Partnership Beyond the Policy

Berkley Public Entity (BPE) was founded in 2012 as a member company of W.R. Berkley Corporation.  BPE is a growing, dynamic company with the vision of being the preeminent carrier in our marketplace.  As our name implies, BPE is 100% focused on providing innovative insurance and reinsurance solutions to public entities.  It is the only thing we do.

 

When providing insurance solutions, our underwriting approach is to write public entity risks in the first layer and above of risk transfer.  While most of our business is written excess of a self-insured retention, we do entertain deductible accounts where it makes sense.  When providing reinsurance, we write either the lead layer or excess layers.  We strive to be geographically diversified and will write both individual entities and pool business. 

 

We believe the key to our success is a fully integrated company that brings the knowledge and expertise of underwriting, claims, actuarial, loss control and financial professionals to everything we do.  While many of our insureds face similar challenges, no two insureds are identical and we strive to creatively address the unique needs of each insured.

 

Our management team brings a unique blend of backgrounds, with some historically focused on the public entity sector and others with broader insurance industry experience with carriers from both inside and outside the W.R. Berkley group.  These varied perspectives have been molded into a cohesive vision for BPE which ultimately benefits our clients in many different ways.

CEO

Scott Barraclough

Chief Executive Officer

Scott has over 25 years’ experience in the Property & Casualty industry.  Prior to joining Berkley Public Entity, Scott spent over 20 years with Admiral Insurance Group, another WR Berkley subsidiary, in various financial and underwriting roles, including as its President and CEO.

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John Forte

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Berkley Public Entity, John was an Industry Practice Leader for Public Entity, Higher Education and Not for Profit at a major international insurer. John also served as the Product Line Manager for Public Entity and Higher Education managing a large portfolio of Casualty business.

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Richard Starkie

Senior Vice President, Claims

Richard has over 30 years of experience in the primary, program and reinsurance markets and has held Sr. Claims leadership positions for Berkley and several national carriers over the course of his career. 

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Joe Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Joe has 30 plus years of Property & Casualty Accounting, Finance and Operations experience.  He joined the W.R. Berkley Companies in 2007.

Alex Kapraun

Chief Actuary

Alex joined W.R. Berkley in 2014, and prior to joining Berkley Public Entity he spent 5 years working for Berkley Human Services, another Berkley subsidiary.  He has extensive experience in both pricing and reserving roles, overseeing Casualty and Non-Casualty products.  Alex is a respected Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. 

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Mark Stauffer

Information Technology Director

Mark has over 15 years of experience developing and supporting the IT needs of Property Casualty insurers in the W.R. Berkley family of companies. 

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Underwriting

Claims

Operations

Margaret Carfora

mcarfora@wrberkley.com

Assistant Vice President - Underwriting

Allison Tomasino

atomasino@wrberkley.com

Operations Manager

Jayne Keefe

jkeefe@wrberkley.com

Assistant Vice President, Claims

Brooks Clinton

bclinton@wrberkley.com

Assistant Vice President - Underwriting

Alison Gall

agall@wrberkley.com

Operations Analyst

Jacqueline Armour

jarmour@wrberkley.com

Claims Director

Jaclyn Miller

jmiller@wrberkley.com

Underwriting Manager

Artra Watkins

awatkins@wrberkley.com

Associate Underwriter

Sean Donovan

sdonovan@wrberkley.com

Claims Director

Richard Zak

rzak@wrberkley.com

Regional Underwriting Manager

Jeffrey Roberts

jeroberts@wrberkley.com

Claims Director

Michael Somma

msomma@wrberkley.com

Claims Director

Andrea de Voogd

adevoogd@wrberkley.com

Claims Analyst

Sheron Guerra

sguerra@wrberkley.com

Claims Assistant

CONTACT US

Berkley Public Entity is a Berkley Company

Founded in 1967, W. R. Berkley Corporation is a Fortune 500® company that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United States. Each of the operating units within Berkley participates in a niche market requiring specialized knowledge about a territory or product. Our competitive advantage lies in our long-term strategy of decentralized operations, allowing each of our units to identify and respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and local customer needs.

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This decentralized structure provides us with the flexibility to delve deeply into every new challenge and opportunity that affects public entity liability. For example, our insured can purchase cyber security coverage through Berkley Cyber Risk Solutions, another Berkley company, without the need for a separate policy.

EWING

200 Princeton South Corporate Center

Suite 280

Ewing, NJ 08628

NEW YORK

757 3rd Avenue

11th Floor

New York, NY 10017

MORRISTOWN

412 Mt. Kemble Avenue

Suite G50

Morristown, NJ 07960

MINNEAPOLIS

222 South 9th Street

Suite 2500

Minneapolis, MN 55422

STAMFORD

301 Tresser Blvd. 

9th Floor

Stamford, CT 06901

Phone: (844) 972-2736

Fax: (215) 553-7396

BPEInfo@wrberkley.com

200 Princeton South Corporate Center

Suite 280

Ewing, NJ 08628