Surplus Line Association of California Formally Elects 2019 Board

March 19, 2019

The members of the Surplus Line Association of California have reelected Robert Gilbert of Markel West Insurance Services as chair of the SLA board of directors.

Gilbert’s election was finalized after the SLA tallied the final ballots from members who were unable to attend the SLA Annual Meeting, which took place Feb. 5 and Feb. 7 in San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively.

Also reelected to leadership were Terri Moran of Paul Hanson Partners, who remains vice chair, and Janet Beaver of Tokio Marine-HCC Casualty, who will serve a second term as secretary/treasurer.

The leadership team won a second term following the board’s vote in 2018 to allow officers to serve in their positions for two years.

Additionally, voters approved the nominating committee’s proposed slate for the entire 13-member board. Three new members won election to seats on the board this year, including James Faley of Vela Insurance Services, Charles Rosson of R-T Specialty, and Terrence Villar of AmWINS.

Completing the 13-member board are the following individuals who also served in 2018:

  • Tim Chaix, R.E. Chaix and Associates
  • Rich Gobler, Burns & Wilcox
  • Hank Haldeman, Worldwide Facilities, LLC
  • Cameron Kelly, Worldwide Facilities, LLC
  • Pam Quilici, Crouse & Associates Insurance Services of Northern California, Inc.
  • Kathy Schroeder, Sierra Specialty Insurance Services, Inc.
  • John Washington, Arch Insurance Group

Additionally, SLA members reelected Harry Low, a former insurance commissioner and retired presiding justice of the California Court of Appeal, as mediator.

All of those elected to the 2019 board will serve until balloting is completed following the next SLA annual meeting in February 2020.

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