INSTRUCTORS

Keith Wilts CPCU, CIC

Keith Wilts, CPCU, CIC

As President of Professional Training Associates, Inc., Keith conducts over 120 training classes throughout the country annually. He also makes numerous presentations for insurance and professional organizations throughout the year. Keith has over 35 years of experience involving production and consulting activities on both commercial and personal accounts.

Bryan Tilden CPCU, CIC, CLU, ChFC, ARM, ALCM

Bryan Tilden, CPCU, CIC, CLU, ChFC, ARM, ALCM

Bryan is a national lecturer and expert witness in the field of insurance. Before starting his firm, he was the Director of Technical Affairs and Education for IIA of North Carolina. He has worked for major brokerage firms on Fortune 100 accounts specializing in large retention programs, utilizing international markets. Bryan is an active volunteer in the fire and rescue services and is an internationally certified technical rescue instructor. He is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators and teaches arson investigation courses.

Richard Clarke CPCU, CIC, RPLU

Richard Clarke, CPCU, CIC, RPLU

Dick is senior VP for J. Smith Lanier & Company in Atlanta. His experience includes underwriting, agency management, insurance buyer, risk management consultant, and national brokerage. He previously worked for Palmer & Cay, spent thirteen years as a consultant to large and small entities in the United States, and three and a half years with a national brokerage firm. Dick has authored three books on professional insurance, published numerous articles, and is a nationally recognized speaker. His specialty is making insurance easier to understand.

Paul Burkett J.D., CIC, CRM, CPCU, ARM, ALCM

Paul Burkett, J.D., CIC, CRM, CPCU, ARM, ALCM

Paul is the president and CEO of Snoaspen Insurance Group that provides risk management, training, expert witness services to agent E&O carriers. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Paul began his insurance career with SAFECO that included loss control, sales representative, underwriting, and management responsibilities. Paul then moved to Frank B. Hall & Company as VP Risk Management Services responsible for alternative insurance programs such as pools, self-insurance, and captives.

Patrick Deem CIC

Patrick Deem, CIC

During his extensive insurance career that began in 1969 with USF&G Insurance Company, Patrick has served as a Commercial Underwriter, Underwriting Manager, Sales Manager, Excess and Surplus Lines Underwriter, and an Independent Insurance Agent. Patrick is the founder of Risk Management and Insurance Education Services that provides insurance consulting, training, expert witnesses, and litigation support services to insurance companies, agents and insureds.

Ross Pearce CLU, ChFC, CIC, LUTCF

Ross Pearce, CLU, ChFC, CIC, LUTCF

Ross began in the insurance business as an agent in 1985 in Santa Maria, CA with Farmers Insurance. After seven successful years, he moved to East Tennessee as a District Manager. He was then recruited by Farmers to become the Life and Financial Services Manager for the state of Iowa. When the University of Farmers began, he was tapped to lead the training division and helped develop the university into the number one corporate university in the world in 2011. He left Farmers and became head of an agency in Austin, Texas in 2012, then sold it at the beginning of 2014, and has since devoted his time to training agents and volunteer activities.