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Hall of Presidents

As we look back, our forefathers possessed the ingenuity to create the New York Claim Association, Inc. – as a Not for Profit Claim Association established in 1914, we can only begin to understand their purpose. George C. Taft, one of the founders of this Association, was an employee of Employers Liability Insurance Company during his Presidency (1914, 1915 and 1916). It would appear one of the initial purposes of this Association was to institute a forum wherein insurance professionals would gather to exchange ideas involving critical issues on claim matters relating to all lines of coverage. This purpose remains with us today as we embark upon new changes in the laws and procedures that govern our claims processing. Every President of this Association has unswervingly committed themselves to provide their membership with Continuing Education that embraces a variety of influential topics presented by authoritative persons during that time. Our history reflects that Insurance Companies were the main drivers of this Association. As the claims industry evolved, other types of memberships flourished bringing us to where we are today. A culmination involving multiple types of memberships needs to be fostered as we move forward in our development of this Association.

Presidents 2011-Present

  • KAREN ALLEN
    2015-2017
    Special Funds Conservation Committee
  • MINDY ROLLER
    2013-2014
    New York City Law Department
  • GARY ARABIAN
    2011-2013
    York Risk Services Group

Presidents 2001-2010

  • ANNETTE MALPICA, R.N., Esq.
    2009-2010
    Con. Edison Co. of New York, Inc.
  • JOHN SWEENEY, Esq.
    2007-2008
    New York City Law Department
    He continued to build the NYCA web-site on the solid foundation established under the Edward Hiller administration allowing for our history to be illustrated, as well as focusing on those who gave so much to this Association and the Industry by memorializing them.
  • EDWARD HILLER, Esq.
    2005-2006
    The State Insurance Fund
    Edward L. Hiller continued to build on the solid financial base established under the Steve Scotti administration and launched a new website that, for the first time, gave NYCA E-Commerce and multi-media capability.
  • STEVEN J. SCOTTI, Esq.
    2003-2004
    Con Edison
    During Steve’s Presidency he expanded the number of professional development programs and reorganized and strengthened NYCA’s financial structure through expanded participation involving the Association’s talented Officers, Board of Directors, and members.
  • MICHAEL A. KOSS
    2001-2002
    MTA / New York City Transit
    During Michael’s Presidency, he targeted membership by implementing and expanding NYCA’s affiliations with other Associations. He added the positions of Special Counsel to the Board as well as Senior Medical Advisor. Additionally, Michael established the practice of honoring industry leaders at our Annual Dinner Dance.

Presidents 1991-2000

  • DEBRA L. SMITH
    1999-2000
    Artisan/HIP
  • BRUCE S. GONSKY
    1997-1998
    The State Insurance Fund
    During his presidency, Bruce Gonsky successfully ushered in subtle but invigorating changes: modernizing NYCA in essence, while retaining its proud traditions. Bruce reorganized, produced, and presented many popular seminars and events, not only geared toward Workers’ Compensation claims professionals, but to the Insurance Industry at large. He personally recruited dynamic executives to the NYCA Board, who provided vitality and novel ideas, and who continue to elicit innovative change today.
  • EDWARD A. GARRETT
    1995-1996
    The Brooklyn Union Gas Co.
  • LOUIS F. CERBONE
    1993-1994
    Associate Safety Management Inc.
  • STEVEN M. LICHT, Esq.
    1991-92
    State Insurance Fund

    Mr. Licht was the Director of Claims for NYSIF during his presidency. He incorporated his decades of experience in the field of workers’ compensation to keep the NYCA moving forward in his trademark professional manner.

Presidents 1981-1990

  • ANTHONY J. ARAGONA
    1989-90
    Consolidated Edison of NY
  • MICHAEL J. LYNCH
    1988
    Port Authority of NY & NJ
  • KARIN KORBELAK
    1987
    Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Ins. Co.
  • DONALD G. VASS
    1986
    The State Insurance Group
  • MOHAMED NAGI
    1985
    The Brooklyn Union Gas Co.
  • VINCENT E. MISTRETTA
    1984
    State of New York Insurance Dept. Liquidation Bureau
    During his Presidency, Vincent was instrumental in establishing other associations to join forces with NYCA. He forged relationships with a variety of Defense Firms, Members of the Plaintiff Bar, the Judiciary and Insurance Carriers. His interfacing with these entities fostered a professional relationship that is shared with our members today.
  • PETER J. RANDAZZO
    1983
    The Hartford Insurance Group
  • ROBERT E. KENNEDY
    1982
    The Brooklyn Union Gas Co.
  • BETTY J. O’SHEA
    1981
    Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Ins. Co.

Presidents 1971-1980

  • J. ROBERT MORRIS
    1980
    President Aetna Life & Casualty Co.
  • WILLIAM J. DONOHUE
    1979
    The Greater NY Insurance Group
  • DOMENICK J. PENNACHIO
    1978
    Fireman’s Fund American Insurance Co.
  • MRS. VIVAN SCOTT
    1977
    Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corp.
  • FREDERICK W. McPHILLIAMY
    1976
    The Brooklyn Union Gas Co.
  • W. W. HARRIS
    1975
    Aetna Life & Casualty Co.
  • NORMAN PORTNOY
    1974
    Hartford Insurance Group
  • HAROLD J. ZINDLE
    1973
    New York Telephone Co.
  • WILLIAM C. MORRISON
    1971
    Interboro Mutual Indemnity Ins. Co.

Presidents 1961-1970

  • MELVIN C. HARTMAN
    1970
    United States Trucking Corp.
  • ANTHONY J. CICCARELLO
    1969
    General Fire and Casualty Company
  • JUSTIN B. HARRIS
    1968
    General Reinsurance Corp.
  • KENNETH T. HOEFER
    1967
    Travelers Insurance Company
  • THOMAS J. FLOOD
    1966
    Allstate Insurance Company
  • JOSEPH M. QUINN
    1965
    Fireman’s Fund Insurance Companies
  • WILLIAM F. GILLESPIE
    1964
    The Port Authority of NY & NJ
  • THOMAS E. CASSIDY
    1963
    Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co.
  • NEIL CARTER
    1962-63
    Greater New York Mutual Insurance Co.
  • F. J. McNIFF
    1961
    Aetna Casualty & Surety Company

Presidents 1951-1960

  • BERNARD HELFENSTEIN
    1960
    Consolidated Mutual Insurance Company
  • EDWARD G. LISTON
    1959
    Lumberness Mutual Casualty Co. of IL.
  • JOHN W. COULTER
    1958
    Harris Structural Steel Company, Inc.
  • ALBERT E. SCHOBER
    1957
    Hanover Insurance Company
  • ANTHONY M. LUNA
    1956
    Utica Mutual Insurance Company
  • ROBERT E. DOOLITTLE
    1955
    Aetna Casualty & Surety Company
  • EMANUAL MORGENBESSER
    1954
    Cosmopolitan Mutual Casualty Company
  • EDWARD N. MCNAMARA
    1953
    Security Mutual Casualty Company
  • MICHAEL R. CONCIALDI
    1951-52
    The Century Indemnity Company

Presidents 1941-1950

  • S. CHANDLER FRASER
    1949-50
    American Lumberness Mutual Casualty Co. of IL.
  • JOHN P. KENNEALLY
    1947-48
    United States Casualty Co.
  • HOWARD S. BALLANTYNE
    1945-46
    Continental Casualty Co.
  • J. SUMNER DRAPER
    1943-44
    Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
  • OREN HEDBERG
    1941-42
    United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co.

Presidents 1931-1940

  • JOSEPH S. GIFFORD
    1939-40
    American Lumberness Mutual Casualty Co. of IL.
  • GEORGE B. WESLEY
    1937-38
    London Guarantee & Accident Co., Ltd.
  • HERBERT F. DIMOND
    1935-36
    Fidelity & Caualty Co. of New York
  • HARRY SEIDE
    1935
    Hamlin & Company
  • SAMUEL KALTMAN
    1931-32-33-34
    Aetna Casualty & Surety Co.

Presidents 1921-1930

  • GEORGE STONE
    1929-30
    Utilities Mutual Ins. Co.
  • EDWARD A. WILLOUGHBY
    1926-27-28
    Travelers Insurance Co.
  • WILLIAM BUTLER
    1923-24-25
    United States Casualty Co.
  • T. CARLYLE JONES
    1921-22
    Aetna Casualty & Surety Co.

Presidents 1910-1920

  • AMOS CHAPMAN
    1920
    Brewers Mutual Ins. Co.
  • CLARENCE TIPPET
    1919
    American Mutual Liability Ins. Co.
  • H.S. RECKNAGEL
    1917-18
    Fidelity & Casualty Co. of New York
  • GEORGE C. TAFT
    1914-15-16
    Employers Liability Ins. Co.
    George was not only one of our forefathers, but also held the position of our first President for this Association. He possessed the ingenuity to establish the New York Claim Association (NYCA) as a Not-for-Profit Corporation. As an Insurance Carrier Professional, he influenced other Insurance Carriers to join him in his plight by fostering a forum in which educational claims related topics were discussed. His vision remains alive with us today.