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Andy Barrengos

Chief Executive Officer

CEO Andy Barrengos has been a part of the Woodruff Sawyer team since 1996, and has served as CEO since 2016. Andy leads our firm with a focus on developing our people, delivering outstanding services, tools, and solutions for our clients, and growing the firm in new and existing sectors across our national platform.

415.399.6312

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R. Cam Dickinson

Senior Vice President, Construction

In addition to providing risk management services to clients, Cam is Manager of Woodruff Sawyer’s Construction Practice. In this role, Cam oversees our client service group and coordinates business development activities.

415.399.6308

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Chad Follmer

Senior Vice President, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader

Contributor, Property & Casualty

Chad leads the Healthcare Practice at Woodruff Sawyer. His expertise in the healthcare and medical industry includes regulatory risk, data privacy and cyber risks, alternative risk finance structures (captives, RRGs, SIRs and trusts) and risk solutions for ACOs and all forms of coordinate care structures. Chad is a Risk and Insurance Magazine “Power Broker” award recipient, and authors blog features on timely healthcare topics. 

415.399.6384

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Dan Burke

Vice President, Cyber Specialist

With more than 12 years of experience, Dan builds cyber insurance solutions, product enhancements, and client-facing propositions to help expand the company's cyber liability options, while helping clients understand cyber risk. Dan frequently speaks at industry conferences and has been quoted in trade magazines and newsletters, including The Wall Street Journal.

Dan Hodges

Senior Vice President, Benefits

Dan brings a uniquely analytical and sophisticated approach to employee benefits and risk management. With over 16 years of consulting experience, Dan has worked with a large cross-section of employers including those in healthcare, not-for-profits, hi-tech, service, and hospitality. In 2010, Dan was honored with the Excellence in Partnership with HR award from the Silicon Valley HR Symposium. His areas of specialization include managing large, multi-state clients as well as outsourced benefit administration.

415.878.2463

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Darren Cartwright

Senior Vice President, Claims Audit and Consulting Group

Editor, Claims

Darren leads our Claims Audit and Consulting Group, offering expertise in the areas of occupational and non-occupational disabilities, leaves of absence, and workers’ compensation. In addition to his work in saving clients time and money on complex litigated claims and by auditing claim programs, he helps clients implement Integrated Disability Management (IDM) programs and come to understand the true cost of absence.

415.402.6542

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Diane Borden

Private Client Executive

Contributor, Private Client

Diane is co-leader of Woodruff Sawyer’s Private Client Practice, responsible for the strategic development and management of our personal insurance operations. With more than 25 years’ experience serving in underwriting and brokerage roles, Diane’s expertise as a trusted insurance advisor has helped generations of high net-worth individuals and their families design comprehensive personal insurance portfolios geared to their unique lifestyle and risk to loss.

855.738.1115

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Emily Maier

Senior Vice President, National Group Leader - M&A Insurance

Editor, Mergers & Acquisitions

Leading Woodruff Sawyers M&A practice, Emily provides consultation to clients seeking to minimize their risks associated with merger and acquisition activity. This includes Representations and Warranties, Tax Opinion Liability, and Litigation Buy-Out coverages. She has worked with both strategic and private equity buyers and sellers over a wide range of transaction sizes and industries, and is a frequent speaker and author on M&A transaction solutions.

949.435.7378

Kevin Moore

Associate Producer

Kevin focuses on providing customized risk management solutions and information to businesses, and works to build and maintain market relationships toward that end . He's passionate about advocating for clients and representing their needs, from strategic planning to ongoing insurance program management.

925.520.7469

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Kevin Panzera

Vice President, Private Client Growth Leader

Contributor, Private Client

Kevin co-leads our Private Client Practice to develop growth strategies and solutions to meet the needs of clients. With over 15 years of experience insuring the complex lifestyles, liability, and personal property assets of successful executives, business owners, and families of wealth, Kevin has a proven track record of innovation, production, and strategic leadership in the private client area.

Lauri Floresca

Senior Vice President, Cyber Liability

Editor, Cyber Liability

Lauri is a widely respected expert and frequent speaker on the issues of directors & officers liability and cyber liability. She has developed her expertise surrounding complex privacy breach claims and innovative Cyber Liability solutions, and has extensive experience placing D&O programs for public companies of all sizes, including NASDAQ 100 and Fortune 500 companies.

415.402.6523

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Luke Parsons

Vice President, Private Equity & Transactional Risk Group

As a Vice President, Luke is skilled in working alongside private equity firms, family offices, alternative asset managers, and their portfolio companies as they seek to invest in or acquire platform and add-on transactions in the lower, core, and upper middle-market. Luke has experience in transactions across industry sectors, including healthcare and life sciences, technology and business services, consumer brands and retail, and niche manufacturing.

415.399.6392

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Priya Cherian Huskins, Esq.

Senior Vice President, D&O

Editor, Management Liability/D&O

Priya is a recognized expert and frequent speaker on D&O liability risk and its mitigation. In addition to consulting on D&O insurance, she counsels clients on corporate governance matters, including ways to reduce their exposure to shareholder lawsuits and regulatory investigations. Priya serves on the board of an S&P 500 public company and a large private company and has an impressive list of publications, speaking engagements, and awards for her influence and expertise in the industry. 

415.402.6527

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Vysali Soundararajan

Corporate Counsel, Associate Vice President

Vysali Soundararajan serves as Corporate Counsel at Woodruff Sawyer. She is a specialist in claims management and advocacy for management liability policies, including Directors & Officers, Employment Practices, Cyber, and Errors & Omissions insurance policies. She advocates on behalf of clients with carriers on all aspects of insurance recovery. She is the author of numerous articles on topics in management liability. Vysali is also an experienced presenter and adjunct faculty on negotiation (RISE Austin) and intellectual property (UT Austin). Vysali was awarded her Masters in Law from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law; her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois, College of Law; and her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. Vysali is a member of both the Texas and California Bar.

415-399-6472

Wade Pederson

Senior Vice President & Partner, Property & Casualty and Management Liability

Wade specializes in property & casualty and management liability exposures for companies in all stages of growth and risk complexities. Wade’s expertise across the spectrum of business risks enables him to take a holistic approach with clients. He manages client relationships and works directly with insurance markets to negotiate and place programs.

415.399.6354

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Zac Overbay

Chief Operating Officer

Zac is responsible for many of Woodruff Sawyer's operational functions in support of its growing national footprint, resources, and industry sectors. A longstanding instructor and author on the topics of insurance claims and risk management, Zac has co-authored insurance education textbooks and has been published in leading industry journals such as Risk Management Magazine, CPCU Journal, and Risk Management Quarterly.

415.402.6537

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Andy Barrengos

Chief Executive Officer

CEO Andy Barrengos has been a part of the Woodruff Sawyer team since 1996, and has served as CEO since 2016. Andy leads our firm with a focus on developing our people, delivering outstanding services, tools, and solutions for our clients, and growing the firm in new and existing sectors across our national platform.

415.399.6312

LinkedIn

R. Cam Dickinson

Senior Vice President, Construction

In addition to providing risk management services to clients, Cam is Manager of Woodruff Sawyer’s Construction Practice. In this role, Cam oversees our client service group and coordinates business development activities.

415.399.6308

LinkedIn

Chad Follmer

Senior Vice President, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader

Contributor, Property & Casualty

Chad leads the Healthcare Practice at Woodruff Sawyer. His expertise in the healthcare and medical industry includes regulatory risk, data privacy and cyber risks, alternative risk finance structures (captives, RRGs, SIRs and trusts) and risk solutions for ACOs and all forms of coordinate care structures. Chad is a Risk and Insurance Magazine “Power Broker” award recipient, and authors blog features on timely healthcare topics. 

415.399.6384

LinkedIn

Dan Burke

Vice President, Cyber Specialist

With more than 12 years of experience, Dan builds cyber insurance solutions, product enhancements, and client-facing propositions to help expand the company's cyber liability options, while helping clients understand cyber risk. Dan frequently speaks at industry conferences and has been quoted in trade magazines and newsletters, including The Wall Street Journal.

Dan Hodges

Senior Vice President, Benefits

Dan brings a uniquely analytical and sophisticated approach to employee benefits and risk management. With over 16 years of consulting experience, Dan has worked with a large cross-section of employers including those in healthcare, not-for-profits, hi-tech, service, and hospitality. In 2010, Dan was honored with the Excellence in Partnership with HR award from the Silicon Valley HR Symposium. His areas of specialization include managing large, multi-state clients as well as outsourced benefit administration.

415.878.2463

LinkedIn

Darren Cartwright

Senior Vice President, Claims Audit and Consulting Group

Editor, Claims

Darren leads our Claims Audit and Consulting Group, offering expertise in the areas of occupational and non-occupational disabilities, leaves of absence, and workers’ compensation. In addition to his work in saving clients time and money on complex litigated claims and by auditing claim programs, he helps clients implement Integrated Disability Management (IDM) programs and come to understand the true cost of absence.

415.402.6542

LinkedIn

Diane Borden

Private Client Executive

Contributor, Private Client

Diane is co-leader of Woodruff Sawyer’s Private Client Practice, responsible for the strategic development and management of our personal insurance operations. With more than 25 years’ experience serving in underwriting and brokerage roles, Diane’s expertise as a trusted insurance advisor has helped generations of high net-worth individuals and their families design comprehensive personal insurance portfolios geared to their unique lifestyle and risk to loss.

855.738.1115

LinkedIn

Emily Maier

Senior Vice President, National Group Leader - M&A Insurance

Editor, Mergers & Acquisitions

Leading Woodruff Sawyers M&A practice, Emily provides consultation to clients seeking to minimize their risks associated with merger and acquisition activity. This includes Representations and Warranties, Tax Opinion Liability, and Litigation Buy-Out coverages. She has worked with both strategic and private equity buyers and sellers over a wide range of transaction sizes and industries, and is a frequent speaker and author on M&A transaction solutions.

949.435.7378

Kevin Moore

Associate Producer

Kevin focuses on providing customized risk management solutions and information to businesses, and works to build and maintain market relationships toward that end . He's passionate about advocating for clients and representing their needs, from strategic planning to ongoing insurance program management.

925.520.7469

LinkedIn

Kevin Panzera

Vice President, Private Client Growth Leader

Contributor, Private Client

Kevin co-leads our Private Client Practice to develop growth strategies and solutions to meet the needs of clients. With over 15 years of experience insuring the complex lifestyles, liability, and personal property assets of successful executives, business owners, and families of wealth, Kevin has a proven track record of innovation, production, and strategic leadership in the private client area.

Lauri Floresca

Senior Vice President, Cyber Liability

Editor, Cyber Liability

Lauri is a widely respected expert and frequent speaker on the issues of directors & officers liability and cyber liability. She has developed her expertise surrounding complex privacy breach claims and innovative Cyber Liability solutions, and has extensive experience placing D&O programs for public companies of all sizes, including NASDAQ 100 and Fortune 500 companies.

415.402.6523

LinkedIn

Luke Parsons

Vice President, Private Equity & Transactional Risk Group

As a Vice President, Luke is skilled in working alongside private equity firms, family offices, alternative asset managers, and their portfolio companies as they seek to invest in or acquire platform and add-on transactions in the lower, core, and upper middle-market. Luke has experience in transactions across industry sectors, including healthcare and life sciences, technology and business services, consumer brands and retail, and niche manufacturing.

415.399.6392

LinkedIn

Priya Cherian Huskins, Esq.

Senior Vice President, D&O

Editor, Management Liability/D&O

Priya is a recognized expert and frequent speaker on D&O liability risk and its mitigation. In addition to consulting on D&O insurance, she counsels clients on corporate governance matters, including ways to reduce their exposure to shareholder lawsuits and regulatory investigations. Priya serves on the board of an S&P 500 public company and a large private company and has an impressive list of publications, speaking engagements, and awards for her influence and expertise in the industry. 

415.402.6527

LinkedIn

Vysali Soundararajan

Corporate Counsel, Associate Vice President

Vysali Soundararajan serves as Corporate Counsel at Woodruff Sawyer. She is a specialist in claims management and advocacy for management liability policies, including Directors & Officers, Employment Practices, Cyber, and Errors & Omissions insurance policies. She advocates on behalf of clients with carriers on all aspects of insurance recovery. She is the author of numerous articles on topics in management liability. Vysali is also an experienced presenter and adjunct faculty on negotiation (RISE Austin) and intellectual property (UT Austin). Vysali was awarded her Masters in Law from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law; her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois, College of Law; and her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. Vysali is a member of both the Texas and California Bar.

415-399-6472

Wade Pederson

Senior Vice President & Partner, Property & Casualty and Management Liability

Wade specializes in property & casualty and management liability exposures for companies in all stages of growth and risk complexities. Wade’s expertise across the spectrum of business risks enables him to take a holistic approach with clients. He manages client relationships and works directly with insurance markets to negotiate and place programs.

415.399.6354

LinkedIn

Zac Overbay

Chief Operating Officer

Zac is responsible for many of Woodruff Sawyer's operational functions in support of its growing national footprint, resources, and industry sectors. A longstanding instructor and author on the topics of insurance claims and risk management, Zac has co-authored insurance education textbooks and has been published in leading industry journals such as Risk Management Magazine, CPCU Journal, and Risk Management Quarterly.

415.402.6537

LinkedIn

Employment Trends & Employee Benefits: The US in 2019

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the US national unemployment rate rose by 0.1% from December 2017 to December 2018. The government shutdown accounted for an increase of 175,000 in temporary layoffs and part-time workers increased nearly 500,000. The total number of unemployed persons stands at 6.5 million, with less than 20% experiencing long-term unemployment.

Private Equity & Cyber Liability 2019: Topics from the PEI Forum

During the recent Private Equity International conference in New York, two things became abundantly clear to those in attendance: Cyber security risks and exposures continue to evolve and new threats are emerging on an almost daily basis in 2019 and CFOs and COOs of private equity firms are growing more aware of not only the risks to their funds, but also their responsibility as stewards of the fund assets to protect those them from the ongoing and emerging threats.