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CEO & PRESIDENT
Chris Treanor is the President & CEO of Specialty Program Group. In that role, he is responsible for the development and execution of a strategy to acquire and grow best in class specialty brokers and underwriting managers. Prior to starting Specialty Program Group in July of 2015, Chris was President of Preferred Concepts, LLC., a nationwide program manager. Chris joined Preferred in 2010 when the company acquired Mercator Risk Services, Inc., a national wholesale brokerage firm that Chris co-founded in 2006.
Prior to founding Mercator, Chris worked for 20 years at Marsh, where he held leadership roles in brokerage, sales and office management. Ultimately, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the firm’s global placement operations. Chris was a member of the Marsh, Inc. Board of Directors and the company’s Management Committee.
Chris received an BA in Economics and History magna cum laude from Duke University in 1985 and received his MBA from Columbia University in 1991. He has an honorary Doctorate from Centenary University, where he previously served as a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Board. He currently serves as a Trustee and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Freedom House Inc., an organization providing substance abuse treatment and residential recovery programs throughout New Jersey.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Maryellen Dolan is the Chief Operating Officer responsible for process and technology initiatives for Specialty Program Group. In this role, she is responsible for designing business strategies to create process efficiency and technology enhancements to support business partners. Prior to joining Specialty Program Group, Maryellen spent 29 years in the insurance industry holding various underwriting, financial and operational leadership roles with prominent property casualty insurance companies. Her most recent position was with AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., where she held the position of Assistant Vice President, Operations, responsible for managing system integration and process efficiency projects to support the consolidation of acquired business to new policy platforms.
Prior to joining AmTrust, Maryellen spent 17 years in senior leadership positions with Tower Group Companies, designing technology enhancements and leading customer experience, process improvement and operational control projects that delivered solutions to support solid results for the Underwriting, Finance and Claims organizations. During her tenure, Maryellen led several technology initiatives, including developing and designing the first generation underwriting and billing service center, which later expanded to five operation centers nationwide. In addition, she designed an online service delivery platform that improved customer experience and organizational efficiency for underwriting and financial support functions. She provided leadership, guidance and support to internal and external teams responsible for providing underwriting and financial services to brokerage partners.
Maryellen holds various professional operations designations, including Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Chartered Insurance Operations Professional and a Project Management Certification, which has provided the knowledge and expertise to successfully design process and technology projects resulting in efficiency gains for business partners. In addition, Maryellen is an active member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), where she participates with local chapters to support ongoing learning around quality, service and process efficiency practices.
CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
Jonah Lipin joined SPG in 2019 as Chief Product Officer for Specialty Program Group and provides strategic guidance to acquired business partners for new and replacement program development, large retail distribution strategy, & cross sell within Specialty Program Group portfolio of companies.
He began his insurance career with Kaye Insurance Associates in 2002 which was acquired by HUB International shortly thereafter. After progressing through the HUB Management training program, Jonah joined HUB’s MGA/Wholesale arm Program Brokerage Corporation as a Business Development Leader for their MGA division. During his time with HUB/Program Brokerage, Jonah was responsible for distribution of MGA products as well as development of sales and underwriting tools. He rose to position of Vice President and achieved the Platinum sales award 12 consecutive years.
Jonah graduated from Clemson University with a Major in Business Management and a Concentration in Real Estate Finance.
He is a licensed property, casualty and surplus lines insurance professional, holds a green belt six sigma certification, & Certified Programs Leader (CPL) Designation.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Ryan Barnes is the Chief Financial Officer for Specialty Program Group (SPG). In this role, Ryan is responsible for leading the finance function in support of SPG’s continued revenue growth.
Ryan has been in the insurance industry since 2007 serving in various regional CFO capacities for Hub International. Ryan joined Hub International in 2007 as the CFO of Hub International Transportation Insurance Services. He was instrumental in growing the Transportation specialty through a series of key acquisitions around the country. In March of 2016, Ryan added to his existing responsibilities at the time by becoming CFO for Hub International Northwest. In this role, Ryan has led the finance function through strong growth in revenues, including several acquisitions in an increasing footprint in the Northwest.
Ryan began his career in 1995 with KPMG in Las Vegas, Nevada and spent four and a half years in audit and assurance services supervising financial audits of public companies in the bio tech, manufacturing and real estate development sectors. After KPMG, and before joining Hub, Ryan had roles as Manager of Budgeting and Financial Reporting in a $500M dot.com company. He was also a Regional Controller of a $600M division of a publicly traded building materials company which included a trucking division and then a VP of Finance in a large real estate developer and home builder in Las Vegas.
Ryan has been an active licensed Certified Public Accountant since 1998. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Masters of Accountancy from Southern Utah University in 1994 and 1995 respectively. In 2010, Ryan earned his MBA from the University of Utah.
CHIEF SALES OFFICER
Christopher Lamitola is the Chief Sales Officer for Specialty Program Group and provides strategic sales and marketing guidance to acquired business partners. Chris has over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. He began his career in claims before becoming an insurance agent with Liberty Mutual Insurance in 2007.
Chris grew his book organically by developing centers of influence and building relationships through affinity marketing. Chris’ career progressed into sales leadership roles where he consistently took the next step and advanced into higher level management positions. He has worked directly with producers and top line management driving production results.
Chris earned a bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany and is a licensed property, casualty, life & health insurance professional. He also holds a LUTCF designation.
CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
Matt Pinkham is the Chief Legal Officer of Specialty Program Group and is responsible for all legal related aspects impacting SPG’s business, with a particular focus on strategy, regulatory compliance, contract review and support, claims and mergers and acquisitions. Matt works closely with the SPG executive leadership team and serves as a dedicated resource and business partner for all of SPG’s boutique specialty, program, wholesale and retail businesses.
Prior to joining SPG, Matt spent eight years in the legal department at Hub International Limited where he primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Hub, Matt was a corporate transactional attorney at the law firms of Reed Smith LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP where he focused primarily on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions as well as other general corporate matters.
Matt received a BA in Psychology from Brown University, where he was a four-year member of the varsity football team, and received a JD from the University of Virginia. Matt also has a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Northwestern University. He currently resides in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and three children.
EVP – DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM UNDERWRITING
Dennis Kane is the Executive Vice President and Director of Program Underwriting for Specialty Program Group (SPG). He is responsible for the P&L and program profitability of the program underwriting businesses at SPG. In addition, he leads efforts to build out best-in-class capabilities and drive quality & consistency across all underwriting operations of SPG.
Prior to joining SPG, Dennis was the Global CEO of Amynta Warranty, the largest global warranty administrator with operations in Australia, Colombia, Barbados, the UK, Canada, and the US. At Amynta, he successfully led transformation and growth strategies including the launch of a structured solution captive in Barbados. Other initiatives included building out underwriting unit and being granted underwriting authority by eight carriers, launching a start-up auto dealer MGU, and transferring claims operations to Bogota, Columbia. During this time, Dennis also served on the board of Foundation Automotive, one of the fastest-growing auto dealers in the US and Canada.
Prior to Amynta, Dennis was the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Leader for Victor Insurance Holdings, a division of Marsh. In addition, to M&A responsibilities, he led efforts to transform a sidecar syndicate at Lloyds of London into a full authority syndicate and was appointed as the syndicate underwriter. Dennis previously co-founded SeaFire Insurance, an MGU for auto dealers in 2011 and sold the business to Victor Insurance in 2014, achieving a full earn-out. Before SeaFire, Dennis worked at Zurich for 20 years and held various leadership positions, ending as Executive Vice President where he led a $1.5B GWP SBU, formally known as Universal Underwriters. He also was a member of Zurich’s Program Executive Committee that approved and oversaw the profitability of all program business.
Dennis received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. He has completed executive education programs at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Northwestern University.
VICE PRESIDENT OF MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Danny Fogel is the Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions for Specialty Program Group driving business growth through analytical support, financial planning & analysis, and mergers & acquisitions guidance. Danny is a highly trusted business partner to senior management, operational leaders, and board members.
In 2007, Danny began his career as an auditor and consultant with Clifton Gunderson. He provided assurance, advisory, technical and transaction services to government and healthcare clients.
In 2011, he moved to Orbitz Worldwide. His role included managing the month-end accounting close, internal control compliance, and scaling process improvements.
In 2013, he joined the corporate finance group at Hub International. His focus was on improving business results through forecasting, budgeting and value-add reporting. He helped grow revenue by over 100% through organic growth and accretive acquisition strategy.
Danny graduated from Indiana University Kelley School of Business with a double major in finance and accounting. He is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a concentration in financial analytics. He is a licensed and registered CPA.
VICE PRESIDENT & ACTUARY
Brandon Heutmaker is Vice President and Actuary supporting Specialty Program Group’s program underwriting businesses. In this role, Brandon is responsible for working with program leadership to project the underwriting results of each program and identify areas of opportunity to improve the underwriting results for all stakeholders. In addition, he leads SPG’s efforts to improve the data and analytics available to monitor and manage each of the programs.
Brandon has worked for a number of carriers since entering the insurance industry in 1997. The last 20 years of his experience has been supporting excess and surplus lines carriers. In his most recent role, Brandon was the founding Chief Actuary for Verus Specialty Insurance, a Berkley Company. He worked there for twelve years and his position grew in that time to include both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Actuary roles, responsible for pricing, reserving, financial planning and analyses, financial reporting, and collections. Prior to joining Verus, Brandon worked for Argo Group’s excess and surplus lines segment, Colony Specialty Insurance for five years. His responsibilities there included leading a team of both pricing and reserving actuaries. Brandon’s experience prior to Argo Group, includes supporting variety of lines of business from non-standard personal lines to worker’s compensation.
Brandon graduated from the University of Arizona with a major in mathematics.
He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Emily Landa is the Senior Human Resource Business Partner for Specialty Program Group. Emily leads strategy, talent management, and delivery of core human resource functions.
Prior to joining Specialty Program Group, Emily was the Human Resources Generalist for HUB International Midwest in Chicago, Illinois. She was responsible for all human resource functions including performance management, onboarding and benefit support. Emily also served as the lead Regional Recruiter for the region, focusing on the recruiting and talent acquisition function and strategy.
Emily began her career in human resources at Laurus Strategies in Chicago, Illinois as a Human Resources Consultant after graduating from St. Norbert College with a Business degree. There she provided clients with both project based and strategic human resources outsourcing services. Laurus Strategies was acquired by HUB International in 2014.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Eli Orozco is the Director of Marketing for Specialty Program Group and provides marketing leadership, digital strategy, and marketing operations to support Specialty Program Group’s portfolio of brands.
Eli is a Systems Engineer by trade who started his career as a Junior IT consultant managing projects for NAM & LATAM regions. He relocated to the US from Mexico City and joined a rotational program were he gained hands on experience in project management, operations, sales and marketing. This was a crucial time for Eli to combine Marketing, his new-found-passion, and his IT & web technology background.
Eli has over 14 years of experience in Marketing, Digital Strategy, MarTech implementation and building high-performing teams at a global scale. Eli has a passion for people, strategy, digital marketing, the IoT, and emergent technologies.
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