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National Insurance Industry Council

National Insurance Industry Council
An Industry Committed to Cures

A group of key industry executives, motivated by a commitment to innovative medical research, quality patient care and City of Hope’s guiding humanitarian principals, founded City of Hope’s National Insurance Industry Council (NIIC) in 1978.  They joined the now more than twenty industry groups at City of Hope that loyally support City of Hope’s quest for cures.
Having raised some $22 million over their 36 year history, the dedicated volunteers of the NIIC are committed to saving the lives of cancer and diabetes patients while also bringing hope to loved ones and caregivers.  As an industry dedicated to protecting the assets and lives of others, the insurance industry formed a natural and inspiring partnership with City of Hope.
The Spirit of Life Award dinner is the center of the NIIC annual fundraising initiative and has a long tradition having first honored Richard DeRosa of Mission Insurance Group back in 1979.  Today, NIIC gatherings across the country include Hoops for Hope in 5 Cities (Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Des Moines and Philadelphia) and the Strike Out Cancer Bowling Events in Chicago, Atlanta and now Tampa provide a friendly and festive environment for competitors and colleagues to network, have fun and support a great cause.
The NIIC comprises representatives of the most prominent life, property and casualty companies, law firms, brokers, accounting firms, reinsurers, executive placement firms and actuaries in the insurance industry. With active Midwest, Greater Phoenix and Atlanta Committees and council members from across the U.S., the NIIC spans the country, as does the impact of City of Hope’s research, patient care protocols and educational outreach.
City of Hope undertakes its work with a profound sense of responsibility and unwavering commitment. This means not only pioneering new ways to end disease but collaborating with institutions across the country and around the world to ensure treatments reach patients more quickly. Great progress requires great partnership. Together, with the National Insurance Industry Council, we are building a world where cancer, diabetes and other diseases no longer claim the lives of those we love.

Citizens of Hope
For 100 years, we’ve been a global leader in the fight against cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. We make lifesaving discoveries, families whole, miracles happen, and hope. Hope powers our dream of curing diseases that affect millions of people worldwide. And for that dream to become a reality, we need help from people like you. Become a Citizen of Hope, and join us in the fight to save lives all over the world.


Messages from Our Supporters
Michael D. O'Halleran
"City of Hope is dedicated, not to killing disease, but to preserving and celebrating life. This is the organization that you have chosen to support, and I commend and thank you."
Philip L. Engel
“The insurance industry’s continued support means City of Hope will be able to accelerate the progress of its research and move towards realizing its long-dreamed vision for the future. A future that has no place for friends or family suffering from the ravages of breast cancer.”
Tony Markel
"City of Hope is really a unique institution, tremendous research capabilities and focus, coupled with a biological manufacturing facility and patient care. We just feel wonderful to be associated with their fundraising efforts."
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February 11-16
Northern Trust Open
Riviera Country Club
Pacific Palisades, CA
March 12
City of Hope Tour & Dinner Reception
Hosted by the National Insurance Industry Council
City of Hope Campus - Duarte, CA
Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa - Pasadena, CA
March 27
Hoops for Hope
Nationally Presented by TriStar Insurance Group
Hard Rock Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
March 28
Hoops for Hope
Nationally Presented by TriStar Insurance Group
Legends American Grill
Des Moines, IA
April 7
Hoops for Hope
Nationally Presented by TriStar Insurance Group
Jillian's @ Metreon - San Francisco, CA
City Club -Los Angeles, CA
April 21
City of Hope Honoree Golf Tournament
Atlanta Athletic Club
Johns Creek, GA

April 27-30
RIMS National Annual Conference
Denver, CO
June 12
DFW Drive For Hope
Hosted by the NIIC Dallas Regional Committee
Top Golf The Colony
The Colony, TX
July 14
City of Hope WC Golf Outing
Sponsored by NIIC West Coast Committee
Annandale Golf Club
Pasadena, CA
August 4
Midwest Insurance Committee Inaugural Golf Outing
Presented by Burns & Wilcox
Bryn Mawr Country Club
Lincolnwood, IL
August 20
Strike Out Cancer - Atlanta
Bowlmore Atlanta – Formerly 300 Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
September 13
Spirit of Life Gala
Honoring Steve De Carlo, CEO AmWINS
Ritz Carlton, Buckhead
Atlanta, GA
October 15
NIIC Strike Out Cancer -Tampa
Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Tampa, FL
October 18
A Case for Hope
Jonathan Beach Club
Santa Monica, CA
*Online registration available soon!*

How You Can Help

Click below to learn about the many ways in which you can help City of Hope.
Make an online donation to support the City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute. (Under City of Hope Affiliations, please select "National Insurance Industry Council" from the drop down menu).
Learn more about how to help science save lives through the NIIC Personal Giving Club's Clinical Trials Advancement Fund.
The National Insurance Industry Council yearly dinner, recognizing an industry leader for their outstanding professional and philanthropic contributions to City of Hope.
Learn about City of Hope's Employee Giving program that supports groundbreaking research and state-of-the-art patient care.
Learn about ways to donate money to City of Hope, enjoy increased income and generate tax savings.

Join tens of thousands of walkers from around the country in the fight to find a cure for breast cancer.
Memorials & Tributes
Honor your loved ones, friends or business associates for any occasion with a special memorial or tribute.

Board of Directors

About the NIIC Board of Directors
Due to the tremendous growth of the National Insurance Industry Council campaign for the past 36 years, a new, smaller National Insurance Council Board leadership structure has been established to more efficiently and effectively manage the long term health of the insurance industry fundraising effort.
These leaders in the insurance community come together to support the region committees and view these as the strength and future of the NIIC.  The council’s other roles are the selecting of future honorees and recruiting new board members. Initially, the National Insurance Industry Council Board will include current Advisory and Executive Committee members, the Spirit of Life Committee Chair and Regional Committee Chairs.  Additional members may be added in the future as deemed appropriate by the Board.
NIIC President
Paul Wagner
Gen Re Corporation (California)
Board Members
Tony Anderson
Ernst & Young (Chicago)
Spirit of Life Honoree 2012
Michael O’Halleran
Aon Re Global (Chicago)
Spirit of Life Honoree 1995
Greg Case
Aon (Chicago)
Spirit of Life Honoree 2013
Gary Petrosino
Chubb & Son (California)
Former NIIC President
Kevin Daley
Marsh (California)
West Coast Regional Committee Chair
Jerry Sullivan
The Sullivan Group (California)
Spirit of Life Honoree 1997
Steve DeCarlo
Spirit of Life Honoree 2014
Tom Veale
Tristar Insurance Group (California)
Hoops for Hope National Chair
Greg Jacobson
The Jacobson Group (Chicago)
Midwest Regional Committee Chair
Cindy Belcher
Cooperative of American Physicians
NIIC President 2011-2013
Anthony Markel
Markel Corporation (Richmond, VA)
Power of Hope Campaign Chair
Spirit of Life Honoree 2006
James Weidner
Cooperative of American Physicians (California & Chicago)
Spirit of Life Honoree 2009
Patrick Mitchell
Builders Insurance Group
Southeast Committee Chair
Spirit of Life Honoree 2006
Mark Wells
Wells Media Group, Inc.



Regional Committees

West Coast Committee

Anthony Anastanio

General Reinsurance Corporation

Guy Avagliano


Richards Barger

Barger &  Wolen

Bjorn Borgen

Deloitte & Touche

Terry Carlin

G.J. Sullivan Co. Reinsurance

George Casaclang, CIC, AU

Philadelphia Insurance Companies

Lynda Colucci


David Conrad

MBC Systems

Scott Culler

Markel Corporation

Bryan P. Cunningham

New York Life

Kevin Daley

Marsh Risk & Insurance Services

Gregory Davidian


Larry DeBoer

Aon Risk Insurance Services

Roger Gilbert


Angelo Gioia


Hugh Griffin

Burdge Cooper

John Horner

California Insurance Guarantee Association

Laurie Infantino

Insight Insurance Consulting

Cyndi Jung

Markel West

Patrick Kelly

Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker

Robert Kennedy

Resource Intermediaries

Jim Kerr

TRISTAR Risk Management

Roger Kozberg

HUB International

Gordon Lahti

Swiss Re

Richard Lord


Daniel McGann

United Agencies

Mark McMorrow


Jack Miller

Zenith Insurance Company

Royal Oakes

Barger &  Wolen

Robert Page

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Paul Paulin

Paul Paulin & Associates

Adam Pessin

HCC Surety Group

Wade Pitman

XL Insurance

Mike Reinhardt

American Alliance Risk Management, Inc.

Karen Schlenker

TRISTAR Risk Management

Rhonda Shearl-Fernandez

Rhonda J. Shearl Insurance Sales and Services, Inc.

Lisa Sirman

RLI Insurance

Stephen Stonehouse


Craig Taylor


Pieter Theron

Ernst & Young LLP     

Mark Toohey

Farmers Insurance Group

Michael Valente

Miller & Moore

Gayle Wells


Mark Wells

Insurance Journal

David Whorton

Whorton Insurance Services

Leigh Wilson


John Zachry

Endurance US

Midwest Committee

Amy Ambrose


Tom Boras

Ernst & Young

Nick Davies

Brit Global Specialty

June Holmes


Greg Jacobson

The Jacobson Group

Daniel J. Kaufman

Burns & Wilcox

Lauren Knapp

Insurance Journal

Henry Lopez


Taffy Jo Mayers


John O'Hara

Lloyds Illinois

Michael Pipala


Kevin Smith


John Sullivan

Aon Risk Services, Inc. of Illinois

Southeast Committee

Patrick Mitchell

Builders Insurance

Antonio 'Tony' Barner

Gramercy Insurance Co.

Scott Delatorre

Markel Southwest

Craig Edwards

Builders Insurance

Micaela Isler

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

Marcia Jerding

Johnson Lambert & Co. LLP

Christine Lemoine


Lee Sjostrom

RSUI Group Inc.

Rod Smith

Lloyd's America Inc

Des Moines Committee

Diane England


Ty Sleiter


Teri Sporer

Creative Risks Solutions

Jessica Frank


David Fulton

FDI Consulting

Jennifer Main


Brian Heying

Heying & DeVries

Drew Engebrecht

Holmes Murphy

Jeff Kramer


Beth Bjustrom


Kyle Mertz

Frank Berlin & Assoc

Gail Steffen

Holmes Murphy

Laure Geisinger

Holmes Murphy

Laurie Wiederin

Holmes Murphy


Past Spirit of Life® Honorees

Greg Case
President & CEO, Aon
Tony Anderson
Ernst & Young (Retired)
Robert Woudstra
Farmers Insurance
Kevin Kelley
James Weidner
Cooperative of American Physicians
Stephen W. Lilienthal
Thomas F. Motamed
The Chubb Corporation
Anthony Markel
Markel Corporation
Jack Miller
Zenith Insurance Company
R. Max Williamson
Scottsdale Insurance
Thomas Tizzio*
Brian O’Hara*
XL Capital
Martin D. Feinstein
Farmers Insurance Group, Inc.
Bernard L. Hengesbauch
CNA Financial Corporation
Dave Mathis*
Joe Stinnette
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
Brian Dupperreault*
Roxani Gillespie
Barger & Wolen
Boh Dickey
SAFECO Corporation
Quill Healey*
Heidi Hutter*
Swiss Re
Tom McKernan
Automobile Club of Southern California
Ed Noonan*
American Re
Gerald J. Sullivan
The Sullivan Group
Leo E. Denlea
Farmers Insurance Group
Kathryn McIntyre*
Business Insurance
Michael O’Halleran*
AON Re Global
Dean R. O’Hare
The Chubb Corporation
Philip Engel*
John C. Etling
General Re Corporation
Arthur W. Weiss
Liberty Agencies Inc.
Bill Bolinder*
Roger W. Gilbert
Richards D. Barger
Barger & Wolen
David R. Carpenter
Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company
Fred G. DuPuis
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of California
William H. Van Leeuwen
National Automobile
Stephen R. Dach
Jardine Emett & Chandler
Walter B. Gerken
Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company
Bruce Brunner
State of California
Gleeson L. “Tige” Payne
Ingham, Coates & Payne
Meno T. Lake
Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company
Harold J. Toso
Mission Insurance Group
Ron Stever
Stever, Klove & Company
John M. “Jack” Hayes
Transport Indemnity Company
Donald M. Johnson
Industrial Indemnity Company
David I. McIntyre
Freemont Indemnity Company
George N. Gibbs, Jr.
Stewart Smith West
Earl Clark
Occidental Insurance
Richard DeRosa
Mission Insurance Group

*Chicago Honorees


Midwest Insurance Golf Outing

SAVE THE DATE:  Monday, August 4, 2014. 
Mark your calendar for what will become one of the premier outings for the Insurance Industry. 
Join Nick Davies, President, Brit Global Specialty USA and Danny Kaufman, Managing Director, Burns & Wilcox at the private Bryn Mawr Country Club for a day of networking and golf all in support of City of Hope.

The day also includes lunch, cocktail reception, dinner and caddied golf. 
For more information, please contact Sarah Maraccini at 312.781.9290, ext. 14 or smaraccini@coh.org.
We look forward to seeing you on August 4.
Upcoming Events
August 20
Strike Out Cancer - Atlanta
Bowlmore Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
September 13
2014 NIIC Spirit of Life Gala
Honoring Steve De Carlo, CEO AmWINS
Ritz Carlton, Buckhead
Atlanta, GA
October 15
Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Tampa, FL
October 18
A Case for Hope
Jonathan Beach Club
Santa Monica, CA
*Online registration available soon!*
Contact Us
Ken Birkett
Director of Development
O: (213) 241-7156
C: (909) 528-4206

Ariana Castellanos
(213) 241-7108

For general inquiries, contact us:

City of Hope
1055 Wilshire Blvd.
11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

(866) 905-HOPE
213-241-7203 fax
About City of Hope
Ranked as one of  "America’s Best Hospitals"  in cancer by U.S.News & World Report, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of hematopoietic cell transplantation and genetics. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation.
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