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STEM Pathways into Insurance

An Insuring MI Future event



Mike Maurer, Accident Fund Insurance Company, Lansing

Keith Lambert, LEAP, Lansing


InsurTech Keynote

Jeff Mason

Co-CEO, Groundspeed, Ann Arbor


Founder & Co-CEO of Groundspeed Analytics, Inc.


Jeff Mason is the Founder and co-CEO of Groundspeed Analytics. Formed in early 2016, this innovative insurtech utilizes machine learning to transform unstructured commercial insurance documents like loss runs and exposure schedules into actionable intelligence. By making the process more accurate and efficient, insurance carriers and brokers now have a game-changing tool to advance their information advantage.


Prior to Groundspeed, Jeff served as Senior Vice President and executive committee member of Chelsea Rhone, an insurance holding company where he led analytics, captive management and all innovation efforts. It was during this time Jeff first caught the entrepreneur bug and founded, an insurtech SaaS company and Evolucent, a risk management consultancy. 


Jeff learned to code while working at Nickelodeon Animation Studios, helping cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants and CatDog take shape. (He swears that the cartoon characters created in Pasadena are nothing compared to the characters he’s met in insurance.) Jeff holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.



Young Professional Panel


Ben Rathbun, Rathbun Insurance Agency, Lansing


Eric Dawdy, Accident Fund Insurance Company, Lansing

Whitey Mitchell, Auto-Owners Insurance Company, Lansing

Leah Robinson, My Member Agency, Saginaw 

Alex Ralya, Jackson National Life Insurance, Okemos

Morgan Wiard, Citizens Insurance, Howell


Technology Breakouts 


Actuarial Science Meets Data Science

Toby Hall, Delta Dental, Okemos


Artificial Intelligence and the New Customer Expectation

Abel Travis, Accident Fund Insurance Company, Lansing


Connected Cars, Wearable Tech, and Drones, Oh My!

Wendy Loveless, Arlington/Roe, Grandville

Mason Novess, State Farm Insurance, Holt

Travis McKinney – High Angle Images, Okemos


Coverage for Your Coverage: Cyber Security in the Tech Era

Don Cornish, Dewpoint, Lansing

Jason Mitchell, Lansing, Community College, Lansing


HR/Recruiter & Education Panel


Ross Hacker, Auto-Owners Insurance

College and University Professors:    

Dr. David Brown, Ferris State University, Big Rapids

Tom Humphreys, Olivet College, Olivet

Mary Stucko, Lansing Community College, Lansing

Human Resource Recruiters:

Katrina Branson, Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company, Flint

Erinn McLaughlin, Auto-Owners Insurance Company, Lansing

Dave Vering, Michigan Farm Bureau, Lansing

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