Emerging Issues & Innovation Committee

  Gary Tiepelman  

Committee Charter

The Emerging Issues & Innovation Committee serves the WSIA membership and wholesale insurance industry across all segments of the marketplace by collaboratively identifying, evaluating, discussing and providing useful knowledge that will enable the membership to better analyze, manage and underwrite emerging issues and trends.

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2019-2020 Committee Members

Robert Aheart, RT Specialty
Karen Alford, Nationwide E&S/Specialty
Michael Bachman, SCOR Reinsurance Company
Ryan Collier, Risk Placement Services
Derek Crumpler, AmWINS Group
Ken Distel, Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company
Matthew Dunn, JenCap Holdings
Kyle Enderle, Great American Insurance Group
David Enichen, IFG Companies
Emma Gros, Liberty Specialty Markets
Alyssa Guerrieri, Nationwide E&S/Specialty
Bryan Guilbeault, All Risks, Ltd.
Davie Holt, Imperial PFS
Barbara Ingraham, Verisk Insurance Solutions

  Mitchell Jawitz, Anderson and Murison
Mike Jones, SCU
Joshua Korver, The Insurance Center
David Laquidara, JimCor Agencies
Justin Lehtonen, Worldwide Facilities, LLC
Michael Marks, Nationwide E&S/Specialty
Frank Martino, All Risks, Ltd.
Matt Meyer, Risk Placement Services
Milos Rados, Outsource Insurance Professionals, Inc.
Mark Rector, Lloyd's New York
Steven Tunks, Oxford Insurance Brokers
Joe Valenza, Virtue Risk Partners
Jessica Wehrum, Bell & Clements Inc.
Patrick White, RSUI

Heat Map

The WSIA Heat Map is developed and published every two years by the committee. Members are surveyed to identify developing trends in the surplus lines industry and define their influence on business. The committee compiles the survey responses and from them develops the Heat Map, which identifies the predominant themes and is available to members. WSIA  incorporates the results into future planning for education program curriculum and topics, member webinars and research topics for RMI students. 

Committee Staff Support

Julie Fritz
Lindsay Holland