Capital Calculation: Financial Regulation, Monday, May 22, 4:10 p.m.) – David Altmaier is Florida's insurance commissioner and leads a 292-member team at the Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) overseeing a complex insurance marketplace for the state.

Lars Anderson (A Dickens of a Dichotomy (Crisis Communications): Communications, Wednesday, May 24, 3:30 p.m.) – Lars Anderson is a longtime communications professional with an extensive background in crisis, strategic, political and international communications. Lars worked directly with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to navigate his first 100 days as secretary and advised him on key public affairs issues, including military operations, diplomatic initiatives, and military engagements around the world.

Andrew Beal, Nick Gerhart and Kaihan Krippendorff (Innovation Introduction and Keynotes: CIPR, Tuesday, May 23, 3:30 p.m.) – Andrew Beal is the NAIC chief operating officer and chief legal officer. Nick Gerhart joined FBL Financial Group as chief administrative officer after serving as the Iowa insurance commissioner. Kaihan Krippendorff is a renowned business strategist and best-selling author.

Mike Berman, Dave Shepard and Robin Marcotte (Risk Transfer: Financial Regulation, Monday, May 22, 3:10 p.m.) – Mike Berman has 20 years of experience as a health/disability actuary with broad experience within the insurance industry and as an employee benefits consultant for Merlinos & Associates, Inc. David Shepherd is a property casualty consulting actuary and principal in the actuarial consulting firm of Merlinos. Robin Marcotte is the senior manager accounting policy advisor at the NAIC.

Lewis Bivona (Emerging Risks for Solvency Monitoring of Health Insurers: Financial Regulation, Tuesday, May 23, 8 a.m.) – Lewis Bivona is a market regulation examiner and a financial condition examiner for The INS Companies.

Kelsey Brunette (FITLab Concepts – Regulatory Participation: CIPR, Thursday, May 25, 2:10 p.m.) – Kelsey Brunette is an ideation analyst at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.'s (Munich Re) Incubator, a strategic business unit within new strategic markets. Her main responsibilities are vetting and analysis of new products and services, project management and coordination for innovation domains.

Matteo Carbone (The Connected Insurance Observatory's View of the Internet of Things (IoT) Adoption in the Insurance Sector: CIPR, Thursday, May 25, 3:20 p.m.) – Matteo Carbone is founder and director of the Connected Insurance Observatory, Global InsurTech Thought Leader. He is internationally recognized as an insurance industry strategist with a specialization on innovation. Carbone is an author and world-renowned authority on InsurTech - ranked among top international InsurTech Influencers - and he has spoken to audiences worldwide.

LeeAnne Creevy (Conducting and Coordinating Interim Examination Work: Financial Regulation, Tuesday, May 23, 1 p.m.) – LeeAnne Creevy, a partner in Risk & Regulatory Consulting's (RRC) Hartford, Connecticut office, has more than 20 years of experience providing professional services to clients focusing primarily in the financial services industry.

Ed Dinkel, Jim Hattaway, Bruce Schowengerdt, Sara Franson and Becky Meyer (Accreditation Q&A Panel: Financial Regulation, Monday, May 22, 10:10 a.m.) – Ed Dinkel is a CPA with more than 25 years of experience. Jim Hattaway is a managing director with Noble and a NAIC Accreditation Team Member. Bruce Schowengerdt is the founder of Schowengerdt Consulting LLC. Sara Franson is accreditation program manager at the NAIC. Becky Meyer is senior accreditation manager at the NAIC.

Max Drucker and Jennifer Golbeck (Big Data and Its Use in Predictive Analytics: CIPR, Wednesday, May 24, 3:30 p.m.) – Max Drucker is the co-founder and CEO of Carpe Data, a next generation alternative data provider to the insurance industry. Prior to Carpe Data, Drucker co-founded several companies and served as chief information officer of eCoverage, a startup that became the nation's first online auto insurance company. Dr. Jennifer Golbeck, a computer scientist, is director of the Social Intelligence Lab and an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She writes for Slate and The Atlantic, and frequently appears on NPR, including as a regular guest host for The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Elizabeth Kelleher Dwyer and Sarah Heidenreich (Cybersecurity Panel Discussion: Producer Licensing, Monday, May 22, 4:10 p.m.) – What have the NAIC and NIPR done to minimize access to personally identifiable information? Beth Dwyer is Rhode Island Deputy Director and Superintendent of Insurance and Banking. Sarah Heidenreich is the National Insurance Producer Registry's (NIPR) general counsel.

Michael Erlanger and Constance Erlanger (Financial Regulatory Interests: Finding Utility in Information: Financial Regulation | Market Disruptors, Producer Licensing, Tuesday, May 23, 1 p.m.) – Michael Erlanger is co-founder and managing principal of Marketcore.com. He spent the first 35 years of his career on Wall Street as a top-ranked corporate bond broker, trader, institutional salesman and department head.

Daniel Ford, Mike Patterson and Miguel Romero (Cybersecurity – What Companies Are Doing and How to Evaluate: Financial Regulation, Tuesday, May 23, 11:10 a.m.) – Daniel Ford  is a forensic analyst and Security Engineer at Rook Security. Miguel Romero is a financial examination manager for the Financial Regulatory Services Division of the NAIC.

GAPro, Pypestream, Risk Genius and WeGoLook with Wayne Allen (InsurTechs on the Move: CIPR, Thursday, May 25, 9 a.m.) – Learn from up-and-coming InsurTechs who have been though the gauntlet and are shaking up the insurance market. Wayne Allen will be moderating this session.

Barb Gavitt, Tim Owen, Rebecca Shigley, Roger Graves and Trevor Barnard (Continuing Education Panel Discussion: Producer Licensing, Monday, May 22, 3:10 p.m.) – Explore how different vendors and back offices streamline the tracking of continuing education (CE) to better assist their users. Tim Owen is an industry veteran and has 20 years of expertise creating and deploying technology solutions for the insurance and securities industries. Roger Graves is an SBS Marketing and new business development manager with the NAIC.

Nick Gerhart and Laura Cali Robison with Wayne Allen (Regulating in the Digital World: CIPR, Thursday, May 25, 1:15 p.m.) – Exploring how insurance regulators can foster innovation and where they fit in the digital world are Wayne Allen, chief operating officer for Insurance Thought Leadership; Laura Cali Robison, Oregon insurance commissioner; Nick Gerhart; chief administrative officer, FBL Financial Group who previously served as the Iowa insurance commissioner.

Rachelle Gowins and Steve Sigler (Use of CPA Workpapers in Financial Exams: Financial Regulation, Monday, May 22, 2 p.m.) – Rachelle Gowins has been in the field of insurance regulation for more than 16 years and started her career as a financial examiner with the Texas Department of Insurance in 2001. Steven Sigler has 18 years of experience in insurance and holds professional designations for Certified Financial Examiner (CFE), Advanced Market Conduct Manager (AMCM), Automated Examination Specialist (AES) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Bill Harnett, Dave Miles, Martha Notares, Jeff Shackelford and Terri Vaughan featuring Marketcore, Infinilytics and RE-Sure (D'Beta Bowl – Innovation Showcase:  CIPR, Wednesday, May 24, 10:10 a.m.) – D'Beta Bowl is a take-off from the entrepreneur-themed reality TV show "Shark Tank" where ideas get pitched to investors. Bill Hartnett was Microsoft's top executive in the financial services industry, affectionately known as Microsoft's "Godfather of Financial Services". Dr. Vaughan is currently dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University.

Brian Hemesath (Global Insurance Accelerator, CIPR, Wednesday, May 24, 2:10 p.m.) – Brian Hemesath is the managing director of the Global Insurance Accelerator. He is responsible for the overall success of the program and ongoing support of the portfolio companies. Hemesath has built a career around technology startups, as a founder and co-founder of several businesses.

John Humphries and Bob Quigley (The Forensics of Failed Promises: Financial Regulation, Monday, May 22, 4:10 p.m.) – John Humphries is a partner with Risk and Regulatory Consulting, LLC. Quigley has worked in the insurance industry for almost 45 years as an auditor, financial reporter, controller, treasurer and consultant.

Watson, IBM (Can Artificial Intelligence Replace Humans in the Insurance Workforce?: CIPR, Wednesday, May 24, 2:30 p.m.) – Watson will provide a deeper understanding of how artificial intelligence and machine learning are being applied in the insurance industry.

Jeff Lehman (Industry Perspective on Producer Licensing: Producer Licensing, Tuesday, May 23, 10:10 a.m.) – Jeff Lehman is the associate vice president, Licensing, Registrations, & Commissions for Nationwide.

George Lentini (Multistate Coordination as a Valued Resource: Financial Regulation, Tuesday, May 23, ( a.m.) – George Lentini is a specialist for the INS Services with skillsets targeting project coordination, developing tools for understanding operationally complex insurance companies and examination training.

Jeff Martin, Joe Zolecki, Bruce Jenson and Jane Koenigsman (Risk-Focused Financial Analysis: Financial Regulation, Monday, May 22, 1 p.m.) – Jeff Martin joined UnitedHealthcare (United) in December 2007 and is director of NAIC Policy in Regulatory Financial Operations. Joseph Zolecki is financial regulatory manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Bruce Jenson is the senior manager over Solvency Monitoring in the Financial Regulatory Services Division at the NAIC. Jane Koenigsman is a senior manager over life and health financial analysis in the Financial Regulatory Services Division at the NAIC.

Rob McIsaac and Scott Walchek (Innovation Keynote: CIPR, Wednesday, May 24, 4:30 p.m.) – Rob McIsaac is a senior vice president of Research and Consulting at Novarica. Prior to Novarica, he served in a series of senior technology management positions including leading the Business Transformation Office at Nationwide Insurance. Scott Walchek is more than the founder and CEO of Trov, the world's first on-demand insurance platform. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building great technology companies including being a member of the founding management team of Macromedia - IPO 1993 (acquired by Adobe).

Bill O'Connell and Sara Franson (The Accreditation Program and Analysis Tips: Financial Regulation, Tuesday, May 23, 1 p.m.) – Bill joined Noble in 2009 and is currently a managing director. Sara Franson is accreditation program manager at the NAIC.

John Roberts (Ethics for the New Generation of Leadership: Financial Regulation, Tuesday, May 23, 2 p.m.) – John Roberts serves as the managing partner of the Dixon Hughes Goodman Insurance Services Group. He has more than 20 years of public accounting experience focused on the insurance industry.

Niji Sabharwal (The Impact of Innovation on Producers: Producer Licensing, Monday, May 22, 1 p.m.) – Niji Sabharwal is the director of Producer Licensing and Broker Compliance at Zenefits. He is the product manager for Licensing+, a free licensing compliance app built by Zenefits and released industry-wide to reduce the burdens associated with tracking and enforcing producer licensing.