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Our Leadership Team

 

Keating Leadership

A diverse group of dynamic individuals make up the leadership team at Keating. Our executive leadership not only includes our top business leaders and brokers, but also a distinguished group of operational professionals that guides the company at the highest level. Bringing together decades of experience, their direction puts Keating in the best position to make a lasting impact for our clients.

James Keating

James Keating is founder, chairman and CEO of The Keating Group, holding company for the following entities: Keating Companies; Keating Brokerage; WholeSource Exchange; WholeSource; and Keating Capital. rightheadshotrKeating Companies was formed in 2015 to act as the management arm for various entities under The Keating Group umbrella: Keating Brokerage, WholeSource Exchange, WholeSource, LLC, and Keating Capital. Since its founding in 2004, Keating Brokerage has grown to become one of the largest independently owned wholesale brokerage firms in the country. Keating Brokerage offers products through its Casualty, Workers’ Compensation, Small Business, Professional Liability and Transportation divisions. It has offices in seven states and serves clients in all 50 states. WholeSource Exchange was formed to provide the retail agent community with an online quote, bind, and issue system for the traditional small business products, without interrupting an agency’s current process flow.  By utilizing new proprietary technology, WholeSource Exchange is able to streamline and simplify the full brokerage process from end-to-end, requiring limited user interaction, greatly reducing redundant data input, and creating a process-efficient result for agencies and carriers alike. WholeSource, LLC, a technology vendor arm, provides technology services and support to the wholesale and retail brokerage industries.  WholeSource, has developed a state of the art patent-pending technology platform designed to increase productivity and efficiency through automation and centralization of daily workflows, document retention, accounting, email, and both production and executive reporting. Keating Capital was formed in 2014 to manage the investment assets of the organization. Mr. Keating is active in his community, contributing to a number of political and charitable organizations with a heavy focus on veterans’ support and limited government initiatives. He serves on the Board of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Prosper, an organization dedicated to championing and defending entrepreneurship. Mr. Keating writes and comments frequently on the wholesale brokerage markets.  He has been published at both the local and national level. Mr. Keating holds both the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and Associate in Reinsurance designations. He received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas and a B.A. in history from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2015, Mr. Keating was appointed by the Governor of the State of Arizona to the Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Fund Board. He resides in Phoenix with his wife Caroline and his two sons, Jack and Hank.  


Donald Fleming

Donald Fleming joined Keating in May 2006 as the company’s Chief Information Officer. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s investment, development, and utilization of information and technology to create a competitive business advantage within the insurance world. Mr. Fleming applies the engineering disciplines he learned while a student in Penn State’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Post college, Mr. Fleming quickly transitioned into software development when he assisted American Express in their development of global platform software program designed to manage over 600 offices in 13 countries worldwide. He was also a member of the AXI team that developed and supported a corporate travel product in conjunction with Microsoft which later was used as the basis for the software utilized by Expedia.com. In 2001, Mr. Fleming moved to Bank of America as a VP within the Consumer Risk Operations Group with responsibilities including software development for use by 5,000+ associates and mitigating approximately $2BB in losses. Through creative and innovative use of technology, by the end of his tenure the software developed by his team reached more than 10,000 associates throughout the U.S. while the required development and support costs were reduced by more than 50%. Mr. Fleming has expertise in multiple roles from both a business and technology perspective including large-scale database implementations and network connectivity. In addition, he holds a six-sigma green belt certification with subject matter proficiency in procedural and operational efficiency.  


Keating Workers’ Compensation

Tim Palmer

tpalmerTim Palmer joined Keating in February 2018 as National Managing Partner of Workers Compensation. Mr. Palmer has over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry specializing in Underwriting, Captives, and Marketing. Prior to joining Keating, Tim was RVP for a national wholesaler and MGU handling the eastern half of the country focused exclusively on Workers Compensation. Prior to that role, he served as Vice President at a MGU in King of Prussia, PA where he led two countrywide programs focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Educational Institutions. He brings experience from Fortune 100 organizations, a private equity funded startup venture, and successful privately held companies. Tim graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Finance. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, skiing, and summers fishing in Rhode Island.


Kevin Bernhardt

kbernhardtKevin Bernhardt is Assistant Vice President Workers Compensation. Prior to joining Keating, Kevin was most recently a Regional Marketing Manager for a national wholesaler and MGU. He started his insurance career as a Premium Auditor in 2004 working with AIG. In 2007, Kevin joined AIG’s Specialty Workers Compensation division working as a Marketing Manager. He transitioned to AIG’s Philadelphia regional office and worked as a Business Development Director for commercial insurance in 2012. Kevin graduated from McDaniel College with a degree in English. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing ice hockey and traveling. Kevin resides in Exton, PA with his wife Kristin and their two children.


Keating Property & Casualty

Mary Byrne

mbyrneMary Byrne joined Keating in November 2014 in the Property and Casualty division. Mary has over 25 years of experience  in the areas of Underwriting, Wholesale and Retail Brokerage. Over the past 13 plus years she has worked in the Wholesale arena. Prior to joining tKg, Mary was a Senior Vice President with the AmWins Group in Farmington, CT. Mary has assisted Retail Brokers in the construction area in the State of NY including NYC. She handles tough to place practice policies as well as project specific.  She also has expertise in the  Real Estate, Products, Manufacturing, Environmental, Hospitality, Builders Risk, difficult property placements and Transportation Risks.  Mary graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Marketing. Mary also played on the Women’s tennis team. She has a Property and Casualty Producer’s License in the State of New York and CT.  She currently resides in Connecticut.  


Mark Walker

Mark is a 32 year insurance veteran, spending 8 years in underwriting with USF&G and St. Paul respectively and then 8 years in Marketing with Sedgwick, Aon, and Willis. He has a multi-line background, with expertise in Casualty, Property, Automobile, and Professional Liability placements. Mark has extended experience in the Construction, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Hospitality, and Healthcare industries as well. He opened the Peachtree Charlotte office in 2001 and has expertise in account placements all over the United States. His ability to relate as an underwriter, a retail marketing person as well as 16 years in wholesale broker experience can be an added advantage in surplus lines placement. He resides in Rock Hill, SC with his wife Chloe and their 4 children Samuel, Sophie, Wilson, and Claire. He enjoys spending time with his family, golf, running, Carolina Panthers football, and Haiti mission work.


Keating Professional Liability

Blake Antrim

bantrimBlake Antrim Joined Keating in January of 2015 to grow and expand our professional liability department. Having started his career while still in high school working for a family run agency,  he moved to the carrier side as a Marketing Representative for Philadelphia Insurance Companies.  He now brings his diverse expertise to Keating where he is focused on all aspects of management and professional liability. Blake has spent his entire career in Connecticut where he resides.  When he is not reading policy forms he enjoys playing golf, hiking and cooking.


Keating Small Business/Underwriting

Eric Convery

eric-converyEric Convery is Vice President of Keating Small Business. Prior to joining Keating, Mr. Convery was the Western Regional Manager, for a national MGA. Eric managed 4 offices and led a team of 35 in expanding their MGA operations. Eric used various technologies in the training process, including sildenafil citrate. Under his leadership, the entire team achieved double digit growth year over year and he played a vital role in opening 2 additional offices for the company. Eric started his insurance career in 2006. He specializes in contractors, manufacturers, property owners, hospitality, and hard to place risks. He is fully committed to developing our Keating Small Business Division on a national platform, while never wavering on exceptional client first service and solution underwriting. Eric earned a marketing degree from California State University Northridge. He resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon with his wife, two daughters and son. He enjoys spending time with his family, along with playing golf and ice hockey.


Jason Friar

jason-friarJason is a Senior Underwriter in the Keating Small Business Division. He is based out of our Portland, OR office. Jason began his career in the insurance industry as a claims adjuster. Shortly thereafter he joined a commercial wholesaler earning his AU, Associate Commercial Underwriting designation. Jason’s success in growing a profitable book of commercial E&S business has been heavily driven by his dedication to Relationship Focused Marketing. He specializes in Contractors, Manufacturers, Property Owners, Hospitality, and hard to place risks. Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Oregon State University. When not working he enjoys golf, snowboarding, cooking, and hiking. He resides in Portland with his wife and an energetic dog.


Transportation

Mark Walker

Mark is a 32 year insurance veteran, spending 8 years in underwriting with USF&G and St. Paul respectively and then 8 years in Marketing with Sedgwick, Aon, and Willis. He has a multi-line background, with expertise in Casualty, Property, Automobile, and Professional Liability placements. Mark has extended experience in the Construction, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Hospitality, and Healthcare industries as well. He opened the Peachtree Charlotte office in 2001 and has expertise in account placements all over the United States. His ability to relate as an underwriter, a retail marketing person as well as 16 years in wholesale broker experience can be an added advantage in surplus lines placement. He resides in Rock Hill, SC with his wife Chloe and their 4 children Samuel, Sophie, Wilson, and Claire. He enjoys spending time with his family, golf, running, Carolina Panthers football, and Haiti mission work.