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Executive Team

Geoffrey E. Hunt, J.D., LLM, CPA, President & CEO

Geoff Hunt serves as the President and CEO of Ringler. His experience in finance, management and the insurance industry spans over 30 years. Geoff began his consulting career at Deloitte, becoming a Senior Manager at the firm. He joined Liberty Mutual in Boston in 1991, rising to Executive Vice President for Regional Agency Markets and was responsible for $2.5 billion in premiums. Prior to that, Geoff held positions of Executive VP and Manager of Field Operations for Business Markets, VP and Director of Corporate Finance and M&A at Liberty. In 2005, he co-founded Narragansett Bay Insurance Company in Rhode Island and also served on the Board of Directors. Before being named President of Ringler in 2015, he served as Vice President of Mergers, Acquisitions and Business Development at Risk Placement Services, a division of the international brokerage firm Arthur J. Gallagher. Geoff is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Juris Doctor degree (JD) from Western New England School of Law and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) in Taxation from Boston University Law School. He also serves on various industry, community and philanthropic boards. When he’s not working, Geoff and his wife Brenda enjoy their home in Scituate, Massachusetts, spending time with their two adult children.

Jeanette Hernandez, Executive Vice President & Chief Business Development Officer

Jeanette Hernandez, Chief Business Development Officer, began her career in claims at State Farm Insurance and has held senior leadership positions at various P&C carriers and TPA’s throughout her career. She has an extensive insurance background in sales, operations, finance, claims, agency and technology. Her experience with both personal and commercial lines of business gives her a strong breadth and depth of industry knowledge. With over two decades of senior management experience, she brings a unique perspective to her new role at Ringler. Her diverse career background allows her to focus on operational excellence and aligning the organization to build strong foundations for growth. Jeanette lives in San Diego with her family and enjoys scuba diving and golf. She also volunteers with multiple local community organizations.

Butch Knowlton,
Executive Vice President &
Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer for Ringler, Butch Knowlton is responsible for setting and overseeing the strategy for the IT department and for defining how Ringler manages information across the organization. As a senior strategist and IT architect, he plays a key role in helping Ringler expand its competitive advantage to serve its customers and improve profitability. During his accomplished 20-year career, Butch has navigated that unique space between business and technology – sometimes steering toward business roles, sometimes more focused on IT. As a strong advocate for integrated IT-business partnerships, his achievements are built on the successful delivery of relevant business capabilities. By thoroughly understanding business strategy, Butch pivots technology with business goals and priorities to ultimately deliver on schedule and with strong organizational value. Butch lives in Powell, Ohio with his wife Kim, two sons and two daughters. He is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, golf and camping. He spends most of his time with his family supporting and attending all the activities that kids can do.

Joseph Loseman, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Joe Loseman is Chief Operating Officer for Ringler,and has direct responsibility for all corporate operations, including finance and accounting, human resources, licensing and information technology. Joe joined Ringler in 2000, and since then, has held management positions in IT, accounting, systems analysis and business analysis. He was named Director of Operations in 2011 and Vice President of Operations in 2012. His experience began as a Financial Advisor and Marketing Specialist with Cal Fed Investments, where he developed and recommended financial planning and investment solutions to Cal Fed’s banking and investment clients. He is a member of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA), and he holds a Life & Disability Insurance License. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Finance from California State University Fullerton, College of Business and Economics in 1997. When he’s not working, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife Shelley and three sons at their home in Southern California.

Nicol Vargas,
Chief Financial Officer

As Ringler’s Chief Financial Officer, Nicol Vargas manages Ringler’s financial statements, ledgers, cost accounting, payroll, accounts receivable and budgeting, as well as reports on trend analysis. Nicol also assists with dashboard reports and business plans for Ringler Consultants. Since joining Ringler in 2016, Nicol has been promoted from Controller to Vice President of Finance to CFO in recognition of the effectiveness and efficiencies of the company’s financial reporting and leadership. Ms. Vargas was also the recipient of the 2020 Chairman’s Award for her outstanding contributions to the organization. Nicol previously worked at Carl Warren & Company as a Senior Financial Analyst and was promoted to Controller there following the Nova Pro acquisition. She graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.  She also received her MBA degree from Keller Graduate School of Management. Nicol teaches a course at the University of Phoenix, is a member of the Orange County, CA CLM Alliance Group and an invited speaker multiple times at the Western States ESOP conference.

Management Team

Drew Buenger,
Assistant Vice President of Technology

As Ringler’s AVP of Technology, Drew Buenger is responsible for IT development, infrastructure and support at Ringler. With 20 years of experience, he is a creative and intellectually curious IT and transformation executive who provides vision to define and implement IT strategy, roadmaps and related standards. Throughout his career, Drew has demonstrated success across all stages of IT Operations, product development, and partnering with internal and external stakeholders to improve business environments. He is accomplished in identifying new business opportunities and technology needs while concurrently anticipating future organizational modifications. Drew received his BSBA in Information Technology from Xavier University and his MBA in Business Operations Excellence from Ohio State University.

Neeru Gupta, Senior Quality Assurance Analyst

As Ringler’s Senior Quality Assurance Analyst at Ringler, Neeru Gupta is responsible for confirming development and architectural standards, analyzing statistical quality data and investigating customer complaints and product issues. With a strong background in software testing and a Masters in Business Administration, Neeru proactively participates in design and requirement discussions for new and existing capabilities. Originally from India, Neeru now lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and son. Neeru is also an avid runner and poetess at heart. She loves writing poems in her regional language (Punjabi) and posts her latest poems on her Facebook and Instagram page.

Leslie Guzowski, Accounting Manager

As Accounting Manager, Leslie Guzowski came to Ringler to assist in the transition to a new accounting system. Since then, her role has migrated to the implementation of new procedures for month-end closeouts, generating financial reports and continuing to grow the accounting department as needed. A graduate in Business Administration from Chapman University, Leslie’s background includes experience as an accountant with specialties in payroll and human resources. She’s adept in managing company-wide accounting and auditing processes. Leslie and her husband enjoy being with family and friends, baking, sports and traveling.

Andrea L. Haupert, National Director of Marketing

Andrea L. Haupert, National Director of Marketing, joined the Ringler management team in 2016 with over a decade of prior experience developing sales and communications campaigns. Initiatives championed by Andrea have resulted in 15 national awards and over 100 local awards. She is passionate when it comes to developing large-scale communications strategies as well as shorter-term management plans. She is in tune with external and internal stakeholders and is proficient at advanced training and sales support for large organizations. Andrea came to Ringler from Structured Financial Associates, Inc., where she held a similar role as Director of Marketing and Communications. Prior to that, she worked in Internal Marketing and Communications at Comcast, was a Graphics Designer at Aha Designs, as well as a Sales Consultant at Herff Jones, Inc. Andrea is based out of Colorado where she lives with her husband, Eric, and her two daughters. She enjoys the outdoors and camping, often traveling to America’s national parks.

Rebecca Kincer, Human Resources/Payroll/Benefits Manager

Rebecca Kincer is responsible for the supervision, processing, updating and maintenance of payroll. She also manages the administration, research and reconciliation of benefits as well as processes new hires, transfers and promotions. Rebecca has been married since August 1991 and has two sons. She enjoys cooking, baking and sewing and makes the best tamales. She is a southern California native and a worship team member at her church.

Phillip M. Krause, National Director of Strategic Planning

As Managing Director of Strategic Planning, Phillip Krause manages Ringler’s key strategic partner relationships and assists with strategic business plans. He also supports national marketing efforts and is an important corporate resource to all Ringler Consultants. As a Settlement Planning Specialist, Phil worked on a variety of cases, including the NFL Concussion Settlement, Aviation Losses, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Employment and Contract Disputes, Class Action and Mass Torts. Prior to joining Ringler, Phil served as a Portfolio Analyst at Morgan Stanley and as a Financial Planner at American Express Financial Advisors, Ameriprise Financial and Raymond James Financial Services. A Subject Matter Expert in the Financial Services Industry, Phil serves as a Council Member to the Gerson Lehrman Group and was a FINRA Arbitrator and Contract Negotiator for the City of Miami FOP Lodge 20. A graduate of Rhodes College, Phil attended the University of Miami where he received an Executive CFP® Certificate. He also graduated from the Executive Financial Management Program at Cornell University and the Executive Program on Negotiation and Leadership at Harvard Law School. He received his CLMP from Columbia Law School’s Litigation Management Institute and his CSSC from the National Structured Settlement Trade Association.

Amy Mailot, Portfolio Manager, IT

Amy Mailot, Information Technology Portfolio Manager, is a seasoned information technology professional with 30 years of experience in IT as well as a medical background. With her medical background, she started her IT career building physician portals and clinical applications and has remained in IT ever since. Amy previously worked at Verisk Analytics, developing modeling tools for insurance companies. While there, she won several company awards, including the Ring of Quality, Great Performer and Prism awards. She also developed applications as a Robotics Process Automation Business Analyst and has several years of experience consulting as an IT professional. Amy lives in Dublin, Ohio with her husband and two daughters. She has taken several medical missionary trips with Heart to Honduras, assisting in surgeries in the jungle there and in Guatemala. She planned her own medical missionary trip with the chief of a remote village in Kenya, Africa. Amy also enjoys running, kayaking and hunter jumping.

Katherine Rogerson, Service Center Manager

Katherine Rogerson, Service Center Manager, has spent the last 15 years in the settlement planning industry working in a variety of roles, including dedicated case manager, settlement specialist and manager of the support center. This diversity in positions has allowed her to hire and train case managers, work with IT to design solutions for the brokers and case management staff, and work with the brokers and their clients directly in mediations and handling detailed casework. Katherine is married to her high school crush, Jim, and mom to two growing boys Eli, 14, and Luke, 8, who both love sports. Her family is all born and raised in North Carolina.

Matt Ross, National Director of Business Development

Matt Ross, National Director of Business Development, is an enthusiastic professional who comes to Ringler after a long career at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. There he began as a sales intern and worked his way through a variety of roles in both distribution and claims. Matt has the unique perspective of distributing structured settlements from his time at Liberty Life as the National Sales Manager, as well as funding structured settlement transactions as the Structured Settlement Program Manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Matt brings a wealth of expertise in strategy development, sales skills, training development and execution, program and vendor management, and leadership. Matt spends his free time with his wife and two boys in Wildomar, CA., playing golf and pursuing his passion for aviation as a private pilot.

Kevin Sullivan, Senior Data Analyst

As Ringler’s Senior Data Analyst, Kevin Sullivan has come aboard to define strategy, architect and deliver an industry differentiating data capability and business intelligence platform to Ringler. Kevin manages the Ringler Data Office in Aliso Viejo, directly reporting to the Chief Information Officer and supporting the operational and business goals of the Executive Team. Analytics as a service is a passion for Kevin and is at the center of his efforts to drive data culture at Ringler. Kevin has extensive experience in data strategy, architecture, wrangling, governance, administration, design, development and deployment with a patent rewarded for data logic in the cybersecurity space. He is a Russian/International Business alum of The Ohio State University. Kevin and his wife Holly live in Columbus, Ohio and are expecting their first child in the summer of 2021. Kevin enjoys cycling and can play three chords on a six-string.

 

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