Jason Behrer, North America Construction Manager – Property, Starr Specialty Lines Insurance Agency, LLC
Jason Behrer joined Starr Companies in May 2019 as the North America Construction Manager for Builder’s Risk. Prior to that, he had spent nearly 12 years with Liberty Mutual in offices around the world. He joined Liberty International Underwriters in May 2007 in the role of Construction Underwriter in San Francisco. After 4 years of managing the construction portfolio for Liberty in the Western U.S., he was invited to work with the London team to continue to develop his insurance and construction knowledge with a more global perspective. Whilst in London he worked on many +$1bn projects, including tunnels, bridges, refineries, and power generation facilities and was actively involved with the London Engineering Group (LEG). After 4 years in London as the lead Senior Underwriter for Liberty Specialty Markets, he returned to the US in 2015 to manage the Construction product line for LIU and reestablish LIU’s presence in the market. Prior to entering the insurance industry, Jason worked for 5 years as an engineer and sales representative for PERI Formwork Systems, a German-based global concrete construction subcontractor. He started as a project engineer in the Boston office after university and then transferred to the Northern California office 3 years later. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Henry Daar, Executive Vice President & Practice Leader of National Property Claims, Willis Towers Watson
Henry brings 39 years of property insurance experience to Willis Towers Watson. Henry joined WTW in June 2017. As a trial attorney from 1980 to 2006, Henry focused on all aspects of first-party property insurance. At WTW, Henry is using his experience to assist WTW clients in all facets of property insurance, including coverage analysis, policy certainty and claim resolution. The following summarizes Henry’s background and experience. From 1980 until 1992, Henry was an attorney with Clausen, Miller, Gorman, Caffrey & Witous, P.C., where he worked on numerous large property insurance matters. In 1992, Henry started his own law firm, Daar & Vanek, where he continued his industry-leading efforts regarding property insurance, including drafting insurance policy provisions which are still in use today. At each of these firms, Henry gained experience through the representation of both insurers and insureds. Through representation of both the insurance industry and insureds, Henry gained a unique insight into the handling of property insurance issues from both perspectives. During his years representing first-party property insurers, Henry was trial counsel for four of the largest first party cases ever litigated. Those cases included: E/R Associates v. Aetna Casualty & Surety (Federal District Court, Manhattan) – $400 million claims by building owners for first-party coverage arising out of fire at One Meridian Building, Philadelphia; Cargill v. Admiral Ins. Co., (District Court, Minn. – $210 million property insurance coverage issue arising out of damage to an underground salt dome located in Louisiana); Pillsbury v. National Union Ins. Co., (District Court, Minn. – $200 million property insurance coverage issue arising from the use of the pesticide Ethyl Dibromide on grain which was ultimately incorporated into Pillsbury’s products); and Alcoa v. Hartford Fire Ins. (District Court, Wash.- $1 billion property insurance coverage issue arising from environmental contamination at numerous Alcoa aluminum production facilities.) Henry’s experience also includes the handling of construction matters, including Builders Risk, Construction Defect and Subguard (contractor default).
Mark Gadaire, Senior Vice President Inland Marine Major Accounts, Chubb
Mark has more than 30 years of experience as a loss control representative, underwriter and underwriting manager concentrating on construction exposures. Mark currently manages the New York Major Accounts Inland Marine Region and serves as Major Accounts Builders Risk Product Practice Leader for the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Lowell, MA and has completed the advanced training courses offered by Swiss and Munich Re.
Marc Giovannetti, Vice President of United States First Party Claims, Liberty Specialty Markets
Marc Giovannetti is head of first property claims at Liberty International Underwriters, where he leads a team of claim managers who handle complex marine, energy, construction, fine arts, and equine insurance claims. He is a dedicated insurance professional with 19 years of industry experience. Marc has a J.D. from Pace University School of Law, as well as a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Manhattanville College. Marc currently serves as the Chairman of PowerConference Inc., a not for profit professional insurance community which sponsors a thought leadership conference on the Energy insurance/risk sector. He is also a founding member of the Builders Risk and Construction Symposium.
Steve Gregoire, Vice President of Investigative Accounting & Litigation Support, Meaden & Moore
Steve Gregoire has specialized over the last decade in providing investigative and forensic accounting services to the insurance industry related to the review of claims involving financial damages including business interruption losses, extra expense claims, and property damage claims. In addition, he has assisted in various litigation support assignments including consultant to attorneys in damage claim analysis, preparation for depositions and information requests for discovery.
His experience includes work performed throughout the world involving petro-chemical and refining, conventional and renewable power generation, heavy industrial manufacturing, agricultural industries, steel manufacturers, private universities, food and product manufacturers, hospitality, small and large retail businesses and various service industries.
Jonathon Held, CEO & President, J.S. Held
Jonathon C. Held has been with J.S. Held since 1977 and has been President and CEO since 1985. During that period, he has overseen the growth of the firm from a small regional two-man consulting company into an internationally respected organization with global reach. Jon has consulted on many of the largest and most complex catastrophic insurance claims in history, including the 1993 and 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in NY, the litigation between Firestone Bridgestone and its insurers for damages sustained to the Harbel Rubber plantation during the Liberian Civil War, the AOL Time Warner Center fire in NY, The Amtrak Superstorm Sandy litigation, and many of the world’s most visible claims. He is widely considered the expert of choice in large complex “bet the farm” cases. With an unparalleled reputation in the dispute resolution arena, Jon has been a panelist in hundreds of claims and was the party appointed appraiser in the four largest claims ever to be resolved in the appraisal process. Throughout his career, he has testified in numerous courts across the United States and has considerable experience as an arbitrator and umpire.
Ryan Hucker, Builder’s Risk Broking Leader, Willis Towers Watson
Ryan Hucker serves as the Builder’s Risk Broking Leader Willis Towers Watson. In this role, Ryan is responsible for providing strategic direction and technical assistance to local client service and broking teams on construction property placements including master builders’ risk, project builders’ risk, and contractor’s block. Ryan also works with local Willis Towers Watson client teams to engage with current and prospective clients in the pursuit of new and expanded business opportunities. In addition, he manages key carrier partner relationships in the construction property space. Prior to joining WTW in April of 2018, Ryan was the Americas Construction Practice Leader for Aspen Insurance, responsible for expanding Aspen’s Construction Property product offerings, including EAR, CAR, Civil and Master Builders Risk Programs.
Mark Katz, Executive Vice President, RT Specialty
Mark S. Katz, Esq. recently joined RT Specialty as an Executive Vice President with responsibility for developing and enhancing first-party property insurance products and programs. Before joining RTS, Mark compiled 25 years of boutique law firm experience analyzing and litigating complex insurance coverage disputes on behalf of insurers, with a special emphasis on commercial property coverage litigation. His resume includes involvement in matters concerning large-loss property damage claims, builders’ risk claims, lost business income, extra expense, and delay in completion/start-up losses. He has analyzed claims and litigated actions involving properties under construction, railroads and transportation authorities, manufacturing facilities, municipalities, fossil fuel, and renewable energy/power facilities, marine structures, hotels/resorts, casinos, residential condominium/co-op buildings, warehouses, big box retail stores, and various other commercial properties. Mark is a frequent lecturer on first-party property insurance issues, is admitted to the New York and New Jersey bars and has mediated, arbitrated and litigated throughout the United States, as well as being a graduate of Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and of Hofstra Law School (J.D. 1993), where he was an editor of the Hofstra Law Review.
Patrick Kelleher, Vice President of Investigative Accounting & Litigation Support, Meaden & Moore
Patrick has nearly two decades of experience working in the area of forensic and investigative accounting field. He has extensive experience in the commercial insurance claims area, evaluating claims of financial damages, including builder’s risk, business income, property and fidelity matters ranging from $50,000 to $150 million in damages. Patrick’s engagements included a variety of different industries including agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality, and construction. As a result of his experience, Patrick has also been involved in a number of litigation support and arbitration engagements where he has provided support and expert testimony.
Mary Ann Krautheim, Vice President of Insurance & Surety, Skanska USA Civil
Mary Ann Krautheim as Vice President of Insurance & Surety for Skanska USA Civil has overall responsibility for risk and insurance program support for USA operations. With over 30 years of experience, Mary Ann is uniquely qualified to support the risk management and risk financing needs of Skanska USA Civil. Mary Ann has served in a National and Global leadership capacity for a number of organizations in her career. Most of that experience centered upon the creation of innovative risk management and risk financing solutions to Colleagues and Industry Partners including Design-Build, EPC, Heavy Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Contract and Insurance Design for clients in the design and construction industry. Mary Ann has been engaged in support of many of Skanska’s peer companies’ and has offered innovative solutions for iconic programs on a worldwide basis. This includes the creation of unique insurance products, creative utilization of captive programs, risk management solutions and the strong utilization of analytics to help clients better understand their total cost of risk in challenging environments. Mary Ann earned a Bachelor’s Degree in European History from the University of Pittsburgh and has held various positions in the Insurance and Construction Industry. She has been active in professional organizations such as IRMI, AGC, CFMA, and NCPPP.
Melissa C. Lesmes, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Melissa is the head of Pillsbury’s Washington, DC Litigation group and co-leader of the firm’s Construction Counseling & Dispute Resolution practice. She focuses her practice on complex construction claims and insurance coverage disputes.
Melissa has substantial experience in construction defect litigation, having handled claims involving delay, design, defective products, mold, EIFS, and Chinese drywall throughout the United States. She also has substantial experience in complex insurance coverage litigation, especially in claims involving builder’s risk, CGL, subcontractor default, professional, pollution, commercial property, business interruption, and other policies. Melissa routinely represents clients in contract negotiations and on matters concerning insurance and risk management issues that arise outside of litigation.
Scott Nissen, Managing Director, AON
Scott is a senior member of the Brokerage Analytics and Risk Strategies (BARS) team of Aon Construction Services Group. Based in Houston, Scott works with the Aon network and is involved in the structure and implementation of complex risk transfer programs utilizing global market capacity to include the reinsurance markets. Scott is the National Practice Leader for Project Risk Solutions which encompasses First Party Placements, Professional Liability and Project Performance (i.e., Liquidated Damages, Efficacy, etc.) and is responsible for structuring risk transfer programs and contingency risk solutions for complex construction projects.
Scott has over 30 years of experience in the insurance business with a detailed knowledge of the construction industry and global marketplace
William Rivera, Head of United States Engineering, Swiss Re
Will Rivera is responsible for managing Swiss Re’s United States Facultative and Treaty Engineering portfolio that includes Builder’s Risks, Civil Engineering Completed Risks, Machinery Breakdown, Contractors Plant and Equipment and Inherent Defect Insurance. Within this role, Will works directly with ceding companies as well as reinsurance brokers to deliver solutions to meet Swiss Re’s client’s needs. Will Rivera joined Swiss in 2011 with an initial focus of Treaty underwriting. Prior to Swiss Re, he worked as a Business Analyst for Hiscox Insurance and UBS Investment Bank. Before joining the Service industry, Will Rivera served as a Research and Development Scientist for Johnson & Johnson and a Project Engineer at Cargill. Will received his B.S. in Industrial and Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Larissa Rosam, Associate, Marsh
Following her obtaining a masters in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University, Larissa started her career working as a graduate Engineer at a leading UK Civil Engineering consultancy company. She has since then enjoyed nearly 10 years working in the Construction Insurance Industry where she has specialized in International Infrastructure Projects. Larissa has worked for JLT in London and Hong Kong acting as a Client Executive, managing the program design and placement of Construction All Risks, Third Party Liability and Delay in Start-Up insurance. A particular focus for Larissa has been US Builders Risk Insurance programmes for Owners and Developers. In her free time, Larissa enjoys both watching and playing sport and is taking part in the London Triathlon later this year.
Anthony Scariano, Executive General Adjuster, Sedgwick
Anthony is a Senior Executive General Adjuster in Sedgwick’s New York Office Property Department. Anthony’s area of expertise includes Builders Risk/Construction claims in various sectors. Other areas of expertise include manufacturing losses in industries such as Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunications, Heavy Metal Working, Hospitality, Semiconductor, Food Processing, Real Estate, Aerospace, Data Processing, and Steel. Having a degree in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering, Anthony started his insurance career as a Loss Prevention Engineer for Industrial Risk Insurers in 1989 and moved into Property Claims in 1991. Anthony moved to VeriClaim in October 2000 as an Executive General Adjuster.
Philip Silverberg, Partner, Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP
Phil Silverberg has more than thirty years of experience in counseling insurers and reinsurers in a wide range of first-party coverage matters, including builder’s risk claims. Phil’s litigation practice has included arbitrations, trials, and appeals. He has litigated in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has served as national coordinating counsel for insurers on matters arising out of 9/11 and other catastrophes, including Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. He also has lectured nationally and authored articles on reinsurance and various coverage issues including issues arising out of builder’s risk insurance. Phil is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and is admitted to the New York and New Jersey bars. He has been recognized for his achievements as an attorney in the field of insurance coverage by, among other organizations, Chambers USA and New York Super Lawyers.
Granger Stuck, Executive Vice President, Building Consulting Practice Lead, J.S. Held
Granger A. Stuck’s career has spanned 28 years as a construction industry professional, with more than $2.1 billion and 6.8 million square feet in successful construction projects for two of the nation’s top contractors, Clark Construction Company and M. A. Mortenson Company. Since 2009, Granger has worked on numerous consulting projects and disputes involving delay claims, cost claims, and other construction-related disputes. Granger’s work consists primarily of providing schedule analysis to determine project delay, analysis and estimating of costs, and litigation support. His considerable experience also includes International claim work in New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand.
Robert Tricamo, Senior Vice President of Construction Property, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
Rob Tricamo is Senior Vice President and Head of Construction Property for North America at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI), where he started-up the Builders Risk operation in January 2014. Rob has been in the insurance industry for 29 years, starting his career as a risk control consultant for IRI and since then, he has been underwriting energy, technical property, large commercial property and engineered risk lines of business. Rob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. At BHSI, Rob targets a wide range of builder’s risk business ranging from energy and process industry projects to heavy civil works and four-wall building construction.
Jonathan Wiegand, Head Engineering & Construction London Wholesale, Swiss Re
Jon is a qualified Chemical Engineer who joined the insurance industry after gaining 12 years of experience as a process and commissioning engineer in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries. Since joining Swiss Re as a construction underwriter in 2003, he has underwritten and led numerous multi-billion-dollar international construction projects. He spent 3 years based in New York supporting Swiss Re’s growth in the North American construction market before returning to London in 2010 to head up Swiss Re Corporate Solution’s London construction team underwriting international wholesale and UK domestic construction. Jon is also a former Chairman of the London Engineering Group (LEG).
Vincent Zegers, Senior Vice President, Marsh
Vincent specializes in designing policies for construction projects and is our National Property Placement Expert. He will work closely with brokers and clients to provide creative solutions to global construction projects, including power stations, infrastructure projects as well as office and residential developments and sports stadia. Vincent’s comprehensive background in the construction industry makes a great addition to our Construction team and will contribute to our team’s ongoing commitment to exceed our clients’ expectations. He brings unique and innovative solutions to complex risk issues confronting contractors and owners of construction projects. Vincent is considered to be the industry’s most respected Builders Risk expert. His passion for responding to client needs is matched by the enthusiastic help he offers to his teammates. With over 30 years of professional insurance experience, Vincent comes to JLT following his most recent role as Managing Director at Marsh, where he was responsible for all property-related matters within the construction sector. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director for Aon’s Construction Services Group for Builders Risk. Prior to that he has worked for 17 years as a senior underwriter for the Swiss Re both in Europe and the United States. Zegers holds a degree in Civil Engineering.