NEW CHIEF UNDERWRITING OFFICER AT MERCHANTS

David-Hewett

In September 2021, David Hewett joined Merchants Bonding Company as its new chief underwriting officer and member of the executive committee. In this new role at Merchants, David assumes leadership of all underwriting departments including contract, commercial and specialty solutions.

David came to Merchants from Marsh, the largest surety broker in North America, where he was responsible for all surety operations. As Managing Director of US Surety at Marsh since 2016, David led 30 offices to significant growth with continuous development of client engagement, talent development and strategic planning for surety operations.

David’s new perspectives and diverse experience will enhance our culture and ability to serve our agents partners, create growth opportunities for our associates, and help elevate Merchants as the company grows.”

Larry Taylor
Chairman of the Board & President

Merchants Leadership

Merchants Officers

Executive Committee

Larry-Taylor
Larry Taylor
Chairman of the Board & President
West Des Moines, Iowa
Bill-Warner
William Warner, Jr.
Senior Vice President of Operations & Corporate Secretary
West Des Moines, Iowa
Don-Blum
Don Blum
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
West Des Moines, Iowa
David-Hewett
David Hewett
Chief Underwriting Officer
West Des Moines, Iowa
Jason-Dettbarn
Jason Dettbarn
Vice President, Contract Underwriting
West Des Moines, Iowa
Jim-Holter
Jim Holter
Vice President, Commercial Surety
West Des Moines, Iowa
Steve-Dorenkamp
Steve Dorenkamp
Vice President, Specialty Solutions
West Des Moines, Iowa
Therese-Wielage
Therese Wielage
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
West Des Moines, Iowa
Brad-Rasmussen
Brad Rasmussen
Chief Information Officer
West Des Moines, Iowa
Stacey-Cale
Stacey Cale
Vice President, Human Resources
West Des Moines, Iowa
Jay-Farley
Jay Farley
Vice President, Claims Manager
West Des Moines, Iowa

Contract Underwriting

Josh-Penwell
Josh Penwell
Regional Vice President, Contract Underwriting
West Des Moines, Iowa
Aaron-Raschke
Aaron Raschke [AFSB]
Regional Vice President, Contract Underwriting
West Des Moines, Iowa
Kirk-Rathjen
Kirk Rathjen [AFSB]
Regional Vice President, Contract Underwriting
West Des Moines, Iowa
Doug-Schnicker
Doug Schnicker
Regional Vice President, Contract Underwriting
West Des Moines, Iowa
Ed-Sipfle
Ed Sipfle [AFSB, CPCU]
Regional Vice President, Contract Underwriting
West Des Moines, Iowa
Chris-Bachman
Chris Bachman
Assistant Vice President, Contract Underwriting
Phoenix, Arizona
Seth-Baker
Seth Baker
Assistant Vice President, Contract Underwriting
Austin, Texas
Mike-Foster
Mike Foster [AFSB]
Assistant Vice President, Contract Underwriting
Kansas City, Kansas
Keenan-Lehmann
Ed Hubbard
Assistant Vice President, Contract Underwriting
Baltimore, Maryland
Keenan-Lehmann
Keenan Lehmann
Assistant Vice President, Contract Underwriting
Houston, Texas
Keenan-Lehmann
Mike Reed
Assistant Vice President, Contract Underwriting
West Des Moines, Iowa
Keenan-Lehmann
Matt Skelton
Assistant Vice President, Contract Underwriting
Portland, Oregon
Cody-White
Cody White [AFSB]
Assistant Vice President, Contract Underwriting
Dallas, Texas

Commercial Underwriting

Tyson-Conley
Tyson Conley
Assistant Vice President, Commercial Underwriting
Austin, Texas
Terry-Frederick
Terry Frederick
Assistant Vice President, Commercial Underwriting
West Des Moines, Iowa
Dan-Lengeling
Dan Lengeling
Assistant Vice President, Commercial Underwriting
West Des Moines, Iowa

Corporate Service

Connie-Stewart
Connie Stewart
Assistant Vice President, Compliance Officer
West Des Moines, Iowa

Merchants Board of Directors

Larry Taylor

Chairman of the Board & President

Lloyd Taylor

Director

Bill Taylor

Director

William Warner, Jr.

Senior Vice President of Operations & Corporate Secretary

Jan Taylor

Director

Don Kemp

Director

Melissa Warner

Director

Jeff Taylor

Director

Brenda Cushing

Director

Industry Involvement

Industry Association/Committee Leadership

Larry Taylor

Chairman of the Board & President
  • Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) – Past Chairman of the Board
  • National Association of Independent Sureties (NAIS) – Past Chair
  • Merchants Bonding Company Foundation – President

William Warner, Jr.

Senior Vice President of Operations & Corporate Secretary
  • National Association of Independent Sureties (NAIS) – Past Chair
  • EveryStep Care & Support Services – Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Vistage Executive Peer Advisory Group
  • Merchants Bonding Company Foundation – Sr. Vice President

Don Blum

Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
  • Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Central Iowa Chapter – Member and Past President

Therese Wielage

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
  • Women in Surety – Member
  • The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) – Communications Advisory Committee Chair
  • West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce – Board Chair
  • Merchants Bonding Company Foundation – Vice President

Jim Holter

Vice President of Commercial Underwriting
  • The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) – Commercial Surety Advisory Committee
  • The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) – Fiduciary Commercial Sub-committee
  • National Association of Independent Sureties (NAIS) – Surety School Educator

Steve Dorenkamp

Vice President, Specialty Solutions
  • National Bond Claims Association (NBCA) – Board of Directors
  • The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) - Government Affairs Advisory Committee
  • The Surety & Fidelity Association of America Surety (SFAA) – Surety Claims Advisory Committee
  • Iowa College Foundation - Board Member and Investment Committee Member

Brad Rasmussen

Chief Information Officer
  • Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) – Board of Directors
  • National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) – Technology Sub-Committee

Jay Farley

Vice President, Claims Manager
  • The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) – Surety Claims Advisory Committee

Jason Dettbarn

Vice President, Contract Underwriting
  • The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) – Contract Bond Advisory Committee

Stacey Cale

Vice President, Human Resources
  • The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) – Diversity & Human Resources Advisory Committee

Ed Hubbard

Assistant Vice President, Contract Underwriting
  • The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) - Diversity & Human Resources Advisory Committee
  • Surety Foundation – Vice President of the Board of Trustees

Dan Lengeling

Assistant Vice President, Commercial Underwriting
  • Vaughan Institute of Risk Management – Young Alumni Board of Directors

Gina Lockwood

Director of Claims
  • The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) – Government Affairs Committee
  • The Pearlman Association – Co-Chair

Wyndee-Leigh Gray

Senior Contract Underwriter
  • Surety Association of Kentucky – Secretary
  • Carolinas Associated General Contractors – Young Leader

Corbin Blythe

Contract Underwriter
  • Surety Association of Arizona – Secretary

Justin Knock

Contract Underwriter
  • Surety Association of Iowa – Secretary & Treasurer

Kathryne Willman

Contract Underwriter
  • Surety Association of Kansas City – Treasurer

Andi Black

Contract Underwriter
  • Rocky Mountain Surety Association, Women in Surety – At-Large Board Member and Director of Education/Business Affairs

Michelle Patterson

Commercial Underwriter
  • National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) – Commercial Surety Advisory Committee

Kelsey Spaniol

Commercial Underwriter
  • Rocky Mountain Surety Association, Women in Surety – Director of Events

Industry Association Membership

Accounting and Finance Women’s Alliance

American Bar Association

American Institute of Certified Planners

American Payroll Association

Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa (APAI)

Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas

Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa

Associated Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma

Associated Contractors of New Mexico

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Dallas/Fort Worth

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Iowa

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of North Dakota

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of San Diego

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of South Dakota

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Tennessee – Knoxville

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Texas

Association for Talent Development (ATD) – Central Iowa

Chicago Surety Claims Association

Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)

Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) - Orange County

Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) - San Diego

Heavy Constructors Association

Houston Contractors Association

Independent Insurance Agents (IIA) of Iowa

Insurance Accounting and Systems Association (IASA)

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Iowa Office of Professional Regulation

Iowa State Bar Association

Master Builders of Iowa (MBI)

National Association of Independent Sureties (NAIS)

National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC)

National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP)

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)

New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection

New York State Automobile Dealers Association (NYSADA)

Ohio Contractors Association (OCA)

Risk Management Society

Rocky Mountain Surety Association

Securities and Insurance Licensing Association

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Central Iowa

Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

State Bar of Texas

Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA)

Surety Association of Alabama

Surety Association of Arizona

Surety Association of Connecticut

Surety Association of Dallas

Surety Association of Florida

Surety Association of Georgia

Surety Association of Houston

Surety Association of Illinois

Surety Association of Iowa

Surety Association of Kansas City

Surety Association of Kentucky

Surety Association of Massachusetts

Surety Association of Minnesota

Surety Association of New York

Surety Association of Northern California

Surety Association of Ohio

Surety Association of Oregon

Surety Association of Philadelphia

Surety Association of San Diego

Surety Association of South Texas

Surety Association of Syracuse

Surety Association of Washington

Surety Claims Institute

Surety Underwriters Association of Southern California (SUASC)

Technology Association of Iowa

The Builders Association

The Builders Exchange, Inc.

The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania

Vistage Worldwide

West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce

Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO)