Committees

WSIA’s success can be traced to its members’ willingness to help through volunteering for committee service. WSIA currently has 10 committees and 425 volunteer committee members. You can learn more about WSIA committees and the association in this short video and PowerPoint presentation.  The 2021-2022 Committee Roster is updated monthly. 


How to Become Involved
Committee applications are solicited once a year by email notice to all WSIA members, seeking volunteers for the upcoming year.
Interested volunteers must work for a WSIA member firm and should complete the committee solicitation form when it is published. If you don't already receive communication from WSIA, you can sign up here to ensure you're on the distribution list.
Committee members meet each spring at Committee Day to prepare goals and objectives for the year.
The WSIA Committee Work and Volunteer Expectations are available for review. 


Audit & Compliance

The Audit & Compliance Committee assists the Board in overseeing the association’s long-term financial health. The Committee oversees the periodic financial reporting and the annual audit. In addition, the Committee assists the association staff in managing association assets, including its investments and related performance in relation to established policies and targets.

Committee Chair
Brenda (Ballard) Austenfeld

Staff Support
Brady Kelley and Emily Stubbs

Career Development

The Career Development Committee’s mission is to network with WSIA members to create interest, awareness and enthusiasm about careers in the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry with bright, enthusiastic college students.  The Committee encourages the exchange of educational and industry information and promotes professionalism while encouraging students and professionals to become more involved in the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines community. 

Committee Chair
Tim Chaix

Staff Support
Chris Timmerman and Julie Fritz

Education

The WSIA Education Committee is committed to providing high quality excess and surplus lines educational offerings that meet the professional development needs of WSIA members and associated industry constituents throughout their careers while also meeting the education curriculum mission.

Committee Chair
Danny Kaufman

Staff Support
Julie Fritz and Lindsay Holland 

Emerging Issues & Innovation

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.

Committee Chair
Wendy Houser

Staff Support
Julie Fritz and Lindsay Holland 

Events

The WSIA Annual Marketplace and Underwriting Summit provide the industry’s premiere opportunities for members to network and participate in programs and presentations that are relevant to the surplus lines industry.

Committee Chairs
Bryan Clark and Dave Obenauer

Staff Support

Debbie Hill, Vicky Fleming and Chelsea Lenhart

Insurtech

The mission of the Insurtech Committee is to plan and execute the wholesale insurance market’s only annual Insurtech Conference; expose and inform members about current industry technology through research and dissemination of information related to the surplus lines insurance industry; foster technology development and innovation for WSIA members; and work with other industry organizations on technology initiatives impacting the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines insurance industry.

Committee Chair
Shannon Dahlke

Staff Support
Julie FritzChelsea Lenhart and Josh Vengley

Internship

The mission of the Internship Committee is to attract bright, enthusiastic college juniors and seniors majoring in Insurance/Risk Management to our industry through the WSIA Internship Program. Learn more about the program on the WSIA Internship webpage

Committee Chair
Richard Schmitzer

Staff Support
Chris Timmerman and Julie Fritz

Legislative

The Legislative Committee is dedicated to promoting the legislative and regulatory interests of WSIA members and the surplus lines industry. WSIA members who would like more information about important legislative and regulatory issues should visit the Legislative Advocacy & PAC webpage.

Committee Chair
Phillip McCrorie and Coryn Thalmann

Staff Support
Keri Kish and John Meetz

Membership & Ethics

The Membership & Ethics Committee’s mission is to recommend new members to the Board of Directors according to the schedule selected by the Board each calendar year. This will include recommendations for voting members: U.S. Wholesale Members, U.S. Insurance Market Members, and Associate Members as well as non-voting members: Service Members, Life Members and Honorary Members.

Committee Chair
Patrick Albrecht

Staff Support

Keri Kish and Emily Stubbs

PAC 

The PAC Committee raises awareness within the WSIA membership regarding the efforts and focus of the WSIA PAC. The federal PAC was established in 2005 and is critical to WSIA’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts. The PAC Committee supports candidates whose philosophies are consistent with the goals of WSIA and its members. WSIA members who are interested in supporting the PAC and learning more about its goals should visit the WSIA PAC website.

Committee Chair
Cristi Carrington


Staff Support

Keri Kish and John Meetz