Ralph is responsible for leading the company's business strategy, operational and financial performance, and organizational requirements. Ralph began his career as an underwriter with Cigna Aerospace in 1984. During his tenure he held a number of underwriting management positions advancing to senior vice president-aerospace practice leader in 1997. Ralph then became senior vice president-head of business aviation when the ACE Group acquired Cigna Property and Casualty in 1999. He joined Old Republic Aerospace as senior vice president-corporate aviation product line manager in 2003 and was promoted to executive vice president-chief underwriting officer in 2009. In 2011, Ralph was promoted to president and chief operating officer and in 2014, he was appointed as president and chief executive officer. Ralph has a Bachelor of Science in Air Commerce and Flight Technology from Florida Institute of Technology. He is also a commercial, multi-engine pilot with an instrument rating and holds a Flight Engineer Certificate with a turbojet rating.
Mike is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Old Republic Aerospace claims services. Mike launched his career in aviation insurance as a senior claims supervisor and attorney with the United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG), New York. Thereafter, he joined the law firm of Gallagher, Gosseen & Faller, New York, practicing product liability and aviation law. Mike subsequently assumed the role of vice president of ICALM Group, Chapel Hill, managing aviation-related matters for large insurers in the European market as well as self-insured clients. In 2000, Mike joined Travelers Insurance Company and held a variety of senior technical and managerial claim positions. He was appointed vice president, director of claims for Travelers Aviation before joining Old Republic Aerospace in 2010. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brooklyn College and a Juris Doctor with honors from St. John's University School of Law. He is admitted to the federal and state bars of New York, holds adjuster licenses in sixteen states and is a certified mediator.
Gary is responsible for developing underwriting best practices and guidelines across the commercial, corporate and manufactured products aviation portfolio; as well as providing management oversight for all underwriting office locations. Gary began his career in aviation insurance as an underwriter with United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG), Minneapolis office, advancing to assistant vice president. From 2008 to 2009, Gary worked at Travelers Aviation as regional vice president-underwriting. In 2009, he joined Old Republic Aerospace as vice president establishing a regional underwriting office in Chicago. In 2012, Gary was promoted to senior vice president and in 2014, he was appointed as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation from Western Michigan University, a commercial pilot license with an instrument rating and Certificate of Achievement in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University. In addition, Gary served on the Aviation Insurance Association's board of directors and on the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee as the insurance industry representative.
Craig is responsible for overseeing the workers' compensation product portfolio and business unit. He has over 25 years of progressive experience in the aviation field. Craig started his career in the aviation industry as an U.S. Coast Guard Aircrewman based at Air Station Miami where he participated in search & rescue and maritime drug interdiction missions. He then joined AIG Aerospace as a professional associate and after 15 years progressed to the position of senior vice president, aviation workers' compensation product line manager. He then became an insurance broker with SkyTerra, Inc., an aviation insurance specialty brokerage. Craig joined Old Republic Aerospace in 2011 as a senior vice president, workers' compensation product line manager and in 2014, was appointed as executive vice president. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach.
Brian is responsible for developing the underwriting strategy and providing oversight for the airline/major risks portfolios. Brian began his career in aviation insurance in 1984 with Global Aerospace in New York City. In 1986, he joined the Airline Department was promoted to senior underwriter in 1988. He transferred to the Eastern branch office as assistant branch manager in 1995 and was promoted to vice president, manager of the pleasure and business operations unit in 1997. In 2000, he transferred to the New York City office as Northeast regional manager. In 2006, Brian joined the major risk underwriting team at AIG Aerospace in Atlanta before joining Old Republic Aerospace in 2014. Brian's prior experience includes work as a commuter airline and corporate pilot. He is certified as an airline transport pilot and flight instructor and has logged over 5,000 flying hours. He received his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University and his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.
Wes is responsible for overseeing the light aircraft pleasure & business portfolio. Wes began his aviation career in 2000 as a flight instructor working in Auburn University's Flight Education Department providing flight instruction for initial and advanced students as part of the FAR Part 141 Flight School. He later joined Auburn University's Air Transportation Department where he served as a pilot crewmember on king air and citation equipment for six years. Wes also held a two-year term as an airport advisory board member for a local municipal airport. In 2007, he joined AIG Aerospace as an underwriter and subsequently was promoted to senior underwriter in 2009, assistant branch manager in 2010, and in 2012, became the light aircraft product line manager for North America. Wes also served as a captain in their corporate flight department operating a sabreliner. Wes joined Old Republic Aerospace in 2013 working in the corporate aircraft product line as assistant vice president of underwriting, and in 2014 he was appointed as vice president - pleasure & business product line manager. Wes holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management / Professional Flight from Auburn University and is certified as an airline transport pilot, certified flight instructor and advanced ground instructor.
JT is responsible for developing the Old Republic Aerospace underwriting strategy and guidelines for the agricultural aviation product line. JT began his career in aviation insurance in 1999 as an agent with NationAir Insurance Agency, Lincoln, Nebraska. Subsequently, JT was transferred to St. Louis, Missouri, to start a light aircraft unit for NationAir. In 2006, he joined AIG Aerospace, Atlanta, as assistant vice president - manager of their light aircraft division. In 2009, JT worked again as an agent for Eastern Aviation Insurance. He then joined Old Republic Aerospace in 2011 as the assistant branch manager of the Atlanta branch responsible for pleasure & business, corporate and commercial lines. In 2013, JT was appointed as vice president - agricultural aviation and Alaska product line manager. JT holds a Bachelor of Science in General Business from Mississippi State University and was a commissioned officer and UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot in the United States Army.
Todd manages the Chicago branch underwriting and customer service operations. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and holds a Bachelors in Science in Aviation Human Factors. Todd is also a current and active certified flight instructor. In addition, he holds the following professional designations; Certified Aviation Insurance Professional (CAIP), Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate Risk Management (ARM).