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

Chief Executive Officer

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M. Steven DeCarlo

Chief Executive Officer

M. Steven DeCarlo has served as chief executive officer of AmWINS since December 2000 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. As 1980 East Tennessee State University graduate 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

President

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W. H. "Skip" Cooper, CPCU

President

W. H. “Skip” Cooper, CPCU has served as president of AmWINS since May 2007. 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 Operating Officer

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Scott Purviance

Chief Operating Officer

Scott M. Purviance currently serves as the chief operating officer of AmWINS. He joined in July 2001 as chief financial officer, and took on the additional role of chief operating officer in April 2012. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the firm, Scott directs accounting and financial operations, mergers and acquisitions, information technology and actuarial functions. 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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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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James Drinkwater

President, Brokerage Division

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James Drinkwater

President, Brokerage Division

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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Ben Sloop

President, Access Division

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Ben Sloop

President, Access Division

Benjamin R. Sloop has served as president of our small business division, AmWINS Access, since its inception in January 2015. With his expertise in technology, operations, sales and finance, Ben has helped build this unique and differentiated segment of AmWINS. 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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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

Director of Human Resources

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Kristin Downey

Director of Human Resources

Kristin L. Downey has served as director of human resources of AmWINS since December 2002. 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

Director of Business Development

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William Nichols

Director of Business Development

William A. Nichols has served as vice president of business development for AmWINS since 2007. 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

Director of Operations

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Chris Gill

Director of Operations

Christopher P. Gill has been the director of operations for AmWINS 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.