Management Team


Kevin Nish

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Mr. Nish has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director since November, 2005. Mr. Nish has been responsible for managing our business since its formation as a division of USF&G in 1993, first as Vice President of USF&G and later as a Senior Vice President of Travelers. Mr. Nish has over 28 years of experience in the engineering and insurance industries. Prior to joining USF&G, Mr. Nish was employed by Kemper Insurance Company and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company where he established the Commercial Superior Protected Risk Division in 1990. Mr. Nish received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Karen Padovese

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Padovese has been responsible for our operations since 2005. Prior to November 2005, Ms. Padovese was the President of Personal Lines, CATRisk division since she joined USF&G in 1997. Ms. Padovese has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Previously, Ms. Padovese was employed by Fireman's Fund Insurance Company where she worked for seventeen years managing multi-line commercial areas. Ms. Padovese received a B.S. in Business Finance from Sacramento State University.

Brian Sheekey

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Sheekey has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since March, 2006. Mr. Sheekey has 23 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining us, Mr. Sheekey was Chief Financial Officer of Tower Hill Insurance Group, Inc. a Florida-based homeowners insurer from 1998 to March 2006. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Sheekey was the Vice President and Controller for Integon Corporation, a publicly traded personal lines insurance company. Prior to that, Mr. Sheekey held various positions at RISCorp, Inc. a workers compensation specialty insurer from, 1991 to 1996. Prior to that, Mr. Sheekey was employed in a variety of roles at KPMG LLP from 1983 to 1990, most recently as a Senior Audit Manager. Mr. Sheekey received a B.S. in Accounting from St. John's University.