Federated National Insurance

Federated National Insurance Investors
Friday, March 24, 2017

Corporate Governance


Michael H. Braun
Chief Executive Officer / President

Erick A. Fernandez
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Rebecca L. Sanchez

Michael H. Braun
Mr. Braun was appointed Chief Executive Officer of FNHC in July 2008, President in June 2009, and elected to the Board of Directors in December 2005. Previously, Mr. Braun was Chief Operating Officer (COO), where he was responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations and strategic product portfolio. Mr. Braun has also served as President of Federated National Insurance Company (FNIC), a subsidiary of FNHC, since September 2003, a position that he continues to hold. Previously, he held key management positions within FNIC, responsible for operations, marketing, and underwriting. Prior to joining FNHC, Mr. Braun was Managing Partner for an independent chain of insurance agencies, which was acquired by the Company in 1998.

Erick A. Fernandez
Erick A. Fernandez was appointed to serve as the Company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer on June 20, 2016. Mr. Fernandez joined the Company in January 2016 and was the Company’s Vice President, Corporate Accounting and Reporting, until his appointment as Interim Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Fernandez brings more than 15 years of experience in accounting, finance, financial reporting and auditing. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Fernandez worked for Verizon Communications, Inc. in that company’s Cloud and Datacenter segment as a Senior Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, responsible for strategic planning and finance operations. From June 2008 to June 2011, Mr. Fernandez held various finance and accounting positions at Terremark Worldwide, Inc., including Senior Director of Accounting and External Reporting, Director of Budgeting and Reporting, and Director of SEC Reporting. From September 2001 to June 2008, Mr. Fernandez worked for “Big 5″ accounting firms, including as an Audit Manager at Ernst & Young LLP from May 2002 to June 2008. Mr. Fernandez is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master’s of Business Administration from Florida International University.

Rebecca L. Sanchez
Rebecca L. Sanchez assumed the position of Secretary of the Company in June 2004. Mrs. Sanchez began her tenure with the Company in December 1996 as Executive Assistant to the President and was elevated to Director of Corporate Affairs. Mrs. Sanchez acquired her organizational skills through her administrative positions at various companies from June 1983 through December 1996. Mrs. Sanchez is a notary and a licensed real estate agent.


Michael H. Braun

Carl Dorf
Mr. Dorf is the principal of Dorf Asset Management, LLC, and is responsible for all investment decisions made by that company. From January 1991 to February 2001, Mr. Dorf served as the Fund Manager of ING Pilgrim Bank and Thrift Fund. Prior to his experience at Pilgrim, Mr. Dorf was a principal in Dorf & Associates, an investment management company.

Richard W. Wilcox Jr.
Mr. Wilcox was appointed as a director of the Company in January 2003. Mr. Wilcox has been in the insurance industry for almost 40 years. In 1963, Mr. Wilcox began an insurance agency that eventually developed into a thriving business generating $10 million in annual revenue. In 1991, Mr. Wilcox sold his agency to Hilb, Rogal and Hamilton Company (“HRH”) of Fort Lauderdale, for which he retained the position of President through 1998. In 1998, HRH of Fort Lauderdale merged with Poe and Brown of Fort Lauderdale, and Mr. Wilcox served as the Vice President. Mr. Wilcox retired in 1999.

Jenifer G. Kimbrough
Jenifer G. Kimbrough has served as a director of the Company since April 2009. Ms. Kimbrough serves as Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer at Oakworth Capital Bank since October 2015, prior to which Ms. Kimbrough was the Vice President of Compliance and Audit for Surgical Care Affiliates from March 2010 to October 2015. Prior to 2010, Ms. Kimbrough served as the Vice President of Assurance and Process Improvement. Prior to 2007, Ms. Kimbrough was the Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at Regions Financial Corporation. From 1993 to 2003, Ms. Kimbrough served as an Audit Senior Manager at Ernst & Young LLP. Ms. Kimbrough received her certification as a certified public accountant from the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy in 1994. Ms. Kimbrough is an active member of several societies, including: American Woman’s Society of CPAs, Institute of Internal Auditors, Alabama State Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs. Additionally, she recently served on the AICPA Women’s Initiative Executive Committee and as National President of the AWSCPA.

William G. Stewart
William G. Stewart was appointed to serve as a director of the Company beginning October 1, 2015. Mr. Stewart joins the Board with significant experience in administration and investment management. He has served as the Deputy Secretary of Administration for the State of Maryland, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, since February 2015, and from 2003 to 2007 was an Assistant Secretary for Administration/Business Services and an Acting Deputy Secretary for the State of Maryland, Department of Juvenile Services. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the securities industry, including as a Senior Consultant at Asset Strategy Consultants, an investment management consulting firm, from 2007 to 2015, and as a senior executive officer and registered representative at Mercantile Capital Advisors, Inc. from 2000 to 2002, and at BT Alex. Brown Incorporated and Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated from 1990 to 1999. Mr. Stewart received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Virginia Graduate School of Business Administration.

Thomas A. Rogers
Thomas A. Rogers was appointed to serve as a director of the Company beginning October 1, 2015. Mr. Rogers has more than 40 years’ experience in the reinsurance industry, including 22 years serving in senior executive officer positions with Aon Benfield Inc. until his retirement in 2014 as its Vice Chairman. Prior to Aon Benfield, Mr. Rogers spent 18 years with both reinsurance underwriting and intermediary companies and specialized in the development and management of specialized property and casualty lines. Mr. Rogers received his Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University.

Bruce F. Simberg
Bruce F. Simberg rejoined the Board on January 29, 2016, after serving as a Class II director of the Company from January 1998 to March 2015. Mr. Simberg has been a practicing attorney since October 1975, most recently as managing partner of Conroy, Simberg, Ganon, Krevans, Abel, Lurvey, Morrow & Schefer, P.A. (“Conroy Simberg”), a law firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, since October 1979.

Corporate Documents

Code of Conduct
Corporate Governance Guidelines
Audit Committee Charter
Compensation Committee Charter
Nominating Committee Charter