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Meet our team

Our team consists of associates based in Richmond, Virginia, Geneva, Illinois, and London, England. Formed in October 2008, our team brings a combined experience of over 200 years in equine & livestock insurance to Markel.

robertRobert Wells, Underwriter-Livestock (London, England)
Robert started his career in the London insurance market in 1996 at QBE. He moved to an Underwriting Agency of QBE specializing in livestock in 1997 and in 1999 was appointed as Deputy Underwriter of the agency. In 2002, he joined XL Insurance as Livestock Underwriter, broadening the account to include Aquaculture risks, and was promoted to Class Underwriter in 2005. Robert has traveled worldwide researching livestock and aquaculture markets in Europe, Australia, South America and Canada as well as all corners of the USA. Robert brought his extensive knowledge to the Markel team in 2009 and will be developing the global livestock and aquaculture account, operating from the London, UK and Geneva, IL, USA offices.

stuartStuart Wilson, Underwriting Manager (Geneva, IL)
Stuart joined the Markel underwriting team as part of its acquisition of American Live Stock, Geneva, IL in 2010. Stuart grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Central Illinois and has a strong background in the livestock industry. He obtained his Animal Science degree from Western Illinois University where he was a member of the highly successful livestock judging team. Graduate work followed at the University of Missouri. Prior to joining American Live Stock as the manager of the cattle division in 2006, Stuart had been associated with ALS and the affiliated firm of Harding & Harding for over 25 years as a producer of insurance coverages. In addition to his many years of sale management and cattle consultant work, Stuart is the former publisher of The Shorthorn World beef cattle magazine. Stuart, his wife, Ann, and their daughter, Robyn, own a small purebred cattle herd.

George Haak, Underwriter (Geneva, IL)
George joined the Markel underwriting team as part of its acquisition of American Live Stock, Geneva, IL in 2010. His pedigree would seem to suggest that he was destined to become a livestock underwriter, with both of his parents having worked in the livestock insurance industry at the legendary Chicago Stockyards. George began his livestock underwriting career with Hartford Livestock out of their Chicago headquarters, gaining risk experience in the equine, cattle and canine industries. After years, and as a Senior Underwriter, George was invited to join American Live Stock in 1995, where he has continued underwriting livestock risks; with an emphasis on the cattle and canine mortality markets. Despite four decades of animal mortality underwriting experience to his credit, and literally tens of thousands of risks under his belt, George says that because of the industry's specialized nature, hardly a week goes by that he isn't faced with something new, unique and challenging. He concludes; “While there have been huge changes and advances over my career, the one thing that has remained true: Success is driven through underwriting”.

cindyCindy Linman, Underwriting Assistant (Geneva, IL)
Cindy joined the Markel team as part of its acquisition of American Live Stock, Geneva, IL in 2010. Cindy had been with American Live Stock since 2004, working as an assistant for cattle, equine, claims and compliance. She had also handled the monthly renewal process during her time with the company. Previously, Cindy spent 15 years in the publishing industry in various positions in departments from Customer Service to Finance. Cindy enjoys reading, cross-stitching and spending time with her adorable pet dachshund.

julieJulie Huggins, Underwriting Assistant (Geneva, IL)
Julie joined the Markel team as part of its acquisition of American Live Stock, Geneva, IL in 2010. Julie had been with American Live Stock since October 2006 working in various supportive roles such as policy and renewal processing for cattle and equine, month end reporting, and general office support. Prior to working at American Live Stock, Julie was a stay at home mom, raising 3 busy boys, and working part time from her in-home salon. Spare time is enjoyed by bicycling, entertaining, and cooking for family and friends.