WSIA adds three new members to board of directors

They are all "demonstrated leaders"

WSIA adds three new members to board of directors

Insurance News

By Ryan Smith

The Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) has announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors.

Henry Lopez has been appointed to fill the remaining term of Brian Sanders of Markel, who concluded his term as immediate past president. Lopez serves as head of wholesale financial lines for Navigators, a brand of The Hartford. He has served on the WSIA PAC and Internship committees and was the recipient of the Dana Roehrig Award in 2003.

Robert Sanders has been appointed to fill a new board seat. In 2020, the board of directors voted to expand the number of seats in order to enhance representation across all member categories and size tiers. Sanders’ seat is the first of three planned additions over the next three years, WSIA said.

Adam Care has been appointed as the U40 representative to the board for 2022-2023. Care is immediate past president of WSIA’s U40 and serves on the association’s Insurtech Committee. He is a business segment leader vice president at HSB, where he works in the customer accounts division.

“It is an honor to welcome these colleagues to the board of directors,” said Bryan Clark, WSIA president and president of Gorst & Compass Insurance. “These individuals are demonstrated leaders, and the WSIA board will be stronger with the addition of their experience and voices at the table. I am particularly pleased that we are now implementing the board’s plan to expand the number of board positions.

“This is an important step in our continued effort to ensure that the board and association are representative of our membership and that we are delivering on the mission to serve the entirety of the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry.”

WSIA’s bylaws require that the board of directors include at least 15 people, with approximately two-thirds consisting of people who are employed by US wholesale voting members and about one-third consisting of people who are employed by US insurance market voting members.

With the continued growth of both WSIA and the industry at large, the board approved the addition of three director positions, one each in 2022, 2023 and 2024, to reach a total of 19 members – 18 voting and one non-voting. The expansion will encompass the addition of two wholesale members and one insurance market member to maintain the required balance.

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