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Salem, MA
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Don is an independent risk-financing and captives consultant. He provides corporate and public sector clients with state-of-the-art risk financing advice and services.

These include captive and self insurance feasibility analysis, ART (alternative risk transfer) facility implementation and review services, and a wide spectrum of risk financing solutions.

Don's previous experience includes Senior Vice President -- Captives Consulting, at Willis, and Director, Risk Finance and Captives Consulting, at Aon. He was Managing Director of Product Development at Liberty Mutual Alternative Markets, and has over 30 years of experience creating alternative risk financing structures as a broker and consultant.

Don is an accomplished author and speaker. He wrote and edited IRMI's Risk Financing, a quarterly reference service published by the International Risk Management Institute in Dallas, Texas. Don also wrote and edited Financing Risk & Reinsurance, a monthly journal devoted to enterprise risk management, financial reinsurance, and the convergence of the insurance and capital markets. FRR was also published by IRMI.

Don's recent textbook, Guide to Captives and Alternative Risk Financing, was published by Summit Media (National Underwriting Company) in June 2013. The book covers every significant risk financing technique, including those available in the capital markets, e.g., derivatives and catastrophe bonds. Don is a frequent speaker at industry events such as RIMS, the Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) annual conference, and The World Captive Forum (WCF).

Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University, as well as the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) professional designations.


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  • Humor1

Summary of Industry Experience


Don has written scores of journal and magazine articles covering a wide spectrum of insurance and risk management issues. These include captive insurers, 831(b) captives, employee benefits, commercial property and liability, and insurance tax and accounting.

He has written 2 books on insurance topics. The most recent is The Guide to Captives and Risk Financing Techniques.


Don's finance expertise includes derivatives, options, catastrophe bonds, and securitization. His writing experience in these areas includes technical expositions and first-person observational articles for various journals and magazines.


Don occasionally is asked to write humorous parodies related to the captive insurance business. The sample is a good example of the his style and depth of content.

Product Projects

  • Article10+
  • Grant/Proposal10+
  • Presentation2
  • Newsletter Content2
  • Book2
  • White Paper1

Summary of Product Experience


Don is a prolific writer of insurance industry journal and magazine articles. His articles often combine technical details with first-person observations, based on his extensive experience in the industry. At the extremes, he is capable of writing highly technical, impersonal articles, to so-called "puff" pieces.


Don is particularly proficient in writing proposals and responses to RFPs. In his 30-year career, he has written countless proposals designed to secure insurance projects, and many RFP responses, winning the majority of the projects sought.


Don has written scores of multi-slide presentations over his 30-year career. For about 10 years he wrote and presented a 2-day workshop on insurance industry topics involving alternative risk financing techniques and captives.

Newsletter Content

For many years Don wrote and edited a widely distributed newsletter titled Financing Risk & Reinsurance (FRR). It was a monthly 12-page color newsletter devoted to the convergence of the insurance and capital markets. It tracked current events and included technical articles. FRR was published by the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI).

Don has also contributed to numerous other industry newsletters over the years.


Don wrote a textbook on risk-financing and captives. It was published by Summit Media in 2013. The book covers every significant technique for managing the cost of risk.

White Paper

Don wrote a highly acclaimed white paper for Business Insurance magazine on the use of captive insurers to cover employee benefits.

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