The work Libertate Insurance has accomplished over the years would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the incredible group of people who make up the company.
Together, Libertate’s leadership team has over 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. During this time, the team gained not only an understanding of opportunities within the PEO industry but also an unmatched passion at perfecting the client experience and helping PEOs grow their business.
Libertate Insurance and RiskMD
Paul Hughes has been working with the Professional Employer Organization (“PEO”) industry since 1995 and data management since 2005. He is responsible for the day to day operations of both Libertate Insurance and RiskMD, which reports into the overall Ballator family of companies. Having started with Liberty Mutual in 1992, Mr. Hughes went on to become the Regional Sales Manager for ManagedComp out of Boston and started the firm Risk Transfer in the year 2000. Since 2000, he has become the controlling agent on six different workers’ compensation insurance programs for the PEO industry and has underwritten and bound close to $2 billion in premiums. He is a huge advocate for the PEO industry, having been a founding member of both NAPEO’s Workers’ Compensation Certification Board as well as Cyber Board. Mr. Hughes has advocated on behalf of the PEO industry to the NCCI, various state insurance departments, and the insurance industry in general. He created an industry-specific blog “The PEO Compass,” which opines to all issues PEO.
Paul Hughes is a graduate of Rollins College and the Crummer School of Business where he obtained his Masters in Business Administration.
Executive Vice President
Sharlie Reynolds is the Executive Vice President of Libertate Insurance, LLC and has been with the company since its inception in 2014. Prior to joining Libertate, Sharlie served several different service and sales capacities at Risk Transfer Programs, LLC. Her initial assignment was the management and stewardship of five master policies generating $35m of premiums. Later, she went on to be the lead in rolling out the company’s patented technology, RiskMD, to the company’s top 50 clients. During her career, Sharlie has successfully managed almost $200m of commercial property and casualty insurance premiums.
Before Sharlie started in the insurance industry, she had 14 years of successful Consumer Packaged Goods experience working for companies such as Coca-Cola, Tyson Foods, Cadbury Schweppes and Bacardi USA in the roles of Sales or Sales Management. She managed multiple key accounts as well as national and local program executions for high-profile brands such as Dewar’s Scotch, vitaminwater, smartwater and Canada Dry where she held lead roles in planning, sell-in, creative development, program execution, and evaluation.
Sharlie has a BSBA from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from the University of Florida.
Executive Vice President
David Burgess began working in the insurance industry with Zenith Insurance as an Underwriter. In time, David went on to become the Vice President of Underwriting for MCIM, a regional workers’ compensation carrier.
Under his direction, MCIM worked with both PEO and retail agents. Additionally, David led a team of underwriters with the pricing and program placement for the workers’ compensation insurance. In 2012, David became the Underwriting Manager for Patriot National Insurance, a company who specialized in mono-line work comp products which included retail workers compensation underwriting and captive management services. Most recently, David led the PEO division of AmTrust Financial as the Director of Underwriting before transitioning to an independent agent and joining Libertate Insurance as an Executive Vice President.
David remains an active member of various industry and insurance associations and carries the designation for a Certified Marine Insurance Professional (CMIP), gaining an absolute understanding of marine-related risks and their associated coverages. He focused especially on those coverages and risks related to U.S. Longshore and Harbor workers legislation as he served as the specialist in this coverage for Zenith, MCIM, and AmTrust Financial.
David Burgess graduated from Cumberland University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in Accounting.
Senior Account Executive
Reni Snider is a Senior Account Executive for Liberate Insurance Service, LLC and has been with the company since December of 2014. In this role, Reni actively oversees the day-to-day administration of client policies and maintains oversight of the long-term portfolio performance for her accounts. She currently manages $1M a month in policy premiums for Libertate as well as provides support for data-focused sister company RiskMD.
Prior to coming to work for Liberate, Reni initially managed a benefits book for a large regional agency starting in 2008. While with this firm, she excelled in the employee benefits arena at first but eventually transitioned into the property and casualty lines of insurance as well. This allowed her to serve as a high-level liaison on all lines of coverage for key accounts for the agency. Prior to 2008, she was head of network development for a regional diagnostics imaging network provider, servicing clients such as FCCI, Liberty Mutual and Travelers.
Reni attended the Southern Illinois University of Carbondale for her undergraduate and holds a Crummer Certification in Business Management (CCBM) from Rollins College.
Mary Beth Eaton
Mary Beth Eaton is a Senior Account Executive with Libertate Insurance Services, LLC and has been with the company since its inception in September 2014. In this role, Mary Beth actively oversees the day to day administration of client policies and maintains oversight of the long-term portfolio performance for her accounts. She currently manages over $20M a year in policy premiums for Libertate.
Prior to joining Libertate, Mary Beth served several different service and marketing capacities at Risk Transfer Holdings, Inc. Her initial assignment was the day to day administration of west coast based PEO clients. She later transitioned to the marketing department, where she managed all lines of commercial insurance marketing. Prior to entering the Professional Employer Organization (“PEO”) industry, Mary Beth had 15 successful years focused on large commercial property and construction accounts for several regional commercial insurance agencies. She is a licensed California Casualty Agent.
Mary Beth obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from West Virginia University.