Since its inception in 1913, the Insurance Federation of New York, Inc. (IFNY) has earned broad-based distinction as one of New York’s insurance industry’s most widely respected organizations, communicating ideas among all sectors of the industry and bringing public and private interests together for the benefit of all.
IFNY’s membership includes every segment of the insurance industry, including insurance companies, brokerages and agencies, law, accounting, consulting and other professional service firms. Our members have in common:
- A strong interest in the viability of New York as a sound economic environment for the industry;
- A shared concern for our profession; and
- A commitment to free enterprise and service.
IFNY’s annual calendar of events brings together the “best and brightest” in our field to ensure that industry intelligence is shared and that support for best practices in insurance business, law and regulation earns the understanding of leaders across the spectrum. The Federation invites its members to attend the Annual Fall Cocktail Reception and our popular “Breakfast With…” programs, featuring distinguished leaders in the insurance industry and regulatory communities. IFNY also sponsors educational seminars in cooperation with the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Insurance Law, as well as other organizations.
Recently, IFNY has added an exciting new division to our group called the IFNY Emerging Leaders. This division is made up of a diverse group of young professionals from all facets of the insurance and reinsurance industries. Its mission is to engage and develop the next generation of young, talented professionals in the insurance and reinsurance industries by providing members with networking events, mentoring opportunities, educational programs and charitable events planned throughout the year.
Membership in this group provides access to all IFNY events. Finally, IFNY caps off its year with the Annual Luncheon in November, where IFNY honors individuals whose significant achievements have been important to our industry and to the civic good with the Free Enterprise Award and the Public Service Award. The event encourages attendees to reconnect with old acquaintances and make new ones.
IFNY also proudly notes the success of the IFNY Interns summer program. Federation members have given generously of their time and finances to support this program that reaches into the community to afford highly motivated teens from challenging backgrounds an in-depth opportunity to learn about the insurance industry and to consider a career in insurance or one of its allied fields. The IFNY Interns of today will be tomorrow’s industry leaders.
IFNY continues to provide its diverse members with extensive networking and educational opportunities. We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to participate in upcoming programs by becoming a member of IFNY. We are convinced that you will appreciate the concrete benefits of membership as a business leader in the New York State insurance industry.
For more than 100 years, the Insurance Federation of New York has been a force for communicating ideas among all sectors of the insurance industry, bringing public and private interests together for the benefit of all. The Insurance Federation of New York’s prestigious Free Enterprise Award—presented to some of history’s legendary entrepreneurs—continues to salute risk takers and leaders whose creativity and initiative has enabled the expansion of business throughout New York, across the country and around the world. In the insurance industry, it is the commitment and vision of these leaders that has created and refined the risk transfer mechanism to spur economic growth and contribute to personal financial security for countless millions. Also, our industry exists to protect the health and welfare of our insureds and those who depend upon them, and this year we proudly introduce a new award, the Public Service Award, to recognize outstanding achievement in the public interest.
Today, the Insurance Federation of New York’s annual calendar of events brings together the “best and brightest” to ensure that industry intelligence is shared and that support for best practices in insurance business, law and regulation earns the understanding of leaders across the spectrum. This shared goal draws business executives, legislators and regulators to our Annual Luncheon, our “Breakfast with…” programs, professional seminars, and other events. Our IFNY Interns Summer Program reaches out into the community and gives highly motivated teens from challenging backgrounds an opportunity to learn about the insurance industry in all its facets and consider a career in insurance. Federation members have given generously of their time and finances to support this program. We also note a new division in the Federation, the IFNY Emerging Leaders. Through its programs younger insurance professionals will have the opportunity to hear from and meet seasoned executives and industry leaders with an eye toward the development of their own careers.
The Insurance Federation of New York is a not-for-profit New York corporation that does not engage in lobbying activities and is open to all.
IFNY Co-sponsored CLE programs
As the events are scheduled, detailed information will be posted below and can also be found online at http://www.nycbar.org/calendar/events.
Programs are held at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street, New York, New York (between Fifth & Sixth). For more information, IFNY members should contact the City Bar at (212) 382-6600 or log on to www.nycbar.org. IFNY Members must call the City Bar in order to receive a discount.
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Breakfast with DFS Superintendent Linda Lacewell
February 11, 2020
The New York City Bar
Breakfast with Linda Lacewell, Superintendent, NYDFS
Union League Club, NYC
IFNY Emerging Leaders presents “An Evening with Neil Spector, President of ISO”
Saul Ewing Arnst & Lehr LLP, NYC
2nd Annual Surplus Lines & Reinsurance Forum
Union League Club, NYC
IFNY EMERGING LEADERS WINTER SOCIAL
“Breakfast with Maria T. Vullo “
Superintendent – NYDFS
Co-sponsored with the Insurance Law Committee (ILC) at the New York City Bar Association
(Left) (L-R): Drexel Harris, Chair of the ILC, Supt. Maria T. Vullo; Nick Pearson, IFNY President; and Andrew Balkam, IFNY Emerging Leader Advisory Council Member
(Center) (L-R): Supt. Maria T. Vullo with Tom Workman who is an Independent Member with Insurance Expertise Financial Stability Oversight Council at the U.S. Department of Treasury and former IFNY Board Member, and Nick Pearson, IFNY President
(Right) (L-R): Drexel Harris, Chair of the ILC, opens the meeting. To his left is Supt. Vullo and IFNY President, Nick Pearson
“An Evening with…Dame Inga Beale”
CEO, Lloyd’s of London (2014-2018)
Photo: Our Co-Hosts, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, pose for a photo with Inga Beale in their recently opened New York City Office during the IFNY Emerging Leaders Group Reception on November 7. L-R: Valerie Pennacchio, Associate; Kara Pike, Associate; Laurie Kamaiko, Partner; Inga Beale, Former CEO, Lloyd’s of London; Fred Garrson, Partner; and John Basinger, Partner.
Co-sponsored and hosted by: Saul Ewing, NYC
IFNY 2018 Annual Cocktail Reception
Co-sponsored and hosted by: Stroock, NYC
“Breakfast with Laura Evangelista, Executive Deputy Superintendent of Insurance, NYDFS
Venue: Union League Club in New York City.
Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Forum
Venue: Union League Club in New York City.
Three panels of distinguished experts, including a Former Commissioners’ Roundtable, discussed hot topics in
Surplus Lines and Reinsurance–where we are today and what to expect tomorrow.
(Left) Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Panel (L-R): Alan Levin, Esq., Partner, Locke Lord LLP; Daniel Maher, Esq., Executive Director, Excess Line Association of New York; Janet Pane, Chairwoman, Excess Line Association of New York and Head of Global Services and Solutions at Willis Towers Watson P.L.C.; and Hank Watkins, President, Lloyd’s North America
(Center) Reinsurance Panel (L-R); Larry Schiffer, Esq., Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US); Michael McRaith, Former Director of the Federal Insurance Office, US Treasury Department; Tim Ronda – Executive Managing Director, Aon Benfield; and J. Howard Stecker – Executive Director – Insurance Tax, Financial Services, Ernst & Young, LLP
(Right) Former Commissioner’s Panel (L-R): Moderator, Francine L. Semaya, Esq. – Legal and Insurance Regulatory Consultant; James Wrynn, Esq. – Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting, Inc., and former New York Superintendent of Insurance; and Thomas B. Considine, Esq. – CEO, National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), and former New Jersey Banking and Insurance Commissioner
“Most informative event I have been to so far. Can’t wait for the next one! You would be hard pressed
to find a room packed with as much knowledge and influence.”
– Joseph Gaglioti Director of Sales at Diversified Risk Solutions LLC
“Breakfast with Supt. Maria T. Vullo”
The Superintendent discussed DFS priorities for 2018, plus
recaped some of 2017’s most noteworthy developments.
(Events listed below are not affiliated with IFNY and are listed as a benefit of membership only. For consideration, members in good standing may submit event listings to email@example.com.
Annual Award Luncheon
The Insurance Federation of New York has, for over a century, continued to develop, becoming a leading resource for communicating ideas among all sectors of the insurance industry. IFNY’s prestigious Free Enterprise and Public Service Awards, presented to notable entrepreneurs and public figures every November at the Annual Luncheon, continues to salute captains of private and public institutions whose creativity and initiative enables U.S. businesses to expand. The commitment of these leaders has ensured the growth of the insurance business in New York.
Past Free Enterprise Award Recipients
The list of past recipients includes:
|1962||Henry Ford, II|
|1963||Kenton R. Cravens|
|1966||George Keith Funston|
|1967||Arthur “Red” H. Motley|
|1969||George A. Spater|
|1970||John C. Emery|
|1971||Nathan H. Wentworth|
|1972||Gilbert W. Fitzhugh|
|1973||James P. Mcallister|
|1974||Blake T. Newton, Jr.|
|1975||Melvin A. Holmes|
|1977||John T. Fey|
|1978||Felix G. Rohatyn|
|1979||Maurice R. Greenberg|
|1981||Rawleigh Warner, Jr.|
|1982||Ralph S. Saul|
|1983||Harry B. Helmsley|
|1984||Malcolm S. Forbes|
|1985||Robert M. Best|
|1988||Donald J. Trump|
|1989||J. Peter Grace|
|1990||Harold E. Sells|
|1991||J. Carter Bacot|
|1995||William J. Flynn|
|1996||Sanford J. Weill|
|1998||Steven M. Gluckstern|
|1999||Patrick G. Ryan|
|2000||Thomas R. Tizzio|
|2001||Edmund F. Kelly|
|2003||Gregory V. Serio|
|2005||Frank J. Coyne|
|2006||Martin J. Sullivan|
|2007||James L. Tisch|
|2010||Warren W. Heck|
|2011||Joseph J. Plumeri|
|2013||Evan G. Greenberg|
|2014||J. Hyatt Brown|
|2016||Steven A. Kandarian|
|2018||Dame Inga Beale|
|2019||Brandon W. Sweitzer|
Public Service Award Recipients
The list of past recipients includes:
|2016||Daniel A. Nigro|
|2019||Senator James L. Seward|
|2019||Senator Neil D. Breslin|
Stephen Boon, Jr.
Michael E. Curan
Salvatore R. Curiale
Joseph P. Decaminada*
Patrick J. Foley*
Wallace Gardner, Jr.
Joseph E. Johnson*
Hon. Edward J. Muhl
Cecilia E. Norat
Richard J.J. Sullivan
IFNY Emerging Leaders is a division of the Insurance Federation of New York (“IFNY”) created to bring together a diverse group of young professionals from all facets of the insurance and reinsurance industries. Our mission is to engage and develop the next generation of young, talented professionals. IFNY chartered the IFNY Emerging Leaders to keep up with the demands of a growing New York insurance market and its changing demographics.
Since 1913, IFNY has been recognized as a premier insurance industry organization for its continued efforts to establish New York as the world’s foremost insurance market while promoting free enterprise and service. This platform provides IFNY Emerging Leaders’ members with extensive resources and unparalleled opportunities to network with and learn from senior company executives, state and federal regulators, key legislators, industry experts and other industry professionals. IFNY Emerging Leaders provides its members with networking events, mentoring opportunities, educational programs and charitable events planned throughout the year. In addition, IFNY Emerging Leaders’ members will have the opportunity to attend events hosted by IFNY, which include recurring “Breakfast With…” programs, the Annual Fall Cocktail Reception and the Annual Award Luncheon.
We welcome all young professionals interested in insurance and reinsurance matters to become involved. Whether you are an insurance or reinsurance company employee, agent, broker, intermediary, regulator or attorney, or simply wish to become active in our industry and further your own career, we welcome anyone who has the desire to be part of our community to join and to take full advantage of all that IFNY Emerging Leaders has to offer.
Emerging Leaders Advisory Council (in alpha order):
Valerie Pennacchio – Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
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IFNY Interns is a summer program that introduces deserving, high-performing local high school students, from disadvantaged family circumstances, to the New York insurance and financial services sector. The insurance industry and the professional firms that serve it are major providers of skilled jobs and rewarding careers in New York. Exposure to our industry through participation in IFNY Interns offers a strong and timely incentive to these young New Yorkers to pursue their dreams. The program runs each summer from late July through the middle of August.
For more information, click here to download the full description and details about the program.
2019 IFNY INTERNS
(L-to-R): Peer Mentor Courtney Tse, Peer Mentor Mohammed Mahfuj Sarker, Intern Zabrina Chen, Leader Mary Lanning, Intern Trevon Oliver, Intern Amy Ackel, Intern Robert Sessing, Jr., Intern Daniella Pagoumian, Intern Jeffrey Tse, Intern Grace Alexander, Lloyds-America CEO Hank Watkins, Lloyds-America, Sabrina Miesowitz, Intern James Fox.
2018 IFNY INTERNS
L-R: Jordan Hawthorne, Intern ‘18; Stephan Pemberton, Intern ‘14 and ‘15, and Peer Mentor ‘18; Kelvin Monje, Intern ‘18; Emmanuel Sweeney, Intern ‘18; Malique Williams, Intern ‘18; Kevyn Duran, Intern ‘18; Trevon Oliver, Intern ‘18
2017 IFNY INTERNS
2016 IFNY INTERNS
L-R: Precious Blanding, Jean Derosier, Atira Meade, Lashawnda Wilson, Tatsuya Rivera. Missing from this photo is Romaris Moquette. All were ages 15-17 last Summer, all are scholars in the Boys Hope Girls Hope program in Brooklyn.
2015 IFNY INTERNS
(L-R) Mary Lanning, YES!Solutions Chief Executive; Tamika Andre; Samantha Metellus; Alan Rodriguez; Christian Torres; Jeremy Diaz; and IFNY President, Nick Pearson
2014 IFNY INTERNS
(L-R) Front Row: Carmen Alarco, YES! Photographer; Mary Lanning, YES!Solutions Chief Executive; Travis Allen, Intern; Christine Mitchell (kneeling), Intern; Lusmer Quintana, Intern; Adrian Roque-Silvas, Intern. Middle Row: Austin Joseph, Intern; Fatou Sane, Intern; Elijah Lashley, YES! Associate (former IFNY Intern); Michael Roman, YES! Peer Mentor; Dana Cook, YES! Peer Mentor; Will Torres, YES! Peer Mentor
Insurance Federation of New York Elects Officers and Directors for 2021
Nick Pearson re-elected President; Daniel Maher and James Wrynn join Board as new Directors
(New York, NY, January 21, 2021) – The Insurance Federation of New York, Inc., has elected its Officers and Directors for 2021, led by President Nick Pearson, re-elected for 2021, and new Directors Daniel F. Maher, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Excess Line Association of New York (ELANY), and James Wrynn, former New York State Superintendent of Insurance, currently Chief Commercial Officer of National Arbitration and Mediation, Inc.
Mr. Pearson welcomed the new Directors, stating: “Since 1913, the Insurance Federation of New York has distinguished itself in service to New York’s economy, to free enterprise and to the State’s vibrant insurance community through the efforts of professionals such as the members of our current Board of Directors and newly elected Directors Dan Maher and Jim Wrynn. We welcome them to IFNY’s leadership and look forward to the full resumption of our robust agenda as the COVID crisis abates.”
Re-elected to serve were these Officers:
- Chairman, Lance J. Albright, Vice President, Claims Relationship Management, QBE North America;
- President, Nick Pearson, Independent Consultant, Insurance and Reinsurance;
- Treasurer, Richard White, CEO, ShelterPoint Life Insurance Company;
- Vice President, Huhnsik Chung, Shareholder, Carlton Fields;
- Vice President, Amy Feller, Regional Chief Operating Officer and NYC Branch Manager, CHUBB;
- Vice President, Michael Fusco, Consultant, FCAS, MAAA, CERA;
- Vice President, Hon. Manfred Ohrenstein, Counsel, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.;
- Vice President/Managing Director, Steve Acunto, President, CINN Worldwide, Inc.
Re-elected to serve as Directors are:
- Kermitt Brooks, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America;
- Michael Catina, Assistant Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Zurich North America;
- Maura T. Clancy, President, Clancy & Clancy Brokerage, Ltd.;
- James P. Corcoran, Esq. James P. Corcoran Insurance and Related Legal Services;
- Regina Degnan, Executive Vice President, The Newman Team, AON;
- Eric R. Dinallo, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton;
- Frederic M. Garsson, Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP;
- Douglas J. Hayden, President, Wright Public Entity, The Wright Insurance Group;
- Howard Mills, Senior Advisor at Deloitte and Independent Corporate Director, Deloitte;
- Roger M. Moak, Esq., Arbitrator;
- Kevin Rampe, General Counsel – N. A. & Director of Global Legal Operations, CHUBB Group;
- Raul Rivera, Retired Chairman, President and CEO, National Benefit Life Insurance Company;
- William M. Savino, Partner, Rivkin Radler LLP;
- Francine L. Semaya, Legal Consultant in insurance regulation, reinsurance, and insurance insolvency;
- Wendy R. Shapss, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting, Inc.;
- Jeffrey A. Silver, Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Applied Underwriters, Inc.;
- K.J. Singh, President and COO, Maya Assurance Company;
- Maria T. Vullo, Vice Chairman & Chief Legal Officer, Emigrant Bank;
- Hank Watkins, President, Lloyd’s America, Inc.
Newly elected were Daniel F. Maher and James Wrynn, Esq.
Daniel F. Maher
Daniel Maher is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Excess Line Association of New York (ELANY). The Association is a statutorily created industry advisory association responsible for facilitating and encouraging compliance with New York’s excess line law.
Mr. Maher joined the association in 1997 and, as a registered lobbyist in New York State, has influenced a number of changes to the New York State insurance law.
Prior to joining ELANY, Mr. Maher served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Lancer Insurance Company from 1985 to 1997 where he was responsible for, among other things, the analysis of insurance policy coverage and commercial and insurance litigation. From 1982 to 1985, Mr. Maher was General Counsel and Secretary for DMT Financial Group and, from 1981 to 1982, he was a Litigation Associate for Greenhill, Speyer & Thurm.
Mr. Maher is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events all around the country and has been recognized by NAPSLO, PIWA, PIANY and Boys Hope Girls Hope New York with prestigious awards including IBANY’s Insurance Person of the Year Award, 2012. He is publisher/editor of ELANY’s The E&S Empire Express and The Compliance Advisor and was a contributing editor for the ABA publication, Annotations to Surplus Lines Statutes (2nd, 3rd and 4th editions).
Mr. Maher has formerly served on several Boards such as the Industry Education Council to NCOIL, Inc. (2003 to 2009 and 2011 to 2017) and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, Inc. (IICF – New York/Northeast Division), from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Maher has continuously served on the Grants Committee since 2007.
Mr. Maher holds a Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law (1981) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Journalism/Communications from Rutgers University (1978). He is an attorney licensed to practice in the states of New Jersey and New York and a number of federal courts. Mr. Maher holds the professional insurance designation Association in Surplus Lines Insurance (ASLI) and is a member of American Bar Association (ABA).
Mr. Maher lives in Sea Girt, N.J., with his wife, Christine, and daughter, Kelly.
James Wrynn, Esq.
Former Superintendent, New York State Insurance Department, New York, James J. Wrynn, Esq. brings more than 35 years of professional experience as an attorney, regulator, executive and strategic advisor in the domestic and global insurance and regulatory sectors. As the 40th and last Superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department (now the Department of Financial Services), Mr. Wrynn managed and streamlined the operations of both the New York State Insurance Department (NYSID) and the New York Liquidation Bureau (NYLB). He served as the first Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, the Executive Director of the New York State Insurance Fund, and played an integral role within both the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). Additionally, he has an international presence as a member of Insurance Boards in the United States, European Union and Bermuda.
Mr. Wrynn has served as Vice-Chair of the NAIC’s International Insurance Relations “G” Committee, as Co-Chair of the Rating Agency Working Group, as Vice-Chair of Reinsurance (E) Task Force and as Vice-Chair of the Solvency Modernization Initiative Task Force. He served as Senior Managing Director and one of the leaders in the Global Insurance Services practice at FTI Consulting. Mr. Wrynn is an ARIAS – U.S. Certified Arbitrator. Mr. Wrynn also held the position of Managing Director and Vice-Chair in the U.S. for Guy Carpenter’s Global Strategic Advisory Group.
Jim Wrynn, currently Chief Commercial Officer of National Arbitration and Mediation, Inc. , is admitted to practice law in the federal and state courts of New York and New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has earned the Associate Captive Insurance (ACI), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Workers’ Compensation Professional (WCP) designations.
Mr. Wrynn lives in Douglaston, N.Y., with his wife Maura.
Insurance Federation of New York
The Insurance Federation of New York, Inc., since 1913, has been a force for communicating ideas among all sectors of the insurance industry, bringing public and private interests together for the benefit of all. The Insurance Federation of New York’s prestigious Free Enterprise Award—presented to some of history’s legendary entrepreneurs—continues to salute risk takers and leaders whose creativity and initiative has enabled the expansion of business throughout New York, across the country and around the world. In the insurance industry, it is the commitment and vision of these leaders that has created and refined the risk transfer mechanism to spur economic growth and contribute to personal and business financial security for countless millions.
Today, the Insurance Federation of New York’s annual calendar of events brings together the “best and brightest” to ensure that industry intelligence is shared and that support for best practices in insurance business, law and regulation earns the understanding of leaders across the spectrum. This shared goal draws business executives, legislators and regulators to our Annual Luncheon, our “Breakfast with…” programs, professional seminars, and other events. We also note the establishment of the IFNY Intern Summer Program. Federation members have given most generously of their time and finances to support this program that reaches out into the community and gives highly motivated teens, from challenging backgrounds, an in-depth opportunity to learn about the insurance industry in all its facets and to consider a career in insurance.
The Insurance Federation of New York, Inc., does not engage in lobbying activities and is open to professionals in every segment of the field.
For further information contact Rebecca McLean at 212.808.5500, x113