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We are a female-led, underwriter-driven, specialty program quota share reinsurance provider. With over 100 years combined experience, our leadership team has what it takes to deliver value for our partners. 

Our Senior Management, Shevawn and Simon Barder, have focused on writing program business using a quota share model successfully for many years.  Both have Lloyd’s of London expertise and training in the excess and surplus lines market, with Simon having run excess and surplus lines syndicate operations successfully at Lloyd’s for a number of years.
 

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Our Leadership

Shevawn Barder

CEO

Shevawn has more than 30 years’ experience in the re/insurance industry. Shevawn is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal of AM RE. Prior to AM RE, Shevawn was the President of Ironshore Marine Re. Shevawn has held roles at Marine Re, Sedgwick, Alexander & Alexander and Willis.

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Simon Barder

CUO

As Chief Underwriting Officer and Principal of AM RE Syndicate Inc., Simon has more than 30 years' underwriting and leadership experience in the re/insurance market. Prior to AM RE, Simon was Chief Executive Officer of Ironshore Marine Re. Simon has held roles at Gerling, Cologne Re and Barder & Marsh.

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Grant J. Miller

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General Counsel

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Grant J. Miller

Grant is AM RE’s General Counsel.  He manages the legal affairs of the AM Star Hold Co. Insurance Group. He deals with all aspects of company management, legal operations, business & office structure. In 2020, Grant co-founded AM Star Claims Co LLC, which is an attorney-led executive claims management company. Prior to joining AM RE in 2018, Grant practiced as a senior lawyer in high value, catastrophic injury and medical malpractice lawsuits for several years in the UK. He is currently admitted/licensed to practice law in three jurisdictions (Texas, New York, and the United Kingdom). He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) with both an L.L.B. Bachelor of Laws (with honors) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (with commendation).

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Dan Maloney

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Controller

Dan Moloney

Dan Maloney joined AM RE as Controller in August 2021. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) with over 30 years of experience within the public accounting and insurance sector, focusing on insurance accounting and GAAP/SEC compliance. Prior to AM RE, Dan acted as Controller for American Fidelity Assurance Company. Dan also has experience in management roles at AIG, Inc. and Horace Mann Educators Corporation.

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Ernie Zayicek

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Chief Operating Officer

Head of Corporate Development

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Dan Dijak

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Senior Vice President

Head of Underwriting

Ernie Zayicek

Ernie is the Chief Operating Officer at AM RE. He joined AM RE as SVP of Corporate Development in July 2020 from ING Bank where he was a Managing Director and Head of Insurance for the Americas.  At ING, he utilized his deep experience and specialized knowledge of the industry to advise ING’s insurance clients on both capital and strategic transactions. Prior to joining ING, he covered the insurance sector for Nomura, Credit Suisse, Sagent Advisors, and Bear Stearns. Over his career, Ernie has advised on over $70bn of transactions in the (re)insurance sector. He is a graduate of John Carrol University with a BSBA in Finance and Economics.

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Dan Dijak

Dan Dijak joined AM RE in September, 2018. As a Sr. Vice President and the Head of Underwriting he has primary oversight of the company’s underwriting and portfolio management. Prior to joining AM RE, Dan acted as Assistant Vice President with StarStone Insurance and was the Director of Underwriting Controls. Dan also has experience as a Senior Inland Marine Underwriter at StarStone and Underwriter at Great American. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a B.B.A. in Economics and Finance.

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