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.
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
Ella is responsible for the claims operations of all of MiniCo’s business lines. She has over 30 years of experience as a claims professional with expertise in a wide range of operational and development roles. Prior to joining MiniCo in 2019, Ella held senior management positions with Armed Forces Insurance, Traders Insurance Company, QBE/OneBeacon, and Federated Rural Electrical Insurance Exchange. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Park University and two associate’s degrees from the Insurance Institute of America.
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.