March 29, 2011
Promoting Responsibility: The Case of Insurance Regulation
Tuesday, March 29 (Frost Lounge, Ell Hall)
Vice President for Underwriting
Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association
Charles N. Robinson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Rogers & Gray Insurance Company
Senior University Fellow, Northeastern University
#2: Introduction by Nonnie Burnes
#3: James Pappas
#4: Charlie Robinson
- The Massachusetts Market for Home Insurance 2009
- Report by the Special Commission to Review the Current State of the Homeowners Insurance Market in the Commonwealth (October 2007)
- Property Insurance for Coastal Residents: Governments’ “Ill Wind”, Jeffrey J. Pompe and James R, Rinehart (The Independent Review, Fall 2008)
Charles N. Robinson is President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers & Gray Insurance Company, where he has worked since 1971 after graduating from college. Rogers & Gray, of which Mr. Robinson acquired ownership in 1980, is one of the largest insurance agencies in New England, with $87 million in premiums, 90 employees and eight locations — making it larger than 95% of all the insurance agencies in the United States. Mr. Robinson holds an associate degree from Cape Cod Community College (1969) and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts (1971) with a major in Finance and a minor in Insurance. His community service activities includes ten years as a trustee of Cape Cod Hospital, three years as its Chairperson, and as a Trustee of the parent board of Cape Cod Healthcare. Mr. Robinson is the recipient of the Cape Cod Community College Alumnus of the Year Award, the Economic Development Council Award for Excellence in Leadership, the Joshua A. Nickerson Society Award and the Cape Cod Insurance Agents Association’s Insurance Agent of the Year Award.
James Pappas is Vice President for Underwriting of the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association. He is a graduate of Boston University and has been in the insurance business for forty years. He started his career in 1971 with the then “Little” Aetna Insurance Company. In 1977 he became the Assistant Underwriting Manager for the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Fair Plans. In 1979 he was prompted to Underwriting Manager. He was subsequently prompted to Vice President – Underwriting, a position he holds today. Jim has served on the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards “Task Force on Hurricane Resistant Construction”, and is a sitting member of the Massachusetts Fire Training Council Board of Directors. Jim has directed the Fair Plan Underwriting through the days of arson for profit to what is now the largest property insurance writer in the state of Massachusetts.
Nonnie S. Burnes is a Senior University Fellow at Northeastern University associated with the School of Public Policy and the Program in Law, Policy and Society. Prior to joining Northeastern, Burnes was Commissioner of Insurance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for two and one-half years. Prior to that, Burnes was a Justice of the Superior Court for more than a decade. While on the bench, Commissioner Burnes served as the chair of both the Gender Equality Advisory Board and the Jury Management Advisory Committee. Prior to her appointment to the Superior Court by Governor William Weld, Commissioner Burnes was an attorney at the firm of Hill & Barlow. In addition to her private practice, Commissioner Burnes served as a Commissioner on the State Ethics Commission; a Fellow of the Boston Bar Foundation; the Vice Chair of the Boston Bar Association; and, on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and the Center for Law and Education. Commissioner Burnes is a member of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern University where she sits on the Executive and Audit Committees. She also is a member of the visiting committee for Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, the Center for Ethics and the Professions; and a member of the Board of Trustees for Discovering Justice, a civics education program for children and teenagers. Commissioner Burnes received a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Northeastern University Law School. In 2004, she received the Citation for Judicial Excellence from the Boston Bar Association.