Meet the team

Virginia office
4600 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Travis Pearson, ASLI, AIAF

Travis serves as the Director of Markel Cambridge Alliance. He joined Markel as Underwriting Manager for Markel Cambridge Alliance in December, 2009. Prior to joining Markel Cambridge Alliance, Travis was with Chubb, where he was a Senior Underwriting Officer for Financial Institutions.

Greg Severinghaus
Marketing Manager/Underwriter

Greg serves as Marketing Manager and Underwriter for Markel Cambridge Alliance 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

Program Leader

Trent has been with Markel Cambridge Alliance since November 2009. Prior to joining Markel Cambridge Alliance, 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.

J Morris
Senior Underwriter

J is a Senior Underwriter and joined Markel Cambridge Alliance 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.


Darren Hertell


Darren joined Markel Cambridge Alliance in August of 2013 as an Underwriter with over 15 years of financial services experience. Prior to Markel, he spent 7 years working for a broker dealer, and spent 3 years on a credit trading desk running P&L for credit default swap portfolios.





Clemence Benwell

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



Tarra Balcom 

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


Jacob Heatherington

Jacob Heatherington
Jacob joined Markel Cambridge Alliance in 2015 as an underwriter. Prior to this, he worked in the Agency Operations department at Markel. Jacob graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Business Management.




Alex Martin
Managing Executive, Operations, Markel Specialty
Alex has been with Markel since 2006. He joined Markel Cambridge Alliance in 2009 and now serves as Managing Director of Markel Specialty Commercial. Prior to joining Markel, Alex spent five years at a private investment bank working in mergers and acquisitions.



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.