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2018 Break Out Awards

2018 Break Out Awards

The 2018 Business Insurance Break Out Awards highlight the potential future leaders of the insurance and risk management sector from across the United States.

The awards, which were established last year to succeed our 40 Under 40 program, celebrate the achievements of up-and-coming professionals working in the insurance field as the sector, like other areas of business, grapples with demographic change.

To be eligible, nominees can work in any role in the commercial insurance and risk management field — underwriters, brokers, risk managers, lawyers, third-party administrators and other service providers — but cannot have worked in the industry for more than 15 years.

To maintain diversity in geography and type of company, honorees are divided into four regions of the United States, and no single company has more than one winner per region.

All the nominations — which highlighted the nominees’ client-service skills, expertise and leadership qualities — were reviewed by Business Insurance editors.

After drawing up a list of finalists, we contacted references for the nominees, which included managers, colleagues and clients, before selecting the winners.

Many of our award winners moved straight from college into management trainee programs, others applied for specific jobs in the sector, and others moved into the insurance field after starting out on a different career path. All have already made their mark in the sector and are headed toward more success.

In the following articles, you can read edited excerpts of interviews with the winners and gain insights into their personalities and professional achievements.

The awards will be presented at regional events this month in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.



Kyle Burnett
XL Group Ltd.

Issy Bustamante
Willis Towers Watson P.L.C.

Jessica Cullen
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Carrie DiCanio
Anderson Kill P.C.

Anneloes Hesen
Marsh L.L.C.

Christina Leo
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Robert O’Connell
Odyssey Re Holdings Corp.

David Shluger
Zurich North America, a unit of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.

Chidubem Ude
Aon P.L.C.

Laura Zoltan
Arch Insurance Co., a unit of Arch Capital Group Ltd.


Deepak Adappa
Marsh L.L.C.

Earne Bentley
Origami Risk L.L.C.

Glenn Godfrey
Wortham Insurance & Risk Management

Chris Knight
Beecher Carlson Holdings Inc.

La’Vonda McLean
Willis Towers Watson P.L.C.

Daniela Mills
Lockton Cos. L.L.C.

Alex Rinehart
Breckenridge Insurance Group Inc.

Heather Sanderson
Franco Signor L.L.C.

Sterling Tramonte
JLT Specialty USA, a unit of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group P.L.C.

Normandy Yaeger
Alliant Insurance Services Inc.


Elisabeth Aleman
CNA Financial Corp.

Teddy Felker
GCG Financial L.L.C., a unit of Alera Group

Luke Figora
Northwestern University

Justin Gress
XL Group Ltd.

Shawn Hall
Breckenridge Insurance Group Inc.

Nick Hejna
AssuredPartners Inc.

Logan Payne
Lockton Cos. L.L.C.

Joe Powell
Gallagher Bassett Services Inc.

Kate Simons
Aon P.L.C.

Ryan Strouth
Travelers Cos. Inc.


Brandon Cole
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Derek Crumpler
Burns & Wilcox, a unit of H.W. Kaufman Group Inc.

Timothy Edwards
JLT Specialty USA, a unit of Jardine Lloyd Thompson P.L.C.

Krissy Kyjovsky
Tangram Insurance Services Inc.

Connie Liu
Aon P.L.C.

Matt McManus
Alliant Insurance Services Inc.

Pierce Perotti
Marsh L.L.C.

Corey Rider
CNA Financial Corp.

Veronica Romano
Zurich North America, a unit of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.

Heather Wilkinson
Willis Towers Watson P.L.C.