Faculty NameChris Christian
Chris Christian began her insurance career in 1985, joining GAF Insurance Services, a retail agency. After six years with GAF, Chris moved to the carrier side, opening the San Diego branch office of RLI Corporation, an underwriter of specialty lines insurance. The San Diego office was dedicated to directors and officers liability coverage and was the launching pad for Chris's specialization in professional liability.
By 1997, when Chris departed RLI to join London American General Agency, she had established herself as an underwriter of hard-to-place nonprofit directors and officers liability accounts, healthcare directors and officers liability, and managed care errors and omissions coverages. At London American, Chris launched two underwriting facilities for healthcare-related errors and omissions and directors and officers coverages, as well as brokerage facilities for professional liability and property/casualty lines.
Chris joined US Risk Brokers in November 2005 as Vice President and Senior Broker, specializing in professional liability. She has earned her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) designations and is a frequent industry speaker and author. She is also active in industry associations.
Faculty NameBettye Buffington
Bettye Buffington is President of Central Insurance Services, Inc. in Beltsville, Maryland, and former Vice President of Truckwriters of Colorado, Inc. in Lakewood, Colorado. After long years of "commuting" across the country on a regular basis, Bettye is taking a break from her ownership and leadership roles in the agency business and will focus on teaching and consulting. Bettye has a long list of accomplishments and contributions to The National Alliance and to the state associations for which she instructs. Bettye has served on the Board of Governors for the Society of CISR, as well as the Board of Governors for the Society of CIC. She is a member of Insurance Agents & Brokers of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware and has been a long-standing instructor for the association.
Bettye is a National Faculty member for the Society of CIC, teaching at CISR courses, William T. Hold Seminars, CIC institutes, Ruble Seminars, and CRM courses. She is an instructor for other risk management and insurance associations and companies. She has written several articles and develops educational material on Insurance and Risk Management. Rough Notes magazine has featured Bettye in their marketing agency of the month and awarded her the "Marketing Agency of the Year." Accomplishments and contributions like these have earned her a place as a Charter Member of the "Distinguished Faculty" of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research.