• Wednesday, January 17, 2024 6:00 AM | Michael Hodson (Administrator)


    Dear Members,

    I deeply appreciate the vote of confidence by the board and the members. I am honored to have been selected President and will do my very best to lead the John Street Club in 2024.

    The club is in excellent shape, and there is a fantastic team of officers, governors, and advisors. I am particularly grateful to past presidents Steve Robinson, Kerry Dunn, and Andrew Weitzman for their leadership through unprecedented conditions: “The Pandemic Presidents.”

    Not only have we endured but we have flourished. 2024 will be our 78th year of continuous operation – an impressive accomplishment, especially when you consider the many historical events of impact since 1946.

    The John Street Club is the most prestigious risk and insurance social network community in the country. We have robust connections to the most senior executives in our industry; we reside in the heart of commerce; and we have a vast network of members who represent all aspects of industry demographics. 

    This position offers us a great opportunity to promote, advocate, educate, and contribute to the health of the risk and insurance industry.

    In order to keep momentum going we need to have constantly evolving goals.  This led me to consider our primary objectives for 2024. I have discussed these goals & objectives with several officers and governors. They are simple but meaningful:

    • Continue the strong club momentum reestablished in 2022. This includes continuing to raise the profile of the club using various external communications methods including a strong emphasis on social media.
    • Position the club well for the future through high-interest speakers, event attendance, outreach, membership growth, and opportunities for membership involvement.
    • Improved cadence and depth of communications with members (i.e. publish speakers once confirmed, bimonthly updates via email or website or LinkedIn, meet our Calascione scholarship recipients, etc.)

    The John Street Club can only be effective and successful through the engagement and energy of our members, officers, governors, and advisors. We are fortunate to have a terrific 2024 John Street Club leadership team: 

    2024 Officers

    • Vice President – Kim Boldi
    • Secretary – Michael Hodson (also Golf Outing Chair)
    • Treasurer – James Murphy
    • Membership Chair – Paula Trinchera
    • Speaker Chair – James Riviezzo

    2024 Governors

    • Gillian Russo
    • Brendan Mahoney (Scholarship Chair)
    • Joseph Vitale
    • Stacie Lilien (support the Membership and Speaker Chairs)
    • Anders Land
    • Qi Hang (Social Chair)

    2024 Advisory Board

    • Steve Robinson
    • Kerry Dunn
    • Alan Carlson
    • Hilary Ruby

    We are excited for 2024 and look forward to delivering a great program of events, speakers, and engagement opportunities.

    Kind Regards,

    Peter Linn

  • Thursday, January 11, 2024 6:25 AM | Michael Hodson (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    At today's Annual General Meeting, my term as President of John Street Club will end, and we will begin a new act in our history. When I reflect on my duration on the Board of Governors and as President, I'm reminded of a quote from Shakespeare's play: The Tempest: "What's past is prologue," meaning what's transpired before is the opening of what is to come.

    Last year, 2023, our Club finally exited the pandemic era. It began early in Andrew Weitzman's first term in March 2020 with the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, continuing under Kerry Dunn in 2022 for our reopening, and concluded this year with the ending of the federal emergency response on May 11, 2023, which also happened to be, poetically, our largest luncheon event all year. With my departure the last of the pandemic Presidents will have moved on.

    I benefited greatly by serving as Secretary under Andrew and Vice President under Kerry and appreciated both staying on the Advisory Board this year. They are both profiles in leadership, and our resurgence this year was in large part because of their efforts. When we refreshed our branding earlier this year, I insisted we add the year we were established: 1946, because we've collectively earned every one of our 78 years of continuous operation and rightly should wear it with pride.

    I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge our guest speakers. Our signature event, the speaker luncheon, is only possible because industry leaders are willing to make the time to stop by and speak to us. It's always a thrill to find out many have been to one of our meetings before! You would be amazed at the time and energy spent preparing for our events. On behalf of the Club we are truly appreciative.

    This year was an astonishingly productive year for our Club. Some of the highlights were:

    • Refreshed the Club's iconic branding.
    • Completed the migration of Club records to the new Admin platform.
    • Relaunched the website.
    • Created a LinkedIn group that attracted over 1,100 followers.
    • Created sponsored tables for luncheons to help defray the cost of speaker luncheons.
    • Enhanced our Club's Governance by adopting modified Robert's Rules, updated our Operational Plan, and created Standing Rules to track Board of Governors resolutions.
    • Recruited 26 new members and convinced many former members who had lapsed during the pandemic to return (thank you to our phenomenal Membership Chairperson Paula Trincera).
    • Forged partnerships with the Water Street Club and The Bridge with a social mixer event and joint luncheon, respectively (thank you to our liaisons David Lynders and Kirk Hudson).
    • Conducted nine Speaker Luncheons, with four consecutive luncheons having more than +100 attendees (Jonathan Zaffino of Ascot, The Hard Market, John Lupica of Chubb, and Sara Robson of Marsh w/ The Bridge) and held four special events.
    • Rebooted our Annual Scholarship Golf Outing benefiting the Stephen M. Calascione Memorial Scholarship Fund for the first time since 2021 and raised $1,500 benefiting the scholarship fund (thank you Dennis Brown, Michael Hodson and James Murphy).
    • Proposed and ratified eight changes to our Bylaws encompassing adding inclusionary principles to our Object clause; moving our default luncheon day to Thursday; designating Speaker and Membership Chairperson permanent Officer positions, and changing future elections so that the membership will directly elect all Officer roles (in addition to President).

    All these accomplishments were only possible with the time and energy of our Board of Governors and Advisory Board. It is indeed an exceptional group of accomplished professionals, thank you for your service. Thank you to Hilary Ruby for serving as our Club Secretary for three terms; one if not the most challenging and time-consuming jobs on the board, and to Kim Boldi, our Speaker Chairperson, for recruiting a full slate of fantastic speakers last year. Thank you to all of our member volunteers, in particular Stephen Farrelly for another fantastic year organizing and hosting the Annual Governors Dinner.

    Congratulations to Alan Carlson, who is the winner of the Hawley T. Chester Award for Excellence in Service to The John Street Club, for his six years of service on the Board of Governors. He's served in whatever way he was asked, including Membership Chair, Treasurer, and Governor. He was always a valued and consistent contributor for his entire time on the board – this honor is well deserved.

    Congratulations to the Stephen M. Calascione Memorial Scholarship recipients this year: Grace Comas and John Pappas. Also, thank you to Ned Browne, current Member and former President, who serves on the board of another organization set up in Steve Calascione's honor for the benefit of SNACK, for facilitating a generous donation to the scholarship fund. While I never met Steve, I'm amazed at the impact his legacy continues to have to this day.

    This year's nominating committee was comprised Kim Boldi, Alan Carlson, and Hilary Ruby, and it presented its recommendations for new board members last month. We are fortunate to have recruited five terrific new members to the Board of Governors , and we will undoubtedly see their positive impact in the years to come. In addition, the committee recommended a very qualified and dedicated candidate as our next President: Peter Linn.

    A quick word about Peter: It has been a pleasure serving alongside him on the Board of Governors for several years now through the pandemic, reopening, and resurgence. Through it all, he remained steadfastly committed and was an ambassador of our Club to the industry beyond. He most recently served as Vice President and was responsible for pushing forward a few of the previously mentioned initiatives. He was also formerly the Speaker Chairperson, bringing that valuable experience to this role. Congratulations, Peter, I'm confident you will do great.

    It's been an honor and privilege to serve as the 76th President of the John Street Club and on the Board of Governors; even through the tempests. My time is now a small part of our storied past. That past has always inspired me, but I'm still even more excited for our future. And if our past is prologue, we can expect great things at the John Street Club for a very long time to come.

    Best regards,

    Steve Robinson

    The Board of Governors for the 23-24 term was:

    • Steve Robinson – President
    • Peter Linn – Vice President
    • Hilary Ruby – Secretary
    • James Murphy – Treasurer
    • Kim Boldi - Speaker Chairperson
    • Paula Trinchera - Membership Chairperson
    • Alan Carlson - Governor
    • Brooke Ellis Moriarty – Governor
    • Michael Hodson – Governor
    • Brendan Mahoney – Governor
    • Gillian Russo – Governor
    • William Sutherland - Governor

    The Advisory Board was:

    • Kerry Dunn
    • Ian McMullin
    • Andrew Weitzman, MBA

    The Luncheon Speakers were:

    • Santi Hernandez , CEO of Arch Re Facultative
    • Elizabeth (Greer) Geary , President Insurance Solutions at Liberty Mutual
    • Rose Hall, Head of Innovation AXA XL Ecosystem
    • Jonathan Zaffino, Group President and CEO of Ascot Group Ltd.
    • The Hard Market
    • John Lupica, Chairman, Chubb Group and President North America Insurance
    • Sarah Robson, CEO of Marsh Canada Limited
    • Rajiv Punja, Chief Product Officer at Ledger Investing
    • Hank Watkins , Regional Director and President – Americas at Lloyds

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2023 1:50 PM | Steve Robinson (Administrator)

    The renewal date for all members is March 1st.

    The annual dues are set every January; by the Board of Governors, prior to first renewal email solicitation sent in early February.

    The current annual dues for the 2023-2024 period are as follows:

    • Junior / Non-Resident Membership - $150.00
    • Resident-Membership - $250.00

    For all new members the above amount is pro-rated based on when your membership is approved by the Board of Governors.

  • Thursday, February 23, 2023 12:04 PM | Steve Robinson (Administrator)

    My Fellow Members,

    As we kickoff the 2023 Speaker Luncheon series, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself, apprise you of what we have accomplished since the new term began and share what you can do to help.

    For those who don’t know me, I’m Steve Robinson, the current President of the Board of Governors. I joined the Club in September 2015 and have served on the Board since 2018, most recently as Vice President.

    We are fortunate to have an extremely talented and committed group of club Officers, Governors and Advisors. They can be viewed here: Board of Governors. I ask that you provide them your encouragement and full support.

    There’s no question that our Club has been through a very difficult period; for reasons we all know. Now is the time to turn the page. Since our term began at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on January 12th, there's been an extraordinary amount of progress made on many of the current and legacy matters brought before the current and previous Board of Governors.

    I’m delighted to report that we are off to a running start. Our recent February event hosting Santi Hernandez, CEO of Arch Re Fac had over 50 attendees!

    In addition, thanks to the herculean efforts of our Board of Governors, we have:

    • Refreshed the Club's iconic branding.
    • Relaunched our website and made it more user friendly.
    • Finished the migration to a new event and club admin platform (which Guests can now pay on their own!).
    • Launched a LinkedIn page which attracted over +430 followers in the first 30 days.
    • Developed an easy-to-use online membership application for Membership Candidates.
    • Created information and marketing materials for future potential Guest Speakers.
    • Secured world-class speakers for the 1H of 2023.

    While this is a strong start, there is still work to be done including: developing inclusionary principles into our by-laws, improving our annual Scholarship Golf Event and reconnecting with Members with incorrect contact info in our system.

    I’ve asked a lot of this Board to upgrade this Club for future sustainable success and they have delivered. Here's how you can help:

    Renew your Membership!

    • As of today, we have ~67% of Members who have renewed (with more coming in today!) in advance of the March 1st deadline.
    • Important Notice: The Board decided to reinstate all memberships that lapsed during the Pandemic (2020 to present). If you lapsed during this period, log into the website (with the same email you registered with) and request a password. You will be eligible to renew for the 23-24 term.
      • Let me be absolutely clear, we want you back!

    Attend our upcoming events!

    Bring guests and get the word out!

    • If you are attending an event, bring Guests (Members can pay for Guests or they have ability to pay on their own using the Guest Pin).
    • Follow our LinkedIn page and share our event posts with your network.
    • You can also invite people to follow this group (our goal is 1K followers by YE 2023).
    • If you know any senior leaders who would want to be a Guest Speaker let our Speaker Chair know! We are still building our 2H 2023.

    The key measure of our Club’s resurgence, in my mind, will be hosting an event which exceeds 128 attendees; which was the attendance at our last meeting prior to the pandemic. As many of you remember that event was March 6, 2020, and our Guest Speaker was John Q. Doyle, the current CEO of the Marsh & McLennan Companies. The Board set a goal at the start of the term to exceed that pre-pandemic attendee count this year, but lately were feeling optimistic we can do it sooner rather than later with our impressive spring speaker lineup!

    The Board of Governors, particularly the Officers, have been working tirelessly to make the club a better experience and to make it a more inclusive and welcoming place. We envision a Club that’s inspired by its history and excited for the future. The Board has truly poured their hearts and souls into the project of renewal and reinvention. Whether these efforts will be enough, to turn the page to the next exciting chapter in John Street Club history, is ultimately up to you.

    Thank you for your prior and future support.

    Best regards,

    Steve Robinson, President - Board of Governors. John Street Insurance Association

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2022 4:03 PM | Steve Robinson (Administrator)

    Guests can pay for their own luncheon by utilizing the event pin number provided within the event invitation email sent to Club Member.

    For events where Guests are invited to attend, they can enter the pin number in the prompt on the Event Registration page of the John Street Club website and enter their own payment information.

    The Member that provides the event pin number will serve as the Escorting Member and is responsible for assisting the Guest in attending the event.

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:04 PM | Steve Robinson (Administrator)

    We welcome and invite Members to bring guests to our luncheons! Throughout our Club's history It has served as an important tool to recruit future Members and as a way to build awareness.

    There are two ways Escorting Members can bring Guests:

    • The Escorting Member can register (and pay) for your Guest through the web site when you register yourself.
    • The Escorting Member can provide the event pin number to the Guest which will allow for self-service registration (and payment). This process is explained further here: FAQ: How can my guest pay for their luncheon?

    If you have any additional questions you can reach out to our Speaker Chair at:

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2022 10:47 AM | Steve Robinson (Administrator)

    The cost of a luncheon is set by the Board of Governors. The current price, which was set by the Board in 2023, is:

    • $80.00 for Members
    • $125.00 for Membership Candidates
    • $125.00 for Guests
    • $1,5000.00 for Sponsored Tables (set for ten)

    The Member rate is only available for those Members who are in Good Standing.

    To sponsor a table please follow these instruction:

    1. Go to the event link.
    2. Enter sponsor's email.
    3. Select “Next”.
    4. Select “Table”.
    5. Enter the Sponsored Table registration PIN.
    6. Click “Pay online” and follow the payment instructions.
    7. Fill out the attached excel spreadsheet by the Wednesday proceeding the luncheon advising the 10 attendees so we can add them into the registration system for check-in upon their arrival.
  • Monday, December 19, 2022 10:06 PM | Steve Robinson (Administrator)

    Luncheons can be attended by any Member in good standing, approved Membership Candidates and Guests of a escorting Member. 

    Guests are able to be registered via the John Street Club website by the escorting Member, or can register on a self-service basis on the same site, with an event pin number provided by the escorting Member.

  • Monday, December 19, 2022 1:06 PM | Steve Robinson (Administrator)

    There are a few frequent reasons why you are not receiving club email correspondence:

    • You have opted out from receiving email blasts. To check if this is the case you can log into your profile with your user name / password and in the upper left corner select Email Preferences and ensure both boxes have a check-mark.
    • You do not have / or have an incorrect email address entered on your contact record. To check if this is the case log into your profile with your user name / password and scroll down your Member Profile until you see "Email" and ensure that the address appearing is the correct address. If not select "Edit Profile" at the top left hand corner of the page and scroll down until "Email" and enter the correct email address and select save.
    • You have a Spam Filter which is screening and / or quarantining emails sent from Wild Apricot. To check if this is the case open your company's and/ or personal emails Spam filter and check to see if emails from the John Street Club. If that's the case, use the functionality of your Spam filter to "Release and Approve" and that should resolve the issue. You may also be able to manually approve the email address which club email's are sent which is:
      • With respect to Gmail we have had instances of our emails being automatically filtered to the "Promotions" tab in the Gmail portal. Check to see if that is the case, if so, you can re-classify future emails to be directed to your Inbox by replying to
  • Sunday, December 11, 2022 8:32 PM | Steve Robinson (Administrator)

    If you have not received your login information to the email address we have on file follow the below steps:

    1. Go to the Home page.
    2. In the upper right hand corner click the grey button entitled "Login".
    3. Select "Forgot Password".
    4. Enter the email address associated with the previous club administration system.
    5. Click "Submit".

    If there is an account on file associated with that email address it will send a temporary password to that email address. Your email address is the login name so you will be able to log into your account with your email and temporary password.

    If the email address we have on file is incorrect you will need the Club Secretary to amend who can be reached at :

    If the Club Secretary has no record of you on file it's possible that your account has lapsed and has been suspended. If that is the case and you wish to reinstate your account please go to the Join Us page and follow the outlined process for membership reinstatement.

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