Keynote Speakers (43)

Henry M. Paulson, Jr. served under President George W. Bush as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury from July 2006 until January 2009. As Treasury Secretary, Paulson was the President's leading policy advisor on a broad range of domestic and international economic issues.

Before going to the Treasury Department, Paulson had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since the firm’s initial public offering in 1999. He is involved in a range of conservation and environmental initiatives having served as Chairman of The Peregrine Fund, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Nature Conservancy and was Co-Chairman of its Asia/Pacific Council.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Paulson was a member of the White House Domestic Council, serving as Staff Assistant to the President from 1972 to 1973, and as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon from 1970 to 1972.

Paulson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968, where he was an English major, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an All-Ivy, All-East football player. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1970. He and his wife, Wendy, have two grown children and four grandchildren.

In February 2010, Paulson published his first book, On the Brink, detailing his experience at Treasury during the global financial crisis. In 2011, he founded and currently serves as Chairman of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, which is dedicated to addressing issues of global scope with an initial emphasis on engagements designed to strengthen the crucially important relationship between the United States and China with a special focus on facilitating concrete actions by businesses and governments designed to promote cross border investment, sustainable economic growth, and a cleaner environment around the world.


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Andrew Brooks is Chief Executive Officer of Ascot Underwriting Ltd.  He joined Ascot at its inception in 2001 and was promoted to Chief Underwriting Officer in 2005 and Chief Executive Officer in 2008.  He is ACII qualified and has over 30 years of insurance experience within the Lloyd’s Market, starting out as a reinsurance broker before switching to underwriting in the late 1980’s.  

Andrew was instrumental in the Claims Transformation Programme at Lloyd’s (sitting on the Board that oversaw the project) and, in 2012, was appointed to the Lloyd’s Market Association Board.  He continues to be heavily involved in supporting various Lloyd’s projects.

David Duclos was appointed Chief Executive Officer of QBE’s North American Operations in April 2013. Prior to joining QBE, David held various management positions at XL over an 8 year period, most notably as Chief Executive of Insurance in which he was responsible for all global operations.
 
David has over 35 years’ experience in the insurance industry. He began his career at INA/CIGNA as an underwriter, where he spent 21 years, rising to a variety of branch, regional and national management roles.  David also worked in senior level positions at Kemper Insurance for 3 years before joining XL.
 
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University and graduated from the Advanced Insurance Executive Education Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He lives in Exton, PA with his wife Patty and they have two grown children who live in Philadelphia and Nashville.

Dr. Ben S. Bernanke is a Distinguished Fellow in Residence with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. From February 2006 through January 2014, he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Bernanke also served as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body.

Before his appointment as Chairman, Dr. Bernanke was Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, from June 2005 to January 2006. He had already served the Federal Reserve System in several roles. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2002 to 2005.

From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Bernanke was the Class of 1926 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He was the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and Chair of the Economics Department at the university from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Bernanke had been a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton since 1985.

Before arriving at Princeton, Dr. Bernanke was an Associate Professor of Economics (1983-85) and an Assistant Professor of Economics (1979-83) at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His teaching career also included serving as a Visiting Professor of Economics at New York University (1993) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989-90).

Dr. Bernanke has published many articles on a wide variety of economic issues, including monetary policy and macroeconomics, and he is the author of several scholarly books and two textbooks. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sloan Fellowship, and he is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Bernanke served as the Director of the Monetary Economics Program of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and as a member of the NBER's Business Cycle Dating Committee. In July 2001, he was appointed Editor of the American Economic Review. Dr. Bernanke's work with civic and professional groups includes having served two terms as a member of the Montgomery Township (N.J.) Board of Education.

Dr. Bernanke was born in December 1953 in Augusta, Georgia, and grew up in Dillon, South Carolina. He received a B.A. in economics in 1975 from Harvard University (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in economics in 1979 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Bernanke is married and has two children.



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Richard “Richie” R. Whitt is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Markel Corporation effective January 1, 2016. Mr. Whitt oversees the Company’s International and Reinsurance divisions as well as the Underwriting, Finance, Actuarial, Information Technology, Legal and administrative functions. Prior to his promotion Mr. Whitt was Markel’s President and Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Whitt joined Markel in 1991 in finance and was promoted to Controller in 1994. He served in that role until 2001 when he assumed the position of Vice President, Treasurer and Controller. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Whitt was Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Markel’s International operations. Then from 2005 to 2010, Mr. Whitt was Markel’s Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Whitt started with KPMG in their audit practice before joining Markel and holds the CPA and CPCU designations. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he earned a degree in Accounting and Information Systems.

His community activities include Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond; member of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Board of Trustees; and member of the Advisory Board for the Virginia Tech Department of Accounting and Information Systems.

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). 

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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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Other items to watch:

An interview with USNA Alumni Association

A leadership video of a project at the US Naval Academy


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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...

Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, has earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks in league history as the active leader in nearly every statistical passing category.

This past season, Manning led the Denver Broncos to a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, making him the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with two different teams.

Since entering the NFL in 1998 with the Indianapolis Colts as the first overall draft pick, Manning has thrown the most career touchdown passes in league history in addition to ranking first all-time in wins by a starting quarterback (200), completions and passing yards.

Named a first-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press on seven occasions, Manning owns more postseason berths and 300-yard passing games than any quarterback in NFL history. A native of New Orleans, he was named the No. 1 greatest athlete to hail from the state of Louisiana by The Times-Picayune.

In 2013, Manning was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. In his first year with the Broncos in 2012—and after missing the entire 2011 campaign with a neck injury—Manning finished as the Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year and runner-up for the league’s MVP.

During his first 14 NFL seasons with the Colts, Manning set club records in nearly every career passing category. He led the franchise to its first World Championship in 36 years during the 2006 season, earning MVP honors in the Colts’ 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

During his time at the University of Tennessee, Manning epitomized the term “student-athlete.” He claimed 43 records at the school, conference and national levels while graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors.

He led Tennessee to an SEC Championship as a senior in 1997 and earned consensus All-America honors. Following his senior season, Manning was honored with the Sullivan Award for the nation’s top amateur athlete based on character, leadership, athletic ability and the ideals of amateurism.

Manning attended Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, where he was named Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player of the Year and Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club National Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.

For his actions off the field, Manning was honored as the recipient of the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award and the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2005 as well as the Bart Starr Award in 2015.

Manning serves as a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and The Pat Summit Foundation Advisory Board. He and his wife, Ashley, established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk.

The PeyBack Foundation has provided more than $10 million of impact to at-risk youth through its grants and programs since its inception.

Manning continues to maintain a strong relationship with St. Vincent’s Children’s Hospital (Indianapolis), which in 2007 was renamed the “Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.”

Manning’s father, Archie, was an All-American at the University of Mississippi in 1969 and 1970 and had a 14-year playing career in the NFL with New Orleans (1971-82), Houston (1982-83) and Minnesota (1983-84). His brother, Eli, also attended Ole Miss and was named the MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the New York Giants.

Peyton Williams Manning was born on March 24, 1976, in New Orleans. He and Ashley have twins—a boy and a girl, Marshall Williams and Mosley Thompson.

Sean Kevelighan joined the Insurance Information Institute as President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2016. Previously, he was Group Head of Public Affairs for Zurich Insurance Group where he oversaw Government and Industry Affairs as well as Corporate Responsibility. He joined Zurich in May 2013 as Head of Government and Industry Affairs for North America, with responsibility for driving the public policy agenda in the region. Prior to that, he worked at Citigroup, Inc., as Head of Strategic Communications for its Global Consumer Banking business, and for Zurich, as Head of Group Media Relations in North America. He has served in various public sector posts in Washington, D.C.

As a political appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush, he served first in the Department of Treasury as a spokesperson for economic issues, and eventually became Senior Advisor for the Office of Tax Policy. He was also the Press Secretary for the White House Office of Management and Budget. Additionally, he worked on Capitol Hill, serving on the staff of members of Congress; most notably as Legislative Director for Representative Bob Schaffer of Colorado. Sean's private sector experience in Washington, D.C. included positions at public affairs firms such as Edelman and Hill & Knowlton. He advised numerous multinational and FORTUNE 100 corporate clients on policy issue management programs, corporate reputation campaigns and crisis communications.

Sean is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He and his wife Annik have two children. He is an avid enthusiast of exercise and outdoors, participating regularly in triathlons and other sporting events.

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). 

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