Our People

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Meet a few of our people.

Meet our board of directors

We're extremely appreciative of the diverse group of talented leaders that makes up our board of directors. Not only do they share our deep commitment to protecting the health and safety of Colorado employers and their employees, but they work hard to support our mission and vision, and the impact it has on our community.

2019 board meeting dates: Feb. 27 | May 22 | Aug. 14 | Nov. 6

If you'd like to contact the board for any reason, please send an email to boardchair@pinnacol.com.

Howard L. Carver, board chairman

Howard Carver joined Pinnacol Assurance's board of directors in 2013 and serves on the board's executive, governance and ethics, and risk and audit 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; a member of the Ernst & Young National Insurance Steering Committee and managing partner of the Hartford, Connecticut office.
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 past president of the board of the Continental Divide Land Trust, board member and chair of the current capital campaign for Keystone Science School 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 Lake Dillon Theatre Foundation. 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, board vice-chairman

Jeffrey Cummings has been a member of Pinnacol's board of directors since 2012. He serves on the board's risk and audit, and executive committees. His background includes more than 30 years as a business executive, industry leader and certified public accountant. For six years, he was 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, Missouri.

Fiona Arnold, employer representative

Arnold is president of MAINSPRING Developers, a Colorado company engaged in commercial and residential real estate development and retail business operations. Arnold began her career as an attorney in Australia before joining the international law firm of Jones Day in Dallas in 1998 and moving to Colorado in 2001. She has held executive positions at Vail Resorts, Western Gas Resources Inc. (now Anadarko Petroleum) and Crown Media Holdings.
From 2015-2016 Arnold served on Gov. Hickenlooper’s cabinet as executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and she has served on state commissions on workforce development and experiential learning. She currently serves as a board member of the non-profit charter high school the CUBE Corp and as a board member of the non-profit CareerWise, an organization introducing the youth apprenticeship system in Colorado. Arnold holds a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting from the University of Tasmania, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Laws, International & Comparative, from Southern Methodist University.

Brad Busse, employer representative

Busse started Busse Ventures in 2014 after 28 years with RBC Capital Markets. While at RBC, he was co-head of the U.S. Communications, Media & Entertainment Group where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital formation, and financial advisory engagements. Since 2000, Governors Owens, Ritter and Hickenlooper have appointed Busse to serve on commissions including the Colorado Commission on Early Childhood Leadership and the Colorado Commission on Science & Technology.
Busse is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and is on the Board of Trustees of Mile High United Way. Busse also chairs the CEO Roundtable of EPIC (Executives Partnering to Invest in Children) and is an active member of Colorado Concern, which is a non-partisan association that addresses issues which impact Colorado’s economy and lifestyle. Busse earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Denver and an MBA from Regis College.

Mark D. Goodman, employer representative

Mark D. Goodman joined Pinnacol Assurance's board of directors in 2015 and serves on the board's compensation, executive, and governance and ethics committees. He is chairman and chief executive officer for the Colorado Nut Company which is a proud Colorado based company headquartered in Denver for over 30 years. Goodman has served as the top executive in leading public and private equity-backed companies. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer of Boyer Coffee Company. Previously, Goodman served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Save-A-Lot.
As COO, he was responsible for the retail operations of Save-A-Lot's network of 1,200 stores, achieving sales, profitability and growth objectives of the company. He had direct responsibility for licensing development, merchandising, vendor management and supply chain efforts. Prior to leading the turnaround at Save-A-Lot, Goodman served as executive vice president, chief marketing officer, strategy, membership and e-commerce for Walmart/Sam's Club, where he was responsible for strategy development, marketing and membership enhancement for Sam's Club. Previously, Goodman held the position of corporate vice president, U.S. strategy and operations, for McDonald's Corporation, with responsibility for development and execution of strategies for profitable growth, as well as full operations management of a 600-store business unit.

Prior to that, Goodman served as president of Agway Retail Services and vice president of ADR International Consultants. He also served on the staff of Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. Goodman received his bachelor's degree in philosophy and logic from the College of Wooster, and his master's degrees in philosophy and logic from Tufts University.

Goodman is active in supporting educational institutions on a national basis. He has served on the board of directors for St. Louis University School of Business, St. Louis, Missouri; Tufts University School of Arts & Sciences, Xavier University, New Orleans; Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina; History Makers, Chicago; Eton Academy, Birmingham, Michigan; and Cal State Dominquez Hills School of Business. He was recently awarded the designations as a National Association of Corporate Boards (NACD) Board Leadership and Governance Fellow, the association's highest designations.

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 investment and risk and audit committees. 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.

Gerry Lewis-Jenkins, employee representative

Gerry Lewis-Jenkins joined Pinnacol's board of directors in 2016 and serves on the board's compensation committee. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for COPIC, a Colorado-based medical professional liability insurance company. The board will benefit from her expertise in the healthcare industry on the clinical as well as the business side. Over the last four decades, Lewis-Jenkins has worked in a variety of roles in the healthcare industry. She started as a registered nurse, but quickly moved into an administrative position with Humana..

She has spent the last 25 years with COPIC, most recently as COO, with responsibility for developing and implementing products, services and programs for all insurance and corporate activities. Lewis-Jenkins received an R.N. diploma, and earned a bachelor's degree in health care administration from the College of St. Francis and an MBA from Regis University in Denver. In addition to the Pinnacol board, she contributes her unique perspective to the boards of Craig Hospital and the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Bill Lindsay, employee representative

Lindsay is a recognized expert in health care and insurance, especially in the small business sector. Before launching Lindsay3 Consulting, he served as the president of Lockton Companies’ Benefit Group in Denver. A student of health care finance, Lindsay has been a consultant to numerous health systems, hospitals and national employers. He has published and coauthored numerous articles and white papers on insurance, employee benefits, health care, and health care reform.

Several state commissions addressing health care in Colorado have sought Lindsay’s expertise, including chairing the Commission on Affordable Quality Health Care and the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform. He has often provided testimony to the United States Congress on health care policy and financing. In recognition of his contributions, in 2008, Bill received the National Governors Association Award for Distinguished Service to State Government, and the John K. Inglehart Award for Leadership in Healthcare by the Colorado Health Foundation. Lindsay is a current board member at Craig Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Rose Community Foundation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gettysburg College.

Barbara Mellman Davis, J.D., employee representative

Barbara Mellman Davis joined Pinnacol's board of directors in 2015 and serves on the board's investment committee and governance and ethics committee. She is currently the manager, a member and co-founder of Madison Ventures, LLC, an investment firm that manages private investments in unique technologies, startups and other ventures.A varied career spanning 40 years has found Mellman Davis working as a CPA, CFO, president, and general counsel.

She has held positions with Holme Roberts & Owen (now Bryan Cave) and the former US West. While running Marsico Funds, she gained valuable experience developing organizational structure, working with a team and creating strategic relationships. Mellman Davis has a passion for causes like improving mental health services for women and girls, and making those services more accessible to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and their families in rural Colorado. Mellman Davis earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of Denver. As a Colorado native with deep roots in the state, she feels that serving on the Pinnacol board of directors is one of the ways she can give back to her home state.