2019 Conference Speakers

 
Keynote Speaker



Tom Jones

Keynote Speaker

Tom Jones is a tax partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He focuses on federal and state tax, insurance, regulatory and legal matters concerning “captive” and other alternatives to commercial insurance. Among Tom’s achievements:

  • Inducted into Captive Review’s Hall of Fame in December 2016: “Jones is respected and trusted across the captive industry”
  • Ranked by Captive Review Magazine as #1 on its 2014 “Power 50” list of the most influential people in the captive industry globally.
  • Special recognition for captive insurance expertise bestowed by the Cayman Islands Government.
  • Honored by the Vermont Captive Insurance Association as recipient of its annual Industry Service Award.
  • Bestowed with the Captive Insurance Companies Association’s Distinguished Service Award.
  • Recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States as a leading captive insurance lawyer – inducted into The Legal 500 Hall of Fame in 2018.

Tom earned MBA/JD degrees from Cornell University.



Lunch Speaker


Keith Schraad

Lunch Speaker

Our featured lunch speaker will be Arizona Department of Insurance Director, Keith Schraad. The ADOI protects insurance consumers; promotes a safe, strong and competitive insurance marketplace for Arizona citizens and businesses. Keith comes to the ADOI with over 25 years of both private‐ and public‐sector experience in the areas of insurance, healthcare, technology and government. During his term as President and CEO of Online Insurance Corporation (2008-2015), Keith helped developed solutions for insurance companies and health care professionals that streamlined their customer service operations and improved their interfaces with government.

 



Brandy Alderson

Session: Captive 101 

Brandy Alderson joined Marsh in 2004 and is a Vice President and captive account executive 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.



 


Mel Anderson

Session: Regulators Round-Up

Mel Anderson leads the Finance Division of the Arkansas Insurance Department as Deputy Commissioner for Financial Regulation. Mr. Anderson is responsible for supervision of solvency regulation of domestic and foreign insurance entities operating in Arkansas. Anderson previously served as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Examiner of the Indiana Department of Insurance. His responsibilities included management and supervision of solvency regulation staff to accomplish regulatory objectives, including financial analysis and examination of domestic and foreign insurance entities. Prior to joining the Indiana Department, he served as assistant controller for an Indianapolis-based insurance group, and served on the audit staff of a national public accounting firm. Mr. Anderson has served on various NAIC committees and working groups regarding matters of financial regulation. He was also the appointed chair for the NAIC International Solvency and Accounting Standards Working Group for several years. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Memphis and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His various honors throughout his career include: Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Epsilon Lambda (inducted 2003); Outstanding CPA in Government from the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (2011); and the Robert Dineen Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the State Regulation of Insurance from the NAIC (2018).

 



George Belokas

Session: Captive 101 

George Belokas joined GPW and Associates, Inc. (GPWA), as an Actuarial Analyst in 2006. Mr. Belokas was promoted to Actuary in 2010 and completed the exams required for Fellowship in the Casualty Actuarial Society in 2011. In 2017, Mr. Belokas was promoted to Vice President of GPWA. Mr. Belokas’ responsibilities include reserving and pricing, with a focus in commercial lines, reinsurance and captive insurance. Fields of experience include workers compensation, property, general liability, medical malpractice and alternative Property & Casualty insurance risks. Mr. Belokas is also experienced in various Finance and Insurance products including vehicle service contracts, guaranteed asset protection and tire and wheel. He graduated from

Arizona State University Bachelor of Science, Mathematics.




Charles R. Cohen

Session: Captive 101 

Charles R. Cohen is an attorney specializing in the area of insurance industry regulation, business and corporate matters, including captive insurance matters. He served as Arizona Director of Insurance from 1998 to 2003. Prior, he served the Arizona Department of Insurance as Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel, and Deputy Director. He is a member of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel, a national association of attorneys recognized as insurance regulatory law specialists. Mr. Cohen played a prominent role in the development of the Arizona captive insurance industry. While Director of Insurance, he was a principal in the drafting and implementation of the Arizona Captive Insurer Act, A.R.S. § 20-1098, et seq. In his practice, he has extensive involvement with captive insurance programs as an attorney and consultant, including their licensing, regulation, business and corporate affairs. He served as a Director of the Arizona Captive Insurance Association, and is a recipient of the Association’s Crystal Cactus Award recognizing his contributions to the development and support of the Arizona captive insurance industry. He is a frequent speaker on insurance regulation and captive insurance topics. He is the principal of Charles R. Cohen, PLLC, www.charcolaw.com


 



Bob Davidson

Session: Brightest Opportunities in the Captive Industry V3

Principal—Davidson Risk Consulting. Bob has worked in insurance and risk management for the past 38 years after graduating from Vanderbilt University. Since 2002, he has worked extensively with captives and companies seeking to create their own captive insurance company. His talent is finding cost effective solutions for financing risk. His career has included affiliations with firms including Johnson & Higgins, Marsh and Arthur J. Gallagher. Today he serves over seventy (70) captive insurance companies providing risk management expertise. Bob holds the Certified Insurance Counselor, Charter Property Casualty Underwriter, and Certified Risk Manager designations.



 


Bill Fain

Session: Investment Track

Mr. Fain joined Madison Scottsdale with almost three decades of experience managing taxable and tax-advantaged portfolios for insurance companies. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA in Finance from Michigan State University. Bill previously held the position of Vice President of Portfolio Management at a large, multi-line insurance consortium where he managed various affiliated company and external insurance client portfolios and spent several years prior to that managing the treasury operations for a regional property and casualty insurance company.

 


Victoria E. Fimea 

Session: Captive Utilization

Victoria E. Fimea is Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel and Head of Regulatory Department – North America, for Artex Risk Solutions, Inc. She manages and leads the regulatory, claims, underwriting and captive formation departments, is a member of the senior management team and is responsible for general corporate matters and regulatory relationships with regulators in the U.S. and Caribbean. She has practiced law for over thirty years and is admitted to the Bars of Arizona, California, the District of Columbia and Illinois. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Victoria has also served as the Chief Legal Officer for two different nationwide insurance holding companies. She is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of legal issues. She has also testified on behalf of the insurance industry in both domestic and international forums. Victoria received her J.D. from The American University Washington College of Law, her M.A. in Law and International Affairs from The American University School of International Service, and, her B.S. from Northern Arizona University.

 


Alan Fine

Sessions: Tax Track

Alan Fine 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.


 


Anjanette Fowler

Session: Investment Track

With over 25 years of experience in the investment management arenas of several insurance companies, Ms. Fowler brings a valuable understanding of the unique statutory, operational, investment and accounting considerations particular to insurance clients and the industry. Prior to joining Madison Scottsdale in 1995, she directed the Investment Accounting department and managed short-term investments for a large insurance group. Ms. Fowler holds a BS in Finance from Arizona State University.




 


Dustin Gary

Session: Analytics Track

Dustin Gary is a credentialed property and casualty actuary with over 20 years of experience. He is President and founding member of Centric Actuarial Solutions, an actuarial consulting firm based in Overland Park, Kansas. Mr. Gary specializes in providing actuarial services to organizations that retain risk through self-insurance, large deductibles, or captive insurance companies, including many captives in Missouri and Utah. His specialty is workers’ compensation insurance and he has worked with clients across various industries and jurisdictions. Mr. Gary’s ability to translate more complex actuarial concepts to a language risk and finance professionals can understand has resulted in several speaking engagements within the risk management community, including the California Workers’ Compensation and Risk Conference, Kansas Self Insurance Association, Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association, and the National Restaurant Association. He is also a former speaker at the Western Region Captive Insurance Conference.





Vince Gosz

Session: Regulators Round-Up

Mr. Gosz joined the Arizona Department of Insurance 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, 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.



 


Charles (Chaz) Levelle

Session: Tax Track

Charles J (Chaz) Lavelle has been previously listed in the Captive Review Power 50 and ERC Power 20 and is a lawyer in the Louisville, Kentucky Office of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. He regularly counsels clients in the formation, operation and taxation of captive insurance companies, and is a frequent speaker and writer 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 a past Chair of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.




Renea Louie

Session: Brightest Opportunities in the Captive Industry V3

Renea Louie joined the Pro Group family of companies in 2005. She serves as Vice President of Pro Group Captive Management Services. Mrs. Louie 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. 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 companies. Mrs. Louie has served the industry as a Board member on the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE) for 2 terms totaling 6 years 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 currently serves on the SIIA subcommittee on regulation, the Western Region Association, and is an elected Director of the Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) and recently was elected as an officer serving as the secretary / treasurer of the global organization. She holds degrees in Risk Management and in Insurance. Mrs. Louie is based at the Corporate Headquarters in Carson City, Nevada.



 

WRCIC Chairman



J. Michael Low

Session: Tax Track  

Mike Low is the Chairman of the WRCIC. Mike is a partner with Kutak Rock LLP and a former Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance. Mike’s practice 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. Mike has been a guest speaker before various groups and organizations on a wide range of insurance issues and has authored several articles covering topics such as the formation of offshore reinsurers, health care risk transfer mechanisms and workers' compensation issues. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the Arizona State University College of Law teaching a third-year course on insurance law. He sits on the Boards of 15 captive insurers, including captives owned by Apple, Pacific Life and Voya Financial. He also is an elected Board member and the 2017 and 2018 President of the Arizona Captive Insurance Association.

 


Rocco Mancini

Session: Captive Utilization

Rocco Mancini is a consultant with Marsh’s Captive Advisory Group. Rocco assists clients in the U.S. and globally with the feasibility and organization of single parent captives, as well as risk retention groups and Rent-A-Captives. Rocco also participates in captive strategic reviews for clients that already have captives. Rocco joined Marsh Captive Solutions in 2015. He has successfully assisted clients with determining the feasibility of new captive programs and performing strategic reviews to optimize existing captive programs. Prior to joining Marsh, Rocco was a multinational pooling and captive analyst with MetLife, Inc. Rocco has a BS in Health Care Management from the University of Connecticut and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM).

 


Steve Matthews

Session: Regulator Roundup

2005 to Present: Chief Financial Examiner and Captive Insurance Coordinator with the Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana State Auditor. As Chief Financial Examiner, Steve is responsible for the financial regulation of both captive and traditional insurance companies. Montana is currently home to more than 150 captive insurance companies, including 17 risk retention groups. 1996 – 2005: Financial analyst and Director of Regulatory Compliance for the Alternative Risk Transfer Division of the South Carolina Department of Insurance. In total, Steve has been involved in the state regulation of insurance companies for more than 14 years. Steve also serves on the RRG Task Force of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).


Mark Morris

Session: Captive 101 

Mark is a member of Lockton’s Risk Finance team. He 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 alongside fellow team members to assist in making 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.




Nicola Neilon, CPA

Session: Brightest Opportunities in the Captive Industry V3

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 serves on the Nevada State Board of Accountancy and is a Regional Director for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.


 

Marcia Philpott

Session: Analytics Track

Marcia holds a BBA in Risk Management and Insurance from The University of Texas in Austin and a MBA in Risk Management and Insurance from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She has over twenty five years of experience in the risk management and insurance field working with various corporate risk management groups and on the broker side of the industry. Currently, Marcia is the Manager of Insurance Services at Salt River Project (SRP). SRP is the third largest public power company in the USA and provides water and power in the greater Phoenix area. Marcia has been involved directly in the captive insurance business for over ten years. SRP has an Arizona domiciled single parent captive, SRP Captive Risk Solutions, Ltd. She is a current board member and past President of the Arizona Captive Insurance Association. She is also an active member and past President of the Central Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Allan Smith

Session: Emerging Issues Track & Structures Track

Allan is a Client Service Leader, Senior Vice President Arizona Office Head and part of the Executive Leadership Team of Marsh Captive Solutions. He is responsible for oversight of client teams that manage the daily activities of captives, strategic captive program design, and leads new business development and implementation for the Western part of the USA. 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 Services, Manufacturing, Transportation, Sports and Entertainment, Food and Beverage, Public Entities (including Native American sovereignty concerns), Gaming and Oil & Gas. EXPERIENCE Allan has been with Marsh for 21 years and recently joined Marsh Captive Solutions in 2017. Prior to joining Captive Solutions for 7 years he was a Client Executive serving national and global companies, and for 14 years before that was a Property & Casualty Placement Broker structuring and negotiating large complex risk programs. Prior to that he worked at the Canadian Petroleum Insurance Exchange, an energy reciprocal for upstream oil & gas companies. Allan is experienced in risk identification and complex risk structure design, captive insurance program implementation and administration, and is also responsible for client relationship management, new captive education and development, captive optimization and global account coordination.


 



John M. Talley, J.D

Session: Regulators Round-Up

John M. Talley, J.D., is the captive program manager for the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration. John is responsible for overseeing Missouri’s captive domicile and assisting those who desire to form captives in Missouri to meet all the requirements of captive laws and regulations. Prior to coming to Missouri, John was the Chief of the Office of Captive Insurance for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. Prior to New Jersey, he worked for the insurance departments of New Hampshire and Alaska and was in private legal practice in Alaska. John received his B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Kansas and is admitted to practice law in Kansas, Alaska and New Hampshire. After several years in corporate and private practice, John accumulated almost 30 years of experience in the insurance regulatory matters involving property and casualty, life and health and surplus lines insurance.



 


Lamont Thurston

Session: Analytics Track

Lamont brings a global perspective to benefits finance and risk management having lived and worked abroad in both Asia and Europe. Prior to entering the insurance industry in 2007, he enjoyed a 14-year corporate banking career with one of the nation’s largest banks. Among his assignments, he managed the Asian Desk, performed bank acquisition turnaround work, started, staffed and grew specialty lending groups and ended his tenure managing a $2 billion Commercial Division for 4 years. Seven years ago, Lamont founded a successful captive management company that formed and managed 20+ captive insurance companies. After that operation was acquired, he then developed BeneRe in response to employer demand for greater financial transparency and better benefit value for the accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity policies currently being offered in the market. As President of BeneRe, Lamont Thurston primarily consults with large employers regarding new and existing voluntary benefits financing strategies. This entails the structuring, quantification and communication of ancillary coverages tailored to complement employers’ core benefits offerings. Lamont received his bachelors degree in economics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and his MBA in finance from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a regular speaker at events throughout the Midwest and hosts an annual 2-day alternative risk management summit that is provided for insurance industry practitioners.




 

Anne Marie Towle

Session: Structures Track 

A veteran of the captive insurance industry, Anne Marie Towle is an Executive Vice President for JLT Insurance Management and is the Captive Practice Leader. 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 JLT in January 2017, she was a Senior Consultant with Willis Towers Watson for over 7 years and a Senior Manager in public accounting and spent 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 manage 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. Throughout her career, Anne Marie has been closely involved in captive insurance organizations at the local, state and national level. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) and the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE); the curriculum committee for ICCIE and an instructor for ICCIE courses; and the conference committees of the (2017 Chair) VCIA, Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA), World Captive Forum (WCF) and the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association (SCCIA). Anne Marie is honored to be named to the Captive Review Power 50 for the past 4 years. Anne Marie is a requested frequent speaker and author on various captive insurance topics. Anne Marie is married to Dan Towle, whom also works in the captive industry and is the current President of CICA.

 


Kirk Watkins

Session: Emerging Issues Track

For more than 20 years, Kirk Watkins has supplied innovative solutions to numerous Fortune 1000 companies, in the areas of captive insurance, financial services, risk management, and employee benefits. Kirk has been featured in the New York Times, Employee Benefit News, Wall Street Journal Online, Business Week, HR Executive, Captive Review, Captive Insurance Times, and International Risk Management Institute. Kirk was a 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, recipient of the 2000 Small Business Excellence Awards: Innovative Business of the Year, Ben Franklin Award: Best Management Team, 2017 US Captive Review Awards: Highly Commended Employee Benefits Consultant, 2019 Captive Review Ones To Watch and holds two U.S. patents. Prior to joining Trion, Kirk was the President and CEO of e-Duction, an affiliate of First Data Corporation. Kirk is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and completed the Program in Negotiations for Senior Executives at the Harvard Business School. He has obtained his Property, Casualty, Accident, Health, Life, Annuities, and Series 7, 66, 63 licenses.

 



Travis K. Wegkamp

Session: Regulators Round-Up

Travis K. Wegkamp was named Utah Director of Captive Insurance on August 15, 2016 by Insurance Commissioner Todd E. Kiser. Prior to his appointment as Director Travis served as Assistant Director of Captive Insurance and as Financial Examiner before that when he joined the Utah Captive Insurance Division in May of 2011. Travis was an Audit Assurance Associate for McGladrey and Pullen in Las Vegas before his move and transition to captive insurance in Utah. Travis is a native of Utah, growing up in beautiful southwestern Utah in the city of St. George. He graduated with an Associate of Business degree from Dixie State College, before moving on to Southern Utah University (SUU) in Cedar City, Utah where he obtained a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in accounting and then finally receiving his Masters' of Accountancy degree from SUU as well.


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