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Thomas Kuzma

President & Chief Executive Officer


Tom began his career with Nautilus Insurance Group in January 1986 and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since October 1997. Tom previously held the position of Vice President of Underwriting before moving to his current position within the company. He has over 35 years of experience in the Excess and Surplus Lines industry focusing on Commercial Property and Casualty insurance. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University and attained the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation in 1991.

 

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Thomas Joyce

Executive Vice President & Chief Underwriting Officer


Tom started his insurance industry career in 1985 and is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer for Nautilus. Tom joined Nautilus in March of 2015 as Senior Vice President of the Claims Division before taking over as CUO in 2018. Tom worked for St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company in various technical and leadership roles and spent 20 years with Scottsdale Insurance Group, most recently as Vice President of Claim Operations. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University and holds a number of professional designations, including an Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance and Associate in Claim Law.

 

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Trish Buckhardt

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Information Officer


Trish started in the Excess &Surplus Lines industry in 1985 and has continuously sharpened her skills and expertise leading strategic business initiatives. Trish joined Nautilus in 2016 as Vice President of Business Strategic Projects while leading the design and implementation of a claims management system. In 2020, Trish was named the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Nautilus, Trish worked as a Claims leader at a Fortune 100 insurance carrier. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Communication from Northern Arizona University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Marymount College.

 

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Allison Kenworthy

Senior Vice President & Chief Finance Officer


Allison began her career with Nautilus Insurance Group in April of 2018 as Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer. Previously, she served as Director of P&C Investment Accounting at AIG before becoming Vice President, Property Casualty Statutory Controller. Allison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is a CPA.

 

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Wendy Markham

Senior Vice President, Agency Development


Wendy began her career with Nautilus Insurance Group in May 1986 and is currently serving as Senior Vice President, Agency Development. Wendy became an officer of Nautilus in October 1997. Her tenure with Nautilus includes Chief Underwriting Officer, Senior Property Casualty Underwriter, Underwriting Assistant Manager and Manager of the Product Development unit. She holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. 

 

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Karen Evers

Senior Vice President, Human Resources


Karen began her career with Nautilus Insurance Group in April of 2016 and leads Human Resources. Karen started in Human Resources in 1998 and has experience in a variety of industries, holding leadership positions since 2006. She comes to Nautilus from Terros Health, where she served as Senior Director of Human Resources. Karen earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Masters of Business Administration and holds human resources professional designations of SPHR and SHRM-SCP.

 

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Joel Lasky

Vice President & Chief Claims Officer


Joel has been a claims professional since 1990 and is currently Vice President and Chief Claims Officer for Nautilus. Prior to joining Nautilus, Joel worked at Scottsdale Insurance Group for 21 years, where he held both technical and leadership positions, the most recent being Director of Casualty Claims, Eastern Region.  Before moving to Arizona, Joel was a field claims professional in northwest and north central Indiana. Joel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University as well as the CPCU, RPLU, and ASLI designations. 

 

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Kevin Donovan

Vice President & Chief Actuary


Kevin joined Nautilus in 2019 as Vice President and Chief Actuary. He has 30 years of Actuarial experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining Nautilus, Kevin worked at Scottsdale Insurance Group where he held a leadership position and honed his strong discipline in reserving. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He is also an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.