I-Day 2018


brenda wells.png
Brenda Wells
Brenda Powell Wells holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia. She holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI) and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designations.
Brenda completed her Ph.D. in 1992 and has spent over 30 years studying and teaching risk management and insurance. In 2009 she moved to East Carolina University (ECU) to build a new risk management insurance program. In 2016 she was promoted to the rank of full professor. She presently serves as the director of that program and is the Robert F. Bird Distinguished Professor of Risk Management and Insurance.
During her career she has taught Principles of Insurance, Risk Management, Commercial Liability Insurance, Commercial Property Insurance, Insurance Company operations, Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning and Senior Topics in Finance. She has also supervised countless internships and independent study projects.
She is the faculty advisor to ECU’s Gamma Iota Sigma - Beta Theta Chapter. Brenda has a long history of forming, supporting and mentoring student organizations and has a wide range of experience in pulic relations and fundraising. She is the founder of the Texas Risk and Insurance Professional Society (TRIPS), a non-profit entity that supports insurance education. She has a career fundraising total of well over $2 million.
Brenda has published articles in Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Insurance Regulation, Journal of Insurance Issues, CPCU Journal, Risk Management, Journal of Services Marketing, Small Business Institute Journal, Journal of Applied Business Research, Journal of Applied Risk Management and Insurance and Journal of Risk Education. Her current research interests include business ethics, mass tort litigations in the pharmaceutical industry, the effect of marijuana legalization on the insurance industry, social media, cyber liability and how insurance education impacts public attitudes towards the insurance industry.
Brian Taylor
Brian Taylor’s passion for the fire service began at age 16 as a Junior firefighter with the Center Rural Volunteer Fire Department where he is still a member. After High School Brian attended Stanly Community College for Criminal Justice and Protective Services, and in 1992 he was hired as a firefighter with the City of Albemarle. During this time, he also worked with the Stanly County Fire Marshal’s Office as a part time Fire Inspector / Investigator. In October of 2000 Brian was promoted to Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Albemarle and was also the longest serving Safe Kids Coordinator in North Carolina with nineteen years. Brian has many North Carolina fire and rescue certifications and has advanced training with the National Fire Academy, UNC School of Government, and UNC Charlotte Fire and Rescue Management Institute.
Brian has been an active member in his community serving on a number boards such as Partnership for Children, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Stanly County Partners in Health, Friends of Butterfly House Child Advocacy Center, and Crime Stoppers Stanly County. Brian has also been a charter member of the New Hope Optimist Club, a member of the Albemarle Rotary Club, and has coached youth sports for 25 years.
As appointed under Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey, Chief State Fire Marshal and Senior Deputy Commissioner of Insurance Brian Taylor oversees the seven divisions of the Office of State Fire Marshal. Brian and his wife Kathy Taylor reside in Albemarle and have five children and two grandchildren.
Joe Stewart pic.png
Joe Stewart
Joe has more than 35 years of experience in government, politics, association management, issue advocacy, campaigns and fundraising in North Carolina and Washington DC. Prior to his current position leading advocacy and political engagement efforts for the 10,000+ statewide membership if IIANC, Joe was the Executive Director of the NC Free Enterprise Foundation, a non-profit, nonpartisan political research organization with a business and economic orientation. Joe was asked to join the NCFEF Board following his departure as Executive Director. While Executive Director, Joe served as producer and host of Bottom Line, a weekly program produced by NCFEF and broadcast on UNC TV. The show looks at how politics and public policy impact North Carolina's economic landscape and business climate.
Kathleen Winsor-Games
Kathleen Winsor-Games is the founder of The Winsor Group, an executive coaching firm established in 2003 that serves executives and teams across the United States. Kathleen serves as an advisor and strategist for leaders and C-suite executives, helping them to break through performance barriers and overcome obstacles to success. As an innovative thinker and published author, her programs integrate powerful communication strategies and practical tools that deliver increased collaboration, improved team performance, and measurable results.
Jerome Mayne
For two years, his name was Federal Inmate Number 08657-041. Before that, Jerome Mayne was the founder and CEO of two corporations, respected in the financial community and the father of two young boys. In 1999, he received a 21-month prison sentence for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering – crimes that took place four years earlier. On November 4, 1999, he reported to the Federal prison in Yankton, South Dakota and his career and his life were changed forever.
Since 2001, Jerome has been working internationally for dozens of professional trade associations and Fortune 500 companies, speaking on the topics of fraud and ethics. He has appeared on numerous panels, radio shows and web-cast productions as a self-taught expert on the consequences of fraud. Among others, he has been a contributing columnist for the California CPA Magazine, Business Journal and the National Mortgage Professionals Magazine. He is also the author of the books Diary of a White Collar Criminal and Mortgage Fraud and Predatory Lending – what every agent should know.
Today he delivers keynote presentations and workshops on the true-life consequences of fraud and the importance of making the best ethical decisions in impossible situations. His cutting edge, interactive workshops cover topics ranging from critical decision making to leadership communication.
He has toured the mid-west and a stand-up comic and currently teaches and performs professional improvisation for Stevie Ray’s Improv Company at the world-renowned Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in Minneapolis, MN.
Mike Causey
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey is dedicated to ensuring consumers have lower insurance rates and new and better insurance products by fighting for the stabilization and more competition in the state’s insurance industry.
Causey is a businessman with more than 25 years in the insurance industry – as an agent, manager, supervisor, and agency owner.
Commissioner Causey is a native of Guilford County where he still lives with his wife of 43 years. He began his insurance career with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Charlotte and furthered his expertise in the industry as he continued working as superintendent of agencies for Standard Life Insurance Company before owning his own agency.
Causey graduated from High Point University with a B.S. in Business Administration where he continued his graduate studies. He received his Executive Management Certificate from Purdue University and the distinguished Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) Designation, the premier designation for insurance professionals, from the American College.
In addition to his experience in the insurance industry, Commissioner Causey has been a lifelong farmer and entrepreneur, owning several family businesses, including an antique store, a farm equipment dealership and a produce market.
Paul Cox Photo Linkedin.jpg
Paul Cox
Paul Cox is a Senior Managing Consultant with NYA International. He is an experienced Crisis Negotiator and Crisis Management professional with Specialization in hostage and kidnap for ransom investigations. Paul has direct advisory experience managing long-term family engagement and guidance with Government and corporate executive decision matters. His experience includes 28 years of FBI investigative experience as a Special Agent with 25 of those years as a FBI Negotiator and Crisis Negotiation Team Strategist. Paul has been deployed nationally and internationally to implement negotiation strategies and participated in FBI review and response to White House review of US Hostage Negotiation policy. Paul has attended international police schools such as the London UK Metropolitan Police Negotiation School and Israeli Shin Bet Tel Aviv Seminar. Paul has extensive experience coaching Third Party Intermediaries and Communicators and coordinated Department of Defense interface on Kidnap for Ransom cases and repatriation of victim(s).
Profile Image
Charles Runge