Commercial Broker Trade Group CIAB Adds 4 to Staff

December 16, 2015

The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) announced four additions to its association staff.

John P. Fielding is joining as in-house general counsel. Fielding has spent the last nine years with the law firm Steptoe in its Washington, D.C. office, focusing on government relations.

Ken A. Crerar, president/CEO of The Council, cited Fielding for his experience with insurance legislative and regulatory matters at both the state and federal levels, as well as with agent-broker issues and compliance laws. According to the announcement, Fielding has worked on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, implementation of the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers licensing mechanism, insurance regulatory reform legislation, and surplus lines regulatory reform. He has also worked with state insurance commissioners on privacy, state regulations and terrorism preparedness.

Fielding began his career working on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.). He then worked as senior counsel for financial services at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and as an attorney with The Scott Group before joining Steptoe. He currently serves as vice president of the board of directors of the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR).

Crerar said Scott Sinder and the firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP will continue to serve as CIAB’s legal counsel. Sinder will ascend to the role of chief legal officer.

Washington, D.C.-based CIAB, which serves commercial insurance and employee benefits brokers, also announced the hiring of Sandy Laycox, Derrick Johnson and Robert Boyce.

Laycox is associate managing editor for CIAB’s Leader’s Edge magazine. She is working directly with the publication’s Editor-in-Chief, Rick Pullen, and is responsible for supporting all areas of the magazine’s editorial, design and production process. Laycox will also support various CIAB communications. Before joining CIAB, Laycox served as senior writer/editor for America’s Essential Hospitals. She also worked at The History Factory, producing corporate histories and editing best practice case studies in corporate performance.

Johnson, a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), is the director of meetings. His main responsibility is to assist in the running of CIAB’s core meetings and additional business related meetings. Johnson previously served as the Northeastern U.S. regional event director for the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Boyce is industry affairs associate for CIAB’s strategic resources team. He is responsible for producing the Cyber Roundup blog, managing existing and new market indices, assisting with the Claims & Risk Management Working Group and facilitating the sharing of business intelligence with CIAB members. Previously, Boyce worked on Capitol Hill in the office of Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.).

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