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 & 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 1981 with Zurich.

Education

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


Jerold Topliff, Senior Vice President

Jerold Topliff

Senior Vice President &
Chief Underwriting Officer
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2002

As Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer, Jerry is involved in all aspects of ORSC underwriting and field operations. Jerry joined ORSC in 2002 as General Manager of the Southern Region, assuming responsibility of ORSC fidelity and surety underwriting in 2008. Jerry began his surety career in 1978 with Continental Insurance. Jerry sincerely believes he is much better looking than his photo indicates.

Education

B.S., Accounting, Political Science, Sociology  The Univ. of South Dakota  Vermillion, SD
M.B.A., Oklahoma City University – Oklahoma – Oklahoma City, OK
CPCU Designation – Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter


Rick Johnson, Senior Vice President

Rick Johnson

Chief Finance Officer
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 1981

Rick has been with the company since its formation in 1981 and served as the controller until 2005 when he became Chief Financial Officer.  As CFO Rick is responsible for all accounting and finance functions including day-to-day operations, Sarbanes Oxley compliance activities and financial regulatory and tax reporting.

Rick previously worked in the audit department of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (now KPMG) in their Milwaukee office.

Education

B.S., Accounting – Northern Michigan University – Marquette, MI
M.B.A., – University of Wisconsin, Madison – Madison, WI


Rich Marshall

Rich Marshall

Senior Vice President
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2017

Rich coordinates the execution of effective surety sales practices in his role as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Old Republic Surety.  He supports and provides sales direction to managers and underwriters in the areas of sales planning and execution, effective distribution management techniques and recruiting/succession planning.  Additionally, he works with the field organization to identify strategic business partners at agencies and brokers 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 Department.  He has also held senior roles at XL Surety and Zurich Surety, all involving aggressive and profitable surety growth.  

Education

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


Sheila Applegate

Sheila Applegate

Director - Commercial Surety & Fidelity
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 1989

As Director of Commercial Surety & Fidelity, Sheila  proactively manages this segment of business, including  loss activity and trends in the marketplace and assuring that accounts are underwritten according to company strategies and guidelines.  Sheila develops and implements long and short term territorial plans in a team supportive environment in order to achieve budget objectives with identifying and capturing new business opportunities and effectively cross selling.  Sheila has over 25 years’ experience within the surety industry in various capacities and started her career with Zurich Insurance.

Education

Attended the University of Colorado  Boulder, CO


Traci Catalano, Vice President

Traci Catalano

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 embassadors.  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. 

Education

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

Vice President & Controller
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2013

In her role as Vice President & Controller, Karen is responsible for all aspects of the Company’s accounting staff. Their major responsibilities include financial reporting, accounts payable and accounts receivable activities. 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

Education

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


Tom Homer, Vice President

Tom Homer

Vice President of Underwriting
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2009

As a member of Old Republic Surety’s home office underwriting team, Tom is directly responsible for the management and oversight of eight contract underwriting offices across the country. Since joining the company in 2009, Tom served as General Manager of the Great Lakes regional office in addition to his duties as a contract underwriting officer.  Tom began his career in surety working for the St. Paul Fire and Marine as a home office line underwriter before taking a position as a field underwriter with Employers Insurance of Wausau.  He also worked for Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland in increasing areas of responsibility until taking his position with Old Republic Surety.

Education

B.S., University of Minnesota  Minneapolis, MN
M.B.A., University of St. Thomas  Minneapolis, MN
CPCU Designation  Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter
AFSB Designation  Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding
ARM Designation  Associate in Risk Management
AIT Designation  Associate in Information Technology
CLU Designation  Chartered Life Underwriter
CHFC Designation  Chartered Financial Consultant


Michael Kahler, Vice President

Michael Kahler

Vice President Information Systems
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2017

As Vice President Information Services at Old Republic Surety Company, Kahler provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment. The primary responsibilities for this office encompass a wide variety of strategic technology issues: governance and policy, resource allocation, information technology protocols.

His prior experience also includes senior-level information technology positions at Northwestern Mutual and Compuware Corporation.

Education

B.S., Computer Science, Concordia College


Dennis McDonnell, Vice President

Dennis McDonnell

Vice President of Claims
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 2013

As the Vice President of Claims, Dennis is responsible for all aspects of Old Republic Surety Company’s Claims Department.  Dennis previously held roles with increasing levels of responsibility for other surety companies prior to joining.

Education

B.S., Accounting and Finance, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point  Stevens Point, WI
J.D., University of Denver College of Law – Denver, CO

Michael Sanders, Vice President

Michael Sanders

Senior Vice President of Underwriting
Brookfield, WI
With Old Republic Since 1992

As a regional vice president, Mike oversees the underwriting and operations of seven branch and regional offices.  Since 1992, Mike has held responsibilities in a large branch office, working with both contract surety and commercial bond business, until taking a position at the Brookfield Home Office in 1999.  Prior to joining ORSC, Mike launched his surety career with Aetna Casualty and Surety Company where has was trained and handled the marketing and underwriting of all lines of bond business.

Education

B.S.B.A. Finance, Drake University  Des Moines, IA
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, Baton Rouge, 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.

Education

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


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