- The Insurance Nerds' Speakers Bureau

Tony Cañas
The Millennials in Insurance Guy

Tony has presented his Retaining Millennials in the Insurance Industry session at over 30 insurance conferences from coast to coast since 2014. His session has been rated “Very Good” or “Excellent” by 92% of the thousands who have participated. He has also participated and hosted panels on topics such as technology, social media and millennials and how they relate to insurance.

Tony and Carly co-authored the best selling and highly reviewed book: Insuring Tomorrow: Engaging Millennials in the Insurance Industry.

Tony’s session is interactive, high energy, entertaining and very different from anything else you’ve ever seen at an insurance conference and always gets rave reviews. His calendar is limited to only a few events a year and usually books 8-12 months ahead. You can download his one page speaker’s sheet here or you can read testimonials here.




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List of prior speaking engagements:

CPCU Annual Meeting

CPCU Leadership Summit

Ohio Insurance Education Day

Multiple CPCU Society I-Days and Monthly Meetings

Insurance Nerds Day

Multiple private events at P&C carriers

Big I of South Carolina

Big I of Viriginia


NAMIC Personal Lines Conference

RISC Trends Conference

SITE Annual Meeting

PLRB Regional Meeting

SecureRisk Conference

Business Insurance – Millennials in Insurance Conference

Calendar of upcoming gigs.

Tony is available to speak on:
Millennials in Insurance 100%
Gen Z 90%
Insurance Workforce 2.0 - How the gig economy is revolutionizing insurance staffing 90%
Company Culture 90%
Recruiting and Retention 90%
Future of Insurance 90%

Rob Galbraith - The Most Interesting Man in Insurance

Rob’s passion is finding ways to provide insurance products to all who have a need through innovative approaches that leverage the latest in technology, building strong relationships with a diverse network of people from a variety of disciplines, and educating the public on the risks they face and inspiring them to take action to strengthen their resilience. Rob’s specialty is in managing catastrophic risk due to severe weather events and climate change. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of preparedness, mitigation, adaptation and resiliency as well as insurtech and the future of insurance.

Rob’s new book “The End of Insurance As We Know It – How Millennials, InsurTech, and Venture Capital Will Disrupt the Ecosystem” aims to bridge the gap between insurance and insurtech.

Rob has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry in a variety of positions with USAA, Citigroup, and the Federal Reserve Board. He holds a Master’s of Science in Insurance Management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Michigan State University. Rob is a recognized thought leader on P&C insurance who is a published author and media contributor. Rob also frequently presents on insurance and natural disaster related topics at industry conferences as well as community town halls. He serves on the LexisNexis Home Advisory Board, the Verisk Resilience Advisory Panel, and has been ranked as high as #6 on the InsurTech London Top 100 Influencers (January 2018).

Rob earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 2003 and has served in leadership roles both at the national and local chapter level. He was elected to serve on the CPCU Society’s Leadership Council and previously served on the industry Advisory Board to The Institutes. Rob received the Loman Award for outstanding service to the Alamo Chapter CPCU Society in 2009.

Rob is available to speak on:
The End of Insurance as We Know It - Bridging the gap between insurance and insurtech 100%
Innovation 95%
Catastrophes 95%

Amy C. Waninger (pronouns: she, her, hers) works with organizations that want to build diverse leadership bench strength for a sustainable competitive advantage.  She also works with emerging and aspiring leaders who want to create opportunity for themselves and others.

As a leader, speaker, author, and consultant, Amy is passionate about helping others achieve their full potential at work. She is committed to lifelong learning, and inspires others to expand their knowledge and skill sets. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Computer Science from Indiana University and is completing her MBA at SNHU.

Amy began her career as a software developer, later moving into business analysis, systems design, consulting, and management. She has worked at small software companies, multinational corporations, and many stops in between. Amy is a versatile manager; she has led cross-functional and global teams in both the technology and insurance industries.

Having spent more than a decade in the insurance industry, Amy holds the Certified Insurance Data Manager (CIDM) designation and numerous designations from The Institutes, including their premier Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. She is a member of the CPCU Society and is serving a three-year term on the Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. While working as a senior manager in a Fortune 100 Insurance Company, she served on the national leadership team for their LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and an enterprise-wide council to engage men as allies.

Amy is available to speak on:
Diversity & Inclusion 100%
Managing Neurodiversity 100%
Engaging Men as Allies 90%

Amy is available not only as a keynote speaker but also as a trainer on any topic related to diversity and inclusion.

Carly Burnham

Carly’s session “Superwoman Versus the Patriarchy” [description]. Carly is also available to participate in or moderate panels on various topics related to millennials, underwriting and work-life balance.

Tony and Carly co-authored the best selling and highly reviewed book: Insuring Tomorrow: Engaging Millennials in the Insurance Industry.

Carly is available to speak on:
Millennials in Insurance 100%
Women in Insurance 90%
Neurodiversity: Surviving and Thriving as an Introvert in a Social Industry 90%
Neurodiversity: Managing Introverts without Driving them Crazy 90%

Bryan Falchuk

Bryan is a best-selling author, speaker and life coach. He has faced major adversities and learned how to overcome and achieve. From obesity to running marathons, from career struggles to success as a CXO, from watching illness threaten his family to finding lasting health, he has been through many lessons he used to develop his unique approach to inspiring others succeed.

Bryan’s work has been featured in several top publications including Inc. Magazine, The LA Times, Chicago Tribune and more. He has spoken at multiple TEDx events, is a frequent speaker at Insurance industry events, and has been a featured guest on over 125 podcasts and radio shows. His first book, Do a Day, is a personal development best-seller and is the basis for his popular podcast, The Do a Day Podcast.

While Bryan lives in the US, he has worked and lived in numerous countries and cultures across the world, giving him a truly global perspective. Bryan has spent 20 years in insurance at both carriers and as a management consulting at McKinsey & Company. He has worked across every major function and has held leadership roles including Head of Operations, was Head of Claims at Hiscox USA, and is currently Head of Customer for InsurTech startup Hi Marley. Bryan studied Economics and Chinese at Bowdoin College, and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Bryan is available to speak on:
Do a Day - Understand what truly motivates you and take charge of your life 100%
Sales Training 100%
Freeing Yourself from the Judgement of Past Mistakes and Fear of the Future to Achieve Today 95%
Mastering Mindfulness to Succeed in Business and Life 95%
To Achieve More, You Need to Do Less 95%
How to Avoid Burnout 95%

Carey Anne Nadeau

Carey Anne Nadeu is an MIT-trained entrepreneur, focused on modernizing the measurement of risk. Formerly a Researcher at the Brookings Institute and Urban Institute, Carey Anne specializes in developing novel geospatial methods of evaluating risk in urban economies.

She holds a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from The George Washington University.

Carey Anne went on to found Open Data Nation (ODN), which uses location-based driving data and predictive analytics to risk rate roads in order to help auto insurance carriers refresh rate filings, extend discounts, and promote self driving. ODN was selected to participate in halcyon Incubator, FinTech Innovation Lab and Urban-X accelerator. She’s also the new host of Profiles in Risk.

Carey Anne has been a speaker at InsurTech Connect, Dig-In, Geo Insurance, White House Open Innovation Summit, Atlantic Summit, Smart Cities NY, Bloomberg Next Tech and Agent2021.

She has been featured in the following publications:


Carey Anne is available to speak on:
InsurTech 100%
Entrepreneurship 100%
Data Science 100%
City Planning 90%

John Bachmann


Helping People Help People – that’s John’s true passion.

As a Claims Leader in the insurance industry, he was able to live that passion through mentoring and coaching licensed insurance adjusters so they were prepared to help customers and claimants through their most difficult experiences. He has led award-winning teams of insurance professionals on the property and casualty side of the business. In addition, he has led and participated in cross-functional capacities focusing on the improvement of the Customer Experience. He is currently working with insurance professionals to assist them in improving their clients’ Customer Experiences.

He has been referred to as an Insurance Nerds, Claims Guy, and Customer Experience Fan Boy – when asked, John says he would have to agree!

John’s passion for claims is palpable and he makes a fantastic speaker especially for claims and agent/broker conferences.

John is available to speak on:
Claims as a Career Destination - Claims is the place to be! 100%
Improving the Relationship Between Carriers, Agencies and Clients 100%
Story Telling & Personal Branding 100%
Social Media to Grow Your Network and Career 100%

John is also available to moderate or participate on panels.

Ryan Deeds

Ryan is the Doc Brown of agency and brokerage technology!

Ryan is the Doc Brown of agency and brokerage technology! With 15+ years of experience running IT first for Lanier Upshaw, then for The Crichton Group and finally for Assurex Global, Ryan has seen it all.

Ryan is a proud data nerd who spends the majority of his time working with data in the insurance agency space. His day to day ranges from building internal dashboards for staff to ensuring the data points they need are available to architecting a claims data visualization tool and all the goodies in between. Helping companies use information is what he enjoys the most. He believes leveraging data correctly can increase the engagement of employees and the profitability of any organization.

He also spend a lot of time strategizing on the future of the agency space and insurance agency operations. Ryan likes to think of myself as a data-driven insurance agency operations executive.

Ryan can talk code with the backroom and strategy with the board room and with his disarming charm he’s sure to be a hit at your next conference!


Ryan is available to speak on: (no clue why the below are not showing up, working on fixing it)
IT Strategy and Execution for Agents and Brokers 100%
Leveraging Data 100%

Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson, CPCU, ARM, AIM, AAM is the founder of He retired from the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America in December 2016 where he served as Assoc. VP of Education and Research and was the founder and director of the Big “I” Virtual University for over 17 years.  He is the former Director of Education & Technical Affairs for the Insurors of Tennessee and, prior to that time, he was employed by Insurance Services Office, Inc.  He is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology with a B.S. degree in Fire Protection & Safety Engineering. Bill’s best-selling book “When Words Collide – Resolving Insurance Coverage and Claims Disputes” should be on the desk of every insurance agent and claims adjuster!

He has served as a trainer and speaker for various organizations, including the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and 43 of its state affiliates, the CPCU Society national convention and chapter programs, the National Association of Insurance Women (NAIW), the Southern Agents Conference (SAC), the Risk & Insurance Managers Society (RIMS), the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI), and the Society of Risk Management Consultants (SRMC).

Bill has conducted hundreds of technical seminars, workshops and convention presentations—from Hawaii to Maine and Alaska to Florida—as well as programs on time management, presentation and public speaking skills, seminar development, and many others.  He has been the top-rated presenter at several CPCU National Conventions and his programs are always highly rated by attendees. He has presented seminars or webinars to as many as 5,000 attendees in a single session.

He was the recipient of the IIABA L.P. McCord National Education Award for having the #1 ranked state insurance education program in America and has won six other national education awards, including the George M. Gottheimer Memorial Award which is presented periodically to a CPCU Society member who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of insurance education, risk management or insurance consulting and, most recently, the Jeff Yates Lifetime Achievement Award which is the IIABA’s highest honor for nonagents.

Bill has researched, developed, written, and published dozens of technical articles, manuals and CDs/audio tapes, and has authored articles in business and industry trade periodicals such as Presentations magazine, American Agent & Broker magazine, Independent Agent magazine, Tennessee Insuror magazine, Tennessee Business magazine, the CPCU Journal, CPCU Interest Group newsletters, and the SITE Journal.

He has been quoted as an expert in a number of mainstream publications, including Readers DigestKiplinger’s, and Money magazines and the Wall Street Journal, and he has been cited as an expert resource/interviewee for local television and radio media. He has also served as an expert witness in litigation. 

Bill is available to speak on:
Deep dives into policy language 100%

Note: Bill is currently limiting his time on the road and is more likely to accept speaking engagements that allow him to speak virtually from home.

Charlie Kingdollar

For 40 years, Charlie Kingdollar was the VP Emerging Issues Officer at Gen Re. He spent his entire career being the go-to futurist for the insurance industry. He’s a celebrated speaker and has spoken at almost all major insurance conferences in the US and many abroad.

Charlie is available to speak on:
Emerging Issues 100%

Note: Charlie is currently limiting his time on the road and is more likely to accept speaking engagements that allow him to speak virtually from home.

Hernan Medina

Hernan started his career as an Actuarial Analyst at Nationwide Insurance from 1994 to 1999. With five years of carrier experience he accepted a role at ISO where he would help other carriers for the next 19 years as their Senior Principal Data Scientist.

Hernan is not only a credentialed actuary but also certified for Developing Data Products, Practical Machine Learning, Regression Models, Statistical Inference, Reproducible Research, Exploratory Data Analysis, Getting and Clearing Data and R Programming.

If you’re looking for a speaker or trainer that speaks both actuarial and business, it’s hard to find a better speaker.


Hernan is available to speak on:
Developing Data Products 100%
Practical Machine Learning 100%
Exploratory Data Analysis 100%
R Programming 100%

Hernan is available not only as a keynote speaker but also as a trainer.

Dr. Mark Tarmann

Innovator behind #LaisseznotLazy, dynamic speaker, researcher, and author dedicated to Millennial employee development, retention, & leadership succession in the industry of risk management.

I have 12 years of experience in risk management as a licensed insurance producer and first-party medical claim adjuster and was recently featured on Episode 6 on the podcast Quoted.

I was a speaker at the inaugural Insurance Nerds Day at the Gama Iota Sigma 2018 conference in Chicago Illinois. I am a published blogger for and published researcher at for my doctoral research on Millennial employee development for succession for small to medium enterprises.

I was awarded my doctorate degree in 2017 in business administration with an emphasis on project management by Walden University. Additionally, The Institutes have awarded me 5 prestigious risk management based designations for the successful completion of coursework and exams in General Insurance (AINS), Insurance Services (AIS), Personal Insurance (API), Claims (AIC), and Risk Management (ARM).

I was also awarded the highest distinction in insurance with the (CPCU) designation in 2012 by the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.

I am continually striving to make my dream to establish a legacy and contribute to society through public speaking, published works, teaching, and sharing my passion for millennial development and succession to ensure the longevity of talented human capital in the field of risk management.


Dr. Mark is available to speak on:
Millennials in Insurance - According to the Data! 100%
LaisseznotLazy: A Revolution in Management Styles 100%

Ashlet Fitzsimmons
The Beyonce of Insurance

Bio here.

Nick Lamparelli

Bio coming.