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New Pinnacol Board Chair committed to innovation and inclusion for Colorado workers and employers

January 25, 2023
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Amid a rapid evolution within the workforce in Colorado, Pinnacol appointed a new Board Chair, Mark D. Goodman. Currently Chairman of the Colorado Nut Holding Company, Goodman has an extensive background as a top executive with national institutions and as a board member for Colorado companies like Delta Dental and Bellco Credit Union.

“I am committed to ensuring that Pinnacol remains financially strong so that we can continue to serve injured workers at a best-in-class level with pride, efficiency, and efficacy,” said Goodman. “And as a state-governed institution, we have a higher calling than other national carriers and a larger responsibility to the communities we serve,” Colorado’s injured and ill workers and their families already consistently rank us as the top performing workers’ compensation carrier, and we believe we can continue to become more innovative and relevant in people’s lives.”


Goodman acknowledges how important it will be to commit to serving Colorado’s changing needs through Pinnacol’s digital transformation and through ensuring seamless access to Pinnacol for all workers who want it. 

Goodman has dedicated much of his career to giving back to national and local organizations and has supported educational institutions on a national basis. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock also appointed Goodman to the Board of the Prosperity Denver Fund where he serves as Treasurer.

Because it’s a public-private agency, Pinnacol Assurance board members are appointed by the Governor of Colorado and confirmed by the state legislature. Goodman was first appointed to the Pinnacol Board in 2015 by then-Governor John Hickenlooper and appointed as Board Chair by Governor Jared Polis in 2022. He has served on the Pinnacol board’s Compensation and Governance and Ethics Committees. 

“Our number one priority is to the state and the injured workers and their families, but we also have a responsibility as a board to be representative of our employees, our policyholders, and the workers who rely on our coverage,” Goodman continued. “That means continuing to expand and to live our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, which will allow us to become not just the insurer of last resort, but the carrier and the employer of first choice. During my role as Board Chairman DEI work will not just be something that we talk about but will be at the core of who we are.”


Goodman acknowledges how important it will be to commit to serving Colorado’s changing needs through Pinnacol’s digital transformation and through ensuring seamless access to Pinnacol for all workers who want it.  

“The Board will also be prioritizing workers’ continued access to Pinnacol which delivers the best care in the market today,” he continued. “The fact is, fewer and fewer Coloradans have access due to the trend of dispersed workforces, accelerated and made permanent by the coronavirus pandemic.”

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