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Southeast Division

Helping Communities, Together

Launched in 2012, the Southeast Division is based in Dallas and serves communities in Texas and across the Southeast region, with greater outreach through our Georgia and Houston Chapters. Our grant focus areas include disaster preparedness and relief, children at risk, education and veterans. To date, the Southeast Division has awarded more than $6.5 million dollars to our local communities through the IICF Community Grants Program.

We continue to experience the generosity of our industry as we work together with colleagues and supporters who make giving back a priority. Helping those in need, including children, families and veterans, is made possible by uniting in service to our communities, and through IICF we are able to make an even greater impact."
Joe Connelly
Chair of the IICF Southeast Division Board of Directors and President, AIG South Central Zone, North America General Insurance

Nonprofits we support

ACH Child and Family Services

Fort Worth
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TX
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After-School All-Stars

Dallas
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TX
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Casa de Esperanza de los Nios Inc.

Houston
,
TX
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Catch Up & Read, Inc

Dallas
,
TX
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ChildCareGroup

Dallas
,
TX
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Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County, Inc.

Plano
,
TX
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CollegeCommunityCareer, Inc.

Stafford
,
TX
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Create Your Dreams

Atlanta
,
GA
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Cristo Rey Dallas High School, Inc

Texas
,
TX
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Folds of Honor North Texas

Frisco
,
TX
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Foundation for Autism Care, Education and Services (FACES Autism)

Cypress
,
TX
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Fully Furnished Ministries, Inc.

Alpharetta
,
GA
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Joshua Chamberlain Society Houston

Magnolia
,
TX
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Justin's Place

Fort Worth
,
TX
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Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas

Addison
,
TX
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Making It Better DBA: Literacy Now

Houston
,
TX
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Momentous Institute

Dallas
,
TX
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Mosaic Family Services

Dallas
,
TX
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Operation Healing Forces

clearwater
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Our Friends Place

Dallas
,
TX
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Our House, Inc.

Atlanta
,
GA
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PGA Foundation

Palm Beach Gardens
,
FL
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PTSD Foundation of America

Houston
,
TX
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Presbyterian Night Shelter

Fort Worth
,
TX
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Rainbow Days, Inc.

Dallas
,
TX
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Recovery Resource Council

Dallas
,
TX
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SEAL Legacy Foundation Honored SEAL Legacy Scholarship

Austin
,
TX
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Shepherd Center Foundation, Inc.

Atlanta
,
GA
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Unbound North Texas

Fort Worth
,
TX
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United to Learn

Dallas
,
TX
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Vogel Alcove

Dallas
,
TX
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WTF - Winning The Fight!

Flower Mound
,
TX
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Wesley-Rankin Community Center

Dallas
,
TX
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Wilkinson Center

Dallas
,
TX
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About

Here are some of the ways we are making a difference

IICF helps communities and enriches lives by combining the collective strengths of the insurance industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. IICF reinvests locally where funds are raised for maximum community impact.

Here are just a few ways the IICF Southeast has helped to lend a hand up in our communities:
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$6.5 million

Grants Awarded since 2012
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250+

Nonprofits Supported
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120,000+

Meals Provided
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150+

Board members involved

The Board

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Terrance Thompson
Creative Director
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Terrance Thompson
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Chair
Joe Connelly
President, South Central Zone
AIG

Joe Connelly serves as President of the South Central Zone for the General Insurance operations of AIG. General Insurance is the business division that serves the Commercial Insurance markets. Joe is responsible for leading the strategy, execution and delivery of General Insurance’s core businesses and service capabilities to its clients, brokers and agents. The South Central Zone is comprised of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi.

 

Through his tenure in the insurance industry, Joe brings experience in leadership, regional operations, energy, major accounts and distribution in Texas and the surrounding markets. He joined AIG in June 2018 from Chubb, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President in the North America Major Accounts Division.

 

Prior tohis role at Chubb, and ACE Group’s acquisition of Chubb, he held the position of Regional Executive Officer, Houston Region for ACE USA. Before joining ACE in 2008 he worked in the downstream energy industry for 17 years.

 

Mr. Connelly earned a BA in Business Administration from Texas Lutheran University and an MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas (Houston). And, Mr. Connelly serves as a Board Member for Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, as well as the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) for the Southeast Division.

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Ross Conner
Partner
Hotchkiss Insurance

Ross Conner, CIC, CRM, is a partner at Hotchkiss Insurance in Dallas/Fort Worth. Prior to joining Hotchkiss, Ross gained more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Today, he serves clients in a range of industries, including trampoline and adventure parks, real estate, construction, manufacturing, energy and franchise operations. Further, his expertise extends to include captive placements. Ross is passionate about serving his community, and is the chairman of Hotchkiss Helps, Hotchkiss Insurance’s charitable arm, serves on the board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association, the Aledo Education Foundation and is a founding advisory board member of the Fort Worth Minority Professional Task Force.

His designations include General Lines Agent for Property, Casualty, Life and Health. Ross has earned the insurance industry’s prestigious Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations. Originally from Tyler, Texas, Ross received his BBA in finance from Texas A&M University.

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Eric Dunn
Liberty Mutual

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Craig Dunn
Region Leader
Amwins Brokerage of Texas, Inc.

Craig Dunn joined Amwins in 2005 after spending 5 years as a financial analyst for a boutique venture capital firm. In Craig’s current role, he is the Texas Region Leader of AmWINS and leads the Professional Lines & Cyber team. Additionally, Craig serves on the Amwins Brokerage Advisory Board and is a Managing Director of the Amwins Professional Lines National Practice Group.

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Richard Gergasko
President & CEO
Texas Mutual Insurance

Richard Gergasko is President and CEO of Texas Mutual Insurance Company having joined the company in February 2013. Texas Mutual is a single state mono-line workers’ compensation insurance carrier headquartered in Austin, TX. Texas Mutual is the largest workers’ compensation insurer in Texas writing over 42% of the insured market. Prior to joining Texas Mutual, Gergasko was President and COO of Sea Bright Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Sea Bright Holdings, Inc. His insurance career spans 41 years having worked for several insurance companies and actuarial consulting firms prior to joining Texas Mutual.

 Rich serves on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association – SouthwestRegion and the American Heart Association – Austin Chapter (past Board Chair).He is a past Board Chair of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Texas– Southeast Division and he serves on the Texas Business Leadership Council, the only CEO-based public policy research organization in Texas which has a limited membership of 100 CEOs and Presidents.  Rich was named by the Austin Business Journal as the Best Large Company CEO in Central Texas for 2016and he was named the 2019 Philanthropic Leadership Award Honoree by the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation.

 A New Jersey native, he holds a B.A. in Statistics from Rutgers University, is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. 

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Jack Gibson
IRMI & WebCe

Jack Gibson, CPCU, CRIS, ARM, is one of a rare breed who actually majored in risk and insurance in college. Upon earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia, he realized he wasn’t ready to leave the good life of college or give up on UGA’s football chances. So he stayed to enjoy two more football seasons while earning an MBA and completing the CPCU program.

Jack began his career as a risk management consultant in Dallas, advising public entities, financial institutions and contractors. He left consulting in 1982 to join the IRMI leadership team that built the company into the premier risk and insurance education, information and conference organization it is today. As part of this process he initiated an IRMI partnership with a dot-com start-up called WebCE in 2000 and helped build it into the largest insurance CE provider in the country, with IRMI ultimately acquiring WebCE in 2011. He currently serves as CEO of both companies.

Jack is a member of the CPCU Society, having held many committee and officer positions, including president of the Dallas Chapter, and serving on the International CPCU Society’s board of directors.

In 1996, he was honored as University of Georgia’s Outstanding Insurance Alumnus of the year. In 2009, the Society of Risk Management Consultants designated him as an honorary member in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the practice of risk management. In 2017 he was elected an Honorary Fellow in the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel for his “contributions to the practice of insurance law and having attained a high degree of respect and eminence.” In 2018 the CPCU Society honored him with the prestigious Gottheimer Malecki Memorial Award.

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Enya He
Lloyd's

Enya He is Regional Director and National Practice Leader in Risk Management at Lloyd’s.  In her role, she leads Lloyd’s business development activities in the South Central Region and manages Lloyd’s client engagement activities in the US.   She also leads the design, planning and execution of the Tuesdays with Lloyd’s series.  Prior to Lloyd’s, Enya was an associate professor in risk management and insurance at University of North Texas. She obtained her PhD in risk management and insurance from University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, MBA from University of Miami (Florida), MAand BA in insurance from the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE)in Beijing China.  She is also a fellow of the Chartered InsuranceInstitute of Britain.  Born and raised in China, Enya moved to Texas in2006 and now considers herself a proud Texan. 

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Whitney Hollis
Vice President of P&C Marketing
USI SW

As VP of P&C Marketing at USI Dallas, Whitney specializes in market identification, program design, market relationships and negotiation.  Whitney also works to manage carrier relations and overall market appetite and fit for insureds.  

Since joining USI in November 2017, Whitney has been successful in helping Producers win and retain business.  She collaborates with all account teams and Producers to identify markets and create best-in-class programs for insureds through strategic negotiation with key carrier partners on pricing, structure, terms and conditions.   Whitney also leads the efforts to foster existing and develop new market relationships.  

Prior to joining USI, Whitney spent six years at Lockton Dallas, working on large, complex, national and international accounts.  

With over a decade of industry experience, Whitney has  worked within a wide range of client verticals, an array of complex national,  international and small to middle market accounts, and developed an extended  network of carriers, wholesalers and other trading partners.

Whitney graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from  the University of Texas at Austin.  

 

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Dan Kennedy
Regional President
Markel

Dan Kennedy is the Mid South Regional President for Markel Specialty, the US insurance operations for Markel Corporation. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, and founded in 1930, Markel is a Fortune 500 company with insurance, reinsurance, and investment operations around the world.

Dan leads the Mid South Region, one of Markel Specialty’s six regions. Markel Specialty is a diversified specialty insurer offering products in the casualty, property, professional lines, and surety segments of the business. Insuring businesses from Main Street to Wall Street, Markel Specialty offers innovative admitted and non-admitted solutions to individuals, small businesses, Fortune 1000 companies, and everything in between. Products are distributed through appointed retail agents, wholesale brokers, and intermediaries including underwriting authority delegated to managing general agents (MGAs) and managing general underwriters (MGUs), as well as insurtech and other alternative distribution platforms.  

Dan began his career in the insurance industry with a monoline workers compensation carrier which was acquired by Markel in 2010. He has held various ascending positions since starting as a field sales associate in 2005, relocating six times for new opportunities.  

Dan graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in business administration and a concentration in marketing. He holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), and Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designations and is a licensed property and casualty producer. He serves on the board of the Southeast Division of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation and on Markel’s Diversity & Inclusion Global Steering Committee. Dan lives just north of Dallas in Prosper, Texas, with his wife Mandy and their three children: Ashton, Aubrey, and Avery.

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Ben Ramundt
President – Texas
RT Specialty

Ben Ramundt serves as President of RT Specialty – Texas anda casualty insurance team leader. Ben joined RT Specialty’s Chicago office in2010, and then moved to RT’s Dallas office in 2012 to act as co-president and acasualty producer, where he grew a small team of six to a region-spanningoperation that was responsible for over $1 billion in written premium in 2021. Benspecializes in tough-to-place casualty business, including construction,manufacturing, trucking, real estate, and non-profit insurance.

Prior to joining RT Specialty, Ben spent nine years with CRCInsurance Services, rising to Vice President of Casualty for their Chicagooffice. He began his insurance career in 1999 as a claims adjuster for AlliedInsurance.

Ben graduated from Iowa State University with a degree infinance. He currently resides in Dallas with his wife Holly and their threechildren, and he has been an Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation boardmember since 2013.

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Tim Rau
Regional Executive Officer, Southwest Region
Chubb

Tim Rau is Regional Executive Officer - SouthwestRegion for Chubb.  He is responsible foroverseeing Regional Operations and representing the entire Chubb Global Enterprisefor Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Colorado, Utah, SouthernNevada and Wyoming.

Tim joined Chubb Global Casualty in 2004 as SeniorVice President and Branch Manager of the Dallas Major Accounts operation. Hewas responsible for all aspects of the operation including underwriting, clientrelations, recruiting and retaining the top talent in the business.

Tim has over 30 years experience in the insurancebusiness holding various underwriting management, business development and branchmanagement positions at CIGNA Special Risk in New York and Dallas and CNA RiskManagement in Dallas, Chicago and Denver.

Tim received his BBA and MBA from The College ofInsurance (now St. John’s University School of Insurance and Risk Management) andholds his CPCU designation from the American Institute of Property and CasualtyInsurance.

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John Schramm
CNA Insurance

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Mark Shults
Head of Sales & Distribution
The Hartford

Mark is the head of Sales & Distribution for The Hartford’s Middle & Large Commercial business with national sales responsibilities for enterprise distribution and sales execution strategy with the country’s largest agents and brokers.

 

Prior to his current role, Mark was the Division Executive for The Hartford’s Middle and Large Commercial business responsible for underwriting and enterprise distribution in Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas and Houston regional offices.

 

Before joining Hartford in 2016, Mark worked for Zurich North America in key leadership roles, including Regional Executive (Atlanta), Area Executive (Houston) and Global Broker Relationship Leader.  In addition, he has a strong understanding of broker and carrier relations from his previous work experience at McGriff, Seibels& Williams, Willis Towers Watson, AIG and Assurant Group.

 

Mark holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and completed an executive leadership program at Southern Methodist University.  He was formerly the Co-Chairman of the Board for Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Southeast Division and previous board member of Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Gulf Coast and Louisiana Chapter.  He lives in Dallas with his wife Kimberly and their two children.

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Jessica Soufrine
Vice President of Field Marketing & Underwriting
Amerisure

Jessica Soufrine is the Vice President of Field Marketing & Underwriting (FMU) for Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company.

 In this role, Ms. Soufrine is responsible for Amerisure’s underwriting operations and relationship management activities. Asa member of the company’s operational leadership team, she leads the FMU department in driving profitable growth with Amerisure’s Partners For Success®agencies.

 

Since joining Amerisure in 2008 as a Marketing Underwriter, Ms. Soufrine has held roles of increasing responsibility, including Senior Marketing Underwriter, FMU Manager and Assistant Vice President of FMU. Most recently, she served as the Regional Vice President of FMU for the company’s west region. Prior to joining Amerisure, she worked for Travelers in its claims department.

 

Ms. Soufrine earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communication and advertising from Appalachian State University. She currently serves as on the Board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation.

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Wayne Speeg
AXA XL

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Joe Young
Vice President Casualty
CRC Group

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Martin Yung
President and CEO
Hub International Texas

W. Martin Yung, ARM was appointed President and CEO of HUB International Insurance Texas on January 1, 2014.  Mr. Yung previously served as the Area President for HUB International Insurance Services in El Paso, Texas.  He was formerly the CEO and President of JDW Insurance prior to HUB acquiring the firm on September 1,2012.  Mr. Yung is also a member of HUB International Ltd. Executive Committee (ECM).

 

Mr. Yung graduated from Carson-Newman University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business.  He is a Texas Licensed Risk Manager and earned the designation of Associate in Risk Management (ARM).  He has continued the process of advanced learning through Executive Education courses at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and successfully completed Harvard Business School’s President’s Program in Leadership.

 

Mr. Yung is active in community affairs as well as many professional organizations.  He is currently on the Board of Regents at Carson Newman University, a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) Board, Co-Chair of the DRC Member Experience Council, a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Gold Dallas Chapter, Chair of the DFW FCA Executive Board, and a member of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Board (IICF).

 

Mr. Yung is a past member of the Board of El Paso/Juarez Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) where he served as Membership Chair, Education Chair and Chapter Chair. He was a member of the Advisory Board of JPMorgan Chase Bank El Paso, a founding member of the Board of Borderplex Alliance, a Bi-National Economic Alliance, a member of the Board of Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, formerly the President of the Board of Intersure, an international consortium of insurance brokers, was a member of the Board, Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee of El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation (REDCo), a former Trustee of St. Clement’s Parish School, a former Trustee of El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association, a past Board member of Texas Institute for Health Policy Research in Austin, Texas, a past President and Board member of Sunturians, Inc., a former member of Providence Memorial Hospital’s Finance Committee, a former member of the Advisory Board for Far West Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a past member and Chairman of CNA Insurance Company’s Regional PACER Counsel, a past Board member of Big Red Captive Insurance, Ltd., and served as Vice President of Independent Insurance Agents of El Paso.

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