Two New Directors Elected to IMCA Board


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Two New Directors Elected to IMCA Board

Association’s Executive Board and Directors Announced for 2015-16

Minneapolis, Minn. – Sept. 8, 2015 – The Insurance Marketing & Communications Association (IMCA) announced the results of the election of its 2015-16 board of directors, which includes two new directors. Active IMCA members participated in the online election process held in late August.

Joining the IMCA board as directors are Leslie Lash, director of group communications and advertising at AmWINS Group Inc.; and Debbie Luera, corporate communications and marketing coordinator at Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona (MICA). Both were elected to two-year terms on the IMCA board.

“We are thrilled to have Leslie and Debbie join IMCA’s board of directors,” said Mark Friedlander, president of the IMCA board and head of corporate communications at The Main Street America Group. “Both of them bring a wide array of insurance industry marketing and communications experience to our board and will add much value to our organization. IMCA is looking forward to another great year as we build upon the success of our 2015 Annual Conference and continue to enhance our member value.”

In addition to Lash and Luera, four IMCA board directors were re-elected to two-year terms: Ryan Arndorfer, Randy Clinger, Dave Evans and Valerie Foster.

Current board members not up for re-election this year include the four members of IMCA’s executive board: president - Mark Friedlander; executive vice president – Anna Hargis; treasurer – Emily Hathcoat; and past president-at-large – Richard Look; as well as four directors: John Abbott, Angela Kim, Lauri Klotz and John Reints. IMCA executive director Gloria Grove of The Harrington Company, the association’s management firm, will also remain a member of the IMCA’s board.

IMCA’s 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Executive Board
President - Mark Friedlander, The Main Street America Group
Executive Vice President - Anna Hargis, Shelter Insurance
Treasurer - Emily Hathcoat, CNA
Past President –At-Large - Richard Look, Vertibrands

John Abbott
, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
Ryan Arndorfer, Manufacturers Bank & Trust Company
Randy Clinger, Swiss Re
Dave Evans, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America/Trusted Choice®
Valerie Foster, Monitor Liability Managers
Angela Kim, Allstate Business Insurance
Lauri Klotz, Risk Placement Services Inc.
Leslie Lash - AmWINS Group Inc.
Debbie Luera, Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona (MICA)
John Reints, Silverpop

About the Insurance Marketing & Communications Association
IMCA ( is the oldest association for insurance marketing and communications professionals in North America with roots tracing back to 1921. Membership includes leading international and domestic multiline insurance companies and brokerage firms, regional and specialty companies, general agencies, and prominent industry suppliers. The organization represents over 120 companies, including the industry’s top five property/casualty writers. Members include senior level management and professional staff working in the areas of corporate communications, advertising, public relations, marketing communications, marketing and sales promotion, marketing research and technology.

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