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Meet our team

Our team consists of associates based in Richmond, Virginia that support the team of horse insurance specialists across the United States.

norden Chris Norden, Director of Sport Horse Disciplines
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Nancy Hansen, Markel Insurance Specialist
Tami  Tami George, Markel Insurance Specialist
 pagan Pagan Gilman, Markel Insurance Specialist
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pam Pam Mullins, Markel Insurance Specialist
lisa seger Lisa Seger, Markel Insurance Specialist
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Imogen Rex, Markel Insurance Specialist



Beth Vail, Markel Insurance Specialist

shane Shane Minnix, Director of Underwriting - Farm Programs
Shane came to Richmond, Virginia in 2015, to concentrate on the Property & Casualty branch of the Ag Division here at Markel. He is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and has over 15 years of experience in insurance, with 11 of those years in the Ag insurance industry. Shane graduated Cum Laude from Xavier University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration – Management with a minor in Economics and also holds a CPCU, AFIS and API designation. He enjoys all the disciplines of the insurance world including marketing, technology, organizational efficiencies and of course underwriting. Shane hopes to bring all the key successes of those disciplines together to continue to provide a quality product and ever improving service to our agents and insureds.

johnJohn Egan, Underwriting Manager - Animal Mortality

After graduating from University with a Business degree in 1997, John worked for a Property and Casualty insurance broker in London, before moving into the horse industry as an assistant trainer based at Wolverhampton racecourse, England. John then worked for Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber's farms of Watership Down in England and Kiltinan Castle in Tipperary, Ireland, before relocating to Kentucky and Lane's End Farm in 2002. John decided to combine his experience in the horse and insurance industries by becoming an Equine Insurance Agent for a broker in Versailles, KY in 2004 and then as an Underwriter for a large multi-national insurance company specializing in horse insurance, before joining Markel in 2008. John is currently located in Markel’s head office in Richmond, VA.

emilyEmily Springman, Farm & Liability Underwriter
Emily joined Markel in 2004 after finishing her degree at Murray State University. She began working with the equine mortality products and has transitioned to an underwriting position for property and casualty risks within the agriculture division at Markel. She shares a passion for horses as due many of her colleagues. Emily works directly with preferred agents and equine field specialists. She works with a team of horse experts to help develop them into true insurance specialists and to grow a profitable book of equine related business. 

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Sally Lowman, Horse Mortality Underwriter - Sport horse disciplines
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michelleMichelle Ruff, Associate Underwriter
Michelle grew up in the Northern Neck of Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s in Economics and in German, and joined Markel in 2012. She currently competes in FEI level dressage with her own mare, and is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist. She brings her riding background to Markel, where she works on Farm, Liability, and Mortality accounts for the dressage and sport horse specialists.