About the Society of Insurance Research

The Society of Insurance Research was founded in 1970 to provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas in all areas of insurance research. It has expanded to marketing and planning, as well as research. The Society includes representation from many different organizations; insurance and non-insurance companies, government agencies, institutions of higher education, and trade associations. The individual Members come from equally divergent areas such as actuarial, agency, claims, consumer relations, corporate planning, education, financial planning, government relations, management consulting, information services, marketing and sales, modeling, operations, product development and analysis, reinsurance, risk management, statistical research and underwriting. Providing regular and valuable communications between these individuals and organizations is a major purpose of the Society.

The activities of SIR are intended to provide opportunities to discuss current issues with fellow researchers and planners. These activities include an Annual Conference each fall and a Research Seminar each spring. Meeting sites are located throughout the United States. 

Health Insurance

The Society is engaged in an initiative to increase our service to and participation by individuals and companies working with health insurance. Please visit the Health Insurance Advisory Panel page to learn how you can get involved.

Officers and Directors: 2018


Sharon Markovsky
Verisk Insurance Solutions

Jen Evert
American Financial Group

Vice President - Annual Conference 
Dawn Faint
Cipher Systems

Vice President - Events 
Pete Wood
Erie Insurance

Vice President - Education & Educational Outreach
Steve Micksch
American Family Insurance

Vice President - Marketing 
Michael Warner
Conning Insurance Research & Consulting

Vice President - Membership

Denese Ross 

DRC Group of Insurance Consultants

Vice President - Public Relations & Communications
Rick Marchetti
The Hartford

Vice President - Research
Jen Evert
American Financial Group

Vice President - Controller
Randy Mangum

Gary Hodge
American Modern Insurance Group

Dan Belvin
Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island

Sharia Benn
Penn National Insurance

Carol L. Smith
Progressive Insurance

Sharon Smith

Continuing Director
Vickie Kilgore
The Institutes/Insurance Research Council

Immediate Past President
Sharon Markovsky
Verisk Insurance Solutions

Executive Director
Michelle Herr
4248 Park Glen Road
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone (952) 928-4641