This role serves as boots on the ground for the Reinsurance Under 40s group in other industry hubs in the United States outside of New York.  The key focus will be growing membership outside of New York through networking events and other activities.



Vanessa Contreras - Munich Re America

Vanessa Contreras is a Professional Liability Underwriter at Munich Re America.  She is currently working out of Chicago and is responsible for underwriting and pricing Medical Professional Liability for physicians, surgeons and allied healthcare facilities as well as non-medical lines of Professional Liability including Directors and Officers and Miscellaneous E&O. 

Vanessa began her career in reinsurance as part of the Munich Re Risk Analyst Development Program.  The program allowed her the opportunity to rotate through several key operational units including underwriting, actuarial pricing, accounting and claims.  Prior to Munich Re, Vanessa worked for State Farm in Bloomington, IL as a Quote and Bind Auto Sales Representative.  She was responsible for quoting and binding auto insurance in 13 states across the U.S.  She has also spent time shadowing various underwriters and brokers at Lloyd's of London as part of an internship opportunity through the Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State.   

Vanessa has been an active member of the Re Under 40s for four years.  She participated in the 2013 Munich/Zurich Re Under 40s Tour and the 2015 London Tour.  This is her third term as Membership & Communications Chair.  Vanessa is an active member of PLUS - Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the APIW - Association of Professional Insurance Women, The CPCU Society and in 2015 she was named to the Intelligent Insurer's list of 40 Rising Stars Under 35.


Julian Banchon - Validus Re


Nicholas Scott - Spinnaker Insurance Company

Nick Scott is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Spinnaker Insurance Company, an AM Best A- rated P&C carrier that writes a diverse portfolio of program business on an admitted basis.  Prior to joining Spinnaker, he spent 4 years at QBE North America where he was chief counsel to QBE’s reinsurance and programs operations.  Nick has extensive experience with contract wordings, regulatory and compliance, claims management, and dispute resolution.  Before QBE, Nick held roles at Beazley, The Hartford, and Mendes & Mount.  Nick has degrees from Boston College and St. John’s University School of Law. 


Amanda Lyons - Aon Benfield

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