Our Leaders

Meet our team

 

Carl B. (Beau) Brown, CPCU
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Beau is Chairman of California Casualty Group's Advisory Board, and he is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of California Casualty Management Company. He is the fourth generation of the Brown family to lead California Casualty. Beau's been with the company for twenty-four years and has held a variety of senior executive positions. He has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Beau serves on the board of Impact Teen Drivers, an organization dedicated to educating teens about the dangers of reckless and distracted driving.

Thomas R. Brown, CLU
Honorary Chairman

Thomas is Honorary Chairman of California Casualty Group's Advisory Board, having served as its Chairman from 1978 until 2009. He became Chairman Emeritus of the Board of California Casualty Management Company in January 2013 and continues to serve as a Director on that Board. From 1978 to January 1, 2004, he also served as California Casualty Management Company's CEO. He is the third generation of his family to lead California Casualty. Tom started with the company in 1961. He has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Joseph L Volponi, FCAS
President & Director

Joe is the President of California Casualty Management Company and a member of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of California Casualty Group's Advisory Board.  Joe joined California Casualty in 1979 and currently oversees all aspects of the Actuarial, Claims, Legal, Underwriting, Product Development and Group Relations functions. Joe is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Jackie A. Gatlin
Executive Vice President — Managing Director
Sales, Marketing, Service & Underwriting Operations

Jackie is an Executive Vice President with California Casualty Management Company and a member of the company's Board of Directors. Jackie began her career with California Casualty in January 1986, shortly after she graduated from college with a B.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton (CSU Fullerton). Holding various front-line positions in the sales, marketing, and service functions gave her a true understanding of who we are and what we stand for. She was one of the founding leaders who started up our largest and first service center in Colorado Springs.

Michael D. Bower
Executive Vice President —Technology & Investments

Mike joined California Casualty Management Company in 1990 and has held a variety of positions related to Finance, Investments and Information Technology. His current responsibilities include leading the Investment, Strategic Planning and Information Technology functions. Mike holds a B.S. in Finance from Golden Gate University.

Michael A. Ray, CPA
Executive Vice President — Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Mike joined California Casualty in 2001 as Controller, a position he held through 2006. Mike was employed for seven years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, gaining experience in traditional external audits, co-sourced internal audit, and enterprise risk management engagements. In addition to the typical CFO functions, Mike is also responsible for corporate services, human resources, and internal audit. Mike holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant from the State of California. Mike is an officer on the Board of CalCPA's San Francisco Chapter and is the Chairperson of the Pacifica School District's Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.

Jim Englese

James R. Englese, CPCU
Senior Vice President — General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Jim joined California Casualty in 1995 and became General Counsel in 2012.  He received his law degree from San Francisco Law School in 1988.  Jim provides legal and regulatory guidance to the company's business units and is a member of the company's Operating Committee.

Douglas A. Goldberg, CIC
Senior Vice President — Group Relations, Business Development & Partner Programs

Doug began his career with California Casualty in 1986 and has worked in nearly all of the operating departments of the company. This experience gives him familiarity when managing our group and customer relationships, whether it's working with the leadership of national or state-level accounts. He's achieved the Certified Insurance Counselor designation, a nationally recognized distinction in our industry.  Doug is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Barbara K. Gurnett
Senior Vice President — Learning & Website Development

Barb began her career with California Casualty in 2000.  Barb has many years of experience in the insurance industry serving in a variety of positions.  She is currently responsible for leading corporate training and development, call center scheduling and the company's website development and strategy.   Barb holds a B.S. degree in Business from the University of Nebraska.

James R. Kauffman
Senior Vice President — Claims

Jim is an attorney who manages the Claims Department for California Casualty Management Company. He has 35 years of experience in the insurance industry. He joined California Casualty in 1983 and has spent time in the Underwriting Department and the General Counsel's Office. He has both trial court and appellate experience. Jim is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Golden Gate University School of Law. He has also completed coursework at the University of California Hastings College of Trial Advocacy and Harvard University Center for Mediation Studies. He is licensed to practice law in both California and Illinois.

Patrick O. Lynch
Senior Vice President — Agency Services, Customer Service & Underwriting Operations

Pat joined California Casualty in 1981. During his career he has had responsibility for Sales, Customer Service, Claims, Field Marketing, Underwriting Operations and Agency Services. Pat has been instrumental in operation performance turnarounds, as well as operational start-up efforts. Pat holds a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and a M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.