We are a team of insurance geeks excited by the challenge of helping companies in the Sharing & On-Demand Economy create trust, manage risk, grow, and succeed.
The Y-Risk team brings extensive experience in underwriting, product development, risk management, and actuarial analysis. Combining our experience in a creative & innovative environment, free of traditional insurance silos, allows us to thoughtfully approach the unique risks presented by tomorrow’s economy.
We have proudly built a company operating on the leading edge of the insurance industry where we expertly merge the fundamentals of insurance with the fast-paced world of the tech-enabled Sharing & On-Demand Economy.
Amy joined Y-Risk after 12 years in reinsurance. Formerly, she was at AspenRe where she worked in different capacities, most recently multi-line property/casualty underwriting. She earned her degree from the University of Connecticut, enjoys spending time with her three kids, vacations on the beach (without the kids when possible) and extra-large coffees on the daily.
CEO of Y-Risk
Bernie has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry in various management, underwriting and actuarial roles. Prior to forming Y-Risk, Bernie worked at XL Catlin leading the Global Professional business. He graduated from Allegheny College with a BS degree in Math. Bernie looks forward to continuing to live life like a millennial even though a few grey hairs suggest otherwise.
Chief Underwriting Officer
Iain brings over 30 years of experience as an underwriter & intermediary to Y-Risk and our clients. He holds a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Bentley University’s McCallum Graduate School of Business. Iain enjoys running, unless he’s being chased.
Head of On-Demand Services & Asset Sharing
Jillian started her career in the London market. Moving back to the U.S., Jill worked at IFG Companies as an underwriter before becoming a broker at RT Specialty. She holds degrees in International Business and Finance from Central Connecticut State University and spends as much time on a mountain, hiking, biking and skiing, as possible.
Director of Operations
Katie joins Y-Risk with more than a decade of Management Liability, E&O and Cyber underwriting experience from Chubb, XL Catlin and, most recently, a Ryan Specialty Group MGA. She is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT, wishes she was born in a tropical climate and volunteers at a goat farm in her free time.
Melissa joined Y-Risk as an Underwriting Assistant in October of 2019. After earning a Culinary Arts degree, she made a career in the hospitality industry. Managing guests, including the occasional unhappy one, and raising three girls has positioned her well for a career in insurance.
COO, Head of Actuarial
Mike brings more than 30 years of actuarial and finance experience to Y-Risk. Mike graduated with a BS in Mathematics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Mike enjoys running, watching football, and a cold IPA (not necessarily in that order).
Legal Analyst & Associate Underwriter
Sharmy started her career at Lincoln Financial Group after graduating from Trinity College with degrees in Public Policy & Law and Philosophy. Fall of 2018, she started working towards her J.D. at The University of Connecticut’s School of Law. When this native New Yorker isn’t behind a book or at the beach, she’s found valiantly supporting the Knicks – despite some letdown.
Head of Innovation & Solutions Design
Wendy has 25 years of specialty insurance experience in various management, underwriting, product development and innovation roles. Most recently, Wendy was the Global Manager of the Technology Segment for a leading global insurer. Wendy is a graduate of Pomona College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Longstanding vendetta with the local bear aside, Wendy enjoys being outdoors, gardening and feeding her backyard birds.