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NAMIC Government Affairs Advocates

Jimi Grande

Jimi Grande leads NAMIC's Washington D.C. office as senior vice president of government affairs, overseeing all of the association's advocacy activities. He joined NAMIC in March of 2007.

Grande has spent more than 15 years working for and with top policymakers in Washington. He began his career as special assistant to former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. Grande came to NAMIC after serving as a political appointee in the Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he was a top liaison to Capitol Hill.

Grande entered politics after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Oswego in upstate NY. He currently resides in Fairfax, VA with his wife Buffy, daughter Georgia, and son Jimmy Jr.

Jon Bergner

Jonathan Bergner has been with NAMIC's federal affairs office in Washington D.C. for three years. Jon is involved in the full range of NAMIC's federal government relations activities with an emphasis on issue management and communications.

Bergner has spent time on both the House and Senate side of Capitol Hill and remains active in political campaigning. Before coming to NAMIC, Jon also gained experience in consulting, lobbying, and public affairs at two well-known Washington firms.

Bergner graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor of arts in political theory and philosophy and has a masters degree from Georgetown University.

Erin Collins

Erin Collins, MPA, IOM, serves NAMIC as the Mid-Atlantic state affairs director. She advocates on behalf of NAMIC member companies in Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Prior to joining NAMIC, Collins worked as director of government affairs for the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She received a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from Mary Baldwin College and her master's degree in public policy from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kristin Eichhorn

Kristin Eichhorn serves as NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program Director, overseeing all aspects of the program and working with NAMIC members to ensure CCP remains the industry's premier grassroots program.

Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining NAMIC she worked as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service and as a teacher in a local Virginia school system.

Quincy Enoch

Quincy Enoch joined NAMIC in 2016 as a Federal Affairs Director. Prior to joining NAMIC, he served as the Senior Associate Director of Legislative Affairs and Military Liaison at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions representing credit unions before the United States Congress, Department of Defense, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and other agencies of the administration.

The son of two Army veterans, Enoch was born at Leighton Barracks, Wurzburg, Germany, and continued the family tradition as a member of the Army Reserves. During his service in Iraq, Enoch saw firsthand through his own experiences and those of his fellow soldiers the toll a deployment can take on a service member and their family.

Enoch is a graduate of Marshall University, where he received a degree in political science. He currently resides in Lorton, Virginia.

Julie Harrison

Julie Harrison serves as NAMIC’s State and Policy Affairs coordinator. She manages daily department activities.

Harrison previously worked on both the editorial and business side for CQ Roll Call in Washington, DC as well as served as executive assistant for a political media consulting firm in Chicago.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in leadership and policy studies from DePaul University.

John Hair

John Hair has been at NAMIC since October of 2013. He came to NAMIC after previously working on insurance issues for 7 years at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, where he served as director of government relations. He also previously worked at Carrying Capacity Network and at the Florida-based law firm Aylstock, Witkin & Sasser, PLC.

Hair’s father served the country for more than 21 years in the U.S. Army, and as a military brat Hair moved around a few times in his youth. Born in Louisiana, the family shortly thereafter moved to Korea for a year. He considers his home state Kentucky, having moved there by the time he was 4 years old. Just prior to high school his father was assigned to Germany, where he was able to travel much of Europe before going to college at the University of West Florida.

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston, JD, serves NAMIC as the Midwest state affairs director. He advocates on behalf of NAMIC member companies in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Before joining NAMIC in March 2008, Johnston worked as an attorney/lobbyist in Missouri, with an emphasis in insurance, health care, business, and civic issues; and for Wellpoint, Inc. prior to that. He also has experience as a law clerk for two judges early in his career.

Johnston holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri Columbia Law School.

Andrew Huff

Andrew Huff serves as NAMIC’s Federal Affairs Manager, supporting the federal affairs team in its advocacy before Congress and various regulatory bodies.

Huff joined NAMIC in February of 2015 following over five years in Washington, in which he spent time on the staffs of members of both the House and Senate and was a lobbyist for a trade association representing a sector of the financial services industry. Most recently, he was a professional staff member for the majority office of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business.

Huff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Paula.

Paul Martin

Paul Martin, JD, serves as the Southwest state affairs director for NAMIC. He focuses his efforts on behalf of NAMIC members in Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

Martin began his legal career working for insurance defense law firms in Tennessee, first chairing a number of jury and non-jury trials. He spent 12 years as an attorney for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in a number of capacities, including lobbyist and legislative liaison.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Vanderbilt and a law degree from the University of Miami. Martin is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Florida, and Texas.

Tom Karol

Tom Karol serves as General Counsel - Federal in NAMIC’s Washington office. Tom represents NAMIC in Washington on issues impacting property casualty insurance companies and has primary management of NAMIC’s response to Dodd-Frank legislation and regulation. Tom is also the Leader of NAMIC’s Investment Services Practice.

Tom has extensive legal, regulatory and operations experience with major financial services companies, law firms, regulatory agencies and Congress. Tom was a leader in Deloitte’s Global Financial Services practice, a supervisory principal for a broker dealer, with the S.E.C. Division of Enforcement and with the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

Tom graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and has a political science degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Kathryn, his son David and his daughter Julianne.

Cate Paolino

Cate Paolino, MBA, JD, serves as NAMIC’s director of state affairs for the Northeast region. She represents NAMIC member company interests in New England, New Jersey, and New York.

Paolino comes to NAMIC from Travelers, where she worked in business insurance serving as senior counsel and second vice president, Regulatory Research and Compliance. She spent more than 10 years as senior counsel at the American Insurance Association. Her skill set includes legislative and regulatory analysis, legislative drafting including the drafting of model legislation, experience with commercial insurance issues and drafting and presenting testimony.

She holds an MBA from Suffolk University and a law degree from the University of Connecticut.

Christian Rataj, JD

Christian J. Rataj, JD, serves NAMIC as the Western senior state affairs director. He advocates on behalf of NAMIC member companies in Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Holding a juris doctorate degree from the University of Colorado School of Law, Rataj has extensive legal experience. Prior to joining NAMIC, he was a trial lawyer specializing in insurance subrogation and defense and civil litigation. He has also been a mediator and an adjunct professor of business law.

Liz Reynolds

Liz Reynolds, CPCU, API, IOM, serves NAMIC as the Southeast state affairs director. She advocates on behalf of NAMIC member companies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Reynolds has a significant background in the insurance industry. Before joining the NAMIC staff, she was the director of public affairs for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. She held the positions of policyholder and legislative representative and corporate communications director for South Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance.

She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and the CPCU and API professional designations within the industry.

Jonathan Rodgers

Jonathan Rodgers serves NAMIC as the Accounting Regulation Analyst. His responsibilities include representing member-company interests in the areas of statutory accounting and related financial regulation. He covers developments at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and monitors any new accounting standards or updates that effect U.S. GAAP.

Prior to joining the State and Policy Affairs department, Rodgers spent 7 years in the finance department at NAMIC serving as an accountant. His roles included preparing financial statements, developing budgets, and performing other various accounting functions.

Jonathan holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from Indiana University

Michelle Rogers, JD

Michelle Rogers, JD, is the new Financial & Regulatory Director for NAMIC. She is responsible for financial and accounting public policy in federal and international forums and NAIC advocacy.

Michelle began her legal career at State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in a number of capacities, including government relations counsel and transactional attorney. She worked for Marathon Petroleum Company and Daimler Chrysler as transactional counsel as well. Most recently she was employed at Nationwide Insurance for several years in both the legal and government relations departments.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a law degree from University of Illinois. She is currently licensed to practice law in Illinois and Ohio.

Paul Tetrault, JD

Paul Tetrault, JD, CPCU, state and policy affairs counsel, is responsible for regulatory issue management, legal analysis, and public policy development in support of NAMIC's State and Policy Affairs Department. He is part of NAMIC's team covering developments at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and serves as liaison to national legislative organizations on tort reform and civil justice matters.

Tetrault formerly served as Northeast state affairs manager for NAMIC for more than six years. Prior to joining NAMIC in 2005, Tetrault practiced law focusing on litigation defense and insurance coverage issues at a Boston-based firm. He also served for many years as editor of The Standard, New England's Insurance Weekly.

He is a graduate of Villanova University and Suffolk University Law School. He also holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation conferred by the American Institute for CPCU as well as the Associate in Risk Management and Associate in Management designation from the Insurance Institute of America. He is a member of the bar of Massachusetts and the United State Supreme Court.

Joe Thesing

Joe Thesing is NAMIC's vice president of state affairs. He oversees the state legislative programs and works with the association's state affairs managers to advocate for NAMIC member companies on a state-by-state basis.

Thesing works with the NAIC and the National Conference of Insurance Legislators on high-priority insurance issues. He also advocates on behalf of Ohio members as their states' state affairs manager.

Prior to joining NAMIC, Thesing was deputy director of legislative services at the Ohio School Boards Association and was program director at the U.S. Department of Justice under Attorney General Janet Reno.

He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Ohio University.

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 2:24:06 PM. Modified: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:51:08 PM.

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