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Mentors in the Insurance category have a deep understanding of insurance and either worked in or currently work in the industry. We have mentors from the following insurance carriers and brokers: Ally, Allstate, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company, Aon, Aviva, Chubb, Continental Western Group, Delta Dental of Iowa, EMC, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Farmers Mutual Hail, FBL Financial Group, Genworth, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, GuideOne Insurance, HanoverRe, The Hartford, Holmes Murphy & Associates, The IMT Group, Markel, Mutual of Omaha, Munich Re, Merchants Bonding, Nassau Reinsurance Group, Nationwide, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company, Patriot National, Principal, QBE, RGAx, RLI, Sogeti, Swiss Re, W.R. Berkley.
Mentors in the Capital category represent VC's and angel investors.
Mentors in the Advisor category can give strategic advice on topics such as financial modeling, sales stratgies, marketing, raising capital and more.
Mentors in the Service Professional category represent companies that can help with legal, design, development, recruiting, HR, accounting and other business activities.


Stephen Abramo
New York Life Insurance Company
Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Toby Alfred
Digital Transformation Strategies LLC
Principal
Insurance / LinkedIn
TJ Amos
Marsh
Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Melissa Appenzeller
EMC Insurance Companies
Principal Actuary
Insurance / LinkedIn
Sondra Ashmore
WR Berkley
AVP - Business Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
David Attaway
Sammons Financial Group
Vice President, CFO and Treasurer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Greg Bailey
Denim
Co-Founder and CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Laurie Bates
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Director Corporate Accounting
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kobi Bendelak
insurtech israel
CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dave Beving
GuideOne Insurance
Senior Enterprise Architect
Insurance / LinkedIn
Eric Biderman
Arent Fox LLP
Counsel
Insurance / LinkedIn
Josh Bjorkman
Markel
Sr. Director Markel Digital
Insurance / LinkedIn
Farron Blanc
Gerry
Founder and CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Gregory Blanchard
Retired
Retired
Insurance / LinkedIn
Greg Blythe
IMT Insurance
Vice President & Treasurer
Insurance
Josh Bogus
Principal
Assistant Director of Distribution Reporting & Metrics
Insurance / LinkedIn
Nataliya Boychenko
Holmes Murphy
AVP - Employee Benefits, Shareholder
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mark Breading
Strategy Meets Action
Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brad Buchanan
IMT Insurance
V/P, Personal Lines Underwriting
Insurance
Don Cahalan
Biggin Solutions llc
Managing Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tom Callanan
Callanan + Associates
Managing Principal
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jared Carlson
Assurity
Director of Assurity Ventures Inc.
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brian Casey
Locke Lord LLP
Partner, Co-Chair Regulatory and Trnasactions Insurance Practice Group
Insurance / LinkedIn
Matt Casey
IMT Insurance
Vice President – Marketing
Insurance / LinkedIn
Rajesh Chalamalasetti
Principal Financial Group
Chief Analytics Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Eric Christensen
Principal Financial Group
Senior Actuary
Insurance / LinkedIn
Adam Claypool
BP Growth Partners
Managing Principal
Advisor / LinkedIn
Brittany Clements
Allianz Life
Strategic Ventures Manager
Capital / LinkedIn
Eric Coleman
Nationwide Insurance
VP, Commercial Analysis, Pricing, Product Management and R&D
Insurance / LinkedIn
Diana Collins
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Information Technology Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mike Colwell
Square One DSM
Executive Director
Advisor / LinkedIn
Mike Condon
Mike Condon, Inc.
President
Advisor / LinkedIn
Sydney Conrad
EMC Insurance Companies
AVP Business Analytics Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Carlos Correa
Everest Reinsurance Company
VP, Reinsurance Application
Insurance / LinkedIn
Doug Cretsinger
Cretsinger Consulting
Owner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dan Crew
EMC Insurance Companies
SVP, Chief Underwriting Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Michael Dayton
Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Attorney - Shareholder
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Tej Dhawan
Principal
Chief Data Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ann Dieleman
Ann Dieleman Consulting, LLC
Leadership Advisor / Growth Strategist
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kevin Doyle
Insurtech Executive and Advisor
Advisor
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kurt Eaves
Grinnell Mutual
Vice President, Direct Underwriting and Production
Insurance / LinkedIn
Michael Elam
Delta Dental of Iowa
Sales Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Truman Esmond
AAIS
VP, Solutions & Partnerships
Insurance / LinkedIn
Isaac Espinoza
Greenlight Re
Innovations
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kay Fairchild Godfredsen
Kay Fairchild Godfredsen Law Office, LLC
Attorney
Insurance / LinkedIn
Chad Florke
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Director - Life Operations Management
Insurance / LinkedIn
BF
Bob Foley
Mutual of Omaha
Director, Employee Benefits
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kelly Fosse
Grinnell Mutual
Commercial Underwriter
Insurance / LinkedIn
Christopher Frankland
ReSource Pro
Head of Strategic Partnerships
Insurance / LinkedIn
Edward Frindt
KCRise
Principal
Capital / LinkedIn
Jordan Fuehrer
GuideOne Insurance
Underwriting Compliance Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brian Gaab
AAA Insurance (CSAA IG)
Strategy
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mark Gardella
Markel Corporation
Senior Director, Open Innovation
Insurance / LinkedIn
Denise Garth
Majesco
SVP Strategic Marketing, Innovation and Industry Relations
Service Professional / LinkedIn
JD Geneser
LWBJ Financial
Senior Partner
Advisor / LinkedIn
Nick Gerhart
FBL Financial Group
Chief Administrative Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Peter Gilman
Carbry Capital
CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Gabriel Glynn
MakuSafe Corporation
CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Bill Goddard
Electromagnetic Company
investor
Insurance / LinkedIn
Stephen Goldstein
RGAx
VP, Client Experience Lead
Insurance / LinkedIn
Travis Grassel
Iowa Insurance Division
Property and Casualty Actuary
Insurance / LinkedIn
Joel Greteman
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
Staff Accountant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jason Gross
EMC Insurance Companies
AVP - Innovation Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Greg Gruenwald
Sammons Financial Gruop
Manger, IT Life Inforce Admin
Insurance / LinkedIn
Judith Haddad
hDC Solutions
Founder and CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jim Hagenbucher
N/A
Independent Consultant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Rashad Haque
New York Life Insurance
Corporate Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Susan Hatten
Holmes Murphy & Associates
Senior Consultant Enterprise Sales & Strategic Partnerships
Insurance / LinkedIn
Patrick Heese
Zurich North America
AVP Underwriting Landscape Transformation
Insurance / LinkedIn
Taylor Hellman
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
Senior Accountant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Beth Herman
Principal Financial Group
Assistant Director - IT
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kevin Horwitz
RLI
VP, Claims
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brad Hoyt
Stratizant Corporation
CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Chase Huey
RGAx
Digital Ventures Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
TH
Ted Hughes
American Equity
Chief Information Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Toan Huynh
Information Venture Partners
Venture Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Craig Ibsen
Next Level Ventures
Managing Principal
Capital / LinkedIn
Barbara Ingraham
Verisk
Managing Director, Excess & Surplus
Insurance / LinkedIn
JJ Jagannathan
CoreLogic
Sr Director Innovation & Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tyler Jensen
Infosys Consulting
Senior Consultant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Matthew Jones
Anthemis Group
Associate, Investments
Insurance / LinkedIn
James Jones
American Equity Investment Life Ins Co
Senior Vice President - Enterprise Services
Insurance / LinkedIn
Roy Ju
Nationwide
Director, Senior Actuary
Insurance / LinkedIn
Gajapathi Kannan
Genworth
Director, CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
John Keddy
Security Benefit
CTO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kendra Kelly
Meyocks
Account Director
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Sean Kennedy
IMT Insurance
President and CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tony Kimmi
Farm Bureau Financial Services
PC Claims VP
Insurance / LinkedIn
Peggy Klingel
Allstate
Sr. Manager Claims Analytics & Innovation
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tim Kramer
Palmer Group
Sales Manager - Application Development Division
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Paul Kramper
Mutual of Omaha
Senior Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Nicholas Kreczko
The Hartford
Director of Innovation and Strategic Ventures
Insurance / LinkedIn
Vivek Krishnamurthy
Commerce Ventures
Senior Associate
Capital / LinkedIn
Nathan Lentz
Nationwide Agribusiness
Associate Vice President of Sales
Insurance / LinkedIn
Joe Leo
BrownWinick Law Firm
Attorney
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Josh Levine
Cake and Arrow
Founder
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Austin Lewis
Global Atlantic
Senior Actuarial Analyst
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brad London
Berkley Agribusiness
Chief Underwriting Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Aaron Madison
IMT Insurance
Director – Software Services
Insurance / LinkedIn
Cindy Maike
Cloudera
VP Industry Solutions
Insurance / LinkedIn
BM
Brady Mallon
EMC Insurance Companies
Claims Information Manager
Insurance
Lawrence Marcus
SCOR
Senior Underwriter Alternative Solutions
Insurance / LinkedIn
Casey Maughan
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Director Agency Support
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kevin May
Amali Solutions Group, LLC
CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Travis McAlpin
IMT Insurance
Vice President – Information Systems
Insurance / LinkedIn
John McCartan
Capgemini
Iowa and Nebraska Regions
Insurance / LinkedIn
Daniel McCarty
McDermott Will & Emery
Insurance Transactions and Regulation Attorney
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tim McCulloh
Holmes Murphy & Associates
Account Executive
Insurance / LinkedIn
Chance McElhaney
Iowa Insurance Division
Communications Director and Legislative Liaison
Insurance / LinkedIn
Todd Milburn
Grinnell Mutual
AVP - Personal Line and Farm Casualty Underwriting
Insurance / LinkedIn
David Miles
ManchesterStory Group
Managing Principal
Capital / LinkedIn
Brandon Miller
EY
Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Anthony Mitchell
State Auto Insurance
Director - Digital Agency Consulting
Insurance / LinkedIn
MM
Michaela Morrison
Risk Exchange Insurance Services, Inc.
VP, Programs
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ross Mortenson
EMC Insurance Companies
Sr. Securities Analyst
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dan Mulcahy
IMT Insurance
Business Analyst Supervisor
Insurance / LinkedIn
Michael Naoom
Safelite Solutions
AVP, Claims Experience
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brian Neitzel
IMT Insurance
VP - Research & Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Angela Noble
EMC Insurance
Innovation Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brian Norman
Norman-Spencer
President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tim Nowak
Johnson Lambert LLP
Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Beth O'Malley
Global Atlantic
Data Scientist
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brian O'Reilly
Greenlight Re
Innovations
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jody Ochsner
IMT Insurance
Commercial Lines Senior Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Randy Odzer
Principal Financial Group
Chief Financial Officer-U.S. Insurance Solutions
Insurance / LinkedIn
Sheldon Ohringer
OTL Design
Managing Partner
Advisor / LinkedIn
Jennifer Overhulse
St. Nick Media Services
Principal Owner
Advisor / LinkedIn
Chris Owenson
Vice President – Commercial Lines
VP Claims
Insurance / LinkedIn
Bryan Padgette
Sureify
SVP
Insurance / LinkedIn
Chirag Pancholi
Investor
Former CEO/Founder
Insurance / LinkedIn
Adnan Pathan
AF Group
Innovation Research
Insurance / LinkedIn
Aaron Pearce
Continental Western Group
Vice President & General Counsel
Insurance / LinkedIn
Julie Pearce
AE Ventures
Director of Innovative Solutions
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jennifer Peppenger
Grinnell Mutual
Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Wendy Peterson
FBL Financial Group
Innovation Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Andrew Pitz
Transamerica Ventures
Associate
Capital / LinkedIn
Brian Poppe
Mutual of Omaha
SVP, Departing Well Solutions
Insurance / LinkedIn
Suku Radia
Retired
Former CEO
Advisor
Chris Randall
RLI
VP Risk Services
Insurance / LinkedIn
Marie-Christine Razaire
Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures
Venture Associate
Insurance / LinkedIn
KR
Karen Reilly
EMC Insurance Companies
Consultant Home Office Underwriting
Insurance / LinkedIn
Neil Rekhi
Verisk Analytics
Sr Consultant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Matt Richard
Arch Insurance
VP, Industry Technology
Insurance / LinkedIn
Joe Rizzi
Journey Capital Partners
Managing Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mark Roth
Digital Insurance
New Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Joseph Rounceville
Principal Financial Group
Enterprise Architect
Insurance / LinkedIn
Puja Samuel
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Digital Strategy and FinTech
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mark Sandbulte
FBL Financial Group
VP Investment Strategy
Insurance / LinkedIn
Patricia Saporito
Digital Business Creations
President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Bo Schatzberg
TMC Transportation
Assistant Vice President of Information Technology
Insurance / LinkedIn
April Schmaltz
Delta Dental of Iowa
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tina Schmidt
American Equity Life Insurance
Information Security Analyst
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ben Schmitt
Dwolla
VP of Information Security
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Pamela Schneider
Crescimento, Inc.
Interim Chief Operating Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Martina Schubert
DLL
CTO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Roby Shay
Grinnell Mutual
CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dan Siegfried
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Agency Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jake Sloan
Appian
Industry Leader Insurance
Insurance / LinkedIn
Haley Smith
State Auto Labs
Sales Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Andy Snook
Fastpath
CEO
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Keith Snow
B2E Data Marketing
President / Data Scientist
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Karl Stark
Elagy
CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jim Streicher
Cincinnati Insurance Company
Vice President Personal Lines Operations
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ted Stuckey
QBE Ventures
Managing Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
TT
Tony Tavegia
Principal Financial Group
Director - IT
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ashish Tholia
Delta Dental of California
Director of Strategy and Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Patricia Tilton
KPMG LLP
Retired Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brett Trout
Trout Law Firm
Patent Attorney
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Terri Vaughan
Professor of Insurance and Actuarial Science
Former Iowa Insurance Commissioner
Academic / LinkedIn
Susan Watson
Drake University
Assistant Professor of Practice in Actuarial Science; Assistant Director School
Academic / LinkedIn
Jeremy Weiss
EY
Senior Manager - Consulting, Insurance Underwriting
Insurance / LinkedIn
Stephanie Wessman Lemmon
Delta Dental of Iowa
Advisor Mentor
Advisor / LinkedIn
William Weyers
Weyers & Associates
Owner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Marc Wheeler
Strategic Options
Managing Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brad Williams
Doextra CRM Solutions, LLC
President
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Jon Williams
Berkley Agribusiness
VP of Claims
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kaylee Williams
VolunteerLocal
President
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Sandra Witty
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Strategy
Insurance / LinkedIn
Cheryl Yakey
Clyde & Co.
Insurance Regulatory Attorney
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mike Yanacheak
Iowa Insurance Division
Chief Actuary
Insurance / LinkedIn
Chris Zock
Sandbox Industries
Managing Director
Insurance / LinkedIn