Howard is responsible for BrightClaim’s strategic direction. Prior to creating BrightClaim, Howard was Executive Vice President for Claims Management Services at Crawford & Company, the world’s largest provider of independent insurance services. During his 17 years with Crawford, Howard had various responsibilities including Catastrophe Services, Technical Services, Subrogation Recovery, Investigation Services, Class Action Inspection Services, and successfully held various field positions in the Southeastern U.S. Howard completed his studies in insurance while attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has been awarded the AIC designation by the Insurance Institute of America and made substantial progress toward the CPCU designation. A past president of both the Chattanooga Claims Association and the Tennessee Claims Association, Howard successfully completed the Advanced Executive Education Program at Wharton in 2000.
Eric joined BrightServ in January of 2013. BrightServ is an organization that manages the contractor managed care and direct repair networks and programs for a variety of clients coming from both the P&C Insurance Industry as well as the building product manufacturing industry. Eric left the Citizens Insurance Company of Florida as VP of Claims Operations after 4 years at that carrier. Prior to that Eric was responsible for operations at HD Supply in Atlanta for several years. Eric’s prior experience and career was involved in a number of roles with different companies in the contractor management and network approach that had extensive contractor programs with the largest P&C carriers in the marketplace.
Gerry joined BrightClaim in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining BrightClaim, Gerry was the President and Chief Financial Officer of Network Communications, Inc. Gerry has held various management positions including positions in sales and operations. Gerry is a graduate of Yale University and holds a Masters in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Steven is responsible for the various Contents services and solutions provided to the insurance industry for personal and commercial property contents claims. Steven has 17 years of experience in the claims industry, including management of one of the largest property evaluation firms in the U.S. for over a decade. Steven oversaw the development of one of the claims industry’s first stand-alone automated contents estimating systems and worked as a consultant with leading technology providers to the insurance industry. He also lead the development of a contents estimating unit at the world’s largest independent insurance services provider and left that publicly traded company as a business unit director. Steven received his BBA from Oglethorpe University and also attended special programs at Harvard University where he received recognition for outstanding achievement.
Larry’s responsibilities include Field Inspection Services and Warranty Management He has over 24 years of claims experience, including 10 years managing high profile class action settlements, product recalls, product warranty programs, quality assurance programs, and environmental claims. In the class action arena alone, Larry has directly managed over 1,000,000 claims in the past decade. A member of the Society of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Larry received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of NE Louisiana.
During a career spanning over 24 years in the claims profession, Kattermann developed extensive multi-line experience with particular emphasis on residential and commercial lines property claims. Kattermann started his career as a field adjuster with The Allied Group. During his career in the insurance industry he also worked several years in an executive capacity with a national catastrophe vendor. In 2000 he became the National Catastrophe Director for American Family Insurance and was later promoted to Property and Commercial Operations Director. Kattermann served in these roles at American Family for nine plus years before joining BrightClaim. In 2009.
Ty joined BrightClaim in December of 2006. Ty has a vast amount of experience in the P&C Insurance marketplace. Before joining BrightClaim, Ty worked with the industry leading independent flooring laboratory ITEL, based in Jacksonville, Florida. Ty joined ITEL after building a successful competing flooring testing company (Spill Tech) which was acquired by ITEL in 2006. Prior to that Ty worked for Home Depot as a National Account Executive to the insurance sector. Ty also was involved with a start up contractor network known as Prism. Prior to Prism Ty worked for State Farm Insurance Company in both claims and agency markets.
Ted joined BrightClaim in 2004 and is responsible for the overall design and implementation of our IT initiatives. He has been involved in software design and database development for the past 15 years. Ted’s background includes work in the construction field, experience he later used as a supervisor where he managed a number of Class Action and Warranty Inspection programs relating to plumbing and other building product issues. Ted now leverages his practical field experience with his IT knowledge to create sophisticated yet user-friendly systems, including the design and implementation of specialized claims related sytems for BrightClaim.
Roger joined BrightClaim in July of 2007. He is responsible for the casualty claims/auto liability division where he has helped to develop a claims handling process to fit any customer. Roger’s claims career began in July of 1973 as an adjuster with Crawford & Company in Tallahassee, Florida where he graduated from Florida State University. During his 24 years with Crawford & Company, he rose through the ranks from adjuster to branch manager, then to regional management and finally Senior Vice President. During the progression in his career, Roger’s role has grown to management of all claims field branches for the United States.