Crop insurance expert witness, product development, strategic initiatives

Creative & Insightful Risk Management Solutions for Agriculture



2801 Maple St, West Des Moines, IA  50265-6211    

PH: (515) 222.9739 office

PH: (515) 491.9739 cell 


Key Accomplishments ·        

  • Expert witness for agricultural insurance policyholders, agents, and companies involving alleged mishandled claims, errors and omissions in program administration, and mistakes in underwriting, policy processing, and reporting
  • Consultant to crop insurers for developing responses to RMA Compliance Findings, National Program Operations Reviews, Final Agency Determinations appeals, and preparing cases for arbitration or litigation. ·        
  • Consultant to crop insurers for large, unusual, or difficult claims (e.g. cultivated clams, nursery, and GRIP). ·        
  • Consultant to reinsurers on impact of changes to the Standard Reinsurance Agreement, competitive intelligence, and insurance audits. ·        
  • Project Leader for integration of GIS and remote sensing technology into insurance underwriting, claims management, and reinsurance analysis. ·        
  • Served as an Independent Expert Reviewer for FCIC Board of Directors on Apple Price Option, Livestock Risk Protection (LRP), Variable Unit Discount, BoTech Endorsement, Aquaculture, APH GrassSeed, Area Plans for Rice proposals. ·        
  • Developed MPCI 508(h) Group Revenue Insurance Plan (GRIP) and 523(c)(3) Premium Discount Plan (PDP). Also, developed insurance programs covering best management practices, revenue plans (prior to CRC and RA); livestock gross margin, and “production plan” Crop-Hail.        
  • Headed internal compliance investigations and uncovered fraud, conflict of interest, and non-compliance issues using both data-mining and business experience to discover anomalies. ·        
  • Farm and Ranch management specialist charged with developing cost of production, cashflow, and production decision software and analyses.         
  • Taught farm and range management, production economics, and risk management for major agricultural university. Currently teach economics to traditional and non-traditional students. ·            

Career History

Principal, Economist & Expert Witness          CVision Corporation                                        2000 - Present.

Staff Product Manager, PL Property              Nationwide Insurance                                      2005 - 2006.

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer          Crop1 Insurance                                             2001 - 2003.

Co-Founder & Exec. Vice President              CQuest Ltd.                                                     2000 - 2001.

Vice President, Product U/W Mkt Research  IGF Insurance Company                                  1993 - 2000.

Director, Insuring Services                            Dawson Hail Insurance Company.                   1992 - 1993.

National Product Mgr./Admin. Manager         Great American Ins. Co.- Crop/Farm Div.        1985 - 1992.

State Mktg/Claims Manager (Texas)              Union Insurance Company                              1983 - 1985.

Assistant Professor (T/R/E)                           Dept. of Agri. Economics, Texas A&M U.         1979 - 1983.

Research Associate                                      Ctr for Ag & Rural Dev., Iowa State U.              1975 - 1979.

Education and Training

Bachelor of Science   Agricultural Economics           Oklahoma State University                  1970 - 1973.

Master of Science      Agricultural Economics           Oklahoma State University                  1974 - 1975.

Doctoral (a.b.d.)         Economics & Econometrics    Iowa State University                           1975 - 1979.  

List of Neutrals, American Arbitration Association (Agriculture and Agricultural Risk Management).

Certified Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Exams 1, 5, 7, 8, 9 (five of ten national exams)

Agri-Business and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS) designation.

Proficient in Microsoft Office, database query systems, GIS, statistical analysis, & simulation.