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Amanda Compton

Underwriter

Amanda joined U.S. Risk in August 2019 when the company acquired U.S. Brokers Network, who she joined in 2015 as an assistant to the agency. In 2017, she obtained her P&C producer license and has been working as an underwriter for professional liability (errors & omissions) ever since.… Read more
U.S. Risk UnderwritersProfessional Liability Office Address 1832 Woodmoor Drive Suite 101 Monument, Colorado 80132 Work Phone: (610) 619-5618

Amanda joined U.S. Risk in August 2019 when the company acquired U.S. Brokers Network, who she joined in 2015 as an assistant to the agency. In 2017, she obtained her P&C producer license and has been working as an underwriter for professional liability (errors & omissions) ever since.

Amanda is an alumnus of the University of Missouri, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2012. In 2018, Amanda received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

Product specialties

  • Professional Liability (Errors & Omissions)
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Deborah Egel-Fergus

Vice President/Program Manager

Deborah Egel-Fergus is Vice President and oversees the Lawyers Professional Liability, serving firms in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. She joined the company July 2018 after over 15 years at Travelers Insurance Company, where she was an Account-Executive Officer and Professional Liability Team Leader with bond and financial products.… Read more
U.S. Risk UnderwritersLawyers Professional Liability Office Address 8401 N. Central Expressway Suite 1000 Dallas, Texas 75225 Work Phone: (469) 983-7132 Cell Phone: (817) 703-1452

Deborah Egel-Fergus is Vice President and oversees the Lawyers Professional Liability, serving firms in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. She joined the company July 2018 after over 15 years at Travelers Insurance Company, where she was an Account-Executive Officer and Professional Liability Team Leader with bond and financial products. At Travelers, Ms. Egel-Fergus managed a $7 million lawyers professional liability book of business, consisting of two states in the South Central Region, and she handled excess lawyers E&O for the Northern California, Southern California, Midwest and Southwest regions of the U.S. Prior to joining Travelers, Ms. Egel-Fergus worked in property and casualty insurance since 1986 in various capacities for several major national companies, including TIG Specialty Insurance Company, Southern Risk Specialists Lexington an AIG subsidiary, and Bertholon-Rowland Corporation.

Ms. Egel-Fergus received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Music from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She currently serves as Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS). Over the years Deborah has also served PLUS in other various capacities. She has served as a Director for the (PLUS) Foundation, on the national Events Subcommittee for PLUS, as well as served as Chapter Chair of the Texas Chapter PLUS in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and also as a member of the American Bar Association Conference Committee.

Product specialties

  • Lawyers Professional Liability
  • Cyber
  • Management Liability Lines
  • Excess Professional Liability
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Dawn Fries

Underwriter

Dawn joined U.S. Brokers Network in 2016 as an underwriter and became part of the U.S. Risk team when the agency was acquired in 2019. She specializes in professional liability for retail insurance agents E&O. Dawn has been underwriting this line of business since 2013.… Read more
U.S. Risk Underwriters Office Address 1832 Woodmoor Drive Suite 101 Monument, Colorado 80132 Work Phone: (281) 243-5776

Dawn joined U.S. Brokers Network in 2016 as an underwriter and became part of the U.S. Risk team when the agency was acquired in 2019. She specializes in professional liability for retail insurance agents E&O. Dawn has been underwriting this line of business since 2013. Prior to writing casualty insurance, she worked in personal lines for 12 years writing and servicing P&C products.

Product specialties

  • Insurance agents E&O
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Amanda Gonzales

Senior Underwriter

Amanda joined the U.S. Risk Healthcare Pros team in October 2018, bringing with her over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. She spent the first 10 years on the agency side as an account manager.… Read more
U.S. Risk UnderwritersHealthcarePros Office Address 8401 N. Central Expressway Suite 1000 Dallas, Texas 78225 Work Phone: (469) 983-7108

Amanda joined the U.S. Risk Healthcare Pros team in October 2018, bringing with her over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. She spent the first 10 years on the agency side as an account manager. In 2007, Amanda ventured into the MGA underwriting side of the business. She has worked both contract and brokerage, but has specialized in the program underwriting segment of insurance. She is highly knowledgeable in general liability, professional liability, abuse coverage, property, inland marine, auto and excess liability.

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Jonathan Hagan

Underwriter

Jonathan has worked in the insurance industry since 2002 and specializes in all lines and classes of commercial insurance. He is experienced in construction related accounts and is focused on underwriting as well as brokerage placements for all lines of property and casualty coverage.… Read more
U.S. Risk UnderwritersU.S. Risk Fort Worth Office Address 801 Cherry St. Suite 2320 Fort Worth, Texas 76102 Work Phone: (817) 984-2306

Jonathan has worked in the insurance industry since 2002 and specializes in all lines and classes of commercial insurance. He is experienced in construction related accounts and is focused on underwriting as well as brokerage placements for all lines of property and casualty coverage.

Jonathan earned a degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Product specialties

  • Artisan contractors
  • Contractors liability
  • Excess/umbrella
  • General liability
  • Habitational
  • Inland marine
  • Property
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Janis Intrieri

Underwriter

Janis has over 15 years of workers' compensation experience, with over four years at U.S. Risk, working as an underwriter for multiple national carriers, managing multiple specialty programs. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida.… Read more
U.S. Risk UnderwritersU.S. Risk Sarasota Office Address 5560 Broadcast Court Sarasota, Florida 34240 Work Phone: (941) 444-1653

Janis has over 15 years of workers’ compensation experience, with over four years at U.S. Risk, working as an underwriter for multiple national carriers, managing multiple specialty programs. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida.

Product specialties

  • Healthcare
  • Firearms
  • Temporary staffing
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Gus Kontogianis

Director of Business Development

Since 2008, Gus has been a part of the staffing industry, both in business development and underwriting. He has executed high-performance strategies for driving insurance sales with both prospective and established accounts across multi-state regions, in addition to maintaining and growing revenue base through client retention initiatives.… Read more
U.S. Risk UnderwritersStaffPak Office Address 8401 N. Central Expressway Suite 1000 Dallas, Texas 75225 Work Phone: (610) 619-5628 Cell Phone: (516) 807-2424

Since 2008, Gus has been a part of the staffing industry, both in business development and underwriting. He has executed high-performance strategies for driving insurance sales with both prospective and established accounts across multi-state regions, in addition to maintaining and growing revenue base through client retention initiatives. Gus is currently working towards RPLU designation.

Product specialties

  • General liability
  • Professional liability
  • Employment practices liability
  • Crime
  • HNOA
  • EBL
  • Umbrella
  • Workers’ compensation
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Vanessa Lujan

Senior Underwriter

Vanessa joined U.S. Risk as an underwriter in 2015, specializing in management liability. During the previous seven years, she worked for a wholesale brokerage firm, handling personal liability and management lines. Vanessa earned an AST in Business Administration from Orange Coast College in 2018, and a B.A.… Read more
U.S. Risk Underwriters Office Address 25201 Paseo De Alicia Suite 265 Laguna Hills, California 92653 Work Phone: (657) 261-2364 Cell Phone: (714) 797-0214

Vanessa joined U.S. Risk as an underwriter in 2015, specializing in management liability. During the previous seven years, she worked for a wholesale brokerage firm, handling personal liability and management lines. Vanessa earned an AST in Business Administration from Orange Coast College in 2018, and a B.A. in Business Administration–Finance from California State University of Fullerton in 2020.

Product specialties

  • Directors and officers
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Fiduciary
  • Crime
  • Errors and omissions
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Lydia Moomey

Underwriter

Lydia joined U.S. Risk in January 2020 and has three years of commercial wholesale experience. She is a graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in Risk Management and Insurance, and is currently pursuing her CPCU designation.… Read more
U.S. Risk UnderwritersU.S. Risk Southlake Office Address 365 Miron Drive Suite D Southlake, Texas 76092 Work Phone: (817) 873-5594

Lydia joined U.S. Risk in January 2020 and has three years of commercial wholesale experience. She is a graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in Risk Management and Insurance, and is currently pursuing her CPCU designation. She works with a wide variety of industries including contractors, habitational, liquor, and excess.

Product specialties

  • Contractors
  • Commercial property
  • Habitational
  • Lessor’s risk
  • General liability
  • Liquor liability
  • Excess/umbrella
  • Builder’s risk
  • Hospitality
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Rebeca Perdomo

Underwriter

Rebeca began in the insurance industry in 1990 as a retail agent. She worked as a garage underwriter for seven years for an admitted carrier. Since 2013, she has been on the wholesale side as a property and casualty underwriter.… Read more
U.S. Risk Underwriters Office Address 18851 NE 29 Avenue Suite 904 Aventura, Florida 33180 Work Phone: (800) 982-1895 Cell Phone: (786) 785-6910

Rebeca began in the insurance industry in 1990 as a retail agent. She worked as a garage underwriter for seven years for an admitted carrier. Since 2013, she has been on the wholesale side as a property and casualty underwriter.

Product specialties

  • General liability
  • Property
  • Umbrella/excess
  • Churches
  • Beauty salons
  • Daycare centers
  • Gas stations
  • Lessor’s risk
  • Restaurants
  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
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Richard Rutkin

Executive Vice President, Business Development

Richard has been in the insurance industry since July 1974 and held many positions throughout the years, initially in the retail world running branch offices and managing all types of business risks. In 1994, he aided in the start up of L.A.… Read more
U.S. Risk UnderwritersTake1 Office Address 10474 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 306 Los Angeles, California 90035 Work Phone: (424) 208-5991 Cell Phone: (747) 242-9208

Richard has been in the insurance industry since July 1974 and held many positions throughout the years, initially in the retail world running branch offices and managing all types of business risks. In 1994, he aided in the start up of L.A. Xcess, a dedicated entertainment insurance wholesale broker. In 2002, a portion of L.A. Xcess was sold to DeWitt Stern Group and Richard maintained his interest. This allowed L.A. Xcess to become a national entertainment wholesaler with access to all markets within this segment. In 2011, he acquired the majority of ownership and continued to manage its growth. Then in 2018, L.A. Xcess and its team were acquired and merged into Take1, where he now handles carrier relationships, develop new broker relationships and the development of new product ideas.

Product specialties

  • Entertainment Insurance Programs (film, television, music, loan-out corporations, rental houses, touring entertainment, etc.)
  • Contingency Insurance (Cancellation/Non-appearance, Kidnap and Ransom, Death and Disgrace, Unusual Business Income exposures)
  • Terrorism program
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Angela Schroder

Senior Vice President

Angela has 20 plus years of experience placing professional liability for insurance agents, brokers, MGAs, insurance companies and other specialty lines. Her goal is to always listen to her clients and develop solutions for each situation.… Read more
U.S. Risk UnderwritersU.S. E & O Brokers Office Address 2050 W. Sam Houston Parkway S. Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (713) 984-1370 Work Phone: (281) 243-5747 Cell Phone: (713) 932-1385

Angela has 20 plus years of experience placing professional liability for insurance agents, brokers, MGAs, insurance companies and other specialty lines. Her goal is to always listen to her clients and develop solutions for each situation.

Angela is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, acquiring a B.B.A. in Insurance and B.A. in History in 1984. She is president of U.S. E&O Brokers, a family-owned insurance business launched in 1976 and acquired by U.S. Risk in August 2019.

Product specialties

  • Professional liability for insurance agents/brokers, MGAs, life wholesalers, program administrators, and third-party administrators
  • Specialty E&O programs for networks and groups and franchisors of insurance, real estate, lawyers, and title agents
  • Cyber insurance and crime coverage
  • Management liability
  • Employment practices liability
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Ray Ward

Senior Broker

Ray joined U.S. Risk in 2019 as a Senior Broker in the Houston office, after 10 years in the Lloyd's of London market. He has over 35 years experience broking property and casualty lines for energy risks, prevalently oil and gas, from exploration and production through to refining and marketing.… Read more
U.S. Risk UnderwritersU.S. Risk Energy & Environmental Office Address 2050 West Sam Houston Parkway South Suite 1500 Houston, Texas 77042 Work Phone: (281) 243-5756 Cell Phone: (713) 898-4785

Ray joined U.S. Risk in 2019 as a Senior Broker in the Houston office, after 10 years in the Lloyd’s of London market. He has over 35 years experience broking property and casualty lines for energy risks, prevalently oil and gas, from exploration and production through to refining and marketing. Due to the broad range of exposures inherent to the oil and gas industry, Ray’s experience embraces marine, transportation, construction and environmental. He has worked extensively with both domestic and international risks.

Product specialties

  • Exploration and production, onshore and offshore (upstream)
  • Transportation (midstream)
  • Refining and marketing (downstream)
  • Contractors (drilling and service contractors)
  • LNG (liquifaction, transportation and regassification)
  • Energy property, including construction
  • Energy casualty (GL and excess)
  • Control of well
  • Environmental
  • Marine (service fleets, etc.)
  • Cargo/inland marine
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Cheryl Wladyka

Senior Underwriter

Cheryl is an entertainment insurance underwriter with over 30 years of commercial insurance experience. Before joining U.S. Risk/Take1 in 2008, Cheryl was with CNA for over 12 years, and FFIC for over six years. Read more
U.S. Risk UnderwritersTake1 Office Address 25201 Paseo De Alicia Suite 265 Laguna Hills, California 92653 Work Phone: (657) 261-2365

Cheryl is an entertainment insurance underwriter with over 30 years of commercial insurance experience. Before joining U.S. Risk/Take1 in 2008, Cheryl was with CNA for over 12 years, and FFIC for over six years.