Meg Allwein, Assurex Global
Meg Allwein is a Vice President and the Chief Quality Officer for Assurex Global, the world’s premier network of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing over $28 billion in premium volume from over 500 offices on six continents. As Chief Quality Officer, Meg serves as a strategic advisor to Assurex Global’s CEO and management team and has oversight over the Partner services within all four global regions – Asia/Pacific, EMEA, Latin America/Caribbean and North America. In addition, she is responsible for the ongoing due diligence on the brokers selected to become Partners of Assurex Global. Meg’s approach can be summed up in the words of William A. Foster — “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution…”
As an advocate for the independent broker system, Meg actively participates in a number of industry groups and initiatives aimed at attracting the next generation of talent to the insurance industry, including the CIAB’s FAME scholarship program, The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, and Gamma Iota Sigma, the international risk management & insurance collegiate fraternity.
Meg is a graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, with a degree in Psychology. Following a brief stint in theatrical stage management, she joined Assurex Global in 1998. She serves as President of the St. Catharine School Advisory Board and is the primary Assurex Global liaison to WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development), an organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in business and government leadership in central Ohio.
Glenn Dorr, Lloyd's
Executive Vice President
Mr. Dorr joined Lloyd’s in 2012 and currently serves as the Northeast Regional Director. He is based in Boston and is responsible for market development activities in an 11-state region stretching from Maryland to Maine, and Washington, D.C. Lloyd’s stakeholders in this region include retail, wholesale, and reinsurance brokers, program managers, MGAs, risk managers, and the organizations that support them. Mr. Dorr’s insurance career from the beginning has focused in the Excess and Surplus market. He studied at the University of London, graduated from the College of Wooster, and earned an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
Jason Warden, The Hartford
Jason is currently the RVP for the Ohio/Indiana regional office. In this role, Jason is responsible for the P&L, overall leadership, and top agency relationship management in the Ohio/Indiana territory. Originally from Houston, Jason began his career right out of college in 1998 as a Middle Market Trainee. Over his career, Jason has held a number of different roles in the field and has achieved a great deal of success. Those positions have included: Middle Market Underwriter in Houston, Marine Underwriter in Houston, Assistant Middle Market Manager in San Antonio, Middle Market and Specialty Practices Manager in Houston, Assistant Regional Vice President in Dallas. Prior to Ohio, Jason spent two years in the home office running Marine, SGL, and Livestock.
Jason earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He also holds his CIC and CRM designations and currently sits on the Board for The Indiana Compensation Rating Bureau as well as Gamma Iota Sigma. Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and son as well as golfing, traveling, and is an avid Houston and Baylor sports fan.
Jeff Henry, AmWINS Group
Jeff Henry is the Director of Education and Professional Development at AmWINS Group. Prior to joining AmWINS in 2015, Jeff served as the Director of Education and Professional Development for the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA University), where he led their Education Committee and was a liaison to both the Marketing and Human Resources Committees. Jeff began his career over 20 years ago with Safeco Insurance as a Claims Adjuster before moving into Underwriting. Jeff received his Master’s of Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sabrina Hanitz, AIG
Sabrina Hanitz is an Assistant Vice President responsible for the development, coordination, and execution of core strategies for AIG’s National Retail Channel of U.S. Commercial Broker Engagement Practice. She also serves as an Executive Broker Manager managing the strategic engagement with several key trading partners for AIG and implementing corporate sales training for its U.S. Commercial operation. Ms. Hanitz began her career in Aon’s Construction Services Group in Chicago and joined AIG in 2011 as a Business Development Manager.
Ms. Hanitz is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she received her MBA. She received a BBA in Risk Management and Insurance from Temple University and has completed her ARM designation. She serves on the Gamma Iota Sigma Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, and is Vice President of the GIS Alumni Council.
Wes Griffiths, FCAS, Travelers
Wes Griffiths is currently Second Vice President and Actuary at Travelers within the Business Insurance division. He has spent his entire career at Travelers in various pricing and reserving roles across the company’s commercial business segments. Over the years, Wes has been an active advocate for the actuarial career by serving as a mentor to new and aspiring actuaries, through his leadership in Travelers’ recruiting and outreach efforts, and by serving as the Chair of the CAS Committee on University Relations. Wes holds undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and Economics from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and achieved his Fellowship in the Casualty Actuarial Society in 2009.
Noelle Codispoti, CPCU, ARM
Noelle Codispoti joined Gamma Iota Sigma as its first employee in January 2011. She has been honored by Business Insurance as one of its 2013 Women to Watch, and by Insurance Business America as one of 2015’s Hot 100 and one of its Elite Women in 2015. Before taking the helm at GIS, Noelle spent six years with ACE USA (now Chubb) in both their New York City and Philadelphia offices culminating in her role as Underwriting Manager, ACE Professional Risk, with responsibility for managing the General Partners’ Liability underwriting unit.
Noelle received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Temple University in 2005 with a dual major in Actuarial Science and Risk Management. She held various officer positions within the Sigma Chapter starting in her freshman year, including serving as President from the Fall 2003 until the Spring 2005. Additionally, Noelle served on the Executive Committee of the Grand Chapter as the International Student Representative during the 2004-2005 academic year. Noelle was recognized for her leadership with Gamma Iota Sigma as a student through the receipt of the Warren L. Weeks Award in 2004 and the Alan C. William Leadership Award in 2005.
Noelle has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of GIS since 2004, and also serves as a member of the Griffith Foundation Leadership Council, the Risk and Insurance Management Society’s (RIMS) Student Advisory Council, and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Northeast Division-Philadelphia Chapter Board. She holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations.
John Hammond, CPCU, AIG
Immediate Past President
Mr. Hammond has been with AIG for sixteen years and is currently the Senior Vice President for Canada. Prior to moving to Canada to assume his current role, Mr. Hammond was the Regional President for the Great Lakes Region. Before that, Mr. Hammond held various roles, including Branch Manager for the St. Louis office. He is on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland and Gamma Iota Sigma. Mr. Hammond is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is also a graduate of Leadership Cleveland.
Jake Timmins, ASLI, RT Specialty
Jake Timmins, ASLI is Vice President, Property Broker with RT Specialty in Dallas, TX. Jake has been with RT Specialty (formerly Westrope) since 2011 and his responsibilities include managing and growing a book of business that exceeds $100m in annual property premiums and is predominantly comprised of Catastrophe exposed risks. He is a 2011 graduate of Illinois State University and The Katie School of Insurance. While at ISU, Jake was an active member and President of the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma. He was elected to the Gamma Iota Sigma Board of Trustees in 2012 and joined the Executive Committee in 2013.
Jacob Galecki, Liberty Mutual
Jacob joined Liberty Mutual in 2015 as a Senior Actuarial Recruiter after five years with Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Actuarial Science from Temple University and a Master of Liberal Arts in History and Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania and serves as Chair of Gamma Iota Sigma’s Actuarial Committee.
R.B. Drennan, Ph.D.
Temple University, Sigma Chapter
Dr. Drennan is Associate Professor and Department Chairperson of the Risk, Insurance and Healthcare Management Department in the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University and Program Director for the Risk Management and Insurance Program. Dr. Drennan received his BS degree in economics and mathematics from Southern Methodist University and AM and Ph.D. degrees in insurance and risk management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He conducts research on health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and has published in the Journal of Insurance Regulation, Benefits Quarterly and The Journal of Insurance Issues. He has done consulting work for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the American Society of Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM). He has conducted numerous executive training sessions for the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) Program and most recently CIGNA. Dr. Drennan has received three teaching awards and one award for Outstanding Faculty Service while at Temple. His teaching interests include employee benefits and risk management. Dr. Drennan has served as faculty advisor for Sigma since 1991 and has been on the faculty at Temple since 1988.
Karen Epermanis, Ph. D.
Appalachian State University, Rho Chapter
Dr. Epermanis is Associate Professor and Director of the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. She joined Appalachian State University in the fall of 2006 after previously serving on the faculty of The University of Mississippi and the University of Hartford. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Finance from the University of South Carolina and also holds a B.S. degree majoring in Risk Management from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from the University of Tulsa. Her teaching interests include enterprise risk management and principles of risk management and insurance. Dr. Epermanis has received awards for outstanding faculty Service (Appalachian State University), teaching (University of Mississippi), and the Shinn Research Excellence Award (International Insurance Society). She has published in the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of Insurance Regulation, CPCU eJournal, Journal of Individual Employment Rights, and Public Personnel Management.
Prior to entering academe, Dr. Epermanis was Director of Risk Management for Sulzermedica USA, Inc./Sulzer Inc. Risks included the manufacture of implantable medical devices and heavy industrial machinery. Prior to joining Sulzer, she served in the risk management departments of Columbia Gas System and The Williams Companies.
International Student Representative
Virginia Commonwealth University, Alpha Mu Chapter
Celeste Azubuike is a senior Risk Management and Insurance student at Virginia Commonwealth University, and currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Alpha Mu Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma. She completed a summer 2016 internship with Lockton Companies Financial Services Department and is presently a part-time Claims intern with the James River Insurance Company. Celeste has plans to join a carrier or broker following graduation to pursue a career in cyber security.
International Student Representative
University of St. Thomas, Beta Pi Chapter
Sarah is currently a senior Actuarial Science major at the University of St. Thomas and Officer of the Beta Pi Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma. She has completed three summer internships with Travelers in Minneapolis, where she continues to work part-time. Sarah was among the founding members of the Beta Pi Chapter and helped lead them to Well-Rounded Chapter status within a year. She was selected as a 2015 recipients of the Warren L. Weeks Award in recognition of her leadership and dedication to Gamma Iota Sigma and was elected to serve a second term as International Student Representative.