Missouri Insurance Director Huff Elected NAIC President

November 23, 2015

Members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) have elected 2016 officers who will will assume their duties on Jan. 1, 2016.

  • President: Missouri Insurance Director John M. Huff
  • President-Elect: Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark
  • Vice President: Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Ted Nickel
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak

Huff was appointed as director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2009. In 2010, Huff was appointed to the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council by the NAIC. He served two terms on the council and was the initial state insurance regulator appointed. The council was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Before entering public service, he spent 11 years as an executive with insurers and reinsurers, including Swiss Re and GE Insurance Solutions.

Clark, a veteran of Kentucky state government, was appointed commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Insurance (DOI) in 2008 and was reappointed to the post in 2012. Clark was the first director of the DOI’s Consumer Protection and Education Division, a position she held for five years. Under her leadership, the Department hired its first ombudsman, added consumer education and outreach functions, and strengthened enforcement efforts by expanding the number of consumer complaint investigators.

Clark serves as the chair of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Board and is a member of the Kentucky Group Health Insurance Board. She is also past Secretary-Treasurer of the National Insurance Producer Registry board and is interim chair of the Surplus Lines Multistate Compliance Compact. Prior to being appointed insurance commissioner, Clark worked at the Finance and Administration Cabinet. She also held positions for the Kentucky House of Representatives, the Public Service Commission, and the former Workforce Development Cabinet.

Nickel was appointed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as Commissioner of Insurance for the state of Wisconsin in 2011. Prior to his appointment, Nickel worked for almost 18 years as director of governmental and regulatory affairs for Church Mutual Insurance Company in Merrill, Wisconsin.

Nickel has been actively engaged in insurance industry affairs in Wisconsin and has served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Insurance Alliance. Nickel served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Insurance Security Fund and the Oklahoma Property Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association, as well as having served as a member of the Legal and Government Affairs Committee of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. Nickel also worked in the administration of former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson.

McPeak was appointed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to lead the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance in 2011. McPeak is the first woman to serve as chief insurance regulator in more than one state. She brings to the department nearly 20 years of legal and administrative experience in state government.

Before being named as commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Insurance, McPeak practiced as counsel to the insurance practice group of law firm Burr & Forman LLP. She also served as the executive director of the Kentucky Office of Insurance (KOI). Before her appointment as executive director, she spent nine years as an attorney for the KOI, the final five as general counsel. She also served as general counsel to the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet.

2016 Zone Officers Elected

NAIC members also elected 2016 zone officers during the Fall National Meeting.

Northeastern Zone
  • Susan L. Donegan – Chair, Vermont
  • Eric A. Cioppa – Vice Chair, Maine
  • Al Redmer, Jr. – Secretary, Maryland
Southeastern Zone
  • Jim L. Ridling – Chair, Alabama
  • Wayne Goodwin – Vice Chair, North Carolina
  • Mike Chaney – Secretary, Mississippi
Midwestern Zone
  • Bruce R. Ramge – Chair, Nebraska
  • Nick Gerhart – Vice Chair, Iowa
  • John D. Doak – Secretary, Oklahoma
Western Zone
  • Dave Jones – Chair, California
  • Laura N. Cali – Vice Chair, Oregon
  • David Mattax – Secretary, Texas

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