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 Funds (NCIGF), and is a Special Deputy Receiver for South Carolina Insurance Company, in Liquidation, and Consolidated American Insurance Company, in Liquidation. He was elected to the Georgia State University Risk Management and Insurance Hall of Fame in 2018.

Rick Amick
Deputy Executive Director - Finance & IT

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.

Tom Souder
Senior Director - Business Operations

Tom joined the Association in 2020 and has been in the insurance industry since 1992. He has a Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Florida. His insurance designations include CPCU, CLCS, ARe, AIM, AIS, and AINS. Prior to joining the Association, Tom served in leadership roles on several insurance industry and non-profit boards, bureaus, and associations.

Administrative Assistant

Brandy Brown

Brandy has over 20 years in the insurance industry. She began her career with Companion Property and Casualty in 1999 and started with SC Wind and Hail Association in 2014. She is a certified notary public and has previously trained in IT, claims, and underwriting throughout her career. In addition to her duties as an Executive Assistant to Smitty Harrison, Brandy is responsible for organizing Association meetings, day-to-day office operations, and assisting wherever needed.

Claims Team

Randy Mason
Claims Director

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.

Lynn Laag
Claims Adjuster

Lynn joined the Association in 1991 as an Underwriter. She has an Associate’s Degree from Midlands Technical College. In 2014, she transferred to the Claims Department as a Claims Assistant. She obtained her adjuster’s license in 2016. Her insurance designations include AIAM. She is currently working on her AINS designation.

Amy Vickers
Claims Adjuster

Amy joined SCWHUA in 2006 as an Underwriting Assistant. In 2012, she transferred to SCPCIGA as a Claims Examiners specializing in Workers Compensation Claims. Her insurance designations include AIC, AINS, and AIS.

Underwriting Team

Anna Batchler
Underwriting Director

Anna joined the Association 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, AIAF, AIC, AINS, AIS, AIT, API, ARC, ARe, ARM, and AU.

Laura Wilhide
Underwriter

Laura joined the Association as an Underwriting Assistant in 1998. Her insurance designations include AINS, AIS and API.

Wanda Williams
Underwriter

Wanda joined the Association in 1987 after working for Seibels Bruce and S.C. Student Loans. Her primary role is as an underwriter, but she has helped in other areas of the Association, as needed, over the years. Her knowledge has been obtained through the day to day operations of the Association.

Accounting Team

Brad Woodward
Accounting & HR Director

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 completed his CPCU designation in 2019.

Stacey Hood
Accounting Assistant

Stacey joined the Association in 2015 as the General Ledger Accounting Assistant for SCPCIGA (Guaranty Association). In 2021, she transferred to SC Wind as the General Ledger Accounting Assistant. She has an Associate's Degree from Piedmont Technical College. She looks forward to earning her Bachelor's Degree in Business and is currently working on her AINS and AIC designations.

Lenlee Smoak
Accounting Assistant

Lenlee joined the Association in 2021.

Information Technology Team

Carole Pugh
IT Director

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. She earned the GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) Certification in 2018.

Bryan Kite
Technology Manager

Bryan joined the Association in 2020 and has been in the software industry since 1996. His areas of expertise include Web Application Development and Web Application Integration for Data, Processes, and Web Services. Previous Employers include Policy Management Systems, Conita Technologies, Avaya, InsLogic, Capital One Insurance Services, Computer Sciences Corporation and the Broward County Clerk of Courts. He has a B.A. degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of South Carolina.

Jay Leadbitter
IT Specialist

Jay joined the association in 2021 and has been in the software development field since 2007. He graduated from Midlands Technical College in 2007 with a degree in Computer Technology.

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