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Ross Buchmueller

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ross Buchmueller

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ross Buchmueller is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. His career spans more than 30 years and has been exclusively focused on the high net worth property & casualty insurance market. After spending more than a decade at The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Ross founded AIG Private Client Group and served as its president for more than six years before launching PURE in 2006.


He was a founder of the Private Risk Management Association (PRMA), and serves on its Board of Trustees. He has been recognized by EY as an Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, by The Family Wealth Report as Leading Individual in the wealth management industry in 2017, and by Best in Biz as the Gold winner for Best Executive in 2017. He holds a BA from Trinity College and served on the college’s Board of Fellows.  

Jeff Paraschac

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Paraschac

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Jeff is one of the three founders of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. As EVP & Chief Financial Officer, Jeff is responsible for all financial, actuarial, product management and service operations. Prior to helping launch PURE in 2006, Jeff served in executive and strategic roles with AIG Private Client Group, Chubb & Son and Deloitte Consulting. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School and a BS from Fairfield University.

Martin Hartley

President, Specialty Operations

Martin Hartley

President, Specialty Operations

Martin is one of the three founders of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. As President of Specialty Operations, Martin oversees a number of high growth operating businesses, which include PURE Programs, Haven Art Group and Watercraft. Martin previously oversaw all underwriting strategy and operations for PURE. Prior to helping launch PURE in 2006, Martin served as the Western Zone Executive for AIG Private Client Group and previously as Chief Underwriting Officer for the division. Before joining AIG, Martin served as UK and Ireland Underwriting Manager for Chubb Personal Lines. He began his career in insurance as a loss adjuster before joining Hiscox Syndicate 33 at Lloyd’s, where he underwrote fine art and high value homeowners and attended the Lloyd’s graduate training program. He holds a BS from the University of Wales.

Kevin Daley

President, Western Zone

Kevin Daley

President, Western Zone

As President, Western Zone, Kevin oversees the Midwest, Western States and California Regions’ Sales and Underwriting teams. Prior to joining PURE in 2015, Kevin was a Managing Director and Pacific South Partnership Leader for Marsh. He has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry and has held senior positions with both Chubb and AIG. Kevin is the President of National Insurance Industry Council at the City of Hope, and is involved in several pediatric cancer charities. He is a graduate of Indiana University and has an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

Katherine Frattarola

Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Katherine Frattarola

Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Katherine has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, inclusive of more than a decade focusing specifically on the ultra-high net worth client segment.  As Chief Marketing Officer for PURE, Katherine is responsible for the strategic positioning and communication strategy for all product lines, encompassing branding, digital marketing, advertising, sales promotion, corporate communications and direct marketing. Prior to joining PURE in 2016, Katherine led the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management marketing team that supported business development and client retention initiatives for over 15,000 Financial Advisors as well as for the client segment focused business lines. 


Earlier in her career, Katherine oversaw business development for Citi Smith Barney’s ultra-high net worth group of advisors, worked as the business manager for the Global Client Development Group in Citi Global Wealth Management and began her career in Citi’s investment bank, first as an analyst in the investment banking management program and later as an associate in the Client Strategy & Management Group. Katherine graduated cum laude from Johns Hopkins University in international studies with an area of concentration in Western European economics and a minor in Latin American studies.

Mark Galante

President, Field Operations

Mark Galante

President, Field Operations

Since joining PURE in 2011, Mark has served in a variety of leadership roles and has been an influential voice on the strategy of the company. In his current role, Mark oversees the execution of all zonal strategies focusing on business development and underwriting. Mark has more than two decades of experience in the property & casualty insurance industry, the majority of which has been spent in the high net worth segment. He began his career at Chubb & Son as a “trainee” and progressed into a variety of management roles in strategic marketing and field operations within the personal insurance business unit. He later served as Vice President for Personal Lines Marketing & Distribution at The Hanover Insurance Group prior to joining PURE, where he was elected into Worcester Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40”. Mark is a graduate of Gettysburg College and has an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.  

Lindsay Holden

President, Eastern Zone

Lindsay Holden

President, Eastern Zone

As President, Eastern Zone, Lindsay oversees the New England, New York Metro and Mid-Atlantic Regions' Sales and Underwriting teams. Lindsay has 16 years of experience in the insurance industry, with more than a decade focusing specifically on the high net worth personal lines segment. She is a valued leader at PURE having earned a spot on Insurance Business America’s Elite Women in Insurance for 2015 and past chair of the Women’s Leadership Council which drives numerous initiatives focused on the education and advancement of women at PURE. Lindsay graduated from Western New England University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English.

Jason Metzger

Senior Vice President, Head of Risk Management

Jason Metzger

Senior Vice President, Head of Risk Management

Jason is responsible for leading PURE's Risk Management initiatives to help members reduce their risk and prevent losses, beginning with the PURE360TM Risk Management Consultation. Prior to joining PURE in 2013, Jason spent a decade at Progressive in a variety of leadership roles and started in the insurance industry as an analyst at Dun & Bradstreet. He also serves on the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam Counties and is on the Board of Ridgefield Girls Softball. Jason has a BA from Central College and an MBA from The University of Connecticut.

Steve Oakley

Senior Vice President, Chief Actuarial Officer

Steve Oakley

Senior Vice President, Chief Actuarial Officer

Steve is responsible for leading product development, rate-making and analytics. Prior to joining PURE in 2013, Steve served as the VP & Chief Actuary of Consumer Markets at The Hartford, overseeing countrywide product management and development, underwriting, pricing and loss performance. Steve also served on the leadership team at the automobile insurer, Response Insurance. Steve graduated with a BS in Math from Penn State University.

Katherine Richardson

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Katherine Richardson

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Katherine is responsible for developing core people strategies to build upon PURE’s workplace culture. She joined PURE in 2017 with extensive experience as a senior HR leader in the insurance industry, leading companies through times of extraordinary growth and change. She is passionate about workplace culture and creating an environment where employees can be successful and engaged. Katherine is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Business and History.

W. Keith Self

President, Southern Zone

W. Keith Self

President, Southern Zone

As President, Southern Zone, Keith oversees the Southeast, Florida and Gulf Regions’ Sales and Underwriting Teams. Prior to joining PURE in 2006, Keith served six years as Senior Vice President of AIG Private Client Group where he last served as Central Zone Executive with Field Operation responsibilities for 20 states. Prior to joining AIG Private Client Group, Keith was a Vice President at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, where he spent 12 years, and held several executive positions in Personal Insurance and Marketing. Keith holds a BS from Old Dominion University. 

Mike Taylor

Senior Vice President, Chief Claims Officer

Mike Taylor

Senior Vice President, Chief Claims Officer

Mike joined PURE in June 2016 and leads our countrywide claims practice. During his 36-year insurance career, Mike has worked for a number of major insurance companies including Allstate, Hanover, CNA Property & Casualty and Palisades (a Plymouth Rock Company). Prior to joining PURE, he spent 16 years at AIG and was a founding member of AIG Private Client Group, where he was responsible for handling and managing all claims; before ending his career at AIG in 2016 as Global Accident & Health Claims Officer for Personal and Commercial lines of business. Mike holds a BA from Mount Allison University in Canada.