Meet the Genesee Leadership

Roger Ware, Jr.
ARM, President/CEO

Roger has served as President and CEO of Genesee  since 1998. He began his career as a commercial underwriter at Fireman’s Fund in 1982. Roger has worked with several insurance carriers focusing on large lines casualty products. Previous to joining Genesee, he was Regional Vice President of Crum & Forster’s Atlanta Region. When Roger became CEO of Genesee, the company was a small MGA with 3.5 million in annual premium focused on the state of Georgia. Today, Genesee is a national company with MGA and Wholesale writings in excess of $130 million in annualized premium. Genesee now writes a broad array of coverages focusing on the E&S commercial segment. Genesee has also been named as a 5 Star wholesale company 2 yrs in a row by Insurance Business America. Roger served on the board of the American Association of Managing General Agents serving as President in 2015. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Roger holds a B.S. degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Masters in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and the designation of Associate in Risk Management from the Insurance Institute.

CPCU, Vice President/Secretary

Felicia began her career with Genesee in 1984. She has held several positions with the company including transportation underwriter. She currently serves as Vice President with responsibilities over underwriting and administrative duties. She received the CPCU designation from The American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters in 2000.

Andy is the Chief Financial Officer of Genesee. He has 30 years of corporate accounting experience in a broad range of industries. Most recently he was the Director of Financial Reporting for a local MGA and its subsidiary, a Georgia-domiciled P&C carrier. Andy’s expertise includes GAAP and statutory financial reporting, analysis, forecasting, systems implementation, and cash management. He serves as the CFO and accounting department manager for all of the Genesee entities. Andy graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Biology. He has lived in Georgia for 30 years, and currently resides in Marietta with his wife and two children.

David Palmer
President – Specialty Property

David serves as President of Genesee’s Specialty Property division, which was established in April 2008. An Atlanta native and a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia with a BBA degree in Accounting, David began his insurance career in 1995 with Federated Insurance Company in Atlanta. While at Federated, he worked as a commercial underwriter before moving to the position of Retail Producer. David joined Wood Special Risk as a Property Broker in 2003 and served as Vice President and Manager of the Property Department.

Adam Forrester
Vice President of Property and Casualty

Adam is an Atlanta native and a 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia with a BBA in Risk Management & Insurance. He began his career as a commercial lines producer for the Norton Agency in Gainesville, GA. In 2005, Adam joined Genesee as a Property Casualty Underwriter/ Broker.

Amy Salter
Vice President of Marketing

Amy serves as Vice President of Marketing. Amy is a Georgia native and a graduate of Georgia State University majoring in Risk Management & Insurance. She started her insurance career underwriting workers’ comp, P & C and transportation risks with Golden Isles Underwriters. In 2000, she joined SIU as a Commercial P & C Underwriter. In 2004 she joined Genesee where she managed underwriting commercial risks and marketing. In 2008, she then moved over to full-time marketing where she manages the branding of the company – from the website to marketing materials while still calling on the independent agencies and attending the conventions in the Southeast area and collaborating with our branch offices on marketing efforts.

Mary Elizabeth Threatt
Vice President/General Manager of Insurance Payment Company (IPC)

Mary Elizabeth serves as the Vice President and General Manager of Insurance Payment Company, our in-house premium finance company. She is responsible for the operations, the management of agency relationships as well as the continued growth of the division. Mary Elizabeth joins us with over twelve years of experience in the premium finance industry. She started her career with a national premium finance company in 2005 and assumed several roles in Operations and Marketing Management during her more than nine year tenure there. Her most recent positions in the industry include Vice President of Credit as well as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. She is a native of South Carolina and has relocated to Alpharetta, GA with her husband and two daughters to join our team. Mary Elizabeth is an avid college football fan and a devoted supporter of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. She has a B.S. degree from Francis Marion University.

Michelle Lindsey
Director /VP of Underwriting Services

Michelle began her insurance career in 1996 with National Reinsurance, she helped open a new branch/division of CNA Reinsurance in Alpharetta, Georgia in 1997. She joined Genesee in 2003 as an Assistant P & C Underwriter. She then became the Team Leader of Assistants in the P & C Dept. in 2005, Administrative Supervisor of Assistants in 2007 and Underwriting Services Manager in 2013. She currently serves as Director/VP  of Underwriting Services.

Patrick O’Hara
Colorado Branch -Marketing, Assistant Vice President

Patrick O’Hara worked in the gaming industry for 8 years, prior to representing Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado (PIIAC), as the Marketing and Communications Director. With his relationship-centered approach to business, he was successful at helping grow the membership base. In addition, he developed effective communication and marketing strategies, coordinated and improved participation at events, assisted independent insurance agencies with co-branding and marketing opportunities available through the state association. He is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver, with a B.A. in Psychology. Patrick started at Genesee as a marketing representative where he was then promoted to Marketing Manager of our Colorado Branch office. In 2019, he was then promoted to Assistant Vice President.

Tara Weigle
Colorado Branch – Vice President

Tara Weigle began her insurance career in 1985 at Maryland Casualty, an admitted carrier.  After leaving the company side, she worked at a retail agency for 11 years underwriting a national hospitality program for all lines of business including Property, Casualty, Auto, Professional and E &S.  She then moved to Burns & Wilcox as an Underwriter for Property, Casualty, and Professional insurance.  Tara joined the Colorado office of Genesee in 2009 as a Commercial lines Underwriter and in 2017  she was named the P & C Manager. In 2018, she was promoted to Assistant Vice President of our Colorado branch, then in 2019 promoted to Vice President, while still maintaining and growing her book of business.

Marcela Connor
North Carolina Branch- Vice President

Marcela Connor joined the Genesee team as AVP, Branch Manager of our new branch office in Charlotte, NC in Sept of 2019. Marcela discovered her passion for insurance while she was a commercial lines marketing intern in the Lake Charles, LA area at a local independent agency while attending McNeese State University. Marcela relocated to North Carolina with her family and then began a position on the MGA side of Burns & Wilcox. There she started as an associate underwriter, underwriter, started the training program growing into a Brokerage Manager position where she built the middle market team. She graduated from NYU with a Master’s degree in Risk Management and is currently working towards her CPCU designation. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her children.

Rodolfo Vaupel
VP of Hispanic Agency Development

Originally from Lima, Peru, Rodolfo has a special place in his heart for the Hispanic insurance community, Rodolfo is passionate about educating the community where he has trained agents on commercial business throughout the southeast. Rodolfo is an active member of several Hispanic Organizations.

Rodolfo is a graduate of the University of Lima in Peru and has his MBA with an emphasis on Risk Management and Insurance from Georgia State University where was recognized as the outstanding student of the year in 2002. Rodolfo has more than 30 years of insurance experience, he has worked on the carrier side, retail agency and MGA. He began his carrier in the claims department of “El Pacifico”, an insurance company associated with AIG in Peru. He has also worked for Lloyd Insurance Group and Fulcro Insurance in Atlanta GA. Rodolfo comes to Genesee as VP of Hispanic Agency Development from SIU where he was AVP of Hispanic Agencies Services