Leadership

Leadership that values autonomy

Acrisure is a company of leaders. More than 8,500 of them. Acrisure’s Executive and Home Office Leaders collaborate with Agency Partner leadership to accelerate growth! This group of talented people are dedicated to supporting Agency Partners’ continued success. Together, we share two objectives: Create Value and Be a Great Partner.


Executive Leadership

Co-Founder, CEO and President

Gregory L. Williams

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Chief Operating Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Sozon Vatikiotis

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President, Acrisure Ventures

William Malloy

President, Global Insurance

Grahame Millwater

President, Acrisure Technology

Brendan McCord

Chief Innovation Officer

Matthew Marolda

Co-Founder, CEO and President

Gregory L. Williams

Greg Williams is the CEO & President of Acrisure, which he co-founded in 2005. Under Greg’s leadership, Acrisure has become the fastest growing and most profitable top 10 broker in the history of the insurance industry. With a compounded annual growth rate of 61% since inception, the Company eclipsed $2 billion in revenue in 2019, and has averaged more than 100 M&A transactions per year since 2017. Already among the top ten largest insurance brokers in the world, Acrisure is now on a path to become a diversified Fintech financial services company.

Other significant Acrisure achievements under Greg’s leadership include a 2016 management buyout of the Company’s private equity investor in a $2.9 billion transaction, the $400 million transaction to purchase Artificial Intelligence pioneer Tulco, LLC’s insurance practice and the 2021 capital raise of $3.5 billion and subsequent valuation of the Company at $17.5 billion.

Beyond the core business operations of the Company, Greg has extended Acrisure’s success into distinct social impact. In 2020, Acrisure pledged $15 million to establish the Center for Innovation in Children’s Health at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, home to Acrisure’s global headquarters. And, more recently, Greg spearheaded the creation of Evolution Advisors, a joint venture between Acrisure, NFL Quarterback and Super Bowl Champion Russell Wilson and his wife, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Ciara and NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook. This joint venture is focused on the insurance and financial service needs of minorities and diverse communities.

Prior to founding Acrisure, Greg was an investor and Board Advisor to a variety of companies and was a Vice President for Michigan National Corporation (MNC), a $19 billion bank holding company. As a senior executive at MNC, Greg managed the Commercial Sales and Services Group, was a member of the Corporate Marketing Committee and chaired the Corporate Operations Committee.

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Sozon Vatikiotis

As Chief Operating Officer & Administrative Officer at Acrisure, Sozon brings over 15 years of business leadership experience to his current role and is responsible for all operational and administrative functions at Acrisure. Sozon works closely with Acrisure’s Operational Leadership team and Agency Partners to ensure that Acrisure’s Home Office operational and administrative fronts are well-positioned to support the company’s unprecedented growth.

Prior to his current role, Sozon served as Retail Chief Operating Officer, where he oversaw Acrisure’s field operations, and was the Executive Vice President of Employee Benefits, where he worked closely in collaboration with Agency Partners to build and implement leading employee benefits strategies.

Sozon received his bachelor’s degree from Stetson University and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law.

President, Acrisure Ventures

William Malloy

As President of Acrisure Ventures, Bill leads the company’s strategic joint ventures and related efforts. Acrisure Ventures is a strategic initiative leveraging the significant relationships and opportunities existing within Acrisure as well as creating paths to monetize all new ventures. Previously, Bill led the creation of Acrisure Partner Solutions, an Acrisure team leveraging proprietary technology, distribution, and market access delivering products and solutions to Agency Partners and their respective clients.

Prior to his role at Acrisure, Bill was a Partner at Aquiline Capital Partners and before that was the worldwide President of Marsh.

Bill currently serves on the board of Beach and Associates as well as Ark Syndicate Holdings and Simplicity Financial Marketing. He is also a board member at St. John’s School of Risk Management.

President, Global Insurance

Grahame Millwater

Grahame Millwater, President, Global Insurance, brings considerable industry experience to revenue growth, carrier relationships and analytical strategies.

He also has the responsibility for driving forward Acrisure’s relationships and strategy with all forms of underwriting capital, including insurers, reinsurers and also insurance related funds. In his role he assumes responsibility for all the market facing elements of the organization, including the reinsurance business, wholesale relationships, Acrisure Partner Solutions (APS), and the Carrier Management team.

Prior to joining, Millwater had led and built Beach and Associates as Chief Executive Officer, a London-based Global Reinsurance Intermediary that partnered with Acrisure in early 2018.

Prior to Beach, Grahame served in a number of senior positions over a 27-year tenure with Willis Group. He was CEO of Willis Re from 2004, and then became President and COO of Willis Group in 2008 with responsibility for all the global and international businesses outside North America.

President, Acrisure Technology

Brendan McCord

Brendan McCord leads artificial intelligence innovation and application at Acrisure and guides the team of world-class researchers, engineers, and technologists that comprise the Acrisure Technology Group (ATG).

This team works across Acrisure to create unbridled growth through the development of a proprietary, end-to-end, AI-focused operating system. Application areas include enabling Acrisure’s Agency Partners to act with greater precision on behalf of their clients, increasing efficiency through automation, and introducing new risk-focused strategies in concert with Acrisure’s underwriting partners.

Prior to Acrisure, Brendan was founding CEO of the high-growth technology companies that were acquired in 2020 to form ATG. As President of Tulco Labs, he helped entrepreneurs transform static sectors using AI, a strategy that generated more than one billion dollars in value. Prior to Tulco, Brendan founded the Department of Defense-wide Joint AI Center and was the primary author of the first DoD AI Strategy.

Brendan serves on advisory boards for the Harvard Data Science Review, Applied Intuition, and SAP NS2. He spent 610 days underwater as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He holds a bachelor’s degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard.

Chief Innovation Officer

Matthew Marolda

Matthew Marolda is a member of the executive leadership team at Acrisure, where he serves as Chief Innovation Officer. Prior to joining Acrisure, Matt was a leader at Tulco Holdings, an alternative investment platform using AI to unlock significant value in its portfolio companies. In addition to Tulco, he currently serves as a board member, advisor, or investor in Soundhouse LLC, Ultranauts, Life Vault, Harvard Data Science Review, and the USA for United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Previously, Matt was President of WarnerMedia’s Applied Analytics division, which uses data and analytics to drive strategic, marketing, and creative decisions across its brands and operating divisions, including Warner Bros., HBO, CNN, TNT/tbs, and Turner Sports. He joined WarnerMedia via its acquisition of Legendary Entertainment’s Applied Analytics division. Matt founded Applied Analytics and served as Legendary’s Chief Analytics Officer. Matt was part of the executive team that led the sale of Legendary Entertainment to Dalian Wanda in 2016 for $3.5 billion. Prior to Legendary, Matt founded StratBridge LLC, which had two software solutions, both of which he sold as stand-alone businesses: a “moneyball” player analysis platform used by many organizations in the NFL, NBA, English Premiere League, and Major League Soccer; and dynamic pricing and revenue analysis platform used by many professional sports teams.

Matt earned his MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth where he won the Adams Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship. He graduated from Bowdoin College with Honors, earning majors in economics and mathematics and a minor in art history.

 

 


Home Office Leadership

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Chief Communications & Marketing Officer

Elliott Bundy

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Vice President, Agency Accounting Operations

Sue Dempsey

Chief Legal Officer

Ryan Foley

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Vice President, Human Resources

Jeff Melville

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Executive Vice President, Tech-Enabled Broker

Emily Olson

Vice President, Finance & Treasurer

Amanda Pilipovic

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Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Tammie Slauter

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Vice President, Finance & Capital Markets

Kent Snyder

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Chief Information Officer

Sulabh Srivastava

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Chief Accounting Officer

Barb Woltjer

Chief Communications & Marketing Officer

Elliott Bundy

Elliott Bundy leads the Communications & Marketing function for Acrisure. Previously, he held the same role at XL Group, a global insurance and reinsurance carrier. During his career, Elliott has been recognized for innovative approaches to brand design, content marketing, and digital communications to support insurance and financial services.

Prior to XL Group, Elliott served as a Vice President at the financial communications firm Sard Verbinnen & Co. and at the D.C.-based public affairs firm CLS & Associates. Originally from Alaska, Elliott began his career working in the Capitol Hill offices and campaigns of the state’s Congressional Delegation. His other political work has included campaigns in a variety of states from Washington to Florida.

Outside of work, Elliott is an advocate for child adoption and is a past board member of Adoption Share, a nonprofit working to make the adoption of children easier through the use of technology and social networking.

Vice President, Agency Accounting Operations

Sue Dempsey

With more than 30 years of experience across Accounting, Finance, Supply Chain and Human Resources, Sue most recently served as Senior Director, Global Business Services Shared Service Center Lead, for the Kellogg Company. In this role Sue led a shared service center from inception to over 400 employees providing regional and global Finance, Accounting, Human Resource, Supply Chain, Customer Service and IT services for Kellogg Company. Sue has held leadership roles in manufacturing (Kellogg Company & Stryker Medical), financial (American Capital Companies), public accounting (Ernst & Young) and small business (former Owner/CFO Dempsey’s Frozen Custard and B&S Enterprises, LLC).

Sue is leading our Agency Accounting Operations team to provide “best in class” agency accounting services to our Agency Partners supporting their growth and profitability. The team has been recently reorganized into Regional Accounting Teams and will be working to drive outstanding Agency Partner experience, efficiency, and continuous improvement. Sue works closely with our Agency Partners and our leadership team in helping support our continued growth and shareholder value improvement.

Chief Legal Officer

Ryan Foley

As Chief Legal Officer of Acrisure, Ryan Foley oversees the legal department and coordinates with regional and functional general counsels on matters affecting the firm’s numerous Agency Partners. Ryan serves as an advisor to Acrisure’s Executive Leadership on a range of legal, compliance and risk management functions that impact the company. He is also responsible for overseeing all internal and external legal activities.

In his previous role at Acrisure as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Litigation, Ryan supervised a team of professional and paralegal staff and created infrastructure that assisted in managing outside counsel and non-legal vendor spend, reporting and law firm panels. Prior to joining Acrisure, he was a partner at an Am Law 100 firm in the business and insurance litigation practice, and he also previously spent almost a decade with AIG’s corporate law department.

Ryan holds a law degree from Villanova University, and his LL.M. from St. John’s University. Throughout his career, he’s provided pro bono legal services primarily supporting military and veterans’ causes. Currently, he’s a pro bono attorney for the ABA’s Military & Veterans’ Legal Center.

Vice President, Human Resources

Jeff Melville

Jeff leads Human Resources for Acrisure as well as the HR and Employee Benefits consulting group, Acrisure Compliance Solutions. Jeff brings a range of experience to his role and his focus on executing meaningful work that impacts culture and organizational performance.

Prior to Acrisure, Jeff held a variety of progressively senior roles at Amway in HR and Business Analytics. Jeff has also led HR teams at Spectrum Health and worked as a Labor and Employment Law attorney at Miller, Johnson, Snell, and Cummiskey, PLC.

Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College and a J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law.

Executive Vice President, Tech-Enabled Broker

Emily Olson

Joining Acrisure in 2015, Emily Olson brings over two decades of experience in agency leadership, agency management systems, and operational data strategies. In her role, Emily leads a data team that developed AcriVision, a best-in-class business intelligence tool designed to drive automated insights to partners, producers, account managers, and markets about their business. Her expertise related to various source systems and the operational use of data for strategic efforts delivers meaningful and relevant analysis to drive growth and collaboration between Agency Partners.

Prior to joining Acrisure Emily served in various roles within the insurance industry at Hub International and Johnson & Higgins as well as the PEO industry.

Vice President, Finance & Treasurer

Amanda Pilipovic

In her role as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, Amanda leads the Financial Planning & Analysis and Corporate Treasury teams. The FP&A team actively works with the agency partners and corporate departments to deliver quality planning insights and recommendations on the business, while the Corporate Treasury team delivers enterprise strategies for liquidity and financial risk management as well as provides global agency partners with best-in-class banking services and solutions.

Prior to her role at Acrisure, Amanda held Treasury leadership positions with both public and private multinational companies with revenue in excess of $10 billion. Her career began in commercial banking where she held various roles in Treasury Sales and Treasury Product Management.

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Tammie Slauter

With more than twenty years of regulatory experience, Tammie leads the delivery of regulatory and licensing services throughout Acrisure and is also responsible for helping to manage and cultivate relationships with regulators and outside counsel. Prior to joining Acrisure, Tammie served as the Corporate Vice President of Compliance for Jack Entertainment, LLC, a Detroit-based, billion-dollar start up and multi-jurisdictional casino gaming enterprise. Tammie was responsible for the overall casino gaming licensing and compliance for approximately 13,000 gaming positions, 400,000 square feet of gaming space, 400 hotel rooms, and 35 bars and restaurants.

Prior to Jack Entertainment, Tammie clerked at Meijer, Inc. (where she focused on AML, compliance, licensing, and other general retail matters) and clerked at Dykema Gossett PLLC (where she focused exclusively on tribal gaming-related public policy, financing, and regulatory matters). Tammie also worked at Varnum LLP for 13 years (where she served as a legal secretary/assistant and assumed increasingly complex roles in the Corporate Practice Group).

Tammie holds a BS in paralegal studies from Davenport University, and her law degree (with an indigenous law program certification) from Michigan State University College of Law.

Vice President, Finance & Capital Markets

Kent Snyder

Kent Snyder is Acrisure’s Vice President, Finance & Capital Markets. He joined Acrisure in November 2013 to assist the company in its acquisition growth strategy. Today, he manages the company’s capital structure, supports external relationships and works closely with Acrisure’s Agency Partners.

Previously, Kent was a Managing Partner of Calder Capital and a Mergers & Acquisition Advisor for Rua Associates, each are boutique M&A firms in West Michigan. Kent received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Central Michigan University in 2009.

Chief Information Officer

Sulabh Srivastava

Sulabh joined Acrisure in 2019 and oversees all aspects of technology, cybersecurity and IT systems for Acrisure and its Agency Partners. In this role, Sulabh focuses on digital innovation and new technologies to help Acrisure transform how it delivers best-in-class strategic solutions for its Agency Partners and clients.

Sulabh is an expert in leading change and creating technology innovations that improve customer experience. Most recently, he was Vice President of Information Technology and Innovation at Indiana University Health Systems.

Prior to that, he served as Chief Technology Officer of Sparrow Health System, the premier healthcare provider in mid-Michigan. At Sparrow, he spearheaded the technology transformation to electronic medical records that won the hospital the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence, which recognizes the thoughtful application of health information and technology to substantially improve clinical care delivery, patient outcomes and population health.

Sulabh holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Nagpur University, India.

Chief Accounting Officer

Barb Woltjer

Barb Woltjer joined Acrisure as Chief Accounting Officer in July 2018 with over 30 years of insurance accounting experience. During the past 30 years, she was focused on serving the insurance industry as an auditor with BDO USA, LLP. Barb was promoted to Audit Partner in July 2005 and Co-Lead of BDO’s National Insurance Practice in July 2013, where she was instrumental in the development of industry specific audit and training programs for BDO USA’s National Insurance Practice. Most recently, Barb served as BDO’s international representative on the insurance working group of the Global Public Policy Committee, a committee of the six largest international public accounting firms focused on responding to the implementation of international accounting standards. Her clients included domestic and international public and privately held insurance and reinsurance carriers, as well as agency brokerage firms primarily in the property and casualty sector.


Regional & Practice Leadership

Adam Abresch
Regional Growth Leader, Northeast & National Cyber Risk Practice Leader

Adam Abresch

Regional Growth Leader, West

Nick Del Biaggio

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Executive Vice President, Employee Benefits

Bob Croom

Regional Executive Vice President, Midwest

Carmen Edgehouse

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Executive Vice President, Voluntary Benefits

Tye Elliott

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Regional Executive Vice President, South

Michelle Gleeson

Director of Large Relationships

Doug Hodo, Jr.

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Executive Vice President, Personal Lines

Nick Jemas

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Regional Executive Vice President, Northeast

Tim Johnson

Regional Executive Vice President, Southwest

Chris Manoly

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Regional Growth Leader, South

Jennifer Northenor

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Executive Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Colleen O’Hara

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Retail Chief Operating Officer

Andy Schutt

Regional Growth Leader, Midwest

Mike Seling

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Retail Chief Revenue Officer

Ken Walton

Regional Growth Leader, Northeast & National Cyber Risk Practice Leader

Adam Abresch

Adam serves as both Regional Growth Leader for the Northeast and National Cyber Risk Practice Leader, responsible for designing custom Cyber, Crime and Technology solutions for Acrisure clients across the globe. Adam is a guest lecturer at Fordham University and Hofstra University, and leads Cyber Liability education for over 250 Acrisure Partner Agencies throughout the country.

A frequent speaker and thought leader on Cyber Risk, Adam’s led featured presentations at NetDiligence, the Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS) Cyber Conference and the New Jersey and New York City Bar Associations. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and maintains a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation and a Cyber COPE Insurance Certification (CCIC) from Carnegie Mellon/Chubb, and was the recipient of NetDiligence’s 2019 Toby Merrill Rising Star Award.

 

 

Regional Growth Leader, West

Nick Del Biaggio

Nick serves as Regional Growth Leader for the West, responsible for supporting Agency Partner growth by leveraging product, placement and platform investments and providing superior levels of service. He has over 25 years of insurance industry experience, working with brokers such as Aon, Alliant and Acrisure Agency Partner Bozzuto & Associates. He is recognized as a leader in generating significant growth through talent acquisition, producer development, sales leadership and managing carrier relations. Most recently, Nick served as Executive Vice President of Panorama Risk and Insurance Solutions, a start-up insurance brokerage, where he created and built the business development unit and was in charge of talent acquisition.

Executive Vice President, Employee Benefits

Bob Croom

Bob began his career in the insurance brokerage industry with Johnson & Higgins. After nearly 15 years at Marsh (acquirer of Johnson & Higgins), Bob joined Willis as COO of the North American Employee Benefits Practice where he led them to record growth. Bob went from Willis to build a successful startup in the benefits administration and communication segment that was acquired by USI. As the Executive Vice President Employee Benefits Leader of Acrisure, Bob works closely with our Agency Partners to deliver solutions that address the challenges facing our clients.

Regional Executive Vice President, Midwest

Carmen Edgehouse

Carmen has more than 16 years of insurance industry experience. Prior to joining Acrisure, he served as Regional Vice President of the Midwest at USI Insurance Services. There, he was responsible for managing USI’s commercial lines, personal risk and small business operations. Carmen also spent 13 years leading the P&C operations at Oswald, a large independent agency in the Cleveland area. At Acrisure, he is leveraging his expertise and operational skillset to support growth and success in our “Tech-Enabled Broker” model.

Carmen received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kent State University and continues to serve as Executive in Residence for the Insurance Studies program at Kent State. He is very active in the Cleveland community with organizations such as the Cleveland Leadership Center, United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, among others.

Executive Vice President, Voluntary Benefits

Tye Elliott

Tye has 25 years in the life and health insurance industry, with the past 21 years in leadership roles at Aflac working in both field and corporate positions. In his tenure, Tye has managed over $2 billion of Voluntary Benefits sales in his various roles, and developed numerous leaders in the Voluntary Benefits Industry.

Tye works closely with our Agency Partners, Regional Growth Leaders and our leadership team in helping to support our growth in the Voluntary Benefits business. Tye brings substantial knowledge and professional experience that will help us continue to build upon the best practices our Agency Partners have in place today.

Regional Executive Vice President, South

Michelle Gleeson

Michelle’s career has spanned for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. As the COO for an Acrisure Agency Partner, she was a key catalyst to their success for the last 19 years. As CFO for over 12 years she was part of the leadership team that launched and built a large successful cultural facility in Southwest Florida. And she was an auditor with Price Waterhouse Coopers early in her career.

Michelle brings a unique set of financial, operational, and leadership talents to the agency partners in the South. Her greatest accomplishment has been in serving as a source of inspiration and development to the organizations for which she has been involved. She is a CPA, Certified Corporate Coach, and holds her Florida Property and Casualty and Life and Health insurance licenses.

Director of Large Relationships

Doug Hodo, Jr.

Doug Hodo, Jr. serves as Director of Large Relationships at Acrisure, where he is responsible for unifying Acrisure’s direct sales efforts toward large companies seeking products and services in critical coverage lines including property and casualty, group benefits, surety and executive liability. Prior to Acrisure, Doug served as the Texas Regional President of McGriff.  As a key member of the management team since 1995, Doug provided leadership and direction for the Texas insurance sales function and overall operations.  He was instrumental in developing new client business during a period of significant organic growth.  According to the insurance industry’s annual “Best Practices Study”, the firm’s exceptional growth made MSW the highest performing insurance sales organization in the country.

Doug graduated from the University of Texas in 1987 with a B.B.A. in Business Communications.  He lives in Texas with his wife and children.

Executive Vice President, Personal Lines

Nick Jemas

With more than 25 years of Personal Risk Management and Insurance Brokerage experience, Nick most recently served as Vice President, Frenkel & Company, managing their Private Client Services Division. Prior to Frenkel & Company, Nick was a Senior Vice President with Marsh & McLennan Companies. During his 20 year tenure with Marsh Private Client Services he held various leadership roles including Office Head of the Marsh New Jersey Private Client Services division, Regional New Business Development Leader and Senior Account Executive, handling complex insurance programs for wealthy individuals, family offices and corporate executives.

Nick works closely with our Agency Partners, Regional Growth Leaders and our leadership team in helping support our growth in the mass affluent and high net worth personal lines business. Nick brings a wealth of knowledge and professional experience that we believe will help us continue to build upon the great best practices our Agency Partners have in place today.

Regional Executive Vice President, Northeast

Tim Johnson

Tim started his career in 1986 with Great American Insurance Company where he held positions in underwriting, marketing and management. In 1994 he joined CLG Insurance, where he served as its president for many years. CLG became an Acrisure Agency Partner in 2014. Tim has served on and chaired numerous carrier and industry advisory boards.

Tim is a graduate of Ithaca College, where he studied Finance and Writing, and the Wharton Advanced Executive Leadership program. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor and a Certified Risk Manager.

Regional Executive Vice President, Southwest

Chris Manoly

Chris has more than 15 years of industry experience and joined Acrisure from Mills Insurance, an Acrisure Agency Partner in Orange County, California which has been part of the Acrisure network since 2015. At Mills, Chris led operations as Chief Operating Officer where he developed a deep understanding of Acrisure’s strategy, goals and culture. After starting a scratch agency out of college, Chris worked for Travelers for several years in southern California. An experienced leader, Chris is especially skilled in the areas of finance, business perpetuation and M&A. As REVP SW, he will be responsible for supporting the growth and success of Agency Partners through operational initiatives and efficiencies. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, holds an AAI Designation and lives in Irvine, CA with his wife and three children. 

Regional Growth Leader, South

Jennifer Northenor

Jennifer brings over 25 years of expertise in brokerage, agency, insurance carrier, claims adjusting and insuretech firms. As Acrisure’s Regional Growth Leader for the South Region she is responsible for organic growth for the 12 States across the South Region. States include: Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Jennifer works closely with our Agency Partners, Segment Leaders and our leadership team in helping support growth in all activities such as property & casualty, benefits and surety operations.

Prior to joining Acrisure, Jennifer held various global, regional and local leadership roles with Dovetail, Wells Fargo Insurance, Crawford & Company, Zurich and Marsh. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and her MBA from Emory University.

Executive Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Colleen O’Hara

Colleen O’Hara is Acrisure’s Executive Vice President of Marketing & Communications. She is the primary marketing resource for Acrisure’s Agency Partners and is responsible for programs to support the strategic direction and positioning of the Acrisure network.

Prior to her role at Acrisure, Colleen spent over four years as the Marketing Director at Britton Gallagher, an Agency Partner based in Cleveland, Ohio. From there, she took on the Marketing Manager role at Acrisure, gaining an understanding of the unique power of Acrisure’s culture and model throughout her various positions within the partnership network.

Colleen has a very strategic approach, particularly on how to best provide marketing value and support in a highly impactful, but very scalable way to Agency Partners.

Retail Chief Operating Officer

Andy Schutt

Andy has been with Acrisure since 2005, and currently serves as the Retail Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the activities of the firm’s Regional Executive Vice Presidents (REVPs). He has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, serving in various roles including coverage placement, carrier relations management, and agency leadership.  Andy previously served as Regional Executive Vice President of the Midwest region, and supports our Partners with Operation matters in his current role. This includes business and perpetuation planning, performance optimization and integration with Home Office Resources.

Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hillsdale College and an MBA from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business. He also has obtained the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations.

Regional Growth Leader, Midwest

Mike Seling

As the Regional Growth Leader of the Midwest, Mike is responsible for supporting organic growth and revenue generation. He is an experienced insurance executive with expertise in driving strategies, revenue, implementing products and business systems as well as data and analytics. With more than 25 years of experience in insurance, finance, banking and IT on both the carrier and agency side, Mike most recently served as Vice President of Operations at Van Wyk Risk Solutions, a West Michigan agency, and prior to that, Vice President of Business Development & Loss Control at Accident Fund. In Mike’s roles on the carrier side, he worked alongside many of our Agency Partners in the Midwest and brings expertise from both sides. He has led teams in business development, finance, loss control and other areas, graduated from Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University (MBA) and holds CPCU, CIC, and CAWC designations.

Retail Chief Revenue Officer

Ken Walton

Ken is an executive with over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. A proven change leader with a strong track record of outstanding contributions, Ken brings a wealth of expertise relative to sales leadership, operations, underwriting, and strategic planning. Having spent time leading teams on a national basis, as well as leading specific engagements in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest, and California, Ken has broad relationships across the brokerage and carrier community as well as a strong understanding of the various markets.

Ken has held senior leadership roles with The Hartford, Brown and Brown, Allstate, and AmTrust. He has experience in the independent agency and captive agency channels. His experience includes leading a retail brokerage operation, a national sales organization, and various teams responsible for sales, underwriting, product development, and operations.

Excelling in his position of Regional Growth Leader, West, Ken now holds the Retail Chief Revenue Officer role at Acrisure where he oversees the activities of the Regional Growth Leaders (RGL’s), supports our AP’s with organic growth optimization initiatives, and tech-enabled broker opportunities.

 


Technology Leadership

Chief Technology Officer, Acrisure Technology Group

Eric Allen

Chief Product Officer, Acrisure Technology Group

Stas Blade

Vice President, Engineering, Acrisure Technology Group

Julie Scully

Chief Strategy Officer, Acrisure Technology Group

Peyton Sherwood

Chief Insurance Officer, Acrisure Technology Group

David Wright

Chief Technology Officer, Acrisure Technology Group

Eric Allen

Eric Allen brings a broad mix of deep technical expertise and hands-on knowledge of the technology industry to Acrisure. He helps set the company’s technical vision for applying artificial intelligence (AI). Eric was Chief Technology Officer of the high-growth tech companies acquired by Acrisure, as well as Tulco Labs, where he helped transform operating models across the Tulco portfolio by constructing “AI Factories” in a variety of industries.

Before joining Tulco, Eric was Senior Vice President at Two Sigma Investments, conducting deep learning research on the Core AI team. He also assembled and led data science teams at e-commerce startups RetailMeNot and Bazaarvoice in Austin TX. Eric was a Principal Investigator at Sun Labs, where he led a research team exploring new programming models for peta-scale computing, as part of the DARPA HPCS Project. He was co-creator of the open source Fortress project and is author of numerous peer-reviewed research papers, online columns, blogs, a published book on programming principles, and three patents. He has taught honors graduate and undergraduate courses in computer science at Rice and UT Austin.

Eric has a PhD in computer science from Rice University, an MBA from the UT Austin Red McCombs School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Cornell University.

Chief Product Officer, Acrisure Technology Group

Stas Blade

As Chief Product Officer, Stas is responsible for defining Acrisure’s producer facing software and ensuring that the team is focused on the highest impact features and initiatives. In doing so, ATG can accelerate Acrisure’s strategic vision while delivering business value to Agency Partners.

Stas has 20 years of experience working in the tech industry, of which the last ten have been in product management, leading artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven product development across industry-leading businesses. This includes IBM, where Stas led a product team developing AI-driven solutions for the financial services industry, and RetailMeNot, where Stas led the Data and AI Product team.

Prior to joining ATG, Stas led the Search and Discovery team across Expedia Group brands, where he focused on search, filters, and recommendations engines that supported all Expedia Group sites. Stas led the development and launch of the recommendations product, which went from 0% to 25% sales share, surpassing that of Amazon.

Vice President, Engineering, Acrisure Technology Group

Julie Scully

As Vice President of Engineering, Julie is responsible for setting technical strategy and direction, partnering with leadership on business and product strategy, and managing the engineering organization’s shape, processes, and culture. She ensures that Acrisure Technology Group (ATG) helps Acrisure meet its audacious growth goals.

Prior to Acrisure, Julie was a Senior Director of Engineering at Indeed, Inc. and ran engineering for SMB, one of Indeed’s five business units. She led a cross-functional Engineering organization of 250+ to deliver a seamless, end-to-end hiring solution to help small and medium businesses hire. Her teams supported hundreds of thousands of employers posting jobs with tens of millions of applies per month globally and were the growth engine of the company’s revenue stream. Prior to Indeed, Julie worked on other high-volume products, such as Google’s Gmail and Microsoft’s Hotmail. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Rice University.

Chief Strategy Officer, Acrisure Technology Group

Peyton Sherwood

As Chief Strategy Officer, Peyton assists the Acrisure Technology Group (ATG) President and Acrisure executive leadership with developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining strategic initiatives in concert with Acrisure’s corporate strategy. He ensures company operational plans align with key strategic initiatives and are resourced appropriately.

Prior to Acrisure, Peyton was the Chief Technology Officer of Bond Street, a small business lender using technology to equip business owners with capital at fair rates. Peyton’s team built technology to underwrite small businesses for credit risk using online financial data at low loss rates while allowing the business owner to be approved for capital much more quickly than they would be able to at their conventional bank. Bond Street joined forces with Goldman Sachs in October 2017 to expand their new digital finance business, Marcus, where Peyton built additional small business and consumer-focused lending products.

Before Bond Street, as Director of Engineering at Venmo, Peyton created the world’s first anti-fraud program leveraging social networking data. Prior to that, he reported to David Shaw at D.E. Shaw & Co as Vice President of Special Technology Projects. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard College.

Chief Insurance Officer, Acrisure Technology Group

David Wright

David is the insurance industry veteran within Acrisure Technology Group (ATG). As Chief Insurance Officer, David brings his experience across the entire insurance value chain to the host of decisions, big and small, that make innovation a reality.

Previously, David was a Managing Director at Acrisure Re (formerly Beach), where he was focused on reinsurance and portfolio placement. David led the sales production team in Beach’s New York office and was Head of Analytics in North America. David’s experience spans all classes of property, casualty, life, health, and specialty, including both reinsurance placement and facilitating underwriting capital for insurance portfolio startups and MGAs.

David began his career at Beach in the sales team before attaining his actuarial qualifications and assuming leadership roles in both analytics and reinsurance production. He started his career at Beach in Toronto immediately after completing his bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Ontario.


M&A Leadership

Director, International Operations, Mergers & Acquisitions

Andrew Boyce

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Director, Mergers & Acquisitions

Shelby Cowley

Tonya Lee, Acrisure
Director, Administrative Services

Tonya Lee

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Director, Mergers & Acquisitions

Dan Martin

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Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions

Kyle Miller

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Director, Mergers & Acquisitions

Ben Walsh

Director, International Operations, Mergers & Acquisitions

Andrew Boyce

Andrew began his career at KPGM working in the insurance department in Bermuda where he earned his CPA qualification. Andrew has over 6 years of “Big 4” Chartered Accounting experience serving large international clients in the Insurance sector. Post KPMG, Andrew was a Finance Business Partner at DUAL UK where he was tasked with managing the integration of the newly purchased underwriting arm of DUAL, Aqueduct Underwriting Limited.

In 2016 Andrew joined Beach as an FP&A Manager responsible for enhancing and developing the Group’s Global FP&A function. He also worked with Beach senior management to assess potential acquisitions. Andrew was a key senior member of the Beach team and played a pivotal role in the sale of Beach to Acrisure in March 2018 supporting the Group CEO and CFO throughout the transaction. Andrew joined the Acrisure M&A team in January of 2019 and is currently tasked with building the Acrisure international platform.

Director, Mergers & Acquisitions

Shelby Cowley

Shelby joined the Acrisure M&A team at the start of 2017. In her role as a Director of Mergers & Acquisitions, Shelby works primarily on the legal and financial execution of all our new Partnerships, as well as prospecting new platform and tuck-in opportunities for Acrisure. During her time at Acrisure she has worked on north of 100 new Partnerships and she looks forward to continuing to help drive our growth strategy in the future!

Prior to Acrisure, Shelby worked at a lower-middle market Private Equity firm in Chicago. Prior to that role, she worked in consulting at Ernst &Young. Shelby received both her Bachelor’s in Finance and Accounting as well as her MBA from Indiana University. Shelby is also a CPA with the state of Illinois.

Director, Administrative Services

Tonya Lee

Tonya leads Acrisure’s Administrative Services group under the Mergers & Acquisitions team, which supports our Agency Partners in the integration and operational aspects that come with the decision to join Acrisure as a valued Agency Partner.

Prior to Acrisure, Tonya spent 10 years in a leadership role with a professional employer organization (PEO) before they became a partner of Acrisure in 2009. Tonya brings over 20 years of experience in the HR, health and retirement plan management fields. In 2009, Tonya continued to lead the PEO benefits department and also took on the management of the Acrisure National Health and Retirement programs. Also in 2009, Tonya joined and a short time later led and supported the team that handled the integration efforts necessary to onboard our new Agency Partners prior to and after close. After managing dual roles for a number of years with Acrisure, Tonya officially joined the M&A team in 2016 to focus solely on supporting our Agency Partners as well as our Home Office teams on all integration and operational efforts.

Director, Mergers & Acquisitions

Dan Martin

Dan Martin joined Acrisure’s Business Development Team in April 2016 and works to support the company’s inorganic growth strategy through accretive acquisitions of quality independent insurance agencies and individual production talent. Dan focuses on sourcing, vetting, and executing transactions with potential Agency Partners and has worked on over 150 completed partnerships since joining the team.

Prior to joining Acrisure, Dan was a part of Macquarie Capital’s insurance coverage team in Chicago focused on mergers, acquisitions and capital raises for clients in the insurance carrier, distribution and services space. Dan holds a BBA in Finance and a BA in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions

Kyle Miller

Kyle Miller brings his expertise in mergers and acquisitions to vet, price, and execute new deals. Through leveraging referrals from existing agency partners and deal brokers, Kyle has expanded Acrisure into new geographies and niche verticals. In addition, Kyle advises partners in their inorganic growth efforts.

Since joining Acrisure in June of 2015, Kyle has vetted over 750 domestic and international independent insurance agencies and completed over 100 acquisitions.

Prior to joining Acrisure, Kyle worked as a Private Client Advisor at MB Financial Bank servicing high net worth clients and family offices. Kyle holds a BS in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Director, Mergers & Acquisitions

Ben Walsh

Ben joined Acrisure in August 2018 as part of the mergers and acquisitions team supporting the company’s effort to grow it’s Agency Partner network. Prior to joining Acrisure, Ben spent three years working for Intralinks, a leading financial technology provider, managing their largest alternative investment relationships in the Midwest. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.