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Kristen Spriggs

Kristen Spriggs
Vice President, Member Development

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Susan Morgan
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Customized Governance Programs

Program Faculty

We are proud of our professional faculty who are subject-matter experts in his/her respective field. Our faculty members study company practices and progressive boards to bring the greatest depth of knowledge to your program. We only recommend faculty members who have been tried and tested in NAMIC programs with a variety of audiences but board room experience is a must. NAMIC’s faculty includes:

Kevin M. Kinross
Kevin Kinross in an attorney with Bricker & Eckler LLP, practicing in its Business, Tax & Estates and Counsel for Boards & Executives Practice Groups. In this capacity, he serves as counsel to boards, publicly and privately-held companies, mutual insurance companies, and tax-exempt entities, focusing on:

  • Governing board and executive officer governance and control;
  • Governing board structure and organization;
  • Corporate structure and organization;
  • Mergers and acquisitions;
  • Board Evaluations;
  • Board Succession Planning;
  • Reporting and disclosing of defects of internal controls, violations of law, breaches of fiduciary duty, and illegal activities;
  • Public reporting and disclosure responsibilities; and
  • D&O insurance, indemnification and other protection against board and executive liability.

Kevin also regularly assists clients with audits of governance practices and board training. He is the co-editor of the Acredula newsletter and editor of the Acredula Corporate Governance Blog (, both of which provide information of interest to governing boards and executive officers.

Kevin has been recognized by SuperLawyers magazine as a Rising Star in Corporate Governance and has authored numerous articles on corporate governance topics for Acredula, The Corporate Board, Mid-West In house, Lexis Nexus Corporate Governance Report, Law 360, as well as other publications and periodicals.

John Beavers
John BeaversJohn Beavers has been a practicing lawyer since 1972, including over 11 years as managing partner, with Bricker & Eckler LLP. Understanding the critical role governance plays in all organizations, John established and directs Bricker & Eckler’s Counsel for BOARDS AND EXECUTIVES that counsels and represents governing boards, their committees and their executives regarding duties and responsibilities in providing direction and in overseeing matters critical to the success of their organizations.

John is known as the leading proponent of an “expertise” board. An “expertise” board is composed of persons each having particular experience, skills or expertise needed for the board to have as a whole all of the experience, skills and expertise necessary to achieve its future objectives. This is in contrast to a “constituency” board which is composed of persons who represent the view of a particular constituency (such as the US Congress or a state legislature). John is an experienced speaker and presenter in programs of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies; the Property and Casualty Insurers Association of America; the American Council of Life Insurers; the Ohio Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, American Association of Corporate Counsel, Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, Ohio Society of CPAs, West Virginia Society of CPAs, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Ohio Department of Insurance, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Montana Hospital Association, Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, among others. He was recognized as the 2010 Columbus, Ohio Corporate Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America.

John has also had numerous articles on executive compensation, governance, board governance and operations, management, mergers and acquisitions, Sarbanes-Oxley, and SEC and other public disclosure and reporting for published in: Business First, a publication of American City Business Journals; Corporate Governance Report; Lexology; Corporate Board Member, Directorship among others.

Antonio Caxide, CFA
Antonio Caxide, CFATony Caxide is a seasoned veteran in institutional investment management, with extensive experience managing fixed income and equity assets globally. He has managed funds and designed policies for insurance, pension and other corporate, as well as individuals’ assets.

Tony draws on his broad experience in financial markets assessment, policy development, ALM, portfolio investment process management, product development, risk management, and governance as well as his global experience constructing portfolios in all key developed and emerging markets in more than 35 countries. He is known for his disciplined, consistent approach and leadership.

Prior to joining Hamilton Capital Tony founded and ran Lusiads Investment Management, an institutional investment consulting business. He also served as chief investment officer of Nationwide Financial (NF) where he was a member of NF’s management team, Risk Committee, and Pension Investment Committee. He oversaw the management of a $60 billion Life and P&C portfolio, bringing significant innovation and a disciplined process to many new initiatives, such as credit derivatives and hedge funds.

Previously, Tony spent 15 years at CIGNA Investment Management, where he headed the International Fixed Income Group and simultaneously led senior staff in the development of a unified markets view and portfolio strategy for CIGNA’s $60 billion of global assets.

Tony is a CFA, and has been an invited lecturer on investment and economics issues. He earned an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut, graduating top of his class. Tony, born and raised in Portugal, speaks several languages and brings a unique, global perspective and breadth of experience to the development of solutions for his clients.

Neil Alldredge
Neil AlldredgeNeil Alldredge serves as the Senior Vice President – State & Policy Affairs, leading NAMIC’s state and policy affairs division. Neil’s primary responsibility is to direct state legislative and strategic state advocacy activities for NAMIC for all 50 states.

In addition, Neil represents NAMIC member companies at the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL); serves on the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and on the board of the Insurance Education Council.

Neil is also the lead representative on the insurance scoring issue for NAMIC member companies. He participated in the drafting of the NCOIL model law and has provided testimony to legislatures in several states and at the NAIC.

Before joining NAMIC, Neil spent five years with the Indiana state Senate, where he served in a dual role as director of planning and research and executive director of the Senate Majority Campaign Committee.

Neil has a Bachelor’s degree in political science and also in communications and a Master’s degree in rhetoric from Ball State University.

Gary D. Myers, CPCU, ARe
Gary D. Myers, CPCU, AReGary D. Myers is a familiar figure to many in the property/casualty insurance industry. Starting out as an independent agent over 36 years ago, he progressed through various company ranks to recently retire from active service at Shelter Mutual Insurance Company. Holding executive positions at Employers Reinsurance Corporation from 1980 to 2001 and Shelter from 2001 to 2009, he has overseen operations in reinsurance, underwriting, marketing, and customer communications, to name just a few. During these times, these companies experienced exponential success. In November 2009, Gary was named as President/CEO of Cameron Mutual Insurance Company.

Gary has supplemented his corporate experience and success through association membership. He is a member of the Society of CPCU, holds CPCU and ARe designations from the Insurance Institute of America, and is an active member of NAMIC. He has served on various NAMIC boards and committees beginning in 1996, and most recently served as director for the PC Conference Board. For five years, he served as an active member of the advisory committee for the American Institutes’ Associate in Reinsurance exam series.

Paula Cope
Paula CopePaula Cope is president & CEO of Cope & Associates, Inc., a management consulting & training firm based in Burlington, Vermont since 1991. Paula is a consultant, facilitator, and trainer specializing in management and organizational development; succession planning; strategic planning, and project management. Since 1980, Paula has developed and presented a wide variety of programs including: succession planning; communications; process redesign, and managing change. She has led numerous teams in the completion of organizational assessments and survey research. Some of her clients include: Swarovski, Burton Snowboards, The Vermont Captive Insurance Association, the State of Vermont, and My WebGrocer.

Paula earned two degrees from the University of Vermont, a Master of Education in Organization and Human Resources Development and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She is a licensed instructor for Stuart Atkins, Inc. in LIFO (process communications and stress management). She also attended the Harvard Business School’s executive management program, “Making Corporate Boards More Effective.”

Over the past 30 years, Paula has presented professional papers nationally, is a published author in health care, has chaired several statewide conferences on succession planning, economic development, and health care. Her firm is currently developing stakeholder outreach, engagement, and training for Vermont’s Health Benefit Exchange. In 2012, Paula received the highest award from the University of Vermont, the Distinguished Service Award. In 2005, Paula was named Small Business Woman of the Year by the Small Business Administration. Since 2007, Paula has been a faculty member for NAMIC’s Board of Director’s Boot Camp teaching succession planning and has been a speaker at several of their conferences. In 2008, Paula was elected to the Board of Northeast Delta Dental as a Vermont Trustee.

Judy Jackson
Judy JacksonJudy Jackson joined NLC Insurance Companies in May 1987 as Manager of Data Processing and Services. She continued with the company in many roles culminating in her promotion to president & CEO in 2001. In July of 2009, she retired as CEO and now works as a part time consultant as well as director for the company. She is also a director of a Norwich, Connecticut bank.

At the time that ERM was emerging as an important tool for rating agencies, Judy, as CEO, developed her company’s first ERM program and presented it to AM Best at many review discussions. As a member of other boards, she has been involved in the development of ERM programs at for profit organizations as well as a number of not for profit and charitable groups.

Judy is active in a number of industry and local organizations. She is a member of the board of directors of AAIS, the Chair of the Connecticut Fair Plan’s Technology Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Insurance Association of Connecticut and is a past NAMIC board member. She was also the Chair of NAMIC’s Property Casualty Conference. Judy attended Hartford College for Women, the University of Connecticut, the University of Hartford and Faculdade de Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. She and her husband live in East Haddam, CT and Naples FL and have two adult children, a daughter living in New York City and a son living in Tennessee.

Paul Gavejian
Paul Gavejian Paul Gavejian is a compensation consultant specializing in executive compensation and Board of Directors’ compensation. He is the Managing Director of Total Compensation Solutions and works with insurance company Boards of Directors on pay setting projects. His work in the insurance industry has provided Paul with a solid base of knowledge in: Executive Compensation, Performance Management, and Board of Directors’ Compensation and Assessment. In addition, he has developed compensation and benefits databases for the insurance, financial services, healthcare, cable and television broadcasting and new media industries. He is periodically quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and USA Today as well as Econoplay (formerly CBS Market Watch).


Gregg Dykstra, J.D.
Gregg Dykstra, J.D.Gregg Dykstra is Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for NAMIC. He has been with the association since 1997 and his areas of responsibility presently include association legal matters and oversight of the departments of human resources, information/technology and accounting/finance.

Gregg was staff liaison to the Mutual Insurance Task Force on Corporate Governance and is the author of three publications dealing with mutual governance issues: a NAMIC White Paper – Meeting Challenges and Exceeding Expectations in Corporate Governance; a two Governance Resource Papers – Financial Literacy and Mutual Insurance Company Proxy Practice. He is currently the principal contributor to the NAMIC Online Corporate Governance Resource Center.

Gregg has spoken numerous times on the subject of governance, including presentations at the NAMIC annual convention, the CAMIC national convention, and various state/provincial association conventions. He has also provided several individual company board sessions or retreat presentations on the subject of corporate governance.

Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 12:44:57 PM. Modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10:02:09 AM.

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