Leadership Team

MiniCo’s success can be attributed to the deep industry knowledge of the individuals in our organization. Our staff is committed to exceeding the expectations of our agency partners. Meet the leaders that are innovating, motivating, and driving growth for everyone at MiniCo.

Rick Krouner

President, Specialty Programs Division

Rick is responsible for all specialty program operations. His proven track record, industry-leading expertise, and experience will lead the Specialty Programs Division in its distribution, growth, and product development strategies. Rick has been in the program space for over 40 years and has extensive leadership and executive experience. He was founder, president, and CEO of a program administrator specializing in construction and habitational business in the Northeast. Rick has served as an expert witness in several reinsurance/insurance disputes in the construction and managing general agency fields. He holds a B.S. in Risk Management and Insurance from Syracuse University.

Jim Henry

President, National Programs Division

Jim is responsible for all national program operations and brings extensive multiline underwriting and carrier experience to his leadership of the National Programs Division in its distribution and growth strategies. He joined MiniCo in 2011 as MiniCo’s Chief Underwriting Officer and leader of the Agribusiness program. Jim has over 25 years of experience at the executive level specializing in program expansion, integration, and underwriting operations. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Miami University (OH) as well as the CPCU, ARM, ARe, AIS, AIC, and AFIS insurance designations.

Vince Terlaje

Executive Vice President

Vince oversees MiniCo’s Nonprofit & Social Services and Adult Residential Facilities programs. He joined MiniCo in 2021 when these programs migrated from NIF Group to MiniCo under mutual parent company Jencap Group LLC. Vince has over 35 years of executive and program management experience with specialization in commercial property and casualty, professional liability, claims, and risk management. He holds a B.A. in Business Management from Seattle University as well as the CPCU, RPLU, AU, and ARe insurance designations.

Leslie Wilson

Senior Vice President, Underwriting Manager

Leslie manages and provides senior leadership to MiniCo’s Sacramento office program underwriting operations. She oversees all day-to-day activities including agency and carrier relations while directing the underwriting, administration, accounting, and information systems teams. With 24 years of experience as an underwriter and wholesale broker, Leslie brings a profitability-focused approach to managing programs and enhancing carrier relationships.

Ella Tayrien

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 degrees from the Insurance Institute of America.

Brianna Reams

Director of Finance

As MiniCo’s Director of Finance, Brianna oversees all company financial activities including budget development, revenue reporting, distribution of funds, and implementation of corporate financial policies. Her financial expertise, management experience, and specialization in the insurance and venture capital industries make her uniquely qualified to lead the accounting team and provide direction for the company’s financial strategy. Brianna is a licensed C.P.A. and holds an M.S. in Professional Accounting and Auditing from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Arizona.

James Appleton

Director of Sales, Special Risk

As Director of Sales, Special Risk, James oversees MiniCo’s Collectibles Insurance and Self-Storage Tenant Insurance programs. He brings his over 20 years of management experience in business development, sales, and marketing to the leadership of these programs. James has experience in the insurance, real estate, and investment industries with specialized expertise in the self-storage sector. He has served as a board member and technology chairman of the Arizona Self Storage Association for over 15 years and holds a B.S. in Film, Television, and Digital Media from Texas Christian University.