Advisory Board

Christopher Pesce - Maritime Program Group - TMPAA President

Christopher Pesce

Chris is a principle shareholder and board of director for Gowrie Holdings, Inc. which owns two entities; Maritime Program Group, a national Program Administrator and Gowrie Group, a regional retail insurance brokerage. Chris serves as President of Maritime Program Group and Executive Vice President and Secretary of Gowrie Group. The combined entities employ approximately 180 staff headquartered in Westbrook, CT.

Chris has been at the helm of Maritime Program Group since completing an internship there in 1995 while studying for his Bachelor degree at Saint Joseph’s College in NY. Maritime Program Group (MPG) is a Program Administrator providing a full range of recreational, ocean and inland marine insurance as well as high-net worth personal insurance products through its broker network throughout the Unites States. Last year MPG’s underwritten premiums exceeded $130,000,000.

In 2003 Chris led the founding of a growing direct bill services company called Bill it Now. Bill it Now provides direct bill services primarily for Program Administrators and Insurance Carriers that trade in the program space. With over half a billion in premiums being administered through it’s platform, Bill It Now is leading the way for outsourced direct bill administration.

Chris is very active in the insurance community serving on the Producer Council for the American Institute of Marine Underwriters, as the current President for the advisory board for the Target Markets Program Administrators Association as well as past service on the Executive Committee for the Independent Insurance Agents Association of CT and as Chairman of the Young Agents Committee. Chris is a licensed continuing education instructor and holds classes and speaking engagements throughout the country.

Kim Ayala - Landscape Contractors Insurance Services, Inc.

Kim Ayala

Kim Ayala, CIC, CPL, CISR, CPIW has been with LCIS since June 1989 when the agency was formed. She helped grow the agency from three employees to over 67. She has 30+ years insurance agency experience and 25+ years in Program Administration. Kim has been President/CEO of LCIS since 2008. Previous positions held at LCIS include Executive Vice President, COO, Vice President of Operations, Commercial Lines Manager and Package Rating Manager where functions included Package and Work Comp program initialization, implementation and management, systems administration, financial administration, management of HR, Accounting, and Package Underwriting/Rating and Customer Service departments. She works with the Board of Directors on budgeting and company direction, including involvement Golden Oak Cooperative members.

Linda Boborodea - Business Risk Partners

Linda Boborodea

Linda is the Chief Operating Officer at Business Risk Partners (BRP), a Windsor, CT-based Program Administrator. Linda and her sister, Lisa Doherty, started BRP in early 2000 to partner with top rated carriers to offer customized professional and management liability coverages to small and middle market insureds. Leveraging proprietary web-based underwriting technology, BRP's Underwriters focus on the 'value-added' portion of submission review using automation and system checks as well as real time business and claim information. BRP has since branched into other types of specialty insurance and now offers 10 different types of product coverages in the professional and management liability arena, including E&O (miscellaneous professional liability, insurance agents, real estate, technology firms, home inspectors, architects & engineers), D&O (Directors & Officers), EPL (Employment Practices Liability), Fiduciary Liability, Crime and most recently Cyber, breach of privacy coverage.

Prior to starting BRP, Linda was with Ryan Partners, a business and investment advisory firm, East New York Savings Bank (a subsidiary of M&T Bank) and the former Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York City. Linda earned a BA from Bowdoin College with a degree in Art History, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She lives with her family live in Longmeadow, MA.

John Colis - Euclid Program Managers

John Colis

John Colis is the President and CEO of Euclid Insurance Services, Inc. Euclid operates as a program administrator for specialty property casualty insurance programs as well as a general agency involved in the sales of various employee benefit products. In all cases, Euclid receives its business from insurance agencies and wholesale brokers. The firm does business in all fifty states and has 90 employees. Euclid was founded by Peter G. Colis in 1952 as a retail insurance agency. John joined his father after working in the reinsurance and program insurance business. Prior to joining Euclid, he spent time in London as a broker at Lloyds, at General Reinsurance Corporation and at Aon Risk Services. John is a two time graduate of Northwestern University having received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in 1979 and his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1983.

Tony Campisi - Glatfelter Insurance Group - TMPAA Past Board President

Tony Campisi

Tony Campisi is the President/CEO of Glatfelter Insurance Group, an all lines, full service insurance broker providing a wide array of property, casualty, life, accident and health insurance products and risk management services to individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the United States.  Tony has been with the Glatfelter organization since 1980 serving in various roles that included Controller, Vice President of Finance, Executive VP of Operations and finally as President/CEO in 2000.  Prior to his employment at Glatfelters, Tony worked as a CPA for Butler & Gingerich in York PA.  Tony holds a CPCU Designation, a BS in Accounting and Finance from York College of PA and is a Graduate of the Insurance Agency Management Program of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. 

Jim Danbrowney - Hudson Insurance Group

Jim Danbrowney

Jim Danbrowney is Senior Vice President for Hudson Insurance Group.  In his role, Jim oversees all Transportation Program Business at Hudson and is responsible for the development, implementation and management of all Commercial Automobile products written by the Company through Program Administrators.  

Prior to joining Hudson in 2002, Jim was an Account Manager in the Treaty Casualty Division of W. R. Berkley Corporation from 1992 until 1998 when he was promoted to Vice President, Director of Program Business Development. Jim has been involved in program business as an insurance carrier executive since 1998. During this time he has established and managed several innovative programs in both Private Passenger and Commercial Automobile segments for Hudson and W. R. Berkley.

Jims’ background includes underwriting, claims, and managing numerous lines of business in the primary insurance and reinsurance markets.

Jim began his insurance career at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in 1979 where he held various claims management positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from William Paterson University.

Ben Francavilla - AmWINS Program Underwriters

Ben Francavilla

Ben has been developing and managing insurance programs for the past 25 years covering a wide variety of industries and disciplines. Ben currently serves as President of AmWINS Program Underwriters (APU). As President, he oversees 35 insurance programs in a variety of niche industries. APU has 10 locations across the United States with over 185 dedicated professionals and 340 million dollars in annual placements.

Prior to his work at AmWINS, Ben worked for Sedgwick and Marsh as a senior manager in their Public Entity Division and AVP of Affinity Group Services. Ben also served as a Director of the Pennsylvania League of Cities Municipal Insurance Pools and he was the Assistant City Manager for Carlisle, PA.

Ben, and APU, was one of the original members of Target Markets and he has served on the TMPAA Conference Committee for 10 years. Ben holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public administration from West Virginia University.

Tom Gillingham - EverGuard Insurance Services

Tom Gillingham

Tom Gillingham is a 19 year veteran in the commercial specialty program arena, with experience working at both carriers and program administrators during that time.  Tom is currently the CEO and co-owner of EverGuard Insurance Services, Inc., a Seattle based Program Administrator that specializes in the restaurant, bar and tavern niche.  Prior to acquiring EverGuard in 2012, Tom was the CEO and owner of another Program Administrator, Gillingham & Associates, Inc., the leading underwriter of outdoor recreation and hospitality businesses in the US.  Tom sold Gillingham & Associates to Philadelphia Insurance Company in 2008, and remained on as President until 2010 to successfully oversee a smooth transition of the business.

Tom graduated from Baylor University in 1997, where he studied marketing and risk management.  He has served in an advisory board capacity for philanthropic organizations and for the Colorado chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). 

Tyler Hamilton - Alliant Underwriting Solutions

Tyler Hamilton

Tyler Hamilton serves as the Director of Program Development for Alliant Underwriting Solutions, a $1.3 billion+ GWP program administrator. Since joining Alliant in 2008 he has launched multiple niche programs and established new carrier relationships. Tyler was part of the actuarial team at Arrowhead General Insurance Agency from 2000 to 2008. He attended the University of California at San Diego, San Diego State University, and completed the Certified Programs Leader (CPL) course work in 2015. Tyler sees program business as the best solution for clients, agents, program administrators and carriers alike because specialization and superior data creates advantages not available in the general marketplace.

Thomas Hebson - Sedgwick

Thomas Hebson

Tom is transitioning to the Sedgwick Management team and has most recently focused on leading overall operations for the insurance carrier, captive and MGA client space and identifying solutions for holistic risk management that will ensure superb quality in everyday operational outcomes. Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and was most recently vice president at Safety National Casualty Corporation, overseeing large guaranteed cost workers’ compensation and captive services. Tom has also held leadership roles at Midwest Employers and AIG.

A graduate of Augustana College, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business; he earned a master’s certification in Quality Improvement and Executive Management from Cornell University. Tom is also a designated Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional (CWCP) and holds a Certificate in Captive Insurance (CCI).

Richard Hodge - Tysers

Richard Hodge

Richard Hodge is a Director of the North American and International Property and Casualty Division at Tysers in London. He specialises in putting together Property and Casualty delegated underwriting facilities for US Program Managers and Managing General Agents. He has over 20 years of experience, beginning his career in 1990 placing International Accident and Health business.  Richard began working with Target Markets members in 2006 during his employment at Rattner MacKenzie and continued doing so after his move to Tysers in 2010 and was appointed to the Board of Directors of TMPAA in 2015.

David Jordan - Breckenridge Insurance Group

David Jordan

David Jordan is the CEO of Breckenridge Insurance Group. David brings nearly 40 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry. His career spans senior positions with three major insurance companies: W. R. Berkley Corporation, AIG and Atlantic Mutual Companies. Most recently David was with Vela Insurance of W.R. Berkley Corporation for a decade as President and CEO. He has extensive experience in commercial and personal lines, MGAs, programs, brokerage business, captive and fronted programs, excess and surplus lines casualty, and professional liability business sourced from wholesale brokers such as Breckenridge.

Paul Mihulka - Zurich

Paul Mihulka

Paul Mihulka serves as the Head of New Programs for Zurich’s Alternative Markets Business Unit. The New Programs Team is responsible for conducting due diligence, implementation and transition of new programs. Paul joined Zurich in 1999 as assistant general counsel for the Empire Fire & Marine Insurance Companies. In 2001, he was named vice president and assistant general counsel supporting the Contract Management Group. Later, Paul was named senior assistant general counsel supporting the Programs business unit. In 2007, he was instrumental in the reorganization of the Corporate Legal department and began managing a team of attorneys responsible for legal matters related to insurance transactions and regulations throughout Zurich North America. Starting in 2010, Paul served as Head of the Insurance Practice Group reporting directly to Zurich North America's Chief Legal Officer. After 12 years in Corporate Law, Paul was asked to serve as Chief of Staff for Zurich’s Alternative Markets Business Unit.

Prior to joining Zurich, Paul served as a law clerk for the Alaska Superior Court and was in private practice as an attorney. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Creighton University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law, and the CPCU designation.

Matt Nangle - BNK Insurance Services

Matt Nangle

Matthew Nangle is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BNK Insurance Services which he founded in 2011. He is responsible for overseeing the operations, developing new program opportunities, and fostering carrier relationships. Under his leadership, BNK successfully launched three programs in the first five years of existence. He guided the company through the Lloyds tribunailiztion process as BNK became a Lloyds Coverholder in 2015.

Beginning in 2003, Matthew served as President and CEO of ProGroup International, a Professional Liability retail brokerage located in Kansas City, Missouri. While at ProGroup, Matt was instrumental business development which turned ProGroup into one of the largest domestic Real Estate E&O brokerages. He was selected in 2010 as a speaker at the annual PLUS International Conference, serving on a panel focusing on emerging exposures in the real estate market. Prior to joining ProGroup International, Matthew spent time at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, AT&T, and ICC Energy. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jim O'Connell - Southwestern Managing General Agency

Jim O'Connell

Jim O’Connell launched Southwestern Managing General in 2017. Jim is responsible at SMGA for development and leadership of new and existing risk management and specialty underwriting solutions for target industries and classes of business. Southwestern Managing General Agency performs as a Program Administrator and Intermediary, providing the right mix of underwriting skills and specialization that allow for successful operation of proprietary insurance solutions in a rapidly evolving insurance marketplace.

With over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, Jim has been involved with production, creation, and administration of a number of specialty insurance programs since his beginning in the industry as a Farmers agent and owner of his own agency. In 1996, Jim migrated to the Robert F. Driver Company (now Alliant Insurance Services) where he developed industry and group-specific insurance programs, program underwriting operations, and brokerage distribution throughout the Western United States. He continued as a Principal and Director, Programs for Barney & Barney; and MMA Programs when Marsh & McLennan Agencies acquired B&B.

Jim has an extensive background in many facets of the insurance industry, having functioned as an entrepreneur, agency owner; along with the duties of Vice President and Director at national brokerages. Additionally, he is an alumni member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at CSUN and senior instructor of Classical Japanese Martial Arts. He holds an Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) designation along with multiple broker licenses, including Surplus Lines in most states. He is also an advisory board member of the Target Markets Program Administrators Association, holding TMPAA’s Certified Program Leader designation.

David Springer - NIP Programs - TMPAA Past Board President

David Springer

David Springer has been President of NIP Programs, a national leader in Program Administration, since 2005. Since taking over NIP Programs, Mr. Springer has driven, through growth and discipline, the business into a world class program administrator. With a focus on developing leading edge business processes that are scalable to support growth, Mr. Springer has made dramatic improvements in efficiency and the service that NIP Programs provides to all of its customers, from carriers to brokers to insureds. Over that time, NIP Programs has also grown its program offerings from one active program to twelve, with several more in development.

The high standards of his operation were recognized in 2007 when NIP Programs was awarded the prestigious Best Practices Designation from the Target Markets Program Administrators Association (TMPAA). Evaluation for TMPAA's Best Practices Designation involves a rigorous and complete third party review of the business operations of nominees, and recognizes those that are best of breed operations.

Mr. Springer's insurance career spans over 20 years. Prior to joining NIP Programs he held senior executive positions with profit and loss responsibility at AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., Prudential Insurance Company and Small Business Underwriters, Inc. Mr. Springer has a long track record of profitability managing property, casualty and benefit insurance underwriting operations. Earlier in his Prudential Insurance Company career he was an operations and systems consultant. Mr. Springer is a member of several industry associations and was elected in 2007 to the Board of Directors of the Target Markets Program Administrators Association. Mr. Springer graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Arts & Science.

Ray Scotto - TMPAA Executive Director

Ray Scotto

Ray Scotto has been involved with Target Markets since attending the first Summit in October 2001. He was hired as the Executive Director of the Association in January 2002. Ray was instrumental in the development and implementation of several Association initiatives including the commercial website, Target Programs, the Program Administrator Best Practice Designation, Target University, and TMPAA Charities.

Ray's management experience was gained in the public sector, serving as the administrator of a child abuse investigation unit in SE Pennsylvania for 22 years. He has also worked as an adjunct professor at West Chester University, PA. Ray holds a Masters Degree in Social Work.

Heidi Strommen - ProHost USA - TMPAA Past Board President

Heidi Strommen

Ms. Strommen began her insurance career as a Policy Analyst at the Minnesota Department of Commerce in 1986. During her career at the Commerce Department she also served as Executive Director of the Minnesota Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association and the Minnesota PetroFund.

She joined ProHost USA, Inc. in 1990 as Vice President of Operations. ProHost is a national program administrator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota specializing in restaurant insurance. In 1994, she joined the Board of Directors of ProHost and its parent company. In 2008, Ms. Strommen was named President of ProHost. She is a Charter Member of the Target Markets Program Administrators Association and was elected in 2011 to the TMPAA Board of Directors.

Ms. Strommen has authored articles about insuring restaurant exposures for various industry magazines including Risk & Insurance, Insurance Journal, Agent and Broker and Rough Notes. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Metropolitan State University.

Jeremy Hitzig - Duero River Ventures - TMPAA Past Board President [Emeritus Board Member]

Jeremy Hitzig

Mr. Hitzig began his insurance career in 1995 as a principal at Capital Risk Strategies where he focused on emerging risk transfer tools including catastrophe bonds and other blended capital markets/insurance products. In 1997 he joined Distinguished LLC and held a number of executive positions before being named Chief Executive Officer in 2006, serving in that role until the end of 2018. During his time at Distinguished, the company grew from a single office with less than 10 people and $2 million in revenue to more than 3,000 people in 3 continents generating nearly $150 million in revenue. Among other divisions, Distinguished comprised Distinguished Programs, a leading national program administrator and TMPAA Best Practices designee and ReSource Pro, a fast growing business process outsourcing company focused on the insurance industry. During his tenure as CEO, Distinguished was recognized four times on Inc. Magazine’s list of America's Top 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies and the IAOP and Fortune Magazine recognized ReSource Pro as a "rising star" and one of the Top 100 Global Outsourcing Companies.

In early 2019, Hitzig launched Duero River Ventures, an investment vehicle and consultancy focused on the insurance and specialty finance industries. Duero River Ventures current interests include ReSource Pro, Accord Financial and BondIt Media Finance.

Mr. Hitzig is a graduate of McGill University and received his MBA from Columbia Business School in New York. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designations. He has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2006. He is also a past-President and current board member of the Target Markets Program Administrators Association.

Art Seifert - Glatfelter Program Managers - TMPAA Past Board President [Emeritus Board Member]

Art Seifert

Mr. Seifert has been in the insurance industry for more than 30 years, starting as an underwriter with the Reliance Insurance Company in 1979. Mr. Seifert has also served as the Vice President for a retail insurance agency and built a specialty insurance consulting practice in 1989, Professional Insurance Purchase. In 1994 he founded and was President and CEO of Lighthouse Underwriters, which he subsequently sold in 2006 to US Risk based in Dallas, Texas. Following the sale, he moved to Dallas and spent four years as President of US Risk Underwriters and CUO of US Risk Group. Art moved to Bunker Hill Underwriters Agency in 2009 to be CEO. Currently Art is President of Glatfelter Program Managers in York, PA.

A graduate of Colgate University with a concentration in Philosophy, Art has earned the CPCU, CIC and RPLU designations. Art has been published in Rough Notes, Agent and Brokers, National Underwriter, Assisted Living Today, Inventor's Digest, The Washington Journal and other publications. He is a current Director of the Target Markets Program Administrators Association and has also served as its President.

Greg Thompson - Program Insurance Advisor - TMPAA Past Board President [Emeritus Board Member]

Greg Thompson

Greg Thompson, CPCU, ARM, CPL graduated from Washington and Lee University and subsequently obtained an MBA at the University of Virginia’ s Darden School. Greg served on the faculty of the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau, France for several years before joining Marsh & McLennan in New York in their Multinational Services Division.

In 1979, Greg started Thompson Insurance Enterprises, Inc. (THOMCO) headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Over a period of 33 years, he built THOMCO from a fledgling wholesale insurance operation to a Program Administrator with over $175,000,000 million in annual premium involving over 15 national programs.

On January 1, 2012 THOMCO was sold to the Markel Insurance Company although Greg stayed on to run THOMCO. In November, 2012 he became President of Markel Specialty and subsequently retired from Markel January 1, 2018. Greg is currently an independent consultant and a Senior Advisor for Century Equity Partners.