AmTrust Exec | Meet The Team

AmTrust Exec is comprised of very experienced insurance professionals working together to deliver the best service and tailored coverage for clients. Our staff has the experience needed to help you with your most difficult risk or simply a risk that needs a quick turnaround. We make the simple things easy and the difficult things easier.

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Paul Bunone
Principal/Underwriter

Paul Bunone is currently a principal of AmTrust Exec a managing general agency focused on the marketing and underwriting of management liability products.

Paul began his career in 1984 underwriting management liability lines (Public, Private & Non‐Profit Directors and Officers Liability, Employment Practices and Fiduciary Liability)  and professional E&O coverages.

Prior to the formation of AmTrust Exec, Paul was responsible for the U.S. wholesale distribution of middle market management liability products for Beazley Insurance Company. Inc., as well as the management of Beazley’s “non‐standard/ hard to place” management liability book of business.

Paul joined Beazley in January, 2005 as underwriting manager for the northeast responsible for marketing and underwriting Beazley’s presence in that territory.

Prior to joining Beazley, Paul co‐founded and managed Crum and Forster’s Professional Liability department in January 2000 after spending the prior 16 years at a managing general agency which underwrote hard to place professional liability (D&O and E&O) and which was ultimately purchased by an A+ insurance carrier.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ. He has a NJ State Producers license and a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter designation from the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.

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Jim Seymour
Principal/Underwriter

James G. Seymour is a co-founder of AmTrust Exec. Jim has helped create a $15M book of business within the first 3 years of the company’s existence.

Prior to AmTrust Exec, Jim was the U.S. Management Liability Leader for Beazley Insurance Company. Inc. He has over 20 years of underwriting and management experience in management liability coverages (Public, Private & Non-Profit Directors and Officers Liability, Employment Practices and Fiduciary Liability).

Jim joined Beazley Insurance Company on February 5th, 2005 when the U.S. insurance company was created. He established the Midwest and Texas distribution network and was integral in product development. In addition to these responsibilities, Jim managed the U.S. management team which had underwriting operations in New York and Chicago. The U.S. management liability practice will finished 2009 with over $45m in written premium.

Prior to joining Beazley, Jim was Vice President of Chubb & Son, Inc. where he managed a $100M portfolio of management liability business. He spent 12 years with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in various underwriting and management roles. His group received the Branch Department of the Year Award in 2004 based on growth and profitability.

Jim is a co-founder and passive investor in three real estate corporations, Greenleaf Park Apartments, LLC, a 55 unit complex located in Massachusetts, Wellington Townhomes, LL C, a 48 unit complex in New Hampshire, and LS Capital, LL C., a real estate development company that had returns on invested capital in excess of 90%.

At the age of 19, Jim was elected to a three year term on the Board of Selectman in his hometown of Merrimac, MA (population 5,100). As a public official, he participated in union negotiations, budget planning, and various day to day operations of the town.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance/ Communications from Babson College, Wellesley MA. He is an active member of the Lake Bluff Volunteer Fire Department.

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Jason Binette
Sr. Underwriter/EPL Program Director

Jason is currently a Senior Underwriter, EPL Program Director, and Chief Marketing Officer for AmTrust Exec where he is focused on the marketing and underwriting of the Lloyd’s EPL program.

Jason has 10 years of underwriting and wholesale brokerage experience in management liability lines (Private & Non-Profit Directors and Officers Liability, Employment Practices and Fiduciary Liability) as well as Miscellaneous E&O, Staffing PL/GL, and Real Estate E&O coverage lines.

Prior to joining AmTrust Exec Jason was the Senior Underwriter for the Miscellaneous Professional Liability team at Business Risk Partners. There he was in charge of the Real Estate E&O and Staffing PL/GL programs which included creating tailored policy forms and endorsements.

Prior to joining Business Risk Partners, Jason managed the Professional Liability department at Quaker Special Risk, a wholesale brokerage firm which handled large volume from retail agents throughout New England.

Before joining Quaker Special Risk, Jason began his management liability career at Beazley Insurance Company, Inc. At Beazley he began as an underwriting assistant, quickly moved into underwriting small management liability business, and then moved onto the Healthcare D&O team. He help create the healthcare policy form and endorsements and was charged with marketing the new product throughout the East Coast.

Jason began his insurance career at Sun Life Financial in 2002 as a group disability claims analyst and later began underwriting group life and disability.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH.

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Mark Butler
Senior Underwriter

Mark joined AmTrust Exec with a decade of experience in management liability, derived from both the underwriting and brokerage sides of the business.  Product experience includes commercial public, private and non-profit Directors & Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary Liability, Crime and Kidnap & Ransom.

Prior to joining AmTrust Exec, Mark was the Northeast Regional Manager at Starr Companies, where he was responsible for management of the regional commercial underwriting team and guiding production, workflow and strategy for the northeast.  Mark also served as a national referral authority for field underwriters across the country for healthcare risks, Crime & Fidelity coverage extensions and was responsible for implementing, managing and directing a national panel program.

Before joining Starr Companies in 2012, Mark had handled various production responsibilities and multiple territories as an Executive Underwriter at Hartford Financial Products, focused on public and private commercial accounts.  Mark also has experience on the brokerage side, as Assistant Vice President within Marsh’s FINPRO Private Equity/M&A group, where he provided diligence, advisory and placement of management liability programs for a variety of private equity backed companies and transactional accounts.

Mark earned a bachelors of science degree from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, as a double-major in Economics and Marketing.

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Melissa Schwartz
Crime Product Manager
Melissa Schwartz joined AmTrust Exec with over twenty years of underwriting and management experience in Financial institution Bonds, Commercial Crime, Public and Private Directors and Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability and Securities Broker Dealer Errors and Omissions.

Prior to joining AmTrust Exec, Melissa was the Fidelity Product Leader with Liberty International Underwriters, a division of Liberty Mutual. As Product Leader, Melissa was responsible for underwriting strategy, distribution, policy forms, premium raters, regulatory compliance and staffing. She built a profitable book of business and grew the team to a staff of three, two in New York and one in Chicago.

Prior to joining LIU, Melissa was a senior underwriter with ACE USA, where she underwrote various lines of coverage, including Public D&O, Securities Broker Dealer E&O, Financial Institution Bonds and Commercial Crime.

Prior to ACE USA, Melissa was a senior underwriter with AIG, working on national sized Commercial Crime and Public D&O accounts.

Melissa has participated extensively on industry issues around fidelity and crime insurance at working sessions and conferences with PLUS, The Fidelity Law Association and Surety and Fidelity Association of America and ISO. In November, 2016, she spoke on a panel at the Fidelity Law Association conference – “Developing Risks and Exposures Including Cyber and Social Engineering”.

Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. She is currently studying for the Certified Fraud Examiners designation, through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
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Nicole Riemer
Operations Coordinator

Nicole is currently the operations coordinator for AmTrust Exec. Nicole has over 10 years of insurance experience with the last 2 years focused on management liability lines (Directors and Officers Liability, Employment Practices and Fiduciary Liability).

Prior to joining AmTrust Exec, Nicole worked in the accounting department where she was responsible for accounting on several AmTrust Exec programs.

Nicole started her career at AmTrust Exec in 2003 and has held an Illinois insurance license since 2008.

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Anthony Pellegrino
Underwriting Assistant

Tony is currently an Underwriting Assistant for AmTrust Exec. Tony has over 15 years of experience in management liability lines (Private & Non-Profit Directors and Officers Liability, Employment Practices and Fiduciary Liability) as well as Miscellaneous E&O, Technology, Security & Privacy and Media coverage lines.

Prior to joining AmTrust Exec, Tony was with Axis Pro supporting a large Miscellaneous Professional Liability, Media, Tech, Security & Privacy book of business.

Tony began his insurance career at Chubb Group of Insurance in 1998 as a LAN Coordinator doing network administration for the entire Chicago office and later began supporting the professional risk team focusing on the Marsh book of business.

Tony earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.

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Lauren Kuykendall
Underwriting Assistant

Lauren Kuykendall is currently an Underwriting Assistant for AmTrust Exec.  Lauren has 4 years of insurance experience.

Prior to joining AmTrust Exec, Lauren was an Underwriting Assistant for the Lawyers Professional Liability, Accountants Professional Liability and Non-Profit departments at Monitor Liability Managers.

Prior to Monitor, Lauren was a Client Service Representative at Assurance Agency working for one of the top Property & Casualty producers.

Lauren graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.

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Vicky McMahon
Technical Assistant
Vicky McMahon is currently a Technical Assistant for AmTrust Exec. Vicky has over 10 years of insurance experience. Her experience includes working in Group Benefits with United Health Care, Delta Dental and Met Life as an Account Manager.

Vicky joined
AmTrust Exec in 2002 as a file clerk and learned new positions along the way.

Vicky graduated from Robert Morris College, Aurora IL.
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Abby Bellgrau
Senior Underwriter
Abby joined AmTrust Exec’s management liability team in May 2020.  She brings experience underwriting management liability risks from her various roles at Allianz Global and Corporate Specialty and Liberty International Underwriters.  Her product expertise includes public, private and non-profit Directors & Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary Liability, Commercial Crime Insurance, Cyber Liability and Insurance Company Professional Liability.  At Liberty, Abby managed the marketing, distribution and underwriting for the Cyber Liability rollout to the Midwest region.    
 
Prior to her shift to the underwriting side of the business, Abby worked as an Assistant Vice President for Marsh’s FINPRO practice and a Broker in Aon’s Financial Services Group where she also began her insurance career as a college intern.  As a broker for management liability products, she provided advisory and placement services directly to clients and negotiated contract terms with the underwriting community.
 
Abby earned her Bachelors of Science in Finance from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is active in her community as the Chairperson of her town’s Bike & Pedestrian Advisory Committee and a board member for the Barrington Endurance organization.  She also teaches group fitness classes and volunteers with the PTO at her sons’ school.
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Amit Dave
Senior Underwriter
Amit joined AmTrust Exec’s management liability team in May 2020.  He brings 17 years of experience underwriting management liability risks from his various roles at Nationwide Insurance, C.N.A., Hartford & AIG. His product expertise includes public, private and non-profit Directors & Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary Liability, Errors & Omissions, Lenders Liability, Insurance Company, Crime and Miscellaneous Professional Liability. 
 
Amit holds a BBA in Finance from Pace University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his sons’  baseball team as well as being a Den Leader for the Boys Scouts of America Pack 182.