Leadership Award Recipients

Leadership Awards

2022 - Agent | Broker Leadership Excellence Award Winner

Eileen Frank

President, JP West

Frank is President, CEO and founder of JPWEST INC a full-service insurance brokerage and risk management firm, licensed in 50 states. Frank leads JP West in delivering property casualty brokerage and consulting services to municipal, environmental, hospital, university, construction, real estate and nonprofit risks. Frank has served as broker, risk management consultant for large complex risks including hospitals, housing authorities, and other public benefit corporations. As an underwriter Frank structured alternative risk programs for major accounts.

Prior to JP West, she served as Vice President/Director of Underwriting, Underwriting Operations and Compliance, at GAN North America Insurance Co., the U.S subsidiary of GAN Paris, (8th largest diversified financial institution in the world). Additionally, Frank acted as Risk Manager for GAN’s U.S. operations. As an officer of Commerce and Industry Insurance Co., a division of AIG and later as an officer of the Home Insurance Co. she built and managed profitable portfolios with premium volume in excess of $70 million and $143 million respectively. Frank served as an adjunct professor at the College of Insurance (currently embedded in St. John’s University) and Yeshiva University where she taught courses in Property-Casualty Contracts, Theories of Liability and P&C business practices to undergraduate students, underwriters and producers. She also served as an adjunct professor at the Howard University School of Business and Insurance.

Ms. Frank served as Chair of the Conference of Special Risk Underwriters (“CSRU”). She served as President of the National Insurance Industry Association (“NIIA”). Ms. Frank served on the boards of the NAAIA, APIW and the IIABNY, insurance industry associations. She was appointed as a Commissioner of the New York State Insurance Fund.

2022 - Emerging Leader Award Winner

Owie Lee Agbontaen

AVP, Regional Underwriting Executive, Sompo International

Agbontaen is AVP, Regional Underwriting Executive and Business Development at Sompo International. Currently, he leads the business development in IL, MN, WI, ND, and SD supporting growth of all product lines from a broker/carrier relationship standpoint. Prior to his current role, he grew Midwest Middle Market book ground up to $15M in just over 3.5 years. He cofounded the Chicago Chapter of Young Risk Professionals and currently serves as the Vice Chair and Dir. Of Finance on the board, he is a mentor for HFS Chicago, an organization that helps underserved Chicago high school students succeed in and out of the classroom by providing educational mentoring, college readiness and academic excellence programs , and was a founding board member of the NAAIA Boston Chapter prior to move to Chicago. Agbontaen gave talks for the Dive-in Festival and the Women in Insurance Conference.

2022 - NAAIA Chapter of the Year Award Winner

2021 - Corporate Leader Award Winner

Errica Rivera
Culture and Inclusion Lead
State Auto Insurance Companies

As the culture and inclusion lead at State Auto Insurance Companies, Errica Rivera spearheads the development of the company’s culture strategy and the implementation of engaging D&I initiatives. She has a passion for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and helping develop future business leaders, and she has participated in and organized various community initiatives designed to target diverse audiences.

“Some ask why I stay in an industry where there is such a lack of diversity or lack of obvious intent to change,” Rivera says. “I stay because I truly believe in what is possible and have the courage to be a part of that change wherever possible. The notable progress that I’ve experienced over the years was accomplished with much-needed laser-focused effort, reliable allies and the constant probe of fearless leaders consistently asking themselves ‘What can I do next?’ Spoiler alert: This work is not easy and will be frustrating but extremely rewarding. Look for opportunities to lean in, reach back, push up and press forward.”

Currently, Rivera serves on the Insurance Council of Texas Education Foundation board of trustees, the Harding University board of trustees, the University of Texas at Dallas risk management advisory council, and the boards of the Texas Risk and Insurance Professionals Society and the national InVEST Program. She is also a member of the steering committee for the IICF Women in Insurance Forum (Southeast division) and the founder of the Harding University African American Alumni Association. In 2019, Rivera received the Insurance Industry Leader of the Year Award from the NAAIA Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.

2021 - Agent | Broker Leadership Excellence Award Winner

Dale Sharpe Jenkins
President
The Jenkins Agency

Dale is the founder and a principal owner of The Jenkins Agency, Inc. where she is responsible for strategic planning and client development. Dale currently works with public sector accounts in Texas providing risk management services that include risk management training; risk management department process reviews and procedure manual development, internal and third-party administrator claim audits and owner-controlled insurance placement administration. She has also provides insurance placement.

2021 - Emerging Leader Award Winner

Fela Abioye
Executive Team Lead, Middle Market Underwriting
The Hartford

Fela Abioye has spent the last decade in the insurance industry, the majority of it at The Hartford. He started his career as a workers’ compensation claims representative in Texas before being promoted to a workers’ compensation team leader, overseeing a satellite claims office in Las Vegas and a remote claims team. After six years in claims, he transitioned to commercial middle-market underwriting.

In addition to recently being promoted to executive team lead at The Hartford, Abioye currently serves as vice chair and volunteer chair for the Houston associate board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation and is a board member of the Houston chapter of the National African American Insurance Association. He’s also working on securing his CPCU designation.

Recently, Abioye completed a program called Acceler8, which focused on social interaction, emotional intelligence, leveraging one’s network and developing an entrepreneur mindset. He says it helped him sharpen his interpersonal skills, enhancing how he communicates and positively impacts those around him.

2019 - Corporate Leader Award Winner

Chevon A. Brooks, Esq.
Managing Partner
Brooks, Berne & Herndon PLLC

Chevon Andre Brooks, Esq. is a founding member of the law firm, Brooks, Berne & Herndon, PLLC. He is an insurance and litigation defense attorney who concentrates his practice on the areas of property and casualty matters in both federal and state courts. Mr. Brooks has extensive appellate experience which is a valuable asset in handling client matters from inception through appeal when necessary. He currently handles civil litigation defense and insurance coverage litigation, excess/umbrella coverage, labor and employment law and construction related matters, Federal Civil Rights 42 U.S.C. §1983 and municipal liability, premises and products liability, asbestos exposure, motor vehicle, workers’ compensation defense and general negligence cases.He is a former Assistant Corporate Counsel for the City of New York and former Managing Partner for the New York and New Jersey offices of a national law firm, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, PA.

Chevon is committed to using his position to promote and ensure that he hires, retains and mentors minority attorneys. Additionally, his commitment to the education and advancement of youths is reflected in his work with the Thurgood Marshall Program under the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

2019 - Agent | Broker Leadership Excellence Award Winner

Tony Lee
Managing Partner
Dickerson Insurance Services

A native of Oakland, California, Tony Lee began his career with Dickerson Insurance Services in1997. For the last 15 years, Tony Lee has been Dickerson’s Chief Executive Officer. Tony was recently appointed to the position of Managing Partners for Dickerson when the firm was acquired by The Alerta Group. Prior to the acquisition, Dickerson Insurance Services was the largest African American owned brokerage firm in the nation. Tony grew the company from 20 employees to over 70. Dickerson revenue went from 10 million in 1997 to over 30 million in 2018,

Under his leadership, Dickerson has assembled one of the most diverse firms in the nation, Per Tony, “eight languages are spoken by our staff and that is by design”. Tony’s extensive impact includes the training and development of talented young professionals who continue to enjoy outstanding careers through their work at Dickerson and/or competitor companies i.e., Marsh, Aon, Gallagher, etc.

Tony is a civic and community leader on many different levels, i.e., LA Urban League Board; St Joseph Center for the Homeless Board, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for the Cannibis Trade Federation, etc.

2019 - Emerging Leader Award Winners

Cedric Wilson
Regional Director
The Hartford

Upon graduation from Morehouse College, Cedric Wilson started his insurance career at Alexander Insurance Agency, a black owned business in Birmingham, AL. After five years of learning from his mentor, Jeff Drew, the son of John Drew, he took on a role at The Hartford as a Small Commercial Underwriter in Charlotte, NC.

In 2012, Cedric moved to Nashville, TN as a Middle Market Underwriter . His outstanding contributions and performance garnered recognition which led to his winning of the company’s top sales award, Honor’s Circle, four years in a row.

In 2017, Cedric again relocated to Washington, DC where he managed a $60M book and helped to build a diverse team of underwriters to grow a profitable book of business with Hartford’s Middle & Large Commercial teams.Since being in his current role, Cedric has twice received the company’s Chairman’s Award, the highest employee award for the company.

Throughout his career with The Hartford, Cedric has served as a mentor for two Employee Resource Groups — Black Insurance Professional Network and Gay & Lesbian Organization Benefiting Everyone. Cedric’s goal is to create an environment where the ideas of employees are shared and celebrated!
Denise Campbell AVP National Accounts| New York Zone AIG Denise Campbell is Assistant Vice President, National Accounts at AIG. In her position, she works with and services AIG’s most engaged major accounts by managing relationships with risk managers, insurance buyers and key client executives and some of the company’s largest trading partners. Denise started her professional journey working at Atlantic Records. After obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Music Technology degree at NYU, in 2008, she joined AIG’s multinational department as an administrative assistant. Over the course of the next several years, Denise’s work and contributions earned her recognition and the opportunity to advance to a Business Analyst within the same department. In this role she discovered a passion for communications and was promoted to Communication Specialist. Between 2015 and early 2019, Denise worked as a Business Development Manager within AIG’s New York Region, working with AIG’s distribution partners to grow relationships and premium across all lines of business within their commercial products. Denise is an inclusive leader with AIG’s award-winning NY Black Professional Employee Resource Group. While serving as president of that group, the ERG won Global ERG Awards in consecutive years for “Best Strategic Business Programs”.
Mike James

Executive Vice President, NFP

Mike James is Executive Vice President, Head of Life and Wealth at NFP. Before joining the NFP family, he spent more than 14 years with John Hancock Financial Services where he was integral to building a thriving relationship between John Hancock and NFP. James’ career began with an internship at John Hancock in 1991. In his time with NFP, James has grown the business in a variety of ways. Annual revenue from life, disability insurance and long-term care now exceeds $210 million, and he has played a central role in building NFP’s wealth management business into a national powerhouse with AUM of $45 billion. He grew up in the life insurance industry, and has exceptional understanding of products and strategies, but he has also demonstrated an affinity to expand his expertise into wealth management. NFP continues to expand its world-class wealth management business, adding and growing assets, acquiring firms, and welcoming new advisors to the NFP community.

In an industry where diversity remains an area for growth, James has inspired many Black and Brown professionals to enter the financial services profession. He serves as a constant mentor to professionals at every stage of their careers, listening, learning and empowering them along the way. He motivates others by sharing details of his own journey, from the challenges he’s faced to the choices he made to overcome them. While no two paths are the same, James’ willingness to share his experiences helps others see themselves in his struggles and successes.

With a career that spans three decades, few can match James’ knowledge of the business, ability to get the right people in the room to solve complex problems, and eagerness to give back to the profession and communities that he is a part of.

James is also an active member of Finseca (formerly AALU/GAMA), serving on the Executive Committee of their Board of Directors. In 2025, James will become the first Black member to serve as board chair in the organization’s 65+ year history. James serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Suffolk University and The American College of Financial Services and is a passionate supporter of The American College’s Conference for African American Financial Professionals (CAAFP). In 2020, James played an instrumental role in helping Nationwide create the Financial Alliance for Racial Equity (FARE), a coalition of industry peers and HBCUs focused on increasing the number of Black professionals entering the financial services industry.
Eileen Frank

President, JP West

Frank is President, CEO and founder of JPWEST INC a full-service insurance brokerage and risk management firm, licensed in 50 states. Frank leads JP West in delivering property casualty brokerage and consulting services to municipal, environmental, hospital, university, construction, real estate and nonprofit risks. Frank has served as broker, risk management consultant for large complex risks including hospitals, housing authorities, and other public benefit corporations. As an underwriter Frank structured alternative risk programs for major accounts.

Prior to JP West, she served as Vice President/Director of Underwriting, Underwriting Operations and Compliance, at GAN North America Insurance Co., the U.S subsidiary of GAN Paris, (8th largest diversified financial institution in the world). Additionally, Frank acted as Risk Manager for GAN’s U.S. operations. As an officer of Commerce and Industry Insurance Co., a division of AIG and later as an officer of the Home Insurance Co. she built and managed profitable portfolios with premium volume in excess of $70 million and $143 million respectively. Frank served as an adjunct professor at the College of Insurance (currently embedded in St. John’s University) and Yeshiva University where she taught courses in Property-Casualty Contracts, Theories of Liability and P&C business practices to undergraduate students, underwriters and producers. She also served as an adjunct professor at the Howard University School of Business and Insurance.

Ms. Frank served as Chair of the Conference of Special Risk Underwriters (“CSRU”). She served as President of the National Insurance Industry Association (“NIIA”). Ms. Frank served on the boards of the NAAIA, APIW and the IIABNY, insurance industry associations. She was appointed as a Commissioner of the New York State Insurance Fund.
Owie Lee Agbontaen

AVP, Regional Underwriting Executive, Sompo International

Agbontaen is AVP, Regional Underwriting Executive and Business Development at Sompo International. Currently, he leads the business development in IL, MN, WI, ND, and SD supporting growth of all product lines from a broker/carrier relationship standpoint. Prior to his current role, he grew Midwest Middle Market book ground up to $15M in just over 3.5 years. He cofounded the Chicago Chapter of Young Risk Professionals and currently serves as the Vice Chair and Dir. Of Finance on the board, he is a mentor for HFS Chicago, an organization that helps underserved Chicago high school students succeed in and out of the classroom by providing educational mentoring, college readiness and academic excellence programs , and was a founding board member of the NAAIA Boston Chapter prior to move to Chicago. Agbontaen gave talks for the Dive-in Festival and the Women in Insurance Conference.
Errica Rivera
Culture and Inclusion Lead
State Auto Insurance Companies

As the culture and inclusion lead at State Auto Insurance Companies, Errica Rivera spearheads the development of the company’s culture strategy and the implementation of engaging D&I initiatives. She has a passion for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and helping develop future business leaders, and she has participated in and organized various community initiatives designed to target diverse audiences.

“Some ask why I stay in an industry where there is such a lack of diversity or lack of obvious intent to change,” Rivera says. “I stay because I truly believe in what is possible and have the courage to be a part of that change wherever possible. The notable progress that I’ve experienced over the years was accomplished with much-needed laser-focused effort, reliable allies and the constant probe of fearless leaders consistently asking themselves ‘What can I do next?’ Spoiler alert: This work is not easy and will be frustrating but extremely rewarding. Look for opportunities to lean in, reach back, push up and press forward.”

Currently, Rivera serves on the Insurance Council of Texas Education Foundation board of trustees, the Harding University board of trustees, the University of Texas at Dallas risk management advisory council, and the boards of the Texas Risk and Insurance Professionals Society and the national InVEST Program. She is also a member of the steering committee for the IICF Women in Insurance Forum (Southeast division) and the founder of the Harding University African American Alumni Association. In 2019, Rivera received the Insurance Industry Leader of the Year Award from the NAAIA Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.

Dale Sharpe Jenkins
President
The Jenkins Agency


Dale is the founder and a principal owner of The Jenkins Agency, Inc. where she is responsible for strategic planning and client development. Dale currently works with public sector accounts in Texas providing risk management services that include risk management training; risk management department process reviews and procedure manual development, internal and third-party administrator claim audits and owner-controlled insurance placement administration. She has also provides insurance placement.

Dale Sharpe Jenkins, M.S., CIC, AINS

The Jenkins Agency, Inc.
1301 South Bowen Rd #315
Arlington, TX 76013

Responsibilities
Dale is the founder and a principal owner of The Jenkins Agency, Inc. where she is responsible for strategic planning and client development. Dale currently works with public sector accounts in Texas providing risk management services that include risk management training; risk management department process reviews and procedure manual development, internal and third-party administrator claim audits and owner-controlled insurance placement administration. She has also provides insurance placement.

Experience
Dale’s career in insurance began with Progressive Insurance Co. In 1982 she and another adjuster opened Progressive’s first claim office located in Phoenix Arizona. Shortly afterward she moved to Texas and began her career as a commercial insurance adjuster for Union Standard Insurance Co. In 1985 she joined The St. Paul Insurance Company. At St. Paul, she spent 4 years handling medical malpractice claims and 3 years handling construction claims. In 1992 she was asked to pilot a new position in the industry; large account claim coordinator. In this role, she provided claim oversight for St. Paul’s national accounts. The one-year pilot turned into a full-time position that she held until 1995 when she made what was a rare transition at the time to underwriting. She worked as a construction underwriter until 1998 when she left St. Paul and formed The Jenkins Agency, Inc.

Expertise
Project Management
Property and Casualty Insurance
Insurance Claims Management and Audits
Risk Management Training and Development

Education
Master of Science, Negotiations & ADR
Creighton Univ. School of Law
Certified Insurance Counselor Designation
The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research
Associates in Insurance
The Insurance Institute
Texas Licensed Insurance Agent
Lecturer University of North Texas
Lecturer University of Texas at Arlington
Lecturer University of Houston

Fela Abioye
Executive Team Lead, Middle Market Underwriting
The Hartford

Fela Abioye has spent the last decade in the insurance industry, the majority of it at The Hartford. He started his career as a workers’ compensation claims representative in Texas before being promoted to a workers’ compensation team leader, overseeing a satellite claims office in Las Vegas and a remote claims team. After six years in claims, he transitioned to commercial middle-market underwriting.

In addition to recently being promoted to executive team lead at The Hartford, Abioye currently serves as vice chair and volunteer chair for the Houston associate board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation and is a board member of the Houston chapter of the National African American Insurance Association. He’s also working on securing his CPCU designation.

Recently, Abioye completed a program called Acceler8, which focused on social interaction, emotional intelligence, leveraging one’s network and developing an entrepreneur mindset. He says it helped him sharpen his interpersonal skills, enhancing how he communicates and positively impacts those around him.
Chevon A. Brooks, Esq.
Managing Partner
Brooks, Berne & Herndon PLLC

Chevon Andre Brooks, Esq. is a founding member of the law firm, Brooks, Berne & Herndon, PLLC. He is an insurance and litigation defense attorney who concentrates his practice on the areas of property and casualty matters in both federal and state courts. Mr. Brooks has extensive appellate experience which is a valuable asset in handling client matters from inception through appeal when necessary. He currently handles civil litigation defense and insurance coverage litigation, excess/umbrella coverage, labor and employment law and construction related matters, Federal Civil Rights 42 U.S.C. §1983 and municipal liability, premises and products liability, asbestos exposure, motor vehicle, workers’ compensation defense and general negligence cases.He is a former Assistant Corporate Counsel for the City of New York and former Managing Partner for the New York and New Jersey offices of a national law firm, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, PA.

Chevon is committed to using his position to promote and ensure that he hires, retains and mentors minority attorneys. Additionally, his commitment to the education and advancement of youths is reflected in his work with the Thurgood Marshall Program under the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

Chevon A. Brooks, Esq.
Managing Partner
Brooks, Berne & Herndon PLLC

Chevon Andre Brooks, Esq. is a founding member of the firm. He is an insurance and litigation defense attorney who concentrates his practice on the areas of property and casualty matters in both federal and state courts. Mr. Brooks also has extensive appellate experience which is a valuable asset in handling client matters from inception through appeal when necessary. He currently handles civil litigation defense and insurance coverage litigation, excess/umbrella coverage, labor and employment law and construction related matters, Federal Civil Rights 42 U.S.C. §1983 and municipal liability, premises and products liability, asbestos exposure, motor vehicle, workers’ compensation defense and general negligence cases.

As a former Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, he also developed skills and expertise in municipal liability. Mr. Brooks has a reputation for zealous representation of his clients in litigation and obtained numerous favorable outcomes in a wide range of federal cases in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and New York State Court, including: class actions involving the New York City Department of Education; actions involving federal claims against the Department of Correction, Department of Homeless Services, Department of Education, and New York City Police Department. Mr. Brooks was the recipient of the Top 40 under 40 Award to honor his professional achievements by The Network Journal of State University of New York at Stony Brook. In addition, Mr. Brooks will be honored this year by the National-African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) as its 2019 Corporate Leader of the Year.

Bar Admissions: New York
Education: The George Washington University Law School

Tony Lee
Managing Partner
Dickerson Insurance Services

A native of Oakland, California, Tony Lee began his career with Dickerson Insurance Services in1997. For the last 15 years, Tony Lee has been Dickerson’s Chief Executive Officer. Tony was recently appointed to the position of Managing Partners for Dickerson when the firm was acquired by The Alerta Group. Prior to the acquisition, Dickerson Insurance Services was the largest African American owned brokerage firm in the nation. Tony grew the company from 20 employees to over 70. Dickerson revenue went from 10 million in 1997 to over 30 million in 2018,

Under his leadership, Dickerson has assembled one of the most diverse firms in the nation, Per Tony, “eight languages are spoken by our staff and that is by design”. Tony’s extensive impact includes the training and development of talented young professionals who continue to enjoy outstanding careers through their work at Dickerson and/or competitor companies i.e., Marsh, Aon, Gallagher, etc.

Tony is a civic and community leader on many different levels, i.e., LA Urban League Board; St Joseph Center for the Homeless Board, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for the Cannibis Trade Federation, etc.
Tony Lee
Managing Partner
Dickerson Insurance Services

A native of Oakland, California, Tony has been with Dickerson Insurance Servcies since 1997. For the last 15 years, Tony Lee has been Dickerson’s Chief Executive Officer, and now is one of two Managing Partners for Dickerson. Before its acquisition, Dickerson Insurance Servcies was the largest African American owned brokerage firm in the nation. Tony grew the company from 20 employees to over 70 at the time of acquisition by the Alera Group. Dickerson revenue went from 10 million in 1997 to over 30 million in 2018, prior to the Alera acquisition.

Tony provides leadership to the organization’s operations, marketing, strategy, financing, and development of the company’s culture. Tony has extensive experience in the public sector, and has brought several large, multi-state clients to the company. Lee developed California’s longest running and largest charter school trust – CharterLIFE and built and designed the California Schools JPA School Private Exchange. He is an expert in self-insurance and has designed programs for Diamond Resorts (9000 Employees), SEIU, and numerous other multi-employer health plans.  Tony has formed contractual partnerships with Aon, Marsh, and Willis to bring expertise and capacity into the small market. His backroom support for these large multi-nationals has created a revenue source for them that would have gone overlooked. Lee’s close working relationship with AON afforded Dickerson to be the first company chosen under the AON diversity platform (previously Cornerstone). Lee has also designed a long running life insurance program for the AME Church, and their ministers worldwide. Tony and his team are one of the first brokerage firms to insure the cannabis industry in the State of California.

Tony and his team were trailblazer in the telemedicine industry. He was sole consultant for the second largest SEIU local in the country at the time, representing Homecare Workers. Along with designing a self-insured trust and self-insured dental plan, Lee was responsible for implementing a telemedicine program for the 160,000 employer paid union members. This program was the largest program of its type in the country at the time. Tony Lee was pioneer in the adoption of telemedicine and the telehealth industry before it became a common benefit offered by health carriers.

As an industry leader and trailblazer, many of Tony’s programs have been unsuccessfully replicated by some of the larger multi-national firms.

Cedric Wilson
Regional Director
The Hartford

Upon graduation from Morehouse College, Cedric Wilson started his insurance career at Alexander Insurance Agency, a black owned business in Birmingham, AL. After five years of learning from his mentor, Jeff Drew, the son of John Drew, he took on a role at The Hartford as a Small Commercial Underwriter in Charlotte, NC.

In 2012, Cedric moved to Nashville, TN as a Middle Market Underwriter . His outstanding contributions and performance garnered recognition which led to his winning of the company’s top sales award, Honor’s Circle, four years in a row.

In 2017, Cedric again relocated to Washington, DC where he managed a $60M book and helped to build a diverse team of underwriters to grow a profitable book of business with Hartford’s Middle & Large Commercial teams.Since being in his current role, Cedric has twice received the company’s Chairman’s Award, the highest employee award for the company.

Throughout his career with The Hartford, Cedric has served as a mentor for two Employee Resource Groups — Black Insurance Professional Network and Gay & Lesbian Organization Benefiting Everyone. Cedric’s goal is to create an environment where the ideas of employees are shared and celebrated!

Cedric is recently married to his husband, Tyler Walker and loves spending time with his entire family.

After graduating from Morehouse College in 2001, Cedric started his insurance career at Alexander
Insurance Agency, a black owned business in Birmingham, AL. After five years of learning from his
mentor, Jeff Drew, the son of John Drew, he took on a role at The Hartford as a Small Commercial
Underwriter in Charlotte, NC. In 2012, he moved to Nashville, TN as a Middle Market Underwriter and
won the company’s top sales award, Honor’s Circle, four years in a row. In 2017, Cedric again relocated
to Washington, DC to manage a book of $60m and help build a diverse team of underwriters to grow a
profitable book of business with Hartford’s Middle & Large Commercial teams. Since being in his
current role, he has twice received the company’s highest award to employees called the Chairman’s
Award. The 2017 Chairman’s Award was for Character and the 2018 Chairman’s Award was for Quality
and Compliance Achievement. Throughout his twelve year career at Hartford, he has been a member of
two Employee Resource Groups: Black Insurance Professional Network and Gay & Lesbian Organization
Benefiting Everyone. He is also a proud member of National African American Insurance Association and
sits on the board for Capital Pride Alliance in Washington, DC. Cedric has a passion for the work he does,
and he enjoys recruiting new and diverse talent to The Hartford — so that he creates an environment
where employees’ ideas are shared and celebrated. Cedric is recently married to his husband, Tyler
Walker and loves spending time with his entire family.

Denise Campbell AVP National Accounts| New York Zone AIG Denise Campbell is Assistant Vice President, National Accounts at AIG. In her position, she works with and services AIG’s most engaged major accounts by managing relationships with risk managers, insurance buyers and key client executives and some of the company’s largest trading partners. Denise started her professional journey working at Atlantic Records. After obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Music Technology degree at NYU, in 2008, she joined AIG’s multinational department as an administrative assistant. Over the course of the next several years, Denise’s work and contributions earned her recognition and the opportunity to advance to a Business Analyst within the same department. In this role she discovered a passion for communications and was promoted to Communication Specialist. Between 2015 and early 2019, Denise worked as a Business Development Manager within AIG’s New York Region, working with AIG’s distribution partners to grow relationships and premium across all lines of business within their commercial products. Denise is an inclusive leader with AIG’s award-winning NY Black Professional Employee Resource Group. While serving as president of that group, the ERG won Global ERG Awards in consecutive years for “Best Strategic Business Programs”.
Denise Campbell
AVP National Accounts| New York Zone
AIG

Denise Campbell is Assistant Vice President, National Accounts at AIG where she works with and services AIG’s most engaged major accounts through managing relationships with risk managers, insurance buyers and key client executives at their biggest trading partners. She started out her professional journey working in the A&R department of Atlantic Records after completing her Bachelors of Science in Music Technology at NYU. In 2008, she joined AIG’s multinational department as an administrative assistant. After a few years, Denise was given the opportunity to advance to a Business Analyst within the same department. In this role she discovered a passion for communications and was promoted to Communication Specialist. Between 2015 and early 2019, Denise worked as a Business Development Manager within AIG’s New York Region, working with AIG’s distribution partners to grow relationships and premium across all lines of business within their commercial products.

During her time at AIG, she joined the Black Professionals Employee Resource Group, first as an active member but eventually leading the New York organization for two award winning years, where they were recognized for excellence in Business Integration. She currently serves as Business Advisor to the ERG along with her former Co-Chair.

In addition to her day job, she has participated in the Global Inclusion and Cultural Agility Business Integration work stream, where she was on the committee that created a new travel product geared towards more diverse consumers. She’s also heavily involved with working with local and global leadership as well as HR as the company works to increase their diversity recruitment and retention.

Outside of AIG Denise has always sought to get involved socially and civically. Denise has volunteered with the “I Have A Dream” Foundation where she spent her Saturday Mornings tutoring students in Ravenswood, Queens. She’s been an active participant with Junior Achievement and the Police Athletic League through AIGs corporate responsibility relationships. In 2012, she joined the National African American Insurance Association and has been an active member, even serving as Communications Chair to the New York Tri State Chapter. She holds a position on the Insurance Federation of New York Advisory Council and the Board of the Water Street Club. Through these organizations she works tirelessly to bring young and diverse talent into the insurance industry and provide them with the exposure and knowledge they need to enter, advance and stay in the industry.  She is also an active member of the National Urban League of Essex County Young Professionals.

Denise received her Bachelor of Arts from New York University with a major in Music Technology and has received a Certified Project Manager Designation from the Project Management Leadership Group, Inc.
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