Bruce D George, CFA, CAIA, Chartered MCS

Mary Guzman

CEO & Founder,

Crown Jewel® Insurance and

Managing Director,

MSR Underwriters

Managing Technology Vendor Risk

Mary Guzman founded Crown Jewel® Insurance (CJI) in January 2020. The company’s mission and vision is to provide the full suite of risk management services and insurance solutions specific to the imperative IP risk of trade secrets. To date, CJI has developed a first-of-its-kind insurance solution, Crown Jewel® Insurance, which covers the intrinsic value of trade secret assets and includes as a complement to the insurance the risk management and legal consulting services of brilliant minds in this space through a consortium of partnerships.

Ms Guzman serves a dual role, in that she is also a Lloyd’s coverholder. She left the retail insurance brokerage business after a successful career to join MSR Underwriters as managing director of cyber, errors and omissions and intellectual property in June 2019. She leads MSR’s efforts in product and service design, development of capacity and marketing. MSR has released four unique products, supported by turnkey risk management services, which are unavailable elsewhere in the now crowded cyber-insurance market, of which Ms Guzman was a pioneer nearly 20 years ago.

Ms Guzman came to CJI and MSR after more than 25 years as an insurance broker and consultant, having spent the past 10 years with McGriff, Seibels & Williams/BB&T, the sixth largest US broker. She and her team developed innovative products and created market capacity for a variety of industries, concentrating on customized risk and insurance solutions for the Fortune 2000 companies.


 Bruce D.George

Partner, P/E Investments

There are weeks when decades happen…

Mr. George joined P/E Investments in 2014, and focuses on product development, investor relations and marketing for US Institutional Investors. Mr George has more than 30 years of investment experience, and has previously held senior management positions at UBS Global Asset Management,  Putnam Investments, and Comerica Inc.  


In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. George currently serves as a Trustee for the United Lutheran Seminary Endowment Foundation, and the Foundation for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a member of the Advisory committee of the Native American Finance Officers Association.


Mr. George earned his BSBA degree in Finance and Investments from Central Michigan University, his MBA from Wayne State University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter Holder and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Charter Holder.  


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Alex Murray


Johnson Lambert LLP

Audit and Tax Update

AMurray@JohnsonLambert.com | p: 843-414-0339

Alex is a Principal in Johnson Lambert's Charleston, South Carolina office. He has a decade of experience providing audit and consulting services to all types of insurance companies, with a focus on captives and other alternative risk entities. He serves each of Johnson Lambert's niches: insurance, nonprofit, and employee benefit plans. Alex is responsible for the high-level oversight of planning and directing all aspects of audit fieldwork and financial statement preparation. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from James Madison University.


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W. Jay Branum

Director of Captives

South Carolina Department of Insurance

Jurisdiction SC Update

As Director of Captives for the South Carolina Department of Insurance, Jay serves both as chief regulator of captive insurers domiciled in South Carolina, and as chief proponent of the state’s captive program. 


Jay joined the Department in 2013 after several years of retirement, preceded by a varied career in the (re)insurance industry, including the captive sector, and 16 years in the Bermuda and London markets.  Immediately prior to retirement, he served 6 years as Managing Director of a London Market underwriting unit of the Munich Re Group focused on the risks of large, risk-managed, multinational companies.


His earlier positions included:


  • House counsel and risk manager of a self-insured teaching hospital in the U.S.;

  • Executive Vice President of Skandia’s captive management company in Bermuda;

  • Assistant General Counsel of American Re (now named Munich Re America);

  • President of a joint venture finite risk reinsurer in Bermuda; and

  • Member of the Board of a £200m+GWP Munich Re fronting subsidiary in the UK.


Brandy Vannoy


Johnson Lambert LLP

Audit and Tax Update

BVannoy@JohnsonLambert.com | p: 919-719-6417

Brandy is a Tax Partner with Johnson Lambert, a multi-office, niche-focused firm that provides audit, tax, and consulting services to insurance entities as well as nonprofit organizations and employee benefit plans. Brandy has over 20 years of experience in providing engagement management, tax compliance, and consulting services to the select industries that the firm serves. She consults on tax-related federal and state issues as well as other business opportunities that add value to her clients’ operations. Brandy is also experienced with IRS and state department exams. She has been with Johnson Lambert for over 15 years and began her career with KPMG, where she worked with both domestic and international clients’ tax return preparation and planning. She holds a Master of Accounting from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


Kregg Gustin,

Senior Manager

Johnson Lambert LLP

Audit and Tax Update

KGuestin@JohnsonLambert.com | p: 919-719-6436

Kregg Guestin, CPA, is a Senior Tax Manager with Johnson Lambert, a CPA and consulting firm that provides audit, tax, and consulting services to insurance entities as well as nonprofit organizations and employee benefit plans. Kregg has eight years of experience in providing tax and consulting services, including four years focused on the insurance industry. Kregg received his Bachelors's degree, cum laude, from Utica College.

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