The Best Insurance Professionals Under 35 within the USA | Rising Stars 2023


Ahead of the curve

The 2023 Insurance Business America Rising Stars are prime younger insurance coverage professionals from throughout the United States. After contemplating candidates’ roles, achievements, and objectives, IBA’s industry-leading panel awarded the Rising Star standing to greater than 70 achievers. 

Industry skilled Michael Falvey, president and CEO of Falvey Insurance Group, provides his view of what makes a Rising Star. 

“The way we do business is evolving, so those who drive innovation, without compromising the human touch of insurance interaction, will go far.” 

And he highlights that a bonus is their “comfortability and curiosity in challenging the status quo.” IBA’s Rising Stars are shaping the way forward for the {industry} with their initiative and dedication.


Maddie Beja
“I consider myself so incredibly lucky to have stumbled upon what our team likes to refer to as ‘the hidden gem of the business world’”
Maddie BejaRisk Placement Services


Maddie Beja – decided to succeed  

29 years previous

“So much of this industry is going out there and working as hard as you can, making sure you’re giving 110% of everything you do because that’s a reflection on you,” says Beja of Risk Placement Services (RPS). 

While at Indiana University, she spent two summers collaborating in an RPS internship program and began in an affiliate dealer function after graduating. Although hesitant at first, she seized a chance of their underwriting staff and proved herself via exhausting work and perseverance. 

Now assistant space vp, Beja has distinguished herself by:

  • serving to develop the e book of enterprise from $2.2 million in income in 2016 to a projected $7+ million by the top of 2023


  • being promoted to first-time supervisor in 2023


  • attending the RPS President’s Club since 2021

Beja has benefited from sustaining a proactive mindset.

The Best Insurance Professionals Under 35 in the USA | Rising Stars 2023

“Being present helps with developing relationships in the office and providing hands-on exposure and training,” she explains. “And in addition, it’s important to continue to promote the industry to attract and develop.” 

And she can also be eager to carry different gifted individuals into the {industry} from all backgrounds, which Beja can relate to as a consequence of not having any household hyperlinks to the {industry}. 

“The more attention we can bring to the opportunities and really limitless potential that the career can offer will continue to attract and make sure the next wave of young professionals is as engaged and excited as we are,” she provides.


Tyler Johnson

“Why have I been successful? The big ones for me are just hard work and determination”

Tyler JohnsonAlliant Insurance Services


Tyler Johnson – seizing alternatives 

31 years previous 

Another proponent of perseverance is Johnson, assistant vp and employees supervisor of the healthcare division at Alliant Insurance Services. He entered the {industry} via an internship and is a graduate of the Alliant management program. 

“Alliant made an investment in me,” he says. “I knew I had to outwork everyone. I knew I had to show up every day and be engaged and raise my hand and offer to help. I would stock the refrigerator just to try to create value for myself.” 

Johnson assumed a administration function proper earlier than the pandemic. He continued servicing his e book of enterprise with operational administration tasks and ultimately realized the necessity to delegate and hand over management in sure areas. 

“It’s made me a better leader within my team,” he mentioned. 

Johnson has distinguished himself by:

He emphasizes the significance of cultivating studying alternatives in his success. 

The Best Insurance Professionals Under 35 in the USA | Rising Stars 2023

“We’ll have senior account executives are available and we’ll invite all people to a lunch-and-learn. They train on a sure subject, whether or not it’s loss evaluation, going over totally different coverages or protection traces, and we additionally work with our provider companions to get these underwriters in entrance of our youthful employees and speak about what they’re in search of after we ship a submission to them. 

“Just last month, we did a staff event where we had all our employees come in. We had a meeting and then for the afternoon, we did indoor putt-putt golf. That was very helpful because we had new employees who had never met people who work on the same team. That was good to help build relationships.” 


Omar Dogbey
“My biggest professional strength is my ability to see things through to the finish line. I make a conscious effort to ensure that I leave no stone unturned”
Omar DogbeySompo International


Omar Dogbey – dwelling within the second 

27 years previous

The senior underwriter at Sompo International is dedicated to taking over all tasks and coping with them.  

“It’s about being present at work,” he explains. “Being present in the offices or when you talk to your clients and brokers. But I also mean being present in committees and different organizations. At those events, I meet people I typically wouldn’t have met in my day-to-day role who have helped springboard my career.”’ 

Dogbey went to Stockton University in New Jersey and graduated with a math diploma with an actuarial science specialization. He wished to stay in New York and utilized for a bunch of positions. Ultimately, he acquired a task as a techniques analyst with AIG and transitioned into underwriting.  


Dogbey has distinguished himself by:

  • sitting on the junior board for the jap chapter of the Multicultural (Re)Insurance Association


  • co-founding an Interfaith Employee Resource Group (ERG)


  • collaborating in a Black Professionals ERG

Being on the steering committee of the jap chapter of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Dogbey is an enormous advocate of encouraging others to hitch the {industry}.

The Best Insurance Professionals Under 35 in the USA | Rising Stars 2023

“Why do we keep it a secret?,” he says. “It’s not as widely known as funding banking or working at Tesla or Google or something alongside these traces. But insurance coverage as a profession supplies longevity and job safety.  

“Insurance is the lifeblood of capitalism. Without insurance, none of those companies would operate. The messaging around insurance – it’s not a sexy job or whatever – but there’s a lot of fun to be had in the industry as a whole.”

Advice for future Rising Stars 

Dogbey recommends surrounding your self with individuals to bounce concepts off and study from.  

“Early in my career, I didn’t realize the impact my peers had,” he explains.  

Whether it was collaborating with a property skilled or a threat analyst, Dogbey was in a position to reap the benefits of these relationships to construct his information and purchase a holistic understanding of the insurance coverage {industry} as an alternative of his siloed space of affect and dangers.  

He says, “Being able to leverage the people around you – not just senior leaders in the organization – but people next to you and going through the same things day to day is very important.” 

On that word, Johnson underscores the significance of being proactive. 

“Find somebody who’s been in the industry, someone that you could jive with, a mentor who is open to taking you under their wing and having somebody who you can pick their brain and bounce ideas off of,” he says. “Find somebody who can motivate and guide you. That is crucial to success and growth.” 

Meanwhile, Beja espouses the necessity to look long-term and on the greater image. 

“Look at your current position and your company as a career and not a job,” she explains. “Really have a look at the corporate that you simply be part of and ensure it’s someplace to set down roots and actually develop and develop. It’s not only a nine-to-five mindset. I actually consider it does actually enable you to develop into profitable. 

“Never burn bridges. You by no means know the place you’ll find yourself later down the highway and who you could be working with. 

“Lastly, small things go a long way. If someone takes the time to take you out to lunch or train you, make sure you thank them for that.” 


  • Aarian Forman

    Integrated Partnerships and Public Relations Strategist

    The General
  • Albert Peterson

    Director, Product

  • Alessandro Trimarchi

    Underwriting Director, Public D&O

  • Alice Barresi

    Vice President, Casualty Operations, US

  • Amanda Constanza

    Underwriting Manager

    Agribusiness Risk Underwriters
  • Andrew Chen

    Senior Commercial Underwriter/Broker

    Burns & Wilcox
  • Angelica Ronga

    Vice President, Cyber and Tech E&O

  • Ariel Bach

    Assistant Vice President

    CRC Insurance
  • Armando Tellez

    Account Executive

  • Ashley Wilson

    Operations Manager/Senior Account Executive

  • Benjamin Rathbun


    The Rathbun Agency
  • Brent Christman

    Business Development Manager

  • Brian Crater


    Crater Financial Services
  • Caitlin Townsend

    Sales Executive, Health and Welfare Consultant

  • Cameron Alford

    Insurance Manager

    CSL Behring
  • CJ Nash

    Underwriting Team Leader

    CRC Group
  • Corynne Griffith

    Assistant Vice President

    RT Specialty
  • Dana George

    Vice President, Life Science Leader

  • David Watson

    CEO/Founder at RiskAdvisor

    Executive Vice President at Mappus Insurance Agency
  • Dominique Bolden

    Underwriting Specialist

    Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
  • Donald Carson Jr.

    Office President

    CRC Group
  • Emily Boody

    Account Executive

    Lockton Companies
  • Isabelle Repinski

    Senior Account Representative

  • Jake Doman

    Consulting Director

    Axion RMS
  • Jennifer Woiwod

    National New Business Marketing Manager

    USI Insurance Services
  • Jeremy Powers


    Powers Insurance Experts
  • Jessica Centeno

    Account Manager

  • John McArthur

    E&S Programs, Underwriter

  • Jordan Owens

    Regional Operations Manager

  • Justin Austin

    Senior Partner and Strategic Advisor

    USI Insurance Services
  • Kathleen Crowe

    SVP, Southeast Zone Leader – Power & Renewable Energy

  • Katie Wilson

    Vice President

  • Katrice Buck

    Second Vice President

  • Kelechi Anyanwu

    Life Sciences Underwriter

  • Kyle V. Matthews

    Director of Sales and Distribution

  • Lindsey DiGangi

    Assistant Vice President of Marketing

    Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company
  • Maggie Stults

    Manager, Inside Sales

    Horace Mann
  • Megan Coe

    Personal Lines Lead

    North Town Insurance
  • Nicolette Cerne

    AVP, Member Advocates

    PURE Insurance
  • Patience Noah


    Patience Noah Insurance
  • Sabrina Ali

    Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    PURE Insurance
  • Santana Bozman

    Managing Advisor of the Private Client Group

  • Sarah Hudson

    Employee Benefits Consultant

  • Shannon Gundersen

    Chief Operating Officer

    First Insurance & Risk Management
  • Shantelle Cabir

    Senior Vice President and Producer

  • Sydney Bowen

    Underwriting Specialist

    Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
  • Thomas Murphy

    Senior Underwriter

    Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
  • Tim Dunleavy

    Senior Vice President

  • Tom Carvalho

    Associate Managing Director, Senior Underwriter, Personal Insurance

    Burns & Wilcox
  • Victor Tang

    Vice President

    Marsh McLennan Agency


As a part of our editorial course of, Key Media’s researchers interviewed the subject material consultants beneath for an impartial evaluation of this report and its findings.


Starting in May, Insurance Business America invited insurance coverage professionals throughout the nation to appoint their most distinctive younger expertise for the ninth annual Rising Stars record. 

Nominees needed to be aged 35 or beneath (as of October 1, 2023) and be dedicated to a profession in insurance coverage with a transparent ardour for the {industry}. To preserve a give attention to new expertise, solely nominees who hadn’t been beforehand acknowledged as an IBA Rising Star (or Young Gun) have been thought of. 

Nominees have been requested about their present function, key achievements and profession objectives, in addition to the contributions they’ve made to shaping the {industry}. Recommendations from managers and senior {industry} professionals have been additionally taken under consideration. The Rising Stars have been decided by an impartial panel of {industry} leaders composed of: 


The Rising Stars report is proudly supported by ACORD and the Association of Professional Insurance Women.


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