Emerging Issues & Innovation Committee

Wendy Houser

Committee Charter

The Emerging Issues & Innovation Committee serves the WSIA membership and wholesale insurance industry across all segments of the marketplace by collaboratively identifying, evaluating, discussing and providing useful knowledge that will enable the membership to better analyze, manage and underwrite emerging issues and trends.

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2020-2021 Committee Members

Jacqueline Aldesco, RSUI
James Arnold, Markel
Michael Bachman, CPCU, ARM, CPL, SCOR Reinsurance Company
Kaileigh Bowe, WNC Insurance Services, Inc.
Christopher Carlson, Aspen Insurance
Ryan Degale, CRC
Ken Distel, Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co.
Matthew Dunn, JenCap Holdings, LLC
Kortney Eidson, AmWINS Access
Jessica Hahn, Risk Placement Services
Eric Hall, The Rough Notes Company
Melanie Herring, Nautilus Insurance Group
Benjamin Hoover, ARM, ASLI, Brooks Insurance Group
Barbara Ingraham, Verisk Insurance Solutions
Anuj Jain, ReSource Pro
Mitchell Jawitz, Anderson & Murison, Inc.
Mike Jones, CRC
Charles Josi, Venture Underwriters, Inc.
Igor Jovic, Outsource Insurance Professionals, Inc.
Joe Larson, CPCU, SCOR Reinsurance Company

  Justin Lehtonen, Worldwide Facilities, LLC
Michael Marks, Nationwide E&S/Specialty
Matthew Meyer, Risk Placement Services
Ryan Mullins, CRC
Charles Norman, ReSource Pro
Matija Obradovic, Outsource Insurance Professionals, Inc.
Tom Parsons, WNC Insurance Services
Marcy Pelecky, Nationwide Brokerage Solutions
Mark Rector, Lloyd's
David Ritzinger, Mutual Boiler Re
Catherine Rudow, Nationwide E&S/Specialty
Ravi Singhvi, WKFC Underwriting Managers
Paul Smith, Burns & Wilcox
Sam Stringer, All Risks, Ltd.
Bernard Tobin, RYZE Claim Solutions, LLC
Erich Vogelsang, Great American Insurance Group
Matthew Weindel, MUSIC
Ken Yu, Risk Placement Services
Jill Zauner, Worldwide Facilities, LLC
Chris Zoidis, CPCU, Burns & Wilcox, Ltd

Heat Map

The WSIA Heat Map is developed and published every two years by the committee. Members are surveyed to identify developing trends in the surplus lines industry and define their influence on business. The committee compiles the survey responses and from them develops the Heat Map, which identifies the predominant themes and is available to members. WSIA  incorporates the results into future planning for education program curriculum and topics, member webinars and research topics for RMI students. 

Committee Staff Support

Julie Fritz
Lindsay Holland