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Robert “Bob” Birkmaier worked the majority of his career with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, where he recently served Managing Counsel, AVP – Regional Counsel.  He began his career with INA now CIGNA. Bob was responsible for legislative and regulatory relations and ensuring compliance of business objectives to mitigate risk exposure for business operations.

Bob was responsible for developing state-specific legislative and regulatory action plans in collaboration with business clients, counsel and state industry and national trade groups. Additionally, Bob provided legal counsel and strategic advice on claims, underwriting, product and sales to ensure compliance and mitigate risk.

Bob received his BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University and earned his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Bob is also a Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) and Certified Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), he is a former board member of the Arkansas Rural Risk Underwriters Association, Kentucky Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Associations, Mississippi and West Virginia Guaranty Associations and a State Affairs Board member of NAMIC.