Faculty NameMark Fredricksen
In his 40 years in the Insurance Industry, Mark D. Fredricksen has made a name for himself in the animal mortality and agricultural markets. In 1986 Mark established Mark D. Fredricksen Insurance Services, Inc., and in 1993 acquired equine retailer Peterson, McAnally and Tabor. In 2007 Mark was acquired by Hub International Insurance Services, a global leader in the Insurance industry completing a merger which created one of HUB' s first wholesale operations.
Mark finds his work most fulfilling when he has the opportunity to work with other brokers who may be unfamiliar with the Agri/Equine marketplace, or have limited access to markets. In these situations, Mark can work as a consultant with Brokers to assist them with form and carrier recommendations.
Some of the highlights of his nearly 40 years in the insurance industry include: earning his Certified Insurance Counselor designation, 1986; being President of the Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding Safety Association; giving expert witness testimony in equine related cases and facilitating carrier seminars.
Mark is also aware of the value of community, be it the community he lives in or the community he works within, therefore he keeps honesty and integrity in the forefront of all his personal and work related dealings.
Faculty NameDoug Johnson
Doug Johnson is the president of JSL Aviation Insurance, a Marsh McLennan Agency, LLC. company. Doug has over 40 years' experience in the aviation insurance industry. His career began in Melbourne, Florida where he was the managing partner of a large regional aviation insurance agency. When that agency was sold to a national company, Doug joined them as vice-president and regional manager of their Atlanta office. He served in numerous capacities for the agency, including national marketing manager.
Prior to the start of his aviation insurance career, Doug spent seven years with a special intelligence unit of the United States Air Force. He is a private pilot.
In addition to authoring numerous articles on aviation insurance, he has served on the adjunct faculty of the Florida Institute of Technology, School of Aeronautics and Brevard Community College. He is also a popular speaker at meetings and conventions.
Doug served on the Business Management Committee of the National Air Transportation Association during the development of the NATA Safety First program. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of that program. He also served as Chairman of the education committee of the Aviation Insurance Association. In this role, he led the development of the curriculum for the newly revamped Aviation Insurance Core Principles and Concepts course offered by the Association as a part of the Certified Aviation Insurance Professional curriculum. He is now one of the lead instructors for the course.
Doug was among the first to earn the prestigious Certified Aviation Insurance Professional (CAIP) designation. More recently, he was awarded the CAIP Gold status for continuing commitment to service and education in the aviation insurance industry. As an insurance counselor in the field of aviation insurance he assists his clients with coordinating and successfully marketing their insurance needs.
In 2016 Doug was awarded the prestigious Pinnacle award which is presented annually to a single individual by the Aviation Insurance Association for outstanding service to the industry.
Faculty NameMichael Smith
Michael Smith is the co-founder and former President of Global Marine Insurance Agency, one of the largest marine only specialty agencies in the US who represent every major marine insurer. Mike's 38 year career focus has been as an agent and executive specialized in personal and commercial marine risks. Mike is a certified (CE) marine insurance instructor for Commercial Marine Insurance Professional (CMIP), Michigan Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) and the National Marine Lenders Association (NMLA).
Mike's career and boating background uniquely qualify him to instruct on the subject of yacht insurance. Mike began boating as a young boy and has owned or operated various boats of all sizes, both power and sail and has cruised extensively in the Great Lakes and the Caribbean. Mike served on the board of directors of the National Marine Lenders Association and is the past president of the local community sailing program; Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS) and is a member of the Grand Traverse Yacht Club. Mikes passion for boats and his love of the water are revealed in each of his seminars along with his numerous "war stories" relating to yachting and insurance.