5 People on the Move

Jopari gets a new chief sales and marketing officer, Corvus Insurance appoints a vice president of White Label Reinsurance; all of this and more in this edition of People on the Move.  
By: | September 6, 2020

Jennifer Berry and Frank Baker Achieve Partner Status at BKS Partners

Frank Baker, partner, BKS Partners

Jennifer Berry, partner, BKS Partners

BKS Partners, a national insurance brokerage and risk management firm headquartered in Tampa, Florida, announced the appointments of Jennifer Berry and Frank Baker to partner.   

Berry joined BKS in 2006 as a founding colleague. She specializes in the luxury yacht market and works with individuals and families to design solutions for private risk management needs. 

Baker joined the firm as a founding member in 2006. He came aboard possessing knowledge of Tampa’s recreational maritime interests and experience that helped BKS build its maritime practice, including the consummation of a joint venture with Galati Marine, one of the nation’s leading boat dealers.

“Jenn’s decision to join our nascent entrepreneurial dream as a founding colleague and an early pioneer of our private risk and marine forays allowed us to forge a powerful presence in serving the complex insurance and risk management needs of affluent households,” said Lowry Baldwin, founding partner, BKS Partners.

“Her vivacious personality, interpersonal acumen, articulate delivery, subject matter mastery and overall professional competency exemplify the attributes that serve to differentiate Jenn and our brand in the world of personal insurance. I am exceedingly happy to welcome Jenn as a partner and fellow entrepreneur.”

“I’m honored to be part of this passionate and successful team, [that] always strives to refine and improve the client experience” said Berry.  

In addition, Baldwin commented on Baker’s appointment: “Frank took a leap of faith to join our firm in its infancy, never looking back as he cast an indelible impression on our colleagues and our journey through his pursuit of excellence and mastery. He successfully demonstrated that you can combine a recreational passion with a professional avocation by helping to form, lead and grow our BKS marine practice. I am exceedingly proud to welcome Frank as a partner.”

“Frank is a proven leader in both his professional and personal life,” said Kelly Nash, BKS Partners’ regional president. “His industry specializations, relationships and drive have made him a key to the success of our founding and our future.”

Baker won the firm’s True North and Trailblazer awards every year since their launch for his outstanding contributions.

“The founding partners treated me as a respected colleague, mentoring me from my first day. It gives me great satisfaction that their faith in me has been rewarded, and I look to a future where I will pay it forward with others as they join our ranks,” said Baker.

Corvus Insurance Appoints Kramer as VP of White Label Reinsurance

Sam Kramer, vice president of  reinsurance, Corvus Insurance

Corvus Insurance, a provider of smart commercial insurance products powered by AI-driven risk data, announced it has hired Sam Kramer as vice president of reinsurance. Kramer will lead a new team at the company focused on implementing embedded cyber reinsurance products. 

Kramer has experience in a range of roles across several parts of the insurance industry and adjacent industries, including at Zurich, AmTrust and at Houlihan Lokey. 

“Sam brings to Corvus a broad perspective on the insurance landscape that will, through his leadership, enable us to explore new ways to bring our smart commercial insurance products and services to market,” said Philip Edmundson, founder and chief executive officer of Corvus Insurance.

“We are so excited to bring our value propositions to more insurance value chain stakeholders to our approach with our white-labeled solutions.”

“I am thrilled to be working on solutions that leverage the unique set of technology the team has built here at Corvus,” said Kramer.

“I firmly believe that the combination of technology and cyber coverage will be welcomed by carriers and MGAs looking to protect their policyholders, affirmatively address cyber risk and further differentiate themselves in the market.”

Insurance Office of America Welcomes Jared Mongold to Its Growing Employee Benefits Team

Jared Mongold, employee benefits specialist, Insurance Office of America

Insurance Office of America (IOA) welcomed Jared Mongold to its expanding employee benefits team. Mongold joins the Melbourne, Florida branch office as an employee benefits specialist.

“We’re excited to have Jared join the employee benefits team at IOA. He understands the complexities of our industry. Jared recognizes and values the unique needs of each client and builds solutions around those specific needs,” said IOA employee benefits group president Christopher Labrecque.

“He’s a good fit for our entrepreneurial culture. It’s always a good day when you add to the family.”

Before joining IOA, Mongold was a senior benefits advisor at Brown & Brown of Florida.

He brings over seven years of insurance experience, advising middle market clients on group benefits and commercial insurance with a focus on the growing high-tech and construction industries. 

“Employees and employers dread their annual open enrollment, understandably so, as the costs of health plans continue to erode both margins and wage increases. While many solutions are available, employers need an experienced consultant to vet the market and implement a solution tailored to their needs,” said Mongold.

“I’m extremely grateful to join IOA’s strong culture of innovation, independence and integrity,” he said.

Jopari Names Tom Turi Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Tom Turi, chief sales and marketing officer, Jopari

Jopari Solutions, Inc. a health care information technology corporation that supplies health care claim processing capabilities, attachment solutions and flexible medical payments products across many lines of health care business, has appointed Tom Turi to chief sales and marketing officer.

Most recently, Turi served as chief payer officer at The SSI Group.

He has 25 years of experience and is a nationally recognized speaker.

“We are very excited to have Tom join our organization,” commented Steve Stevens, president and chief executive officer of Jopari.

“He has a wealth of experience not only in the area of Healthcare Payments and Group Health, but he’s skilled at building new, and expanding existing relationships.” &

Emily Spennato is a former staff writer with Risk & Insurance.

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