Directors at Large

Stephanie Atkins

Stephanie Atkins

Stephanie Atkins is Senior Actuarial Manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Accident & Health (A&H) and Pet Insurance programs. Stephanie leads the A&H Product Operations team, responsible for pricing, product development, and compliance of all supplemental health and pet health insurance products.

Stephanie has over a decade of experience in the insurance industry, primarily in pricing roles relating to life insurance and employee benefits.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Stephanie lives in Jersey City, NJ with her husband, Larry, their daughter, and another one on the way! They love to travel, spend time down at the Jersey shore, and cheer on the New York Giants.

Brian Duval

Brian Duval

Brian is the Chief Underwriting Officer at Petplan.  His responsibilities include creating product strategy and leading the design, development, and management of Petplan’s pet insurance product.

Brian has a diverse background in variety of insurance products, including; accident & health, life, disability, and property and casualty insurance.  His prior experience includes roles in product, compliance, claims, and insurance consulting.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a Master of Science in Marketing Management from Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts.  He also holds the Associate, Life Management Institute (ALMI) designation.

Brian and his wife, Kimberly, enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors with their Irish Terrier, Maggie.

Brad Fisher

Brad Fisher

Brad Fisher is a Vice President at American Modern Insurance Company, and oversees the Specialty Clients Division which is responsible for the management of American Modern’s program business. Brad’s role within Specialty Clients includes oversight of a team including Sales, Product, Operations, and Underwriting disciplines. Brad assumed responsibility for Embrace’ Pet Health Program in July of 2018.

Brad joined American Modern in 1991 as a resident staff adjuster located in Toledo, Ohio. During Brad’s 23 years in Claims, he held various positions throughout the Department. Prior to his move to Specialty Clients, Brad was Vice President of Property Claims overseeing Inside Adjuster teams as well as First Notice of Loss. Brad earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. He has earned both his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation as well as an Associate in Claims (AIC) designation.

Gavin Friedman

Gavin Friedman

Gavin is Trupanion’s General Counsel and Chief People Officer. Gavin moved from Los Angeles to join Trupanion in September 2016. He began leading the human resources function in 2019.

Gavin has nearly twenty-five years of legal and business experience. Prior to Trupanion he worked for AIG Consumer Insurance for nearly fifteen years in different roles, and before that was an attorney for Morrison & Foerster LLP. Gavin has a B.Bus.Sci from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Seattle with his wife, two kids and newest family member Bebe.

Katie Grant Blakeley

Katie Grant Blakeley

Katie Grant Blakeley is the CEO of PetFirst Pet Insurance.  She has been a member of the organization since it was founded in 2004.  She has had the privilege of watching the company grow from the ground up, allowing her to serve in a variety of roles including Marketing Director and Vice President of Business Development. Prior to joining PetFirst, Katie worked in the thoroughbred racing industry.

Katie is a native of West Virginia. She was a Yeager Scholar at Marshall University.  She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, Chris, daughters Maddie and Charlotte and terrier-mix (“Franklin”). In her spare time, Katie enjoys running and spending time outdoors. Katie is an avid marathon runner with more than 13 under her belt.

Tyler Joyner

Tyler Joyner

Tyler Joyner is the Chief Operating Officer at PetPartners and oversees the Operations and Technology departments within the business.  Tyler has a strong background in Information Technology and is fluent in many disciplines relevant to technology.  He is passionate about the impact that technology can provide to support efficiency and promote a higher degree of support for pet parents.  In 2013, Tyler joined the team at PetPartners with the responsibility of assessing and rebuilding the entire technology stack implemented to manage quoting, enrollment, and servicing of policies.  He advanced his career and stepped into an executive leadership position after demonstrating a deep understanding of the business and leveraging technology to improve upon operational efficiencies.

Tyler is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a focus in Computer Information Systems.  Tyler lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Rachel and their two children.

Lior Keren

Lior Keren

Lior is Head of Operations and Corporate Secretary at Pumpkin. As a founding team member, he is currently leading the company’s operational, legal and financial matters. Lior is an executive with cross-functional expertise in direct-to-consumer operations, law, finance, corporate development and M&A.

Prior to joining Pumpkin, Lior was Chief Operating Officer of IL MAKIAGE, a direct-to-consumer beauty brand. Prior to that, Lior held Corporate Development leadership positions in the energy space with TechnipFMC, leading M&A and integration projects and strategy development cases. Lior started his career as a lawyer at Meitar Law, Israel’s premier law firm, advising clients on M&A and financing transactions, commercial agreements and general corporate law matters. He has also served as a combat officer (Captain) in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Lior holds an MBA (honors) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a dual degree in Law (LLB, honors) and Economics (BA) from Tel Aviv University.

Connor Lind

Connor has over a decade of experience working in the Property & Casualty Insurance industry. During those years he managed storefront acquisitions to expand a brick and mortar footprint and built out an online distribution process with corresponding call center operations.

Connor helped launched Prudent Pet in 2018. As President, he works to expand the business on both consumer-facing and business-to-business aspects. In his spare time, Connor enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife, son, and dog.

Brian Macias

Brian Macias

Brian Macias is the President of Embrace Pet Insurance. He is a University of Michigan graduate with 18 years of experience in the direct-to-consumer and affinity sales of financial products, including home loans, property and casualty insurance, accident and health insurance, and Medicare. Beginning his career as a mortgage banker at Quicken Loans, Brian worked his way up to an executive leadership position at the company and has since created significant growth in similar roles at National General Insurance and other entrepreneurial ventures. He lives in the Cleveland area with his wife, two daughters, and chocolate Lab, JoJo.

Deborah Meyers

Deborah Meyers

Deborah Meyers is an Associate Vice President for Operations at Nationwide Pet. Deborah is a strategic mobilizer, responsible for strategy, operational effectiveness, and execution of key initiatives for Customer Service, Policy Administration, Premium Processing, and Fulfillment Operations.

After a twenty-year career as a Finance professional in the human healthcare industry, she joined Nationwide (formerly Veterinary Pet Insurance), and branched out into operations. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Accounting, and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. She also holds an associate in Personal Insurance from the Insurance Institute of America.

Deborah and her husband are enjoying empty-nesting and sharing their lives in new ways with four young adult children and one new son-in-law.

Chris Middleton

Chris Middleton

Chris joined Pets Best Insurance in 2010 as Marketing Director. Shortly after, he was promoted to Vice President of Marketing, then Chief Operating Officer. In August of 2014, Chris was named President of Pets Best.

Chris started his career as a CPA at Big Eight firm, Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC). He then spent 18 years in the technology field at Fortune 50 Company, Hewlett-Packard (HP). During his time at HP, he held a variety of roles in accounting and finance, sales and business development, and marketing for their North America division.

The Boise native holds a bachelors’ degree from Idaho State University and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oregon. Chris was a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field team during college, and continues to be a fitness enthusiast. He also enjoys motorcycling and is an avid woodworker. He and his wife of over 27 years, Nancy, are parents to two children. They are also pet parents to two spoiled dogs who frequent the Pets Best office; Attie, an 80-pound mixed breed, and Otto, a 10-pound Yorkie and Maltese mix.

Franklin D. Sanders, Jr.

Franklin D. Sanders, Jr.

Franklin joined Chubb in 1988. After holding a variety of management positions in underwriting and operations, he joined Chubb’s corporate strategy group in 1999 where he was responsible for development of strategy for the use of secure commerce in serving Chubb’s agency community.

In 2001, Franklin joined Chubb Custom Market with responsibility for distribution strategy and the creation of an in-house MGA to produce business on behalf of other non-affiliated carriers. Franklin assumed responsibility for Chubb Custom Market’s program business unit in 2003.

January 2016, with Ace acquisition of Chubb, Franklin assumed responsibilities for the combined Westchester Programs operations.

Rusty Sproat

Rusty Sproat

A serial entrepreneur, Rusty is passionate about leveraging innovative technologies to transform how consumers purchase, interact and value insurance. As a licensed property, casualty, fire and health insurance professional, Rusty owned three insurance agencies in Chicago before selling everything to fulfill his vision of launching an InsurTech company.

Inspired by Buster—his loyal Boston Terrier—and deep understanding of the insurance industry, Rusty launched Figo, the first technology-based pet insurance company. Rusty is often a keynote speaker at InsurTech events, and shares his expertise on insurance innovation and Figo’s no-stack startup approach to technology architecture. In 2017, A.M. Best’s Reviews ranked Figo as the No. 1 InsurTech company in pet health; and Reviews.com ranked Figo the “Best Pet Insurance” company from 2017-2019.

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor is the President at Spot Pet Insurance and with 28 years of business development experience in the insurance industry, is a pet health insurance expert. Scott has a myriad of experience building distribution through employee benefits broker networks and managing affinity group relationships. Being a marketing and business development professional, Scott is focused on the distribution of Pet insurance to help ensure pets and pet parents are happy and healthy. A couple of Scott’s key focuses are building strategic partnerships and developing innovative product and program solutions for Spot Pet Insurances partners and prospective partners.

Scott obtained his masters from the University of New Haven in Business Management. He currently resides in Palm Beach, FL – Scott enjoys spending his time outdoors either boating, golfing, or fishing and also playing with his yellow lab, Stone.

Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace

Mike has more than 25 years of experience in the Property and Casualty insurance industry. He started his career in Vancouver and joined ING Canada based out of Calgary. Mike took progressively more senior roles, leaving ING in 2005 where he was the Chief Insurance Risk Officer for ING Mexico based in Mexico City. In January 2006, Mike joined RSA Canada as Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Canada and a member of RSA Canada’s executive team. In March 2011, Mike took on new responsibilities as Senior Vice President, Lifestyle Insurance and Reinsurance. Lifestyle insurance included RSA’s Travel, Custom Solutions and Pet Insurance businesses. Mike joined Pethealth in June of 2015 as President of Insurance.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science from University of Calgary in Actuarial Science and has completed RSA’s Executive Development Program.

Mike is fluent in both English and Spanish and on his spare time, he enjoys skiing, golfing and hockey. Mike and his wife, Julie, are the parents of a 20 year old daughter and 18 year son.