John L. Forney has served as our CEO and a member of our Board since June 2012. He assumed the additional role of President in July 2013. From 2002 until he joined our Company, Mr. Forney served in a number of different capacities at Raymond James, a financial services holding company based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He last served as managing director in Raymond James’ public finance department, where he managed the department and led the firm’s investment banking efforts in catastrophe insurance financing. Mr. Forney received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
B. Bradford Martz has served as our CFO since October 2012. From 2001 until his appointment as CFO, Mr. Martz held a series of financial roles with progressively responsible leadership experience leading to becoming CFO in 2007 of Bankers Financial Corporation, a Florida-based diversified holding company system with operations in the property and casualty insurance, life/annuity insurance, warranty, insurance agency, insurance business process outsourcing and real estate markets. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Martz was the CFO of Bonded Builders Service Corporation, a Florida domiciled specialty insurer focused on new home warranty offerings nationwide. Mr. Martz is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Florida and also holds the Global Certified Management Accountant designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Martz obtained a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Deepak Menon has served as our Chief Revenue Officer since December 2015. Previously, he served as our Vice President of Operations and Business Development from July 2014 to December 2015. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Menon served as the Marketing Director for American Strategic Insurance (“ASI”), a homeowners insurance company based in St. Petersburg, Florida. From 2005 until he joined ASI in 2007, he served as Marketing Director for AutoOne Insurance Company, a provider of specialty insurance products and a subsidiary of OneBeacon Insurance Group. He also worked as a Cross Border Division Manager and Financial Analyst at ACE Seguros, S.A., a subsidiary of ACE Ltd, a multiline property and casualty insurer, before his time at AutoOne. Mr. Menon obtained a B.S in Finance from the University of South Carolina and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Tampa. Mr. Menon also holds the Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management designations.
Paul DiFrancesco has served as our Chief Operating Officer since August 2017, responsible for all aspects of the Company’s product management, underwriting, underwriting operations, and project management functions. Previously, he served as our Chief Underwriting Officer from November 2015 to August 2017. He has over 40 years of multi-line property casualty insurance experience with leadership roles in both regional and multi-national Fortune 100 insurance companies, including roles as President and CEO of AutoOne Insurance, a White Mountains subsidiary, and Executive Vice President of ACE-INA, where he held product and new business development responsibilities for specialty consumer products. Mr. DiFrancesco obtained a B.S. in Finance from Fordham University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Hartford. He has also completed extensive executive development programs at the Center for Creative Leadership and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Scott St. John has served as our Chief Claims Officer since August 2016. Mr. St. John has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining our Company, he was the National Manager for Catastrophe Operations from 2006 to 2008 and later, the Director of Field Property Claims from 2008 to 2016 at Farmers Insurance. Mr. St. John obtained a B.S. and B.A. in Marketing and Logistics from Ohio State University.
Chris Griffith has served as our Chief Information Officer since October 2018. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Griffith served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Safety National Casualty Corp (Safety National), a specialty insurance and reinsurance provider and a member of the Tokio Marine Group. Mr. Griffith has over 12 years of experience in the Insurance industry and over 20 years of technology-related experience. He has a strong background in both data and digital innovation, has implemented many large-scale transformative projects, and has lead teams of over 200 IT professionals. Mr. Griffith holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina Upstate, as well as an Executive MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Brad Kalter has served as the General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer since February 2019. Mr. Kalter has more than 25 years’ experience as an attorney, including both private practice in-house. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kalter worked at Exide Technologies, a $2.8 billion global battery manufacturing and energy storage business headquartered in Milton, Georgia. Mr. Kalter most recently served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer. In that role, Mr. Kalter was responsible for overseeing the legal functions of the organization including corporate governance, compliance, litigation and subsidiary management, as well as overseeing legal aspects of corporate financing transactions and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Kalter previously served Exide as Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining Exide, Mr. Kalter served as General Counsel at Cotton States Insurance Group, a multi-line insurance group based in Atlanta, Georgia from 1999 through 2003. Mr. Kalter began his career in private practice serving a variety of clients. Mr. Kalter is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communications.