News Release: SFAA Elects Board Members
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
27, 2014, WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Surety & Fidelity Association of America
(SFAA) elected ACE Group’s Stephen Haney as Chair of the Board for 2014-2015.
This will be his first year as Chair. Mr. Haney serves as the Division
President, ACE USA Surety, the retail-focused division of ACE Group and also is
Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Surety, ACE Group. With more than 20 years
in the insurance arena, Mr. Haney joined ACE USA in 1998 and has extensive
experience in regional underwriting, sales and marketing in insurance and
reinsurance in the U.S. and globally.
Ross Fisher was elected as
Vice Chair of the Board. Mr. Fisher is
Vice President and General Manager of The Hartford’s Bond business, which is
one of the largest underwriters of surety and fidelity
bonds in the U.S. The Hartford has been writing bonds for more
than 100 years, providing surety
and fidelity products to companies of all sizes.
A 25-year veteran of the surety
and insurance industry, Mr.
Fisher joined The Hartford in
2003 and had previously held various management positions with Reliance
and Travelers Bond.
Also elected to the
SFAA Executive Committee were Larry Taylor, Chairman of the Board and President,
Merchants Bonding Company Group; John S. Welch, President, CNA Surety; and Tim
Mikolajewski, President, Liberty Mutual Surety, Immediate Past Chair, Ex
In addition to those
companies, SFAA members elected to serve on the Board were: AIG Property
Casualty represented by Rosemarie Bonelli, President, Global Specialty
Lines--Surety; Chubb Group of Insurance Companies represented by Rick Ciullo,
Chief Operating Officer, Chubb Surety; Great American Insurance Companies
represented by Gary T Dunbar, President, Bond Division; The Hanover Insurance
Group represented by Robert Thomas, President, Hanover Surety; Insco Dico Group
represented by Harry Crowell, Chairman; The Main Street America Group
represented by Brian Beggs, Vice President/ Head of Bonds; Old Republic Surety
Group represented by Alan Pavlic, President and Chief Operating Officer;
SureTec Insurance Company represented by John Knox, Jr., Chairman and CEO; The
Travelers Companies, Inc., represented by Thomas M. Kunkel, President and CEO,
Bond and Financial Products; Westfield Insurance Group, represented by Dennis
Baus, National Surety Leader; W. R. Berkley Corporation Group represented by
Andrew Tuma, President, Berkley Surety Group; and Zurich Surety represented by
Michael Bond, Executive Vice President - Head of Surety. Arch Reinsurance Company, represented by
William Cameron, Managing Director, Surety, also was elected as the reinsurance
representative on the Board.
Lynn M. Schubert was
re-elected as SFAA President.
The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA)
is a trade association of
more than 450 insurance companies that write the vast majority of surety and
fidelity bonds in the U.S.
licensed as a rating or advisory organization in all states and it has been
designated by state insurance departments as a statistical agent for the
reporting of fidelity and surety experience.
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