J. Ryan Clark is a Managing Director of Genstar Capital, helping to identify, evaluate and execute acquisition and investment opportunities. Prior to joining Genstar, Ryan was an Associate at Hellman & Friedman LLC, a private equity investment firm in San Francisco. Previously, he worked in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring Department at Morgan Stanley in New York. Ryan earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an AB in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, with election to Phi Beta Kappa.
Dennis Chookaszian serves on Genstar’s Strategic Advisory Board and advises the Firm in the financial and business services industry. Dennis is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNA Insurance Companies. He served as CNA’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1992 until 1999. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of CNA from 1999 to 2001, and from 1990 to 1992 he was CNA’s President and Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for all property and casualty, life, health and investment operations. Dennis joined CNA in 1975 and served as Chief Financial Officer until 1990 when he was named President. Dennis served as Chairman and CEO of mPower, Inc., an Internet financial advisory service, from 1999 to 2001. Dennis is the Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAC), which advises the FASB on accounting standards matters. Dennis is also a Director of six public corporations, including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Career Education, Green Realty Trust, Insweb, LoopNet, and MacDonald Dettwiler. He is also a Director of two Genstar companies, 21st Services and Confie Seguros. He also serves as a director of eight other private equity ventures and a number of nonprofit organizations, including the national board of the Boy Scouts of America, a trustee of Northwestern University, a member of the advisory board of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a member of the advisory board of Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is a Director of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and President of the Foundation for Health Enhancement. He also is a professor at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and teaches a class in Corporate Governance. Dennis received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University, an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and an MS in Economics from the London School of Economics. He is a CPA (certified public accountant) and a CPCU (chartered property casualty underwriter).
Jeffrey Glazer is the Chief Executive Officer of Insurity. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the business, which provides comprehensive solutions to help insurance carriers manage the entire policy lifecycle for commercial, personal and specialty lines. Jeffrey began his career working for The Hartford Insurance Group where he gained expertise in both personal and commercial lines insurance and technology. When he left The Hartford in 1985, he was a senior officer responsible for commercial lines insurance. He founded his own company in 1985, which focused on developing innovative software insurance solutions. His company, Programming Resources Company, now known as Insurity, was purchased by Equifax in 1994. At Equifax, Jeffrey served as vice president of the Insurance division, where he was responsible for the market-leading software provided to the Commercial Property/Casualty industry. After ChoicePoint spun off from Equifax in 1997, Jeffrey joined the ChoicePoint team in its insurance division as vice president. ChoicePoint was acquired by Reed Elsevier in 2008 and integrated into LexisNexis. At LexisNexis, Jeffrey was the responsible for the insurance business, which included software solutions as well as data, fraud and claims solutions and the Insurance Exchange. Jeffrey holds a degree in mathematics from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Mark D. Hanson is a Managing Director of Genstar Capital LLC, responsible for expanding Genstar’s Software & Software Services practice by leveraging his more than 20 years in the industry. Prior to joining Genstar, Mark most recently served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and Chief of Staff for Siebel Systems, Inc., where he worked closely with the executive team to help Siebel return to growth in 2005. He was responsible for building the M&A function at Siebel, and during his tenure the company made 17 acquisitions. Prior to that, Mark was President and Chief Operating Officer of Visigenic Software, Inc., where he helped build the company from a startup entity with no revenues through its IPO and sale to Borland Software Corporation. Mark has also worked as a senior executive with other leading software companies, including Sybase, Inc., Macromedia, Inc., and Informix Software, Inc. Mark is a graduate of Santa Clara University and received his MBA from Golden Gate University.
Steve Mankoff has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry and currently serves on the Boards of ConvergeOne, Nomis Solutions, SignalDemand and Virtual Instruments and the Advisory Boards of C3, Cloud9 Analytics, Kepha Partners and Neuvora. Previously, Steve worked as Senior Vice President of Global and Technical Services at Siebel Systems, Inc., which was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2006. Steve was a member of the Founder’s Circle of first employees and the Siebel executive management team. As Senior Vice President of Global and Technical Services, Steve was responsible for Siebel’s Global Expert Services, Education, Professional Services, Quality Engineering, Technical Account Management, Technical Support, Customer Satisfaction and Offshore Development programs. The combined organization had more than 2,100 employees, more than 700 dedicated contractors and annual revenue approaching $1 billion. Prior to Siebel, he held various product, marketing and sales management positions at several software companies including, Oracle. Steve earned a Master of Science in Management from the MIT Sloan School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.
Eli Weiss is a Vice President with Genstar Capital, helping to identify, evaluate and execute acquisition and investment opportunities. Prior to joining Genstar, Eli was an Associate at Hellman & Friedman LLC, a private equity investment firm in San Francisco. Previously, Eli worked for Greenhill & Co. in New York as an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructuring and Principal Investing groups. Eli earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated from Yale University.
David Wroe has accumulated a wealth of senior level insurance and IT experience during his extensive 40-year career. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Chicago-based CNA, one of the world’s premier insurance organizations, from 1996 to 2001. From 1983 to 1996, David served as Chairman and CEO of Agency Management Systems, Inc., building AMS (now Vertafore) into the largest provider of automation services to insurance agents with a customer base exceeding 20,000 agencies. He had joined AMS in 1981 when he was asked to head AMS development after its acquisition by Commercial Union. He is currently providing consulting services through Clareworks. David is a graduate of Providence College.