January 2020 Chaptergram

Sun, 02/02/2020 - 13:22
by Chapter Leaders


  • President’s Message
  • Scheduled  Events
  • Updated Contact information
  • Annual Meeting Update
  • Member Benefits
  • Meet the Officers


2019 was another great year for our Chapter. Many thanks to you, our membership, for your support and participation. We also couldn’t have done it without the leadership from our past president, Michael Mayer,  our other officers and volunteers. Thank you all!    

This past year we hosted the Joint CPCU/RIMS lunch in April. Our amazing speaker was Jason Venturella, President of Stealth Security Consulting and a member of the Franklin Park Police Force, who spoke on Active Shooters in the Workplace and Critical Response Plans.

We again held our Spring Social, which was a nice opportunity to interact with our fellow CPCUs. Please mark your calendars for May 5th this year when we will host it again at Southern Tier. First drink and appetizers are on the Chapter! 

We hosted another successful Golf Outing at Meadowink. It is hard to believe that this year will be our 25th! We have set the date for August 14th and hope to see you there!

All Industry Day at the Rivers Casino had us discussing the timely topic of “Cannabis and Opioids Legal Liability in Society and in the  Workplace”.  Our topic was so well received that one of our speakers will be presenting at the Insurance Club’s I Day! Many thanks to George Krauss and Patty O’Brien who volunteered many hours with registration and CE filings. Also congratulations to our new designees - please be sure to reach out and welcome them to our Chapter!

We had great attendance for our December, 2019 Christmas Luncheon and Officer Installation. Because of this event, we were again able to provide a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank, as our Chapter Good Works project. Thanks again to all who attended and helped contribute to this great event!

A schedule of this year’s events can be found within this Chaptergram and on our website.  One of the most important benefits of membership is the ability to network with your fellow CPCUs – please try to take advantage of it!

We have a great group of officers representing you this year. Don’t hesitate to call, email, or text us with your suggestions or opinions. We hope to hear from you and see you at our events and meetings!

Be on the lookout for our flyer for our March Ethics luncheon. We are sure you will find the meeting to be very informative!

Here’s to another successful year!



Mark your calendars! The officers are busy planning events for the year. More information will follow regarding these and other events, but we wanted you to mark your calendars for the following:

April 14, 2020 – Joint RIMS/ CPCU Event

May 5, 2020Spring Social – Southern Tier

August 14, 2020 – Annual Golf Outing – Meadowink

September 9, 2020 – Fall Social

October 21, 2020 – All Industry Day

December 9, 2020 – Christmas Lunch/Officer Installation



Remember – to continue to receive our latest news and to remain on our distribution list, it is important that we have accurate contact information. Please be sure to notify us, as well as National, should you have any changes to your contact information, including name, address, phone number, and, very importantly, email address. Thank you!

Also – if you have not yet renewed your membership and paid your dues for 2020 – please do so! Visit the Society’s home page to pay your dues online: http://www.cpcusociety.org, or call the Society at 800‐932‐2728.



There are a number of changes in store for this year’s CPCU Annual Meeting and Seminars, starting with the name of the event. Moving forward, the event will be known as:  In2Risk. This change was necessary to more accurately reflect that our industry is shifting from insurance to risk management.

The conference will be condensed from four days to three, taking place Thursday through Saturday, making it easier for you to continue your professional development without taking as much time away from your office or your family.

Sessions will include cutting edge, relevant technical and leadership content.   

Save the date for October 8 – 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C.!


The following benefits are included with your full-paid membership in the Society:

The Institutes CPCU Society Knowledge Center

This online learning platform offers unlimited access to over 180 online educational materials.

Elevated CE for CPCUs Experience

The Institutes Continuing Education for CPCUs program grants access to 24 credit hours through various CPCU Society events and activities. There is also a waiver of the $189 CE for CPCUs reporting fee.

Networking and Events

Connect with more than 20,000 CPCUs through one of 120+ CPCU Society chapters;  any of the CPCU Society's specialized interest groups; The Institutes CPCU Society In2Risk, at a discounted rate; The CPCU Society online jobs database; The CPCU Society Mentoring Program, matching CPCUs with new designees and CPCU candidates; and The Institutes Community.

Complimentary Webinars and Publications

Further your industry knowledge with:  complimentary

webinars; Insights, a professional journal by The Institutes CPCU Society; and The online CPCU Society News.

Complimentary and Discounted Institutes and CEU Courses

Enjoy complimentary access to the following educational offerings:  Select Institutes online course on a quarterly basis; Unlimited access to The Institutes ' online CPCU® courses; 25% discount on Institutes courses and study materials; and 35% discount on online state insurance CE courses from CEU, powered by The Institutes.



Marilyn Wood – President

Marilyn Wood is a Past President of the Allegheny Chapter. She is a Retired Senior Energy Underwriter for Chubb and currently is the President and CEO of MJ Consulting and Inspirations. She earned her CPCU is 1995. She lives in Pittsburgh, with her husband Steve, and adopted Siberian Huskies Max and Loki. She has two daughters, three grandchildren, and four grandcats.

Bill Folkerts – Vice President

Bill is a Senior Territory Sales Manager for Western Pennsylvania. He works for Grange Insurance headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. With over 30 years insurance experience, Bill has earned the CPCU, CIC and CRM designations. Bill's roots take him back to the Midwest, specifically the St. Louis area. He graduated from Southern Illinois University. Bill's wife, Laura, is a Pittsburgh native. Prior to them relocating their family to the Fox Chapel area in 2007, Bill served as past President of the Land of Lincoln CPCU Chapter located in Springfield, Illinois. Bill has been blessed with three grown children and enjoys sharing time with his family and friends. He is a sports enthusiast and loves competition. When he is not promoting continuous education, Bill likes to volunteer at local food banks and Adopt-A-Highway in his community and with his church.

Sally Ann Krauss – President Elect/ Treasurer

Sally is a Principal at the EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants Pittsburgh office. Having worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years, Sally has a diverse background as a Rater, Underwriter, Surplus Lines Specialist, and Broker. A graduate of Duquesne University, with a Degree in Accounting, Sally earned her Masters of Science Degree in Insurance Management from Boston University. A twice Past President of the Allegheny Chapter, she earned her CPCU designation in 1995, and also holds the designations of CLU, ARM, and ASLI. In her spare time, Sally and her husband George enjoy traveling, and spending time with their grandchildren.

Sang Hong – Secretary

Sang is Assistant Vice President – Commercial Property and Casualty Claim Leader for Huntington Insurance. Before joining Huntington Insurance, Sang worked for Liberty Mutual and AIG in claims for over 27 years.  A graduate of University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Economics, Sang earned a Masters of Public Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University.  A Past President of the Allegheny Chapter, Sang earned his CPCU designation in 1995, and also holds the designation of CLU. In his spare time, Sang and his wife Kim enjoy traveling and spending time together with their 4 children.

Michael Mayer – Immediate Past President

Mike is Senior Agency Management Specialist with Selective Insurance. Mike obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an    MBA   from   Robert   Morris University.  He obtained his CPCU Designation in 2011.  A resident of Carnegie, PA, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, hunting and fishing.

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