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Nicole Vasile
Director of Communications


Meet the First 30 Industry Professionals to Achieve the New APRI Designation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — February 7, 2022 — The Council extends its congratulations to more than 30 industry professionals who are the first to achieve a new designation created specifically for commercial insurance brokerage – the Accredited Professional in Risk and Insurance (APRI℠). The APRI designation, which was launched in partnership with The Institutes and the University of Georgia, can be earned after fulfilling a series of requirements, including completion of The Council’s nine-month Insurance Professional School. The Insurance Professional School is the first and only school designed to accelerate the learning of top talent at commercial insurance brokerage firms, while allowing students to work fulltime and apply their skills on the job.

“We’ve been hearing from our members for some time that a gap existed in the training and development options for up-and-coming brokerage professionals, and we saw it as an opportunity to build something entirely new,” said Ken Crerar, President/CEO of The Council. “We want to thank our member firms for all the support and encouragement they have provided to their colleagues along the way, and congratulations again to our first cohort of APRI designees!”

The APRI designation is the culmination of hundreds of hours of live virtual instruction and self-paced course work, completion of two comprehensive assessment exams and a Capstone project, development of a Professional Growth Plan and submission of a manager’s letter of recommendation. Designees have demonstrated a strong foundation in commercial insurance coverages and application, industry and business acumen, and a client-centric approach to risk management and insurance solutions.

“Being brand new to insurance, I found the program and content to be valuable as it helped lay the foundation for my industry knowledge,” said Stephen Saddemi, APRI℠, Hylant.

“I’ve been in many training programs in the dozen or so years I’ve been in the insurance industry and this is by far the most impressive I’ve seen” added Jacob Pipkin, TrueNorth.

The Council would like to congratulate the inaugural class of APRI designees and their firms: 

AmWINS Insurance 
Katherine Moritz, APRI

Cottingham & Butler, Inc.
Anthony Noel, APRI
Chris Loewenberg, APRI
Drew Wagner, APRI
Matthew Timmons, APRI
Connor Carroll, APRI
Jake Weber, APRI
Michael Adam, APRI
Brandon Justin, APRI
Lucas Daniels, APRI

Klaudia Wrona, APRI

Holmes Murphy & Associates, Inc.
Isaac Lintz, APRI

Stephen Saddemi, APRI
Kelsey Mefferd, APRI
Sara Humphries, APRI

JGS Insurance
David Velasco, APRI

M3 Insurance
Terek Nesheim, APRI

MJ Insurance, Inc.
Jon Slusser, APRI
Alex Bill, APRI
Adam Hartman, APRI
Dominique Norton, APRI
David Oliger, APRI
Matthew Young, APRI

Newfront Insurance
Tosca Pinder, APRI
Chastity Wilson, APRI
Nicole DiLorenzo, APRI
Coco Schoeller, APRI
Justin Medlock, APRI
Tanessa Turner, APRI

OneGroup, Inc.
Katie Nosik, APRI

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
Amber Yates, APRI
Eleanor Ko, APRI
Mike Olexsy, APRI

If you have questions about the APRI designation or would like to learn more about the Insurance Professional School, please contact