Captive Ed Group Adds 6 Board Members

By Caroline McDonald

NU Online News Service, Feb. 7, 10:49 a.m. EST?The six-month-old International Center for Captive Insurance Education has added six individuals to its governing board.[@@]

The new board members are Tommy Bolton, Kevin Doherty, James Girardin, Mike Mead, Barry Port and Andy Sargeant.

? Mr. Bolton is with the Johnson Lambert & Co. office in Charleston, S.C.

? Mr. Doherty is with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC in Nashville, Tenn.

? Mr. Girardin is senior vice president, Willis Management in Burlington, Vt.

? Mr. Mead is president of M.R. Mead & Company, LLC in Chicago.

? Mr. Port is executive director and chief executive officer of Public Utilities Risk Management Association in Southborough, Mass.

? Mr. Sargeant is president of USA Risk Group of Vermont.

ICCIE Executive Director Mitch Cantor said in a statement, “The presence of these experienced captive insurance professionals on ICCIE’s board is sure to provide additional leadership and perspective to the organization, and ICCIE will certainly benefit greatly from their participation.”

Mr. Mead told National Underwriter he is “excited to be involved; I am always interested in educational issues,” adding that ICCIE brings value to the captive industry.

Mr. Girardin said that, historically, risk managers have relied predominantly on brokers, consultants and conferences for their education. “The ICCIE value proposition should fulfill a long overdue industry void, and I am honored to be part of this new industry benchmark.”

Mr. Doherty said, “The establishment of ICCIE was long overdue for our industry. It is a wonderful thing to have an institution such as this where we can share ideas and expand our knowledge base in order to provide the best services possible to our clients and customers.”

He added that at a time when many in the industry are being questioned for their business practices, “ICCIE will serve to show how committed we are as an industry to maintaining the highest possible professional standards. I am truly honored to be a part of this organization.”

Mr. Port called ICCIE a “well-timed concept that will promote and improve the quality of captive formations and operations.”

ICCIE said since its opening it has about 60 students in the Associate in Captive Insurance professional designation program or taking courses on an individual basis. It is expected to double the number of students by the end of this year.