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Leadership Team

Brian HetheringtonChairman
Brian Hetherington

Experience: 25 years learning, loving, leading business experiences... 46 years learning, leading, loving life!

Work: Portsmouth Abbey, Northwestern University, Kellogg, MCI, Nightfire, abd, Wells Fargo, The ABD Team.

Love: Family (Jim, Theresa, Stephen, Edward, Jill, Grant, Blake, Pierce, and the Schaeffers), Music (piano, performing, Dead, Poi, Spearhead, Beatles), Presidential Politics, Business, Technology, and the Mission YMCA and Rebuilding Together.

Play: Concrete slides, golf, live shows, great dinner conversation, laughing with family and friends.

Contact info: brianhetheringt (Twitter), brianhetherington (Facebook), brianhetherington (LinkedIn)

Kurt de GroszPresident
Kurt de Grosz

Experience: 25 years creating, building and leading dynamic companies in the insurance and software industries.

Work: Crystal Springs Uplands, UCLA, UC Berkeley-Haas, Transamerica Insurance, abd, BenefitPoint, Vertafore, Insurance Leadership Network, The ABD Team.

Love: Family (Julie, Kaitlan, Johnny, and Luke; Fred, Kathi, Kerri and Erik; the Morey Family, "Cousins!"), Our Lady of Angels community, Capuchin Franciscans, Peninsula Family Service, entrepreneurship.

Play: Literature, art, music and drama, pilates, fitness, Lake Tahoe, enjoying good vitis vinifera with friends.

Contact info: Kurt de Grosz (LinkedIn), Kurt de Grosz (Twitter)

Michael McCloskeyChief Financial Officer
Michael McCloskey
Chief Financial Officer

Experience: 30 years working with and learning from the best and the brightest in the insurance brokerage business. Helping them as clients and freeing them to do what they do best: help our clients achieve their goals.

Work: The Jesuits, NUI Galway, SUNY Albany, UKW, Ter Bush & Powell, Bache Insurance Services, Jardine Insurance Brokers, abd, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, ILN, The ABD Team.

Love: Family (Penelope, Scott, Carrie, Natasha, Little Zoë, Lucy, Dudley & Chloe); The Loud Men; colleagues over the years who pulled hard on the same oars; problem solving; choirs; freedom; excellence and creativity; hallowed ground; awesome wild natural places; the old sod; the bay area; peace of mind;

Play: all musical communication (Palestrina to Adele); playing bass in a power trio (the more you drink the better we sound); carpentry and building; cross country road trips; history, volunteering; dark and stormy's with friends and family on beautiful days; memories.

Contact info: Michael McCloskey (Linked In)

Brent RineckChief Information Officer
Brent Rineck
Chief Information Officer

Experience: Over 28 years in the insurance industry, with a focus on business applications and technology.

Work: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Marquette University, Northwestern Mutual, InsWeb, BenefitPoint, Vertafore and The ABD Team.

Love: Family, friends, San Francisco, being the first in line for new technology, discovering fresh music, and Saturday mornings.

Play: Running, traveling, working out, Green Bay Packers, iPad, Windows Phone!

Contact info: brent-rineck (LinkedIn), brineck (Twitter), brentrineck (Facebook) 

Darren BrownExecutive Vice President, Employee Benefits
Darren Brown
Executive Vice President, Employee Benefits

Experience: 20+ years of growing and leading winning teams. Building strong, trusted relationships that lead to mutually beneficial solutions and outcomes for customers, partners, friends and colleagues.

Work: St. Francis high school, Colgate University, Cigna, abd, Wells Fargo Insurance Services and The ABD Team!

Love: My wife and two daughters, family and friends, competition, team work.

Play: Sports, reading, stock market, live music and good laughter.

Contact info: Darren Brown (LinkedIn)

John HaskellExecutive Vice President, Executive Risk Solutions
John Haskell
Executive Vice President, Executive Risk Solutions

Experience: 30+ years in the insurance industry collaborating with the brightest minds; building, leading and contributing to dynamic, winning teams who listen to clients and help them address risk so they can achieve their goals.

Work: University of WA, Seattle U, Aetna C&S, J&H/Marsh, Locate Networks, Sullivan & Curtis, abd, Wells Fargo Insurance and The ABD Team!

Love: Family (Vicki, Alex & Erika, Andrew & Claudia - and new grandson Joshua! - and the extended Haskell & Dils clans), friends, business, JDRF, creatvity and collaborating in work and life.

Play: Travel, golf, music, college sports, crosswords, the gym, DIY (especially the demo after a long week), hiking and lazing at Wauna Lake.

Rod SockolovExecutive Vice President, Property & Casualty
Rod Sockolov
Executive Vice President, Property & Casualty

Experience: Industry veteran of more than 30 years mostly working with technology companies and large workers compensation alternative risk programs. Voted 2006 Power Broker by Risk and Insurance magazine.

Work: Worked every type of job in every industry from the age of 23. Graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and began my insurance career with Industrial Indemnity, a workers comp insurance carrier. Joined Minet insurance brokers in 1994 which soon became abd then Wells Fargo, now at The ABD Team.

Love: Family (Jo-Ann, Caitlin, Kelly… and Chloe, our little pup) Friends: all those who have known me for many years and have always been there for me.

Play: Our great insurance industry, passionate 49er fan, love fantasy sports, great steak dinners and spending time with my family.

Chris CallPresident, Retirement Services
Chris Call
President, Retirement Services
ABD Retirement Services, Inc.

Experience: Spent 17 years leading a retirement consulting team

Work: Marsh, abd, Wells Fargo and The ABD Team.

Love: Running with my wife Phyllis, skiing with Lian, doing flips and handstands with Audrey, teaching Abigail how to ride a bike and following the financial markets.

Play: Relaxing in Tahoe, reading and walking our dog Gizmo.

Contact info: LinkedIn, @ChrisCall1 (Twitter)

Amy SteadmanSenior Vice President, Human Resources
Amy Steadman
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Experience: 18 years regulatory compliance, human resource and general business management. 

Work: UCLA, MWD, Anderson (UCLA), BenefitPoint, consulting, Rock Me Baby Records, volunteering, and The ABD Team.

Love: My husband Will (how did I get so lucky?!), daughters Summer and Mia, extended family near & far, neighbors who made NM enchanting, and friends who make laugh lines worth having!  Caffeine.

Play: Running - to keep up with my sporty family.   Any beach and most beach activities.  The Daily Show.

Jane PaolucciSenior Vice President, Marketing
Jane Paolucci
Senior Vice President, Marketing

Experience: 25 years marketing leadership building successful companies focused on delivering extraordinary customer experiences.

Work: UC Berkeley. Sitecore, McKesson, E2open, Coremetrics (An IBM Company), Siebel Systems and Remedy.

Love: Incredible husband Andy and wonderful children Sofia, George and Philip. Our extended family. Any beach. Living wholeheartedly.

Play: Time with my family. Enjoying the great outdoors. Laughing with friends. Live music. Game nights. World travels.

Renee PolkExecutive Vice President, Employee Benefits
Renee Polk
Executive Vice President, Employee Benefits

Experience: 25 years of partnering with clients to ensure excellent client service, adhering and complying with the ever changing landscape of employee benefits and always focused on aggressive cost control.

Work: The ABD Team, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, abd, GCH Insurance, Cameron Harris and Company

Love: My husband, family, friends, my church and helping others

Play: Jet skiing, reading, traveling to new places, zip lining, any activity outside, Carolina Tar Heel’s men’s basketball, 49er’s football

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