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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.


Jason Adams
Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company
Senior Underwriting Director, Commercial Agribusiness
Insurance / LinkedIn
Aman Aggawal
AIG
Directory Architecture Services
Insurance / LinkedIn
Noaman Ahmad
Aon
Senior Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
James Anderson
The Grayce Group, LLC
President and Co-founder
Insurance / LinkedIn
Sondra Ashmore
WR Berkley
AVP - Business Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ian Asplund
EMC Insurance
SVP Strategic Analytics
Insurance / LinkedIn
David Attaway
TBD
Former CFO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Gregory Bailey
Denim
Co-Founder and CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ann Balashaitis
Farm Bureau Financial Services
VP, Strategy & Planning
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dave Beving
GuideOne Insurance
Senior Enterprise Architect
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mandi Bishop
Lifely Insights
Founder and CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Farron Blanc
RGAx
VP Innovation Studio
Insurance / LinkedIn
Gregory Blanchard
Nationwide
Associate VP
Insurance / LinkedIn
GB
Greg Blythe
The IMT Group
Vice President & Treasurer
Insurance
Nataliya Boychenko
Holmes Murphy & Associates
AVP - Employee Benefits, Shareholder
Insurance / LinkedIn
Debra Brackert
The Warranty Group
VP and Managing Underwriter
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mark Breading
Strategy Meets Action
Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kelly Bruhn
Drake University
Associate Dean, SJMC
Academic / LinkedIn
Andrew Bryant
Drake University
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Academic / LinkedIn
Brad Buchanan
The IMT Group
V/P, Personal Lines Underwriting
Insurance
Matt Busick
River Glen Private Capital
Managing Director
Capital / LinkedIn
Don Cahalan
Biggin Solutions llc
Managing Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tom Callanan
Callanan + Associates
Managing Principal
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brian Casey
Locke Lord LLP
Partner, Co-Chair Regulatory and Trnasactions Insurance Practice Group
Insurance / LinkedIn
Chris Cheatham
RiskGenius
CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Emily Chien
Palladian Advisory LLC
Principal
Insurance / LinkedIn
Eric Christensen
Principal Financial Group
Senior Actuary
Insurance / LinkedIn
Adam Claypool
Bridgepoint Merchant Banking
Managing Principal
Capital / LinkedIn
Brittany Clements
Allianz Life
Strategic Ventures Manager
Capital / LinkedIn
Eric Coleman
Nationwide
AVP, Commercial Analytics
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mike Colwell
Square One DSM
Executive Director
Advisor / LinkedIn
Mike Condon
Mike Condon, Inc.
President
Advisor / LinkedIn
TC
Trent Cooksley
Markel
Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
William Coumbe
Prime Insurance Company
Claims Consultant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Doug Cretsinger
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dan Crew
EMC Insurance Companies
VP|Underwriting
Insurance / LinkedIn
Michael Dayton
Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Attorney - Shareholder
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Tej Dhawan
Technology Association of Iowa
Member Board of Directors
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Ann Dieleman
Ann Dieleman Consulting, LLC
Chief Growth Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Steve Dreyer
formerly S&P Ratings
Managing Director
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, Membership Engagement & Technology
Insurance / LinkedIn
Isaac Espinoza
Greenlight Re
Actuary/Underwriter
Insurance / LinkedIn
Nick Evens
Veridian Group
President
Capital / LinkedIn
Jerry Fadden
Insurance and financial services industry executive
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jason Fitts
Whitestone Advisors
Business Consultant / Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
BF
Bob Foley
Mutual of Omaha
Director, Employee Benefits
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tom Ford
LiquidHub
Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Edward Frindt
OCA Ventures
Director of Finance
Capital / LinkedIn
Brian Gaab
AAA Insurance (CSAA IG)
Strategy & Innovation
Insurance / LinkedIn
Chris Gallo
Aon Benfield
Managing Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Denise Garth
Majesco
SVP Strategic Marketing, Innovation and Industry Relations
Service Professional / LinkedIn
JD Geneser
LWBJ Financial
Senior Partner
Advisor / LinkedIn
Ryan Gerhardy
Next Level Ventures
Associate
Capital / 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
Stephen Goldstein
Pivot Ventures
Country Director, USA
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jason Grams
Bishop White Insurance
Owner & General Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
JG
Joel Greteman
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
Staff Accountant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Greg Gruenwald
Sammons Financial Gruop
Manger, IT Life Inforce Admin
Insurance / LinkedIn
Judith Haddad
Patriot National, Inc.
Executive Vice President, CIO and CTO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jim Hagenbucher
N/A
Independent Consultant
Insurance / LinkedIn
David Hanley
(tbd)
Founder
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brett Harman
Harman Holdings
Insurance / LinkedIn
Susan Hatten
Holmes Murphy & Associates
Senior Consultant Enterprise Sales & Strategic Partnerships
Insurance / LinkedIn
TH
Taylor Hellman
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
Senior Accountant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Beth Herman
Principal Financial Group
Assistant Director - IT
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ami Hokomoto
Continental Western Group
VP Sales, Marketing and Distribution
Insurance / LinkedIn
Christopher Holcombe
Chubb
VP, Group Claims Technology & Ops
Insurance / LinkedIn
DH
Dalene Holland
The IMT Group
Corporate Secretary, Senior Manager Support Services
Insurance / LinkedIn
David Holland
Ally Insurance
Chief Risk Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mary Honeyman
Meredith Corporation
Digital Marketing Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kevin Horwitz
RLI
VP, Claims
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brad Hoyt
Sogeti
National Healthcare Leader
Insurance / LinkedIn
Toan Huynh
Accenture
Managing Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Craig Ibsen
Next Level Ventures
Managing Principal
Capital / LinkedIn
Shane Isley
CFO Systems
Director
Service Professional / LinkedIn
JJ Jagannathan
CoreLogic
Sr Director Strategic Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
PJ
Pete Jenkins
Berkley Technology Services
Agency Interface Manager
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
Sean Kennedy
The IMT Group
President and CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Peggy Klingel
Allstate
Sr. Manager Claims Analytics & Innovation
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ken Klug
Grinnell Mutual
Assistant Vice President
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 - Enterprise Strategy and Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Meyer Lehman
EMC
Vice President and Chief Actuary
Insurance / LinkedIn
NL
Nathan Lentz
Berkley Agribusiness
Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Joe Leo
BrownWinick Law Firm
Attorney
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Everett Leonidas
Aviva
Innovation & New Business
Insurance / LinkedIn
BL
Brad London
Berkley Agribusiness
Chief Underwriting Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Nate Luce
PEMCO Insurance
Marketing Program Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mark Lyons
LMC Insurance & Risk Management
CFO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Aaron Madison
The IMT Group
Sr. Manager - Software Services
Insurance / LinkedIn
Cindy Maike
Hortonworks
General Manager, Insurance
Insurance / LinkedIn
BM
Brady Mallon
EMC Insurance Companies
Claims Information Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jonathan Manatt
Grinnell Mutual
VP of Internal Audit & Strategic Initiatives
Insurance / LinkedIn
Meyer Mandel
CoreLogic
Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kevin May
Amali Solutions Group, LLC
CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Travis McAlpin
The IMT Group
Sr. IT Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tim McCulloh
Holmes Murphy & Associates
Account Executive
Insurance / LinkedIn
Matt McDonald
Principal Financial Group
Lead Technical Recruiter
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Ben McDougal
Jet Set Studio
President
Advisor / LinkedIn
Jeff Menary
Grinnell Mutual
Executive Vice President Line Operations
Insurance / LinkedIn
David Merlo
FBL Financial Group
Customer Marketing & Integration Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
David Miles
ManchesterStory Group
Managing Principal
Capital / LinkedIn
Brandon Miller
EY
Advisory Senior Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Stacy Monroe
Principal Financial
IT Info Sec Analyst Sr
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ross Mortenson
EMC Insurance
Sr. Securities Analyst
Insurance / LinkedIn
Edward Myers
Edward Myers Consulting
Consultant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Rahul Nawab
EXL Services INC
Practice Leader, Insurance Analytics
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brian Neitzel
IMT Insurance Company
VP - Research & Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tim Nowak
Johnson Lambert LLP
Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Robert O'Connell
Odyssey Re
Lead Cyber / Technology Underwriter
Insurance / LinkedIn
JO
Jody Ochsner
The IMT Group
Commercial Lines Senior Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Randy Odzer
Principal Financial Group
Chief Financial Officer-U.S. Insurance Solutions
Insurance / LinkedIn
Sheldon Ohringer
Caleris
CEO
Advisor / LinkedIn
Jennifer Overhulse
St. Nick Media Services
Principal Owner
Insurance / LinkedIn
CO
Chris Owenson
The IMT Group
VP Claims
Insurance / LinkedIn
Chirag Pancholi
Investor
Former CEO/Founder
Insurance / LinkedIn
Eshwar Pastapur
Hastings Mutual
CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jerry Patterson
Principal Financial Group
Senior Vice President, Retirement and Investor Services
Insurance / LinkedIn
Aaron Pearce
Continental Western Group
Vice President & General Counsel
Insurance / LinkedIn
Andrew Pitz
Transamerica Ventures
Associate
Capital / LinkedIn
Brian Poppe
Mutual of Omaha
VP, Innovation Strategy
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jackie Pullen
Financial Strategy Consulting Co
President
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Suku Radia
Bankers Trust
CEO/President
Advisor / LinkedIn
Chris Randall
RLI
VP Risk Services
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brad Rasmussen
Merchants Bonding
CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Marie-Christine Razaire
Validus
Underwriter
Insurance / LinkedIn
Praveen Reddy
Velocity Risk Underwriters
CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
KR
Karen Reilly
EMC Insurance
Consultant Home Office Underwriting
Insurance / LinkedIn
Margaret Resce Milkint
The Jacobson Group
Managing Partner
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Sara Richards
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Senior Business Relationship Consultant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Stephen Ringlee
Centesimus Capital
Managing Director
Capital / LinkedIn
Joe Rizzi
Raymond James
Investment Banker
Insurance / LinkedIn
Adam Roorda
Intoxalock
Director of Customer Acquisition
Insurance / LinkedIn
DR
Daniel Rossen
CRC Insurance
SVP
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mark Roth
Digital Insurance
New Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Donald Salama
Turn3
CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Aaron Sands
Nationwide
AVP, Digital Strategy
Insurance / LinkedIn
Patricia Saporito
SAP
Sr. Director, Global COE for Analytics
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ayan Sarkar
Guidewire Software
Business Lead - Digital Customer Experiences
Insurance / LinkedIn
Bo Schatzberg
Global Atlantic
Assistant Vice President - Information Technology
Insurance / LinkedIn
April Schmaltz
Delta Dental of Iowa
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Pamela Schneider
The Warranty Group
VP, Andean Region-Latin America
Insurance / LinkedIn
Donald Schoen
BettrLife
CEO
Advisor / LinkedIn
Martina Schubert
Continental Western Group
Vice President or IT and CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Roby Shay
Grinnell Mutual
CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dan Siegfried
Farmers Insurance Group
District Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dawn Sly-Terpstra
Grinnell Mutual
Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Online Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Andy Snook
Fastpath
CEO
Advisor / 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
Vice President, Digital Innovation
Insurance / LinkedIn
Thomas Swartwood
Drake University
Ass't Prof.
Academic / LinkedIn
Randy Sysol
SyInsTec
President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kathleen Till Stange
FBL Financial Group
Vice President Corporate & Investor Relations
Insurance / LinkedIn
Patricia Tilton
KPMG LLP
Retired Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Wil Trohanis
MetLife
AVP Global Employee Benefits
Insurance / LinkedIn
MV
Mark Vasey
The IMT Group
Vice-President, Farm & Commercial Underwriting
Insurance / LinkedIn
Susan Watson
Drake University
Assistant Professor of Practice in Actuarial Science; Assistant Director School
Academic / LinkedIn
Cayla Weisberg
InvestHER Ventures
Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mark Weisheipl
River Glen Private Capital
Associate Director
Capital / 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
Advisor / LinkedIn
Jon Williams
EMC
Claims Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kaylee Williams
VolunteerLocal
President
Advisor / LinkedIn
Bill Workman
Workman Technology Group
Owner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Cheryl Yakey
Wilson Elser Moskowtiz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Attorney at Law
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mike Yanacheak
Iowa Insurance Division
Chief Actuary
Insurance / LinkedIn
Joe Zuk
Atlas General Insurance Services
President, Commerical
Insurance / LinkedIn
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