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 26 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
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 has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University. He started with the company in 1961 after serving 2 years as a officer in the US Navy. In 1962 he returned to Stanford earning an MBA from the Graduate School of Business in 1964. He then headed back to California Casualty Management Company.
Joseph L Volponi, FCAS, MAAA
Chief Operating Officer
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. He is a Fellow in the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
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.
Hong Chen, FCAS, MAAA
Senior Vice President - Actuary
Hong joined California Casualty Management Company in 1995. Her current responsibilities include Ratemaking, Competitive Analyses, and Statistical Reporting. Hong holds a M.S. degree in Statistics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She is a Fellow in the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
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 state and national group and customer relationships, and our partnerships with other insurance carriers. 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.
Judy Jao, FCAS, MAAA
Senior Vice President – Actuary
Judy joined California Casualty in 2001 and is responsible for the Reserving and Financial Forecasting functions. She is also the Appointed Actuary. Judy is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
James R. Kauffman
Senior Vice President — Claims
Jim is an attorney who manages the Claims Department for California Casualty Management Company. He has 40 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.
T. Michael McCormick, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer – Sales and Marketing
Since joining California Casualty in 1998, Mike has held a number of roles in both the Sales and Marketing departments. He is now Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing all marketing functions and sales. Mike holds a bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State University. He also completed the Executive Leadership Program from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Joseph C. (Chuck) Muenzen, CPCU
Senior Vice President – Home Office Underwriting & Product Development
Chuck began his career with California Casualty in 1982. He has held a variety of leadership positions in Marketing, Underwriting and Product Development. He is currently responsible for developing and updating the broad, modern insurance policies underwritten by CCG; and for developing and updating the underwriting eligibility and acceptability rules and procedures needed to ensure appropriate risk selection. Chuck holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. in Finance/Risk Management from Walden University.