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Robert Hartwig (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1993) is clinical associate professor of finance and director of the Center for Risk and Uncertainty Management. His research focuses on insurance markets and structures, risk management, risk-bearing capital market instruments, the financing of technology risks and venture capital in insurance markets. He makes frequent presentations to insurance industry management, boards of directors, regulators and legislators. Prior to joining the Darla Moore School of Business, he was president and economist for the Insurance Information Institute in New York and in prior positions worked for Swiss Re, the National Council on Compensation Insurance and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. His professional experience includes expert witness testimony and testimony before numerous congressional and state legislative committees. He holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) credential and speaks frequently in the media on all issues related to insurance markets.



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Vince Tizzio is president and chief executive officer of Navigators Management Company, the U.S. underwriting operation of Navigators, a specialty insurance holding company with operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia. Mr. Tizzio brings more than 30 years of property and casualty insurance experience to Navigators. Since joining Navigators in 2012, he has enhanced the profitability of the company’s U.S. business and has led its growth—launching new products, leveraging technology to deliver more value and support to brokers and policyholders, and broadening Navigators’ local presence in major cities across the United States.

Mr. Tizzio joined Navigators from Zurich, where he was executive vice president of Zurich North America, leading the company’s commercial markets business, a $3 billion portfolio with more than 1,100 market-facing underwriting, claims and operations professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. In this role, he was responsible for creating a business unit to grow the services delivered to small- and medium-sized businesses, launched Select Brokers®, the organization's first program providing enhanced resources and solutions to the company’s most valued brokers, and further developed the company’s industry vertical expertise and services. Zurich North America produced double-digit growth and significant profitability gains each year under his leadership.

Mr. Tizzio also was with American International Group (AIG) for 16 years, during which time he held a number of underwriting and management positions. During his tenure at AIG, he led the creation of two subsidiaries, developing capabilities in mergers and acquisitions insurance and small commercial insurance products and offerings that were industry-leading and pioneering for AIG at the time.

Mr. Tizzio received a B.A degree in finance and sociology from Adelphi University. Mr. Tizzio serves on the board of governors for Maguire Academy of Risk Management at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He also serves as a board member of the Visiting Nurse Association, a provider of home-based medical and hospice care and is a longstanding board member of the Freedom House, an organization committed to helping people with addiction. Mr. Tizzio is the founder of Feed Belly Farm, an organization that helps provide food to people in need.

Financial journalist and New York Times best-selling author Michael Lewis has published sixteen books on subjects ranging from politics to Wall Street. In December 2016, Lewis released The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds. In keeping with his unparalleled ability to tell stories about "quirky individuals who zig when everyone else zags" (as The New York Times puts it), the new book dives deep into the world of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, who founded the field of behavioral economics with their revolutionary theories on decision making and human errors in judgment. His previous book, the NYT #1 best-seller Flash Boys, has took the financial market and business world by storm upon its release in March 2014. The story reveals how the legal—but highly questionable—practice of high-frequency trading (HFT) has allowed certain Wall Street players to work the stock market to their advantage, and has been called one of the most provocative books to hit shelves since Lewis’ The Big Short. In The Blind Side, published in 2006, Lewis tells the story of NFL Offensive Tackle Michael Oher, and how his life is transformed from being a teen living on the streets of Memphis after he is adopted by white Evangelical Christians. Before that, Lewis wrote Moneyball, a book ostensibly about baseball but also about the way markets value people. Both of his books about sports became Oscar nominated films.

Two of his most popular releases, The Big Short and Boomerang, are narratives set in the global financial crisis. His other works include The New New Thing, about Silicon Valley during the Internet boom; Coach, about the transformative powers of his own high school baseball coach; Losers, about the 1996 Presidential campaign; and Liar’s Poker, a Wall Street story based in part on his own experience working as a bond salesman for Salomon Brothers.

Mr. Lewis is a columnist for Bloomberg News and a contributing writer to Vanity Fair. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Gourmet, Slate, Sports Illustrated, Foreign Affairs, and Poetry Magazine. He has served as editor and columnist for the British weekly The Spectator and as Senior Editor and campaign correspondent for The New Republic. He has filmed and narrated short pieces for ABC-TV’s Nightline; created and presented a four-part documentary on the social consequences of the internet for the BBC; and recorded stories for the American public radio show, This American Life.

Mr. Lewis grew up in New Orleans and remains deeply interested and involved in the city. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Princeton and a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Tabitha Soren, and their three children: Quinn, Dixie, and Walker. In 2009, he published Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood, about his attempts to raise them.

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Alex Tsetsenekos is the Head of Business Development for MGAero Risk Solutions. Recently, Alex was the founder of Archimedes Analytics LLC, a firm that provides insurance, data and technology consulting services throughout the insurance value chain. For insurance clients or InsureTech startups, Alex has addressed a variety of client needs including:

  • Interim Chief Underwriting Officer for a new Homeowners carrier
  • Policy and U/W guideline development
  • Data strategy development & implementation (quote, bind & post bind)
  • Workflow optimization for new consumer offerings in the direct channel
  • U/W Compliance reviews for Consumer oriented products (state and Federal)

Prior to starting Archimedes, Alex spent 19 years with various insurance carriers and 3rd party providers in a variety of leadership positions in the areas of distribution, product management, underwriting, data management, strategy, system implementation & operations management.

Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University and his Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

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Rick McCathron brings 25 years of P&C experience to his role as Hippo’s Head of Insurance. Rick is a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter and a Certified Insurance Counselor and has held senior executive positions at well-respected insurance companies including First Connect Insurance as its President & CEO, Superior Access Insurance as its President & CEO and Mercury Insurance Group (NYSE-MCY) as its Regional Vice President.  At Mercury, Rick had full P&L responsibility overseeing underwriting, claims, product, pricing and distribution for half of Mercury’s operations geographically.  At First Connect, Rick shifted the paradigm and brought to market an entirely new way of thinking about car insurance.  Rick has a passion to modernize the insurance industry from underwriting, distribution, product design, to customer service and consumer expectations.  Rick found the perfect fit at Hippo Insurance.


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Ty Sagalow is a founding member of Lemonade. Founded in 2015, Lemonade is the first licensed and regulated InsureTech insurance company in the United States. Lemonade offers homeowners and renters insurance powered by artificial intelligence and behavioral economics. Launched in September 2016 in New York, Lemonade Insurance Company is operating in both New York, California and Illinois (as of 5/10/17) with expected operations in multiple additional states in the coming weeks and months. On July 1, 2017, Ty retired from his position as Chief Insurance Officer of Lemonade but continues as a board member of the Lemonade Insurance Company, and regularly advises other companies in the Fintech/InsurTech space.

Ty is a 36 year senior insurance executive veteran. Most of Ty’s career was spent at AIG where over a 25 year period he held various positions including Chief Underwriting Officer and General Counsel of AIG Executive Liability (D&O, E&O), Chief Operating Officer of AIG eBusiness Risk Solutions (Cyber insurance) and President of AIG Product Development. Following AIG, he was Chief Innovation Officer of Zurich North American and Chief Innovation Officer of Tower Group. Immediately prior to Lemonade, Ty founded Innovation Insurance Group, LLC, a premier consulting firm to the insurance industry.

Mr. Sagalow is considered on the world’s experts in innovation in the insurance industry having been credited with creating various insurance products including Y2k Insurance, (Entity Cover) Directors and Officers Insurance, Cyber insurance, Reputation Insurance, Collectible Authenticity Insurance and Intellectual Property Collateral Insurance. He is also the host of the series Innovations in Insurance With Ty Sagalow and What’s New in Insurance, both produced by World Risk and Insurance News.

Mr. Sagalow is a frequent author and speaker. His works include @Risk: Internet and E-Commerce Insurance and Reinsurance Legal Issues and Directors & Officers Insurance Handbook.  He has appeared on CNBC, WPIX-TV, FOX, PBS and Bloomberg Radio, and he has spoken before various tech, legal and insurance forums on issues including the White House, Department of Homeland Security, and Congress. For the past two years, Mr. Sagalow has been a frequent speaker on InsureTech issues and insurance innovation.

Mr. Sagalow is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and holds a LLM (Master of Laws) from New York University Law School.

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Seth Simon is Director of Claims for Slice Insurance Technologies, a New York based insurance startup providing insurance for sharing economy risks including homeshare and rideshare.  For 20 years, he has held Claims and Training leadership roles with State Farm, AIG and Chubb with a focus on personal home and auto risks, and the special needs of high net worth customers.  Seth leads insurance teams by cultivating an understanding of insurance products and the importance of delivering exceptional customer service.   He regularly lectures to international audiences on insurance topics and holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in the Sciences from City University of NY as well as AIC, CPCU, broker and adjuster certifications.

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Tim McDermott, CPCU, ARe, is currently a Multi-line Underwriter and Product Manager for Munich Re Digital Partners, a global venture designed to develop innovative propositions with digital insurance start-ups and digital verticals. Tim is responsible for managing the product development, underwriting, growth, and profitability of various commercial insurance portfolios.

Previously, Tim was an Insurance Programs Underwriter in Munich Re’s Specialty Markets Division, where he held similar responsibilities for the large broker and bank-owned PA/MGA client group. His underwriting experience extends across several classes and lines of business, including commercial property, general liability, auto liability, workers compensation, and professional liability.

Tim earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University, where he majored in Risk Management & Insurance, and holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) professional designations.

Tim is a native of Philadelphia, and currently lives in Langhorne, PA. He is active in his community and serves on the board of directors of a local non-profit organization.



M. Steven DeCarlo has served as chief executive officer of AmWINS Group, Inc. and a member of the AmWINS board of directors since December 2000. DeCarlo began his career with Crum & Forster and later joined The London Agency (today part of Chubb) as its chief financial officer. DeCarlo was a founding partner of Royal Specialty Underwriting (RSUI), serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer and later becoming senior vice president of Royal & SunAlliance USA. In 2009, DeCarlo received Ernst & Young LLC's prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year® award in the Carolinas for the financial services category.

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Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Mission & Space and Aviation Contributor for NBC News/MSNBC

NASA space mission commander and American hero Captain Mark Kelly demonstrates how focus, dedication and persistence can help you tap into your potential to succeed in any competitive setting.

With an extraordinary career of service to our military, our nation and humanity, Mark has secured his place in history as a role model, modern-day pioneer, and leader of distinction. Together with his identical twin brother, Scott, he has laid the groundwork for the future of space exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body.

Mark captivates audiences with lessons learned from his extensive travels and experiences in the Navy, outer space and on the ground. From leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight, and the recovery and resilience of his wife Gabrielle Giffords, he reveals the foundations for success so you can accomplish your mission in life and work.

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Coleman serves as a Managing Member at Anchor Management, LLC a special asset investment group in Annapolis, MD.

Previously, as an operating partner with Anchor Management, Coleman served as the President/CEO of Immediate Response Technologies, a manufacturer of life safety equipment. He guided the turn-around, stabilization, and eventual sale of the company. Before joining Anchor Management, he served as a senior manager at CrossLead, a niche operations analysis consulting firm.

Coleman is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former US Naval Officer in the Naval Special Warfare community (U.S. Navy SEALs). He spent 13 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy ultimately serving overseas during six operational combat deployments in both the Afghanistan and Iraq theaters of war. He’s served as troop commander, joint task force commander, and executive officer. While serving in Navy’s special mission unit, Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) in Virginia Beach, he led hundreds of operations and sensitive military programs. Coleman also served in U.S. Embassies in both Yemen and Kenya working directly with the Ambassador’s country team and the host nation.

While in special operations, Coleman also served as a Training Officer at both the basic and advanced Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) training schools. He led the training and development of approximately 800 basic and advanced special operations students through the military’s most high-risk training programs, including the infamous Hell Week in BUD/S training.

Since completing active duty service in 2011, Coleman has also served as the Executive Director of Carry The Load in Dallas, TX, a 501(c)3, as a board member at Tip of the Spear, a veteran-focused non-profit, and member of the Station Foundation’s veteran transition programs.

Coleman has served as an informal advisor to numerous collegiate and professional athletic teams and participates with a community of professionals and practitioners in an ongoing research project called Mission Critical Teams at the University of Pennsylvania.

Coleman graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Mathematics and earned an MBA in Finance at the Government School of Business & Public Policy from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife Bridget Ruiz and their three children, Coleman (age 13), Ben (age 10), and Oliver (age 7). 

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and now, his latest, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.

He has explored how ideas spread in The Tipping Point, decision making in Blink, and the roots of success in Outliers. With his latest book, David and Goliath, he examines our understanding of the advantages of disadvantages, arguing that we have underestimated the value of adversity and over-estimated the value of privilege.

Malcolm’s next book was actually a 10-part podcast titled Revisionist History. In the weekly podcast, Malcolm re-examined an overlooked or misunderstood aspect of past events.

He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honored by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post.



  • Staff writer for The New Yorker
  • Author, The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and David and Goliath
  • Member of the Order of Canada
  • Honorary doctorate of letters, University of Toronto
  • Former science and medicine writer for The Washington Post
  • Winner, National Magazine Award

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Retired Navy SEAL Coleman Ruiz recently spoke to attendees at the 16th Annual Summit about attaining functional excellence, maintaining mental and physical toughness, advancing team dynamics and developing a Warrior Mindset. He provided an extensive list of reading and resources during his presentation. We are happy to share some of his top picks with you. 

Recommended reading from Coleman Ruiz:

  • Spark
  • How Children Succeed
  • Team of Teams
  • Endurance
  • Natural Born Heroes
  • Courageous Follower
  • Close to the Wind
  • Meditations
  • Man’s Search for Meaning

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An interview with USNA Alumni Association

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Mr. Ruiz is a former US Naval Officer in the Naval Special Warfare community (Navy SEALs). He spent 13 years on active duty across increasing levels of responsibility, including six operational combat deployments in both the Afghanistan and Iraq theaters of war, in both troop and joint task force command. His final tour of duty was part of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) in Virginia Beach, one of the U.S. military’s most elite Special Forces units. While at NSWDG he led hundreds of operations and sensitive military programs requiring coordination across the most senior levels of the U.S. government, including serving two U.S. Ambassador’s in both Yemen and Kenya.

Mr. Ruiz graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Mathematics and earned an MBA in Finance at the Government School of Business & Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  Read full bio...

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