Company Leadership

Leading the firm from the "bottom-up", our seasoned and entrepreneurial-minded executive team believes in a flat organizational structure and a corporate office that supports the needs of our branches.

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Steve DeCarlo

Executive Chairman

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M. Steven DeCarlo

Executive Chairman

M. Steven DeCarlo serves as executive chairman of AmWINS Group, Inc. Previously, he served as chief executive officer of AmWINS for 17 years, leading the business through the merger of several specialty wholesalers. He has served on the AmWINS Board of Directors since he joined AmWINS in December 2000. Steve began his career with Crum & Forster and later joined The London Agency (today part of Chubb) as its chief financial officer. DeCarlo was a founding partner of Royal Specialty Underwriting (RSUI), serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer, later becoming senior vice president of what was then RSUI’s parent company, Royal & SunAlliance USA. In 2009, Steve was the winner of Ernst & Young LLC's prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year® award in the Carolinas for the financial services category. He is active in the insurance community and was named the National Insurance Industry Council’s Spirit of Life honoree, raising more than $2.7 million for the City of Hope to support research for life-threatening diseases. A graduate of East Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, he serves as a member of the ETSU Board of Trustees, is a member of the ETSU Foundation, and is also affiliated with the Distinguished President’s Trust.

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Skip Cooper

Vice Chairman

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W. H. "Skip" Cooper, CPCU

Vice Chairman

W. H. “Skip” Cooper, CPCU, served as president of AmWINS for 11 years and has transitioned into the role of vice chairman. With 35 years in the industry, Skip has extensive knowledge of large property account structures and placement management, as well as product research and development. His expertise in customer, client and market relationships has helped drive AmWINS to its position as a leading specialty brokerage and underwriting organization. Prior to joining AmWINS, Skip had served as executive vice president of CRC Insurance Services, a company he joined in 1985 as its 12th employee. During his time at CRC, Skip formed the Property Department, along with AmRisc Underwriting, and held many leadership positions within the firm. Prior to 1985, he worked in various industry positions including underwriting at Fireman’s Fund and internships at Lloyds of London. Skip graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Finance.

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Scott Purviance

Chief Executive Officer

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Scott Purviance

Chief Executive Officer

Scott M. Purviance became the chief executive officer of AmWINS on May 1, 2018. One of the company’s first employees, Scott joined AmWINS in July 2001 as chief financial officer and took on the additional role of chief operating officer in April 2012. He has served on AmWINS’ Board of Directors since April 2015. Scott began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1992 serving for 7 years in the insurance services assurance practice. After leaving PwC in 1999, Scott joined the Business Insurance Division of Royal & SunAlliance USA, Inc., as vice president of finance. Scott earned a BS in Accounting from Wake Forest University.

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James Drinkwater

President

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James Drinkwater

President

James C. Drinkwater has served as president of our Brokerage division since April 2008. He formerly served as chief operating officer of the division. James capitalizes on his extensive experience in E&S casualty, as well as wholesale and specialty brokering, to establish goals and priorities for AmWINS’ Property & Casualty producers across the country. Prior to joining AmWINS in 2005, James held executive positions with both Stewart Smith Group and Willis Group. He began his career in the London marketplace.

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Darin Stafford

Chief Financial Officer

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Darin Stafford

Chief Financial Officer

Darin K. Stafford has served as chief financial officer of AmWINS since October 2016. Darin joined AmWINS from Remington Outdoor Company where, since 2009, he served as vice president, corporate controller and led a 40-member finance team with broad responsibility over corporate, operational and strategic finance, investor relations, shared services, treasury, risk management and real estate. Before joining Remington, Darin worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 15 years, including a 3-year rotation in London, England. Darin is a 1994 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in both Accounting and Finance.

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Ben Sloop

Chief Operating Officer

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Ben Sloop

Chief Operating Officer

Benjamin R. Sloop currently serves as the chief operating officer of AmWINS. Prior to taking on the role of COO, Ben had served as president of our small business division, AmWINS Access, since its inception in January 2015. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Harvard, he began his career in management consulting at Bain & Company, and then joined Parthenon Capital, a private equity fund, where he worked on the AmWINS capital raise in 2005. The following year, he joined AmWINS in an M&A role. He left AmWINS in late 2007 to attend Stanford Business School. Ben worked for Bills.com, a Silicon Valley start-up, until October 2011, when he joined AmWINS once again.

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Samuel Fleet

President, Group Benefits Division

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Samuel Fleet

President, Group Benefits Division

Samuel H. Fleet has served as president of our Group Benefits division since April 2004. With unmatched expertise, Sam leads the division’s operating companies which are focused on providing benefit professionals and carrier partners with the power to solve complex issues that exist in today’s multifaceted healthcare landscape. Sam founded National Employee Benefit Companies, Inc. (NEBCO) and related companies and served as the principal executive officer of these companies until they were acquired by AmWINS in July 2000. Sam has continued to serve as president of NEBCO since that time. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Marine Affairs and Political Science.

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Tony Gresham

President, Access Division

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Tony Gresham

President, Access Division

Tony is President of our small business division, AmWINS Access. Previously, he served as chief operating officer for Access, a position he had held since the division’s inception in January 2015. A nationwide binding platform for small property and casualty business, AmWINS Access brings together all of AmWINS’ small account specialists under one structure – including the former Gresham & Associates, Inc., which partnered with AmWINS Group in 2012. A graduate of Florida State University, Tony began his career as a personal lines producer for Alexander & Alexander in Tallahassee, FL. He then joined the family business where he was responsible for various operations within the company, including Marketing, MIS, Underwriting and Claims. He leads 49 offices in in 25 states, with nearly $800M in annual premium placements.

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Bob Petrilli

President, Underwriting Division

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Robert “Bob” Petrilli

President, Underwriting Division

Robert “Bob” Petrilli serves as president of the Underwriting division of AmWINS Group, Inc. In this role, Bob oversees 11 operating companies that offer more than 60 in-house programs, representing over $1.7B in underwriting premium and the largest MGA platform in the United States. Previously, he served as CEO, North America, for Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and Group Managing Director for Swiss Re Group from 2006 to 2017. Prior to his tenure at Swiss Re, Bob worked at General Electric Industrial Risk Insurers (IRI) and GE Global Asset Protection Services (GE GAPS) in a variety of leadership roles, including Chief Underwriting Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Bob received his Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law and his bachelor's degree in Economics from Iona College.

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Frank Murphy

President, International Division

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Frank Murphy

President, International Division

Frank Murphy has served as the president of our International Division since January 2012. He also serves as the CEO of THB Group, a role he has held since April 2009. Frank is responsible for international group strategy and development, and is also currently a deputy chairman of the London & International Insurance Brokers' Association. Frank has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years. Prior to joining THB in 1999 he held a director's role at Arthur J Gallagher (UK) Limited. He was appointed to the THB Group Board in July 2004 after becoming CEO of THB's Lloyd's broker in 2003.

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Kristin Downey

Executive Vice President

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Kristin Downey

Executive Vice President

Kristin L. Downey is executive vice president with responsibilities ranging from human resources and professional development to marketing and communications. She joined AmWINS in December 2002, initially serving as director of human resources. She leads a team responsible for developing and implementing the people strategies to support AmWINS’ business objectives. Kristin also directs the management of: compensation and benefits; human resource systems and payroll; employee relations and assistance; talent management; and learning and education. Prior to joining AmWINS, Kristin was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where she spent five years in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services (ABAS) practice and two years as the Recruiting Manager for the Carolinas ABAS and Tax practice. A 1995 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Kristin has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

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William Nichols

Executive Vice President

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William Nichols

Executive Vice President

William A. Nichols is executive vice president of business development for AmWINS Group. He has been in charge of new business development since 2007 when he joined the firm. In this role, William is primarily responsible for identifying and executing AmWINS’ merger and acquisition activities as well as corporate initiatives and strategies, and data and analytics. Prior to joining AmWINS, William worked for Dun & Bradstreet for over four years with leadership roles in D&B’s Financial Planning & Analysis group as well as corporate development for D&B’s Small Business division. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999, William worked for Banc of America Securities covering companies in the Technology Services and Financial Institutions industries. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, William holds a BA in Economics.

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Todd Atwood

Chief Information Officer

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Todd Atwood

Chief Information Officer

Todd A. Atwood joined AmWINS in 2013 as the chief information officer leading our global information technology & operation teams while remaining an active member of the community. Todd’s work and IT product creation have resulted in individual and shared rights to numerous patents worldwide. Prior to AmWINS, Todd served as a senior vice president and chief architect executive at Bank of America. He is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds an executive management certificate from the Darden School of Business. He volunteers his time with a number of nonprofit organizations that foster IT growth and development and is a guest lecturer at local colleges around Charlotte.

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Donna Hargrove

General Counsel

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Donna Hargrove

General Counsel

Donna L. Hargrove has served as general counsel of AmWINS since April 2008. She is responsible for identifying and managing all compliance and legal risks of the company, rendering legal advice and helping the leadership team understand the business implications of any legal action or inaction. Prior to joining AmWINS, Donna served as lead corporate in-house counsel for BB&T Insurance Services, Inc. Earlier in her career, she served in private practice with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC concentrating in mergers & acquisitions and general corporate matters. Donna holds a BSN from the University of Tennessee and her JD from University of South Carolina.

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Chris Gill

Executive Vice President

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Chris Gill

Executive Vice President

Christopher P. Gill is executive vice president of operations for AmWINS Group. He has overseen operations for the firm since March 2003. He is responsible for the implementation of best practices to business and customer service processes, as well as administrative and operations functions. Chris also leads our Service and Operations Practices, designed to create a culture of service within the company while keeping customers at the center of everything we do. With more than 20 years in the industry, Chris has served as a manager of e-Business Solutions for Royal & SunAlliance USA, Inc. as well as manager of the Executive Protection Department for Chubb Insurance. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University.