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The Insurance Insider US Honors has returned and we're thrilled to share our shortlist with you.

We received applications from the best and brightest minds in the industry and after one month of our judges carefully reviewing submissions, we’re finally ready to share our finalists with you.
Join us at our 4th annual US Honors event on Thursday, September 19, 2024, for a day of achievement, celebration, and more. Take part in the most trusted recognition program in the industry and help us:

  • Recognize the best and brightest in the industry
  • Commend your peers for their innovative and groundbreaking ideas 
  • Congratulate colleagues on outstanding achievements 

Could you be a winner? View the complete list of our 2024 categories, judges, and partners below.

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Key dates for 2024
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Submission deadline

June 7 2024

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Shortlist announcement

July 18 2024

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Awards ceremony

September 19 2024

2024 Shortlist

2024 Shortlist

  • (Re)Insurance CEO of the Year

    The winner of this category will be a longstanding leader of a major North American (re)insurer that has demonstrated success over many years. Previous winners of this title include Mark Cloutier, Kevin O’Donnell and Pat Ryan.

    Entries are not accepted for this award, the winner is decided by the Insurance Insider US editorial team.
  • (Re)Insurer of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Aspen
    • AXIS
    • Beazley
    • Everest
    • Fleming
    • IQUW
  • Broking Rising Star of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Hunter Rotchford, SVP - BMS
    • Jordan Muckway, Commercial Lines Manager - Burns & Wilcox
    • Charles Fisher, Property Broker - CRC
    • Alicia Gerte, EVP - Gallagher Re
    • Kevin Hahn, SVP Casualty - Jencap
    • Dillon Krouner, SVP - RT Specialty
  • Campaign of the Year – New for 2024

    Shortlisted:
    • Allianz Commercial & Earnest - Launching a Commercial Powerhouse
    • Cowbell - UK Launch
    • Everest - Rebrand to Reflect its Global Expansion, Diversification, and Growth
    • Global Aerospace - Refreshed Brand, Celebrates a Century of Service
    • Jencap & Liger Partners - Artisan Sketch Ad Campaign
    • McGriff - Rebrand Campaign
  • Casualty Underwriting Team of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Jencap - Casualty Team
    • Origin - Hospitality Division
  • Claims Rising Star of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Hanna Gribble, VP, Supervisor, Accounting & Claims - BMS
    • Brandon Russ, Cyber Claims Specialist - CFC
    • Rose Kenerson, Associate GC & SVP, Claims - Euclid Transactional
    • Rebecca Hill, Senior Claims Handler - IQUW
    • Nilda Vasallo, Executive Claims Specialist - Markel
  • Distribution Innovation of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • bolt
    • iBynd
  • Diversity & Inclusion Award

    Shortlisted:
    • Embrace Partners - David Cayemitte, CEO
    • Everest - One Everest: Global DEI Strategy, Execution, and Initiatives
    • Markel
    • The Association for Corporate Racial Equity (ACRE)
  • E&S Underwriting Team of the Year – New for 2024

    Shortlisted:
    • AXIS
    • FloodFlash - Parametric Flood
    • I-RE
    • Markel - Markel Specialty’s Binding P&C Team
    • Origin - Hospitality Division
  • Employer of the Year

    Shortlist:
    • Ascot
    • Brown & Riding
    • Openly
    • Markel
  • Insurance Asset Management Firm of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Conning
    • New England Asset Management
  • InsurTech Product of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • At-Bay - Stance
    • Counterpart - Claims Management Service
    • Greater Than - Crash Probability and Climate Impact Scores
    • KYND
    • Simply Business - Providing simplicity, choice and value to small businesses
    • The Demex Group
  • Legal Services Provider of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Eversheds Sutherland - Insurance Team
    • Greenberg Traurig
  • Lifetime Achievement

    The editorial team have awarded this honour to a person who they believe has distinguished themselves whilst making the highest contribution to the industry over the course of their working life. The winner is an individual working in – or providing services to – the P&C markets through a career that has spanned at least 20 years.

    This category is not eligible for entry and will be selected by the Insurance Insider US editorial team.
  • M&A Transaction of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Corvus sale to Travelers
    • TIH - Owning Our Future
  • MGA/MGU of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Delos
    • Falvey
    • K2
    • Nirvana
    • Resilience
    • SageSure
    • WKFC
  • Program Partnership of the Year – New for 2024

    Shortlisted:
    • Obie
    • QBE with Midwestern Insurance Alliance
    • Safehub & Liberty Mutual Re - Parametric Earthquake Coverage Triggered by Safehub Sensors
  • Property Catastrophe Underwriting Team of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Arch Re
    • Everest - Reinsurance Treaty Property Underwriting Team
    • SageSure
  • Rating Agency of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • AM Best
    • Moody’s Ratings
  • Reinsurance Broker of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Aon - Reinsurance Solutions
    • Gallagher Re
    • Guy Carpenter
  • Retail Broker of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Acrisure
    • CAC
  • Risk Modeling Firm of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Aon - Impact Forecasting
    • Praedicat
  • Underwriting Innovation of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Accelerant - Risk Exchange
    • At-Bay - Stance
    • CFC - Transaction Liability Team
    • Corvus
    • Munich Re Specialty - California FAIR Plan Commercial Wrap
    • QBE - Cyber Underwriting AI Assistant
    • Victor Insurance Exchange & ICAT
  • Underwriting Rising Star of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • Rae Haynes, VP Regional Manager Northeast - At-Bay
    • Kim Heessels, SVP - Euclid Transactional
    • Elisabeth Groehe, Senior Underwriter, Professional Lines - IQUW
    • Caitlin Power, Assistant VP, Underwriting, Specialty Casualty - QBE
    • Michael Pistone, Program Manager, Transportation Underwriting Managers - Ryan Specialty
    • Christopher Ingraham, Underwriter III - United Educators
  • Wholesale Broking Team of the Year

    Shortlisted:
    • CRC
    • Limit
    • One80
    • RT Specialty
  • Women in Insurance Award

    Shortlisted:
    • Beazley
    • Euclid Transactional
    • InsHER Podcast
    • Markel - Women’s Network
2024 Partners

Our 2024 event partners

2024 Judges

2024 Judging panel

Selected for their expertise with a cross-section of market knowledge, our 2024 judges will review our entries against a clear set of criteria. Judges will meet for a judging day in person to select our winners.

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Albert A. Benchimol

Former President and CEO, AXIS Capital

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Alex Kloubek

Chief Growth Officer - SVP - Banking & Insurance, WNS

Alex is a client innovation and transformation expert who brings 25+ years of international operating model transformation expertise utilizing analytics and design thinking to improve the product and customer service experience.

Prior to joining WNS, Alex held roles as a General Manager, Co-Head of Consulting and Digital Transformation and Operations/ Analytics Practice Leader.

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Allen Cashin

EVP – Head of Program Solutions NA, Gallagher Re

Allen is located in Gallagher Re’s Dallas office, after spending eight years in New York at Willis Re. He focuses on regional Property and Casualty insurance, with a specialty on MGAs with unique and difficult classes, particularly for property in hurricane and tornado exposed territories. He has worked to educate reinsurers on these territories and has ultimately succeeded to bring additional capacity to Gallagher Re clients throughout all market cycles.

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Bryan W. Sanders

Chairman, Markel Specialty

Bryan W. Sanders is Chairman of Markel Specialty, the US insurance operations for Markel Group (NYSE: MKL). Headquartered in Richmond, and founded in 1930, Markel Group is a Fortune 500 company with insurance, reinsurance, and investment operations around the world. 

Bryan previously served as President, Markel Specialty from 2020 to 2023, President of Markel Assurance from 2018 to 2020, and President of Markel Wholesale from 2014 to 2017. 

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Fred E. Karlinsky

Co-Chair, Global Insurance Regulatory & Transactions Practice Greenberg Traurig

Fred Karlinsky is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Practice Group. Fred has over 30 years of experience representing the interests of insurers, reinsurers, and a wide variety of other insurance-related entities. He is a recognized authority on national insurance regulatory and compliance issues, has taken a leadership position in many insurance trade organizations, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Florida Trend 500, and Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” for his work in insurance law.

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Mike Mckenna

Head of North America, AXIS

Michael McKenna is Head of North America at AXIS where he oversees underwriting and business growth strategies for the North America Wholesale and Retail businesses. Prior to joining AXIS, Michael was the Chief Underwriting Officer for Falvey Insurance Group where his role was focused in profitable growth of the existing product suite for their carrier partners, expansion of the existing specialty product offering, as well as executive responsibility for the various underwriting functions. Before Falvey, Mike formerly led the Underwriting function as Chief Underwriting Officer of the Hartford Global Specialty Unit. He joined The Hartford from Navigators as part of the company’s acquisition in May 2019.

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Jerry Theodorou

Policy Director, Finance, Insurance and Trade R Street

Jerry Theodorou is the Director of the Finance, Insurance and Trade Policy Program. Jerry develops and advances effective free market public policy solutions to complex issues where federal and state governments have intervened.
Since Jerry joined R Street, he has testified on insurance issues five times to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, the House Financial Services Committee and the full U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Jerry’s reputation as an independent scholar has made his thought leadership in publications and presentations widely sought after. Prior to R Street Jerry was a Director of insurance research at Conning in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Kevin Donoghue

Managing Director, Mystic Capital

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Lenika Milne

Chief Marketing Officer, One80

Lenika is Chief Marketing Officer for One80 Intermediaries and is responsible for articulating the company’s strategic vision, mission statement and value – and ultimately crafting the One80 Intermediaries brand and narrative. She joined the company in 2019 as National Director of Sales and Marketing where she raised revenue and brand awareness by leading the company’s sales and growth initiatives as well as media relations, sponsorship activity and social responsibility.

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Liz Kramer

President, E&S Munich Re Specialty Insurance

Liz Kramer is the President of E&S for Munich Re Specialty, North America, Munich Re’s primary specialty insurance operation. In this role, Kramer oversees excess and surplus lines products primarily focused on the wholesale space which include Primary and Excess Casualty, Property, Financial Lines, Healthcare, Surety and Mobility. Prior to her current role, Kramer was the Chief Underwriting Officer for Munich Re Specialty, overseeing underwriting, pricing, product, Cat management and advanced analytics for MRSI’s business units.

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Louis De Segonzac

Chief Underwriting Officer, MS Reinsurance

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Marc Adee

CEO, Crum & Forster

Marc joined Fairfax in 2000 and held a number of leadership positions throughout the organization prior to taking on his current role in 2015.

He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science, the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, the Tri-County Scholarship Fund and Fulcrum Digital.

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Matthew Stanwood

Senior Broker, Lockton

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Patrick Charles

Head of North America Insurance, Sirius Point

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Steve Dresner

President, Everspan Group

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Jill Beggs

Reinsurance Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Everest Reinsurance

Jill Beggs is Reinsurance Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Everest Reinsurance where she leads the profitable growth of the division’s worldwide portfolio, including Global Treaty, Facultative, and Specialty reinsurance businesses as well as Mt. Logan. Prior to her current role, Jill managed the strategic direction of Everest’s reinsurance business in the United States, Canada, and Bermuda and oversaw the dedicated Global Specialties business as Head of North America and Global Specialty Reinsurance.

2023 Winners

Our 2023 Winners

Brazilian Reinsurer of the Year
Everest

Broking Rising Star of the Year
Spencer Dickman, Vice President, Atlantic Region, Complex Risk Leader, NFP
High commendation awarded to Evelyn Kim, Aon

Caribbean and Central American Reinsurer of the Year
Everest

Casualty Underwriting Team of the Year
Ascot E&S Casualty
High commendation awarded to Everest, Wholesale Casualty Team

Claims Rising Star of the Year
Glenn Scheideler, Head of Claims Insights and Analytics, Beazley

Continuing Education Initiative of the Year
Zurich North America - Middle Market Risk Manager MMRM™ professional designation program

Distribution Innovation of the Year
Integrated Specialty Coverages (ISC) - Lance, ISC Underwriting Artificial Intelligence

Diversity & Inclusion Award - Sponsored by RPS
Markel

Employer of the Year
Markel

ESG Initiative of the Year
AXIS Capital - Science-Based Aligned Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals
High commendation awarded to QBE, AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge

Financial Advisory Firm of the Year
Howden Tiger Capital Markets & Advisory
High commendation awarded to Merger & Acquisition Services

IMCA Award of Insurance Marketing Excellence
Church Mutual

Insurance Asset Management Firm of the Year
Conning

InsurTech Product of the Year - Sponsored by Locke Lord LLP
CyberCube

High commendation awarded to QBE

Lifetime Achievement Award - Sponsored by Lloyds Bank
Dan Glaser, Former President and CEO, Marsh McLennan

M&A Transaction of the Year
Howden

MGA / MGU of the Year - Sponsored by Locke Lord LLP
EverSports & Entertainment Insurance®

Property Catastrophe Underwriting Team of the Year
SageSure

Rating Agency of the Year
AM Best

(Re)Insurer of the Year
Markel

Reinsurance Broker of the Year
Guy Carpenter

(Re)insurance CEO of the Year
Mark Cloutier, Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer, Aspen

Retail Broker of the Year - Sponsored by Markel
CAC Group (CAC Specialty & Cobbs Allen)

Risk Carrier Team of the Year
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company (PLM)

Risk Modelling Firm of the Year
Moody's RMS

Specialty Underwriting Team of the Year
Burns & Wilcox - Flood Team

Start-up Business of the Year
Ryan Specialty - Emerald Underwriting Managers

Underwriting Innovation of the Year - Sponsored by Origin Specialty Underwriters
Counterpart

Underwriting Rising Star of the Year
Emelie Klehr, Senior Underwriter, PERse
High commendation awarded to Tony Case, Markel

Wholesale Broker of the Year
RT Specialty

Women in Insurance Award (Individual)
Lenika Milne, Chief Marketing Officer, One80 Intermediaries
High commendation awarded to Shannon Stevens, Markel

Women in Insurance Award (Initiatives)
Euclid Transactional
High commendation awarded to Cybercube

P&C Honors St John's University Award
David Ramdeen, Quantitative Risk Management and Insurance Program Student
Fiona Karol, Honors Quantitative Risk Insurance Student

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