Board of Directors
Jerry J. Pepping
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Pepping is an attorney with Pepping, Balk, Kincaid & Olson, Ltd. where he has been a partner since 1989. Mr. Pepping is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association and Rock Island County Bar Association. He received his CPA in 1980 and is a member of the Iowa Society of CPA’s. Mr. Pepping is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Iowa and is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, the U.S. Seventh Court of Appeals and the U.S. Tax Court. Mr. Pepping graduated from the University of Iowa with a BBA in Accounting with highest distinction and received his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Illinois College Of Law. Mr. Pepping’s legal and business experience provide the Board of Directors with valuable insight into issues relevant to our business. This experience is important in qualifying him for service as a member of the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Attorney & Partner, Pepping, Balk, Kincaid & Olson
R. Kevin Clinton
Mr. Clinton is the Executive Director of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, a position he has held since May 2017. From August 2015 to May 2017 he was a professor and Director of the Actuarial Science Program of Michigan State University. From November 2013 to April 2015, he served as the State Treasurer of the State of Michigan and a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. From April 2011 to November 2013, he served as the Commissioner of Insurance of the State of Michigan and Director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (MDIFS) which regulates state insurance companies, banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions. Mr. Clinton previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of both American Physicians Capital and MEEMIC Insurance Company. He graduated from the University of Michigan (Bachelors of Business Administration; Masters of Actuarial Science) and was inducted as a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society in 1982.
Executive Director, Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association
Scott T. Burgess
Mr. Burgess is a Senior Managing Director of Griffin Financial since 2011, providing insurance carriers with a broad range of strategic, financial and transactional investment banking services. From 2003 to 2011, he was a Treaty Producer and Senior Vice President of Willis Group, a global reinsurance specialist. He worked with Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (originally American Re-insurance Company) from 1980 to 2003. Mr. Burgess began his career at Chubb & Son, Inc. in various underwriting and management positions. He also serves on the board of directors of Tuscarora Wayne Mutual Group, Inc., Susquehanna Capital Corp., Tuscarora Wayne Insurance Company, Keystone National Insurance Company and Lebanon Valley Insurance Company. Mr. Burgess attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds a B.S., Marketing from the University of Maine. Through Mr. Burgess’ experience in the insurance industry and service on other corporate boards, he has dealt with a wide range of issues including reinsurance, risk management, and strategic planning. These attributes were significant in the decision to appoint him as a member of the Board of Directors.
Senior Managing Director, Griffin Financial
James R. Dingman
Mr. Dingman currently serves as Chairman of the Board of BankORION and its holding company, Orion Bancorporation, Inc. Previously, Mr. Dingman served for thirty years as President and CEO of BankORION and its parent company. BankORION is an independent community bank with 7 offices and $450 million in assets. For decades he managed the bank investment portfolio which is currently $150 million in size. Mr. Dingman is a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Business, holds a Master’s Degree in Business from St. Ambrose University, and graduated with distinction from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, Dallas, TX. He has served in a Board capacity for several local organizations, including the Community Bankers Association of Illinois and several Catholic organizations. Through Mr. Dingman’s extensive financial experience and other activities, he has dealt with a wide range of issues including investment management, audit, financial reporting, risk management, and strategic planning. These experiences qualify him to service as a member of our Board of Directors.
Joel K. Heriford
Mr. Heriford is an attorney with Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Heriford previously practiced law with the law firms of Stanley, Lande & Hunter P.C. in Davenport, Iowa, and Wessels, Stojan & Stephens, P.C., Rock Island, Illinois. Mr. Heriford graduated from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois (B.S. Accounting), and from De Paul University College of Law (J.D.). Mr. Heriford is also a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive), and previously worked with an international accounting firm prior to attending law school. Mr. Heriford is admitted to practice law in Arizona, Illinois and Iowa. Mr. Heriford’s legal and accounting experience provide the Board of Directors with valuable insight into issues relevant to our business. These experiences qualify him for service as a member of the Board of Directors.
Attorney, Burch & Cracchiolo
John R. Klockau
Mr. Klockau attended Shimer College in Waukegan, Illinois. He began his insurance career in 1972 with Illinois Casualty Company. He served in a variety of capacities before being named to the position of President in 1989, from which he resigned in July of 2009. Mr. Klockau also served as Illinois Casualty Company’s Chairman of the Board from 1989 to 2009. He is recognized as an expert in the investigation, negotiation and settlement of dram shop claims. Mr. Klockau serves on the Board of Directors of Rockford Mutual Insurance Company and is involved in various community activities. Through Mr. Klockau’s experience in the insurance industry, he has dealt with a wide range of issues including reinsurance, risk management, and strategic planning. These attributes were significant in the decision to appoint him as a member of the Board of Directors.
Consultant, Illinois Casualty Company
Daniel H. Portes
Mr. Portes is the Chairman and owner of Management Resources Group (MRG), a talent management company located in Davenport, Iowa. MRG specializes in senior level executive retained search, outplacement, coaching, assessments, organizational development, team building and conflict resolution. Mr. Portes possesses over 35 years of management experience. He is an active member of a number of community boards and organizations and is past chairman of the Iowa Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2000-2001 Community Leader of the Year. He has served on the Davenport School District and Putnam Museum boards and is a past president of Temple Emanuel. Currently he serves on the board of directors for the Quad City Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Portes was in the leadership role in the passage of the local option sales tax initiative for Scott County Public Schools. Mr. Portes’ business experience provides the Board of Directors with valuable insight into issues relevant to our business, including executive compensation. This experience is important in qualifying him for service as a member of the Board of Directors.
Chairman, Management Resources Group
Christine C. Schmitt
Ms. Schmitt is Senior Vice President and CFO of Merchants Insurance Group in Buffalo, NY, a provider of property and casualty insurance products for commercial and personal lines. From 2016 to 2018 she served as CFO North America Insurance Operations of AmTrust North America, a previously publicly traded company and provider of specialty property and casualty insurance sold throughout the United States and Internationally with over $20 billion in assets. She oversaw financial management reporting and systems for the 25+ North America insurance companies. From 2012 to 2016, she was Treasurer and Controller for Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company. From 2011 to 2015, she also served as a director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company. Ms. Schmitt previously served as Senior Vice President & CFO for FinCor Holdings, Inc., a medical professional liability insurance company, and MEEMIC Insurance Company, a personal lines insurance company, and was an audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant and is a member of Financial Executives International, National Association for Female Executives, American Institute of CPA’s and Michigan Association of CPA’s. Ms. Schmitt has a BS, Business Administration, Accounting major, from Wayne State University. The financial acumen that Ms. Schmitt obtained through her insurance industry experience and service on other corporate boards were attributes important in qualifying her for service as a member of the Board of Directors.
CFO North America, AmTrust North America
Mark J. Schwab
Mr. Schwab is former Area President of Gallagher insurance, Davenport, Iowa division. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and has taught insurance at St. Ambrose University. He started his career as a field claims adjuster and later was a commercial liability and workers compensation claims supervisor. After six years in claims, he became a Commercial Property and Casualty Agent, a position he held in conjunction with his management responsibilities for thirty seven years. Mr. Schwab holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter and Associate in Risk Management designations. He has served as president of the Quad City Chapter of CPCU, Quad Cities Claims Association, Quad Cities Insurance Education Council and Independent Insurance Agents of Scott County Iowa. Mr. Schwab was the 2003-05 board chair for United Way of the Quad-Cities. Through Mr. Schwab’s experience in the insurance industry, he has dealt with a wide range of issues including risk management, agency relationships and strategic planning. This experience was significant in the decision to appoint him as a member of the Board of Directors.
Client Advisor, Trissel Graham & Toole division of Arthur J. Gallagher
Arron K. Sutherland
Mr. Sutherland, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and also serves on the Board of Directors. He has served as the CEO since 2010 and formerly as Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Sutherland has more than 20 years’ experience in the insurance and finance industry and holds a CPA and CPCU designation. Prior to joining ICC, he was employed for more than 15 years in the accounting field including ten years of P&C experience with Frankenmuth Financial Group. Mr. Sutherland received his B.A. in Accounting from Michigan State University and his M.B.A. from Saginaw State University.
CEO, Illinois Casualty Company