Advisory Council

Greg Baker, CPCU, CLU, ChFC 

Greg Baker is chairman and commercial lines account executive of ThompsonBaker, a full-service agency offering personalized insurance, business coverage and financial services. Baker joined the agency in 1970 and worked as an insurance agent and realtor, where he sold both personal lines and commercial lines insurance in hospitality risk, including motels, restaurants and tourist attractions. He became a partner in both the real estate company and the insurance agency in 1976 and president in 1980 through 2009. 

Actively involved in the community, Baker serves on the President’s Council of Flagler College and is a member of the St. Augustine Kiwanis Club. He is a former mayor of St. Augustine, past chairman of the Board of Flagler Hospital and past chairman of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents (FAIA). Baker also is a former president of the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, a former trustee of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, and First Floridian Insurance Company, a former Travelers subsidiary. 

Baker received a B.S. in risk management/insurance from Florida State University and a master’s degree in insurance management from Boston University. He also holds Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations. 

 

David Brooks, CPCU, ARM 

David Brooks is the SVP and chief risk officer for XL Insurance and is responsible for the identification and management of all material underwriting and enterprise risks throughout the organization. In addition to overseeing high-risk underwriting and emerging risk activities, his responsibilities also include catastrophe aggregation management. This requires the development and utilization of “real time” catastrophe modeling tools to understand the impact of human and natural catastrophe perils during the underwriting process, as well as analyzing modeled results in the development of appropriate reinsurance structures to protect against severe catastrophic loss. Brooks is also a member of the senior management board, which is responsible for establishing policy and direction for XL Insurance. 

Prior to joining XL in 1998, Brooks worked for 16 years in the insurance brokerage industry, with primary involvement in the sales and servicing of large, multi-national Fortune 1000 accounts. Many of these accounts had significant exposures to natural catastrophe events. 

Brooks graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance (magna cum laude) from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in risk management and insurances from Florida State University. He also attended graduate studies in finance and insurance at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He has earned the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) professional designations. 

 

Allen Durham 

Allen Durham is the president and CEO of Star & Shield Risk Management LLC, the attorney-in-fact for Star & Shield Insurance Exchange and a home and auto reciprocal insurer for members of the law enforcement, corrections and fire rescue communities and their families. Prior to his work in forming this new venture, Durham was an executive vice president with Hunt Insurance Group, a leading administrator of self-insurance funds located in Tallahassee, Fla. Before joining Hunt Insurance Group, Durham was a senior vice president of Benfield, Inc. (now Aon Benfield), one of the largest reinsurance intermediaries in the world. He also was branch manager of Benfield’s Dallas, Texas office, where he held leadership positions on several of Benfield’s largest accounts and was a member of Benfield’s Senior Broker Forum, a Benfield Top Gun class graduate and an instructor in Benfield’s renowned education program. A large portion of Durham’s experience and expertise relates to personal lines homeowners business in Florida, in addition to other lines of business including professional liability, workers compensation, personal auto, commercial property and commercial general liability. Durham also has held positions with Willis Re, E.W. Blanch Co. and Transamerica, and worked as an independent consultant. 

Durham holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in risk management and insurance from Florida State University’s College of Business. In addition, he holds Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations from the Insurance Institute of America. He is a past member of the board of directors and executive committee for Florida State University’s National Alumni Association, past member of the board of directors for the Southwestern Insurance Information Service and a past member of the FSU College of Business Board of Governors. 

 

Fred Karlinsky 

Fred E. Karlinsky is co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Practice Group. Karlinsky has more than 20 years of experience representing the interests of insurers, reinsurers and a wide variety of other insurance-related entities on their regulatory, transactional, corporate and governmental affairs matters. He is a recognized authority on national insurance regulatory and compliance issues and has taken a 

leadership position in many insurance trade organizations. He has led many industry-driven legislative and regulatory initiatives and is a sought after thought leader, who has spoken and presented papers to insurance executives and governmental officials, both nationally and internationally. 

Karlinsky is experienced in transactional law, executive and legislative governmental affairs, administrative law and corporate representation. He advises clients on operational issues, including start-up initiatives, structuring, capitalization, and collaborative business relationships along with a complete array of regulatory and compliance issues, including licensure and corporate amendment applications, business expansion initiatives, solvency and statutory accounting issues, rate and form filings, and financial and market conduct examinations, to name a few. 

He has a long history as a primary strategist in all types of Florida insurance-related legislative and regulatory initiatives for all kinds of insurance, including homeowners, automobile, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and other lines of property and casualty and life and health insurance. 

In addition to his role with Greenberg Traurig, Kalinsky has been an adjunct professor in Florida State University’s College of Law since 2008, where he teaches a course on insurance law and risk management. He also is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. 

Karlinsky earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies from the University of Miami and a J.D. from Florida State University’s College of Law. 

 

Jack Nelson, Ph.D. 

Dr. Jack M. Nelson is senior vice president and chief investment officer for Everest Reinsurance Group, where he is responsible for overseeing the company's invested assets along with the assets of the employee pension plan. He is responsible for the allocation of assets among asset classes and investment managers. Nelson is responsible for long-term investment strategy and policy issues, evaluating portfolio risks and performance, ensuring compliance with policy guidelines and applicable regulations, and resolving administrative and operational issues. He also leads the company efforts in cash management and currency hedging. 

Prior to joining Everest Reinsurance in 2009, Nelson was a member of the Financial Reserves Management Group at Wellington Management Company from 2000 through 2009. As a relationship manager, he worked exclusively with insurance company clients on their investment issues. Nelson also was a professor at Florida State University from 1984 through 1989. After FSU, he joined the College of Insurance in New York from 1989 through 1999 and was later named the Robert F. Corroon Professor and the chief academic officer. His work has been published in a number of journals and industry trade papers including, The Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Insurance Regulation, CPCU Journal, Reinsurance Digest and John Liner Review. He is a past president of the American Risk and Insurance Association and the Southern Risk and Insurance Association. 

Nelson holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in applied economics and business, both from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, where he was a Huebner Fellow. His bachelor’s degree is in 

finance and management from the University of Utah. He also holds CFA, CLU, ChFC, CPCU and ARM designations. 

 

Franklin W. Nutter 

Frank Nutter is president of the Reinsurance Association of America (RAA), a position he has held since 1991, and from 1981 to 1984. In the interim, he was president of the Alliance of American Insurers and the Property Loss Research Bureau, which have now merged to be part of the PCI (Property Casualty Insurance Association of America). 

Nutter serves on the board of the International Hurricane Research Center, the advisory board of the Center for Health and the Global Environment; the governing council of the American Meteorological Association; the board of the University Center for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of universities funded primarily by the National Science Foundation; and the advisory board of the OECD’s International Network for the Financial Management of Large Scale Disasters. He also an adjunct to the Harvard University Medical School. 

He has chaired the Natural Disaster Coalition, an effort to develop a program to respond to catastrophic earthquakes, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions in the United States. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Worker’s Compensation Research Institute. He has also served as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Institute for Civil Justice, a subsidiary of the Rand Corporation, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences. 

Nutter has a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Cincinnati and a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a Vietnam veteran and is listed in Who’s Who in America. 

 

Julie Rochman 

Julie Rochman is president and chief executive officer of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), a nonprofit applied research and communication organization supported by the property insurance industry. Rochman came to IBHS in November 2007 with more than 20 years of public affairs and advocacy experience representing major corporations, research and safety organizations, and issue-based coalitions. 

Prior to joining IBHS, Rochman held senior positions at a leading Washington, D.C.-based strategic communication firm, the American Insurance Association, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. She 

currently serves on the boards of the National Fire Protection Association and the International Hurricane Research Center. Previous board service includes the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Highway Loss Data Institute and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. 

Rochman earned a B.A. in international relations from Newcomb College of Tulane University and a master’s degree in American government from the University of Virginia. 

 

Robin Smith Westcott 

Robin Smith Westcott is the vice president of Government Affairs, Legal & Compliance for AAIS, a national advisory and statistical organization providing standardized policy forms and rate filings on behalf of more than 700 property and casualty companies. Westcott began her career with the Florida Department of Insurance as a staff attorney with the Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation in 1993. During her career with the Florida DOI and later the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, she served in various regulatory roles including assistant general counsel, director of Financial Oversight for P&C and acting deputy commissioner for P&C. She was appointed as the Florida insurance consumer advocate in 2011 by Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and served in this capacity until leaving to join AAIS in November 2013. She has served on the Florida Surplus Lines Board, Florida Workers Compensation JUA Board, Workers Compensation Guaranty Association Board, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Consumer Committee and Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology, and currently serves on the Florida Storm Center Advisory Council. 

Westcott received her bachelor of science from Florida State University and her Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law. 

 

Steve Wilder 

As the vice president of Risk Management for The Walt Disney Company, Steve Wilder is responsible for directing Disney’s worldwide corporate risk management program. In 2004, he gained recognition for his creative use of insurance programs to transfer risk and was featured as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by the Treasury and Risk Management magazine. He also was named “Risk Manager of the Year” by Business Insurance magazine in 1990. In addition to managing risk for Disney, Wilder also has served as national president of the Risk Management Society and currently serves on the board of directors of Verdugo Hills Hospital, a nonprofit hospital in Glendale, Calif. Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, he served as 

risk manager for the Whittaker Corporation from 1982 to 1987 and also worked in the insurance brokerage industry. 

Wilder has a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in risk management and insurance from Florida State University’ College of Business. He also has completed the UCLA Executive Management Program. He holds an Associate in Risk Management designation. 

 

Hugh Willoughby, Ph.D. 

Dr. Hugh Willoughby is a research professor of Meteorology in the Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University. His hurricane-research interests include analysis of aircraft observations, formulation of theoretical models of motion and intensification, and analysis of economic and human impacts. 

Until 2002, he was a research meteorologist at the Hurricane Research Division (HRD) of NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, where he worked since 1975 and served as director from 1995 to 2002. He has made more than 400 flights into the eyes of typhoons and hurricanes. Before joining HRD, Dr. Willoughby was a commissioned officer in the U. S. Navy, where he served as a flight meteorologist in Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE from 1970 to 1971 and on the Military faculty of the Naval Academy from 1971 to 1974. 

Willoughby has a B.S. in geophysics-geochemistry from the University of Arizona, a M.S. in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Miami. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is past chair the AMS Committee on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology.

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