Underwriting Leadership

Underwriting Leadership

Aviation
General Aviation and Facilities

Jon Howard

Senior Vice President

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Jon Howard joined Hallmark in 2002 and has over 20 years of experience in underwriting aviation risks for commercial and non-commercial aircraft and fixed base operations.  He is a certified FAA Commercial Pilot and FAA Flight Instructor.

Casualty
Primary GL, Excess, Umbrella Liability

Andrew Fieker, AU, AIS

Senior Vice President

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Andrew Fieker joined Hallmark in 2018 and served most recently as the Vice President for CoverX Specialty at Crum & Forster Company, and prior to this role, he held multiple other executive positions with the organization for over thirteen years.  In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas and served on the board of the Texas Surplus Lines Association, Inc.

Commercial Auto
Primary & Excess Commercial Auto

Michael Gramm, CPCU

Senior Vice President

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Michael Gramm joined Hallmark in 2018 and served most recently as the Vice President – Excess Casualty for The Navigators Group.  Prior to that, he held senior positions focused on Commercial Transportation product development and risk management for XL Group, Markel, AIG and National Interstate Insurance Company.

E&S Specialty Property
Primary & Excess and Inland Marine Property Accounts

Gerald A. Dupre Jr.

President

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Gerald Dupre, Jr. joined Hallmark in 2014 and served most recently as Senior Vice President Americas Property and General Property Global Property Practice Leader for Torus Insurance Company.  Prior to that, he held senior positions with Axis Insurance Company, Arrowhead General Insurance Agency, Allianaz Global Risk U.S. and Fireman’s Fund Insurance.

Healthcare Professional Liability
Physicians & Medical Facilities Professional Liability

Barbara A. Sinclair

Senior Vice President

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Barbara Sinclair joined Hallmark in 2015 and has over 30 years of experience in underwriting Healthcare Organizations, Managed Care Organizations, Physician Groups as well as Healthcare Directors & Officers Liability. Prior to joining Hallmark, Ms. Sinclair held senior positions with Alliant Insurance Services, OneBeacon Professional Insurance, Darwin (AWAC) and Chubb Insurance Group (Executive Risk).

Management & Professional Liability
Management Liability and Errors & Omissions 

Peter McKeegan

Senior Vice President

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Peter McKeegan joined Hallmark in 2016 and has over 30 years of experience with both MGA and carrier division startups. Prior to joining Hallmark, Mr. McKeegan operated a US based underwriting facility for various Lloyd’s Syndicates as well as Financial Lines underwriting divisions for Specialty Insurers American Safety and Rockhill as well as held senior management roles at Ironshore and Arch Insurance.

P&C Commercial Accounts
Admitted Commercial Account Solutions for Select Industry Groups

Robert Collins

President, Commercial Insurance Solutions & Aerospace Insurance Managers

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Robert Collins was named President of Hallmark Commercial Insurance Solutions in 2016 and Hallmark Aerospace Insurance Managers in 2018. Prior to joining Hallmark, he served most recently as Chief Underwriting Officer for the West region for Hanover Insurance Group and held underwriting and sales executive roles with CNA Insurance Company, Argonaut Insurance Company, St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, all specializing in Commercial P&C accounts.

P&C Contract Binding
E&S Package and Monoline 

Bill Pondrom, CPCU, CIC

Senior Vice President

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Bill Pondrom joined Hallmark in 2016 and served most recently in senior leadership roles with Markel International.  Prior to that, he held senior positions with Nationwide’s Western Heritage Insurance Company and TIG Insurance Company.  Mr. Pondrom is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington.

Programs
Specialty Programs

David Webb, CFA

SVP, Corporate Development & Strategy

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David Webb joined Hallmark in 2018.  Most recently, he held the position of SVP, Program and Credit Underwriting.  Mr. Webb received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MBA from Wake Forest University, and is a CFA charterholder.

Specialty Personal Lines
Personal Auto and Renters

Michael P. Binns

President

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Michael P. Binns joined Hallmark in 2013 and has over 20 years of experience in Property & Casualty Personal Lines, with a significant focus on the nonstandard market.  Prior to Hallmark, Mr. Binns held senior positions focused on personal lines product development and management at Healthcare Solutions, The Hanover Group, AIG Agency Auto/21st Century and Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation.