Our Culture Comes From The Top.
Building A Trusting, Supportive Workplace And Insurance Partner.
Our executive team sets the tone, both within our company and with our customer interactions. They are a diverse and dynamic group that combines a history of innovation with vast industry experience and a passion for taking care of people. Take a moment to meet the people who lead and inspire us.
Joe represents the core of Relation’s drive to upend the industry with a team of passionate experts who provide collaborative, proactive, custom service. He oversees all strategic and tactical operational functions of Relation and is responsible for company operations. His focus on sales and client management stems from his desire to honor client stories and needs based on extensive insurance-industry experience. Joe has a keen eye for potential partner mergers and manages Relation’s need to grow, but only as quickly as suits our clients and his team.
Joe’s legacy in the insurance industry includes fostering collaborative teams as Managing Partner with Willis Northern California, Chief Financial Officer with Marsh Midwest Region, and Chief Financial Officer with Sedgwick Insurance Services.
Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a Certified Public Accountant.
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Ed brings to Relation nearly 25 years of experience driving performance improvement for companies’ operations, finances, strategy, implementation, and organizational development.
He leads the team’s collaborative efforts and drives strategic planning, acquisitions, and Relation’s industry leadership. Day to day, he oversees all finance and operations functions, information technology, and human resources.
Ed has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T, a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford University.
Ed is a gourmet cook and wine enthusiast. When he’s not cycling, lifting weights, or driving fast cars, he can often be found at home in Oakland, playing jazz piano.
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Responsible for Relation’s M&A initiatives nationally across the organization, Tim’s focus is to propel the company’s expansion strategy through accretive acquisitions. An accomplished investment banker in the insurance sector, Tim comes to Relation having most recently served as Partner and Managing Director at Waller Helms Advisors, where he advised insurance carrier, insurance distribution, and insurance services clients on mergers, acquisitions, and capital raises.
Previously, Tim was a Vice President in Macquarie Capital’s Financial Institutions Group, focusing on executing M&A and financing transactions for clients across the insurance sector. Tim began his investment banking career at Cochran Caronia Waller, focusing principally on M&A in the insurance sector.
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Russell is a veteran insurance brokerage CEO as well as a 16-year Million Dollar Round Table member and seven-time Top of the Table honoree. He joined Relation in 2019 when his company, Premier Consulting Partners, was acquired.
At Relation, Russell is responsible for new business development and retention of current clients. He also oversees Relation’s client service effort through the company’s regional service teams and provides acquisition integration and support leadership. In addition, he manages producer support efforts. Leveraging his impressive track record as a successful producer himself, Russell focuses his experience and expertise on deepening Relation’s sales team’s capabilities, expanding products/services to clients, and boosting sales productivity.
As a graduate from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Agricultural Business, he proudly represented the Razorbacks Athletic Department as an offensive lineman for four consecutive years (playing both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning). His most proud accomplishments, however, are his 22 years of marriage to his lovely wife and raising 5 children with the same core values he instills at Relation.
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Kate leads Relation’s Legal Department and provides guidance, advice, and support to the Company’s management team, board of directors, and business units. In this role, Kate counsels on a broad range of corporate and regulatory matters affecting the Company, including acquisitions, corporate governance, and day-to-day commercial transactions.
Kate received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Kate is a member of the American Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in California and Illinois.
A lover of skiing, reading, traveling, and the beautiful outdoors, Kate recently explored Croatia and hiked its Plitvice Lakes and Krka Waterfalls. One of her most memorable hikes spanned the Kepler Track, one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks.” Due to the trail’s unique location and varying elevations, she experienced all four seasons during the multi-day trek.
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Jon leads, engages, and manages the collaborative, interactive team of experts for Relation’s eastern region, including our offices in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He uses his 20+ years of insurance-industry experience to develop acquisition strategy in the East and orchestrate growth through key partner acquisitions.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University.
When he’s not working, he enjoys vacationing with his family and playing golf at his local country club.
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As President of Pan American, a division of Relation, Steve develops profitable, multi-line business for the agency. Having joined Pan American in the early 1980s, Steve maintains his own book of business while also overseeing the western-region property-and-casualty operations. He is the Agribusiness Industry Practice Leader and also manages ongoing relationships with key agricultural-industry associations.
Steve earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from San Diego State University.
He and his wife, Esther, have two adult children, Chelsea and Ashley. When he’s not working, he enjoys waterskiing, snow skiing, travel, and wine.
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Keri Lopez is responsible for the Company’s benefits operations. With two decades of employee-benefits consulting experience, Keri brings expertise focused on strategic planning, funding analysis, carrier negotiations, compliance, and communication strategies. She provides leadership in the identification and assessment of broad health and welfare marketplace trends
She also continues to work with select mid to large clients, designing and managing employee-benefits programs that meet their business and human-resource objectives.
Keri received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. She is an active speaker on the topic of healthcare reform.
She’s most proud of being a mom to her two daughters. She also enjoys running, snowboarding, water skiing, hiking, biking and traveling.
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Neil leads his team in providing consulting and administrative services to institutions of higher education; clients are colleges and universities nationwide, varying in size from small private schools to large public institutions.
Neil began his career in the insurance industry when joining Renaissance Agencies in 2001. He first served as part of the IT department, helping to maintain data integrity and streamlining back-office processes, then moved to the compliance department and developed plan brochures, coordinated the issuing of compliant policies, and tracked legislative initiatives and compliance issues. After several promotions, Neil began overseeing client service and business operations. Relation acquired Renaissance in 2009 and shortly thereafter created Relation Collegiate Solutions to focus on providing services to institutions of higher education. Neil was named the Chief Operating Officer and currently leads the practice group.
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Katy came to us with the Hiller Ringeman Insurance Agency, Nationwide’s largest exclusive agency at the time of their joining Relation Insurance. Under a combined family leadership with her father and brother, their agency earned the Nationwide Insurance All-Star Award five straight years—an honor provided to the top 12 agencies within the country—as well as the Triad Family Business Award and the Nationwide Insurance Regional Community Service Award. Katy started her career handling claims for Nationwide Insurance until 2004 when she started a scratch Nationwide Insurance agency, ultimately merging with her father’s and brother’s agencies in 2016.
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Mike is responsible for all aspects of planning, managing, and securing corporate and business-unit IT operations, software development and infrastructure for Relation Insurance.
With 25 years of insurance industry experience across a variety of disciplines including prior senior Financial and Operational roles, Mike brings a well-rounded, business-focused approach to technology management and strategic decision making. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the Florida Institute of Technology and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University where he currently sits on the Robinson College of Business Board of Advisors.
Mike is a Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, guitar and attending motorcycle track days.
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Kendra strengthens the Relation team by creating, guiding, and managing human-resources services, policies, and programs. She works collaboratively with the executive team and managers in developing and implementing initiatives to enhance the growth of the business and to enable the organization to recruit extraordinary talent. Day to day, she aligns HR strategies to organizational goals, provides strong compensation and benefits leadership, and leads the efforts of the HR Team while supporting a customer-centric approach to internal stakeholders.
Kendra is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management Association (SHRM) and the Society for Human Resource Management of Johnson County (SHRM-JC). She earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).
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