Tom has recently retired from his position as a Supervising Casualty Adjuster in his company's national accounts division. He started his 40-year adjusting career with GAB, the first independent adjusting company in the world; which was later purchased by Cunningham Lindsey and is currently owned by Sedgwick He has handled major liability losses throughout the US and is considered to be an expert in the practical application of tort law based on his extensive training and experience handling a wide range of exposures.
Tom is a long-time instructor of the CIB. His highly interactive seminars are designed to explain complex legal terms, policy coverage issues and typical claims procedures in an interesting, humorous way using practical examples from real-life situations.
Rick has taught insurance courses for the past 25 years. He is a national faculty member for the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research
He is an Educational Consultant at large for CIC Institutes. Teaches all Life and Health Insurance topics for Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Life and Health Institutes. Topics include graduate-level presentations on Senior Insurance Solutions, Retirement Planning, College Planning, and Annuities for Ruble Graduate Seminars.
He also teaches Insurance continuing education and pre-licensing courses.
George Best is Area Senior VP Loss Control Consultant with the Cincinnati branch of Arthur J. Gallagher & Company. George has been in the Insurance Loss Control field for over 35 years specializing in Risk Management and Safety Program development and administration, an Authorized 10/30 hr. OSHA Outreach instructor for Construction and General Industry and involved with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
George is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Construction Health & Safety Technician (CHST), and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He has taught CE class for the CIB since 2003.
Mercy Komar is a Senior Account Executive at L. Calvin Jones Insurance in Canfield, Ohio. Having worked all functions at an agency (except accounting) from reception to sales to ownership, Mercy provides unique perspectives on her work in the field of education. Mercy has been a Certified Insurance Counselor since 1997 and has amassed over 800 hours of advanced insurance education. A risk specialist for garage and cyber risks, she speaks at Lunch and Learns, business associations meetings, client groups and does in-house continuing education. She offers continuing education courses through the National Alliance and courses of her own design.
Jim Clear is a Production Marketing Representative for United Fire Group. July of 2019 marked his 38th year in insurance. He started in 1981 with the Ohio Casualty Group and served in underwriting and production marketing roles. In 2002, he was honored as the Cincinnati Insurance Board’s Company Person of the Year. More recently, Jim also worked for Pennsylvania Lumbermans in the wood niche insuring sawmills, lumberyards, and cabinet makers. Thanks to his deep experience across the insurance industry, he brings a unique perspective to the property insurance classes taught for the CIB. He has been teaching CE classes for the CIB since 2017.
Thomas Goodwin is an underwriting manager at Great American Insurance Group and previously worked for The Cincinnati Insurance Companies and the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in various underwriting roles in both admitted and surplus lines capacities. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Miami University.
Within the insurance industry Thomas has completed numerous professional designations such as the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI), Associate in Data Analytics (AIDA), Reinsurance (ARe), Surplus Lines (ASLI), and Commercial Underwriting Management (AU-M). Thomas holds an Ohio insurance license in both property/casualty and life/health/variable annuities as well as an Ohio real estate agent’s license. He has taught Management and Real Estate courses in the Commerce Department at Miami University since 2010.
Chris has 30 years experience working for The Cincinnati Insurance Companies. During that time he served as a commercial lines underwriter, underwriting manager, and Director of Operations for their Commercial Lines Department. He also recently worked for 2 years as Operations Lead (Commercial and Personal Lines) for the AssuredPartners agency brokerage in Cincinnati. He taught numerous property & casualty classes while working for Cincinnati Insurance, and was an instructor for "The Institutes," one of the premier providers of educational services for the property & casualty industry. Chris holds the CPCU, ARe, AIM, ARP, ARM, and AIT insurance designations.
Lyle Rupp is President of Uinta Marketing Group, an insurance and business consulting company, and is a licensed representative specializing in life and annuity products. Lyle has semi-retired from the sales side of insurance after twenty-eight years in the insurance industry, starting as an independent agent, and retiring after nine years as the owner and president of Affordable Life & Annuity. His organization served eight states and represented over twenty different insurance companies.
In addition to his sales and marketing career in insurance, Lyle continues to be a contributing member of the insurance industry as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Cincinnati's Lindner College of Business, Insurance and Risk Management Department, and is also a Certified Continuing Education instructor for the Cincinnati Insurance Board.
Jennifer Pike is a graduate of Miami University. Before joining the organization, Jennifer has spent the last 11 years in insurance as an agent, a broker, underwriter and a part of the founding team for a start-up and was able to help the insurance company grow 9 states.
As The Executive Vice President, Jen Pike will oversee the strategic direction of the organization and help build and support its membership base and develop other programs and services. Jen looks forward to meeting and working with all of you.