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Executive Officers

Senator Benjamin Nelson

Senator Ben Nelson

Chairman

Senator Benjamin Nelson

Senator Ben Nelson

Chairman

Senator Ben Nelson is a Partner at Heartland Strategy Group.

Prior to joining Heartland Strategy Group, Senator Nelson served as Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners OIAIC) from 2013-2016. He was selected based on his unique combination of executive, legislative and regulatory experience.

From 2001-2013, Senator Nelson served two-terms representing the State of Nebraska in the U.S. Senate. Earlier in his career, Senator Nelson was Govemor of Nebraska. In 1994,he became the'first Nebraska Governor to be elected to a second term in two decades.

Senator Nelson has extensive experience in the insurance sector and started his career in insurance law. He served as CEO of the Central National Insurance Group, as Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President of the NAIC, and as Director of the Nebraska Department of lnsurance.

NormanTaplin

Norman E. Taplin, Esq.

CEO

NormanTaplin

Norman E. Taplin, Esq.

CEO

Norman Taplin is CEO of Nelson Taplin Goldwater firm and President of Taplin & Associates and is an attorney who concentrates his practice in areas of regulatory insurance, administrative law, corporate and commercial law and all aspects of the Financial Services industry. He has 30 years’ experience as an insurance regulatory attorney. He is a member of the Florida Bar and licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Norman is on the National Cabinet of Israel Bonds and served on boards of trustees, former board member of the National Alliance of Life Companies and served on the Georgia Hurricane Mitigation Board. Norman and his family reside in Florida.

561-684-8399
Florida
Barry M Goldwater

Congressman Barry M. Goldwater, Jr.

Chairman Emeritus

Barry M Goldwater

Congressman Barry M. Goldwater, Jr.

Chairman Emeritus

Barry represented California for seven terms in the U.S. Congress, serving on the Public Works and Transportation Committee, the Joint Committee on Energy, and the Committee on Science and Technology. He retired from politics in 1983 and began an extremely successful career in business, and currently serves as a Director on several boards. Barry represents GTG clients in Washington, D.C., before the Congress and Executive Branch. He lives in Arizona and works in the Arizona and Washington, D.C. offices. To read more about Barry, visit www.barrygoldwaterjr.com.

Derek Wooley

Derek Wooley

Co-President

Derek Wooley

Derek Wooley

Co-President

Derek Wooley has over 15 years experience working as a consultant and public affairs professional in the insurance industry. Derek's has deep roots in the industry, having worked at the Louisiana Department of Insurance, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. Derek is originally from Louisiana – where he served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party – and he now resides and works in Florida.

225-229-4335
Florida
Michael Camilleri

Michael Camilleri

Co-President

Michael Camilleri

Michael Camilleri

Co-President

Michael Camilleri is the President and Founder of Matrix Consulting, LLC. Mr. Camilleri has previously served as co-owner of Preferred Insurance Capital Consultants, LLC, an actuarial/litigation Support and insurance management consulting services. He has had numerous positions as a principal and/or President & CEO of a number of insurance companies, including American Financial Security Life Insurance Company, USA Title Insurance Holdings, LLC, First Commercial Insurance Holdings Group, Newport Star Reinsurance Company and Accident Insurance Company. Mr. Camilleri also served as Senior Vice President of Insurance Service Office, Inc. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Camilleri was President of Insurance Data Resources, Inc. (IDR) and IDR Statistical Services, Inc. (IDRSS), national workers compensation rating organizations.

Prior to joining IDR in 1996, Mr. Camilleri was a senior partner with the insurance regulatory and health practices for Adorno & Zeder, P.A., a leading Florida law firm with offices in Miami, FL; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Boca Raton, FL; Tallahassee, FL; Washington, DC; and New York, NY.

From 1978 to 1991, Mr. Camilleri was with the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI), where he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. At NCCI, Mr. Camilleri directed the Legal, National Affairs, Public Affairs and Residual Markets divisions. During his career with NCCI, he managed countrywide workers compensation assigned risk plans and reinsurance pools, established a prototype National Affairs Department, managed all internal and external affairs, provided oversight on multi-state and federal issues including testimony before U.S. Congress, and served as Secretary to the Board of Directors.

He is an author of texts and articles on insurance and health care issues and is a widely-sought speaker at national conferences. Some of his achievements include: Who’s Who in American Law; Who’s Who in Practicing Attorneys; chairing the American Bar Association Workers Compensation Committee; and Chairman of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Workers Compensation Advisory Committee. He has assisted in the drafting of insurance and healthcare legislation in several states, including New York, California, Illinois, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

Mr. Camilleri received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Long Island University and his Juris Doctorate from Fordham Law School. He is a member of the New York, District of Columbia and federal bars.

Eric P Serna

Eric P. Serna, Esq.

General Counsel

Eric P Serna

Eric P. Serna, Esq.

General Counsel

Eric Serna is a lawyer specializing in insurance management and regulatory consulting. He is licensed in New Mexico and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He was a statewide elected official to the New Mexico Corporation Commission serving as Chairman for 14 out of 17 years. As such, he had regulatory oversight of utilities, telecommunications, transportation, corporations and insurance rates and tariffs in New Mexico. He served as New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance for 5 years. Eric's law office is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

505-670-7055
New Mexico
Lou Pietroluongo

Lou Pietroluongo

Director & Senior Vice President of Fraud Prevention and Catastrophe Response

Lou Pietroluongo

Lou Pietroluongo

Director & Senior Vice President of Fraud Prevention and Catastrophe Response

Lou Pietroluongo served as executive member of the New York State Insurance Department for 10 years and as Acting Superintendent of Insurance for the State. He served on several Federal, State and Local emergency management committees including pandemic, business continuity planning and disaster planning and recovery. Lou resides and works in New York.

Marisa Crawford

Marisa J. Crawford

Director

Marisa Crawford

Marisa J. Crawford

Director

Marisa Crawford brings a strong political and policy perspective to the Nelson Taplin Goldwater team. She leads many clients through the state regulatory process in the country’s red states.

Marisa founded her own company in 2010 with a focus on what she knows best – building and maintaining relationships in both the public and private sectors. In the seven years since starting MJC Consulting, she has worked on major policy and regulatory initiatives for Fortune 400 companies.

Before starting MJC Consulting, Marisa worked from 2004-2010 in the South Carolina Governor’s Office. During her tenure there, Marisa served as Director of Cabinet Affairs and then Legislative Affairs Director. Her experience in these roles allowed her to work directly with state agency directors, agency senior staff, and members of the General Assembly, forging lasting working relationships across state government.

In 2010 Marisa joined then-State Representative Nikki Haley’s campaign for governor as Finance Director. Marisa led her team to raise the resources needed to help Governor Haley win and become the first Indian-American female to serve in the office of Governor in U.S. history. Marisa continued on with Governor Haley to ensure a second victory in 2014. Through strong relationships, hard work, and dedication, Marisa was able to guarantee the Haley for Governor team had the funds needed to push Governor Haley to re-election with the largest margin of victory for a South Carolina chief executive since 1990.

During her more than 11 years of service to two Governors, Marisa was the primary liaison to the Republican Governors Association (RGA). It was in this role that Marisa was able to extend her relationships to reach into the State Houses of Republican Governors across the United States.

Marisa’s extensive experience in planning high-level events was key in 2006, as she served as Executive Director of the South Carolina Host Committee for the National Governors Association (NGA) Annual Conference held in Charleston, SC. Marisa led a team to successfully execute the four-day conference in under eight months (historically the event is planned over a two-year period). The conference was attended by 43 governors and more than 1,600 participants.

Marisa also served as Executive Director for the South Carolina Inaugural Committee in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. As inaugural executive director, Marisa led all planning and fundraising efforts, culminating in seven historic, high-profile events held in a 24-hour time period.

Marisa began her career as a political fundraiser working for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), Senator Bill Frist (TN), Governor George Voinovich (OH), Governor David Beasley (SC), and Senator Phil Gramm (TX). During her tenure at the NRSC, she organized events with headliners such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, and former Presidents of the United States.

While taking a five-year departure from policy and politics, Marisa worked with a national marketing, advertising and public relations firm as an Account Supervisor and Director of Public Relations. She worked on such accounts as Shell Oil Company, Avanex, Nickelodeon and the Cigarette Tax for Medicaid. As Account Supervisor for Shell, she oversaw the implementation of their US Corporate Responsibility campaign. For Avanex she managed a five-city international re-branding of the company during their purchase of two competitors.

Marisa is a graduate of the College of Charleston. She lives in Charleston, SC with her daughter.

Danny Saenz

Danny Saenz

Director & Senior Vice President, Business Development

Danny Saenz

Danny Saenz

Director & Senior Vice President, Business Development

Danny Saenz has been an Independent Consultant/Owner of J. D. Saenz & Associates, LLC- since September 2015. He performs consultative duties for various clients ranging from acquisitions and mergers, formation of a new insurance company and assisting in responding to insurance regulatory matters from various state insurance departments.

Prior to this he was the Deputy Commissioner of the Financial Regulation Division at the Texas Department of Insurance where he managed a staff of approximately 240 employees overseeing the financial condition of the insurance industry in Texas from the initial licensing of insurers through the ongoing financial analysis and examination. He worked with insurers experiencing hazardous financial conditions through various means to rehabilitate the insurer and if necessary place insurers in receivership.

Danny was also active on various NAIC Committees and Working Groups. Chaired working groups amending the insurance holding company system model law, as well as developing a new model law for Risk Management and Own Risk Solvency Assessment (ORSA) along with an ORSA Guidance Manual and led three pilot projects in collecting, reviewing and providing feedback on ORSA reports prior to the law becoming effective.

He also participated on various international insurance regulatory matters.

In 2011 he received the Robert Dineen Award in recognition of contributions to Insurance Regulation.

Wayne Goodwin

Wayne Goodwin

Director

Wayne Goodwin

Wayne Goodwin

Director

Wayne Goodwin is the former North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance and now CEO and President of his North Carolina-based company, Seaboard Strategic Consulting, LLC. His company provides insights & guidance on business, finance, government, insurance, politics, and regulatory matters anywhere in the United States.

Prior to joining the Board of Directors for Nelson Taplin Goldwater and creating his own private consulting firm, Goodwin served eight years as North Carolina’s 10th Insurance Commissioner. Elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, he also previously worked four years as the Assistant Insurance Commissioner and Assistant General Counsel to his predecessor. Overall Goodwin spent 12 years as an insurance regulator.

Before joining the Department of Insurance, he served eight years in the House of Representatives. Elected to four terms, he introduced or sponsored many proposals pertaining to the business of insurance - including items requested by the state’s Insurance Commissioner. Goodwin created and operated his own law practice for 13 years with a focus on workers’ compensation and insurance law.

In 1989, Mr. Goodwin graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with honors in Political Science - a recipient of the prestigious Morehead Scholarship and U.S. Senate/William Randolph Hearst Scholarship - and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1992.

As Insurance Commissioner, he saved North Carolinians over $2.4 Billion, created the State’s highly-successful captive insurance industry, held insurance companies accountable, championed the fight against insurance fraud, and helped his State achieve the lowest average auto insurance premiums in the country and one of the most competitive, stable auto insurance markets in the country. As Insurance Commissioner for a coastal state highly prone to hurricanes, Goodwin negotiated new laws that stabilized the insurance market, promoted availability of coverage, and protected consumers. Further, Commissioner Goodwin has been a strong advocate both for state-based insurance regulation and for independent insurance agents, appointing over 100 insurance agents to advisory committees during his tenure.

He also served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), chaired various committees and working groups, and was the elected Vice Chair of the NAIC Southeast Zone. His duties also included service as State Fire Marshal, making him the voice of 50,000 fire and rescue personnel in the Tar Heel state.

Commissioner Goodwin is married to Melanie Wade Goodwin, also a former legislator and now a Deputy Commissioner and hearing officer for workers’ compensation cases. They have two young children, Madison and Jackson, and reside in Raleigh.

Lawrence Newman

Lawrence Newman, Esq.

Of Counsel

Lawrence Newman

Lawrence Newman, Esq.

Of Counsel

Lawrence Newman attended St. Johns University School of Law and has been in private practice of law specializing in corporate representation, insurance and business litigation for over 40 years, and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbard.

Mr. Newman has successfully tried hundreds of cases and is skilled in negotiation and mediation.

Mr. Newman has been frequently called upon as a speaker and to address the insurance, business and risk management industries.

Mr. Newman is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator and a Qualified Arbitrator.

Mr. Newman has served in leadership roles in the community based charitable organizations and serves as a pro bono consultant in legal matters.

Mr. Newman in but one of his many engagements serves in the capacity of General Counsel to Melco Incorporated and GEM Defense, minority owned (8A) government contractors in the areas of real estate and real estate management and defense contracting.

Mr. Newman is a member of the Florida Bar and the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, American Bar Association, Palm Beach County Bar Association, and the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and has served on the Executive Consel of The Florida Bar Section of Alternate Dispute Resolution.

Florida

Professional Team

David Anderson

David Anderson

Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs

David Anderson

David Anderson

Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs

David’s extensive insurance industry experience includes both trade association public policy development at the Alliance of American Insurers (later PCI) and achievement, as well as actual “on the line” insurance company CNA Insurance Companies. David’s contacts in the insurance industry are extensive.

At the Alliance (PCI) his experience covered the wide gamut of property/casualty insurance in the areas of law, government affairs and claims. Working with others in the insurance industry, his principal accomplishments included:

  • Drafting and successfully obtaining the enactment of significant workers compensation reform in Florida, Illinois, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma and many other states. These reforms affected every aspect of the workers compensation system, including medical and indemnity benefits, claims management, underwriting and dispute resolution. Reforms saved PCI member companies millions of dollars.
  • Providing legal support for efforts in the industry to successfully secure favorable implementation and re-enactment of the federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. This included evaluating various proposals and developing alternative proposals. Establishing Insurance Arbitration Forums, a national insurance arbitration facility.
  • Playing a major role in performing the necessary research and legal coordination to establish the Institute for Civil Justice, now a part of the RAND Corporation, and I-CAR, a national training facility for the repair of motor vehicles.

He rose through ranks to being a Vice President.

As Vice President and Associate General Counsel of CNA Insurance Companies, he was CNA’s principle regulatory attorney provided legal support for all lines of property/casualty insurance, international, and surplus lines, insurance and reinsurance. In that regard, he managed a team of five attorneys supporting $1 billion in annual commercial insurance premiums. They provided a full range of legal and regulatory compliance services in all 50 states for commercial lines of insurance operations, including CNA’s extensive field offices. Included a wide range of issues, i.e., agent appointment compliance, company licensing, claims settlement and underwriting restriction requirements, market strategy. He was responsible for the selection and management of all CNA’s retained state regulatory counsel.

His principal accomplishments at CNA included:

  • Spearheaded company efforts in developing and achieving legislative and regulatory workers compensation reforms, particularly requiring “self-funded” residual markets. Received written commendations from New Mexico and Louisiana governors as well as the State Treasurer in Florida for workers compensation legislative reform efforts.
  • Coordinated legal services and business team efforts to transfer the property/casualty insurance policies from one company to another, as part of the largest merger affecting the companies (CNA and Continental Insurance Companies of New York).
  • Successfully obtained legislative changes to significantly reform the Massachusetts Commonwealth Auto Reinsurance residual market. Again, reforms were worth tens of millions of dollars in savings to CNA over a span of several years. Worked closely with the Massachusetts Division of Insurance in this regard.

More recently and in addition to his already insurance regulatory experience, David has become involved in appellate practice in Illinois and in the Seventh Federal Appellate Courts, having an impressive of successfully winning appellate victories against Exxon and United States Attorneys’ Office respectively.

630-677-6481
Illinois
marilyn bloovol

Marilyn Bloovol

Associate

marilyn bloovol

Marilyn Bloovol

Associate

Marilyn Bloovol has a combined 35 years' experience as a securities and corporate lawyer, financial adviser and insurance sales representative. Her expertise includes financing, mergers and acquisitions, negotiating and structuring transactions and regulatory compliance for corporations and financial review, comprehensive assessment and planning for individuals and families. She has served as an officer, director and corporate counsel to numerous public and private companies. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She will be sharing her time between Toronto and Palm Beach.

561-779-9279 or 888-684-8909 x167
Florida

Brian Camling

Associate

Brian Camling

Associate

Brian Camling, with 27 years insurance regulatory experience in various aspects of compliance, is president and owner of the compliance consulting firm Insurance Compliance Consultants, inc (ICC).  ICC has experience in all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and the USVI for drafting and filing multiple lines of insurance products in the employer and voluntary markets, along with company licensing and UCAA filings. Clients include national and regional carriers and TPAs.

Previously Brian was the compliance/regulatory officer for PFSI and later Conseco Medical’s Health Division. Led operational areas of Compliance, Policy Approval, Consumer Internal Affairs, and Market Conduct, with a staff of 18 employees. He planned and managed to an annual budget in excess of $1 million.  In this role, he was responsible for the successful negotiation of Market Conduct Exams, government relations, and Department of Insurance inquiries, review and approval of advertising for submission to state departments. Brian was also a member of the PFSI Project Development Team for the design and implementation of new products and the administration of in-force business.

815-289-1753
Illinois
Ernie Csiszar

Ernie Csiszar

Vice-Chairman

Ernie Csiszar

Ernie Csiszar

Vice-Chairman

Ernie has experience as an attorney, a merchant banker, and as executive, regulator, and academic in the insurance industry, having been CEO of Seibels Bruce Inc. (a property and casualty insurance carrier then listed on the NASDAQ), Director of Insurance for the State of South Carolina, President of the NAIC, and CEO of the Property and Casualty Insurers Association of America.  He was also a Clinical Professor of Finance at the University of South Carolina, where he taught courses in insurance and risk management.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of MasTec Inc., American Integrity Insurance Inc. and Patriot National Inc. Ernie has degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy and in Law from the University of Windsor.

847-224-2783
South Carolina
David Edwards

David Edwards

Senior Vice President, Healthcare Policy

David Edwards

David Edwards

Senior Vice President, Healthcare Policy

David G. Edwards serves as the Chief Executive Officer of American Insurance Holdings, LLC and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Perimeter Lane Insurance Brokers, LLC.

In 2011, Mr. Edwards formed Gaen Healthcare Advisors LLC (now Gaen Advisors LLC) to assist sponsors of new health insurance companies obtain loan awards under the federal CO-OP program. Gaen prepared the applications for the Connecticut, Illinois and Arizona CO-OPs which received loan awards aggregating $330 million, and assisted in the development of each of these health insurance carriers, principally in the areas of structuring, state insurance licensure, governance and contract negotiations. In 2016, Mr. Edwards committed to pursue Gaen’s employer health plan initiatives through American Insurance Holdings.

From 2001 until 2011, Mr. Edwards was a partner in the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg LLP (Chicago office) and, previously, worked for other law firms in Illinois and Pennsylvania, notably, Reed Smith. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Edwards practiced principally in the securities, M&A and general corporate areas.

Mr. Edwards received his B.A. degree from Duke University and his J.D. degree from Cornell University. He is admitted to the bars of Illinois (active) and Pennsylvania (inactive). In addition, Mr. Edwards is an insurance producer in life, health, property and casualty licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with certifications for annuities, life settlement and long-term care.

847-707-9033
Illinois
Rob Esson

Rob Esson

Senior Vice President, International Business

Rob Esson

Rob Esson

Senior Vice President, International Business

Rob Esson is an Oxford educated UK Chartered Accountant who spent 21 years at the NAIC, primarily on international issues. An IAIS “Distinguished Fellow”, he was responsible for supporting various international accounting and solvency work streams at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). He was Vice Chair of IAIS Accounting & Auditing Working Group, and previously Chairman of the IAIS Insurance Contracts Subcommittee throughout the life of that committee (2005-11), advising the IASB on how insurance accounting standards should be promulgated. He was also active in the Insurance Groups Working Group, the Common Framework for the Supervision of Internationally Active Insurance Groups (or ComFrame), designing a future global solvency regime for insurers, and the basic capital requirement and global insurance capital standards, and was heavily involved in drafting of many Insurance Core Principles.

He was responsible for Joint Forum work (a grouping of Insurance, Banking and Securities regulators around the world). At the Joint Forum he chaired the work stream on mortgage insurance issues and was a key member of the work team that developed the Conglomerate Principles, a member of Longevity Risk Transfer work stream, the Point of Sale Disclosure work stream, and co-chaired the Asset Encumbrance work stream. He also co-chaired the evaluation of the Conglomerate principles, and worked on intra-group support, asset securitization reports, and credit risk management.

He was the IAIS representative on the IASB Insurance Working Group, the IASB Financial Instruments Working Group, the joint FASB/IASB Financial Crisis Advisory Group, Expert Panel on Financial Instrument Impairment and Financial Institutions Advisory Group, and developed strong relationships with the IASB and FASB members and staff.

928-277-8656 or 816-260-1698
Arizona
Doug Franzen

Douglas J. Franzen

Associate

Doug Franzen

Douglas J. Franzen

Associate

Doug Franzen serves as regulatory and legislative counsel to numerous insurers, providing assistance with enforcement, licensing, admission, and all matters of insurance policy. He is a member of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel and has published several articles on insurance law.

Doug is a past recipient of the British Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office Award to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. He serves as a St. Thomas Law School Mentor and is the former Chair of the Governmental Relations Committee of the Hennepin County Bar Association.

In addition to his ongoing legal/legislative practice, Doug serves as the Chancellor of The Episcopal Church in Minnesota, advising the Bishop and various church governing bodies and institutions on secular legal issues, litigation and compliance with Church Canons and ecclesiastical proceedings.

Education:
Yale Divinity School
United Theological Seminary - M. Div.
London School of Economics, Graduate Research Program
William Mitchell College of Law J.D.
University of Minnesota, B.A.

Admitted:
Minnesota, 1979; United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1979

612-703-8860
Minnesota

Sherwood “Woody” P. Girion

Associate

Sherwood “Woody” P. Girion

Associate

California
Brad Greer

Brad Greer

Vice President, Government Affairs

Brad Greer

Brad Greer

Vice President, Government Affairs

Brad Greer has over 20 years of experience in health care, cybersecurity, identity theft, law, litigation, insurance, and government affairs. Greer and five others helped start up the United States’ leading identity theft protection Company in 2005. He served as the primary interface for the Company on legislative, administrative and regulatory issues with state and federal government. Over $75MM in private placement and venture capital was raised at the Company during his tenure, and Greer helped increase revenues over 38,400% from 2005 to over $130MM in annual sales in fiscal year 2009. He also has extensive litigation experience and was the #1 non-equity lawyer in firm revenue production and client revenue collections for 2 years running. He was also a government affairs professional for an AIG company and was responsible for product approval in various states for the Company’s annuity and retirement products. His experience is wide and varied having served in numerous leadership positions for volunteer organizations, a university alumni association and philanthropy groups. Greer is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where he received a BA in Government. And, he later received a JD from South Texas College of Law.

281-948-0689
Texas
Reba Leonard

Reba Leonard

Senior Vice President, Risk Management & Health Policy

Reba Leonard

Reba Leonard

Senior Vice President, Risk Management & Health Policy

Reba Leonard has over 30 years of experience in analysis, business process improvement, project management and operations management in the U.S. Army, and financial services and insurance industries. Reba gained her exceptional leadership and analysis skills while serving as a Military Intelligence Communications Analyst in the U.S. Army. Qualified in three military intelligence specialties, Reba served as an Adjunct Faculty member to the National Security Agency, instructing and development curriculum for the U.S. Army Intelligence community. Following her military service, Reba spent 14 years in the financial services industry as an Assistant Vice President, specializing in business development support and project management of consumer credit payment processing systems, securitization projects and retail integrations. Reba earned her Project Management Professional certification in 2006. Most recently, Reba has been working in the insurance industry, serving as Chief Compliance Officer for a national agency and Third Party Administrator in the health insurance sector where she honed her government relations skills. Reba earned her Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional certification in 2012.

Lawrence Mirel

Lawrence Mirel

Vice President, Government Affairs

Lawrence Mirel

Lawrence Mirel

Vice President, Government Affairs

Larry Mirel served for more than six years as the Commissioner of Insurance, Securities and Banking for the District of Columbia, and he has over 30 years of experience as an insurance regulatory attorney in Washington, DC. As a member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners he served on the NAIC's International ("G") committee and developed a program of fellowships for training foreign insurance regulators in U.S. regulatory practices. He also created a Class Action Litigation Working Group to study the impact of class actions on the authority of state insurance regulators. Earlier in his career he served as a legislative aide on both the Senate and House sides of the U.S. Congress and as general counsel to the Council of the District of Columbia (D.C.'s legislature). He created and for many years headed the District of Columbia Insurance Federation, an all-lines insurance trade association. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and Columbia law school and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Connecticut, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

202-441-0341
Washington, DC

Elliott Orol

Associate

Elliott Orol

Associate

Elliot Orol is Vice President and Assistant Secretary of Church Pension Group.  He joined CPG in March 2016.  He has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, including more than a decade serving as general counsel of two publicly traded insurance companies.  He has also managed various other corporate functions, including human resources, corporate communications, and internal audit.  In addition, he is an adjunct professor at a local law school and a certified reinsurance arbitrator.  He has a B.S. from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.

New York
robert rainville

Robert E. Rainville, Esq.

Associate

robert rainville

Robert E. Rainville, Esq.

Associate

Robert E. Rainville, Esq. is the newest member of our team and comes aboard as Senior Executive Counsel at the Goldwater Taplin Group. Mr. Rainville is a proud alum of the University of Rhode Island and Quinnipiac University School of Law. After graduating from law school he began his career at some of largest and most respected law firms in the US before becoming the President and Founder of The Rainville Law Firm where he managed the office for over 10 years until accepting a position in 2011 as the Chief Executive Attorney and General Counsel at one of America’s fastest growing companies in 2013.

Mr. Rainville has been practicing law for over 18 years and has extensive experience representing various sized companies and providing government consulting for the insurance and health care industries. Mr. Rainville has particular experience leading companies through the myriad issues that come before various State Departments of Insurance and Business Regulation as well as the Executive and Legislative branches of government. He has also worked extensively in contract review and negotiation, corporate law, and he has a background in real estate matters, both leasing and investment.

Mr. Rainville’s significant community involvement and respect amongst government officials and his peers in the legal profession was recognized when he was appointed as the youngest judge ever in the State of Rhode Island, serving for 8 years as a Probate Judge until 2009.

Robert was also the Founder and Principal of Dorrance Strategy Group which Specialized in Executive Management, Business Development, Government Relations, Public Relations, Political Strategy, and Strategic Communication. Their clients included companies in many different industries including but not limited to automotive, retail, technological, health care, pharmaceutical and insurance.

Mr. Rainville is an active member of Bar for the States of Rhode Island and Massachusetts as well as the United States District court for RI.

401-480-6171
Rhode Island
Christa Rapoport

Christa Rapoport

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs & Compliance

Christa Rapoport

Christa Rapoport

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs & Compliance

Christa Rapoport, Esq. is a regulatory attorney who started her career as an operating room registered nurse in Philadelphia. Today Christa has regulatory affairs experience in 23 states. She has provided legal and regulatory services for the insurance industry for over 20 years. Christa has managed both U.S. and Japanese legal and compliance departments of property and casualty insurance groups. Christa understands internal corporate operations and has expertise in Product Approvals, Financial Exam Management, Market Conduct Examinations and Investigations, Financial Reporting, Underwriting, Claims, Agent and Broker issues. Christa holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

973-508-3967
New Jersey

Michael Shelnutt

Vice President, Government Relations with McGuireWoods Consulting

Michael Shelnutt

Vice President, Government Relations with McGuireWoods Consulting

Michael Shelnutt is a Vice President of Government Relations with McGuireWoods Consulting, based out of their Atlanta office. Michael has over 17 years of public sector experience in Georgia, 11 of those years were spent at the Georgia Department of Insurance, where he served as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner. He was responsible for the Department’s Intergovernmental affairs, supervising the Arson and Insurance Fraud Units, as well as overseeing the licensing of Property & Casualty and Life & Health Insurance Companies. Michael began his career in state politics serving as legislative aide in both the House and Senate of the Georgia General Assembly as well as working at the Georgian Republican Party. He has managed and served as the general consultant for several political campaigns in Georgia including, Ralph Hudgens for Commissioner of Insurance in 2010.
678-472-6471
Georgia
Doug Sizemore

Doug Sizemore

Associate

Doug Sizemore

Doug Sizemore

Associate

Doug has experience in most facets of the insurance industry and has done insurance regulatory work with Norm Taplin for over 16 years. He started an independent Insurance agency and grew it into a multimillion business, licensed and doing business in many states. Doug became president of a multi-state casualty insurance company and was a board member of Captive Insurance Companies both domestic and off shore.

Doug served as Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Tennessee for five years and still resides in Tennessee.

Tennessee

Executive Staff

brooke phillips

Brooke Phillips

Executive Assistant to Norman Taplin, Eric Serna, Lou Pietroluongo, & Danny Saenz

brooke phillips

Brooke Phillips

Executive Assistant to Norman Taplin, Eric Serna, Lou Pietroluongo, & Danny Saenz

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Ashlei Toback

Executive Assistant to Derek Wooley & Reba Leonard

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Ashlei Toback

Executive Assistant to Derek Wooley & Reba Leonard

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Alejandra Melgar

Alejandra Melgar

Executive Assistant to Barry Goldwater

Alejandra Melgar

Alejandra Melgar

Executive Assistant to Barry Goldwater

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Professional Staff

Lori Colburn

Lori Colburn

Accounting Specialist

Lori Colburn

Lori Colburn

Accounting Specialist

Angela Gerard

Accounting Clerk

Angela Gerard

Accounting Clerk

Marina Grillo

Marina M. Grillo

Billing Coordinator

Marina Grillo

Marina M. Grillo

Billing Coordinator

Jasmine Mongo

Administrative Assistant

Jasmine Mongo

Administrative Assistant

561.684.8399 ext. 101
Florida

James T. Watson

Administrative Assistant

James T. Watson

Administrative Assistant