With years of experience in the intermediary space, our leadership team has the background and expertise necessary to help organizations achieve their full potential.
Christopher M. Treanor
President & CEO
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 MGAs/Program Managers and wholesale brokers. In the last two years Specialty Program Group has made nine acquisitions representing over $500 million in annual premium volume. Prior to joining 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 AB 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 Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Freedom House Inc., a substance abuse halfway house facility with operations 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.
Yiana E. Stavrakis, CPCU ASLI
Chief Sales Officer
Yiana Stavrakis is Chief Sales Officer for Specialty Program Group and provides strategic sales and marketing guidance to acquired business partners. She began her insurance career 15+ years ago with Metro Insurance Services, Inc., and steadily rose in both position and authority as she mastered underwriting processes and procedures.
In 2004, Yiana started working within the claims department and was appointed to Claims Manager in 2008. She also started working as a Senior Underwriting Analyst concentrating on account underwriting and management. In 2012, Yiana joined Preferred Concepts, LLC. as part of the Metro acquisition, providing operational support to the unit’s underwriting teams and carrier partners.
In 2013, she joined the wholesale brokerage world via AmWINS Group, Inc.; her role included managing sales strategy with national retailers, growth strategies with strategic market partners, facilitating office sales strategies, performing deep data analysis, and implementing the PL practice’s initiatives.
Yiana graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers Business School with a Major in Business Management and a Concentration in Management Information Systems. She is a licensed property, casualty and surplus lines insurance professional and holds both an ASLI and a CPCU designation.
Yiana is an IBANY board member, and is co-founder and past president of NAPSLO’s Next Generation. In 2010 she received the NAPSLO Past President’s Award for outstanding committee work, in 2013 she received the Steven R. Gross Under 40 Award, and in 2015 she received IBANY’s First Emerging Leader Award. Yiana has most recently been named one of Insurance Business America’s 100 Women to Watch and was a finalist for Insurance Business America’s Woman of Distinction Award.
Chief Marketing Officer
Scott Rouzer is Chief Marketing Officer of Specialty Program Group and provides strategic carrier appointment and product development guidance to acquired business partners.
Prior to joining Specialty Program Group, Rouzer was a Regional Placement Officer for Willis in Chicago, Illinois. He was responsible for leading the Marketing Practice in the Midwest Region, managing placement professionals in 11 locations.
Rouzer began his insurance career in 1997 when he joined Thilman & Filippini as a producer after 10 years of sales success in another industry. He was promoted to Vice President and leader of the Marketing Practice before Hilb Rogal & Hobbs acquired the firm in 2006.
Mr. Rouzer is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelors degree in Economics.
Chief Financial Officer
As the newly appointed CFO, Harsh Bhasin will oversee Specialty Program Group’s Finance & Accounting Department and provide financial reporting to the organization. Harsh also manages the company’s Premium Finance program in the United States and Canada.
Harsh began his career at ITC Limited, one of the leading Hospitality companies in India. He migrated to the United States in 1987 and worked for a New York-based hotel group prior to joining Specialty Program Group. Harsh holds a Commerce & Accounting degree from Delhi University in India and has completed professional courses at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Harsh is well positioned to take on this new role and will continue to be extremely valuable in the future growth of the organization as a top wholesale firm with a very strong focus on niche markets.
Human Resources Generalist
Emily Landa is the Human Resources Manager 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.