Executive Management Team
President & CEO
Mike is the top executive responsible for all of MiniCo’s operations to include the insurance, publishing and support divisions. He is also CEO of MiniCo’s Canadian operations. Mike joined MiniCo in 2000 and has over 30 years of executive-level experience including 10 years as an agency owner specializing in life, health, and property and casualty insurance programs for the supermarket industry. He has held leadership positions responsible for sales, marketing, technology, underwriting, claims and customer care. Mike holds a bachelor of business administration degree in management from Lamar University.
Mary E. Schick
Chief Financial Officer
Mary is responsible for the financial and accounting operations of MiniCo. Prior to joining MiniCo in 2005, she held the position of chief financial officer for The Phoenix Art Group and has served in senior financial leadership positions for several companies. Mary received her undergraduate degree in accountancy from Arizona State University and holds an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She has been a certified public accountant in the state of Arizona since 1985.
President, Casualty Division
Rick Krouner has been an insurance professional for over 35 years including extensive leadership, operational and underwriting experience. Previously, he was the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Inter-Reco, Inc., a full-service program administrator specializing in writing general liability for New York contractors. Rick also was President of Inter-Cas Ltd., and founder and President of UTC Risk Management Services, Inc. He has served as an expert witness in several reinsurance/insurance disputes in the construction and managing general agency field. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in risk management and insurance from Syracuse University.
Vice President, Claims
Don is responsible for the claims operations of all of MiniCo’s business lines. He is an experienced claims professional with a solid background and expertise in numerous claim operational and development roles. Prior to joining MiniCo in 2011, Don held the position of vice president of claims for the agribusiness division of QBE/OneBeacon Insurance Company as well as multiple senior management positions with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.
Vice President, Business Development
Keith oversees business development efforts for all of MiniCo’s business lines to include agent relations and developing books of business for the self-storage commercial insurance product as well as fine art and collectibles insurance. He also is responsible for facility development for the tenant insurance program. Keith has over 20 years of customer service and management experience. Prior to joining MiniCo in 2007, he held senior management positions with Shurgard Storage Centers, Wells Fargo, and Charles Schwab. Keith holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.
Daniel J. Sommer
Vice President, Marketing & Communications, and Chief Marketing Officer
Dan is responsible for corporate communications and marketing services for MiniCo Insurance Agency and other Aran Insurance Services Group business units including conception, development and implementation of marketing, advertising and public relations activities. He has over 30 years of experience in this field with a focus on business-to-business marketing, strategic development and online marketing. Prior to joining MiniCo in 2007, Dan served as a senior vice president for CIT Equipment Finance and Lieber Levett Koenig Farese Babcock. He is a six-time winner of the Direct Marketing Association’s International ECHO award and two-time winner of the Target Markets Program Administrators Association (TMPAA) Marketing Campaign Award. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Albright College.
Chief Information Officer
As the CIO for Aran Insurance Services Group, the parent company of MiniCo Insurance Agency, Peter is responsible for providing enterprise-level information technology services for all Aran business units. He has over 20 years of experience in software development, customer and partner relations/support, reporting, network and infrastructure engineering, security and disaster recovery at domestic and international levels. Prior to joining Aran in 2010, Peter held the positions of chief information officer for WebHouse Inc. and vice president and chief technology officer for QBE the Americas. Peter holds an associate’s degree in business administration from Valley Forge Military Academy and College, a bachelor of science in management and technical communications from Clarkson University, a degree in information technologies from the Chubb Institute as well as several technology industry designations.