Charles M. Chamness, President & CEO
National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
Chuck Chamness serves as president/chief executive officer of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, a 1,400-member-company property/casualty insurance trade association. Members’ nearly $200 billion in premiums account for 50 percent of the automobile/homeowners market and 31 percent of the business insurance market, serving more than 135 million auto, home, and business policyholders.
Chamness was named to his current position in 2003, joining NAMIC in 1995 as vice president of public affairs. As CEO, he has helped position NAMIC as the largest U.S. property/casualty insurance trade association, focusing on leadership in advocacy, public policy, public affairs, and valuable member services.
Since 2003, NAMIC has experienced strong growth in membership with nearly 200 new member companies joining the association, total revenue growth of 130 percent, and a member retention rate exceeding 99 percent. In this same time period, NAMIC PAC has quadrupled to $750,000 in the most recent congressional election cycle, making it one of the nation’s fastest growing political action committees.
Chamness is a familiar face on Capitol Hill as he has testified before both House and Senate committees on topics ranging from the Dodd-Frank Act impact on insurance to the industry’s response to Hurricane Katrina. He worked for 10 years in Washington, D.C., serving in the first Bush administration as deputy assistant secretary of public affairs under HUD Secretary Jack Kemp as well as a press secretary on Capitol Hill and in other public- and private-sector positions.
NAMIC has been named a “Best Place to Work” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce each time it has entered, finishing sixth in the mid-sized category in 2013.
Chamness serves as chairman of the board of NAMICO, a $50 million asset “A”-rated professional liability insurance company owned by the association and its members. He is chairman-elect of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an insurance-industry-founded organization that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government, with $22 million in grants in 2012. He has served as a member of the board of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety since 2004 and is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Association Committee of 100” and the Indiana University Foundation Board of Associates.
Chamness holds a B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington, and lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Briget, and their four children.
Posted: Monday, October 01, 2007 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Monday, September 09, 2013 2:26:29 PM.
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