RIMS 2017 Session Speakers and Topics

Gary Blitz

Transaction Liability Solutions: Representations & Warranties Insurance and Tax Insurance: What Every Risk Manager Needs to Know

Gary Blitz is a Senior Managing Director/Co-practice leader of Aon Transaction Solutions, and heads Aon’s tax insurance business. He is a leader in the tax and transactional insurance business and throughout his career has played an instrumental role in the development of the insurance products and the growth of the field. Gary joined Aon after a twenty-year legal career at firms, including Mintz Levin and predecessors of DLA Piper and Katten Muchin Rosenman. As leader of the Financial Risks Practice, Gary became a nationally recognized expert in the insurance of financial and transactional risks, such as M&A insurance, insurance programs covering tax and regulatory risks, litigation buyouts, environmental insurance and credit enhancements. Gary also was a founder of ML Insurance Strategies, the insurance brokerage affiliate of Mintz Levin, and Kingswood Group, a tax credit insurance underwriter. Gary began his career as a tax lawyer and acted as legal counsel to U.S., London and international insurers, many of which regularly underwrite financial risks. Today, he advises clients purchasing such insurance programs, and is often called upon to create unique solutions where no “off the shelf” product exists.

Kathleen Crowe

How to Keep Your Top Talent in the Insurance Industry, and at Your Company

Kathleen Crowe is a Senior Account Specialist for Aon Risk Solutions.  In her role, she manages, drives and administers risk management and insurance brokerage services to a broad range of clients. She provides expert guidance and support in ensuring regulatory insurance compliance on a worldwide basis. Most recently, Crowe was a risk manager for AES Corporation. She earned her ARM Certification and was most recently the recipient of the 2016 RIMS Rising Star Award presented during the RIMS 2016 Annual Conference in San Diego this past April. Crowe is active in several Industry Committees, most notably currently serving as Chairman of the Rising Risk Professionals (RRP) Advisory Committee and is an active member of the Potomac RIMS Chapter of the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Stephen P. Davidson

Transaction Liability Solutions: Representations & Warranties Insurance and Tax Insurance: What Every Risk Manager Needs to Know

Stephen Davidson is a Managing Director of Aon Transaction Solutions, where he wears two hats, managing transaction liability claims for the group as well as overseeing development of insurance solutions to address litigation and other contingent risks. Prior to joining Aon in 2016, Stephen was a commercial litigation partner in DLA Piper’s New York office, where his insurance and reinsurance practice included arbitration, litigation and counseling for global insurance companies involving directors and officers liability and professional liability coverage and complex reinsurance disputes, and his commercial litigation practice concentrated on business litigation for public and private companies. Stephen began his career at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where he worked as a litigation associate for more than three years.

Anthony DeFelice

Trending Now: #RisingCasualtyCosts​

Tony is the Managing Director of the National Casualty Practice Group of Aon Risk Solutions for Aon’s U.S. retail operations. He is a three-time consecutive winner of Risk & Insurance Magazine’s Power Broker Award, and an an acknowledged specialist in the automotive sector. Tony is a 33-year veteran of the insurance brokerage industry. He began his career in New York with Alexander & Alexander and achieved CPCU designation in 1994. Tony has held various positions of responsibility, overseeing the design, marketing and implementation of large complex casualty placements. Tony holds a BA from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Todd Gillman

Navigating the Potholes in Product Recall Insurance and Claims

Todd Gillman is the Regional Director for the Central US, Claims Preparation practice for Aon Global Risk Consulting. In this role, Gillman focuses on leading client preparation of property damage, business interruption, cyber, builder’s risk, extra expense, product recall and crime claims. Prior to joining AGRC, Gillman was a Partner in the Chicago office of Dempsey Partners. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois. He is also a frequent contributor to RIMS.

Matthew Heinz

Transaction Liability Solutions: Representations & Warranties Insurance and Tax Insurance: What Every Risk Manager Needs to Know

Matt joined the ATS team as the National Practice Leader for Reps & Warranties Insurance. He previously worked as a broker in Aon’s Private Equity and Transaction Solutions Group (APETS), which served as a national resource in the private equity space for the broader Financial Services Group. APETS provides services both with respect to management liability and transactional liability products, including General Partner Liability, Representations and Warranty, Tax Liability, Contingent Liability, and Litigation Buyout insurance. Matt began his insurance brokerage career at Aon in 2010. Prior to joining Aon, Matt managed and worked as an underwriter in the Mergers & Acquisitions Insurance Group at AIG. Matt began his professional career as a corporate attorney with Proskauer Rose LLP in New York City, where he worked for over four years before entering the insurance field.

Shane Hogan

Everybody Wins: Intro to Integrative Bargaining

Shane Hogan is a senior vice president at Aon Risk Solutions currently working on the firm’s Newman Team. He joined Aon in 2015 with 10 years of experience at large international insurance brokers, focusing on business development, brokerage and client management. Prior to Aon, Shane held positions in both New York and London with a specialization on managing the needs of U.S. multinational clients as well as the design and implementation of global insurance programs. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration at New York University’s Leonard Stern School of Business. In 2016, Shane was awarded one of 11 national risk management scholarships by the Spencer Educational Foundation & RIMS.  He currently serves as a Vice-Chair on the Associate Board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) as well as the Young Leader’s Council for the NYC LGBT Center. 

Kevin Kalinich

The Future of Insurance in the IoT World

Kevin Kalinich is the global cyber risk practice leader for Aon Risk Solutions. He has been with Aon for more than 15 years, and focuses on identifying exposures and developing insurance solutions related to Technology Errors and Omissions, Miscellaneous Professional Liability, Media Liability, Network Risk and Intellectual Property. Kalinich joined Aon in September 2000, from Altima Technologies, where he served as Chief Executive Officer. He holds a Juris Doctor from The University of Michigan and earned his B.A. degree in Economics and Mathematics, Cum Laude, from Yale University.

Jin Kang

Alternative Risk Transfer in the Postcrisis World

Jin Kang is Director and Practice Lead for Aon Financial Institutions Advisory. Kang is responsible for the development of the advisory business, which advises financial institutions on broad ranges of risk management, such as risk governance, scenario analysis, capital modeling and stress testing. He also reviews constructs and provides an assessment on gaps and areas requiring development. Most recently, Kang was the Chief Operational Risk Officer of Goldman Sachs Bank.  He was a member of the GS Bank Risk Committee and the Group New Activities Committee as well as the Vice-Chair of the Bank’s Operational Risk Committee and Co-Chair of the Operational Risk Methods and Practices Committee.  Kang earned a BS in Economics from Lehigh University, and has an FRM designation and his Series 7 and 63.

Rachel Michael

Intersection of Wearable Safety Devices, Data Collection and Cyber Policy Risk

Rachel Michael, CPE is Thought Leader of the ergonomics practice group within Aon Global Risk Consulting, developing solutions that drive safety, efficiency and productivity for a global client base. Most recently, Michael served as Senior Vice President, Senior Consultant at Marsh Risk Consulting where she managed national and international teams and accounts to drive continuous reductions in Total Cost of Risk and operational improvements. Michael earned a Master’s degree in Ergonomics and currently sits on the board of directors for the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE). In January 2016, Rachel was named as the Hospitality industry practice thought leader bringing industry best practices to our risk consultants and clients.

Carol Murphy

Risk Buffet 2017: Strategies for Food, Agriculture and Beverage

Carol Murphy is the U.S. Casualty Growth Leader and Leader of Aon’s loss portfolio transactions practice.  She has developed a national reputation as a leading innovator in the casualty risk discipline and a passionate advocate of many of Aon’s largest and most complex clients with a focus on food and agriculture as well as the retail industry.  Prior to her experience in Casualty Broking, she was a Strategic Account Manager and lead the Risk Management team at ARS San Francisco.  She leads our patented Casualty Laser Broking diagnostic platform.   Carol has been recognized as a Power Broker by Risk & Insurance eight times and a Responsibility Leader in 2012 and 2015. Murphy has also been honored as a Woman to Watch (2009) by Business Insurance, a Woman Worth Watching by Diversity Journal (2012) and one of the Top 50 Women in Insurance by Reactions (2013).

Ben Von Obstfelder

Retailer Risk: The Journey to TCOR

Ben Von Obstfelder is a Senior Broker for Aon Risk Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for executing cost-effective risk management strategies, optimizing clients total cost of risk, developing alternative risk financing solutions, and vetting casualty programs for coverage deficiencies.  Most recently, Ben worked at Ernst & Young as a Risk Management Consultant, gaining a broader appreciation for the impact of claims on a client’s total cost of risk.  In 2012, he rejoined Aon as a Casualty Broker, specializing in Fortune 500 accounts with loss picks greater than $5M.  Ben earned a BA degree in Management & Human Resources from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also obtained his Associated Risk Management (ARM) designation while in Chicago. He was awarded the Retail Power Broker award by Risk & Insurance magazine and recognized by the Aon National Casualty Practice as the Most Innovative Broker for 2016.