Today's Practitioners Looking Into Tomorrow

For more than 49 years, the Society of Insurance Research (SIR) has been providing 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 Fall Annual Conference and through its Spring Workshops Summit as well as through the Member Webinar Series, the Members Only Website, and quarterly Competitive Intelligence Conference Calls.

The SIR is a family of hands-on practitioners from organizations that range from the giant international carriers, to regional and specialty writers, to service providers of every size.

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 Workshop each spring. Meeting sites are located throughout the United States. Our Annual Conference has educational breakouts for the following: Commercial Lines, Personal Lines, Life & Health, Cx/Consumer Insights, Research Function/CI, and Data/Innovation.

Officers and Directors: 2019


Jen Evert
American Financial Group

Vice President - Annual Conference 
Dawn Faint

Vice President - Events 
Pete Wood
Erie Insurance

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

Vice President - Marketing 
Mike Myers

Dan Belvin
Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island

Vice President - Membership

Denese Ross 

DRC Group of Insurance Consultants

Vice President - Public Relations & Communications
Rick Marchetti
The Hartford

Vice President - Research
Patrice Nolan

Vice President - Controller
Sharon Markovsky

Gary Hodge
American Modern Insurance Group

Rhea Sullivan

Sharia Benn
Penn National Insurance

Adam Nunes

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