Senior Management

Senior management stability has been a hallmark at PPM. All significant operational activities involve a multi-disciplinary management approach designed to increase the exchange of critical information and improve decision-making.

Steven R. Sanford, JD -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Sanford was elected Chief Executive Officer of PPM and was also elected to serve as a director of PPM at the Board of Directors Meetings on June 22, 2013. He has been President of PPM since 2009. Mr. Sanford joined PPM in 1991 to initiate the company's in-house claims operation and develop its claims handling and reserving policies and procedures. In more recent years, Mr. Sanford assumed responsibility for PPM's overall insurance operation as well as executing the Company's short and long term strategies for growing its business while maintaining the company's high underwriting standards. Mr. Sanford was also responsible for developing PPM's risk management programs and risk management newsletter. Mr. Sanford also serves on both the Board of Directors of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and that organization's Executive Committee.

Prior to joining PPM, Mr. Sanford was Senior Attorney for Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund, an excess insurance provider for health care practitioners in the state of Kansas. In addition to his responsibilities managing the HCSF, Mr. Sanford served as a regulatory attorney for the Kansas Insurance Commissioner with oversight of private medical malpractice insurance carriers. While serving in this position, Mr. Sanford worked closely with the Kansas Legislature to draft and enact significant tort reform legislation. Mr. Sanford's legal career includes a brief stint in private practice as well as serving for two years as a Research Attorney to Judge Mary Briscoe of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Mr. Sanford received a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in political science from Washburn University of Topeka and his Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Washburn School of Law.

Deanna R. Olson -- Chief Financial Officer, Vice President-Finance, Treasurer and Secretary

Ms. Olson is responsible for all accounting and financial reporting for the Company. She is responsible for preparation of the financial statements, as well as coordinating efforts with regulators and auditors. She is also directing the enterprise risk management process for the Company. Ms. Olson, a CPA since 2004, joined PPM after spending three years as a Director with McGladrey & Pullen, where she was charged with development and training of the national insurance practice curriculum and audit documentation. Prior to McGladrey & Pullen, Ms. Olson spent seven years with KPMG, leaving as a Manager having served companies of varying size almost exclusively within the insurance industry audit practice. She received her graduate and undergraduate degrees in accounting from Missouri State in 2002.

Brent G. Hodges, CPCU -- Vice President-Underwriting

Mr. Hodges' responsibilities include the day-to-day direction of all underwriting and policyholder service activities. Since joining PPM in early 1989, he has seen the Company grow from approximately 200 policyholders to nearly 3,000. Mr. Hodges has over forty (40) years of insurance underwriting experience beginning his career with Fireman's Fund Insurance Company in 1971. Over the years, he has served in the capacity of Personal Lines Underwriting Supervisor, Senior Commercial Lines Underwriter, Assistant Vice President of Underwriting with American Continental Insurance Company (a subsidiary of MMI Companies), a major medical malpractice carrier, and Vice President of Marketing for a large Midwest brokerage firm. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and received his CPCU designation in 1978. Along with teaching Insurance Institute of America classes for ten years, Mr. Hodges has served as President of both the Kansas City Chapter of CPCU and the Kansas City Underwriters Association.

James F. Johnson, MBA -- Vice President-Sales

Mr. Johnson's responsibilities include management of the day-to-day operations of the sales and marketing functions for PPM. He currently has over thirty (30) years of insurance industry experience. Prior to joining PPM, Mr. Johnson was employed as an underwriter with Omaha Property and Casualty, an affiliate of Mutual of Omaha; as a senior underwriter for Country Companies; and in a sales and underwriting position with Concannon & Associates, a local managing general agency.

Mr. Johnson joined PPM in 1989, when the Company insured fewer than 200 anesthesiologists. He played an instrumental role in building PPM's policyholder base. Mr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 1983 and his MBA from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri in 1987.

Wade D. Willard, JD -- Vice President-Claims

Mr. Willard joined Preferred Physicians Medical in 1997 and was promoted to Senior Claims Attorney in 2000. In 2008 Mr. Willard assumed responsibility of the Claims Department as the Claims Department Supervisor and was promoted to Vice President-Claims in 2010. Mr. Willard oversees the Claims Department attorneys and staff who manage approximately three hundred-eighty litigation files in over thirty states. In addition to managing the customary operations of the Claims Department, Mr. Willard regularly speaks at national and regional society meetings and conducts on-site risk management seminars.

Mr. Willard is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law. Prior to joining Preferred Physicians Medical in 1997, he clerked for the Kansas Medical Society and Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company.

Brian J. Thomas, JD -- Vice President-Risk Management

Mr. Thomas joined PPM in 1999 and was promoted to Senior Claims Attorney in 2001. In 2008, Mr. Thomas assumed additional responsibilities as Director of Risk Management and was promoted to Vice President-Risk Management in October 2015. With over twenty-three years of insurance industry experience, Mr. Thomas has focused the past seventeen years exclusively on providing risk management services to anesthesia providers and defending high severity medical negligence litigation. Mr. Thomas is also Editor of PPM’s risk management newsletter, Anesthesia & the Law. Mr. Thomas has published on risk management issues in several prominent national and state anesthesia journals such as the American Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Newsletter, Communique and Scope. Mr. Thomas is responsible for developing and implementing enhanced anesthesia-specific risk management materials and managing PPM’s risk management program. Mr. Thomas also conducts a significant number of the Company’s on-site risk management seminars and frequently lectures on anesthesia risk management topics at medical society meetings and defense counsel seminars.

Mr. Thomas is a 1995 graduate of Washburn University School of Law. Before joining PPM, he served as in-house counsel to several national insurance companies where his duties included the management and supervision of claims and litigation.