Date: August 15, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern

Learn about some of the challenges and opportunities for innovation in insurance in this Business Insurance webinar.

This presentation will feature winners of the Entrepreneurial Awards presented by the Entrepreneurial Insurance Alliance© (EIA), a group of forward-thinking companies supporting innovation in the insurance industry. In this webinar, 2011 award winners will share details of their innovative ideas, business challenges their concepts address, and insights on innovation in the insurance industry.

The EIA was created in 2010 by MarketScout and includes companies from investment, underwriting, technology, processing and distribution segments of the insurance industry. Information on 2012 award nominations and past winners can be found online at

The webinar discussion wil be led by Richard Kerr, CEO of MarketScout, and Mark A. Hofmann, senior editor of Business Insurance.

About the speakers: 

Mark A. Hofmann
Senior Editor
Business Insurance

Mark A. HofmannBrokers & Insurers Editor Mark A. Hofmann has covered insurance, brokerage and risk management for Business Insurance for nearly 25 years, during which time he has led the publication’s coverage of federal legislation affecting the property/casualty industry and its customers. He can be reached at and 202-662-7244. Follow Mark on Twitter at

Richard Kerr
Chief Executive Officer

Richard KerrRichard Kerr is Chairman and CEO of MarketScout Corporation. is a Dallas, Texas-based electronic insurance exchange, which underwrites and distributes hundreds of product lines to its 35,000-member agency network across the United States. Mr. Kerr's previous experience includes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lambert Fenchurch US Holdings, Chairman of Sedgwick Energy and President of Sedgwick James of Texas. Richard holds a business degree in Insurance and Risk Management from the University of Texas in Austin.

Matthew F. Power
Chief Innovation and Strategic Relationship Officer
Chartis – The Americas

Matt Power

Matthew Power is Chief Innovation and Strategic Relationship Officer of Chartis, The Americas. In this role, Mr. Power is responsible for managing and coordinating innovation and product development across the region. Mr. Power works closely with local management throughout the Region, developing and overseeing strategy implementation in tandem with the Chartis Science team.   Mr. Power is responsible for focus and connectivity with key business leaders, industry peers, attorneys, venture capital firms, academia and other key centers of influence. Mr. Power is a 1990 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, and in 2005 completed post graduate studies at Harvard Business School. Mr. Power serves on the boards of directors of The New England Council, The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and The Dean’s Advisory Board at The University of Massachusetts College of Management.

Kevin McCarthy
Vp-National Accounts
Risk Metrics
Boca Raton, Fla.

Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy manages data exchange and integration efforts with commercial insurance carriers and information partners at Risk Metrics Corporation in Boca Raton, Florida.  Before joining Risk Metrics in 2009, Mr. McCarthy spent several years in New York and Chicago employed in the alternative investment and equity sales groups at UBS.  Prior to UBS, Mr. McCarthy holds a bachelors in science in business administration from Bucknell University.

Steven Finch
Vp-Strategic Solutions
Tampa, Fla.

Steven Finch

Steven Finch is vice president of strategic solution for Vertafore.  In this position, he is responsible for workflow and content management solutions. Mr. Finch has been with the company for 20 years and has spent his entire career focusing on delivering technology solutions to the independent insurance agency market. He has built his reputation in the industry by designing systems that use a variety of technologies to provide creative solutions that meet needs of the insurance agency marketplace. Prior to Vertafore, Mr. Finch was with Computers by Design (CBD). During his tenure at CBD, he was resident expert on the nationally syndicated radio talk show “PC 101,” featured in PC World magazine and had his work published numerous times in various insurance trade magazines. In 2007, CBD was acquired by ImageRight to extend its agency and brokerage offerings.


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