Sheila Mulrennan, Founder and President. Featured in a survey of "100 Leading Women" in Business Insurance, Sheila is the nation's foremost specialist in historic insurance reconstruction. Under her direction, IAG has pioneered many of the methods now commonly used to reconstruct missing policies. Sheila's substantial experience in the insurance industry over the past 30 years and her extensive contacts among brokers, risk managers and insurance carriers have made IAG the leader in this field.
As corporate legal liabilities have escalated, Sheila has broadened the scope of IAG's services to include the reconstruction of an entire portfolio of historic insurance assets. In addition to discovering evidence of missing policies, IAG often designs customized software to enhance clients' records storage systems, charts corporate histories and corresponding insurance programs, assists clients and outside counsel in related research, and organizes key insurance records in accessible and user friendly systems. Finding the most historic assets and creating efficient systems to store and access information has enabled IAG's clients to maximize insurance recoveries for a wide variety of liabilities.
Sheila has published numerous articles on the benefits of conducting historic audits and explaining the techniques to research both corporate histories and missing policies. Her articles have appeared in trade journals, books, insurance industry web-sites, including Coverage, an American Bar Association publication, and other prominent publications such as The John Liner Review and The Bureau of National Affairs. Sheila has also been featured in Fortune Magazine "On the Rise", the Financial Times, Newsday and the Washington Times. She has appeared in televised programs produced by the BBC and CPCU.
After obtaining a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in History from the University of Memphis, Sheila worked in casualty insurance claims and later in London as a specialist in insurance archaeology. While in the UK, she learned the history and intricacies of the London insurance market. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Professional Insurance Women and is a frequent speaker to insurance, legal and corporate audiences regarding insurance archaeology.
Sheila lives with her husband in Manhattan. They spend weekends in the Catskills with their dogs and horses. Sheila presently serves on the Health Science Committee of the Wildlife Conservation Society, the organization which manages all of the zoos and aquariums in New York City and is a pioneer in the exploration of inter-species disease transmission, including the identification of the West Nile virus.
Michele G. Pierro, Executive Vice President. Michele acts as IAG's research and project supervisor. As Michele completes her 20th year at IAG, she continues to head policy searches for hundreds of corporate, municipal and non-profit clients working in field sites across the United States.
Michele has developed a specialization in the domestic and London insurance markets where brokers often hold the key to reconstructing lost coverage. Years of experience enable her to decipher the London market participants which is often critical to the task of documenting proof of historic coverage. Michele employs IAG's extensive contacts to identify the merger and acquisition history of scores of legacy brokers both in the US and UK.
Including her tenure with IAG, Michele has over 30 years experience in the property and casualty insurance field. As an account manager with Corroon & Black Company of New York, prior to joining IAG, she managed insurance programs for Fortune 500 companies and major financial institutions.
A popular writer and speaker on the subject of insurance archaeology, Michele has addressed numerous insurance, legal and corporate audiences and is the author of several articles and formal papers focusing on the latest methodologies employed in historic insurance reconstruction. Michele holds a B.S. in Public Policy from St. Peters College and is a member of the Association of Professional Insurance Women.
Susan Brender, Vice President. Susan leads many of IAG's efforts to research past insurance coverage for corporate policyholders, including a number of Fortune 500 companies with unusually complex insurance histories. Susan has particular expertise with government records and has conducted extensive insurance research at various national archives and record centers throughout the United States. Using these specialized skills, she directs some of IAG's largest and most challenging projects, many of which require the meticulous reconstruction of pre-acquisition coverage for companies that have had multiple predecessors. Prior to joining IAG in 1988, she was an investigator in the legal department of Consolidated Edison, New York's largest utility company, where she specialized in PCB and asbestos litigation.
After earning a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, Susan went to work with the New York City Inspector General's office, investigating corruption and misconduct of city employees. A specialist in government research, Susan uses her investigative experience to locate obscure yet highly valuable records found in the archives of lesser-known government agencies. Her investigative skills also come into play during interviews with third-party sources. By knowing how to effectively pursue a line of questioning, Susan is able to coax important information and leads from busy, reluctant and sometimes wary individuals.
Outside legal counsel for corporations often hold relevant insurance information in their files of contract negotiations and prior litigation. Susan's investigative background is an aid in obtaining the discovery of these sensitive records from client's counsel.
Susan enjoys traveling and working out. Susan lives in Westchester with her husband, a lawyer, her two school-age children, and her yellow lab, Sunny.
Brian Della Torre, Senior Project Manager. In his years with IAG, Brian has worked on a range of projects leading document reviews at manufacturing facilities, law firms and records storage centers across the country.
Brian has also led much of IAG's work on behalf of religious and non-profit organizations. Over the years, he has developed many third party sources that maintain evidence of such entities' historic insurance coverage. On behalf of these clients, he has also conducted onsite document reviews at churches, rectories, missions, offices, retreat centers and schools.
On the corporate side, Brian has led several successful projects on behalf of clients who pursued archaeology as part of due diligence prior to an acquisition. He has implemented innovative techniques for overcoming the time constraints that such projects present locating critical assets from both internal and external sources. Due diligence projects have included research of the coverage of a British manufacturing company as well as domestic distributors and supply companies.
Brian earned his B.A. in political science from American University. He received his M.A. in early modern political philosophy at the University of Chicago, researching the work of Machiavelli. Brian first put his education to use on Capitol Hill where he worked for the House of Representatives' Education and The Workforce Committee. As a break from the search for the missing past, Brian spends his time cooking seasonally from the farmers market and searching out the best restaurants in New York.
Kristen Kopczynski, Project Manager. Kristen earned her B.S. in Geology at Syracuse University and went on to obtain her MA in Environmental Conservation Education at New York University. Since joining IAG, Kristen has had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects including many of IAG's largest projects with the most complex issues in today's market. She has gained experience deconstructing the tangled web of the participation of syndicates and companies in the London Market, as well as identifying London Market and domestic insolvencies. Kristen has a unique talent for illustrating the complexity of these programs to provide a clearer picture of how all of the pieces fit together in an insurance portfolio.
Kristen has spearheaded IAG's efforts to customize databases that are tailored to meet each client's needs. She has conducted numerous document reviews at client's offices and offsite storage facilities and enjoys the hunt for documentation of missing policies. In her free time, Kristen loves to explore the city on long runs while training for marathons and enjoys juggling the rigorous training with cooking and travel.