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Steve is a Vice President, Producer for USI in the Chicago office. Steve is responsible for building and serving a robust clientele by consistently delivering financially impactful Risk & Insurance Solutions that exceed client expectations.
Steve’s technical areas of expertise include complex property and casualty solutions, Financial Risk Management and Claims Analytics. He specializes in Alternative Risk Transfer solutions, large global property underwriting and M & A Risk Advisory and Transaction Liability products.
Prior to joining USI, Steve began his carrier with a leading national carrier holding positions in both claims and underwriting for large national accounts. He then held a client executive producer role with another leading national brokerage.
Steve serves as a board member of the Chicago Risk and Insurance Management Society, as well as an executive advisor of the Chicago Rising Risk Professionals. He also sits on the board of the Chicago Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Steve holds a BA in Organizational Communications from Michigan State University.
Andy is a Senior Manager in the Corporate Risk Management Department at Kraft Heinz. Andy is responsible for the insurance and risk management of Kraft Heinz’ global operations.
Andy graduated from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and obtained a dual Masters in Business Administration in Risk Management and Finance from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business in Atlanta, GA. He began his career with Wachovia Insurance Services and worked in the Commercial Property and Casualty brokerage space for Wachovia/Wells Fargo Insurance for 10 years prior to moving to Chicago, IL to be the Risk Manager at Donnelley Financial Solutions.
Andy is highly trained in contract review, negotiations, and complex technology risks. Andy enjoys maintaining a diverse network of cross-functional professionals in various industries. His hobbies include rooting on the University of Georgia Bulldogs, captaining and managing a local adult soccer team, and playing golf.
Gail Bartholomew is the Global Insurance and Claims Manager for Nouryon USA, LLC, based in Chicago, IL. Gail is responsible for risk management, insurance, and claims management of Nouryon’s global operations. Gail is also involved in due diligence, contract review and M&A activities.
Nouryon, a leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals, was spun off from AkzoNobel in 2018. While not a household name, there are very few homes in the US that don’t have a component of Nouryon somewhere within.
Gail joined AkzoNobel as Senior Risk Management Coordinator in 2001, and in 2005 left to accept the role of Underwriting Director with CNA where she managed a property and casualty portfolio of architect and engineering clients. In 2008 she returned to AkzoNobel as Risk Manager and went with Nouryon at the separation from AkzoNobel in 2018. Gail recently assumed the global risk management role for Nouryon. Her prior insurance background also includes brokerage, underwriting, and consulting roles.
In addition to the RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP) designation, Gail has the CRM, CIC, CISR, and CPRM designations from the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.
Gail and her husband Jim have a blended family of five children, their spouses, grandchildren, and a wide range of dogs across the households.
Robert serves as Regional Chief Sales Officer and member of the Midwest Executive Leadership & Management Team. He is responsible for driving corporate growth, business development and sales strategies across Hub International’s target client industries, products and market segments
Prior to joining Hub International, Robert served in various Executive Leadership roles at Aon, Marsh (formally JLT Group) and USI. For over two decades Robert served as a Producer and Client Executive for global corporate clients such as BP (pre-and-post-Deepwater horizon), Honeywell International, Takeda - Abbott Pharmaceuticals, Sears Holding Corporation and General Growth Properties (pre-and-post-bankruptcy). In addition, Robert led large-scale engagement teams advising insurers such as AIG and Chubb (formerly ACE) on the design and implementation of strategic product distribution strategies across the Americas, UK, Europe, and Asia. Robert developed his Risk & Insurance expertise by producing and serving an array of large and mid-market companies and Private Equity sponsors across multiple industries since beginning his career as a commercial insurance broker with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in New York in 1988.
Robert serves on the Chicago Chapter Board of the Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Co-Chairs The Chicagoland Risk Forum, mentors the Rising Risk Professionals group and is an active member of the Economic Club of Chicago. He received a degree in Economics from the University of Rhode Island and advanced studies in International Finance at Richmond College in London. Robert resides in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood with his wife and four teens/young adults.
Kelly Croll has been a Senior Risk Management Consultant at Allstate for over nine years. As a Senior Risk Management Consultant, she oversees the agent error and omissions insurance program, property and other corporate insurance programs. She also manages corporate claims, including those under the corporate auto and general liability policies. In addition, she is primarily responsible for risk management contract review.
She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois in Linguistics and English/Rhetoric and her J.D. from DePaul University School of Law. Prior to working at Allstate, she litigated insurance coverage and complex litigation cases for over ten years.
Ryan Fee is the Director of Risk Management for InvenTrust Properties Corp, a REIT headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, where he has been for the last 4 years. In his current role, he is responsible for the strategic planning, development and implementation of all insurance and risk management programs including insurance policies, claims, loss control, identification and treatment of risk, Enterprise Risk Management, Business Continuity Management and management of the Captive insurance company.
Ryan began his career at Enterprise Rent-A-Car and transitioned from the rental offices to their third-party claims administration. He has also worked in the claims department for several third-party administrators, most recently as a Claims Supervisor and Account Manager for C.C.M.S.I., where he oversaw a team of claims professionals handling property, casualty, professional liability and worker’s compensation claims. Ryan has been in the risk management and insurance industry for over 20 years.
Ryan graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts in Risk Management and Financial Services.
Frank Griggs is Manager, Finance / Global Casualty Insurance - Risk Management at Baxter International, Inc. Baxter is an American multinational healthcare company in which primarily focuses on products to treat kidney disease, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. The company had 2017 sales of $10.6 billion, across two businesses: Bioscience and Medical Products. Baxter's Bioscience business produces recombinant and blood plasma proteins to treat hemophilia and other bleeding disorders; plasma-based therapies to treat immune deficiencies and other chronic and acute blood-related conditions; products for regenerative medicine, and vaccines. Baxter's Medical Products business produces intravenous products and other products used in the delivery of fluids and drugs to patients; inhalational anesthetics; contract manufacturing services; and products to treat end-stage kidney disease, or irreversible kidney failure, including products for peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis.
Gathering and maintaining data global renewal data to facilitate the global casualty insurance program (WC, Auto, OUS Auto, GL, and Product Liability) renewals, manage the TPA (Third Party Administrator) claims, review sales contracts are some of key functions that Frank’s provides.
Prior to working at Baxter International Inc. Frank worked at Sedgwick CMS handling workers’ compensation complex claims for 4 National Accounts for multiple jurisdictions. Currently, on the committee of the Rising Risk Professionals (Social Committee) and heavily involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital doing multiple fundraisers throughout the year as I run multiple distances for the cause.
Graduated from Northern Illinois University and have B.S. in Economics.
Carnell R. Jones is currently the Risk Manager for Trinitas Ventures, LLC, a premier developer and operator of Student Housing and Multifamily properties in the United States. Carnell is primarily responsible for the company’s corporate insurance procurement, claims, loss control, and safety programs affecting development, construction, and property management.
Before joining Trinitas, Carnell served as Corporate Risk Manager at Ventas, Inc. and was primarily responsible for property and general liability claims management and loss control programs for the company’s ~1,200 property medical office, senior assisted living, and research & innovation portfolio spanning over million square feet of property under management. Prior to Ventas, he was the Risk Programs Manager for Interpark Holdings, LLC, a Parking and Real Estate company headquartered in Chicago with 900 employees, 110 parking real estate assets with ~25 million square feet of property under management.
Carnell holds a B.A. in Business Management with a Minor in Economics from Morehouse College and lives in the Kenwood neighborhood with his wife.
Jennifer Pack is the Vice President of Risk Management at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. With more than 900 hotel, all-inclusive, and wellness resort properties in 65 countries across six continent, Hyatt strives to be the preferred choice for its guests, associates and owners. Jennifer has responsibilities for all aspects of Hyatt’s global insurance program, health, safety and security, workers compensation, and claims management functions. The Risk Management team includes 8 individuals in the U.S, with another 60+ individuals supporting the team worldwide, reporting to the SVP Finance, Treasurer, and Investor Relations. Jennifer partners with a global team to support crisis management, and Board level Enterprise Risk Management reporting functions. She manages an Arizona based Captive Insurance Company for Hyatt and is the president of this entity, Xenia Assurance Company. Jennifer has been with Hyatt for 13 years and in addition to having a role in the Risk Management Department, she has held roles Finance and Internal Audit. Prior to joining Hyatt in 2007, Jennifer was an external auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 6 years. She primarily audited public insurance companies. Jennifer graduated from University of Wisconsin –Madison in 2000 with majors in Accounting, Human Resources and Management. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and has obtained her Associates in Risk Management (ARM). Married with 1 child, she works and resides in Chicago.
Katie is Americas Risk Manager at LaSalle Investment Management. An independent subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, one of the world’s largest real estate companies, LaSalle has a presence in every region of the world in which they invest. Gathering and maintaining global renewal data to facilitate insurance program renewals is the key function that Katie provides, while also assisting the US Asset Management group in contract reviews and other matters related to asset acquisitions and disposals. Katie also spear heads the organization and management of LaSalle's ERM efforts and has undertaken RMIS implementation.
Prior to working at LaSalle Investment Management, Katie was the Risk Management Analyst at Rotary International, a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unit and take action to create lasting change. She worked with Rotarians, who are insured members, on coverages and policy placement for their captive and day to day operations. Additionally, she worked on the placement of a variety of additional insurance policies for the Secretariat and managed some of those claims. Katie has also served as a Claims Representative for Sedgwick CMS handling liability claims for 2 national accounts.
Theresa Severson is the vice president, insurance and risk at Kite Realty Group - a publicly traded REIT that owns and operates high-quality open-air shopping centers, including properties with a mixed-use component. In her role, Ms. Severson oversees the insurance risk management and insurance program for operational and corporate exposures, claims management, and Business Continuity Plan. In addition, she has led the formation and management of captive insurance companies.
Ms. Severson joined Retail Properties of America, Inc. ("RPAI") in 2008 and played an integral part in the strategic transaction that merged RPAI into Kite Realty Group in October of 2021. Prior to joining RPAI, Mrs. Severson worked as an insurance broker handling real estate owners and developer's insurance programs.
Ms. Severson currently serves as the President of the Chicago RIMS chapter.
Mrs. Severson received her B.S. in Economics from Illinois State University and is a certified Management Liability Insurance Specialist.
Dino Stiris serves as the Manager of Risk Management for the Chicago Cubs. In his current role, Dino oversees all aspects of the organization’s risk management needs. He joined the Cubs in December 2005 as a Media Relations Intern.
From 2007-2014, Dino held positions within the Cubs’ Human Resources Department where he oversaw the organization’s workers’ compensation program and 401(k). Prior to joining the Cubs, Dino worked for ESPN Radio in Chicago as a sports reporter.
Dino graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Media Studies). In his free time, Dino enjoys playing sports especially baseball, basketball, golf, volleyball, and holds a CRM designation.
Jack Williamson is the Claim Manager at LRS, which is among the nation’s leading privately-held waste
diversion, recycling and portable services providers. LRS diverts and repurposes more discarded material
away from landfills than any other comparable provider. Overseeing the workers’ compensation and
liability claim programs is the principal function that Jack performs, while also supporting all other
aspects of the overall risk management program.
Prior to joining LRS, Jack worked as a claim professional for several insurance carriers, primarily in the
area of workers’ compensation. Jack holds a B.S. in Finance with a Minor in Economics from Illinois State
Seung Yoo is the Director of Global Risk and Property Management at Regal Rexnord Corporation. Responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive global enterprise risk management program and real property administration to effectively manage the company's insured property assets and protect the company from all potential or foreseeable operating risks. His past roles include US Risk Manager for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, underwriter at Chubb and broker at ECBM.
Seung received his B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance at Temple University and holds the CPCU ARM-E and ARe designations.