2017 Power Broker

2017 Power Broker® Rising Stars

Rising Stars are winners and finalists in Risk & Insurance®’s Power Broker® award who are being recognized as future leaders of the industry. Since the launch of this designation, more than 325 brokers have been so recognized.

Risk & Insurance® celebrates these Rising Stars for their  creativity, exceptional customer service and industry knowledge in finding solutions for their clients.

Chris Ainscough, 31
Aon, Cleveland
Health Care

Yogesh Amar, 32
Marsh, New York
Utilities

Jay Brancaleone, 36
Aon, Boston
Private Client

William Bray, 31
Wells Fargo, Houston
Real Estate

 

 

Wesley Bryan, 35
Wortham, Houston
Marine

Dawn Buelow, 39
Marsh, Chicago
Pharmaceutical

 

Alex Burton, 29
Arthur J. Gallagher, Atlanta
Education

John Byers, 35
Aon, Franklin, Tenn.
Employee Benefits

 

Karen Cangemi, 36
Aon, San Francisco
Technology

 

Louis Cipollo, 37
Aon, Philadelphia
Environmental

 

Seth Cohen, 33
HUB, Encino, Calif.
Entertainment

 

Brandon Cole, 32
Arthur J. Gallagher, Irvine, Calif.
Nonprofit

 

Edward Conlon, 38
Aon, New York
Financial Services

 

Logan Couch, 31
Aon, Houston
Energy, Traditional

 

Laura Decker, 27
Aon, New York
Environmental

Natalie Douglass, 38
Arthur J. Gallagher, St. Louis
At Large

 

Philip Dunn, 34
Aon, Philadelphia
Financial Services

 

Hardie Edgecombe, 33
Arthur J. Gallagher, Metiaire, La.
Marine

 

Jessica Fields, 34
Aon, San Francisco
Technology

 

Steve Fisk, 35
Barney & Barney, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Retail

 

Amber Fixter, 35
Willis Towers Watson, New York
Environmental

 

Nicole Francis, 34
Marsh, Danville, Calif.
Health Care

 

David Fraser, 38
Aon, New York
At Large

 

John Galanis, 34
Aon/Albert G. Ruben, New York
Entertainment

 

Jeremy Gayser, 37
Aon, Houston
Energy, Traditional

George Gionis, 34
Aon, Philadelphia
Public Sector

Katherine Glancy Johnston, 33
Aon, Chicago
At Large

 

Mike Gong, 37
Arthur J. Gallagher, Fresno, Calif.
Real Estate

 

Chip Hardie, 30
Marsh, Philadelphia
Utilities

 

Jason Helfert, 37
Horton Group, Orland Park, Ill.
Nonprofit

 

Courtney Hensley, 38
Aon, Franklin, Tenn.
Education

 

Marcus Henthorn, 32
Arthur J. Gallagher, Itasca, Ill.
Public Sector

 

Blythe Hogan, 32
Aon, Atlanta
Fine Arts

 

Mira Jacinto, 31
Marsh, Los Angeles
Marine

 

Chris Kakel, 39
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., Denver
Transportation

 

Nick Kalist, 39
Aon, St. Louis
Financial Services

Kate Kenny, 32
Marsh, Chicago
Education

 

Amy Klitzke, 34
Aon, Minneapolis
Pharmaceutical

 

Charles Krauth, 30
Aon, Atlanta
Health Care

 

Matt Kupiec, 30
Willis Towers Watson, New York
Financial Services

 

Tyler LaMantia, 30
Arthur J. Gallagher, Chicago
Education

 

Robert Logan, 34
Aon, Dallas
Energy, Renewable

 

Tony Lorber, 38
EPIC, San Francisco
Real Estate

 

Kimberly Mann, 28
Marsh, Philadelphia
Environmental

 

Kristina Marcigliano, 28
DeWitt Stern, New York
Fine Arts

 

Elizabeth Marshall, 28
Marsh, Chicago
Education

Cara McGrath, 31
Alliant, Boston
Energy, Traditional

 

Michael Menerey, 38
Alliant, Los Angeles
Employee Benefits

 

Duncan Milne, 34
Aon, New York
Public Sector

 

Alex Muralles, 36
Willis Towers Watson, Chicago
Financial Services

 

Christina Murphy, 31
Marsh, Houston
Energy, Traditional

 

Kelly Nash, 37
Marsh, Chicago
Private Client

 

Lee Newmark, 29
Arthur J. Gallagher, Itasca, Ill.
Health Care

 

Blake Parrish, 30
Marsh, Los Angeles
Energy, Renewable

 

Caroline Parrish, 39
Aon, Miami
Real Estate

 

Brian Pfund, 34
Marsh, Portland, Ore.
At Large

 

Andrew Racle, 33
Aon, San Francisco
At Large

 

Sanju Rajan, 31
Aon, Baltimore
Transportation

 

Nicholas Rawden, 31
Marsh, Rochester, N.Y.
Real Estate

 

Daniel R’bibo, 37
Arthur J. Gallagher, Glendale, Calif.
Entertainment

 

Brent Rieth, 31
Aon, San Francisco
Technology

 

Robert Rosenzweig, 31
Risk Strategies, New York
Technology

 

Galo Santana, 35
Aon, New York
Technology

 

John Selgrath, 36
Integro, San Francisco
Health Care

Ryan Shinkle, 33
Arthur J. Gallagher, Lafayette, La.
Construction

 

Kate Simons, 31
Aon, Chicago
Retail

 

Josh Thompson, 36
Aon, Little Rock, Ark.
Transportation

 

Emily Weiss, 30
DeWitt Stern, New York
Fine Arts

 

Jeremiah White, 39
Aon, Frederick, Md.
Transportation

 

Casey Wigglesworth, 38
Aon, Washington, D.C.
Fine Arts

 

Susan Young, 31
Marsh, Seattle
Retail

 

Eric Ziff, 32
Aon, New York
At Large

 

Fred Zutel, 30
Willis Towers Watson, Miami
Real Estate

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The Profession

Wawa’s Director of Risk Management knows that harnessing data and analytics will be key to surviving the rapid pace of change that heralds new risk exposures.
By: | July 27, 2017 • 5 min read

R&I: What was your first job?

My first job was at the age of 15 as a cashier at a bakery. My first professional job was at Amtrak in the finance department. I worked there while I was in college.

R&I: How did you come to work in risk management?

A position opened up in risk management at Wawa and I saw it as an opportunity to broaden my skills and have the ability to work across many departments at Wawa to better learn about the business.

R&I: What is the risk management community doing right?

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The advancements in analytics are a success for the industry and offer opportunities for the future. I also find value in the industry focus on emerging and specialty risks. There is more alignment with experts in different industries related to emerging and specialty risks to provide support and services to the insurance industry. As a result, the insurance industry can now look at risk mitigation more holistically and not just related to traditional risk transfer.

R&I: What could the risk management community be doing a better job of?

Developing the talent to grow with the industry in specialization and analytics, but to also carry on the personal connections and relationship building that is a large part of this industry.

Nancy Wilson, director, quality assurance, risk management and safety, Wawa Inc.

R&I: What was the best location and year for the RIMS conference and why?

I have had successes at all of the RIMS events I have attended. It is a great opportunity to spend time with our broker, carriers and other colleagues.

R&I: What’s been the biggest change in the risk management and insurance industry since you’ve been in it?

I think the biggest challenge facing most companies today is related to brand or reputational risk. With the ever-changing landscape of technology, globalization and social media, the risk exposure to an organization’s brand or reputation continues to grow.

R&I: What emerging commercial risk most concerns you?

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The changing consumer demands and new entrants into an industry are concerning. This is not necessarily something new but the frequency and speed to which it happens today does seem to be different. I think that is only going to continue. Companies need to be prepared to evolve with the times, and for me that means new risk exposures that we need to be prepared to mitigate.

R&I: Are you optimistic about the U.S. economy or pessimistic and why?

I try to be optimistic about most things. I think the economy ebbs and flows for many reasons and it is important to always keep an eye out for signs of change.

R&I: What have you accomplished that you are proudest of?

I am fortunate to have opportunities professionally that make me proud, but I have to answer this one personally. I have two children ages 12 and 9 and I am so proud of the people that they are today. They both are hardworking, fun and kind. Nothing gives me a better feeling than seeing them be successful. I look forward to more of that.

R&I: What is your favorite book or movie?

This is really hard as there are too many favorites. I do prefer books to movies, especially if there is a movie based on a book. I find the movie is never as good. I have multiple books going at once and usually bounce back and forth between fiction and non-fiction.

R&I: What’s the best restaurant you’ve ever eaten at?

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I have eaten at a lot of different restaurants in many major cities but I would have to pick Horn O’ Plenty in Bedford, PA. It is a farm to table restaurant in the middle of the state. The food is always fresh and tastes amazing and they make me feel like I am at home when I am there. My family and I eat there often during our trips out that way.

R&I: What is your favorite drink?

I do love a good cup of coffee (working at Wawa helps that). I also enjoy a good glass of wine (red preferably) on occasion.

R&I: What is the most unusual/interesting place you have ever visited?

Vacations aside, I do get an opportunity to travel for work and visit our food suppliers. The opportunities I have had to visit back to the farm level have been a very interesting learning experience. If it wasn’t for my role, I would have never been able to experience that.

R&I: What is the riskiest activity you ever engaged in?

My husband, kids and I recently did a boot-camp-type obstacle course up in the trees 24 feet in the air. Although I had a harness and helmet on, I really put my fear of heights to the test. At the end of the two hours, I did get the hang of it but am not sure I would do it again.

R&I: If the world has a modern hero, who is it and why?

The first people that come to mind are those who are serving our country and willing to sacrifice their own lives for our freedom.

R&I: What about this work do you find the most fulfilling or rewarding?

Every day is different and I have the opportunity to be involved in a lot of different work across the company.

R&I: What do your friends and family think you do?

My husband and children have a pretty good sense of what I do, but the rest of my family has no idea. They just know I work for Wawa and sometimes travel.




Katie Siegel is an associate editor at Risk & Insurance®. She can be reached at [email protected]