Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists

Our People

Michael Ekiss
Michael Ekiss CPCU, AU
President
Named president of Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists (BARS) in October, 2015, Mike Ekiss is a Nebraska native and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.A. in Economics. Mike has nearly 30 years of insurance industry experience including leadership roles responsible for underwriting, product, business development, loss control and management of a national company's agribusiness division. Mike has earned CPCU and AU insurance designations.
Brad London
Brad London CPCU, AU
Senior Vice President - Underwriting & Risk Control
Brad London grew up in Nebraska and Iowa, graduating from Iowa State University with a BBA in marketing and has earned his CPCU and AU insurance designations. Brad has more than 20 years of insurance experience, 14 of them in commercial agribusiness insurance. His commercial insurance experience includes various underwriting capacities at one of the nation's largest writers of churches and schools and several underwriting and management roles with a national commercial agribusiness carrier.
Brad joined BARS in 2009.
Brad Waline
Brad Waline CPCU, AU
Senior Vice President - Strategic Operations
Brad Waline is a central Iowa native and has worked in the insurance business for 18 years, 16 of them in commercial agribusiness insurance. Brad has underwritten in all areas of the United States and on a wide variety of agribusiness accounts including large regional cooperatives. Brad graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and has earned his CPCU and AU insurance designations.
Nathan Lentz
Nathan Lentz
Vice President - Business Development
Nathan Lentz joined the Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists (BARS) team in 2016 as the Vice President of Business Development. Nathan grew up in Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration and soon after began his career in the insurance industry. Nathan has nearly 15 years of insurance industry experience in various capacities. He has held roles in commercial lines underwriting, sales management, and sales leadership. Most recently Nathan spent time in the Northeastern part of the country running the regional sales operations for a national carrier. At BARS, Nathan’s responsibilities include building and leading the Business Development team.
Tony Hudnutt
Tony Hudnutt SCLA
Vice President - Claims
Tony, a native Iowan, worked on a large commercial farm through high school and college and graduated from Iowa State University with an Agribusiness degree. He has 26 years of commercial claims and management experience, 13 with a large national commercial carrier and 10 with a commercial agribusiness carrier. He has obtained a SCLA designation along with various other legal and insurance coursework. His work has encompassed handling and managing departments dealing with large and complex claims as well as working closely with large commercial accounts needing specialized claim handling.
Tony's responsibilities at BARS include oversight of all claims handling as well as working closely with the underwriting and loss control departments.
Mondale Smith
Mondale Smith CPCU, CSP, MS
AVP - Strategic Operations
Mondale joined BARS in 2014. With 15 years of risk management experience serving in various leadership positions over the course of his career. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in safety and risk management to BARS. A native of Chicago, Mondale graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in Communication and Quinnipiac University with a M.S. in Organizational Leadership. He is passionate about cultivating lasting partnerships that translate risk control measures into realized business results for clients.
Mondale holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and the Certified Safety Professional (CSP), in addition to numerous other insurance industry and professional safety designations.
David Heger
David Heger CPCU, AIS
AVP - Underwriting
David Heger joined BARS in 2009 after spending 10 years in commercial insurance, most recently as an underwriting manager for a commercial agribusiness insurer. David was raised in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa. He has received his CPCU and AIS insurance designations. He has a broad range of experience in commercial agribusiness including food processing and distributing accounts.
David is the AVP of Underwriting & Operations for BARS. He is responsible for underwriting, processing, agency licensing, billing, premium audit, and serves as a liaison for BARS to the various Berkley insurance companies.
Kevin Powers
Kevin Powers
AVP - Information Technology
Kevin joined the W. R. Berkley family in 2007 and became the Director of IT for Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists in 2011. Kevin has more than 14 years experience developing a wide variety of national and international technology solutions and strategies for the commercial insurance market.
Kevin grew up in central Iowa and received his Technology and Accounting degree from AIB College of Business.