Insurance and Risk Management Advisory Board

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Ackerman

Melisa Ackerman

Position: Senior Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Nationwide Insurance
Columbus, Ohio

Experience:

Melisa’s HR career spans over 20 years including the last 15 with Nationwide Insurance, where she currently serves as the Senior Associate Vice President. Prior to joining Nationwide, she was an HR Generalist at STRS Ohio, one of the nation’s premier retirement systems. She is now an active member of the United Way of Central Ohio and its Women’s Leadership Council, and also serves on the BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business Leadership Council.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/melisa-ackerman-3759773/

Education:

BGSU, B.S. in Education and Allied Professions ‘92

Ohio State University, Master of Labor and Human Resources ‘05

Bahner

Peter Bahner, Sr.

Position: Vice President, Mid-America Territory
The Prudential Insurance Company of America [Retired]

Experience:

Pete started with Prudential in 1985 as a financial professional in the Cleveland office. He was quickly promoted to sales manager in 1987. In 2001, Pete moved into the Managing Director role with the Great Lakes Agency, and then got promoted to Territorial Vice President. During his time with Prudential, Pete has established a strong reputation for success, sharing his time knowledge mentoring Managing Directors within the Mid-America territory. He is an advocate for Agency Distribution’s vision and is committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. In 2020 Pete retired and is currently working on producing a movie to be released in 2021.

Pete used to serve on BGSU’s Executive Committee as the Treasurer. He retired in September 2020.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/petergbahner/

Education

BGSU, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science ‘85

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Brian R. Bowerman, CPCU

Position: Westfield Services Leader
Westfield
Macedonia, OH

Experience:

Brian joined Westfield in 1988 after graduating from BGSU with a BSBA and a specialization in Insurance.  In 1998, after several positions in Claims and Corporate Training and Development, at Westfield, Brian was one of the founding leaders of a new subsidiary at Westfield known as Westfield Services Inc, a specialty insurance agency and call center located in Columbus, Ohio.  He earned his CPCU designation in 1997, and his Certified Structured Settlement Counselor designation in 2001. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Gamma Iota Sigma, a collegiate Insurance and Risk Management fraternity organization where he won the “Alumnus of the Year” award in 2016. He is also  Past President of the Ohio Association of Professional and Specialty Lines Offices (OAPSLO).  

https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-bowerman-6979a04/

Education

BGSU, B.S. Business Administration, Insurance ‘88

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Sarah Burns

Position: Actuarial Analyst III,
The Cincinnati Insurance Companies,
Fairfield, OH

Experience:

Sarah became an employee at Cincinnati Insurance in 2018 as an Actuarial Analyst. While at BGSU, Sarah was an active member of Gamma Iota Sigma, Actuarial Science Club, and numerous other organizations. In 2017, she represented the BGSU Insurance Program at the annual RIMS conference as an Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program Scholar. Sarah was named one of the Top 10 Outstanding Senior in 2018.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-burns-46a308a6/

Education

BGSU, B.S Business Administration, Data Science ‘18

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Jesse Carnicom

Position: Agency Manager
Western and Southern Financial Group
Findlay, OH

Experience:

Jesse Carnicom is the Agency Manager & Registered Principal for the Western & Southern Financial Group in Findlay, Ohio.  With over 17 years of service with the company as a financial professional, he has provided multiple educational seminars in Wood County, Hancock County & Lucas County, regarding budgeting and money flow strategies.  Mr. Carnicom has also been a member of the Wood County Youth Council Board and has volunteered his time as a summer camp counselor for at-risk youth.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jesse-carnicom-21b44b19/

Education:

Owens Community College

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Hannah Decker

Position: Corporate Treasury Analyst - Capital Management
KeyBank
Cleveland/Akron, OH

Experience

Hannah joined KeyBank as a Corporate Insurance Undergrad Intern. She then joined the official ranks as a Risk Management Analyst, where she worked in Financial Crimes- Anti-Money Laundering on both Data Analytics and Testing teams. She assumed her current position as KeyBank’s Corporate Treasury Analyst in 2019.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-decker-16950b128/

Education:

BGSU, B.S Business Administration, Actuarial Science ‘18

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Erin Flower

Position: Financial Adviser
St. Bonoré Financial Services

Experience:

In June of 2003, Erin joined her father’s firm at St. Bonoré Financial Services in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Her business is mainly focused on retirement and life insurance planning along with wealth accumulation, distribution and preservation. Erin is a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, Toledo Chapter, and was named “Producer of the Year” in 2002, “Agent of the Year” new org in 2003 and mid-year “Agent of the Year” in 2013.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-flower/

Education:

BGSU, B.S Business Administration, Finance, Minor in Accounting ‘01

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Connie C. Frey, CIC

Position: Learning and Development Leader
Westfield
Westfield Center, OH

Experience:

In January of 2019, Connie assumed her current position as Learning and Development Leader. She began her insurance career at Westfield in January of 1985. A Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) since 1990, she has served in more than a dozen roles with Westfield. Connie is a member of the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII) Workplace Development and Education Committee, Insurance Industry Resource Council (IIRC) Executive Committee, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers (IIABA) Invest Board and serves on insurance studies advisory boards at BGSU and Kent State University.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/connie-frey-a741098/

Education:

BGSU, B.S Business Administration, Management ‘82

Ashland University, Master of Business Administration ‘10

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Janet Gerken

Position: Manager, Insurance Operations
Marathon Petroleum Company
Findlay, OH

Experience:

Janet began her career at Marathon Petroleum over 30 years ago, and has served in various roles including accountant, internal control auditor, scheduler, trader, product quality professional, territory manager in marketing, and supervisor in accounting. In 2017, she was promoted to Insurance Operations Manager, where she manages the insurance programs for Marathon Petroleum and MPLX, as well as other risk management activities.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/janet-gerken-b85761145/

Education

Indiana University Bloomington, Bachelor’s Degree, Accounting ‘87

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Benjamin Goff

Position: Executive Vice President
Brown & Brown Insurance
Perrysburg, OH

Experience:

Ben is the Executive Vice President of Brown & Brown of Ohio. In 1986, he co-founded the Great Lakes Risk Management, an employee benefits brokerage firm that served clients in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. In 2008, he sold the company to Brown & Brown (BRO) and now leads their Ohio office located in the Toledo area.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-goff-54b68713/

Education

BGSU, B.A Business Administration, Insurance & Risk Management ‘83

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Drew Gunn

Position: East Central Middle Market Growth Leader
Willis of Ohio, Inc.
Columbus, OH

Experience:

As the East Central Middle Market Growth Leader, Drew oversees Willis Towers Watson’s Corporate Risk and Broking operations throughout Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, and is  responsible for leading, developing and maintaining client teams throughout the East Central partnership. Prior to joining Willis, Drew was Senior Vice President & Director of Specialty Risk Services at the Oswald Companies, and used his product knowledge to creatively address business issues.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/drew-gunn/

Education:

BGSU, B.S Business Administration, Risk Management ‘90

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Diane T. Keil-Hipp

Position: Chief Operations Officer
Knight Insurance Group
Toledo, OH

Experience:

Diane is COO at Knight Insurance Group, an independent insurance agency in Toledo, Ohio, where she is responsible for the service and administrative operations of the agency.  She is pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Development and Change at the BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business. Diane has served on various boards over the years:  Independent Insurance Agents of Ohio, Westfield Agents Association, Toledo Warehouse District Association, Lourdes University Alumni Board, BGSU Insurance Board, among others.  

https://www.linkedin.com/in/diane-keil-hipp-4490bb4/

Education

Lourdes University, B.A Business Administration ‘90

BGSU, Master’s Degree, Organizational Development ‘98

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Thomas Hogan

Position: Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel
The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
Cincinnati, OH

Experience:

Tom serves as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for The Cincinnati Insurance Companies. He joined the company shortly after graduation, where he worked full time as an insurance claims adjuster while attending law school. Upon receiving his law degree in 2000, Tom worked as a defense trial attorney in Cincinnati Insurance's litigation division.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-hogan-183b67a/

Education:

BGSU, B.A Political Science ‘93

Capital University Law School, Doctor of Law - JD, ‘00

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Jeannie Y. Hylant

Position: Executive Vice President
Hylant
Toledo, OH

Experience:

With over 35 years of industry experience, Jeannie now serves as the Executive Vice President for Hylant. Her job responsibilities include developing franchise, hospitality, and program business, and writing industry articles for Franchise Times and Franchise Update magazines.  She is also the developer of RoadPilot an integrated insurance and driver behavior analytic product for food delivery and other industries.

Jeannie is a board member of Owens Community College Foundation and has served on numerous boards throughout the Northwest Ohio community including past board member of the National Alliance for Insurance Education.  

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeannie-hylant-4498a9/ [linkedin.com]

Education:

Indiana University Bloomington, Bachelor’s Degree, Physical Education ‘79

Certified Insurance Counselor 2001

Jones, Randy

Randy E. Jones

Position: Senior Vice President, Specialty Operations – Ohio
CompManagement, a Sedgwick Company

Experience:

Randy has over 30 years’ experience in Workers’ Compensation and Healthcare Administration. Heis currently the Senior Vice President, Specialty Operation at CompManagement. Randy has led operations and senior management colleagues in multiple states. He offers a significant background and experience in risk management, managed care, insurance claims administration, mergers and acquisitions, and leadership development.

Education

BGSU, B.S Business Administration ‘81

Teri-Morman

Terry Morman

Position: Vice President-Carrier Relations
Hylant Group
Toledo, OH

Experience:

Terry has been with the Hyland Group for over 11 years, and now serves as Vice President - Carrier Relations. In this role, he strategically manages insurance company and wholesale relationships to maximize value for the organization, as well as contracting and compliance. Prior to joining Hylant Group, he has been with the Wood County Hospital, Sky Insurance, and Cooper-Standard Automotive.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-morman-6a974118/

Education:

Defiance College, Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Management ‘90

University of Toledo, Master of Business Administration ‘04

Connor-Mutchler

Connor Mutchler

Position: Product Analyst
Ohio Mutual Insurance Group
Bucyrus, OH

Experience:

Connor joined the Ohio Mutual Insurance Group as a Claim Representative before being appointed as the Product Analyst in December 2020. While at BGSU, he was a fire safety assistant and student assistant at the Mileti Alumni Center.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/connor-mutchler-3487b7a4/

Education

BGSU, B.S. Business Administration, Finance, Risk Management/Insurance ‘17

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Claire Nelson

Position: Underwriter
IAT Insurance Group
Phoenix, Arizona

Experience:

Claire joined IAT Insurance Group in their Specialty department in June 2017. At IAT she completed their rigorous Underwriter Training Program and was appointed the Associate Underwriter. She is currently responsible for a territory including Hawaii, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. With IAT, she continues to develop her underwriting acumen focusing on specialty property and liability risks. She was promoted to Underwriter in March 2019.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-nelson-a7539b106/

Education:

BGSU, B.S. Business Administration, Economics ‘17

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Bryan J. Okuley

Position: Staff Manager and Financial Advisor
Western and Southern Financial Group
Findlay, OH

Experience:

Bryan has been in the financial services industry for 17 years. He has spent the last 9 years as a Financial Advisor and Staff Manager for Western and Southern Financial Group. He is a President’s Council Member with W&S and is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional.

www.linkedin.com/in/bryanokuley

Education:

BGSU, MBA in Finance ‘04

Urbana University, BS in Business Administration, Accounting and Management ‘03

Pezzino, John

John Pezzino

Position: Client Service Executive
Hylant
Toledo, OH

Experience:

John joined Hylant in February 2019 as a Client Service Executive. In this role, he works directly with clients on strategic matters that help them protect their organization's interests. Prior to joining Hylant, John spent over 2 years at Wellstower, where he served as the Risk Management Analyst. As a way to support the community, he volunteers his time with organizations such as Junior Achievement, EPIC Toledo, YMCA, and The Old Newsboys.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnpezzino/

Education:

BGSU, B.S Business Administration, General ‘00 - ‘02

Northwood University, Bachelor of Business Administration, Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management ‘04

BGSU, Master of Business Administration, General ‘11

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Geoffrey Radbill

Position: Senior Vice President - Chief Operating Officer
Equitable [Retired]
New York, NY

Experience:

Geoffrey Radbill retired in 2004, after 36 years with AXA Financial, a global financial services company. During Mr. Radbill’s business career, he held various managerial positions with AXA-Financial in Massachusetts, California, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

He currently dedicates his time to philanthropic work and civic affairs, including National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a Beta Tau Fraternity Foundation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and BGSU. He was recognized as a BGSU Accomplished Graduate in 2006 and, in 2010, was named among the university's 100 most prominent alumni. In 2018, he was named a national trustee of Bowling Green State University.

Education:

BGSU, B.S. Business Administration, Finance, 1968

College of Insurance (now affiliated with St. John’s University – New York), Master of Business Administration

Columbia University Graduate School, Marketing and Financial Development program

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John C. Randolph

Position: CEO
Fitz-Randolph Consulting Resources
Sylvania, OH

Experience:

Jack is now the CEO of Fitz-Randolph Consulting Resources. He has more than 35 years of industry experience in healthcare. He has also held positions at Paramount Healthcare, The Toledo Hospital and ProMedica Health System. Jack is also a member of the BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business Leadership Council.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-randolph-93920711/

Education:

BGSU, B.S. Business Administration ‘82

The University of Toledo, Master of Business Administration, Finance

Dave-Skiljan

Dave Skiljan

Position: Senior Vice President
AON
Cleveland/Akron, OH

Experience:

Dave has more than 30+ years of industry experience in general liability, products liability, auto liability, workers’ compensation and umbrella/excess liability coverage in the U.S., Europe and Bermuda markets. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of AON, a global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions.

Education:

BGSU, B.S Business Administration, Insurance ‘86

University of Georgia - Terry College of Business, Master of Business Administration, Finance & Risk Management ‘87

Cleveland State University - Marshall College of Law, Juris Doctor ‘96

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Stephen M. Spray

Position: Chief Insurance Officer
The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
Cincinnati, OH

Experience:

Stephen joined The Cincinnati Insurance Companies in 1991 and has held various positions with the company, each increasing in scope and responsibilities. He currently serves as Chief Insurance Officer and Senior Vice President, providing executive oversight for Cincinnati’s commercial standard market, excess and surplus and personal lines insurance sales, marketing, underwriting, relationships with independent agents and ceded reinsurance programs

https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-spray-8206335/

Education:

BGSU, Bachelor of Arts ‘89

Wey, Matt

Matt Wey

Position: Managing Director
MARSH
Cleveland/Akron, OH

Experience:

Matt Wey has spent 39 years with Marsh & McLennan companies (MARSH. He moved up the ranks within the company, and has long term overseas experience in Tokyo and London. After leading Marsh businesses in Columbus, OH and Grand Rapids, MI he returned to Cleveland and has led Marsh’s Northeast Ohio territory since 2012. Matt also currently serves as an adjunct professor at John Carroll University, co-teaching a course in the Finance curriculum, Risk Management and Insurance Fundamentals.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-j-wey-9b1a807/

Education:

BGSU, Business Administration, Finance and Risk Management ‘81

Aquinas College, Master of Management ‘11