In July 1993, Ms. Andersen joined the Risk and Insurance Services team in the Phoenix office of Watson Wyatt as an Actuarial Analyst. When GPWApurchased the Risk and Insurance Services Practice from Watson Wyatt on September 1, 1998, Ms. Andersen moved with them and was promoted to Senior Analyst. Currently Ms. Andersen is a Senior Managing Analyst. Ms. Andersen has over 22 years of technical experience in the reinsurance and captive industry. Ms. Andersen has recently achieved the Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI) designation from the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE).
Ms. 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.
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.
sizes and types. Prior to joining Pro Group, she held top level roles in the IT and high-tech industry.
Mrs. Louie has 28 years’ experience in senior management, operations, IT, marketing and administration. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Pro Group Management, PGM Safety Services and Pro Group Captive Management Services. She oversees and manages marketing, underwriting, accounting, audit, risk management services, client and regulator relations, regulatory compliance and corporate communications in addition to the development and management of information systems, security and technology company wide.
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.)
J. Michael Low
J. Michael Low's practice principally includes representation of insurers, insurance associations and institutions before the Arizona Legislature, the Arizona Department of Insurance, and other governmental agencies and offices both inside and outside the state of Arizona. His practice also includes a wide range of insurance-related representation, including litigation consulting, reinsurance matters, arbitrations, and insurance corporate and regulatory matters involving the formation, merger and acquisition of insurers, including captive insurers. He has authored reports and testified as an expert witness in over 100 matters in state and federal court involving life, health, property and casualty insurance coverage, claims handling and bad faith issues.
Nick Meriage is an attorney at Pitzer Snodgrass, PC, in St. Louis, Missouri. His civil litigation practice is mainly comprised of professional liability, products liability, and premises liability defense. He represents product manufacturers, property owners, design professionals, real estate professionals, and medical professionals in Missouri and Illinois. Responsible for handling all phases of a case, from initial pleadings, depositions and discovery to preparing jury instructions and for trial, he enjoys the problem solving aspect of the job, as every case, no matter how big or small, involves new and unique problems to conquer.
He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law where he was awarded the Allen H. Parker Memorial Scholarship, the MU Grant, the JB Reynolds Student Award in Insurance Law, and CALI awards in: Insurance Law, Land Use
Controls, and Agricultural Law. Along with his Juris Doctor, he received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution, and he utilizes the tools developed in obtaining the certificate to negotiate complicated problems for his clients, including successful settlements at mediation. He also has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Mark is a senior vice president at Lockton Companies and provides consultation on alternative risk structures, including captive insurance and financial review of program structure options. Prior to joining Lockton, Mark worked in public accounting. Mark works directly with clients to make sure the captive is meeting the organization’s objectives and is the most efficient mechanism for accomplishing the organization’s goals.
Mark also leads Lockton’s Accounting and Tax Practice Group and works in the captive practice group to assist clients in understanding the tax and accounting impact of various alternative risk program structures. Mark has been at Lockton since 2001.
As part of the SRS Advisers team, Jesse is responsible for delivering the firm’s captive consulting services primarily in Texas and the western United States. Among other duties, he conducts feasibility studies, supports implementation, and provides strategic advice to help clients maximize utilization of existing captives. Jesse also provides thought leadership and education through regular involvement in various conferences and industry groups.
Jesse has experience with captive programs for primarily single parent firms and cell captives, as well as risk retention groups and group captives. His captive domicile experience includes Bermuda, Cayman, Missouri, Texas, and Vermont, but also consists of multiple engagements involving approximately ten other domiciles.
Derek P. Ruzicka
Derek P. Ruzicka graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2008. Prior to law school, Derek received his Psychology degree from Valparaiso University in 2004.
Derek was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2008. He is an active member of the Defense Research Institute. Prior to joining the firm, Derek worked as an estimator for a local construction business.