IMA, Inc. promotes new top leaders

03/30/2016  - IMA Corp, Inc. News

Three key associates selected to capitalize on IMA momentum. 

IMA, Inc., one of the largest independent insurance brokers in the country, is excited to announce the internal promotion of its newest top leaders. Sandy Harvath has been promoted to IMA of Colorado president, Brian Sandy is taking the helm as president of IMA subsidiary Signature Select, and Erin Syring accepted a newly created position, executive vice president of operations for IMA.

“Sandy, Brian and Erin have reputations within the business community that are stellar and their combined insurance knowledge is unsurpassed,” said IMA, Inc. President Bob Reiter. “Their established presence in the industry and customer-first philosophy will provide increased focus to build off previous leadership’s successes.”

About IMA's newest leaders

Sandy Harvath will bring nearly 30 years of insurance experience as IMA of Colorado president and will be responsible for the region’s overall performance. Since joining IMA in 2003, Sandy’s customer-first philosophy has helped grow the company into one of the largest insurance brokers in the country. Before moving to Colorado, she worked on the East Coast in risk control, underwriting and marketing with national and regional carriers. Most recently, Sandy served as senior vice president of Commercial Lines for IMA’s Colorado market.

Sandy is a Pennsylvania native and received a bachelor’s of science in Safety Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She's earned the professional designations of Associate Risk Management and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist and is a Certified Safety Professional. Sandy thrives on the relationships built through her work and enjoys the ever-changing landscape of the insurance industry.

In the community, Sandy volunteers for the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, regularly serves meals to low-income seniors at Volunteers of America and sits on the jobs committee for Arrupe Jesuit High School.

Signature Select President Brian Sandy will lead a multimillion-dollar personal and small-business insurance brokerage. Overseeing six markets across the country, Brian will lead coverage responsibilities for high-net-worth individuals, property and casualty insurance for small businesses throughout the Midwest and the overall performance of this rapidly growing IMA subsidiary.

Prior to leading Signature Select, Brian led the Special Risk division of IMA, including Alternative Risk and Captive Design, Program Management and TPA services, as well as the Global Risk, Cyber, Environmental, and Executive Risk practices. In addition, Brian served as the director of Executive Risk Solutions providing oversight for the structuring and placement of executive and professional liability programs.

Brian began his insurance career with Aetna in 1989, and served as a branch manager of Commercial Executive Liability for Travelers in their Denver regional office before joining IMA in 2003. He is a graduate of the University of Denver, with a bachelor’s degree in finance, and holds a designation as an Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonds. Brian has been a frequent speaker on the topics of Executive and Professional Liability coverage for industry associations and boards, and is a past chairman of the Southwest PLUS Chapter Committee.

Community work is important to Brian. He serves on the City Year Denver Advisory Board, as well as the Warren Village Board of Trustees as their chairman and treasurer, and is a member of the Rocky Mountain YPO chapter. IMA’s Colorado Community Action Committee is also fortunate to have him as their executive sponsor.

IMA, Inc. Executive Vice President of Operations Erin Syring will ensure superior client service and efficient allocation of expertise is distributed across IMA. Responsible for resources in Denver, Dallas, Kansas City and Wichita, Erin’s oversight will lead all IMA markets to capitalize on the company’s many thought leaders.

Erin joined IMA in 2012, where her reputation as a trusted adviser for all matters related to insurance quickly promoted her to manage IMA commercial lines in Wichita and Kansas City. As an attorney with insurance litigation experience, Erin’s expertise and legal background give her unique insight into the insurance industry. Previously, Erin worked for a large national insurance carrier as well as in private practice.

Erin earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law and earned a bachelor’s of arts degree at Wichita State University.    

“As IMA and its subsidiaries continue to grow and deserve dedicated attention, these leaders will capitalize on our momentum,” said IMA, Inc. President Bob Reiter. “These three individuals advance our culture, know our clients and can spearhead our value proposition.”