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Board of Directors
Carly Burnham, CPCU, MBA - Co-Founder and Chief Editor
Carly Burnham began her insurance career in 2004 as an office assistant at an agency in her hometown of Duluth, MN. She got licensed as a producer while working at that agency and progressed to serve as an office manager. Working in the agency is how she fell in love with the industry. She saw firsthand the good that insurance consumers experienced by having the proper protection.
When Carly moved to Des Moines in 2010, she decided to commit to the industry, and she completed her CPCU in one year finishing it in 2012 and attending commencement in New Orleans. She completed her MBA at Iowa State University in 2014. During this time, she and Tony founded a Gen Y Associate Resource Group at Nationwide in Des Moines.
After they had both left Nationwide, Tony recruited Carly to co-author and manage InsNerds.com. She has the difficult task of keeping his constant flow of crazy ideas focused and helping to flesh them out into useful articles. Carly enjoys sharing knowledge and ideas about the future of the industry and finds the website a good outlet for this passion.
Carly is currently a Commercial Underwriter at Erie Insurance, in Erie, PA. She is involved in the Presque Isle CPCU Society Chapter; the CPCU Society New Designee Committee; the CPCU Society Underwriting Interest Group; the CPCU Society Leadership and Managerial Excellence Interest Group; and the Commercial Underwriting Training Program at Erie Insurance. She also writes "Next Wave" a monthly column in the "Perspectives" section of Best's Review.
Tony Cañas, CPCU, MBA - Co-Founder and Chief Motivator
Tony Canas is a young insurance nerd, blogger and speaker. He's the voice of the Millennial generation in the insurance industry helping the industry understand how to engage this large demographic that will soon make up over 50% of the workforce.
Tony was born and raised in Costa Rica and moved to the US in 2002 receiving his BS in Management Information Systems and MBA both from Iowa State University. He has been in the insurance industry since 2009. During that time he has completed his CPCU, AU, AIC, ARM, ARe, ASLI, API, AIS and AINS designations along with his Toastmaster's Competent Communicator and Advanced Communicator Bronze public speaking designations. Having worked in claims, underwriting, finance and sales at four different insurance carriers, five cities and four states he has gained a broad understanding of the industry.
Tony has been very involved in the industry's effort to recruit and retain Millennials and has become a well known speaker and blogger on the topic. He hosted his session "Recruiting and Retaining Millennials" at both the 2014 CPCU Society Leadership Conference in Phoenix and the 2014 Annual Meeting in Anaheim.
He has been featured by "The Edge", the national magazine of the CPCU Society; the newsletter of the Iowa CPCU Society; American Agent & Broker and was named as one of the "Top Young Agents of 2013" by PropertyCasualty360.
Tony is passionate about insurance, technology, innovation and about engaging Millennials in the insurance industry.
Nick Lamparelli - Chief Evangelist
Nick is a CAT Modeling expert at QBE. Previously he served as a VP of CAT Strategy. Nick was one of InsNerds' first guest authors first with our first Why I Love Insurance article, then with his CAT Modeling Series and then with an awesome contrarian article about Lemonade. In December 2016 he joined InsNerds' Board of Directors as Chief Evangelist.
Steve Foster, CPCU
Steve is a Senior Consultant at EY. Previously he worked at Federated Insurance, Indemnity Insurance and Country Financial. In December 2014, Steve became our very first guest author with 4 Cornerstones for a Strong Brand.
Brett McKenzie Wood
Brett McKenzie Wood is a veteran of Zurich, Fireman’s Fund and Allianz, Brett brings extensive go-to-market and appetite communication experience. She wrote a Why I Love Insurance article for us while she was Sales Leader at EvoSure. She has since returned to Allianz as a Zone Leader. She is based in Chicago.
Gareth Eggle is Head of Insurance at Flint Hyde in London. He leads the (Re)Insurance practice at the boutique search firm, providing insight across Broking, Insurance, and Reinsurance, whilst sourcing and representing mid-senior level (Re)Insurance Professionals, throughout the UK, Continental European, Asian, and American markets. Gareth wrote Harnessing Alternative Skills in the Insurance Industry - A Wake Up Call.
Daniel Corcoran finished his Bachelors in Business at Saint Alselm College in 2011 and he has worked at Arbella Insurance Groups since 2012 where he has quickly grown from a Communication Assistant to a Commercial Lines Underwriter. He wrote a very popular Why I Love Insurance article for us.
Harrison is Assistant Vice President & Environmental Insurance Broker at American Risk Management Resources Network, LLC. His LinkedIn tagline is "The Caped Crusader of Environmental Insurance"! Harrison wrote a Why I Love Insurance article for us.
Brad Barnett, CPCU, MBA
Sam is widely known as The Cargo Guy. He's the country's foremost expert on cargo and logistics legal liability. He recently left the carrier world to start Carrier Risk Solutions, Inc. He wrote a very popular article for us: It Doesn't Take an Underwriter to Say "No".
Justin Hardin, CPCU, MBA
Justin is a passionate, results-driven leader with a progressive track record of top tier sales performance for Fortune 100 companies as both an entrepreneur and sales leader. Justin is currently at Liberty Mutual and before managed a Nationwide agency. Justin wrote a Why I Love Insurance article for us and co-authored a few other articles with us also.
Katherine Bryant is an executive coach working with (re)insurance professionals who want to accelerate their career success. Whether it's gaining a promotion, changing role or honing the perfect leadership style her former life as an underwriter, broker and most recently a COO at Aon supports her current role; consulting and coaching at companies such as JLT, HSBC, Aon, Gallagher, AIG and various Lloyds syndicates. She wrote an excellent article for us: 7 Ways to Advance Your (Re)Insurance Career this Summer
Melissa Stream, CPCU
Melissa began her insurance career in 2001 at General Casualty Insurance (now known as QBE North America.) Her mom wisely told her to apply for a temp-to-hire position in the Commercial Lines processing unit and the rest is history. She is a very proud graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College, earning B.A. in Communications in 2000. (She’s not kidding; her license plates say WLC GRAD.) She’s a proud CheeseHead; she’s lived in Madison, WI almost her whole life with the exception of the four years at WLC. Since her start at GC/QBE, she’s earned AINS, AU, AIC, CPCU and AIC-M designations and attended the Indianapolis and Hawaii CPCU Society annual meetings. She has worked in both underwriting and claims, and in both Commercial and Personal lines. She currently works as an underwriting consultant at Wisconsin Reinsurance Corporation. After meeting Tony and Carly in Indianapolis in 2015, Melissa was motivated to get involved with her local CPCU Society chapter and she is a director on the board.