Andrew M. O’Brien has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer, and as one of our directors, since December 1996. Prior to founding our company, Mr. O’Brien served as a General Partner, Executive Vice President and director of E.W. Blanch Company. Mr. O’Brien has also served as a director of the Health Care Insurance Facility, First Dakota Indemnity Company and SAFE, Inc., a holding company for an accident and health insurer. Mr. O’Brien holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.
Julie A. Baron has served as our Chief Financial Officer since April 2015 and as our Treasurer and Secretary since February 2020. From November 2007 to March 2015, Ms. Baron served as the Controller for Benchmark. Prior to joining Trean, Ms. Baron was a controller for a mortgage broker and title company in the Twin Cities. Ms. Baron holds a B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Joy N. Edler has served as our Chief Operating Officer since January 2020. Ms. Edler began her career at Safety National Casualty Corporation in 1998 where she most recently served as Vice President – Treaty Reinsurance. Ms. Edler began her career in corporate compliance. She has a background in property and casualty insurance with an emphasis in workers’ compensation and specialty casualty lines. Ms. Edler holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and Human Resource Management from Columbia College.
Nicholas J. Vassallo has served as our Chief Accounting Officer since May 2020. Prior to joining our company, Mr.Vassallo served as Chief Accounting Officer for iMedia Brands, Inc. from May 2018 to October 2019 and as Senior Vice President – Corporate Controller since October 2015 and Vice President – Corporate Controller since 2001, having first joined iMedia Brands, Inc. as director of financial reporting in October 1996. Mr. Vassallo began his career with Arthur Anderson LLP, where he spent eight years in its audit practice group. Mr. Vassallo holds a B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Jill K. Johnson has served as our General Counsel since January 2015. Ms. Johnson has also served as the General Counsel and Vice President of Trean Corporation since April 2008, as the Secretary of S&C Claims Services, Inc. since September 2013 and as the Secretary of Benchmark Administrators, LLC since February 2016. Ms. Johnson holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Gustavus Adolphus College and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.
Steven B. Lee has served as one of our directors since December 1996. Mr. Lee has also served as the Senior Vice President for Trean Reinsurance Services, LLC since December 2016. Mr. Lee has 38 years of experience in the reinsurance and insurance industry focusing on workers’ compensation, casualty and professional liability. Mr. Lee holds a B.A. in Psychology from St. Olaf College, an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the Mitchel Hamline School of Law.
Martin A. Ericson has served as our Senior Vice President of Underwriting since July 2018. Mr. Ericson served as our Vice President of Underwriting from September 2013 to July 2018. Mr. Ericson has 28 years of experience and responsibility in the commercial insurance industry. Mr. Ericson holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Graceland University, a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation and a Property Casualty Insurance Agents license.
Matthew J. Spencer has served as our Chief Information Officer since October 2018. Mr. Spencer served as our Vice President of Business Technology from April 2015 to October 2018. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Spencer served as the Senior Project Office Manager for MMIC Insurance, Inc. from July 2013 to March 2015. Mr. Spencer holds a B.S. in Quantitative Methods in Computer Science and a B.A. in Business Administration and Management from the University of St. Thomas.