"Our Brand Ethos and Values inspire everything we do."
Larry Parker, Chief Product Officer
Advancing the revolution
When you bring change that truly moves the needle—instead of just advancing things in incremental fashion—you need to be prepared to deal with obstacles. The greater the push, the more friction you can expect. Our team never loses sight of achieving the goal.
Breaking the secrecy
The Insurance industry requires a high level of confidentiality, but this vested control seems to have extended into all facets of the business. We believe that if your model truly provides value for every stakeholder, there’s no room for confusion or withholding information.
Advancing the Revolution
We play on the cutting-edge. To succeed, we must be alert to the changes in our environment. Vigilance requires relaxed concentration. It’s a nimble awareness. We’re constantly listening to what’s happening in the market and adapting our solutions accordingly.
Disrupting the status quo
We love to find new solutions to old problems, and we’re always looking for ways to improve. To us, innovation is about purposeful improvement. We innovate because we believe that making a habit of getting better is the best way to maintain a competitive advantage.
Smashing through barriers
When someone says, “You can’t,” we say, “Watch us.” We’re disrupting a multi-billion dollar market, and that’s where we like to play. Our confidence is fueled by passion. Far too many companies play cautious and not push the limits – We’re all in.
The Westhill Team
Board & Advisors
Chief Executive Officer
Founder, Chief Product & Technology Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
VP Client Success
Senior Director of Product
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Projects
Founding General Partner - Eos Venture Partners
Vice President, Claims Product Management
Gary P. Sullivan, MBA, CPCU, AIC, AIM, AIS
Senior Advisor, Innovation
Executive Advisor, Claims & Insurance Strategy
Executive Advisor, Strategic Claim Management
Tim Guernsey, BSc., CIP
Executive Advisor, Canadian Operations
30+ year career with a proven track record for accelerating growth and creating value for cutting edge technology organizations, data products, and litigation and compliance solutions at all business lifecycles from development to maturity.
In his last two roles, he played an integral part in growing those companies to billion dollar valuations. By focusing on insurtech, he has built trusted relationships with top insurance carriers, contractor firms, and business leaders across the insurance ecosystem. Grounded in commercial sales, strategy, and operations his focus is motivating organizations to achieve transformational growth.
He is committed to help businesses innovate with a purpose-driven impact in their respective market(s). Kevin's most recent success comes as both CEO and EVP roles at HOVER, which provides the leading end-to-end property data platform for the home improvement and insurance industries. Prior to that, he was part of the executive leadership team at Pictometry (merged with and became Eagleview), actively creating the go-to-market and commercial sales strategy for the business. He has also held senior executive positions at LexisNexis, CPA Global, and Wordwave/LegaLink.
Kevin joins Westhill as Chief Executive Officer to help be a catalyst for future growth.
Proven track record for transforming, and building multi-billion dollar, global businesses. Grounded in Strategy and Finance, Larry has held International Leadership positions at Crawford & Company, Koch Industries (Georgia-Pacific), and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Driven by intellectual curiosity, he possesses an endless desire to continue learning. Larry is a big picture thinker who is laser focused on identifying a business’s true North, while consistently innovating to achieve it. Teammates and business partners often refer to Larry as someone who remains extremely calm within the chaos and can bring clarity to tenuous situations.
Having worked for some of the largest fortune 500 companies over the last 20+ years, Larry's expertise is grounded in economic thinking, investment and competitive analysis, M&A, and strategic planning. The inspiration for Westhill came from applying those skills to the insurance services industry. The genesis of the idea came as Larry identified a massively underserved market, and developed the vision to truly transform the Claims Processing Experience for Carriers, Contractors and Consumers.
Larry is Founder and Chief Product officer at Westhill, in pursuit of building a digital ecosystem that infuses transparency and efficiency into how claims are processed.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary, so that the necessary may speak”. -Hans Hoffmann
Scott brings over 25+ years of experience consulting with Fortune 100 and accelerated start-up clients to develop and implement successful sales optimization, sales transformation strategies, and disruptive, alternate channel models. Well versed and seasoned in diagnosing client side industry challenges as well as building and operating cross functional organizations to meet those needs.
Scott will help Westhill focus on driving long term growth while achieving scalable operational excellence. Formerly President at Modern Marketing Concepts, Inc., a transformational sales growth consultancy focused in the building products industry, Scott led all functional areas growing the business from 5 to nearly 300 employees. During this time the company also launched and subsequently exited a spin-off company that pioneered a disruptive new sales and delivery model in the building products industry. He joins the Westhill team at an important inflection point in the business, to continue building a world-class contractor network and customer experience.
A skilled problem solver and communicator with experience and knowledge in various industry channel structures. A critical success factor in his management approach is the ability to understand and recognize the nuances and dynamics that drive differing markets and channels, and translate them into business strategies that drive results.
Ben joins Westhill as VP Client Success. He leverages two decades of experience, spanning both criminal justice and several roles at global insurance companies. Specializing in talent development and vendor relations, Ben has seen the full spectrum of claim management. In his most recent role at Chubb, he had full latitude to design creative solutions with vendor partners to deliver exceptional service. He is uniquely positioned to drive operational excellence and exceptional claim process for all parties.
Product Management professional with individual-contributor and executive management experience across a spectrum of startup environments and enterprise organizations. Strong background in compliance, risk management, field service management and marketing communication products for enterprise and SMB organizations. Able to support all parts of the delivery life cycle, including strategy development, sales engagement, contract and pricing development, application integration and architecture planning, software development, client project implementation, and post-implementation support.
Highly technical, with hands-on software development experience for enterprise B2B and B2C applications, balanced by a strong business / product portfolio strategy background. Earned two Masters degrees (MBA and Masters in Management Information Systems) and wrote multiple publications concerning cloud computing technologies and database technologies.
Passionate about understanding client needs in order to develop high-value solutions in a rapid, iterative environment while building creative, innovative, and sustainable teams.
Dawn specializes in Financial Management, Change and Transition Management and HR Administration. She joins Westhill at a vital stage in their lifecycle, as the company is experiencing rapid growth and expansion.
Visionary leadership is needed in order to manage shifting priorities, navigate through operational risks, drive change initiatives, and position companies for continued growth.
Dawn has dedicated her career to delivering exceptional management of multi-million dollar operating budgets, reporting, financial analysis, process improvements, and client relations in diverse situations and challenging circumstances. She considers it a privilege to raise the standard of operational excellence and remains committed to mentoring cross-functional personnel to surpass their personal, professional, and organizational objectives.
10+ year career with startup ventures spanning several industries. An exceptional problem-solver, business developer and PMP project manager. Eric is a highly motivated individual with a reputation for delivering results and building great partnerships. He is a business strategist specializing in project, business and marketing management. Beydoun has partnered with 10 SMB's, leading a wide range of projects in emerging technologies and markets.
His work is branded by his vision, perseverance and operations excellence. A trusted team player who provides cross functional leadership, informing and empowering his team and clients to create the trust necessary to succeed. Whether engaging the C-Suite or members of his team, Beydoun conveys a deep respect for those he works with, which has cultivated loyal peers and strong relationships. He continues to build a career focused on driving performance and value for stakeholders internally and externally.
Beydoun has successfully led projects by focusing on the essentials, including resource management, strategic business development, financial planning, fundraising, meeting essential milestones, exceeding shareholder expectations. Remaining steadfast, he has been able to navigate the uncertainty of new business ventures, and persevere through the difficult changes necessary to complete a project.
Both the Birkman report and past employer assessments, recognized Beydoun as having a gift for sales & management. Beydoun naturally has a deep-seated sense of responsibility and strongly held belief in the power of a diverse team. A tri-lingual and multicultural upbringing has made Beydoun open to different cultures and communication styles. Beydoun holds a BBA in Business & Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston. Among his many roles, he is certified as a Professional Project Manager (PMP) and provides consulting on several business plan competitions and grant proposal reviews. Also, an active angel investor in the Houston community with 5 current investments.
A US Navy veteran, armed with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management at the University of North Florida, Larry leverages over a decade of experience in managed repair Leadership positions from Crawford & Company. Recognized as employee of the year at Contractor Connection, and building a team of 14 to 100+ in a few short years, Larry Nettles joins the team as AVP of Operations and Contractor Relations. He is eager to optimize the Contractor onboarding process and bring best-in-class efficiency to Westhill's ecosystem.
Jonathan Kalman is a Founding General Partner of Eos Venture Partners. Eos Venture Partners is a Strategic InsurTech Venture Capital firm with offices in London and Philadelphia, and partners in key global markets including Tel Aviv, Munich, Paris and Hong Kong. Eos is a lead or co-lead investor in Series A and Series B equity funding rounds and focuses on new business models and new technologies that will impact and transform the insurance industry.
Mr. Kalman currently serves as a board member of Buckle, Inc., a commercial insurance company focused on the rideshare and gig economy; Player’s Health, Inc., a risk management services and insurance firm focused on the non-professional athlete; Concirrus, Ltd., the leader in commercial marine and supply chain analytics; and, Westhill, Inc., a firm that provides an Amazon-like experience to manage property claims. Mr. Kalman is a seed investor in RightIndem, Ltd., an early pioneer in digital First Notice of Loss (“FNOL”) solutions for claims.
Previously, Mr. Kalman was Chairman and CEO of Jaguar Capital Partners, a venture capital and growth equity investment firm with offices in Philadelphia and Hong Kong, and prior to that Chairman and CEO of Katalyst Venture Partners, an Internet-focused venture capital firm, with offices in Philadelphia, New York and London.
Mr. Kalman has had many notable exits, including ERisk, a spinout from Oliver Wyman, a division of MMC, acquired by SunGard; blockchain provider INVeSHARE acquired by Broadridge Financial Group (NYSE: BR); Enerwise, acquired by ComVerge; and several IPO’s including Breakaway Solutions (NASDAQ: BWAY), Jaguar Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: JGACU); China Cablecom Ltd. (NASDAQ: CABL) and Internet Capital Group (NASDAQ: ICGE), now Actua (NASDAQ: ACTA). Alongside several successful exits, as well as a wealth of experience in the Insurance industry, Mr. Kalman will assist Westhill in building both a scalable business model, grounded in innovation.
Bill Brower is Vice President, Claims Product Management for LexisNexis Risk Solutions. He is responsible for leading the development of innovative products that help insurers achieve greater efficiency and automation within their claims departments. With more than 30 years of P&C Insurance industry experience, Bill has held numerous leadership roles with top carriers such as Liberty Mutual and Nationwide Insurance Company. Prior to joining LexisNexis in December 2015, Bill served as Vice President and Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Liberty Mutual Personal Insurance where he led innovation efforts and managed vendor relationships across all claims disciplines. A few of Bill’s many innovation successes include the development of the industry’s first auto photo appraisal app, Designed & Developed Auto Claims Valet, Designed a technology driven property direct repair program and Established a Virtual property estimating process for home claims.
Gary Sullivan is currently an Assistant Professor of the F. W. Hirt Erie Insurance Risk Management Program at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. Gary has enjoyed a 23-year career in with Auto-Owners Mutual Insurance and Erie Insurance. His experience is vast, ranging from adjuster to executive. As Vice President, Property & Subrogation Claims for Erie Insurance, Gary was in charge of company policy, process, and procedure for claims handling in the property and subrogation disciplines. He is truly an innovator, running several projects that improved customer service and operations, as well as drastically reduced expenses. Gary’s areas of expertise include drone operations, blockchain, claims, property and casualty insurance operations, subrogation, claims management, legal liability, and property damage. Gary is sought out as an industry expert through speaking engagements and industry publications, plus he is known as an innovator as he was named one of “Fifteen People to Watch in Insurance Technology” by Insurance Networking News. He joins Westhill as a member of the Advisory Board to inspire continued innovation.
Jim is the Founder and Managing Partner at Insurance Resources International (IRI) and is a seasoned Insurance Executive, with decades of extensive corporate experience in the high growth personal lines insurance environment. A Claims leader with experience across 5 acquisitions and 7 integrations, and extensive due diligence experience, Jim has expertise in planning, objective setting, budgeting, practical technology application, general management, and overall insurance operations. As Executive Advisor, Jim helps guide corporate strategy in the Claims and Insurance space, manage strategic industry partnerships, and run Thought Leadership initiatives for the Insurance vertical. Prior to IRI, Jim held senior executive roles at several insurers, including President of Personal Lines Claims AIG (US) and Chief Claims Officer at Integon/GMAC Insurance.
Mark had an extremely impressive, 35 year career with Chubb Insurance, where he left as Global Chief Claim Officer. Mark’s strength is in building a comprehensive strategy to drive profitable operations and sustainable business growth, with a core focus on delivering superior customer satisfaction and retention. He has significant experience in management of the worldwide claim operation, developed lean business processes, financial management capabilities, and technology solutions throughout his tenure. A highly regarded leader, Mark also inspired a culture of change and fostered employee engagement through his approach to claim management.
Tim is currently the Vice President of Casualty and Large Complex & Specialty Claims at The Economical Insurance Group. He has over 25 years of claims experience in adjusting, large loss management, operational management and vendor management for strategic partnerships. Throughout his career, Tim held several senior claims leadership roles at The RSA Group including VP – Broker Claims, VP – Casualty and Specialty Claims and VP – Specialty Lines UW. Tim joins Westhill's Advisory team as an innovative leader who has consistently led teams to improve customer service, cost efficiencies and premium growth. As Westhill expands their North American distribution into Canada, Tim will bring market leading expertise to continue expanding upon Westhill's marketplace. Tim is a highly regarded leader for his inspirational leadership, results focused outcomes and relationship building acumen.