Barry Karfunkel joined National General at inception in 2010 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director. He also serves as an officer and Director of many of our subsidiaries. Mr. Karfunkel has previously served as President, Executive Vice President, and Chief Marketing Officer of the Company. Prior to joining National General, he was a Managing Director with Maiden Capital Solutions from 2009 to 2010, and an Analyst with AmTrust Capital Partners from 2007 to 2009.
Michael Weiner joined National General in 2010 and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer. He also serves as an officer and director of many of our subsidiaries. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Weiner was the global Chief Financial Officer of Ally Financial’s GMAC Insurance unit from 2009 to 2010. Previously, he was at Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company as a member of the financial services team from 2008 to 2009, and held a number of financial management positions with Citigroup from 2001 to 2007. He began his career at Bankers Trust Company in 1995. Mr. Weiner is CFA charterholder.
Thomas Newgarden joined National General in 2010 as Senior Vice President for the North region and has served as Chief Product and Analytics Officer since 2012 and President of National General Preferred since 2014. Prior to joining the company, he was Chief Underwriting Officer for Plymouth Rock Assurance from 2009 to 2010 and Senior Vice President, Personal Lines at Safeco Insurance Company from 2008 to 2009. From 2002 to 2008, he was Senior Vice President & Chief Underwriting Officer helping to build AIG’s Private Client Group. From 1995 to 2002, he served as Actuarial Director for Response Insurance Company. Mr. Newgarden started his insurance career as an actuarial pricing analyst at ISO in 1989.
Peter Rendall joined National General at its inception in 2010 and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer. Mr. Rendall also serves as an officer and Director of many of our subsidiaries. Prior to joining the Company, he held a number of information technology and financial management positions with GMAC Insurance, the predecessor company to National General, from 2002 to 2010. Mr. Rendall began his career in 1995 at Integrated Services, Inc. a software company. Mr. Rendall earned his MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University.
Dave Koegel joined National General in 2014 as Chief Actuary and also currently serves as Chief Risk Officer. Prior to joining the Company, he served as a Senior Actuary in the Unique Risk Underwriting division at AmTrust from 2010 to 2014. Previously, he was a Vice President at Imagine Advisors, Inc. from 1998 to 2009, a Senior Manager at Deloitte from 1997 to 1998, a Senior Vice President at Gill and Roeser from 1987 to 1997, and an Actuarial Supervisor at AIG from 1981-1986. Mr. Koegel began his career as an Actuarial Assistant at ISO in 1979. Mr. Koegel is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).
Donald Bolar joined National General at inception in 2010 as Chief Accounting Officer, and also served as Vice President and Treasurer from 2010 until 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Bolar served as Vice President and Treasurer of GMAC Insurance, the predecessor company to National General, from 1998 until 2010. Prior to 1998, Mr. Bolar was with Motors Insurance Corporation and worked in various positions in accounting and financial planning. Mr. Bolar holds the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designations, and earned his MBA from the University of Detroit-Mercy.
Leslie Leb joined National General at inception in 2010 and currently serves as Chief Information Officer. Before joining the Company, he served as CIO for American Stock Transfer Company from 2008 to 2010. Previously, he was CIO for ASTStockPlan (which was acquired by Citigroup Smith Barney in 2000) from 1998 to 2008, a senior member of E&Y’s Financial Services Management Consulting practice from 1995 to 1998, created the Global Technology Departments for the America’s Division of Mase Westpac Banking from 1983 to 1994, and was a Senior Manager for Con Edison’s Scientific and Engineering System Department from 1974 to 1983. Mr. Leb started his Technology career as a Teaching Fellow at Stevens Institute of Technology in 1973.
Robert Karfunkel joined National General at inception in 2010 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, and Director. He joined our Board of Directors in 2016, a role which he also held from 2010 until the completion of the private placement in 2013. He also serves as a director of many of our subsidiaries. Mr. Karfunkel previously served as Executive Vice President Strategy and Development. He began his career as a marketing analyst for Maiden Reinsurance from 2009 to 2010.
George Hall joined National General at inception in 2010 and currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Claims Officer. He began his insurance career in 1981 as a field claims representative at Integon, a predecessor company to National General, and has held various claims positions within the organization since that time. He has held the role of Chief Claims Officer since 2006. Mr. Hall earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1995.
Jeffrey Weissmann joined National General in 2011 and currently serves as General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Weissmann also serves as an officer and Director of many of our subsidiaries. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Weissmann practiced law at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP in the securities, mergers & acquisitions and corporate governance areas from 2003 to 2011. He received his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.
Doug Hanes joined National General at inception in 2010 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of P&C Product Management. Prior to joining the Company, he held various product management roles at GMAC Insurance, the predecessor company to National General, from 2006 through 2010. Previously, he was a Litigation Consultant responsible for developing expert witnesses from various scientific professions and jury selection in Product Liability and Bad Faith Insurance cases at FirmLogic LLC from 2000 to 2006, and a Research Fellow at National Institutes of Health and University of Cambridge from 1997 to 2000. Dr. Hanes earned his PhD from Vanderbilt University where he studied Behavioral Neuroscience.
Brenda Castellano joined National General in 2011 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Sales & Strategy. Prior to joining the Company, she was with Farmers Insurance from 1998 through 2011 in various roles including: Underwriting Manager, Customer Service Director, Agency Accounting Manager, Vice President of Marketing and Executive Vice President. She began her career on the agency side where she managed a 3 store agency for 2 years. Mrs. Castellano is a Licensed 220 Property & Casualty Agent with a Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager designation.
Andrew McGuire joined National General in September 2014 upon closing of the Tower Personal Lines transaction, and currently serves as Senior Vice President of National General Preferred. Prior to joining the company, Mr. McGuire was the Vice President of Product Management and Analytics at Tower Group from 2012 to 2014. Previously, he was Vice President of Product Management leading the homeowner’s line of business for Fireman’s Fund from 2009 to 2012, worked at Zurich North America in various roles from 2006 to 2009 leaving as Assistant Vice President of Commercial Auto, and worked in Product Management and Project Implementation at Allstate from 2004 to 2006. Mr. McGuire began his career in insurance in 1995 at Safeco working in Claims and Sales.
Art Castner joined National General in October 2015 upon closing of the QBE Lender-Placed Insurance transaction, and has served as President of National General Lender Services since that time. Prior to joining the Company, he was SVP of Operations & Strategic Operations Development for QBE MLS from 2004 through 2015. He previously served as VP, Mortgage Services & Operations at Ocwen Financial Corporation from 1992 to 2004, and prior to that was an attorney in private practice specializing in insurance defense and land use planning.
Aaron Goddard joined National General in February 2012 upon closing of the Velapoint Insurance acquisition and currently serves as President of Velapoint Insurance and President of Agency Sales. Prior to joining the company, he served as President of Velapoint beginning in 2010. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Benefits Group from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Goddard began his insurance career when he founded Reliant Insurance Group in 2000, which became affiliated with Pacific Benefits Group in 2004.
Mike Bentz joined National General in October 2015 upon closing of the Assurant Health transaction and currently serves as President of National General Benefits Solutions. Prior to joining the Company, he was Director of the self-funded product line at Assurant Health from 2013 to 2015. He previously served as an Actuarial Expert at McKinsey & Company from 2012 to 2013 and as an Actuarial Associate at Assurant Health from 2008 to 2012.
Josh Dau joined National General in October 2015 upon closing of the Assurant Health transaction and currently serves as Vice President of Individual Products. Prior to joining the Company, he was with Assurant as Vice President of Supplemental Products from 2012 to 2015 and as Senior Counsel from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Dau spent 4 years as an Associate Attorney in private practice litigation prior to moving to Assurant Health. Previously, Mr. Dau was an Actuary at Ameriprise from 2001 to 2002, an Associate Actuary at Fortis from 2000 to 2001, and began his career as an Actuarial Assistant at Principal in 1996.
Thomas Petersson joined National General in April 2013 upon completion of the acquisition of Euro Accident and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Euro Accident. Prior to joining the Company, he served as CEO of Erika Travel Insurance from 1995 to 2003, CEO of Eurocaptive Management (a subsidiary of Trygg-Hansa Insurance) from 1991 to 1994, and as Financial Controller at Trygg-Hansa Insurance from 1989 to 1990.