Mark Gaskamp | Bio
Mark Gaskamp is currently a Senior Vice President for Marsh Wortham in Austin, Texas. Mark is responsible for leading the risk management and loss control practice, along with a variety of other roles for the Austin office. Prior to joining Wortham, Mark served as a Senior Underwriter for The St. Paul and Travelers organization. Before serving in an underwriting capacity, he held various positions in the St. Paul Risk Control unit. His responsibilities have included: Regional Supervisor, Risk Management Large Account Specialist, Regional Public Sector Specialist, and National Specialist for the Professional Specialty Unit. He worked closely with safety and risk management professionals to coordinate, develop, and implement accident prevention programs which positively impact the organizations overall cost of risk. Mark also served as a risk consultant for Corporate Systems, responsible for data analysis and risk management information consulting for Fortune 500 companies, third party administrators, and insurance carriers. Mark is very active in the safety and risk management community. He has served as national faculty member of The National Alliance Certified Risk Manager's program since 2003, and as an adjunct Risk Management professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a former president of the Central Texas Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and in 2009 he was the recipient of the Safety Professional of the Year for the ASSE Region III (Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas). He has also served on the Central Texas safety committees for the Association of Building Contractors and Association of General Contractors. He has also served as the Chairman of the Risk Management Committee for the Rio Texas Methodist Conference comprising of over 300 churches in Texas and New Mexico. Mark has published numerous insurance and risk management articles, and presented at regional and national professional development conferences for numerous organizations, including the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Association of Building Contractors (ABC), , Association of General Contractors (AGC), Insurances and Risk Management Institute (IRMI), and Public Risk & Insurance Management Association (PRIMA). Mark holds a BBA in Risk Management and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He has attained the following professional designations: Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM), Certified Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).
William C. Toll | Bio
Bill Toll is President of Bill Toll & Associates, Inc., an organization specializing in insurance and risk management education and professional development, located in Austin, Texas. He is a National Faculty member for the Society of CIC, and serves as educational consultant at CIC Institutes, CRM Courses and Ruble Seminars across the country.
Prior to forming his own firm, Bill worked with The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, headquartered in Austin, Texas. There he was one of the developers of the Growth and Performance Standards (GPS) study which is now the leading source of benchmark agency performance data in the country. He continues to help with several areas of the work of The National Alliance, and the National Alliance Research Academy.
Prior to joining The National Alliance, Bill worked with Safeco and Fireman's Fund insurance companies, and through these two carriers, and the National Alliance, he has worked with hundreds of independent agencies throughout the United States in such areas as strategic planning, staff organization and stratification, producer compensation, workflow management, and general management. Both his agency and company experience provide unique perspectives to his present work in the field of education. He is proud to be developing and distributing information with immediate and practical value to insurance and risk management professionals.
Bill earned a degree in finance and accounting and received his CIC designation in 1984.