Meet the New Wholesale Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA)

Aug 3, 2017


The Wholesale Specialty Insurance Association (“WSIA”) launched this month–the product of a merger between the American Association of Managing General Agents (“AAMGA”) and the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (“NAPSLO”).

What is the WSIA?  Who’s now who on its new Board of Directors?

Earlier this year, a strong majority of AAMGA and NAPSLO members approved a merger to create the WSIA, which became operationally effective on August 1, 2017.  The WSIA describes itself as ” . . . a new, world-class member services organization that will serve the entirety of the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry.”

The WSIA will work to develop and strengthen that industry in five key areas:

  • Networking
  • Education
  • Talent recruitment and development initiatives
  • Regulatory and legislative advocacy
  • Promotion of wholesale value

In the coming months, the programming and brand strengths of both legacy organizations will evolve into WSIA. One of the first places the change will manifest is the September 10-13, 2017 NAPSLO Annual Convention, which will now become the WSIA Annual Marketplace.  WSIA members can register for the new WSIA Annual Marketplace online here.

A new WSIA Web site is under development, and will launch in October.  

Meanwhile, the WSIA  is online at

The WSIA Board of Directors roster is provided below:



Corinne Jones, CPCU
AmWINS Access
Redondo Beach, CA

James C. Drinkwater
AmWINS Brokerage
New York, NY

Jacqueline M. Schaendorf, CPCU
Insurance House
Atlanta, GA

Kathy Schroeder
Sierra Specialty Insurance
Clovis, CA

Joel D. Cavaness, CPCU, ARM
Risk Placement Services
Rolling Meadows, IL

Bobby Owens
RPS Lexington, CMGA
Lexington, KY

David Leonard, CPCU, ARe, AIAF, ARM

Atlanta, GA

Edward Levy, CIW

Risk Placement Services Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ


Board of Directors

Patrick Albrecht
Associated Insurance Administrators, Inc., CMGA
Montgomery, AL

Scott Anderson
Concord General Agency
Fargo, ND

Shannon Dahlke Applegate
McClelland & Hine, Inc.
Houston, TX

Brenda (Ballard) Austenfeld
RT Specialty
Kansas City, MO

Tim Chaix
R.E. Chaix & Associates Insurance Brokers, Inc.
Irvine, CA

Bryan Clark
Gorst & Compass Insurance
Chatsworth, CA

Kathy Colangelo
Hull & Company, Inc.
St. Petersburg, FL

Scott A. Culler
Markel Wholesale
Scottsdale, AZ

Robert J. Greenebaum Jr.
CRC Swett
Chicago, IL

Harry L. Johnson, II
Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Charleston, SC

Bruce Kessler
Alpharetta, GA

Mark Maucere
Arlington Roe
Indianapolis, IN

Davis D. Moore
Worldwide Facilities, LLC
Los Angeles, CA

Dave Obenauer
CRC Wholesale Group
Roseland, NJ

Lana Parks
The Parks Group
Arlington, TX

Bryan Sanders
Glen Allen, VA

Richard Schmitzer
James River Insurance Company
Richmond, VA

Mathew Scott
Global Indemnity Insurance
Bala Cynwyd, PA

Gary Tiepelman
Western World
Scottsdale, AZ

Matt Lynch, UFO Past President
RPS Minneapolis, CMGA
Minneapolis, MN

Robert Sanders, Next GenerationPast President
Preferred Specialty, LLC
Columbia, SC



Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Colodny Fass.



Click here to follow Colodny Fass on Twitter (@ColodnyFassLaw)



To unsubscribe from this newsletter, please send an e-mail to