CRAIG LANDI

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Craig Landi is the founding Chief Executive Officer and President of Falcon Risk Holdings. He brings over 30 years of specialty insurance underwriting experience and a long track record of managing profitable underwriting franchises.  Most recently, Craig served as President of Argo Pro, one of the largest business units within Argo Group Ltd., focusing on its financial and professional lines of business. During his time at Argo, he expanded the insurance suite of products and created a programs division. He significantly grew the business’ gross premium writings and expanded the Argo Pro team on a national basis.

Prior to joining the Argo Group Ltd., Craig established Freedom Specialty Insurance Company (“Freedom”) within Scottsdale Group, now a subsidiary of Nationwide Insurance in 2007. He grew Freedom significantly through late 2015 with a product portfolio consisting of financial and professional lines, surety, transactional risk and other related programs. During his time at Freedom, Craig employed a unique approach to analyzing both individual risk as well as portfolio risk construction.

Prior to Freedom, Craig held a variety of senior level positions at AIG, CNA, and Arch.

Craig received his BS in Economics and Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.

Fun Fact: Craig is a collector of fine wines from around the world.  His favorite cuisine to pair with a nice red is Italian. 

DAVID LYNDERS

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, MANAGEMENT LIABILITY

David is responsible for Falcon's Management Liability business. Prior to joining Falcon, David held several leadership positions, in underwriting and as an insurance broker, during a 25-year career serving financial institutions clients. During that time, he's had differing scopes of responsibility that have included leading the North American financial institutions business at a major insurer, oversight of a Lloyd's box, a Latin American portfolio, and the experience of stepping back from his role for a year to lead an IT transformation project.

David earned a BS in mathematics/actuarial science from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from New York University. David is an ally and supporter of diversity and inclusion and is a member of the board, and former executive committee member and treasurer of The Bridge.

Fun Fact: David enjoys tackling an occasional art project and recently published his first book, The ABCs of NYC: Life Lessons in City Streets.

JOHN MERCHANT

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CYBER AND TECH E&O

John has been in the insurance industry for over 18 years, primarily focused on Cyber and Technology Risk. Prior to joining Falcon, John held various underwriting, product development and business development roles at Optio Insurance Services, Nationwide E&S/S, and The Hartford. He also spent over two years at a predictive analytics and cyber modeling start-up where he learned what a “zero-inflated negative binomial” was and how to use it in conversations.  

Fun Fact: John played rugby in college with Dave Lynders. John was better.

MARTIN SCHNABEL

CHIEF CLAIMS OFFICER

Marty has over 30 years of claims experience.  Most recently he was the chief claim officer for Nationwide E&S/S. His introduction to Nationwide was as the founding claim leader of Freedom Specialty.  He is an attorney and proud alumni of New York Law School and SUNY at Buffalo.

Fun Fact: Marty was a member of Buffalo's Division I baseball team, and today manages Hoboken's senior baseball All-Star Team.

ANDREW MENGER

HEAD OF COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT LIABILITY

Andrew has over 25 years in the insurance industry and has held multiple leadership positions with a focus on commercial management liability. He was most recently Vice President and Management Liability Team Lead for the East Region at Berkshire Hathaway. He is admitted to the NY State Bar and graduated from Fordham University (Master of Business Administration), St. John's University (Juris Doctor), and Fordham University (Bachelor of Science Business Administration). 

Andrew is a native of Queens but now resides in Garden City, Long Island. When Andrew is not underwriting, he spends time with his wife and kids or can be found boating off Fire Island during the warm months.

Fun Fact: Andrew is a lifelong Rangers Fan, but roots for all New York sports teams, EXCEPT the Islanders.

TIM BARRY

HEAD OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Tim leads the Financial Institutions business for Falcon Risk Services.  He brings 8 years of underwriting experience and 5 years of equity trading experience. Prior to joining Falcon, Tim led the Asset Management practice at Everest Insurance. He began his insurance career at Zurich after a 5-year trading career with Cowen & Co. and Dahlman Rose.

Tim graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, where he started 4 years as safety on the football team. He was born and raised in New Jersey, and currently lives there with his wife and 3 children. 

Fun Fact: Tim is an avid golfer and a fan of basically every sport.

Lauren Binkley

Head of Marketing and Producer Management

Lauren is an experienced marketing and communications professional.  She has been in the insurance industry for nearly ten years and held multiple positions, including her most recent as Head of Marketing and Producer Management for Argo Pro. She has a passion for innovation and thinking outside the box, which she is looking forward to applying at Falcon Risk Services.  

Lauren is a graduate of Texas Tech University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  She is also an active fundraiser and advocates for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.  In her free time, she hikes with her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Apollo, and Luna, or frequents art museums.  

Fun Fact: Lauren is a foodie.  She loves trying new restaurants and traveling to try new cuisines. She hooked her husband by eating a rack of ribs on their first date.

Lacey Pevey

Head of Technology and Operations

Lacey joined Falcon Risk Services as Head of Technology and Operations. She has over 20 years of insurance experience and has held a variety of positions in the industry including Chief Underwriting Officer of Financial Institutions at AIG, and her most recent position, VP of Underwriting Analytics at Friss. Lacey received her Bachelor in Science from Tulane University, as well as her MBA from Columbia University. She is a CFA charterholder and holds several additional certifications.

During her free time, Lacey enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her two underwriters in training, who are aged 2 and 6.

Fun Fact: Lacey enjoys coffee so much that she owns her own coffee roasting business in her hometown Shreveport, Louisiana, where she relocated from NYC a few years ago.

Mark Tavel, CPA

Financial Controller

Mark has been a practicing CPA in the state of New York since 2014 and has specialized in the insurance industry since 2016. Prior to joining Falcon, he spent nine years at Mazars USA LLP, where he was an Audit Manager in their insurance group. 

Mark has a Master's in Accounting and a Bachelor's in Finance and Accounting, with a minor in Mathematics, from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Fun Fact: Sports, board games, video games, cards, chess, darts, bar trivia, whatever... if it has rules, winners, and losers, Mark is ready to play.

Mary Spicer

Vice President, Underwriter Cyber and Tech E&O

Mary has over 10 years of experience in the insurance industry, beginning her career on the broker side at Aon working on the lawyers' E&O team. She transitioned over to the underwriting side in 2015,  writing cyber at Freedom Specialty under the tutelage of Craig Landi and John Merchant.  From there she held multiple cyber underwriting positions, with her most recent being an AVP on the Sompo Cyber/Technology team. Mary studied Business Management at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Fun Fact: Mary was a member of the Gettysburg College Women's basketball team, which reached the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament in 2010. She currently ranks 5th in career assists on Gettysburg's all-time leader list, even while missing an entire season to a season-ending injury.

Mike O'Connor

Head of Central Zone

Mike is Head of Central Zone actively developing relationships and underwriting for the region. Prior to joining Falcon, he served as Vice President of Public Company Liability at Argo Pro. Mike has been working in the insurance industry for over 16 years and started his career on the brokerage side working for Alliant Insurance Services. After 7 years, he decided to make the switch to the carrier side and worked on the Public Company team at Travelers for several years before joining Argo’s Financial Institutions business unit.  In 2020, Mike moved from New York to Houston to help build out Argo’s Management Liability presence in Texas.

When Mike isn’t working, he spends his time on the water boating with his family or in the backyard barbequing.

Fun Fact: Mike is a huge Matthew McConaughey fan. He will rigorously defend the finer points of Fools Gold and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

Danielle Cirillo

Head of Private Company Management Liability

Danielle serves as the Head of Private Company D&O at Falcon and brings over 12 years of private company underwriting experience. Prior to joining Falcon, Danielle oversaw the Private/Non-Profit Group for the Northeast and West Coast at Westchester, Chubb. Prior to Chubb, she was at AIG where she started her career. She brings experience with technical underwriting and provides solutions for out-of-the-box risks.

Danielle graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Finance and Marketing. With two young children, Danielle does not have any free time, but she loves to dream about the day she will again. She was born and raised in New Jersey where she still lives with her husband and 2 children.

Fun Fact: Danielle has traveled to over 15 countries and has skydived in 2 of them.

Nell Baird

Head of Business Support Services

Nell is the Head of Business Support Services, working closely with the Underwriting Assistants to support operations across all lines of coverage. Prior to joining Falcon, Nell held various positions within Financial Institutions teams at AXIS and AIG. Nell has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is happy to draw from her liberal arts background and love of working with people.  

Nell is passionate about healthcare advocacy and volunteers with Community Health Advocates to help New Yorkers navigate their health insurance benefits.

Fun Fact: Nell ran the New York City Marathon 7 times, but these days she prefers to skip running and go straight to brunch.  

Edward Perrine

Vice President, Underwriter Cyber and Tech E&O

Edward has over 10 years of experience across both the Management and Professional Liability lines of business, with a focus on E&O and Cyber. Prior to joining Falcon Risk Services, Edward held several roles at Markel Corporation, Argo Group, and most recently, Canopius Group. He received his BA in History and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an MBA in Finance and Global Business from Rutgers Business School. 

Fun Fact: Edward grew up spending summers in Sweden on his grandfather's farm where he developed his passions for gardening and woodworking. 

Rob Hernandez

Senior Underwriter, Cyber and Tech E&O

Rob is a certified Management Liability Insurance Specialist with over ten years of combined experience in underwriting management and analysis, cybersecurity and insurance claims and investigations. He was a Bank Examination Technician at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (U.S. Treasury Department) for several years where he specialized in Cyber Security Risk Assessments at International Financial Institutions.  Robert is leveraging his regulatory and leadership experience for the benefit of Falcon Risk Services and our stakeholders.

Fun Fact: Rob is active in several organizations that benefit veterans. He is also a former US Army paratrooper and combat veteran.

Brian Loughran

Senior Underwriter, Commercial Management Liability

Brian is an experienced commercial underwriter with nearly six years of insurance experience. His background is focused on underwriting Private and Public D&O, EPL, Fiduciary, and Private Equity GPL.  Prior to joining Falcon Risk Services, he held roles at Axis Capital, Argo Group, and Zurich North America.  Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Farmingdale State College.

Fun Fact: The biggest risk Brian ever took was skydiving, but he vows to never jump out of a perfectly good plane again.

John Werner

Senior Underwriter, Commercial Management Liability

John is a senior underwriter at Falcon Risk Services focusing on underwriting various coverages in the commercial management liability lines of business. He joined the industry in 2017 and was most recently a Senior Underwriter at Zurich, where he also focused on Public and large Private D&O, EPL, Fiduciary, and Transactional Reps & Warranties.

John holds his Master's degree in Management-International Business from Durham University (United Kingdom) and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Marywood University. Every year, John and his siblings organize an annual charity event to benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation in their late mother's honor. 

Fun Fact: John earned the nickname "Johnny Potatas" from his family at a young age due to his love for mashed potatoes. This love has broadened to any way a potato can be served. John recommends you start ordering your french fries  "well done."

Katy Kadisak

Underwriting Assistant

Katy is an underwriting assistant at Falcon Risk Services and supports the Cyber and Tech E&O team. She has been in the insurance industry for a short time, having made the switch during the pandemic. Before she joined Falcon, she worked as a Property Claims Specialist for about a year and a half, which provided a good experience in reviewing and becoming familiar with insurance policies. 

Katy received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Boise State University. She is a proud alumna and a firm believer that the blue football field makes #1.

Fun Fact: Katy is a huge Swifty and can name almost any Taylor Swift song within the first few seconds of hearing it.

Rafael Galarza

Underwriting Assistant

Rafael is responsible for supporting the underwriting team at Falcon Risk Services in day-to-day operations and helping to improve the underwriting process. Before joining Falcon, Rafael's background consisted of numerous customer support positions in various tech start-up companies, such as Policygenius and Lemonade.

Rafael received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Wheaton College and holds a New York State Property and Casualty License. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on the New York Mets and buying more comic books to add to his already impressive collection.

Fun Fact: Rafael is an avid tabletop board game player and has been playing Dungeons and Dragons with the same group of friends for over a decade.

OUR TEAM IS GROWING

OUR TEAM IS GROWING

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STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS


HDI Global Specialty, together with its US affiliates, supports Falcon with a strong balance sheet and underwriting capacity.

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