SIR History

Today's Practitioners Looking Into Tomorrow
Since 1970, the Society of Insurance Research (SIR) has provided our Members a unique forum to be forward thinking, to network with other insurance professionals, and to learn and share cutting edge developments in research and insurance.

The Society provides these opportunities through its Annual Conference, Research Summit, Roundtables, Webinars, the Members Only Resources, and AskSIR crowdsourcing. 

The SIR is a community of insurance professionals that believe decisions should be based on research and a firm understanding of the external environment. It includes decision makers and practitioners from organizations that range from the large international carriers, to regional and specialty writers, reinsurers, distributors and solution providers of every size.



1970 - Lorin K. Schoephoerster
1971 - Robert K. Syfert
1972 - John S. McGuinness Ph.D.
1973 - Howard F. Blasch
1974 - LeRoy J. Simon
1975 - Donald H. Merkel
1976 - Benton A. Sifford Jr. 
1977 - Robert D. DeChant
1978 - Robert E. Pearson
1979 - John A. Cherba
1980 - Terrence W. Shea
1981 - John P. Verel
1982 - J. Wesley Ooms
1983 - Forrest C. Doyle
1984 - John R. Ward
1985 - Herbert W. Hoell
1986 - Douglas M. McCracken
1987 - James Jones
1988 - Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner
1989 - Patrick L. Irish
1990 - Wayne D. Holdredge
1991 - Stanley M. Hopp, Equifax
1992 - Susan H. Mott Ph.D
1993 - Angela S. Lannen, Amerisafe
1994 - Edward M. Seipp
1995 - H. Peter Stolz
1996 - Patricia L. Saporito
1997 - Wendell B. Larson
1998 - Russell E. Bingham, The Hartford
1999 - J. Brad Wilson, Nationwide
2000 - Michael R. Murray, Insurance Services Office
2001 - Gary L. Ford, Shelter Insurance
2002 - Kevin Heiser, State Farm
2003 - Richard H. Nahmias, Nahmias & Co
2004 - Diana Lee, PCIIA
2005 - Jenny A. Hodge, American Modern
2006 - Candace Thornton, Claritas, Inc.
2007 - Jeff Nagel, Allstate
2008 - Herb Sauer, MetLife Auto & Home
2009 - Jeff Nagel, Allstate
2010 - Denese Ross, GMAC Insurance 
2011 - Candace Thornton, Competiscan
2012 - Gary Hodge, American Modern
2013 - Gary Hodge, American Modern
2014 - Sharon Markovsky, Verisk
2015 - Sharon Markovsky, Verisk
2016 - Sharon Markovsky, Verisk
2017 - Sharon Markovsky, Verisk
2018 - Jennifer Evert, American Financial
2019 - Jennifer Evert, American Financial

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