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July 2020 | Specialty Care

The toll of compassionate services work

Strategies for identifying and overcoming compassion fatigue

BY CHERYL TAMASITIS AND MARY CHELF

July 2020 | Construction

2020 construction industry outlook

Tracking the economy, hiring and technology

BY JOHN DOHERTY AND JERRY FLIBBERT

July 2020 | General Industries

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Mary leads Loss Control for the Specialty Care Services (Human Services and Senior Living) practice and supports the National Retail Programs business. She also develops strategies and resources to support both territory managers and members with their risk management needs.


Mary has over 34 years of experience in the insurance industry as a Loss Control professional. She joined Nationwide in 2005 and has led the Loss Control Services field efforts for the Rocky Mountain Regional Office, the Pacific Coast Regional Office and the Pacific West Regional Office.


Mary graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in industrial safety and a minor in management. She is an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).


Tony is an experienced professional in the leadership of multi-line commercial property and casualty operations. He started his insurance career with Allied in 1997 as a Commercial Lines Intern and has held roles of increasing scope and responsibility, including Underwriter, Production Underwriter, Manager, Underwriting Director, and several Officer-level roles at both CNA and Nationwide.


As Vice President of Commercial Lines Underwriting and Product, Tony is responsible for driving operational performance through underwriting leadership and strategic alignment between cross-functional units.


Tony's education includes a Bachelor of Science in business management with a marketing specialization from Simpson College. He is also active in many nonprofit organizations, including United Way and as a Board Member for the Idaho Surveying and Rating Bureau.


Pete leads Nationwide's product strategy and program development for both telematics and the internet of things. That includes connected fleet, mobility, innovation, product development and usage-based insurance as it relates to a Commercial Lines connected business framework.


He began his career in the automotive industry, followed by more than 20 years in insurance technology. In addition to working for two major insurance carriers, he has also developed products for service providers.


Pete has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a management certificate in technology management and leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Mark's organizations provide solution-based risk management services, specialized claims management and premium audits to commercial insureds across the United States ranging from small proprietors to large industrial operations.


Mark is a board member of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) and sits on the Commercial Committee for the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.


Mark has a degree from Illinois State University. He holds Certified Safety Professional and Certified Fire Protection Specialist designations.


Peter leads all aspects of Commercial Lines P&C, including product, underwriting, claims, service, sales and distribution.


Prior to his role as President, Peter served as Nationwide's Senior Vice President of Emerging Businesses. By thinking differently and finding new revenue streams, he helped Nationwide evolve and adapt to disruptive forces that are challenging the insurance industry. He also developed strategic partnerships to take products to market in new ways and identified new revenue opportunities outside of Nationwide's core businesses.


Peter has held two additional positions since joining Nationwide in 2015: Vice President of Middle Market Underwriting and Business Development, and Vice President of Sales Design and Development for Property & Casualty Sales.


He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree. Peter also serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Vincent Family Center.


Chris has worked in insurance loss control since 2002. In his role at Nationwide, Chris is responsible for developing and improving tools and educational resources designed to prevent and manage workplace injuries.


He also participates in Nationwide's innovation council, playing a large role in projects involving drones, telematics, building sensors, digital marketing and more.


Chris is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Risk Manager (CRM) and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and he holds 15 other safety and insurance certifications.


Catherine works with many departments within Nationwide to expand cyber insurance offerings to meet the needs of its members. Her in-depth knowledge of cyber risk also extends to developing strategies for non-cyber traditional lines of business that are exposed to technology and the internet.


Catherine has over 25 years of experience in the reinsurance industry covering a wide range of casualty lines of business. Prior to joining Nationwide, Catherine worked at PartnerRe as a senior-level underwriter, where she built the cyber insurance portfolio and branded PartnerRe as a lead reinsurance market for cyber insurance business.


Catherine has a Bachelor of Commerce in international business and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, and an MBA from Yale University.


Linda leads the General Industry, Construction and Specialty Care Service practice teams from an underwriting and business development standpoint. She joined Nationwide in April 2017 as the Vice President of Construction Underwriting, having over 30 years of experience in the commercial property and casualty industry, the last 20 years as a construction industry specialist.


A founding member of Travelers' Construction division, she most recently served as Regional Vice President for Travelers' Southern Construction region prior to joining Nationwide.


Linda graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and holds Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designations.


Cheryl leads the underwriting and business development efforts for both teams, which include Senior Living communities and Human Services industry accounts.


Cheryl joined Nationwide in 2016, but she has over 25 years of experience in the commercial property & casualty industry - with the last 15 years as a human services industry specialist. Her insurance tenure began in accounting, then evolved into production underwriting and product development on both the carrier and agency sides.


Cheryl graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and a minor in business administration. She also holds a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and is currently pursuing a Women in Leadership certificate program from Cornell University.


Clare is responsible for business development and underwriting of Middle Market Construction and Inland Marine business. She leads a team of 45 Territory Managers and Underwriters covering a 23-state footprint. Clare's management focus includes professional development, relationship management, and practice growth. She plays an integral role in shaping team strategy and managing agency relationships with a deliberate focus on portfolio profitability.


Clare has over 20 years of Commercial Underwriting experience, having held both staff and field roles with Cigna P&C, ACE and Chubb. Clare joined the Nationwide organization in 2010 as an underwriting specialist before moving to a leadership role in 2012. Since that time, she has held positions of increasing responsibility within the Nationwide Commercial organization in both Small and Middle Market.


Clare graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. In 2018, she completed a Strategic Leadership Program at Columbia Business School in New York.