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About the Bureau

Who we are and how we serve insurers, agents and Washington state residents.  

CEO Perspective

Engaging thought leadership on key insurance industry issues from our CEO. 

Meet the Team

Get to know the team behind WSRB’s trusted data and excellent customer service. 

Careers

Learn about the benefits of working at WSRB and apply for open positions.  

Underwriting Property

A guide to key risks in Washington state: fire, wildfire and earthquakes.


Help Center

Self-serve articles on how to use our products. Available 24/7. 

Commercial Property

Information on Loss Costs, policy rating and assessment tools 


Industry Toolkit

Links to help you work smarter and serve your customers.  

Protection Classes

The evaluation process explained from start to finish.


WSRB Blog

News on emerging risks as well as our latest products. 

Library

In-depth content on essential insurance topics.


InsuranceEDGE

Weekly newsletter covering the P&C industry, curated by our experts. 

 

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Meet the Team

WSRB is comprised of hard-working, industry experts dedicated to serving Washington state.

Leadership Team

  • Karl J. Newman, CEO and President
  • Jo Hillyer, CFO and Vice President | Human Resources
  • Cori Medrano, Chief Operating Officer
  • Bryan Stanwood, Chief Experience Officer
  • Jim Antush, Vice President | Compliance & Actuarial Services
  • Robert Ferrell, Vice President | Public Protection & Operations
  • Robert Lacy, Vice President | Inspection Services & Professional Development
  • David Allred, Director | Employee Experience & Product Solutions
  • Jami Donaldson, Director | Technology Solutions
  • Josh Bailey, Director | Marketing & Communication
  • Tony Higgins, Manager | Information Security
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Board of Directors

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Karl J. Newman
Chairman

The current President and CEO of WSRB, Karl is a founding partner of the John Maxwell Team and the CEO of Envision Leadership, and previously served as the President of the NW Insurance Council.

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Mark S. Cole
Director

Received a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Puget Sound. Mark is currently  of counsel with Wathen Leid Hall Ryder, a Seattle-based law practice specializing in insurance law.

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Dr. Robert P. Hartwig
Director

Current Clinical Associate Professor of Risk Management, Insurance and Finance at the University of South Carolina. Robert served as President of the Insurance Information Institute from 2007-2016.

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Brian G. Upton-Rowley
Director

From 2001-2016, served as President and CEO of WSRB for 15 years. Brian helped in large part to modernize the organization, improving customer experience and expanding the services provided.

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Julie A. Rochman
Director

Served as President and CEO of IBHS for over a decade before retiring in 2018. Prior to IBHS, Julie worked for over 20 years in DC, including leadership positions at The Glover Park Group and the IIHS.

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Jeffrey R. Dehn
Director

President of Berkley North Pacific Group, a WR Berkley Company, from 2009-2017. Jeff currently serves as an executive advisor for DAIS Technology, an InsurTech based in Chicago.

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Charles M. Chamness
Director

Between 2003-2021, served as the President and CEO of NAMIC. Over the years, Charles has sat on the boards of the IIHS, NAIMICO, N&D Group, and the Holborn Corporation.