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Jeffrey J. Rieder, CPA, CPCU
Partner
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Jeffrey J. Rieder
Jeffrey J. Rieder
Partner
11500 Northlake Drive
Suite 305
Cincinnati, OH 45249

Jeff Rieder is Head of Ward Group, with overall leadership and responsibility for the firm. Jeff has significant experience in the insurance industry with expertise in the property-casualty and life segments. Throughout his 20 year career, he has been involved with over 400 projects for numerous domestic and international insurance companies, covering a diverse range of operational, performance, and strategic evaluations. Prior to joining Ward Group in 1998, Mr. Rieder spent 5 years at Great American Insurance Company working in the corporate finance department. Jeff leads the firm's annual Ward's 50 analysis of the financial performance of every property-casualty and life-health insurance company in the industry identifying the top performers in each segment. The Ward's 50 Benchmark Group has achieved international recognition and is widely regarded as one of the insurance industry's distinct achievements.

Jeff is a frequent speaker at insurance industry conferences on a diverse range of subjects, including, among others, claims operations, human resources, information technology, agency management, distribution system analysis and expense benchmarking.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and international business certification from the University of Cincinnati.


Vincent R. Albers
Associate
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Vincent R. Albers
Vincent R. Albers
Associate
11500 Northlake Drive
Suite 305
Cincinnati, OH 45249

Vince Albers is a member of the firmís operational benchmarking team and leads a wide-range of benchmarking engagements for insurance companies in the U.S. and Canada, including benchmarking for core enterprise operations, claims, and information technology. Additionally, Vince develops and leads strategic surveys conducted by the firm.

Vince holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University. Prior to joining Ward Group in 2006, he worked as a specialist in the defined contribution area of Fidelity Investments.


Joshua Bewlay
Associate Partner
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Josh Bewlay, Vice President
Joshua Bewlay
Associate Partner
1600 Summer Street
Suite 601
Stamford, CT 06905
Joshua Bewlay oversees Ward Group's executive compensation practice focusing on the insurance industry, delivering compensation solutions to executives and top management at insurance carriers and brokers. Josh personally directs all aspects of client engagements, helping guide compensation committees and management to align their strategic goals with sound performance and reward solutions, bringing an appropriate balance between annual, short- and long-term pay components.

In addition to his more than seven years of experience as a compensation consultant, Josh spent more than 15 years in the insurance industry starting as an excess & surplus lines underwriter at General Star (a Berkshire Hathaway company) and then as a Managing Director with Marsh Inc., leading their excess casualty placement operations in the US. Josh earned his BA in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. and his MBA from Cornell University.


Betty L. Cornelius
Director
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Betty L. Cornelius
Betty L. Cornelius
Director
11500 Northlake Drive
Suite 305
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Betty Cornelius has worked at Ward Group since 1994 and oversees corporate marketing for the firm. She has coordinated efforts with marketing teams at many high performing Ward's 50 recipient companies and has been instrumental in making the certification and placement on the list of Ward's 50 companies an international recognition which is widely regarded as one of the insurance industry's elite achievements. More recently, Betty has led efforts to promote new benchmarking initiatives at Ward Group leading to significant growth and added value to Ward Group clients.

Betty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph. Prior to joining Ward Group, she served as an independent marketing and graphic design advisor.


Charles G. Gall
Associate Partner
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Charles G. Gall
Charles G. Gall
Associate Partner
11500 Northlake Drive
Suite 305
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Charlie Gall has responsibility leading major client engagements and overall leadership for the firm's operational benchmarking programs in North America, including CEO (Core Enterprise Operations), Claims and Information Technology benchmarking. Charlie has over 19 years of experience in the insurance industry, working with over 100 insurance companies throughout the United States and Canada. He has expertise in both the property-casualty and the life, health and annuity segments. Throughout his career, Charlie has directed numerous consulting projects covering a diverse range of operational performance, expense benchmarking and project management.

Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining Ward Group, he served as Project Manager and Controller for a Liberty Mutual and in the corporate Finance departments at Great American Insurance Company.


Adam Hannath
Associate, European Insurance, McLagan
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Adam Hannath
Adam Hannath
Associate, European Insurance, McLagan
Lloyds Chambers, (5th Fl.)
1 Portsoken Street
London, E1 8BT
United Kingdom
Adam Hannath is responsible for the delivery of McLaganís Benchmarking insurance programme in Europe. Adam has worked across several industries, including Shipping, Marketing and Retail, gaining broad experience across a diverse range of businesses.

Prior to joining McLagan, he spent 8 years in the insurance industry in Finance, Accounting and Risk Management roles for Royal Bank of Scotland, and was with Direct Line Group during their recent stock market listing as Finance Manager in the Commercial Insurance arm.

Adam is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts.


Kenneth J. Hutchens, CPA
Associate
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Kenneth J. Hutchens
Kenneth J. Hutchens
Associate
11500 Northlake Drive
Suite 305
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Ken Hutchens leads client benchmarking engagements in the U.S. and Canada, including CEO (Core Enterprise Operations), Claims, and Information Technology benchmarking. He has led a wide range of benchmarking projects for property-casualty and life-health insurers in both the United States and Canada. Ken has over 15 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industries. Throughout his career, he has performed over 70 benchmarking and consulting engagements for a diverse group of insurance companies.

Ken holds a bachelors of Science degree in accounting and finance from Miami University. Prior to joining Ward Group, Ken worked in consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and AXA Equitable.


William G. Lang, FLMI
Director
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William G. Lang
William G. Lang, FLMI
Director
11500 Northlake Drive
Suite 305
Cincinnati, OH 45249
William (Bill) Lang leads client benchmarking engagements in the U.S. and Canada, including CEO (Core Enterprise Operations), Claims and Information Technology benchmarking. Since joining Ward Group in 2001, Bill has led numerous benchmarking and consulting projects at property-casualty and life, health and annuity insurance companies throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to leading and supporting client engagements, Bill was extensively involved in the development, testing, and launch of Ward Group's benchmarking applications.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining the Ward Group, Bill worked in the Internal Audit department for the Union Central Life Insurance Company.


Don McNees
Partner
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Don McNees, Partner
Don McNees
Partner
1600 Summer Street
Suite 601
Stamford, CT 06905
Don McNees, is a Partner in the Stamford office of Ward Group. Mr. McNees has over 20 years of experience in relationships with senior management, working to enhance growth and improve performance at some of the world's largest financial institutions. He advises clients on market-share, target operating models, performance benchmarking and organization effectiveness to achieve their business objectives.

Prior to joining Aon/McLagan/Ward Group, Mr. McNees was a Principal/Owner in an industry leading Big Four financial services consulting practice. He was previously a Partner with Towers Perrin where he provided leadership for their financial services industry vertical and was on the Executive Committee of Tillinghast.

Mr. McNees is a frequent speaker at industry conferences including American Banker, Bank Marketing Association, LIMRA/LOMA, Society of Actuaries and Retirement Income Industry Association meetings. He has published articles and been quoted on growth, organization effectiveness, distribution effectiveness and customer relationship management trends in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, American Banker, Best's Review, BAI Strategies, Bank Systems and Technology and The Street.com.

Mr. McNees received an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a BA from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Tony O'Shea
Director
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Tony O'Shea, Vice President
Tony O'Shea
Director
1600 Summer Street
Suite 601
Stamford, CT 06905
Tony O'Shea oversees the firm's compensation benchmarking programs. Tony specializes in incentive compensation consulting within the insurance industry. He has designed and executed several compensation surveys covering an array of segments including life and annuity, property-casualty, insurance brokerage and property-casualty reinsurance. Additionally, Tony has completed a wide range of studies related to sales incentive design and reward practices.

Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Mr. O'Shea worked with The Evergreen Group and Optima Group providing consulting services related to the financial services industry.

He received a B.A. from Columbia College and an M.B.A. degree from The Stern School of Business at New York University.


Paul Rieder
Associate
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Paul Rieder, Associate
Paul Rieder, Associate
11500 Northlake Drive
Suite 305
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Paul Rieder leads client benchmarking engagements in the U.S. and Canada, including CEO (Core Enterprise Operations), Claims, and Information Technology benchmarking. Paul joined Ward Group in 2007, and has led a wide range of benchmarking projects for both property-casualty and life-health insurers in both the United States and Canada. Throughout his career, he has worked with over 150 benchmarking and consulting engagements across the industry.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining Ward Group, Paul worked in retail banking at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati.


Brittany Russo
Associate
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Brittany Russo, Associate
Brittany Russo, Associate
1600 Summer Street
Suite 601
Stamford, CT 06905
Brittany Russo is a member of the firm's compensation practice. Brittany leads client relationship and data compilation efforts relating to an array of compensation surveys covering the property and casualty, life insurance, insurance brokerage, and reinsurance industries. Additionally, Brittany provides support and analytical assistance with the firm's consulting engagements in all matters of compensation and human resources studies.

Prior to joining Ward Group, Brittany worked as a research associate in the investment consulting business. She holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation.

Brittany earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Hartford, with a dual major in Insurance and Finance/Economics.


Matthew T. Ryan, CPCU
Director
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Matthew Ryan, CPCU, CAPM
Matthew T. Ryan, CPCU
Director
11500 Northlake Drive
Suite 305
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Matthew (Matt) Ryan leads client benchmarking engagements in the U.S. and Canada, including CEO (Core Enterprise Operations), Claims and Information Technology benchmarking. Since joining Ward Group in 2006, he has led a wide range of benchmarking projects for property-casualty and life-health insurers in both the United States and Canada. In addition to leading benchmarking engagements, Matt is responsible for coordinating, developing and administering the Ward Research Center.

Matt holds a bachelors of Science degree in finance from Miami University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. He is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). Prior to joining Ward Group, Matt worked in financial products division of the Western and Southern Financial Group.


Elisabeth E. Snyder
Associate Partner
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Elisabeth E. Snyder, Associate Partner
Elisabeth E. Snyder
Associate Partner

Liz leads client benchmarking and compensation design engagements in the U.S. and Canada, including CEO (Core Enterprise Operations), Claims and Information Technology benchmarking, and compensation benchmarking and design. Liz has extensive experience leading a wide range of client projects covering an array of insurance segments and other industries. Her scope of work includes project management, job analysis, questionnaire design and automation, compensation structure design, variable pay, market pricing, training, and systemic compensation and expense benchmarking.

Liz received her B.A. in Political Science and Statistics from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Southern California. Liz joined Aon Hewitt, the parent company of the Ward Group, in 1997, and became affiliated with the Ward Group in 2013. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, she worked as an attorney advising insurance companies in employment, subrogation, and construction defect litigation.


Bradley C. Stegman
Director
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Bradley C. Stegman
Bradley C. Stegman
Director
11500 Northlake Drive
Suite 305
Cincinnati, OH 45249

Brad Stegman has dual responsibility for leading client benchmarking engagements and for designing the systems for all of the firm's benchmarking applications. In addition, Brad leads the publication of the Ward's Insurance Results, which serves as the foundation for the Ward's 50 analysis. Brad has been with Ward Group since its founding in 1991, and has supported over 1,000 benchmarking and consulting projects at property-casualty and life, health and annuity insurance companies throughout the United States and Canada. He has extensive experience in applications design, development and implementation, systems analysis, process reengineering and financial modeling.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to the founding of Ward Group, he was Project Engineer at Colejon Corporation.


Douglas A. Terrill
Director
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Douglas A. Terrill
Douglas A. Terrill
Director
11500 Northlake Drive
Suite 305
Cincinnati, OH 45249

Doug has over 30 years in the property & casualty insurance industry working for a Fortune 100 insurance company and a premier management consulting firm for insurance agencies. His experience includes providing management consulting services to hundreds of insurance agencies in the areas of valuation, perpetuation and strategic business planning and distribution management advice to multiple insurance companies. His extensive knowledge of agencies and information systems provided for the development and management of numerous information and benchmarking products for the purpose of establishing standards for the insurance industry.

Doug holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Akron. Prior to joining Ward Group, he was a partner at Marsh, Berry & Company, Inc. responsible for management of information management services and providing consulting services to insurance companies and agencies. He also worked at Aetna Life & Casualty where he was responsible for providing leadership in agency management initiatives, training and implementation of agency management systems.






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