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Introducing the

Learning
Center

SLA's new
online center for broker
education and broker license
renewal assistance.

SLA's new online center
for broker education and
broker license renewal assistance.

SLA's new online center for broker
education and broker license
renewal assistance.

Learn More

Introducing the

Emerging Risks
Discussion Forum

A new way to
have dialogue about
emerging risks in the
surplus line industry.

A new way to have dialogue
about emerging risks in the
surplus line industry.

A new way to have dialogue
about emerging risks in the
surplus line industry.

Learn More

Senior Staff

Benjamin J. McKay

Benjamin J. McKay, JD, MPA

Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Director

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1132

Ben McKay joined the SLA in 2012 after a career in both the private and public sector. Most recently, Ben spent eight years with the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) as its Senior Vice President for Federal Government Relations. In that role, Ben was named one of Washington D.C.’s top lobbyists five times by The Hill, one of the city’s leading political newspapers. Prior to his time at PCI, Ben served as Chief of Staff to a member of United States Congress in Washington, D.C., and worked on financial services and international relations issues.

Other career highlights include eight years as staff to members of the Florida legislature, where he worked on insurance, economic development, banking, criminal justice, and other important issues. He served a tour as a regulator at the Florida Department of State, where he held the position of Deputy Secretary for International and Legislative Affairs. Later, he served as the youngest Chief of Staff in the history of the 750-employee department. Ben received his Juris Doctor from Catholic University, his Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.

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Joy Erven, MBA

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Cultural Officer and Director of Member Services

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1105
E:

Curriculum Vitae

Joy Erven joined The Surplus Line Association in July of 2003 as Director, Stamping Office. She has since seen extensive growth and change in the Association. She was promoted to COO in 2015 and added the titles of Chief Cultural Officer and Director of Member Services in 2020. She oversees the $24m+ organization responsible for assisting and educating the surplus lines members of California. Joy’s duties include overseeing the operations at an executive level, primarily focused on the Education & Compliance and Financial Analysis Departments. In her role of Chief Cultural officer, she focuses on the initiatives that promotes mental and physical health along with diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Joy brings a strong operational background focused on building teams and relationships that facilitate business decisions and transforming the organization to align the SLA business strategy and stakeholder needs. Prior to joining the SLA, Joy was responsible for the west coast operation of Chubb where she led the underwriting and marketing support teams. Prior to Chubb, Joy worked for notable wholesale brokerages such as Swett & Crawford, Heath, and Commodore Insurance. Throughout her career Joy has focused on simplifying policies and procedure within organizations and creating teams that move in tandem with business expectations and the pace of the industry.

During her 25-year career, Joy has witnessed several significant industry trends. She attributes her success to the talent she surrounds herself with and is passionate about developing individuals to reach their potential. Joy is actively involved with many nonprofit organizations. She has ties with Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, Covenant House, USC Risk Management, UC Colorado Risk Management program, WSIA, CIWA, EIP, and various animal rescue organizations.

Joy’s familial and personal journey tie her deeply to the mission of SLA, and her passion for education makes her an asset to the Association and its members

David Kodama

David Kodama, Jr

Executive Vice President

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1136
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As Executive Vice President, David oversees the Education and Compliance, Financial Analysis and Digital Communications departments of the SLA. With a deep background in actuarial sciences and policy analysis, David also provides the SLA detailed perspectives on the effects of the marketplace, as well as legislation and regulation, on the surplus lines industry.

Michael Caturegli

Michael Caturegli

Senior Vice President, Data Analysis & Technology

P: 415-434-4900
E:

Curriculum Vitae

As Senior Vice President, Michael oversees the Data Analysis and Technology departments and also provides high-quality quantitative analysis of data and trends affecting the surplus line industry in California. Michael’s extensive background in quantitative analysis and technology enables the SLA to keep all industry stakeholders—including members, regulators, legislators and consumers—up to date about what is happening in the market and how it impacts consumers and the general public through the use of current applications and technologies.

Jody Black

Jody Black

Vice President, Data Analysis

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1135
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As vice president for Data Analysis, Jody is responsible for managing the processing, recording and storing required for all filings under California Insurance Code (CIC) section 1780.56(a)(1), and overseeing the invoicing and collecting of stamping fees from brokers for document processing in accordance with CIC section 1780.56(b).

Cliston Brown

Cliston Brown, ASLI, AIS

Vice President, Public Affairs

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1139
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Curriculum Vitae

As Vice President, Public Affairs, Cliston leads the SLA's outreach efforts to legislators and legislative staff in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Additionally, he is responsible for media relations and executive communications.

Jo Ann Del Gatto

Jo Ann Del Gatto

Vice President, Education and Compliance

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1145
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As Vice President, Education and Compliance, Jo Ann provides guidance, education and support to the association’s membership and affiliates in their understanding of California’s surplus line laws. Her department develops and provides continuing education (CE) courses throughout the state, and also works closely with the California Department of Insurance (CDI).

Vani Ganti

Vani Ganti

Vice President, Technology

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1116
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As Vice President for Technology, Vani is responsible for all computing technology, office equipment, and telecommunications at the Surplus Line Association of California, and also for ensuring that all internal employees and SLA members have the automated tools they need to access information and comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Additionally, the Technology Department supports its end-users and continually keeps up with industry trends relating to technology and automation in the marketplace.

James Greene

James Greene

Vice President, Digital Communications

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1165
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As Vice President of Digital Communications, James is responsible for ensuring that SLA members receive high-quality digital information on a regular basis about the marketplace and how it affects them. He also leads the SLA’s digital efforts at its various meetings and events throughout the year and compiles an ongoing visual history of the association and the industry.

Glenn Leung, CPCU, AIAF, AAI

Vice President, Financial Analysis

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1184
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As Vice President, Financial Analysis, Glenn coordinates SLA participation in the security review program for the insurance commissioner’s List of Approved Surplus Line Insurers (LASLI). He represents the SLA at regular meetings with the California Department of Insurance (CDI) and provides input on SLA compliance with the CDI Plan of Operation.

Barbara Trumbly

Barbara Trumbly

Vice President, Human Resources

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1181
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Barbara Trumbly is a senior professional in Human Resources experienced in providing guidance and leadership to senior managers regarding HR processes and policies, compliance, employee relations, performance management, benefits, compensation and training programs.