South Carolina Wind and Hail Underwriters Association
Management Team

J. Smith "Smitty" Harrison, Jr.
Executive Director

Smitty joined the Association in 1993 and has been in the insurance industry since 1977. He has a B.S. degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina, and has a Masters in Insurance from Georgia State University. He was an Adjunct Professor of Insurance at USC for sixteen years. His insurance designations include CPCU, AIM, ARM, and ARe. Smitty is a Past Chairman of the Property Insurance Plan Service Office (PIPSO) as well as a Past Chairman of the National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Associations (NCIGF), and is a Special Deputy Receiver for South Carolina Insurance Company, in Liquidation, and Consolidated American Insurance Company, in Liquidation.

Rick Amick
Chief Financial Officer

Rick joined the Association in 1995 and has been in the insurance industry since 1980. He has a B.S. degree from Presbyterian College, and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. His insurance designations include CPCU, AIAF, and ARe.

David Leadbitter
Chief Operating Officer

David joined the Association in 1995 and has been in the insurance industry since 1980. He has a B.A. degree and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. His insurance designations include CPCU, AIC, AIM, ARM, AU, AAI, AIT, AIS, API, ARC, and AINS.

W. Ashley Carder
Chief Information Officer

Ashley joined the Association in 2005 and has been in the software industry since 1980. He has been involved in the development of insurance software since 1985 and has developed web-based insurance software solutions for companies including Ford Motor Company, Charles Schwab, Volvo, Sears, Kemper, Empire Insurance Group, First Trenton, Explorer Insurance, and Insurance Company of the West. He has a B.A. degree from Wofford College.

Randy Mason
Claims Manager

Randy joined the association in 2010 and has been in the claims sector of the insurance industry since 1983. He is a multi-line adjuster and has been Claims Manager of various offices across the US. He has a B.S. degree from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). He is a prior member of and was on the Board of Directors of the Claims Management Association of South Carolina, as well as a prior member of Blue Goose of CA.

Carole Pugh
Chief Technology Officer

Carole joined the association in 2014, and has been in the Information Technology field for more than 20 years. Her background includes Software Design and Development, System Architecture and Design, and Hardware, Platform and Software Installation and upgrades. Previous Specialties include business process optimization utilizing electronic workflow and case management solutions. Previous Employers include Policy Management Systems, FileNet, IBM US, IBM Australia and SCANA Corporation. She has a B.A. degree from Augusta University.

Brad Woodward
Controller

Brad joined the association in 2014 and has worked in accounting since 2005. He has a B.S degree and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. Brad expects to complete his CPCU designation in 2018.

Anna Batchler
Senior Underwriter

Anna joined the assoication in 2005 and has been in the insurance industry since 2004. She has a B.S. degree from the University of South Carolina, where she majored in Insurance and Risk Management and minored in Technology Support and Training Management. She also has a Masters in Insurance from Boston University. Her insurance designations include CPCU, AAI, AIC, AINS, AIS, API, ARe, and AU.

Amy Vickers
Senior Claims Adjuster

Amy joined the association in 2006 as an Underwriting Assistant. Since acquiring her adjusters license and moving to the Claims Department, she has achieved the designations of AIC, AINS, AIS, and is currently working on her CPCU.

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