Meet our new PLUS Blog Contributors

We’re excited to announce a new line-up of industry experts who will be contributing to the PLUS Blog in the coming months. Read on to learn who will be contributing, and to see the authors’ answers to the question “I find value in being involved with PLUS . . .” Their content will also be available on the new PLUS 365 App, launching next month.

Thank you to all our new contributors, and we’re excited to read your posts starting next week!

Chadwick photoRobert G. Chadwick, Jr.
Managing Member, Seltzer, Chadwick, Soefje & Ladik, PLLC

Robert Chadwick is a Managing Member of the law firm of Seltzer, Chadwick, Soefje & Ladik, PLLC. He has more than 36 years of experience representing management, fiduciaries and professionals in the areas of labor and employment law, ERISA investigations and litigation, and professional liability. He is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

“I find value in being involved with PLUS because of the people who are involved with the organization. I look forward to PLUS events to reconnect with people I have come to admire and respect. The relationships I have developed during the 15 years I have been involved with PLUS have become an important part of both my professional and personal life. For me, PLUS is more than a professional organization; it is a family.”

 

Abbas HassanAbbas Hassan
Senior Underwriter, Healthcare, StarStone Insurance

Abbas Hassan is a Senior Underwriter at StarStone Insurance, where he is part of the Healthcare Underwriting team. He graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with a bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics. After graduation he pursued his Master’s in Business Administration from William Paterson University while being employed at CNA Insurance. Abbas Hassan lives in New Jersey with his wife and three daughters.

“I find value in being involved with PLUS, as PLUS provides relevant education for the growth of the industry. PLUS also provides great networking opportunities to members for professional development which in turn helps advancement of career opportunities. Most important to me, are the relationships that I have made which have had an impact on me both personally and professionally. Over the years of my career I’ve gained so much from my involvement with PLUS, and now feel I am ready to give back to the organization.”

 

John HumphreysJohn Humphreys
Vice President, Financial Institutions, Everest Specialty Underwriters, Everest Insurance®

John is a Vice President in the Financial Institutions group within Everest Specialty Underwriters (ESU). In this role, John assesses investment advisors, mutual funds, hedge funds, and related financial institutions for Directors & Officers (D&O) and Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance. John manages a team of Financial Institutions underwriters whose responsibilities include analyzing and pricing risk, and strengthening and developing new broker relationships. John helps design and launch new insurance products, including the Everest Elevation® Investment Management Insurance Policy (“Elevation IMI”) that launched in March 2018, and he leads ESU’s evaluation of the opportunity to insure blockchain, Insurtech, Fintech and related emerging technologies.

“I find value in being involved with PLUS because it puts me at the forefront of emerging ideas and relationships in the Professional Lines industry. PLUS is the common thread in our industry; bringing together underwriters, brokers, Insureds and other stakeholders to identify and analyze emerging risks in order to effectively and creatively find risk transfer solutions. Our industry is always evolving and PLUS is at the center of those developments.”

 

Greve_PaulPaul Greve, JD RPLU
Senior Director, Healthcare Risk Solutions, Markel Specialty

Paul has twenty years’ experience as an administrator, risk manager and attorney for major hospitals in Ohio, including Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Columbus Children’s Hospital, and St. Luke’s Hospital. Paul also has twenty years’ experience in the health care professional liability industry as a broker and consultant.  He worked as a broker and consultant for Willis for 19 years, primarily in the National Health Care Practice. He has also worked for two health care professional liability insurance companies including Medical Protective and Markel Specialty.

“I find value in being involved with PLUS for many reasons. The ability to network with excellent insurance professionals in the field of medical professional liability creates resources and great friendships. The educational content provided is superb: conferences, webinars and the PLUS Journal. PLUS staff and volunteer leadership are always striving to improve the delivery of services to members.”

 

Kurt.SuhsKurtis Suhs
Founder and Managing Director, Cyber Special Ops, LLC

Mr. Suhs serves as the Founder and Managing Director for Cyber Special Ops, LLC,  a cyber risk company that provides its clients with Concierge Cyber®, a revolutionary new delivery solution for cyber risk services modeled on concierge medicine.

“I find value in being involved with PLUS where I am able to contribute to the professional liability insurance industry and local community via mentoring, community outreach and service programs.”

 

Emily_Bonds_390_4x5Emily Sides Bonds
Partner, Jones Walker LLP

Emily represents agents and brokers, directors and officers, other professionals, and business entities in professional liability, products liability, mass tort, class action, banking and financial services, insurance coverage, and other commercial litigation. Her practice extends to all state and federal courts in Alabama and Mississippi. In addition, Emily is a trained mediator and arbitrator.

“I find value in being involved with PLUS in gaining contacts in the insurance industry through committees and seminars.  In addition, the daily briefings keep me apprised of developments in the areas in which I practice.”

 

Tim SmitTimothy Smit
Sr. Global Privacy and Cyber Security Risk Leader, Lockton Companies

Timothy develops long-range strategies directing clients how to optimize their data effectively and responsibly.  He focuses on privacy compliance, data protection, and the use of or introduction to digital technology.  He assists in identifying data privacy risks, operational risk, process improvement, and conducting data flow mapping exercises.  Timothy conducts risk assessments and develop strategic solutions for managing those risks along with building incident response programs and plans to improve operational resiliency to a cyber or privacy event.

“I find value in being involved with PLUS in multiple ways.  Being exposed and introduced to market leaders in proactive, preventative loss controls services with both carriers and vendors along with all of PLUS’ members with their vast knowledge and experience to continue learning from within all of the programs and forums available to us as members.”

 

Brittany LannanBrittany Lannan
Senior Underwriter, Professional Liability, Everest Specialty Underwriters, Everest Insurance®

Brittany is a Senior Underwriter in the Professional Liability group within Everest Specialty Underwriters (ESU). Brittany joined Everest in April 2019 to help launch the Lawyers Professional Liability policy, which is designed to provide law firms with liability coverage for financial loss suffered by third parties arising from acts, errors, and omissions in providing legal services. At Everest, Brittany’s responsibilities include growing the lawyers professional liability business, developing and strengthening relationships with brokers, using her specialized industry knowledge to effectively address client needs and working with colleagues throughout the lawyers professional liability space to enhance the services they provide. Brittany maintains significant relationships with brokers across the country and has a solution driven underwriting approach, which has been vital to growing the book nationally.

“I find value in being involved with PLUS because it provides a network of professionals across all subindustries within Professional Liability. PLUS continuously offers courses and events that have proven to be beneficial in my own professional growth, while keeping its members up to date with the latest topics, trends and news that affects our industry.”

 
Rob YellenRob Yellen
D&O and Fiduciary Liability Product Leader, FINEX, Willis Towers Watson

Rob is a recognized expert in directors and officers liability with a rare combination of Financial Lines experience that includes serving as a chief underwriting officer, global head of product development and a foreign general insurance chief legal counsel for a leading insurance carrier.  Today, Rob counsels clients and serves as a thought leader and technical expert, trouble shooter, and claims resource on Financial Lines issues with a focus on D&O and Fiduciary products.  He co-leads the Willis Towers Watson Strategic Solutions Group and chairs its North American and Global FINEX Advisory committees.

“I find value in being involved with PLUS  for two key reasons:  (1) Even this old dog needs to learn new tricks.  There is no substitute for the value of PLUS thought leadership—whether via conference, webinar or blog.  (2) PLUS affords meaningful, unparalleled networking opportunities that lifts both my work and my career.”