2014 Board of Directors


Board Meetings

All Pinnacol board meetings are held at 9 a.m. at Pinnacol's headquarters at 7501 E. Lowry Boulevard in Denver.

  • January 8
  • February 5
  • April 2
  • May 7
  • June 4
  • August 6
  • October 1
  • November 5

Board Members

Blair Richardson, Board Chairman

Blair Richardson joined Pinnacol’s board of directors in 2011. He brings more than 30 years of business experience to the board — including investment banking, financial product sales and trading, senior-level management positions and private equity — as well as a strong background in corporate governance and compliance. Richardson serves on the board's investment committee.

Richardson is managing partner of Bow River Capital Partners, which invests in promising businesses throughout the Rocky Mountain region of the United States and Canada. Previously, he was managing partner of B.E. Richardson Investments. Richardson also spent 12 years with Morgan Stanley, where he served as president of Morgan Stanley Japan in Tokyo, vice chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia in Hong Kong and managing director of the firm’s Equity and Fixed Income Department in New York. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was a vice president with Goldman Sachs in New York.

Richardson sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including National Jewish Hospital, Colorado UpLift, Mizel Museum and Colorado Concern.

Howard L. Carver, Vice Chair and Insurance Expert

Howard Carver joined Pinnacol Assurance’s board of directors in 2013 and serves on the board’s audit, ERM, and compensation committees.

Carver spent 35 years with Ernst & Young, including serving as regional director of insurance operations; associate national director of insurance operations; co-chairman of Ernst & Young's International Insurance Committee; and a member of the Ernst & Young National Insurance Steering Committee. His auditing and organizational consulting clients included Liberty Mutual, The Hartford, John Hancock, numerous Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, and many smaller mutual and privately held insurers.

A Summit County resident, Carver is president of the board of the Continental Divide Land Trust and an active member of the Summit Foundation. He also sits on the boards of two New York Stock Exchange companies - Assurant, Inc. and StoneMor Partners L.P. Carver is active in many Colorado community and charitable organizations, including the Mile High United Way and the Brain Injury Association of Colorado. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jeffrey L. Cummings, Employer Representative

Jeffrey Cummings has been a member of Pinnacol's board of directors since 2012. He serves on the board’s audit, ERM, and strategic planning committees. His background includes more than 30 years as a business executive, industry leader, and certified public accountant. For six years, he was a chief financial officer of a multi-state workers compensation insurance company, giving him valuable insight into workers’ compensation issues. Cummings also has experience in legislative activities important to the crane and heavy haul industries.

Cummings is owner and president of Duffy Crane & Hauling, Inc., a company founded in Denver in 1886, which is an accomplished leader in heavy haul transportation and crane work, specializing in the movement of energy products and services. Cummings is the president (and a board member) of the Rocky Mountain Crane Owner’s Association, a board member of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, and of the Foothills Community Church. He is also a past trustee of the Western Region Ironworker’s Trust Funds. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in business administration and economics from Drury University in Springfield, Mo.

Bonnie Dean, Employer Representative

Bonnie Dean joined the Pinnacol Assurance board of directors in 2014. She serves on the board’s compensation and enterprise risk management committees. As a small business owner, Dean brings in-depth knowledge of a market segment that includes more than 65 percent of Pinnacol’s policyholders. In addition, she has extensive background in advertising, public relations, market research, marketing planning, and issues management gleaned from more than 30 years of owning and operating Bonnie Dean Associates, a marketing communications firm with clients throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

Through her background in marketing communications, Dean is well connected with a wide range of private, public, and nonprofit enterprises throughout Colorado – a real asset to the board’s outreach efforts. She has served on the National Better Business Bureau board, is member and past chair of the Northern Colorado/Wyoming Better Business Bureau and a past president of the Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce. Dean has also served on the boards of University Hospital and the Community Foundation serving Greeley and Weld County. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wyoming.

Joseph A. Hoff, Employer Farm and Ranch Representative

Joseph Hoff has been a member of Pinnacol Assurance’s board of directors since 2013 and serves on the board’s governance and ethics committee. He is the chief financial officer of Horton Feedlots/Montera Cattle Company in Greeley where his responsibilities include managing all employee benefits such as workers’ compensation coverage, group health insurance, life insurance, disability plans and 401(k) plans. Prior to joining Horton Feedlots/Montera Cattle, Hoff spent 17 years in the banking industry, serving as the senior vice president of Federal Land Bank Association of Greeley. He also served as a private financial consultant for large agricultural operations in northern Colorado.

A past president of the Kiwanis Club of Greeley, Hoff currently serves on the leadership council of the American Cancer Society’s chapter in Greeley. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration/finance from Colorado State University.

Harold R. Logan, Jr., Investment Expert

Harold Logan joined Pinnacol's board of directors in 2012 as the board's finance/investments expert, and he serves on the board's investment and compensation committees. He is the founder and director of Basic Materials and Services LLC, an investment firm that invests in companies providing specialized infrastructure services and materials to the pipeline construction and sand/silica industries.

Logan brings more than 40 years of investment banking and venture capital experience to the board, as well as years of service as a senior financial officer and director of publicly owned energy companies. His financial background and expertise are tremendous resources in helping guide Pinnacol’s continued success and growth. Logan sits on the boards of several for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including Suburban Propane Partners LC (board chair), Cimarex Energy Co., the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. He holds a master’s degree in finance from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Oklahoma State University.

Luke McFarland, J.D., Employee Representative

Luke McFarland joined Pinnacol Assurance's board of directors in 2013. He serves on the board's audit committee and governance and ethics committee. McFarland is a partner at Evans and McFarland, LLC, a law firm that represents plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving employment and insurance disputes, corporate governance issues, general business litigation and more. A member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, McFarland was named a “Colorado Super Lawyers ‘Rising Star’” in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

McFarland brings 12 years of legal experience in the areas of corporate governance, employment and insurance law. He earned his law degree at Harvard Law School, where he chaired the International Law Society Delegation Committee and the Harvard Big Brother/Big Sisters Organization. McFarland also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, which he attended as a Boettcher Scholar.

Patricia L. Peterson, B.S.N., J.D., Employee Representative

Patricia Peterson joined Pinnacol Assurance's board of directors in 2013 and serves on the board’s strategic planning and compensation committees. She brings a unique set of experiences to the board including work in health care, insurance, civil litigation, foundation management and fundraising.

Peterson is the president and CEO of the Colorado Cancer Research Program (CCRP), an 18 hospital consortium organized to perform clinical trial research for the control treatment and prevention of cancer. Prior to joining she served as President and CEO of The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. She served as the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation in Denver and as president and CEO of the Memorial Health System Foundation (now called The Memorial Hospital Foundation) in Colorado Springs. Peterson was also deputy city attorney and corporate counsel for Memorial Health System (now called University of Colorado Health) in Colorado Springs and was a successful defense attorney. She began her professional career as a registered nurse.

A graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peterson sits on the board of BrainWise and the Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA), a nonprofit that focuses on creating safe water sources for this region in Ethiopia. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and served on the Pikes Peak United Way Funds Allocation Committee. Peterson earned her law degree at the University of Baltimore School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.

Richard Rivera, M.D., M.P.H., Employer Representative

Richard Rivera joined Pinnacol's board of directors in 2010. He serves on the board's investment, governance and ethics, and strategic planning committees. He is the president of Emergi-Medical Care Center in Pueblo and owner of HealthTrac Walk-In Clinic in Canon City, and serves as a staff physician at those two facilities. As a health care provider, business owner and employer, Rivera brings a well-rounded perspective to the board on a variety of workers’ compensation issues, including proper care of injured workers and the challenges of providing workers’ compensation coverage to employees at different worksites.

Rivera is also the founder, president and chief executive officer of HealthTrac Systems, LLC, which provides products and services to health care providers and employers designed to improve health care delivery and lower costs, including an innovative electronic medical charting system. He earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and master’s degree in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health.