Our executives have a long and successful history within the insurance industry. The stability and expertise of our leadership team helps set us apart, allowing us to provide exceptional service to every client we partner with.
Chairman and CEO, Pearl Companies
Gary joined Pearl in 1985 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Pearl Companies—a role he took on in 1998. Upon the passing of our founder, Jack Pearl, Gary became Chairman in 2018. Gary provides the Pearl team with a wealth of insurance knowledge and experience, which he developed during his years working in various sales, marketing, and operational divisions at both Pearl Insurance and CIGNA Insurance Company (where he started his career). He remains deeply involved in every aspect of the business and is committed to continuing Pearl's tradition of innovation. Gary also served as President of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA) in 2000.
President and COO, Pearl Companies
Dennis joined Pearl in 2005 and currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer. With a successful background in finances, strategic planning, direct marketing, and mergers and acquisitions, Dennis oversees strategy execution and operational management for Pearl Companies.
SVP of Human Resources, Pearl Companies
Lisa Hoogerwerf joined Pearl in 2012 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Lisa provides strategic leadership and consultation support for all HR management functions at Pearl Companies. These functions include, but are not limited to, compensation, recruitment and retention, employee relations, training, performance management, succession planning, talent management and development, goal setting, policy and procedure development, benefits, wellness initiatives, and legal and regulatory compliance. Lisa holds a Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification and has spent more than 20 years working in HR—with over half of that time in leadership positions.
President, Pearl Insurance
Gary has over 40 years of experience in the insurance industry and has worked for Pearl Insurance and its predecessors for over 30 years. In his role as President, Gary oversees the sales, marketing, account relations, and operations of our union-based association clients and our personal insurance division. Additionally, Gary leads sales initiatives for our affinity life and health insurance division. Gary is a member of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA) and the American Institute of Professional Association Group Insurance Administrators (AIPAGIA).
SVP of Information Technology Services, Pearl Insurance
Jeff Palmer, Senior Vice President of Information Technology Services, manages all of Pearl Insurance's information technology operations including both Peoria and Albany locations. With a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and over 20 years of experience in information technology, Jeff manages Pearl Insurance's information systems through innovation and ingenuity. He oversees all software development and systems support, infrastructure and help desk, business intelligence, and IT project management services. He also passionately trains talented internal developers to be at the forefront of technology, ensuring Pearl's systems remain current and secure. Jeff is also a member of Pearl's Strategic Leadership Team.
EVP of Marketing and Affinity Programs, Pearl Insurance
Shannon joined Pearl in 2013 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Affinity Programs. With more than 20 years of professional experience in insurance sales and marketing, Shannon manages and directs Pearlâ€™s marketing initiatives for the life and health affinity and practice group divisions. He is also responsible for client management, where he works with our team of specialized professionals to exceed client expectations. Shannon's career experience includes serving as head of sales for AIG Benefit Solutions and as senior vice president of marketing for Marsh, Inc.'s Affinity Group Services. Shannon also serves on the board of directors for the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA).
SVP of Enterprise Care, Pearl Insurance
Elizabeth (Liz) Meyer has an extensive background in human resource management, which she further developed when joining Pearl Insurance in 2003. As Senior Vice President of Enterprise Care, Liz oversees daily functions to ensure organizational effectiveness and continually improve client service capabilities. Liz plays a key role in supporting the company's mission and goals.
SVP of Client Relations, Pearl Insurance
Elizabeth (Beth) Muldoon has been with Pearl Insurance and its predecessors since 1980. Throughout her career, she has worked in all facets of the industry, including premium management, claims, customer service, and account management. As Senior Vice President of Client and Customer Relations, Beth plays an integral role in developing and maintaining both customer and client relationships, with a special focus on CSEA and other union-based clients.
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