Jeff Smedsrud has joined HealthCare.com as chief executive officer. He was most recently senior vice president and chief marketing officer for The IHC Group, and he served as president at insurance holding company American Independence Corp. He has a bachelor’s in American studies, journalism and history from Minnesota State University.
Paul Murphy has been named head of distribution for American International Group’s property casualty business in Latin America and the Caribbean. Murphy has worked at AIG for almost 20 years, most recently as vice president of AIG Property Casualty’s Southeast region of the United States. He has a bachelor’s in business administration from Temple University and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University.
Ron Reshefsky, left, is chairman of the newly launched Century Risk Advisors, based in Boca Raton. His previous company was Century Financial Services. He has a bachelor of arts from the University of Miami. His son, Gary Reshefsky, right, will be the firm’s principal. He also leads Public Risk Advisors, a related risk management consulting firm. From July 2010 to June 2011, he acted as the City of Miami’s director of risk management. He has a bachelor’s in finance from George Washington University and a law and MBA from the University of Miami.
Andrew Kiernan has been named director of captive services in the Miami office of Franklin Street Insurance Services. Kiernan is responsible for establishing company-owned “captive” insurance companies for commercial real estate owners and managers. Previously, he was an area vice president of Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.
The Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies has elected Alexander Dopazo as president. He has been a member of the board of directors since 2006. Dopazo is also the vice president of Dopazo & Associates.
Name: Mayco Villafaña
Company: Chartis Insurance Company, part of AIG.
New position: External communications manager for the Latin America region.
Past Experience: Graduated from the University of Florida. More than 20 years of experience in communications. Served as lead media relations specialist for Florida Power & Light Co. Worked as chief communications officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “The best advice I received was to always make a decision in my professional and personal endeavors. When you avoid making a decision, the decision is made for you with, most likely, a detrimental outcome. Deciding what course of action to take has taught me to be a more effective planner; it has improved my leadership skills and has allowed me to foster a more effective professional relationship with colleagues.”
Julio Soria was recently appointed general manager of National Life’s South Florida agency. Before joining National Life, he worked with Mass Mutual as agency director for South Florida. As general manager, Soria will lead market development and agent recruiting in South Florida for the insurance company. He is an active member of the PR Hispanic Chamber of Palm Beach, ALPHA, the Hispanic Chamber of Palm Beach, Broward Chamber and the American Cancer Society.