Michigan’s AF Group Promotes 5 in Leadership Positions

January 15, 2019

Lansing, Michigan-based AF Group has promoted five in key leadership positions across the organization.

Abel Travis has been promoted to vice president, Underwriting & Product Innovation. Prior to joining AF Group in April 2018, Travis was assistant vice president and head of commercial lines product management for Hanover Insurance Group.

He earned a master’s in Business Administration from Long Island University and Pragmatic Product Management Certification and Strategic Leadership Certification from MIT, along with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Clarkson University.

Keri Kittmann is now vice president, Servicing Carrier Operations. Kittmann joined AF Group in 200, and has held various management positions within the organization. In 2009, she was named AF Group’s “Leader of the Year.” Prior to joining AF Group, she held several finance and accounting roles for Citizens/Hanover Insurance and Blue Care Network.

Kittmann earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Michigan State University. In 2018, she was appointed to the Cristo Rey Community Center Board of Directors in Lansing.

Mitch Walsh has been named vice president, Business Transformation. Walsh joined AF Group in 2015 as director of Strategy and Operations. Prior to joining AF Group, he served as vice president of Insurance Services at Texas Mutual Insurance Co. and previously held several executive-level positions including vice president of Loss Prevention & Underwriting Systems.

Walsh earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University.

Becky Holnagel has been appointed chief actuary. Holnagel has held several management positions since joining AF Group in 2006 and now leads the company’s Actuarial and Predictive Modeling teams and data strategy initiatives. Prior to joining AF Group, Holnagel served as a senior actuarial analyst for MEEMIC Insurance Co. and as an actuarial analyst and commercial lines underwriter for Citizens Insurance Co.

Holnagel received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She has earned the FCAS, MAAA and CPCU professional designations.

Jacob Geyer has been promoted to vice president, AF Specialty; and vice president, Business Analytics and Underwriting Operations. Geyer joined Accident Fund in June 2008 as a senior actuarial analyst. Prior to this, he worked at Liberty Mutual in an actuarial role for pricing and ratemaking.

Geyer earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Michigan State University and he serves on the Michigan State University Actuarial Science Board of Advisors. He holds the CPCU and CAWC professional designations.

AF Group offers property/casualty insurance through the following AF Group companies: Accident Fund Insurance Company of America; Accident Fund National Insurance Company; Accident Fund General Insurance Company; United Wisconsin Insurance Company; Third Coast Insurance Company and CompWest Insurance Company.

Source: AF Group

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