Our culture is driven by moxie and grounded in fun. And to support that, we hire the non-traditional and extraordinary.
We pride ourselves on being good global citizens. It’s important for us to give back to the community in which we work and live.
Our Diversity & Inclusion Steering Council (DISC) focuses on creating a supportive, positive, and inclusive environment for employees, clients, and partners of Aspida.
We build our tech in house so we can remain nimble and responsive. We execute with agility and embrace forward-thinking technology. You won’t find a fax machine here.
Our priority is to help you — whether you’re a client, financial professional, or a partner that shares our passion for financial services technology.
Our goal, simply put, is to provide more return with less risk for our policyholders.
So, you might be asking yourself: “What’s with the rhino?” Well, his name is Speedy, and he represents the Aspida way. Rhinos are incredibly protective by nature, and are strong, agile, and fast creatures. Likewise, it’s our goal to protect our clients with our financial strength and impressive ability to move quickly and easily. Look for Speedy while navigating our website and portals as a guide, should you need any help along your journey.
Paul is our Executive Vice President of Finance & Strategy. Prior to joining Aspida, Paul was an investment banker with JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch, and prior to that, an attorney with Cravath, Swain and Moore. Paul earned a B.A. with honors and distinction in Economics and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Outside of the office, Paul enjoys spending time with his family. His dry sense of humor keeps us entertained around the office.
Tamre Edwards is our Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, overseeing a team responsible for Legal and Compliance, Claims, IT Security and Facilities. Before joining Aspida, Tamre served as AVP, Associate General Counsel – Mergers & Acquisitions for Nationwide Insurance. Tamre’s legal experience also extends back to roles at Sidley Austin LLP and Locke Lord LLP in Chicago. While Tamre earned his J.D. from Ohio State, he is a huge Michigan football fan (which is where he earned his undergrad). Tamre’s family is from South Africa and that has led him to developing a passion for travel.
Our annuity business is led by Chad, the Head of Annuity Distribution. Chad joined Aspida from Transamerica where he served as Regional Vice President overseeing annuity sales and corporate retirement sales in NC. Chad has also held roles at Prudential Financial, Axa Distributors, and PLANCO (The Hartford). Chad is the king of the Peloton bike in our on-site gym, keeping himself in shape for some of his favorite activities like tennis and golf. He’s also a big fan of the beach and is a family man through and through.
As Chief Financial Officer, Brian Stewart oversees many departments, including Investment Accounting, Treasury, Billing, Accounting, and FP&A, to name a few. Before joining Aspida, Brian held numerous roles over a 15-year career at Genworth Financial, most recently as CFO of Life & Annuities. He began his career by completing GE’s Financial Management Program. Basically, if it has to do with finance, Brian is your guy. He’s also your guy when it comes to comic books and Jeeps.
As Chief People Officer, Sandy Ball is the Queen of Culture! Whether you walk past her office full of Post-It notes or hear her laugh from the other side of the floor, you can be sure she is working across the business to get $#. Sandy leads the traditional HR functions; benefits, payroll, employee relations and recruiting, as well as marketing, communications, social media, community outreach, and learning and development. Sandy’s vision over these areas has helped bring a wow factor to Aspida’s unique culture of creativity, innovation, and fun! Sandy has held a series of HR roles with the American Red Cross, General Electric, and Genworth Financial. Sandy is learning to play golf and pickleball!
Kristan serves as Senior Vice President of Runoff Operations. In her career she has led teams through six mergers and acquisitions, balancing roles overseeing operations including customer service, policy administration, premium administration, and claims; supporting IMO sales, working on product development and agent training; working in the tax lending division; and spent six years in Training/Learning & Development. Kristan is an avid traveler, is a certified SCUBA diver, and likes hiking, golf, and volunteering at her community clubhouse.
Louis is our Chief Compliance Officer. Before joining Aspida, Louis served 24 years for the North Carolina Department of Insurance, most recently as Chief Deputy Commissioner. He is a big fan of North Carolina coastal regions and likes to hike the waterfalls of North Carolina. Louis likes to travel, having already visited 46 out of 50 states!
Lou is our CEO and President, joining Aspida from Genworth Financial where he served as President of Life & Annuities and Chief Commercial Officer. His insurance industry experience spans over 25 years, with roles at Wells Fargo & Co., Union Hamilton Reinsurance, Ltd., Jackson National Life, The Midland Life Insurance Company, and Conesco. When he isn’t at work, you can catch Lou on the tennis courts or playing with his golden retrievers.
Chief Actuary Mike Farley leads our Actuarial teams. Mike has spent over 30 years in the insurance and reinsurance industries in roles including Chief Actuary, CFO, COO, and CRO. He joined Aspida from Munich Re and has held positions at Transamerica Re, CNO Financial, ING, Allianz, LifeUSA, and Federated Insurance. Originally hailing from Minnesota, you can find Mike out on the golf course or wake surfing with his family in the warmer southern climates.
Joe is our Chief Information Officer and around the office he is known as the unofficial mayor of Durham. Need a recommendation on somewhere to eat in Durham or a good concert to see? Joe’s got you. Joe is a seasoned IT exec with over 30 years of experience building insurance technology solutions at several large insurers. At work, he’s passionate about growing his leaders and giving them opportunities to influence the technology roadmap. Outside of work, he’s passionate about building connections over pickleball and playing frisbee with his dog, Ringo.
Our Operations are at the heart of our organization, and as Vice President of Operations, Becky ensures operational efficiency, maximizes customer experience, and focuses on team building to make our ops teams stand out. In her role, Becky oversees Licensing & Contracting, New Business, Commissions, Customer Service, Premium Remittance, Underwriting, and Mail Room Operations. Before joining Aspida, Becky spent 15 years at Amica Mutual Insurance Company, most recently overseeing sales, customer service, and claims in Washington and Alaska. Becky is big on traveling, enjoys live music, cooking for friends and family and considers the summer farmers market to be a competitive sport.
We have the trusted backing of Ares Management Corporation (NYSE:ARES).
With approximately $282 billion1 in assets under management, Ares is a leading global alternative investment manager offering clients complementary primary and secondary investment solutions across the credit, private equity, real estate and infrastructure asset classes.
Ares Insurance Solutions (“AIS”) is Ares’ dedicated, in-house team that provides Aspida with asset management, capital solutions and corporate development services.