Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
President and CEO-elect
Executive Vice President, Dental
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President, Partner Management
Chief Revenue Officer
Senior Vice President, Operations
Chief Legal & People Officer
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Planning
Senior Vice President, Information Technology
Jim Casey is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Life & Specialty Ventures (LSV), the holding company of USAble Life and its affiliates. Since joining the company as chief operating officer in 2008, Jim has helped develop and execute on LSV’s strategic vision, delivering impressive levels of growth and profitability for LSV and its equity partners.
With in-depth experience in all aspects of the insurance business, including financial, operations, claims, underwriting, sales, strategy, and mergers and acquisitions/ integration, Jim has brought a unique set of skills, perspectives, and industry credibility to LSV. He has built an exceptional management team with similarly deep expertise and passion for the business.
Jim’s career began as an underwriter at Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB). After earning an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and two years honing his financial skills at General DataComm Industries in the financial and treasury areas, Jim returned to HSB in 1998. He accepted a position as chief financial officer (CFO) of HSB Industrial Risk Insurers, where he was part of the leadership team that conducted the sale of the business to a unit of General Electric. Jim served as CFO of the new entity.
From 1999 until 2008, Jim led the 1,100-employee benefit management service area at Hartford Financial Services Group. In 2004, he led the successful acquisition and integration of the CNA group benefits division with that of The Hartford’s. In 2006, he assumed another key leadership role as senior vice president in charge of the group specialty markets division, where he had full profit and loss accountability for four businesses with a combined revenue of approximately one billion.
In addition to his MBA, Jim received a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where he also played football and lacrosse.Close
Rich Macy leads all of the company’s operational areas and has profit and loss responsibility for the life, disability, and supplemental lines of business. With more than 30 years of experience, he oversees product management, technology, and service delivery. Rich works closely with the leadership team to formulate and operationalize business strategies that deliver value to Partners and the more than 27,000 groups and 2.7 million insured served by USAble Life.
Since joining USAble Life in 2012, Rich has been instrumental in identifying opportunities that leverage technology to improve business processes, deliver superior customer service, achieve scale efficiencies, and create competitive advantage.
Previously, Rich served as COO and chief information officer for Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in Washington, D.C., the self-financed, quasi-government agency that acts as an insurer of private sector pension plans. Prior to PBGC, he spent nearly 20 years in leadership roles, including vice president and general manager at Automatic Data Processing Inc. in Roseland, N.J. (ADP).
Rich holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Wesleyan University.Close
Edward A. Murphy is president of USAble Life’s Dental Management company. He leads a dental insurance business that serves over 1.6 million members under the Blue Cross Blue Shield brand in seven states. Since joining USAble Life in 2011, the company’s dental revenue has grown by 60%.
Ed has advanced the adoption of the company’s innovative medical-dental integration programs — Dental4Health® and LSV Connected Care® — which contribute to the improvement of the overall health and well-being of members while driving down health care costs. He is a co-founding board member of the Harvard Initiative to Integrate Oral Health, which he helped establish in 2015, and is a former member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In addition, Ed is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council of the prestigious Santa Fe Group, the nation’s foremost oral health think tank.
Before joining USAble Life, Ed co-founded Dental Benefit Providers and served as its chief executive officer. In 1998, he negotiated and oversaw his company’s merger with UnitedHealth Group (UHG). He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Specialized Healthcare Services/UnitedHealthcare Dental and served on UHG’s executive council before retiring. In 2006, Ed co-founded Preventive Medicine, a health informatics company that developed a proprietary health and behavioral change model based on e-learning technology. Ed also served as a board member of the National Association of Dental Plans, serving as its chair for three years.
Ed is a graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
*LSV Connected Care® or its derivative Connected Care℠ is used with permission.Close
John Moran brings more than 25 years of experience in finance, capital management, strategic planning, and leadership to his role as chief financial officer (CFO) of USAble Life. As part of the executive team, he oversees the company’s finances, which includes budgeting and forecasting, risk management, and reporting.
John joined USAble Life in July 2018 from Swiss Re Group in Armonk, N.Y., a global provider of reinsurance, insurance, and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer. As CFO, John played a prominent role in leading acquisitions and growth strategy for Swiss Re’s life insurance start-up business, Life Capital Americas.
Prior to his work with Swiss Re, John served as CFO and leader of the life insurance division of Enstar Group Limited in Basking Ridge, N.J. As senior vice president and controller of central finance for HSBC North America in Jersey City, N.J., John successfully executed major acquisitions, dispositions, and growth strategies for the global banking and financial services company.
John was as a member of the senior management team of CareOne, a start-up senior care company in Fort Lee, N.J., with 56 properties in seven states. His expertise helped build The Multicare Companies Inc., an elder care services company based in Hackensack, N.J.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. He is a graduate of INSEAD’s high performance leadership program. John is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of CPAs.Close
Julie Marshall develops and maintains collaborative, highly productive relationships with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Partners that enable consistent, profitable growth. While acting as a liaison between USAble Life and Blue Partners, she oversees the governance process in six states, including Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Julie focuses on strengthening and leveraging relationships with key leaders of current USAble Life distribution partners and potential new Blue Partners that lead to mutually beneficial growth opportunities.
In her previous roles, Julie was executive vice president of marketing and sales for USAble Life. During her tenure, she also served as marketing director, helping build a supplemental product sales capability that allowed USAble Life to partner with Blue Plans to sell ancillary benefits.
Before joining USAble Life, Julie was regional sales manager for Arkansas Blue and Cross Blue Shield in Little Rock, Ark.
Julie is a business graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She holds the Chartered Life Underwriter designation.Close
Steve Valenti brings over 30 years of sales experience and account development with a deep knowledge of Supplemental, Life, Disability (SLD) products, markets, and selling in conjunction with Blue plans to his role as chief revenue officer of USAble Life. As part of the executive team, he is responsible for providing leadership in driving more than $130 million in annual sales, emphasizing increasing penetration of all the company’s products throughout the USAble Life distribution and sales channels, including partner Blue Cross Blue Shield business. Steve also oversees the SLD and Dental sales for group and individual products.
Before joining USAble Life, Steve was vice president, specialty distribution, with Anthem. While at Anthem, he was responsible for sales, persistency, net growth, operating gain, and recruiting for all segments, including small group, large group, and national accounts with ancillary and supplemental products.
Steve has also contributed to successful businesses as a regional sales manager, Assurant; national head of sales, specialty products, Aetna; chief operations officer, Havensure; and two decades of success and increasing responsibility at Unum.
Steve received his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. He has served on the board of directors for the Team Cincinnati Soccer Club and as chair of the LIMRA 2008 annual benefits conference.Close
Beth Burwell is senior vice president of operations for USAble Life and its parent company, Life & Specialty Ventures (LSV). She oversees the day-to-day services and functions of USAble Life’s dental, life, disability, and supplemental products. This involves identifying business needs and implementing solutions that improve policy services, enrollment, membership and billing, claims, and customer service support.
Beth has served in various management and leadership positions with USAble Life since the company’s formation in 2007, most recently as vice president of dental operations. Her roles have focused on maintaining high-quality service to customers (internal and external), dental providers, and USAble Life’s equity and distribution partners.
Before USAble Life, Beth was a member of the executive teams of Florida Combined Life and Comp Options Insurance Company, subsidiaries of Florida Blue. She also held IT leadership positions while with Florida Blue. As executive vice president, IT and process, Beth oversaw the development of USAble Life’s IT and operational infrastructure when LSV was founded.
Beth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Florida.
Beth serves on the Florida Dental Association Foundation board of directors and the University of North Florida College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Council.Close
Michelle is responsible for leading all legal, compliance, and human resources organizational development (HROD) functions. In addition to advising senior management and the Board of Directors on legal matters, she also recommends HROD strategies that impact business operations and provides strategic guidance and consultation on a broad range of business issues.
Michelle has extensive legal, regulatory, human resources, joint venture, merger and acquisition, and entrepreneurial experience. Before joining LSV, she founded McCrae Blakey Group, a client advisory business for entrepreneurial-minded businesses seeking legal, regulatory, compliance, and government advocacy assistance. She also served in significant roles at XOOM Energy, ACN, Inc., United Technologies Corporation, Jackson Lewis, LLP, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
Michelle received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Hampton University, Hampton, Va.Close
Andrew Hottell is vice president of marketing and strategic planning for USAble Life and its parent company, Life & Specialty Ventures. In this role, he drives analysis, discussion, and strategic decision-making related to LSV’s dental, life, disability, and supplemental products. He facilitates these efforts both within LSV and across the company’s equity and distribution partnerships. He works with internal stakeholders and external thought leaders to bring industry trends, issues, opportunities, and fresh insights to the leadership team.
Andrew is also responsible for the company’s marketing function, which includes leadership of the in-house team that supports the company’s marketing, communication, and sales collateral needs across four brands and multiple partner markets.
Andrew joined USAble Life in 2016 as vice president of strategic planning. His background includes extensive experience in insurance and financial services, as well as strategic planning, business transformation, organizational development, and management consulting.
Andrew earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.Close
Kendall is responsible for directing and managing all aspects of USAble Life’s technical infrastructure, which includes driving the strategic direction of the company’s IT portfolio and serving as chief security officer.
Kendall has over 32 years of information technology (IT) experience, including 26 years in the life and health insurance industries. He has a diverse background in IT, including technical expertise as a software and web developer, network engineer, and systems analyst.
Kendall first joined USAble Life in 1993. In 1997, he began a 10-year tenure with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, where he served as an actuarial DSA supervisor; he returned to USAble Life in 2008. Since rejoining USAble Life, Kendall has been instrumental in providing the strategic direction for the technologies that have transformed the company’s IT infrastructure into a leading program for creating operational efficiencies and great customer solutions that are a critical component of USAble Life’s growth.
Kendall holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Arkansas State University. He is a certified Microsoft Systems and Novell Netware engineer as well as a licensed master electrician.Close