Executive Team

We're all leaders at
Old Republic Surety Company

Old Republic Surety's integrity, success and outstanding performance is apparent at all levels of our company. It is our people, in every position and in every location, that embody our strong corporate values and continue to be the foundation of our success. We are very proud of the entire Old Republic Surety Company team and continue to lead by example and strive to develop everyone into leaders for the future.

Alan Pavlic

Alan Pavlic

President and Chief Operating Officer
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2005

In his role as President and Chief Operating Officer,  Alan is involved in all aspects of Old Republic Surety's operation. Along with input from the Leadership Team, Alan makes key decisions that result in consistent underwriting profit. Alan joined ORSC in 2005 as Senior Vice President of Claims and general counsel. Alan began his career in 1985 with F&D.


B.A., Political Science, Albion College – Albion, MI
J.D., Michigan State University – Lansing, MI


Rich Marshall

Senior Vice President
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2017

Rich coordinates business development activities in his role as Senior Vice President for Old Republic Surety. He manages the field organization through five Regional Vice Presidents for contract, and five commercial surety regions countrywide through a VP on the commercial surety of the business. He supports effective surety sales execution, effective agency/broker management as well as field recruiting and succession planning. Additionally, he works with the field organization to identify strategic business partners across the country, working to develop mutually beneficial growth initiatives. Rich began his insurance career in 1992 with The Hartford, progressing through that organization to SVP of Sales & Field Operations for their Surety Division. He has also held senior roles at XL Surety and Zurich Surety, all involving aggressive and profitable surety growth.


B.A., Political Science, University of Maine  Orono, ME

Traci Catalano, Vice President

Traci Catalano

Senior Vice President of Marketing
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2014

Traci joined ORSC as part of the company’s continual efforts to strengthen brand presence and increase market share. As Vice President of Marketing, Traci is responsible for all branding and marketing communications efforts including website and online presence, e-communications, trade shows, contests, promotions, social media and special events. In addition, Traci plays a key role in fostering a culture of engagement to encourage the passion behind ORSC's great employee brand ambassadors.  Traci spent 14 years as Creative Marketing Director with R&R Insurance Services, one of Wisconsin's largest independent agencies before joining Old Republic Surety. 


B.S.B.A. International Business – Loyola Marymount University  Los Angeles, CA
CTSM Designation  Certified Trade Show Marketer
Web Master Certification  Marquette University  Milwaukee, WI

Karen Haffner, Vice President

Karen Haffner

Senior Vice President - Administrative and Finance
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2013

In her role as Senior Vice President  - Administrative & Finance, Karen is responsible for all of the financial reporting, tax reporting and statistical reporting for the company. Karen began her accounting career in 1982 at United Wisconsin Insurance Company where she progressed from accountant to controller during the 28 years with the company. Karen earned her Certified Public Accountant license in 1986. From 2011 until 2013, she worked at QBE North America as an Assistant Vice President


B.B.A., Accounting, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee  Milwaukee, WI

Dab Pope

Dan Pope

Senior Vice President of Underwriting
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2018

As the head of Old Republic Surety’s underwriting department, Dan is responsible for continuously improving our underwriting philosophy and appetite as well as fine-tuning our underwriting operations. Prior to joining Old Republic, Dan held various positions in the in surety field for over 25 years, most recently as Vice President and Senior Underwriting Officer for National Accounts at Zurich Surety. Dan started his career with Westfield Insurance Company as a surety underwriter. After passing the Ohio Bar, Dan moved to Liberty Mutual Insurance as a Surety Claims Counsel. Dan returned to underwriting when he joined Zurich Surety as a Senior Underwriting Officer. While at Zurich, Dan performed various roles underwriting and managing Middle Market contract accounts as well as a portfolio of National Accounts largely in the Western states.


B.A., History, College of Wooster – Wooster, OH
J.D., Business and Insurance, Cleveland Marshall College of Law – Cleveland, OH


Kevin Abitz

Vice President Accounting / Controller
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2018

Kevin manages wide variety of financial and accounting activities including financial reporting and analysis, budget management, forecasting, internal controls and accounting operations. He joined Old Republic Surety in 2018 and was promoted to Controller in 2019. Prior to joining Old Republic Surety, Kevin was an auditor at two of the large public accounting firms. He also progressed into the role of Director of Corporate Reporting at Northwestern Mutual during his 17 years of experience at the company. Kevin is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.


B.B.A., Accounting, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, WI


Ed Fiedler

Vice President Information Systems
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2022

In his role as Vice President of Information Services, Ed provides leadership for the entire IT portfolio including infrastructure, security, digital capabilities, and application management at ORSC. Ed has more than 30 years of technology and IT leadership experience across various industries including receivables management, manufacturing, software solutions, insurance, leisure travel, and consumer goods.


B.B.A., Management Information Systems, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI


Lisa Frasier

Vice President of Claims
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 1991

In her role as Vice President, Claims, Ms. Frasier is responsible for handling complex, large-loss claims involving performance and payment bonds, as well as commercial bond claims. She mentors and trains a staff of four additional claim professionals, and support staff. She is responsible for day-to-day operations of the department, as well as required regulatory reporting. Ms. Frasier began her career with Old Republic Surety in 1991 and has held various other positions to include Claims Representative, Claim Supervisor/Adjuster, Sr. Claim Representative, Claim Director, and Assistance Vice President.


B.A., Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater  Whitewater, WI


Eric Kirchner

Vice President Commercial Surety
Sioux Falls, SD
With Old Republic Since 2019

Eric Kirchner is our Vice President of Commercial Surety. In addition to managing our Sioux Falls, SD Underwriting Support Center, Eric is responsible for creating, managing and directing commercial surety programs nationally, along with growing business by enhancing our existing agency relationships. Eric worked at CNA for 28 years where in his most recent role he was an Underwriting Consultant. Eric is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


A.A.S., Business Administration, Southeast Technical Institute – Sioux Falls, SD

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Brady Mayer

Vice President Underwriting
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2007

Brady joined Old Republic as a Contract Underwriter, and in 2011 was promoted to Bond Manager to lead our Carolinas contract branch efforts in Charlotte, NC. He transferred to our Des Moines office in 2016 and took charge as General Manager, leading the underwriting and growth initiatives for both contract and commercial bonds for our Midwest region. In 2022 he was promoted to Vice President Underwriting.


B.B.A., Finance, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI
AFSB Designation – Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding

Joel Vandendriessche, Vice President

Joel Vandendriessche

Vice President, Underwriting
Director, Underwriter Development
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 1984

As ORSC VP, Joel is directly involved in overseeing several offices throughout the country. The main responsibilities of working with the Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham,  Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia offices are Underwriting and Marketing. Since 1984, Joel has held several positions within Old Republic Surety.  Initially hired as a Surety Field Representative in Kansas City, then in 1987 as Contract Underwriter in Des Moines, then in 1991 as Bond Manager in Atlanta, and in 2004 as Vice President of Underwriting in Milwaukee.


B.S., Accounting & Finance  Minnesota State, Mankato  Mankato, MN
CPCU Designation  Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter
AFSB Designation  Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding


Aron Albrecht

Regional Vice President
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2009

Aron is the Regional Vice President for our Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Grand Rapids, Des Moines, Decatur, Chicago, and Cincinnati Contract branches. Aron joined Old Republic Surety in 2009 as an Underwriter Trainee. He has since held roles of increasing responsibility and has been General Manager of Old Republic Surety Company's Milwaukee Branch office since 2016. He has 10 years of surety industry experience.


B.B.A., Finance and Economics, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, WI
AFSB Designation – Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding


Darrel Lamb

Regional Vice President
Portland, OR
With Old Republic Since 2012

Darrel Lamb is our West Regional Vice President for Old Republic Surety. Darrel brings authority and surety risk assessment closer to our contract surety customers in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Hawaii, Alaska, California, Northwest Nevada, and Utah. Darrel started at ORSC 2012 as a Bond Manager of the Portland branch and was then promoted to General Manager with additional responsibility for the Salt Lake City branch and Northwest Commercial surety operations. He has over 30 years' experience in the surety business, working at both Safeco and Zurich prior to joining Old Republic.


B.S., Business & Economics, George Fox University – Newberg, OR
AFSB Designation – Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding
CPCU Designation – Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter


Rich Sghiatti

Regional Vice President
Atlanta, GA
With Old Republic Since 2018

Rich Sghiatti is the Regional Vice President for Old Republic Surety's Contract Surety operations in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Rich brings more than four decades of surety experience with him while in the southeast. Rich has authored surety related BLOGs, articles and been a speaker at CFMA and AGC events.

Rich holds a Bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Scranton, PA and is originally from that area.


B.S., Accounting, University of Scranton – Scranton, PA

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