Kevin Callahan

Kevin Callahan

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Callahan provides senior leadership, vision and strategy to accelerate growth and income for Renaissance Alliance customers, the independent agency members. His primary focus is geared to their success and, in turn, delivering an enhanced value proposition to partner insurers. 

Kevin’s mission also encompasses building the Alliance as the superior insurance distribution and service platform of the digital era; managing regional growth and expansion; helping members successfully navigate the disruptions of the insurance marketplace; and expanding the top-tier, diverse team of insurance professionals to deliver an industry-leading experience for agent members and business partners.

Throughout his career, Kevin held executive roles in industry-leading organizations spanning the property-casualty insurance and financial services sectors over more than three decades. His focus has been on building operational models that maximize innovation, growth and income, while adapting to evolving market forces and technologies. His expertise encompasses organizational transformations, restructurings and expansions. 

Previously, he was a Partner in the private equity firm, Long Arc Capital LP, which focuses on the financial services industry and the property & casualty insurance sector. Before that, he served on the Operating Committee at Marsh, Inc. as Head of Global Sales for the Risk Solutions and Specialty Market business segment. He also worked as a Business Partner with Accenture in the Management Consulting group, specializing in transformational work with Accenture insurance clients.

Earlier in his career, Kevin was Chairman and CEO of Affirmative Insurance Holdings, Inc., a company with over 250 agencies in ten states that provided personal auto insurance in the non-standard customer segment. He also served as CEO of Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Holdings, Inc., where he helped restructure the company into a large account and specialty products to the global risk management customer segment.

Kevin began his career with The First National Bank of Chicago, and subsequently spent a decade at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He then served as a senior executive with Aon Corp., establishing Aon Capital Markets and Aon Financial Products, working closely with Aon Re Worldwide and helping transform Aon’s U.S. retail brokerage business. 

He is a graduate of University of Notre Dame, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and majors in Finance and Philosophy.

Robert Bondi

President & Chief Operating Officer

Bob Bondi is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Renaissance Alliance. In this role, he focuses on the development of ground-breaking initiatives to accelerate the growth and profitability of member agencies.

Bob is the commensurate c-suite executive, having served as an independent consultant supporting Long Arc Capital with expertise in insurance business operations. Throughout his career, Bob has demonstrated a proven record of successfully executing innovative strategies to maximize business performance and enhance shareholder value.  His broad industry experience includes commercial banking, commercial insurance brokerage and personal lines insurance.

From 2015 to 2017, Bob was the Chief Operating Officer of Confie, the largest personal lines broker in the United States with operations in over 750 locations across 17 states.  In this role, he was responsible for customer service and administrative operations, including information technology, software application & process development, facilities, human resources, and premium finance.

Before his elevation to COO, Bob was President of CIGH, the divested retail agency business of Affirmative Insurance acquired by Confie in 2013.  CIGH operated as a standalone retail agency with 250 locations in 8 states.  As its executive leader from 2008 to 2015, Bob was responsible for the sales, marketing, customer service and administrative support functions of this $75 million revenue business.  He transformed the business model from a policy-sales focus to a customer lifetime value focus emphasizing customer loyalty using a battery of newly developed metrics and technology solutions that ultimately drove a 20% improvement in EBITDA per sales location. 

From 2001 to 2006, Bob was the Managing Principal of Aon Client Services. In this role, he pioneered the centralized service model in commercial insurance brokerage.  The centralization of transactional services from over 50 locations into 4 service centers transformed the office account management service function and led to annual expense savings of over $20 million.  From 1998 to 2001, Bob was a Managing Director in Aon Capital Markets supporting the business operations of this newly formed subsidiary.

Prior to joining Aon, Bob had a successful 15-year career at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh.  Bob held multiple leadership roles in the Global Cash Management Group delivering treasury management services to fortune 500 companies. 

Bob graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance.

Michael Freilich

Chief Product Officer

As Chief Product Officer, Michael Freilich directs the innovation and improvement of Renaissance’s products and technology offerings to further differentiate our network.

Prior to joining Renaissance, Michael spent 15 years in management consulting. Throughout his career, he has worked with companies around the world to develop growth strategies, transform operating models, and build new capabilities. Prior to Renaissance, Michael was a Principal at A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm, focused on helping incumbents in the insurance industry navigate the growing Insuretech ecosystem.  Prior to A.T. Kearney, Michael spent over a decade as a consultant at Accenture.

Michael has been involved in some of the largest insurance transformations around the globe, including a distribution transformation for a top personal lines carrier in the US, a global sales transformation for a top insurance broker, and a digital experience reinvention for a major Australian insurer.

Michael graduated with honors from the University of Michigan College of Engineering in 2002, with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. 

Andy Jenn

Andy Jenn

Chief Financial Officer

Andy is the Chief Financial Officer of Renaissance Alliance. In this role, he is responsible for financial analysis, reporting, planning, oversight, and management of all financial matters related to the ongoing operations, growth, and development of Renaissance Alliance. His role is critical to building Renaissance Alliance as the premier distribution platform for its member agents and the participating insurance companies.

Andy brings more than 25 years of deep financial, operational, technical, and strategy expertise in the area of insurance to Renaissance Alliance. Prior to his current role, he spent 15 years at Aon, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of Aon Global Broking.  He worked closely with Aon’s regional broking professionals and the Aon Executive Team to drive client value delivery and growth through the broking platform.

He began his financial services career as a leader in a management consulting company with a focus on the insurance sector.  During this time, he helped large brokers, commercial insurers, and reinsurers to deliver fundamental change in their operating models and technology capabilities.  He also worked at a personal lines insurer as the Senior Vice President of Product Development and Sales, where he implemented a new rating engine and agency compensation model.

Prior to his insurance career, Andy was an engineer in the aerospace industry where he honed his technical and analytic skills.  He holds a master’s degree in business from Washington University and a Master’s degree in aerospace engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla.

Mike Cormier

Mike Cormier

Chief Revenue Officer

Mike Cormier is the Chief Revenue Officer of Renaissance Alliance.  In this role, he focuses on identifying and developing the revenue streams that help member agencies grow.  Mike’s primary focus is geared toward supporting member growth and delivering our insurance partners the benefit of the Renaissance value proposition.

Mike’s focus has been on risk management and insurance distribution for 25 years.  He has led both global businesses as well as early stage insurtech companies to higher ground by developing products and executing strategies using innovation to promote profitable growth.

Before joining Renaissance, Mike was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Connecticut Innovations (“CI”), Connecticut’s strategic venture capital arm with over $200 million of assets under management.  Prior to joining CI, Mike led sales & distribution for an early stage insurtech company that was ultimately acquired by an industry leading software company.  Before that he was the CEO of Marsh Risk Solutions where he led teams to develop and execute the strategy for Marsh’s Risk Consulting and Captive Solutions businesses globally.  Prior to Marsh, Mike was a Managing Director at PwC where he led merger and acquisition transactions primarily for Private Equity funds in the US and Europe. 

Mike frequently comments on insurance distribution and data strategy in the media and at conferences. He graduated with honors from Bryant University where he holds Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He lives in Westchester, NY with his wife and 2 sons and is actively involved in coaching youth sports.

Michelle Carter-Noor VP Operating Services

Michelle Carter

Vice President, Operating Services

In her role as Vice President of Operating Services, Michelle is responsible for leading the operational servicing teams that support our member agents, including E&S business, Renaissance Alliance Master Code support, Carrier Direct Bill Unit, and agency member commission disbursements. She collaborates with management and staff to create efficiencies, develop procedures for internal workflows, and ensure exceptional support for member agents, including a smooth onboarding process in the financial area, as well as ongoing member support as needed. She is also the primary contact for all banking relationships, oversees accounts receivable/payable, implements and tests new systems, and assists with employee benefits and payroll management, serving on the benefits and 401k retirement committees.

Michelle joined Renaissance in 2000. In her early years, she worked closely with our member agents, handling the accounts receivable for all client premium payments. Within a few years, she was promoted to Team Leader of the Accounting & Billing department, still working closely with our member agents while overseeing the direct bill commissions, and member agency monthly payments. Subsequently, she was promoted to her current role.

Prior to joining Renaissance Alliance, Michelle spent a decade playing a key role in managing a family business of home and commercial security systems. She served as office manager, headed the telemarketing unit, and served as liaison between the company and the monitoring stations. She also spent a few years in sales, traveling for a local clothing distributor, serving specialty shops across the New England region.

 

Michelle holds a degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Business Administration.

David Dawson, CPCU

Senior Vice President, Agency Growth

David Dawson is responsible for leading and developing the Agency Growth team, which focuses on organic growth initiatives for Renaissance Alliance member agencies. In this role, David and his team collaborate with member agents using a metric-driven approach to identify opportunities and develop improvement strategies to drive organic growth.

David has nearly two decades of experience working in various facets of the insurance industry, with a strong expertise in specialty insurance programs and strategic growth initiatives. His executive-level and consulting experience encompasses a Property & Casualty insurance company, a Managing General Agency, a third party administrator, and independent insurance agencies. Prior to joining Renaissance Alliance, David held senior leadership and management roles at Argo Group US and Great American Insurance Group, specialty insurance companies. He also previously served as Chief Operating Officer for Massamont Insurance, a managing general agency focusing on specialty program business. David has also managed a variety of insurance-related consulting engagements for both insurance companies and independent agencies.

David graduated from Boston College Carroll School of Management with a B.S. in Finance and has participated in Harvard Business School Executive Education. He attained his CPCU designation in 2003.

Tom Henell

Tom Henell

SVP, Chief Marketing Officer

Tom Henell serves as Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, he leads the overall marketing strategy for our growing organization. He is responsible for overseeing all marketing activities, including coordinating resources in the positioning and messaging of Renaissance offerings, communicating with our members, and marketing our network’s products and services.

Prior to joining Renaissance Alliance, Tom provided holistic marketing and business consulting services to B2B and B2C clients.

Previously, he was a Partner and Chief Marketing Officer for North American Professional Liability Insurance Agency, LLC (NAPLIA), a broker specializing in professional liability insurance. Under his watch, NAPLIA became recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies in America (INC 5000) for five consecutive years.

Before that, he served as Marketing Manager for Landy Insurance, an MGA in the professional liability space, where he oversaw its marketing and management of its national agency network. In addition, he has overseen the Lifestyle Marketing for Spartan Race, the largest obstacle and endurance brand in the world.

Tom holds a degree in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has earned his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), and property & casualty license.

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Lorenzo Jackson

SVP, New York Sales Leader

As Senior VP and New York Sales Leader, Lorenzo Jackson leads a team of sales executives focused on recruiting member agencies in the Empire State.  With over 30 years of carrier leadership and extensive knowledge of N.Y. product, claims, underwriting and distribution, Jackson is intimately familiar with the state’s insurance market and holds a firm belief in a prosperous future for independent insurance agents.

Prior to joining Renaissance, Jackson most recently served as President overseeing the Great Lakes Region for Main Street America Insurance. Before that, he was Chief of Agency Marketing for Plymouth Rock Assurance in New York.

Previously, Jackson spent four years as Assistant Regional Vice President for The Hanover in New Jersey, and prior to that he served as both an Assistant Vice President and a Regional Sales Director for Travelers. During the earlier days of his career, he served in various leadership positions at Allstate Insurance and The Hartford.

Jackson holds a B.A. in Economics from Syracuse University.  He resides in Penfield New York with his wife Coria of thirty-three years.  He enjoys Caribbean travel, golf and spending time with his three adult children. 

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John Kuvshinikov

SVP, Chief Human Capital Officer

As Chief Human Capital Officer, John Kuvshinikov is responsible for developing and implementing the human resource strategy, programs, and processes that support Renaissance’s overall business plan and growth efforts. Additionally, in this role, John provides leadership to our team members aligned with Renaissance’s values, vision, and mission.

Throughout his career in technology, B2B, and financial services, John has served as a trusted advisor to C-suite leaders, with extensive experience in helping enable organizations to innovate and accelerate growth, build organizational talent capability, and lead organizational change and culture transformation in both growth-stage and mature businesses.

Prior to joining Renaissance Alliance, John served as Vice President of Human Resources for 18 years at Aon, where he provided support for Aon’s innovation portfolio in New Ventures Group to deliver new sources of value for clients across the world. In conjunction, he also led human resources support for global Data & Analytic Services and Affinity businesses to deliver data, technology, and advisory services to organizations, their members, and affiliates globally. Previously, John led the human resources function providing support for Aon’s Latin American businesses, while also serving as the global compensation leader for the firm.

John graduated from LeTourneau University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Marketing. He completed Executive Education at University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a certified Hogan and Adept-15 assessor and coach.

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Bill LaGram

Senior Vice President, Carrier Partnership Management

Bill LaGram is the Senior Vice President of Carrier Partnership Management at Renaissance Alliance. In this role, Bill works to maximize the benefits of carrier agreements on behalf of our members and foster positive relationships between carriers and agents.

Prior to joining Renaissance, Bill was Head of Agency Compensation at The Hartford, where he oversaw the external Producer Compensation strategy and product offering.  He was responsible for the strategic development of the enterprise Small Commercial, Middle / Large Market, Personal Lines, and Group Benefit compensation for brokers, agents, and producers. Previously, he steadily gained responsibility at The Hartford and Travelers, where he implemented financial, product, and strategic processes to increase profitable growth. 

Bill holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Hartford, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University.

Oscar Miniet Regional Executive VP

Oscar Miniet, CIC

Regional Executive Vice President

Oscar Miniet provides senior leadership and strategy to Renaissance Alliance Southeast Division, a newly established division of the nation’s premier independent insurance agency membership organization. Leveraging nearly three decades of experience in the Florida insurance industry, Oscar is responsible for growing the Alliance’s regional agency membership, expanding the roster of partner insurers and hiring member service and support staff.

He works closely with the Alliance’s Northeast executive team in building out the region’s operational infrastructure and technology. His primary mission is to accelerate growth and income for the independent agency members of the Alliance.

Oscar brings extensive experience in operating and growing agencies in Florida’s independent insurance agency distribution system. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of NEA Insurance Group, a merger of three independent agencies. Previously, he held executive roles at Brown & Brown Insurance, HBA Insurance Group and AmerInsurance. He began his career as President of Prime Insurance Associates, established by Aetna Healthcare’s Property & Casualty Division. In addition to his executive leadership and operational expertise, Oscar has overseen agency mergers and acquisitions and has been a pioneer in adapting and furthering agency technology and workflow systems.

Leanne Ross, CIC, CRM

Senior Vice President, Agency Recruitment

Leanne Ross serves as Sr. Vice President, Agency Recruitment. In this role, she spearheads an aggressive growth strategy and sales process to bring on new member agencies. She is responsible for recruiting and managing an expanded sales team, while contributing to the overall strategy and direction of the organization.

Prior to joining Renaissance Alliance, she was founder and president of Ivy Ladder, providing sales consultation and career coaching services. Previously, she was a Regional Sales Executive, at The Hartford, where she oversaw Small Commercial Segment $100M+ operation for the Boston Regional Office, leading a team of sales representatives and 300+ agency relationships in four states. She was responsible for managing the agency distribution partnerships to leverage Small Commercial product offerings for increased profitable sales in the Regional Office. Before this, she served as Commercial Lines Manager and Sales Executive for Brown & Brown’s Detroit Division. She oversaw the sales and service operations of the division, carrier relationship management, and marketing of new Middle Market business to carriers. She was responsible for recruiting, hiring and training of both sales producers and account management staff.

Leanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Michigan State University. She is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), a Certified Risk Manager (CRM) and a licensed property & casualty producer.

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Manuel Ruiz III, J.D, CIC, AIC

Senior Vice President, Southeast Agency Services

Manuel “Manny” Ruiz provides executive oversight of agency services to Southeast members of Renaissance Alliance, the nation’s premier independent insurance agency membership organization. In this capacity, he provides independent insurance agency owners with tools, support and service enabling them to accelerate and maximize the growth, profit, and valuation potential of their agencies.

Manny is a highly experienced insurance industry veteran, bringing more than three decades of experience in agency management, commercial insurance, claims and risk management to his role. His background also includes experience as an insurance defense attorney, affording him expertise in executive liability exposures faced by large commercial operations, including financial institutions. Prior to joining Renaissance Alliance, he spent more than a decade in a variety of managerial and executive positions at HUB International in Florida, where his most recent position was as Area Executive Vice President. Prior to that, he held executive positions at First Commercial Underwriters in Florida, and at Carrion, Laffitte & Casellas and AON Services in Puerto Rico.

He has earned a JD, cum laude from the Inter-American University School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico. He is licensed as Property and Casualty Producer in multiple states, including Florida’s 220 and 215 resident licenses. and has earned the insurance designations of CIC and AIC. Manny is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Marcelle Skidmore, CPCU, CIC, CRM, AU, MLIS

Vice President, Northeast Placement Services

Marcelle oversees a team of professionals who work directly with agents to help them grow their business. The team works to find the right markets for commercial accounts and works with agencies through the placement process. Her goal is to help agents write more business and free more time to devote to sales and service.

Marcelle’s twenty-five years of strong experience working with both agencies and carriers gives her a unique perspective on all aspects of property and casualty underwriting, account management, sales, and marketing. She began her career as a bookkeeper for a small agency specializing in construction accounts and bonding and quickly transitioned into Commercial Lines account management before becoming a Commercial Lines Underwriter for two regional insurance carriers.

She has also successfully managed Commercial Lines teams at several large agencies, leading successful growth initiatives and management system transitions.

Marcelle has earned several professional designations including CPCU, CIC, CRM and AU. She studied Industrial Technology at Fitchburg State College.

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Tess Wartman

SVP, Agency Services Product Management

As SVP of Agency Services Product Management, Tess is responsible for the management of the full suite of Renaissance’s value-added services and the strategic design and introduction of new products and services that deliver tangible growth to our independent agency members.

Tess began her career at Marsh, where she held a number of positions in their strategy and consulting divisions, responsible for several technology initiatives intended to deliver client solutions in the small commercial and affinity space.  More recently, she joined the founding leadership team of the Boston-based insurance technology startup, Hi Marley, as the Director of Strategic Partnerships.  In this role, Tess established and managed formal relationships with over twenty carriers and vendor-clients of Hi Marley’s offerings.  Her business experience at both of these companies bring significant level of expertise to this newly created product management role at Renaissance.

Tess holds a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.