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2018 Power Broker

2018 Power Broker® Rising Stars

These Risk & Insurance Power Broker® winners and finalists are emerging leaders of the brokerage industry.
By: | March 5, 2018

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 400 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.

Jennifer Akhter, 36
Aon, Dallas
Employee Benefits

George Andersen, 29
Aon, New York
Marine

Berj Basralian, 27
Risk Strategies/DeWitt Stern, New York
Entertainment

Robert Battenfield, 39
JLT Specialty USA, Houston
Energy, Traditional

Nick Baumgartner, 29
Aon, Chicago
Education

Megan Bell, 35
Aon, Philadelphia
Technology

Terence Bohan, 31
Aon, San Francisco
Hospitality

Jay Brancaleone, 37
Aon, New York
Private Client

Herman Brito Jr., 28
Marsh, New York
Marine

Alex Burton, 30
Gallagher, Birmingham, Ala.
Education

Karen Cangemi, 37
Aon, San Francisco
Technology

Kathryn Christensen, 34
Aon, Los Angeles
Finance

Louis Cipollo, 38
Aon, Philadelphia
Construction

Brandon Cole, 33
Gallagher, Irvine, Calif.
Nonprofit

Josh Collier, 35
Aon, Boston
Utilities

Caitlin Costello, 32
Marsh, New York
Real Estate

Logan Couch, 32
Aon, Houston
Energy, Traditional

Katie Crowe, 28
Aon, Washington, D.C.
Public Sector

Ryan Davidge, 36
Aon, Pembroke, Bermuda
Hospitality

Scott Davis, 39
Aon, Southfield, Mich.
Marine

Justin Dove, 31
Gallagher, San Francisco
Real Estate

Hardie Edgecombe, 34
Gallagher, Metairie, La.
Marine

David Fraser, 39
Aon, New York
At-large

Leanne Gallagher, 37
Marsh, Philadelphia
Health Care

Blake Giannisis, 38
Aon, New York
Real Estate

Brian Gillin, 36
Aon, New York
Technology

Jessica E. Govic, 32
Gallagher, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
Public Sector

Shannon Groeber, 36
JLT Specialty USA, Philadelphia
At-large

Jessica Haas, 32
Marsh, Morristown, N.J.
Workers’ Comp

Lisa Harris, 36
JLT Specialty USA, Houston
Energy, Traditional

Marcus Henthorn, 33
Gallagher, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
At-large

Shane Hogan, 33
Aon, New York
Real Estate

Bryan Holmgren, 37
Aon, Chicago
Aviation

Chad Hoxie, 36
Alliant Insurance, San Diego
Workers’ Comp

Justin Johnson, 31
Aon, Pittsburgh
Construction

Timothy Keip, 39
Marsh, Chicago
Workers’ Comp

Andrew Krantz, 32
York International, Harrison, N.Y.
Real Estate

Tyler LaMantia, 31
Gallagher, Rolling Meadows
Education

Nick Lano, 30
Gallagher, Bloomington, Minn.
Retail

Michael Lettin, 33
Aon, Denver
Real Estate

Samantha Levine, 31
Aon, Denver
Technology

Rob Logan, 35
Aon, Dallas
Utilities

Michael Lombardi, 37
Lockton, New York
At-large

Tim Losie, 39
USI, Houston
At-large

Drew Love, 34
Aon, Dallas
Aviation

Ammad Mahmood, 32
Aon, Glen Oaks, N.Y.
Finance

Kristina Marcigliano, 29
Risk Strategies/
DeWitt Stern, New York
Fine Arts

Natalie Marquess, 37
Aon, San Francisco
Pharmaceuticals

Phil Masi, 35
AssuredPartners, Lake Mary, Fla.
Real Estate

Christopher Mee, 33
Aon, Chicago
At-large

Harry Merker, 39
Aon, New York
Public Sector

Tyler Muldoon, 30
Aon, Philadelphia
Technology

Lee Newmark, 30
Gallagher, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
Health Care

Matias Ormaza, 36
EPIC/Greyling, Alpharetta, Ga.
Construction

Jason Ott, 39
Aon, New York
Private Client

Logan Payne, 30
Lockton, Kansas City, Mo.
At-large

Brian Pfund, 35
Marsh, Portland, Ore.
At-large

Bryan Pritchett, 34
Aon, Clayton, Mo.
Finance

Chris Rafferty, 38
Aon, Chicago
At-large

Daniel R’bibo, 38
Gallagher, Glendale, Calif.
Entertainment

Christian Ryan, 39
Marsh, Dallas
Hospitality

Adam Sammons, 32
Marsh & McLennan Agency, Dallas
Nonprofit

Galo Santana, 36
Aon, Morristown, N.J.
At-large

Roberto Santiago, 36
Marsh, New York
Education

Brian Sebold, 36
Aon, Dallas
Retail

James Shewey, 38
RCM&D, Glen Allen, Va.
Education

Christopher Shorter, 38
Aon, Houston
Energy, Traditional

Kate Simons, 32
Aon, Chicago
Retail

Cameron Spearman, 29
NFP Property &
Casualty Services, Santa Ana, Calif.
Health Care

Gerald “Yank” Stoll, 35
HUB International, New York
Health Care

Ronald Sung, 36
Aon, Chicago
Hospitality

Nick Tait, 32
Marsh & McLennan Agency, San Diego
Pharmaceuticals

Graig Vicidomino, 32
Crystal & Company, New York
Finance

Ben Von Obstfelder, 33
Aon, Chicago
Retail

Shawn Walsh, 37
Aon, New York
Finance

John Warren, 38
Marsh, Washington, D.C.
Technology

Emily Weiss, 31
Risk Strategies/DeWitt Stern, New York
Fine Arts

Casey Wigglesworth, 39
Aon/Huntington T. Block, Washington, D.C.
Fine Arts

Blair Wunderlich, 37
Aon/Huntington T. Block, Washington, D.C.
Fine Arts

Carrie Yang, 37
Aon, Chicago
Automotive

The R&I Editorial Team can be reached at [email protected]

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2018 Risk All Stars

Masters of Risk

The concept of risk mastery and ownership, as displayed by the 2018 Risk All Stars, includes not simply seeking to control outcomes but taking full responsibility for them.
By: | September 14, 2018 • 3 min read

People talk a lot about how risk managers can get a seat at the table. The discussion implies that the risk manager is an outsider, striving to get the ear or the attention of an insider, the CEO or CFO.

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But there are risk managers who go about things in a different way. And the 2018 Risk All Stars are prime examples of that.

These risk managers put in gear their passion, creativity and perseverance to become masters of a situation, pushing aside any notion that they are anything other than key players.

Goodyear’s Craig Melnick had only been with the global tire maker a few months when Hurricane Harvey dumped a record amount of rainfall on Houston.

Brilliant communication between Melnick and his new teammates gave him timely and valuable updates on the condition of manufacturing locations. Melnick remained in Akron, mastering the situation by moving inventory out of the storm’s path and making sure remediation crews were lined up ahead of time to give Goodyear its best leg up once the storm passed and the flood waters receded.

Goodyear’s resiliency in the face of the storm gave it credibility when it went to the insurance markets later that year for renewals. And here is where we hear a key phrase, produced by Kevin Garvey, one of Goodyear’s brokers at Aon.

“The markets always appreciate a risk manager who demonstrates ownership,” Garvey said, in what may be something of an understatement.

These risk managers put in gear their passion, creativity and perseverance to become masters of a situation, pushing aside any notion that they are anything other than key players.

Dianne Howard, a 2018 Risk All Star and the director of benefits and risk management for the Palm Beach County School District, achieved ownership of $50 million in property storm exposures for the district.

With FEMA saying it wouldn’t pay again for district storm losses it had already paid for, Howard went to the London markets and was successful in getting coverage. She also hammered out a deal in London that would partially reimburse the district if it suffered a mass shooting and needed to demolish a building, like what happened at Sandy Hook in Connecticut.

2018 Risk All Star Jim Cunningham was well-versed enough to know what traditional risk management theories would say when hospitality workers were suffering too many kitchen cuts. “Put a cut-prevention plan in place,” is the traditional wisdom.

But Cunningham, the vice president of risk management for the gaming company Pinnacle Entertainment, wasn’t satisfied with what looked to him like a Band-Aid approach.

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Instead, he used predictive analytics, depending on his own team to assemble company-specific data, to determine which safety measures should be used company wide. The result? Claims frequency at the company dropped 60 percent in the first year of his program.

Alumine Bellone, a 2018 Risk All Star and the vice president of risk management for Ardent Health Services, faced an overwhelming task: Create a uniform risk management program when her hospital group grew from 14 hospitals in three states to 31 hospitals in seven.

Bellone owned the situation by visiting each facility right before the acquisition and again right after, to make sure each caregiving population was ready to integrate into a standardized risk management system.

After consolidating insurance policies, Bellone achieved $893,000 in synergies.

In each of these cases, and in more on the following pages, we see examples of risk managers who weren’t just knocking on the door; they were owning the room. &

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Risk All Stars stand out from their peers by overcoming challenges through exceptional problem solving, creativity, clarity of vision and passion.

See the complete list of 2018 Risk All Stars.

Dan Reynolds is editor-in-chief of Risk & Insurance. He can be reached at [email protected]