Glenn Dorr, Hiscox
Mr. Dorr joined Hiscox in 2017 as Head of Business Development and Broker Relations for North America. Before that, he was with Lloyd’s since 2012 as the Northeast Regional Director, based in Boston and responsible for market development activities in an 11-state region stretching from Maryland to Maine and working with stakeholders including 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.
Wesley Griffiths, Travelers
Executive Vice President
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.
Cheryl Matochik, Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB)
Cheryl Matochik is senior vice president of strategic resources and initiatives. She is responsible for enterprise development strategy charged to deliver unique benefits through the association’s core platform. Matochik has a strong understanding of both the global commercial P/C and U.S. health insurance markets, emerging risks and industry developments. Since joining The Council in 2004, Matochik has worked in a variety of roles to deliver to member firms business intelligence with a focus on the impact of healthcare reform on employer-sponsored insurance, cybersecurity and insurance technology. She oversees The Council’s Employee Benefits Executives Advisory Board and The Council’s Foundation. She has a bachelor of science in journalism from West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media and currently serves on the Gamma Iota Sigma Board of Directors..
Steve Marohn, CNA
Steve Marohn is Senior Vice President and Western Zone Officer for CNA, having joined the company in 2013 after 18 years with AIG, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President for AIG Japan Holdings in Tokyo, Japan. He began his career at AIG as a field underwriter and assumed increasing responsibility in its field operations, becoming Regional President for San Francisco and eight western states. Steve also has a commendable record of community service, including serving as a board member for Junior Achievement of the Bay Area and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation.
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.
Jon Perry, AWAC
Jon Perry is currently Assistant Vice President with Allied World in Chicago, Illinois. He is part of the team responsible for underwriting Directors & Officers Liability Insurance for Publicly Traded Companies. Before joining Allied World, Jon spent five years with Travelers on their Public Company Liability team. Jon serves as the Vice President of the GIS Alumni Council, in addition to his role as one of the Regional Directors of the Chicago Chapter. He is also a participant in the Professional Liability Underwriting Society’s Diversity Leadership and Mentoring Program.
Jon received his BS from Illinois State University’s Katie School of Insurance in 2009 with a major in Insurance. As a student, Jon served in various leadership roles with the Alpha Kappa Chapter, including serving as President during his senior year.
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.
Meg Allwein, Assurex Global
Immediate Past President
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.
Sabrina Hanitz, Honan Insurance Group
Sabrina Hanitz is President, Global Risk with Honan Insurance Group. Previously, she was an Assistant Vice President with AIG responsible for the development, coordination, and execution of core strategies for the company’s National Retail Channel of U.S. Commercial Broker Engagement Practice. She also served 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.
Millie Workman, CPCU, CRIS, MLIS, AFIS, International Risk Management Institute (IRMI)
Millie Workman is Director of Training and Education for IRMI, the premier publisher of property-casualty insurance references. She directs all of IRMI’s training and education programs, which include its seminars, insurance CE programs, certifications, and conferences.
Ms. Workman has an extensive background in risk management and the insurance industry. She is a part president of the CPCU Society (National) and served as chair of the CPCU-Loman Educational Foundation.
Business Insurance Magazine has named her a “Risk Manager of the Year,” one of the “100 Leading Women in the Insurance Industry,” and one of 80 “Women to Watch.”
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
University of Central Oklahoma, Beta Epsilon Chapter
Josh Cowdrey is a senior at the University of Central Oklahoma, majoring in both Insurance and Risk Management as well as Finance. In addition to his new role as International Student Representative, he serves as the President of the Beta Epsilon Chapter. With the help of Gamma, Josh has also become actively involved in several other organizations at UCO and in the industry; he serves as a Senior Ambassador for the 2BLeaders Program, as the President for the Zeta Omega Chapter of Delta Mu Delta, and as a Director-at-Large for the Young Risk Professionals of Oklahoma City. Outside of school, Josh works as a producer for an independent insurance agency. When he isn’t working for the advancement of these organizations, he enjoys spending his time reading, working out, fishing, and watching “The Office.”
International Student Representative
Drake University, Chi Chapter
Kate McCoy is a senior studying Actuarial Science and Data Analytics at Drake University. She will graduate early in December 2017 and will be starting as an Actuarial and Analytics Leadership Development Program – Actuarial Assistant at Travelers in St. Paul this February. Kate is very passionate about Gamma Iota Sigma and she has held many leadership position at the Chi Chapter; she was the co-president last year. Outside of loving GIS, Travelers, Insurance, and actuarial exams, Kate spends her free-time gardening, cooking, and watching Food Network.