Operating Committee

Robert Bondi

Chief Executive Officer

Bob Bondi is the Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance Alliance. 

As CEO, Bob provides senior leadership, vision and strategy for the country’s premier insurance agency network. 

Bondi previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer, refining the capabilities of the company’s member services platform, driving expansion into the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, and integrating the recent acquisitions of Agency Network Exchange and United Valley.

Throughout his career, Bob has demonstrated a proven record of successfully executing innovative strategies to maximize business performance and enhance value.  His broad industry experience includes commercial banking, commercial insurance brokerage and personal lines insurance.

Prior to joining Renaissance, he served as a senior executive at Confie, Affirmative Insurance, and Aon.

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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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.

Bill LaGram, Renaissance Alliance

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.

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Ujjval Patel

SVP, Chief Technology Officer

Ujjval Patel is the Chief Technology Officer for Renaissance Alliance. He is responsible for developing and managing the company’s high-performing, scalable, and secure technology stack.

Before joining Renaissance, Ujjval served as Director, Consulting & Solutions at leading insurtech firm Hi Marley.

Previously, he served as the leader for Synchrony’s Emerging Technology Center and data engineering teams; Vice President of Strategy for ACORD; and Vice President of Strategy and Enterprise Solutions at Marsh. 

Patel began his career at State Farm as a strategic resources analyst working for its internal consulting team.

Patel graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Management Science and a minor in Technology & Management, and earned his as MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Carol Smith Renaissance Alliance

Carol Smith

SVP, Operations & Service Delivery

Carol Smith is responsible for critical service areas for our member agencies, including Operations, New England Placement, Helpdesk & Training, and Agency Customer Development. 

Carol possesses more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, having served in leadership positions with Zurich North America and AIG that included underwriting, technical underwriting, and premium audit. 

Before joining Renaissance, Carol served Zurich North America as Vice President, Operations Planning & Management, and as Chief of Staff to its Chief Operations & Technology Officer. Her responsibilities included leading teams focused on operational efficiency and technology/automation. 

Carol is an Associate in Premium Auditing with the Insurance Institute of America and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) with the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. 

Carol holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Illinois State University.

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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.

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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. 

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

Regional Executive Vice President, Northeast

David Dawson serves as Renaissance’s top executive in New England, focusing on the network’s continued growth in the region and liaising with its member agencies, carrier partners, and employees. Additionally, he will continue to support our new members and continued expansion in New York.

David ensures that our members successfully realize the expected benefits offered through Renaissance’s service and technology products. He specifically leads our Agency Growth team, which focuses on organic growth initiatives for Renaissance Alliance member agencies. 

Oscar Miniet Regional Executive VP

Oscar Miniet

Regional Executive Vice President, Southeast

Oscar Miniet serves as Renaissance’s top executive in the Southeast, focusing on the network’s continued growth in the region and liaising with its member agencies, carrier partners, and employees. Additionally, he leads our sales efforts in the Southeast.

Oscar ensures that our members in the Southeast successfully realize the expected benefits offered through our service and technology products. 

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Elizabeth Schenk

Regional Executive Vice President, ANE

Elizabeth serves as the leader of Renaissance’s Agency Network Exchange (ANE) business unit with geographic responsibility for ANE’s New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania agencies. She serves as the highest-ranking liaison in those states with our network’s agency principals, carrier partners and employees.

Elizabeth leads our sales efforts in the region and ensures that these members successfully realize the expected benefits offered through Renaissance’s service and technology products. 

Rene Swan

Rene Swan

Regional Executive Vice President, United Valley

Rene serves as the leader of Renaissance’s United Valley Insurance Services business unit, focusing on our continued growth in California and Arizona. She serves as the highest-ranking liaison in those states with our network’s agency principals, carrier partners and employees.

Rene ensures that our members in this region successfully realize the expected benefits offered through Renaissance’s service and technology products.