The RISE Vision

Our vision is to create a platform where young insurance professionals are recognized for their accomplishments in the industry, can learn about new industry technologies and practices and are encouraged to  engage with industry mentors and peers. Our purpose is to educate the younger generations on the benefits of joining the insurance industry and to help bridge the talent gap by creating a space for young professionals to network, learn and grow.

Our Story

At almost every conference or event in the last couple years, Chief Claim Officers and CEOs have been talking about the talent gap and the need to attract and retain good talent in the insurance industry. For a while we've known that Baby-Boomers are retiring at an increasing number and Generation X is not large enough to fill all the positions, and the next generation of Millennials need to be raised up to fill the gap being left behind. Companies need a knowledge transfer strategy.

Most young or new employees, even at management level, do not get the opportunity to attend conferences and interact with professionals outside their company who have already proven themselves. Many executives have shared concern about the next generation's ability to think and act professionally. Very few organizations have young professional groups, and the few that exist don't have an industry-wide presence.  If you were lucky enough to know in college you would be working in insurance, you may have those groups available, but what about the rest of us who are here "by accident"?

Hence, R.I.S.E. was born.

Involvement in industry events and seeing first hand the career path that insurance offers creates engagement. That's why we're gathering the brightest rising stars and collaborating with existing organizations to funnel new talent into the industry, educate, connect with, and recognize them.

Advisory Board

To be successful, any good idea must be backed by excellent people.
Our Advisory Board is comprised of industry executives who share a passion for diversity and the future success of the insurance industry.


Abel Travis

VP, Underwriting and Innovation

AF - Group

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Laura Johnson

VP, Underwriting and Product Development

Olympus Insurance Company

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Alan Bryan

Senior Associate General Counsel


Ken Kerby

Ken Kerby

Manager Special Investigations Unit and Claims Audit

The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

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Daniel Colon

Vice President of Oversight

United Automobile Insurance Company

Dale New

Dale Sherman

Vice President and Assistant General Counsel

Allstate Insurance

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John Sargent

Director, Special Investigation Unit

MetLife Auto & Home

matt mccolley

Matt McColley

VP, Chief Claims Officer

Berkley Human Services

Margaret Sherlock

Margaret Sherlock

VP, Regional Director, Staff Counsel

Selective Insurance

scott ottenheimer

Scott Ottenheimer

VP - Head of Procurement

QBE North America

Leadership Team

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Amy Cooper


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Chelsea Midlarsky

Co-Chair, Director of Career Listings

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Katerina Garavito

Co-Chair, Director of Communications

RISE Ambassadors

Jim Abbot


Provencher & Company

Sara Govero

Director of Client Relations

Cosmich Simmons & Brown

Michael Saltman

Chief Revenue Officer

Resolute Systems

Rich Dowd

Regional Vice President - Claims

Atlas Financial Holdings

Michael LaFond

Director of Claims Litigation

Pekin Insurance

Caryn Siebert

Vice President - Carrier Practice

Gallagher Bassett

Jon Broder



Brian Falchuck

Head of Customer

Hi Marley

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2019 RISE Awards

The official list of 2019 RISE Award Recipients is announced July 31st! Get your copy of the awards publication featuring the winners and articles by top industry executives.

Antitrust Statement

As members of Rising Insurance Star Executives (RISE) or as participants in our meetings and events, we need to be mindful of the constraints of the antitrust laws. There shall be no discussions of agreements or concerted actions that may restrain competition. This prohibition includes any competitive aspect of an individual company's operation. Each member or participant is obligated to speak up immediately for the purpose of preventing any discussion falling outside the legal bounds.