The Inter-Company Marketing Group (ICMG), a non-profit association that fosters and promotes business networking among insurance and financial services companies, has announced the election of its board of directors to serve throughout 2019 and into early 2020. The election was held at the ICMG’s annual business meeting on February 6, 2019, in conjunction with its annual conference, held this year in Scottsdale, AZ.
Chuck Ritzke, FSA, MAAA, was elected ICMG’s president. Mr. Ritzke is a long-time active member of the ICMG who has been involved in the association’s leadership for many years. He is the owner of actuarial consulting firm Problem Solving Enterprises (PSE), which he founded in 1995. Mr. Ritzke’s work focuses on product development, marketing, software, the internet, and general problem solving for insurance organizations.
Prior to forming PSE, Mr. Ritzke held various management roles in actuarial, marketing, and administration at Zurich Life and Bankers Life and Casualty. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
When asked to comment on his aspirations for the ICMG this year, Mr. Ritzke said, “We had one of our most successful annual meetings ever under the leadership of Senia Gramajo, our 2018 president. So our first order of business is to build upon that momentum. At the same time, as a networking association, new members create value for existing members, so we need to continue to grow membership.
“In addition,” Mr. Ritzke continued, “innovation and disruption in the insurance business is accelerating. So to grow, we need to be continually re-inventing the services ICMG offers to members, both with our annual meeting and year-round. New technologies will help us scale and better deliver our message. At the same time, we are engaging a growing number of member volunteers to enable us to accomplish even more.”
The following executives were elected to serve on the ICMG board along with Mr. Ritzke: Lauren Woods, Crum & Forsters, vice president; Ted Baran, National Association of Professional Agents, second vice president; Rich Katz, American National, treasurer; Senia Gramajo, Agent Link, immediate past president; and at-large directors Ted Williams, Williams and Company; Todd Cowan, Ameritas; David Burke, Everest Re; Victor Castellanos, Swiss Re; Justin Snapp, Innovative Brokerage Network; and JoAnn Wray, Senior Market Specialists.
The ICMG’s 2020 conference is scheduled for January 29 – 30, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. For more information, contact Larry Sigle, executive director, ICMG, 518-694-4288, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Chuck Hirsch, president, Hirsch Communications Consulting, 314-630-1387, or email: email@example.com, or visit www.icmg.org.