The Speakers

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Ronald Behrens

Ron Behrens, ALCM, ARe, CEA is a Director of Loss Control with Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB). He has several decades of experience in Loss Prevention, with a focus on Equipment Breakdown. He graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, is a Certified level 1 Infrared Thermographer, a Certified Energy Auditor, and earned the Insurance Institute’s program designations of Associate in Loss Control Management and Associate in Reinsurance. Prior to HSB, he was a Loss Control Manager with Kemper National P&C Company, and a Professional Engineer in Illinois for 20 years. He also held a National Board Certified Boiler Inspector Commission and was an Illinois Deputy Boiler Inspector. With advances in technology, come new exposures, and Cyber is one of those exposures where Loss Control can make a difference. Ron is an avid fisherman and lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. 

Cyber Risk - 10 Questions Every Business Should Ask
   - Wednesday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Harrison Brooks

Harrison Brooks joined Reagan Consulting in 2015 and is a partner of the firm. Brooks primarily works with clients on mergers & acquisitions, agency valuation and strategic consulting projects. Prior to joining Reagan, Brooks spent two years at the private equity firm, Carousel Capital, acquiring business and consumer services companies. He was responsible for leading valuation exercises and executing due diligence processes. He also worked closely with management teams on strategic planning and value creation initiatives. Brooks began his career in investment banking with Edgeview Partners (now Piper Jaffray). During his tenure in mergers and acquisitions, he completed numerous buy and sell side transactions.Harrison is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Business Administration degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School.  He currently maintains the Series 63, 79, and 82 FINRA Registrations through Reagan Securities, Inc., the affiliated FINRA-registered Broker/Dealer of Reagan Consulting, Inc.

Brett Gerger

Brett Gerger is the Director of Education and Agency Resources for the IIA of IL. Previously, he served as the Chief Deputy Director of Product Lines and Licensing at the Illinois Department of Insurance and was responsible for management of Licensing and Continuing Education Units; Property & Casualty; Life & Annuity; Health; and Producer Regulatory. Prior to that Brett served as the Deputy Director for Property & Casualty at the Department which oversaw Producer Regulatory Unit; Licensing & Continuing Education; and Property & Casualty consumer and compliance units.


Gerger served on many insurance license test development panels throughout his career as a subject matter expert. Most recently, Gerger served as the State of Illinois Group Insurance Division Manager with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services. In that role, he had oversight and management for the planning and implementation of policy and operations of the State’s insurance programs, including property, liability and benefits.   

Gerger started his 25+ year career at the Illinois Department of Insurance in the Producer Regulatory Division. Brett has his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Legislative and Regulatory Update
   - Wednesday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Cyber: History, the Law, and What You Need to Do

   - Wednesday, 2:00 - 3:00 pm 

Julieta Kosiba

Julieta A. Kosiba is a general litigation associate with HeplerBroom, LLC and is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois. She focuses her practice on litigating personal injury and property damage cases and assists in the defense of various other claims, including employment litigation. In addition to helping defend clients in employment litigation, Ms. Kosiba assists clients by drafting employee handbooks and other employment-related documents and providing guidance on employment-related issues. 

Evan Manning

As IIA of IL Government Relations Director, Evan Manning is responsible for all aspects of the association’s government relations program. IIA of IL also represents NAIFA-Illinois, Illinois State Association of Health Underwriters, and Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, collectively referred to as the Illinois Coalition of Insurance Brokers and Financial Advisors. The Coalition represents thousands of individuals and firms providing insurance and financial advice to Illinois consumers and businesses. 

Manning has experience in the private sector and most recently was an Appropriations Budget Analyst on the Senate Republican Staff. 

Legislative and Regulatory Update
   - Wednesday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Paul Morris

Paul Morris manages the risk profiles of Data Centers and electronic technology for HSB. He has recently focused his attention on the impact of cyberattacks on those profiles, both from a cyber damage and physical damage point of view. Morris has been in the IT Technology business for over 43 years including a 36 year career at IBM where at one point he managed a team building and marketing secure electronic transport and payment solutions involving multiple forms of encryption. Morris has a BS in Biology and an MBA from Lehigh University. 

Rick Pitts

Richard S. Pitts is Vice President and General Counsel to Arlington/Roe & Co., Inc., an insurance
brokerage and managing general agent headquartered in Indianapolis. Pitts also serves as general counsel to the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana, Inc. As counsel to the "Big I," Pitts speaks annually at the association's Agency Compliance Seminars and teaches various seminars on insurance and employment related matters. Pitts has also presented continuing education seminars to insurance professionals nationally.

Pitts is a 1983 graduate of Wabash College and a 1986 graduate of the Indiana University McKinney
School of Law. He clerked for the Honorable Patrick D. Sullivan, a judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals
in 1986-87. Pitts is admitted to practice before Indiana state and federal courts, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and is a member of local, state, and national bar associations. He has tried cases and participated in over seventy appeals.

Pitts has served as a panelist and lecturer on a variety continuing education subjects, including
cyber-related risks, the Americans with Disabilities Act, "Mold: Issues Under the Microscope" for the
Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), and "Insurance Issues for Builders" for the Indiana
Builders Association. Pitts has also served as chair of several ICLEF seminars, including "Advanced
Corporate Practice," "Privacy Law," and "Insurance Coverage Issues." Pitts has also presented seminars
on "Insuring Fiduciary Exposures," "Insurance Coverage Disputes," and "Agency Succession and
Perpetuation." He has co-authored articles appearing in the Indiana Law Review.

Had I Been on THAT Jury
   - Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm 

Mike Wojcik

Michael E. Wojcik, MBA, CLU, CFP® is Senior Vice President of The Horton Group, one of the region’s largest privately-held insurance agencies specializing in Insurance, Risk Advisory and Employee Benefits. He joined Horton in 1989 as one of the founding partners of their benefit consulting and brokerage division. His is recognized as a thought leader in the industry. 


Wojcik earned his Bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University and an MBA from Lewis University. He received his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation from the American College and is a Chartered Life Underwriter(CLU). He recently received A Professional Certificate in Public Finance from the University Of Chicago Harris School Of Public Policy and is currently enrolled in the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania 


Wojcik has served on numerous advisory boards for insurance carriers and related healthcare industries.  He currently serves on the Producer Advisory Committee of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Indiana. Wojcik is Co-Chair of the Illinois Independent Agents Working Group and testified several times to state legislative committees and co-authored several white papers on healthcare reform. He serves on the Governance Board of Advocate South Suburban Hospital for the past 12 years and Chaired for three.  


At the national level, Wojcik is regarded as an industry expert. He is past chairman of the Big 'I" National Health Care Task Force in Washington D.C. and now serves as the group’s Health Care Liaison which supports their government affairs efforts on healthcare reform. 


Wojcik speaks regularly on the challenges of healthcare to community, business and legislative leaders.  

Legislative and Regulatory Update
   - Wednesday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm 


Alyson Van Hooser is a leadership keynote speaker and trainer at Van Hooser Associates, a leadership development company developing highly effective leaders at all levels in the 21st Century workplace. Van Hooser is a trusted resource for companies and associations in the food service and financial industries, as well as, government, emerging leader, and women in business events. She delivers presentations and training that equip and inspire teams and individuals to harness the power of effective leadership to drive performance and profits. 

Because she was dealt a tough hand in life, Van Hooser developed a deep understanding and an unmatched passion for teaching others to own the responsibility to control their success. Van Hooser is committed to teaching others the foundation, methods, and steps to positively transform their life and their business. 


On her own since she was a child, Van Hooser hasn’t let that stop her. She is a former city councilwoman, banker, insurance advisor, manager, wife and mother of three - all before the age of 28. These life experiences have ignited a passion for understanding leadership, generational differences, communication, and personal development success. 

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Stories, Not Statistics
   - Wednesday, 8:00 am - Noon

Nicole Broch

Nicole Broch spent over a decade as an Independent Insurance Agent and Manager of a successful partnership between a community financial institution and a local independent agency in Springfield, Illinois.  She attended The Hartford School of Insurance and achieved her National Underwriter awarded Personal Lines Coverage Specialist (PLCS) designation in 2005.  Broch went on to receive the National Alliance CISR designation in 2007 and CIC designation in 2009. 


In addition to teaching National Alliance CISR modules, IIABA Errors & Omissions, Ethics, and customer service and professional development topics for IIAs, PIAs, and trade associations throughout the country, Broch is the Territory Sales Manager for The Hanover Group, supporting independent agents throughout Central and Southern Illinois. Originally from Florida, Broch has a Bachelors degree in English from Florida State University and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of South Florida. 


Broch has two children, Natalie and T.J., and enjoys playing golf, running, spending time with family, and volunteering in her community and in the insurance industry.

E&O Mock Trial
   - Tuesday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm 

George Daly

George Daly started with Horton in 2005 and is the President of Horton’s Personal Insurance Division. In this role, he is the executive sponsor and strategic leader responsible for the personal lines property and casualty insurance business that serves middle market, affluent and high net worth clients across the nation.  His responsibilities encompass strategy, production, client experience, management, and P&L performance.


In addition, Daly is responsible for corporate administration, office services, property management and special events at Horton.

Prior to his current role, Daly was the COO at Horton where he was responsible for the agency’s corporate resources, information technology, marketing and personal lines team and working with the various divisions. Daly brings with him over 30 years of insurance and operations experience, Daly received the Award of Excellence for outstanding work from InsureOne. 

Daly is on the board of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois. He has held various roles there, including regional director, government relations chair and IIAPAC chair. Daly is currently on the executive team and will be IIA of IL Chairman of the board for the 2021-2022 association year.

Daly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, IN. 

Lance Jones

Lance T. Jones is a trial attorney with HeplerBroom, LLC. He focuses his practice on litigation cases involving civil rights, employment & labor law, construction, environmental law, fraud, personal injury, and general tort liability lawsuits. Since 1984, Mr. Jones has tried numerous employment discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation and wage cases in the Illinois state and federal courts and the Illinois Human Rights Commission and Illinois Department of Labor. 

Bill Larson

For more than 40 years, Bill Larson has provided cost effective programs to protect a business’s profits and its financial integrity. Larson is a partner in NetGen Data Security Consulting. NetGen assists businesses in developing Data Security Plans, Policies and Procedures necessary to Comply with the Data Security and Privacy Laws.

Larson is President of Profit Protection Risk Management Consulting – Specializing in Protecting Corporate Profits from the effects of the current Data Security and Privacy Laws, Chairman of the IIABA/ACT HIPAA Workgroup leading the study of compliance and liability exposures associated with Data Security and Privacy Laws for the Independent Insurance Agent and a leading member of the IIABA/ACT Security Issues Workgroup which developed, and continuously updates, the ACT Cyber Guide.


Larson is involved in continuous development of Data Security/Privacy Risk Management Programs endorsed by various local and state associations and is the co-author of several articles on Data Security/Privacy for various Insurance Publications.

Cyber – History, the Law & What You Need to Do
   - Wednesday, 2:00 - 3:00 pm 

Mike McBride

W. Michael McBride, JD has over 35years experience in the insurance and financial services business.   Throughout that time, he has served on numerous industry boards, advisory councils, and committees. As CEO of Mason-McBride, Inc and Mason McBride Capital Advisors, LLC, he helps lead a diversified insurance and financial services organization based in Troy, MI. Mason-McBride, Inc. is also a member/shareholder in Summit Risk Management, LLC which provides risk consulting and specialty insurance program services.


McBride is the Vice-Chair and a member of the IIABA Executive Committee.

Jay Peterson

Jay Peterson, AFIS, LUTC, is the President of Peterson Insurance Services in Clinton, IL and is the new 2021-2022 IIA of IL President.

Peterson joined his father's insurance agency, Peterson Insurance Services, in 1979. He's currently the President and owner of the agency, which offers a broad range of commercial, personal, life, health, and crop insurance coverages.

Chuck Schlager

William C. (Chuck) Schlager is the Director for Personal Property & Farm Product Development at ISO, a Verisk Analytics subsidiary. Schlager's primary responsibility is overseeing the research, development, implementation and maintenance of forms and manual rules for ISO's Homeowners, Dwelling Property, Personal Liability, Personal Inland Marine, Watercraft, and Personal Flood insurance programs.  


Schlager began his career at ISO in the Personal Lines Division in 1989 as a Personal Auto analyst and has held roles of increasing responsibility. Schlager holds a Bachelor's degree from Upsala College.  

Home-Sharing Overview
   - Wednesday, 2:00 - 3:00 pm 

Beth Z

Meet Your New Nerdy Best Friend… Beth Ziesenis: Author. Speaker. Nerd. Since her first Motorola RAZR flip phone, Beth has made a verb out of the word "nerd." She's here to help you filter through thousands of apps, gadgets, widgets and doodads to find the perfect free and bargain technology tools for work and home. Although the only real trophy she ever won was for making perfect French fries at McDonald's in high school, Beth Z has been featured on Best Speaker lists by several organizations that write best speaker lists. She has written a whole shelf of books on apps and has spoken to more than 100 thousand audience members just like you. And if you're puzzling over why she goes by "Beth Z"... it's because she only finds about three people a year who can pronounce her last name.