Robert S. Bland, CLU – Chairman and Founder
Robert Bland is the driving force behind the Insure strategy to revolutionize and improve the way people buy insurance. After watching his fellow agency associates painstakingly calculate insurance premium quotations by hand, in 1984 Mr. Bland wrote a business plan which called for the automation of the comparative insurance rating process. Mr. Bland founded Quotesmith Corporation in 1984 and spent the next nine years building the databases, convincing over 300 leading insurance companies to contribute their information and providing the first online insurance quote service to agents & brokers. In 1993 the Company shifted its customer focus and began providing quotes and information directly to information-hungry consumers. By allowing people to obtain their own quotes and purchase from the company of their choice, Bland and his team have dramatically improved and streamlined the way people buy insurance. The Quotesmith.com Web site was launched in May 1996 and stands today the most content-rich insurance destination on the Internet. Quotesmith.com changed its name to Insure.com in May 2006.Mr. Bland currently serves as chairman, president and CEO of Insure.com. Mr. Bland is active in the company on a full time basis, providing vision and strategic leadership to the Company as it accelerates its business and its consumer branding efforts.
Before founding Quotesmith.com, Mr. Bland was president of Security Funding Corporation, a privately held general lines insurance agency. Mr. Bland holds a B.S. degree in marketing from the University of Colorado (1975) and earned his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation in 2006. Mr. Bland currently serves on the board of directors at the Illinois Right to Life Committee.
Richard C. Claahsen, JD, CLU – VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Richard C. Claahsen has served as our Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since May 2002. From June 1997 to May 1999, Mr. Claahsen served as our director of regulatory affairs. From October 1996 to June 1997, he was a special agent with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Claahsen was a litigation paralegal at Templeton & Associates of Chicago, Illinois. In 1999, Mr. Claahsen received his Chartered Life Underwriter designation from The American College of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Mr. Claahsen holds a B.A. and an M.A. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America and a J.D. from ITT Chicago Kent College of Law.
Phillip Perillo – Chief Financial Officer
Phillip Perillo became our senior vice president and chief financial officer at Insure in May 2002. He has responsibility for the overall direction of the financial affairs in support of the business strategy of Insure.com. He brings over twenty years of insurance industry experience, including eleven years as senior vice president and chief financial officer of BCS Financial Corporation, and insurance and financial services company owned principally by Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. He also has served in various financial and internal audit management positions with the Zurich American Insurance Group and Marsh and McLennan Companies. He also served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of David Gomez & Associates, an executive search firm.
Mr. Perillo holds an accounting degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from De Paul University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
William V. Thoms – Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Director
William V. Thoms has served at Insure as our executive vice president and chief operating officer since 1994. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Thoms was responsible for our operations and customer service departments. Mr. Thoms is a founding stockholder of Insure.com. Prior to joining us, Mr. Thoms was a sales manager for Western Dressing, Inc., a privately held salad dressing manufacturing company, from 1972 to 1987.
Daniel A. Romito – Chief Information Officer
Daniel A. Romito, is a 27-year veteran of the insurance industry. He most recently served as the senior director for one of the largest publicly held personal lines insurer. He has broad experience in insurance operations, technology, compliance and marketing. Romito’s degrees include a master’s in information and management science/applied human behaviors from National Louis University, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Augustana College.
Dan is recognized as a proven leader; “I am confident that I will help improve the capabilities and buying experiences by exceeding customer expectations in new and innovative ways”.