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Take a look at the program for the Insurance Investor Live | Spring 2024 below.

 

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Agenda

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
STATE OF THE INDUSTRY: Key market developments, emerging risks, and navigating career paths
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Open to all delegates (not gender specific), join your colleagues at a drinks and canapés reception, to network with your peers in a relaxed environment and extend the opportunity to interact with other conference attendees prior to the summit

Susan Brewster

Moderator

Susan Brewster

Senior Managing Director, Credit Analyst

PPM America

Susan Brewster is a senior managing director and team lead on the fixed income team at PPM America, Inc. (PPM). She is responsible for the credit coverage and investment recommendations for the E&P and oil field services sectors of the energy industry. She also manages a team of analysts focused on the coverage and analysis of other subsectors in the energy industry, as well as metals & mining and utilities for potential investment in various portfolios managed on behalf of investors globally. Susan joined the credit research team in 2000, from PPM’s private investments team where she was a portfolio administrator. Prior to joining PPM in 1997, she was a staff auditor at Ernst & Young and worked in treasury and capital markets audit at ABN AMRO. Susan earned a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University. She is a CFA® charter holder and has earned the CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing.

Angie Cantillon

Angie Cantillon

Vice President, Investments and Corporate Treasury

The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

Angela Cantillon is currently Vice President, Investments and Enterprise Treasury for Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, a Canadian P&C company. She is responsible for co-leading the management of $7 billion of enterprise-wide invested assets in addition to leading the enterprise-wide Treasury function. Prior to joining Wawanesa, she was an Associate Partner at Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting. While at Aon, she managed the Chicago hedge fund team and was responsible for working with a number of large institutional clients on the construction of direct hedge fund portfolios. Prior to Aon Hewitt, Angela held a number of roles as both a consultant and allocator.

She holds a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.S. degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University. She is a CFA charter holder, a CAIA charter holder, and is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago. Additionally, she volunteers her time with the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, is an active volunteer at her son’s primary school and has held various volunteer roles in community organizations on the Northwest side of Chicago.

Nizida Arriaga

Nizida Arriaga

Head of Fixed Income Investments

The Auto Club Group

Nízida Arriaga, Head of Fixed Income Investments at The Auto Club Group (ACG), is responsible for sourcing, managing, and monitoring the public and private fixed-income investments of the Auto Club Group. 

Nízida has worked in investments in the financial services industry for nearly 30 years, including managing insurance and pension assets.  She has held leadership roles at Nuveen Investments, Allstate, and Wespath Benefits and Investments. 

She received an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a board member of the School of Business External Dean Advisory Board.  She has a bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Puerto Rico and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Xiaowei Han

Xiaowei Han

Vice President, Head of ALM

TIAA

Xiaowei Han joined TIAA as the Head of ALM in Feb 2019. She leads the Asset Liability Management function and the construction of economic capital framework. Before joining TIAA, Xiaowei had worked in Transamerica since 2008 with experience in variable annuities, fixed annuities, universal life, retirement & pension, and institutional business. During her time in Transamerica, Xiaowei led the universal life valuation and modelling function. She also headed the Enterprise ALM function which focuses on holistic hedging/ALM management, General Account asset and derivative modelling, and aggregated ALM reporting across all lines of business. Prior to this role, she was a Financial Risk Manager who was responsible for identifying financial risk in ALM/Hedging strategies, modelling and pricing to the annuities, retirement, and institutional business. Her other experience included managing General Account ALM for annuities, retirement, and institutional business, designing and building Variable Annuity hedge strategies as well as Variable and Fixed Annuity Statutory Reporting.

Xiaowei holds a Master of Science degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science degree in Physical Chemistry from Nanjing University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Nanjing University. She holds the following designations: Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), Chartered Financial Analyst

(CFA®) charter holder, and Member of American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).

Tara Mason

Tara Mason

Senior Manager, Enterprise Investments

Health Care Service Corporation

Kim Monstvil

Kim Monstvil

Senior Managing Director

PPM America

Kim Monstvil is a senior managing director and portfolio manager on the fixed income team at PPM America, Inc. (PPM). She is responsible for acquisition due diligence, client cash management, and working with asset class managers to achieve client objectives for accounts managed on behalf of the firm’s insurance clients. Prior to joining PPM in 1997, Kim was responsible for asset and liability management for the pension asset accumulation business and assisted with the liability management of the guaranteed interest contract portfolio at Aetna, Inc. Kim earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Michigan. She holds the Fellow of the Society of Actuaries designation (FSA).

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM
BREAKFAST AND NETWORKING

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
CHAIRMAN'S OPENING ADDRESS

9:05 AM - 9:45 AM
PRESENTATION: How are investors adapting to lengthened macroeconomic volatility? Navigating recessionary conditions, high rates, energy market risk, and the 2024 election
Mahir Rasheed, Vice President, Senior Economist, Swiss Re

Mahir Rasheed

Mahir Rasheed

Vice President, Senior Economist

Swiss Re

Mahir is a Senior Economist leading macro research, forecasting, and scenario analysis on the US economy. He supports Swiss Re's strategic planning and asset allocation with respect to market developments and the economic environment, and frequently speaks on economic related topics. His research includes monthly and quarterly US economic outlooks, along with frequent economic insights on current events and developments in the macro environment. Mahir is a key contributor to Swiss Re's flagship sigma reports – a research series on the insurance industry and macroeconomic trends. He has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NPR, and other financial media outlets.

Mahir holds a master's degree from New York University and a bachelor's degree from Pace University.

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
PANEL DISCUSSION: Macro views: Touch-and-go, soft landing, or something more severe? CIO approaches to asset allocation, stress-testing, and the buffering of investment portfolios
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Gregory Cobb

Moderator

Gregory Cobb

Director of Insurance Solutions

Sage Advisory Services

Greg serves as Director of Insurance Solutions, focusing on general portfolio strategies, asset allocation and risk management solutions for the insurance industry, both traditional and in the world of alternative risk transfer. In 2023, 2022 and 2021, he was recognized by Captive International as Insurance Asset Manager of the Year, and in 2024, made entry into Captive Review’s Global Power 50. He also serves as a faculty member for the International Center for Captive Insurance Education. Greg began his career in 1987 and has served as Senior Portfolio Manager for the Institutional Asset Management arms of both SunTrust and Bank of America with a specialization in insurance company portfolio management. From there, he served as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for Sovereign Advisers and Lead Strategist and Director of Fixed Income for Boyd Watterson Asset Management. Greg earned a BS in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Robert Cataldo

Robert Cataldo

former Chief Investment Officer

United Fire Group Insurance

Robert F. Cataldo serves as Vice President and Chief Investment and Strategy Officer.

Mr. Cataldo joined UFG as a Senior Portfolio Manager in 2011. In 2015, he was promoted to Assistant Vice President. In 2018, he was named Vice President and Strategy Officer. In 2020, Robert was elected Vice President and Chief Investment and Strategy Officer.

Mr. Cataldo holds a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Drake University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professional designation.

Xiaowei Han

Xiaowei Han

Vice President, Head of ALM

TIAA

Xiaowei Han joined TIAA as the Head of ALM in Feb 2019. She leads the Asset Liability Management function and the construction of economic capital framework. Before joining TIAA, Xiaowei had worked in Transamerica since 2008 with experience in variable annuities, fixed annuities, universal life, retirement & pension, and institutional business. During her time in Transamerica, Xiaowei led the universal life valuation and modelling function. She also headed the Enterprise ALM function which focuses on holistic hedging/ALM management, General Account asset and derivative modelling, and aggregated ALM reporting across all lines of business. Prior to this role, she was a Financial Risk Manager who was responsible for identifying financial risk in ALM/Hedging strategies, modelling and pricing to the annuities, retirement, and institutional business. Her other experience included managing General Account ALM for annuities, retirement, and institutional business, designing and building Variable Annuity hedge strategies as well as Variable and Fixed Annuity Statutory Reporting.

Xiaowei holds a Master of Science degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science degree in Physical Chemistry from Nanjing University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Nanjing University. She holds the following designations: Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), Chartered Financial Analyst

(CFA®) charter holder, and Member of American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).

Angie Cantillon

Angie Cantillon

Vice President, Investments and Corporate Treasury

The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

Angela Cantillon is currently Vice President, Investments and Enterprise Treasury for Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, a Canadian P&C company. She is responsible for co-leading the management of $7 billion of enterprise-wide invested assets in addition to leading the enterprise-wide Treasury function. Prior to joining Wawanesa, she was an Associate Partner at Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting. While at Aon, she managed the Chicago hedge fund team and was responsible for working with a number of large institutional clients on the construction of direct hedge fund portfolios. Prior to Aon Hewitt, Angela held a number of roles as both a consultant and allocator.

She holds a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.S. degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University. She is a CFA charter holder, a CAIA charter holder, and is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago. Additionally, she volunteers her time with the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, is an active volunteer at her son’s primary school and has held various volunteer roles in community organizations on the Northwest side of Chicago.

Nizida Arriaga

Nizida Arriaga

Head of Fixed Income Investments

The Auto Club Group

Nízida Arriaga, Head of Fixed Income Investments at The Auto Club Group (ACG), is responsible for sourcing, managing, and monitoring the public and private fixed-income investments of the Auto Club Group. 

Nízida has worked in investments in the financial services industry for nearly 30 years, including managing insurance and pension assets.  She has held leadership roles at Nuveen Investments, Allstate, and Wespath Benefits and Investments. 

She received an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a board member of the School of Business External Dean Advisory Board.  She has a bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Puerto Rico and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
FIRESIDE CHAT: Opportunities in maritime finance.
George Fikaris, Managing Director, EnTrust Global

This will be a discussion on private credit opportunities in maritime and offshore energy, providing an in-depth overview of the compelling opportunity sets available to insurance investors.

Hannah Snow

Moderator

Hannah Snow

Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

MassMutual

Hannah Snow is a Portfolio Manager on the Global Fixed Income team within the Investment Management group at MassMutual. Reporting to the Head of Global Fixed Income, she is responsible for overseeing corporate credit investments in MassMutual’s $250 billion general investment account with a focus on private credit across the quality spectrum. Prior to MassMutual, Hannah worked at Citizens Financial Group on a team focused on investment in high yield term loans. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts and is a CFA charterholder.

George Fikaris

George Fikaris

Managing Director

EnTrust Global

George Fikaris is a Managing Director at EnTrust Global and serves as an Investment Analyst for the firm’s Blue Ocean strategy. Mr. Fikaris joined the firm as a Managing Director in May 2019 and has 18 years of experience in the industry. Before joining the firm, Mr. Fikaris was a Vice President of Finance at Gener8 Maritime Inc., where he was responsible for investor relations and business development. Mr. Fikaris also worked at Jefferies as an investment banker covering the maritime industry, and at CIT Bank, where he helped build the maritime loan portfolio. Mr. Fikaris holds an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a BS in Business Administration from The College of New Jersey.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
MORNING REFRESHMENTS & NETWORKING

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
‘INDUSTRY INSIGHT’ SESSIONS: UNCOVERING MARKET SENTIMENT
Maya Sibul

Moderator

Maya Sibul

Reporter & Content Producer

Clear Path Analysis

Maya Sibul is a Reporter and Content Producer at Clear Path Analysis. She works across InsuranceInvestor.com and FundOperator.com, conducting interviews and writing news analysis pieces. She previously worked in financial services and editorial.

David Hulme

David Hulme

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Advent Capital Management

22 years with Advent / 33 years industry experience

Mr. Hulme serves as a Portfolio Manager on our Balanced Convertible strategies. He has been involved with Advent’s Balanced strategies since he joined the firm in 2003. Prior to joining Advent, Mr. Hulme was an Investment Director and Portfolio Manager at Van Eck Global Asset Management (1998-2002), where he co-managed global emerging market equity funds. He previously worked as an Investment Analyst at Peregrine Asset Management (1995-1997) and was a Deputy Manager of the Financial Markets group at PriceWaterhouse (1991-1995). Mr. Hulme is a graduate of Cambridge University and qualified as an Associate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals. He also qualified as a member of the Association of Chartered Accountants, which is the U.K. equivalent of a Certified Public Accountant.

Craig Altshuler

Craig Altshuler

Managing Director, Head of Client and Consultant Relations

Advent Capital Management

Craig serves as head of the firm’s Client and Consultant Relations teams, and works closely with most of the firm’s 15 insurance clients. Prior to joining Advent in 2012, Craig worked at Drake Management where he was responsible for the firm’s institutional long only client and consultant relations efforts. Prior to Drake Management, he spent the first seven years of his career at BlackRock, most of which were spent in their institutional account management group, focused primarily on insurance companies. Craig is a graduate of Cornell University and has over 20 years of industry experience

* Why a structural allocation to securitized products always makes sense * Taking advantage of tactical opportunities that arise at different points in the cycle * Current opportunities in the securitized markets, both public and private
Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Head of the Securitized Products, Portfolio Manager

T. Rowe Price

Chris Brown is the head of the Securitized Products team and a portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division, where he co-manages the Total Return Bond Strategy and the U.S. Core Plus Bond separate accounts. He is the co-president and cochairman of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Total Return Fund, a vice president of the International Funds and Multi-Sector Account Portfolios, and a vice president and Investment Advisory Committee member of the GNMA, New Income, Global Multi-Sector Bond, QM U.S. Bond Index, and Short Duration Income Funds. Chris also is a member of the Mortgage-Backed Securities Multi-Sector Account Portfolio and Dynamic Credit Fund Investment Advisory Committees, a member of the Core/Core Plus Portfolio Strategy team, and a co-chair of the Sector Strategy Advisory Group. Chris is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
FIRESIDE CHAT: The effects of active versus passive strategies on the insurance investment landscape: How is portfolio management strategy evolving in the current and expected rate environment – and will AI introduce new changes?
Todd Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Builders Insurance Group

Maya Sibul

Moderator

Maya Sibul

Reporter & Content Producer

Clear Path Analysis

Maya Sibul is a Reporter and Content Producer at Clear Path Analysis. She works across InsuranceInvestor.com and FundOperator.com, conducting interviews and writing news analysis pieces. She previously worked in financial services and editorial.

Todd Campbell

Todd Campbell

Chief Executive Officer

Builders Insurance Group

Todd M. Campbell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Builders Insurance, an A.M. Best “A” rated mutual captive company located in Atlanta, Georgia.  Builders is a super-regional insurer operating in 20+ states and its surplus lines carrier is licensed in 49 jurisdictions in America. Builders, with $360 million in surplus and $1.1 billion in assets under management, $245+mm in annual premium and 200 employees, has been an integral part of the Worker’s Compensation, General Liability and Commercial Insurance markets in the Southeast for 32 years.

Todd also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Sagicor Life Insurance company, part of the Sagicor group, a 150-year-old insurer based in Barbados and Bermuda, and publicly traded on the Toronto Stock exchange. He also serves as chair of the Sagicor Investment and Risk board committee, with $5+ billion in assets under management.

Todd attended Appalachian State University as an undergraduate and received a law degree from Mercer University’s Woodruff School of Law in Georgia.

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
LUNCH

1:50 PM - 2:00 PM
CHAIRMAN’S AFTERNOON OPENING REMARKS

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: With a higher bar in private markets, how can investors differentiate and futureproof portfolios? The run to private credit, assessing risk, determining fair value, and locating new opportunities in lending and origination
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George Cook

Moderator

George Cook

Managing Director, Wealth Management, Institutional Consulting Director

Graystone

As Managing Director and Institutional Consulting Director, George has dedicated his entire career to serving the specialized needs of institutional clients. He is responsible for shaping strategic policy, combining his deep knowledge of the global financial markets with keen insights about upcoming market trends. These insights guide important decisions impacting portfolio optimization and investment manager selection. They also serve as the foundation of his highly anticipated capital markets webinars, which are presented quarterly to several hundred clients and industry insiders.


An education advocate, George has always been committed to advanced learning – for himself and his clients. An alumnus of North Illinois University, George earned the prestigious designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1997. He attained the Alternative Investments Director designation in 2014. As a Consulting Group Associate, he pioneered the institutional consulting program in the firm’s Barrington, Illinois, branch. In 1990, he became a Consulting Group Director, focusing on key institutional relationships. He is also a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association and has served on the board and on the Best Practices committee of the Association of Professional Investment Consultants.


A strong believer in giving back, George is passionate about community service, particularly issues of justice and poverty. He has made regular humanitarian trips to Cuba, and actively volunteers for a number of nonprofit agencies, including Bright Hope International, International Justice Mission, and World Relief.


In recognition for his dedication to his community and his clients, George has received numerous distinctions and professional accolades throughout his career. In 2011, Registered Rep magazine awarded George the “Altruism Award: Advisors with Heart,” honoring advisors who exemplify the highest standards of professionalism and are active in charitable giving and mentoring. In 2013, George was awarded the Community Leadership Award by Morgan Stanley for his efforts in eradicating human trafficking around the globe and was also awarded the firm’s John J. Mack Leadership Award, recognizing his efforts to put clients first, lead with exceptional ideas, act with integrity, and be generous with his time, resources, and talents. From 2016 to 2023, George and his Graystone team have been recognized as one of BARRON’S Top Institutional teams*.
George is often invited to speak at various industry conferences. The conference hosts include the College & University Business Officers, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Property Casualty Insurance Association, Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority, and Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority to name a few.


2016-2023 Barron's Top 100 Institutional Consulting Teams (formerly referred to as Barron's Top 50 Institutional Consulting Teams, Barron's Top 50 Institutional Consultants, Barron's Top 30 Institutional Consultants) Source: Barrons.com (April 2016-2022) Barron’s Top 100 Institutional Consulting Teams ranking awarded in 2016-2023. Each ranking was determined based on an evaluation process conducted by Barron’s which concluded in December of the previous year the award was issued having commenced in December of the year before that. Neither Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC nor its Financial Advisors or Private Wealth Advisors paid a fee to Barron's to obtain or use the ranking. This ranking is based on in-person and telephone due diligence meetings to

Nancy Mueller Handal

Nancy Mueller Handal

Chief Investment Officer and Head of Insurance Asset Management

Bayview Asset Management

Ms. Mueller Handal joined Bayview Asset Management in 2023 to establish and lead the newly formed Insurance Asset Management group. Prior to joining Bayview, Ms. Mueller Handal was a Senior Managing Director and EVP at MetLife Investment Management, where she served as Global Head of Private Fixed Income and Alternatives from 2019 to 2023. In this role, Ms. Mueller Handal was responsible for private credit, infrastructure, private ABS, residential whole loan investment and securitization, alternative investments, investment management oversight, workouts, sustainable investment strategies and index strategies. From 2015 to 2019, she led the Global Structured Products and Alternatives groups at MetLife having advanced through numerous roles from 2000 to 2015 including the head of structured finance and alternatives, the head of RMBS, agency and non-agency RMBS trader and portfolio manager, and global ABS credit analyst. Some of her recent accomplishments featured growing the third party asset management business, including overseeing the establishment of a private equity fund of funds, building out a private ABS platform and building an Insurance industry leading residential whole loan platform.

Ms. Mueller Handal serves as the Chair of the Structured Finance Association’s Board of Directors and sits on the board of the Structured Finance Foundation. Prior to joining Bayview, she served as a member of the US Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee (TBAC), which involved providing market feedback to the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Board of Governors on a variety of fundamental and technical debt-related topics. In 2019, she received the Reggie Imamura Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Structured Finance Industry and in 2016 she was the MetLife recipient of Working Mother Magazine’s Working Mother of the Year.

 

Nancy received a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from The University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Michigan. Ms. Mueller Handal holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Larry Holzenthaler

Larry Holzenthaler

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager and Senior Alternatives Strategist

First Eagle Investments

Larry Holzenthaler is responsible for the day-to-day implementation and management for several of First Eagle Alternative Credit’s strategies alongside the portfolio management team and FEAC’s chief investment officer. Larry is also an alternative credit market expert, working closely with First Eagle distribution channels to provide investors insights on FEAC’s investment positioning, market views, and products.  Prior to joining First Eagle, Larry was a managing director and investment strategist at Nuveen Asset Management, and prior affiliate Symphony Asset Management. Larry earned a BS in finance from Arizona State University.

Andrew	Payne

Andrew Payne

Chief Credit Officer, Investments

Corebridge Financial

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: Strategies for identifying and managing risk exposure: How does allocation to capacity-challenged areas fit into an insurance investment portfolio, and where are the forward-looking opportunities?
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Maya Sibul

Moderator

Maya Sibul

Reporter & Content Producer

Clear Path Analysis

Maya Sibul is a Reporter and Content Producer at Clear Path Analysis. She works across InsuranceInvestor.com and FundOperator.com, conducting interviews and writing news analysis pieces. She previously worked in financial services and editorial.

Justin Hook

Justin Hook

Senior Director, Portfolio Manager

Legal & General

Justin Hook, CFA has a diverse work experience spanning over 15 years. Justin currently serves as a Senior Director, Portfolio Manager at Legal & General America since July 2023. Prior to this, they worked at AllianceBernstein for 10 years where they held various roles including Vice President, Portfolio Analyst - US Multi-Sector / Securitized from August 2019 to August 2023, and Vice President, Senior Associate Portfolio Manager - High Yield Credit from March 2013 to August 2019. Justin also has experience as a co-founder of Fitnus, a community-powered app that promotes healthy living through connecting fitness-focused individuals, from May 2015 to September 2016. Justin started their career as a Fixed Income Market Specialist at Bloomberg from April 2010 to March 2013 and previously worked as an Analyst at GMAC Commercial Finance from August 2008 to April 2010.

Adam Lei

Adam Lei

Head of ALM

National Western Life Insurance

Farhad Mian

Farhad Mian

Managing Director, Head of Investment Strategy

Corebridge Financial

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: The changing shape of real estate markets: How viable is commercial real estate in a post-Covid era, and where are the opportunities to enhance portfolio allocation?
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Gregory Cobb

Moderator

Gregory Cobb

Director of Insurance Solutions

Sage Advisory Services

Greg serves as Director of Insurance Solutions, focusing on general portfolio strategies, asset allocation and risk management solutions for the insurance industry, both traditional and in the world of alternative risk transfer. In 2023, 2022 and 2021, he was recognized by Captive International as Insurance Asset Manager of the Year, and in 2024, made entry into Captive Review’s Global Power 50. He also serves as a faculty member for the International Center for Captive Insurance Education. Greg began his career in 1987 and has served as Senior Portfolio Manager for the Institutional Asset Management arms of both SunTrust and Bank of America with a specialization in insurance company portfolio management. From there, he served as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for Sovereign Advisers and Lead Strategist and Director of Fixed Income for Boyd Watterson Asset Management. Greg earned a BS in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Matt Pitzer

Matt Pitzer

Director, Private Markets

Shelter Insurance

Matt is the director of private market strategies for Shelter Insurance Companies, a P&C and Life insurer based in Columbia, Mo. The alternative investment portfolio represents approximately 20% of the firm’s $6.5 billion in insurance and corporate pension assets, focused on private equity, real estate and private credit. Matt is a CFA charterholder, has a B.A. in English from Davidson College and an MBA from the University of Missouri. He joined Shelter in 2010 and continues to recover from an earlier career as a sports journalist.

Brian Manczak

Brian Manczak

Portfolio Manager for Jackson National Life General Account

PPM America

Brian Manczak is a senior managing director, portfolio manager and head of insurance solutions on the fixed income team at PPM America, Inc. (PPM). He is responsible for overseeing the management of Jackson National Life Insurance Company’s general account and is responsible for asset allocation, capital management, risk management and the evaluation of new asset classes for the general account. Additionally, Brian is a portfolio manager for the Jackson National Life Insurance Company’s investment grade corporate bond portfolio. Previously, he was a senior member of PPM’s investment grade private credit team.
Prior to joining PPM in 2008, Brian worked in the investment banking department at Lehman Brothers and began his career at
Arthur Andersen. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Miami University (Ohio). He is a CFA® charterholder.

Mahir Rasheed

Mahir Rasheed

Vice President, Senior Economist

Swiss Re

Mahir is a Senior Economist leading macro research, forecasting, and scenario analysis on the US economy. He supports Swiss Re's strategic planning and asset allocation with respect to market developments and the economic environment, and frequently speaks on economic related topics. His research includes monthly and quarterly US economic outlooks, along with frequent economic insights on current events and developments in the macro environment. Mahir is a key contributor to Swiss Re's flagship sigma reports – a research series on the insurance industry and macroeconomic trends. He has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NPR, and other financial media outlets.

Mahir holds a master's degree from New York University and a bachelor's degree from Pace University.

4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
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