Meet the team

Virginia office
4600 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Travis Pearson headshot
  Travis Pearson, ASLI, AIAF, AIDA

Travis serves as the Director of Markel Assurance's investment advisor product. He joined Markel as Underwriting Manager in December, 2009. Prior to joining Markel, Travis was with Chubb, where he was a Senior Underwriting Officer for Financial Institutions.

  Greg Severinghaus, ARM, ASLI
Program Lead

Greg serves as Marketing Manager and Underwriter for Markel Assurance's investment advisor product, and has been with Markel since February 2011. Prior to Markel, Greg has over 10 years of Financial Services experience, an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA from William & Mary. Greg has significant business experience with American Funds, Paychex, MassMutual, and a third party 401k administrator.


  Trent Williams
Underwriting Manager

Trent has been with Markel since November 2009. Prior to joining Markel, Trent was with Travelers, where he was an Underwriter for Investment Advisors, Funds, and Private Equity risks. While completing coursework, Trent was an intern with UBS. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, majoring in Investment Management and an MBA from the University of Mississippi.
Markel Specialty Underwriter, Beth Austin
  Beth Austin
Senior Underwriter
Beth has been with Markel for 16 years, prior to joining the Markel Assurance's investment advisor product in May 2017. She has worked in other areas of Markel, including Southeast Wholesale Region and Shand Morahan underwriting all professional liability lines.  Prior to Markel, Beth worked for Brokerage firms in Richmond, VA and Princeton, NJ.
Tarra Balcom

Tarra Balcom
Senior Underwriter
Tarra joined Markel as an Underwriter in 2015. Prior to Markel, she was a management liability underwriter for Markel Wholesale. She graduated from Northwood University with a double major in finance and economics.


  J Morris, CPCU
Senior Underwriter

J is a Senior Underwriter and joined Markel in September 2001. Prior to joining Markel, he was a financial services advisor and taught economics, statistics, and personal finance at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. 
  Clemence Benwell

Clemence joined Markel as an Underwriting Assistant in December 2012. She was promoted to Underwriter in 2015. Clemence graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, studying International Relations and Business Administration. 

Sampson Townes

Sampson joined Markel as an Underwriting Technician in 2012, and promoted to Underwriter in 2014. Sampson graduated with a B.S. from Cornell's Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

Vermont office
30 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT 05403

Julie Robbins

Julie joined us as an Underwriting Assistant in 2003, and has proved to be a quick study! Julie was promoted to underwriter in 2009. Julie graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Vermont.