Board of Directors

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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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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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.

Rupert Atkin

Rupert Atkin

Director

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Rupert Atkin

Director

Rupert Atkin has served as a director of AmWINS since 2016. Rupert is currently non-executive chairman of Talbot Underwriting Ltd. and previously served as its chief executive officer from 2007 until 2016. He served as chairman of the Lloyd’s Market Association from 2012 to 2015, became a member of the Council of Lloyd’s in 2006 and was deputy chairman of Lloyd’s from February 2014 through January 2016.

Jeff Consolino

Jeff Consolino

Director

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Joseph Consolino

Director

Joseph E. Consolino has served as a director of AmWINS since December 2006. Since February 2013, Jeff has been with American Financial Group, Inc. an insurance holding company, based in Cincinnati, Ohio with assets in excess of $35 billion, where he is currently executive vice president and chief financial officer. From March 2006 to February 2013, Jeff was with Validus Holdings, Ltd., a reinsurer based in Bermuda, as president and CFO. Until joining Validus Holdings, he served as a managing director in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch specializing in insurance company advisory and financing transactions. Jeff also currently serves on the board of directors for American Financial Group and Validus Holdings and as chairman of the board of National Interstate Corporation. He graduated from Duke University with a BS in electrical engineering in 1988 and received an MBA from Cornell University in 1992.

Matt Ebbel

Matt Ebbel

Director

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Matt Ebbel

Director

Matt Ebbel has served as a director of AmWINS since 2012. Matt is currently the Managing Partner at Skyknight Capital. Matt was at New Mountain Capital from 2003 to 2016 and still serves as a Senior Advisor. He previously worked in the Corporate Finance and Strategy group at McKinsey & Co. Matt is a director of Connextions, Inc. and Maritime Holdings L.L.C. (d/b/a Intermarine), and was formerly a director of Tygris Commercial Finance Group, Inc. He received his AB in Economics magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2001. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Marc Stad

Marc Stad

Director

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Marc Stad

Director

Marc Stad has served as a director of AmWINS since 2015. Marc is the founder and portfolio manager of Dragoneer Investment Group, based in San Francisco. Prior to founding Dragoneer, Marc was a portfolio manager at the Investment Group of Santa Barbara, where he was the partner in charge of the firm’s Hong Kong office. He also worked as an investment professional at TPG Capital in the company’s North American Buyouts Group and prior to TPG, was with McKinsey & Company. Marc received his AB in Government from Harvard University and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Guthrie Stewart

Guthrie Stewart

Director

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Guthrie Stewart

Director

Guthrie Stewart has served as a director of AmWINS since 2016. Guthrie joined PSP Investments in September 2015 as senior vice president and global head of private investments. Prior to joining PSP, Guthrie served as a corporate director and advisor for various public and private enterprises and for investment funds. His career also includes a partnership at Edgestone Capital, one of Canada’s largest private equity firms, and 15 years in executive roles in the telecommunications industry, including as president and CEO of Teleglobe Canada. Guthrie began his career as a corporate and acquisitions lawyer in Toronto with Osler.

Stuart Szabo

Stuart Szabo

Director

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Stuart Szabo

Director

Stuart Szabo has served as a director of AmWINS since 2015. Stuart is a senior director, Private Equity at PSP Investments. Prior to joining PSP, Stuart was a vice president at Apollo Real Estate Advisors and a corporate finance analyst at Deutsche Bank in London. He received a BA in Economics cum laude from Harvard University.