Institute Advisory Board
W. Kim Austen
Kim Austen began his association with Allied in 1976 as a claims representative. He has held various management positions in underwriting and was named regional vice president of the Rocky Mountain Regional Office in 1990. He moved to the Lincoln Regional Office as regional vice president in 1992 and then to the Des Moines Regional Office in 1994. He was named senior vice president-product development in 2001. In 2003, Austen was appointed senior vice president-Commercial/Agribusiness Product & Pricing for the Property Casualty Insurance Operations at Nationwide, Allied's parent company. Austen was named president of Allied in 2006.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska, he received a B.S. degree in mathematics and economics, and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.
Austen is a board member of the Science Center of Iowa. He serves on the Leadership Cabinet of the American Red Cross, Central Iowa Chapter, the Executive Council of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and is a member of the Iowa Business Council.
Loren Coppock, BBA70, has been the managing director of TrueNorth Companies LLC since 2000. He now serves as Chairman of the Board. He has also been a commercial underwriter, an agent, a broker with Merrill Lynch, as well as president and chairman of Davis Jones Lamb Insurance.
Coppock is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).
His community activities include Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, United Way of East Central Iowa, and Mt. Mercy College.
Chairman of the Board
Steven Eginoire, BGS76, joined Lockton in 1987 and now serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Lockton Affinity. The firm provides a variety of insurance services to associations, franchises, and other buying groups around the world. Eginoire also serves on the board of Lockton International Holdings, which has insurance brokerage operations in more than 43 countries. Lockton Affinity and Lockton International are subsidiaries of Kansas City-based Lockton Inc., the world’s largest privately held insurance brokerage and risk management firm with total revenues in excess of $800 million.
Chairman and CEO
Greg Elming BBA'82 is senior vice president and chief risk officer of the Principal Financial GroupÂ®. Elming joined the company in 1982 as a staff accountant. He was named administrator - corporate accounting and taxes in 1985 and manager in 1986. He was elected an officer and named assistant controller in 1988, and director â€“ financial reporting in 1995. He was named a second vice president in 1998, vice president and controller in 2000 and to his current role in 2011.
Senior Vice President
Ted Flores, BBA76, joined Griffith Laboratories in 1988 as corporate risk manager and was promoted to Vice President of Risk Management in 2013. In this capacity, Ted oversees the structure and placement of the company’s worldwide insurance programs, directs the management of claims and litigation, and leads other risk management initiatives including crisis management/business continuity planning, supply chain risk management, property loss prevention, and health & safety. Ted is past chair of the Risk Management Section of the CPCU Society, has served as a director of the Chicago Chapter of RIMS, and as chair of the REBEX Conference held annually in Chicago.
Vice President, Risk Management
Todd Fuhs, BS80, is AEGON's chief risk officer for the Americas and was previously the chief actuary for the Institutional Markets Division. Todd joined AEGON after 16 years at Provident/Unum Provident, where he was responsible for ALM/portfolio strategies and product pricing/costing. Prior to this, he held various positions in product pricing, valuation, and product development.
Chief Risk Officer and Chief Actuary
Dana C. Ramundt
Dana Ramundt, BBA74, is president and CEO of The Dana Company, an independent insurance agency he founded in Des Moines, Iowa, that currently serves clients in 22 states. The majority of his career has been in insurance agencies in Mason City and Des Moines, prior to starting The Dana Company in 1989.
Ramundt has served the insurance industry as president of two county independent insurance agents' associations and as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa, and most recently served on the board of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. He also served four years as a board member of Project InVEST, a national program for the introduction of the insurance industry to high school and college students throughout the country. Ramundt initiated the reestablishment of the insurance program at the University of Iowa, which has now evolved into the Vaughan Institute.
President and CEO
Rod Warren, BA'86 MBA'97, is the president of the insurance companies and insurance agencies under the NCMIC Group umbrella. The insurance companies specialize in professional liability coverage for physicians, dentists, chiropractors, and lawyers. The insurance agencies provide insurance products to a variety of audiences from a number of national insurance companies. The companies have a presence in all 50 states. Rod joined NCMIC Group in 2001 as vice president of its annuity company, before moving to its professional liability companies.
Michael Wilkins, BS85, MBA92, is senior vice president of United Fire Group. He is responsible for the development of the company’s information technology, including business applications, web applications, network infrastructure, and security procedures. He directs the reinsurance and personal lines segments.
Wilkins joined the company in 1985 as a computer programmer. From 1990 to 1996, he served as product support manager. In 1996, he was named regional underwriting manager of the Central Plains regional office. In 1998, he was named resident vice president of the Central Plains region. In 2002, he was named vice president of administration, and, in 2004, he was appointed senior vice president.
Wilkins has obtained the ARP and CPCU professional insurance designations. He is a member of the CPCU Society and serves on the board of directors of the Cedar Valley Chapter of the CPCU Society. He is also a member of the finance and administration committee of the United Way of East Central Iowa.
Executive Vice President
Erin graduated in 2009 with a degree in finance and the RMI Certificate. Upon graduation, Erin accepted a position as a business analyst with The IMT Group, a property-casualty insurance company located in West Des Moines, Iowa, where she currently serves as marketing coordinator. Prior to graduating, Erin had an internship with Allied Insurance. While at Iowa, Erin was a member of Gamma Iota Sigma, serving various leadership roles throughout her membership. Erin currently holds an Associate in Insurance Services (AINS) designation and is working to obtain the CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) designation. In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Therese Vaughan, BBA79, is the Interim Dean of Drake University's College of Business and Public Administration. In addition, she is the iimmediate past chief executive officer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). She served in this capacity from February 2009-November 2012.
Prior to her tenure at NAIC, she was the Robb B. Kelley Distinguished Professor of Insurance and Actuarial Science at Drake University. She was the Iowa insurance commissioner from 1994 to 2004, the longest-serving insurance commissioner in Iowa history, and was appointed to the position by governors of both major parties. During her term as insurance commissioner, Vaughan was an active member of the NAIC and served as its president in 2002.
Vaughan held previous academic positions at Baruch College of the City University of New York and at Temple University, and she was employed as a consultant in the risk management and casualty division of Tillinghast, a Towers Perrin Company.
She earned a Ph.D. in risk and insurance at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a CPCU, an associate of the Society of Actuaries, an associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She was previously a member of the board of directors of the Principal Financial Group, Endurance Specialty Holdings, the National Council on Compensation Insurance, and the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association.