Our Team

Suzanne Whalen

Chief Executive Officer


A seasoned underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance management experience in underwriting and product development, Sue leads strategic and key business partner development operations for Meridian.  She began her career in accident and health insurance at AIG and left in 1990 to become President of Hanleigh Management Group, Inc., a special risk MGU. In 1994, Sue and Kevin Leys formed Equinox Management Group, Inc., and acquired certain insurance and reinsurance facilities from Hanleigh; and, in 1999, Equinox spun off all insurance activity into Meridian Management Group, LLC.







Kevin Leys, FLMI



Kevin has an underwriting background that incorporates insurance and reinsurance responsibilities. In partnership with Sue, Kevin has focused on the ability to provide client partners with underwriting ideas and solutions that have consistently led to successful production and underwriting results.


Kevin currently concentrates on corporate business development opportunities and oversees Meridian’s marketing and underwriting functions across all specialty lines of distribution channels.


Jeff Holmes

Chief Underwriting Officer


Jeff has spent his entire career in underwriting or financial roles in developing specialty lines business, whether in an insurance or reinsurance capacity. He has worked with several insurance organizations, including serving in product manager, chief underwriter and chief operating officer roles.


Today, Jeff directs Meridian’s underwriting activities and services, with corporate underwriting accountability for all of Meridian’s specialty product lines across all distribution channels.



Dana Forman

Senior Vice President


Dana began her career as an underwriter of specialty product lines for a large NYC insurer.  She has since served in a variety of underwriting roles in the insurance and reinsurance businesses.  She has served as chief underwriter and reinsurance facility manager across diverse specialty product lines.


As Senior Vice President, Dana has primary underwriting responsibility for Meridian’s travel insurance and legal expense insurance product lines.



Mary Maine

Chief Product, Actuarial and Compliance Officer


Mary has held a variety of positions including Chief Actuarial Officer and EVP of Underwriting & Compliance. She has specialized in travel insurance for many years.


In Mary’s current role, she concentrates on the development of travel products, rule & rate manuals and policy forms for travel and medical plans.  She provides actuarial services to Meridian’s MGU and Consulting businesses.  She supports Sales and Underwriting to drive successful and compliant execution of product initiatives.





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