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Rich Regna, CSSC, President

Rich Regna acts as a catalyst for cultivating innovation and bringing community to Structured Financial Associates. Formerly an SFA consultant with a long-standing reputation as a leader and a high-volume producer, he brings 18 years of experience in the structured settlement business to his role as leader of Structured Financial Associates.

Under Rich's direction, SFA is retained by 24 national companies as one of their primary structured settlement agencies, and SFA has grown to 65 Consultants worldwide. Rich is committed to increasing SFA's already high level of service to its clients and to ensuring that SFA Consultants are current with new technology and products that our industry and our clients' business practices demand. To this end, Rich is actively involved in the National Structured Settlement Trad Associates.

Rich, whose office is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is uniquely positioned to assist Consultants with Business development, and he is available to assist with mediations and settlement conferences and to provide training to claims teams. He also assists client leadership with internal marketing and education to raise awareness of the value of the structured settlement tool.

He focuses on helping plaintiffs design flexible, comprehensive settlement plans to establish a solid post-settlement financial foundation. He also has extensive experience helping clients protect eligibility for governmental benefits and resolving cases that involve the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute.

Rich is very active in coaching youth sports. He is married and has 3 children.

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John Machir, Chief Marketing Officer

As part of the initiative to bring new ideas and a stronger community to Structured Financial Associates, John Machir joined in 2016. He began his insurance career in 1974 and became Ringler Associates' Senior Vice President and National Marketing Director in 1988. During his tenure with Ringler, he became an industry leader in expanding the use of structured settlements throughout the claims and plaintiff communities.

Instrumental in securing the tax-free status of structured settlements for injured parties and their families, he was a founding member of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association, and has served two terms as the Association’s president.

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Rachel Grant-Harrop, Director of PR

Rachel Grant, CSSC, owner of Grant Settlements, LLC, brings 25 years of experience in the structured settlement business, having participated in the resolution of thousands of claims and litigation cases. She specializes in resolution of high-exposure medical malpractice claims, personal injury, products liability, transportation, general liability, and workers’ compensation claims in multiple jurisdictions. She also has extensive experience in workers’ compensation claims, including those that require Medicare Set-Aside Trusts.

A licensed life and health insurance agent, participating in mediations and settlement conferences throughout the country, she also serves on SFA’s Marketing

Committee and as its Director of Communication. She is an active member of many industry organizations, such as Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management, where she serves as its Treasurer, the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management, the Council on Litigation Management and The National Structured Settlements Trade Association.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and her Certified Structured Settlement Consultant (CSSC) from the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

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Cassie Brewster Barkett, Marketing Specialist

Cassie Brewster Barkett began her insurance career in 2012, bringing with her extensive experience as a trial lawyer. Cassie’s practice consisted of both civil and criminal law, focused primarily on complex civil litigation, including wrongful death, products liability, and personal and catastrophic injury. She discontinued her active practice to raise a family, returning to the courtroom periodically and assisting counsel for various hearings and jury trials.

From 2005-2011, Cassie served a 6 year Governor appointed term on the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, serving as both Secretary and Vice Chair of the Commission. Additionally, Cassie is active in Tulsa community service, including chairing a myriad of local non-profit fundraisers and serving as President of the Junior League of Tulsa from 2010-2011.

Cassie hold a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Texas Christian University and a Juris Doctor, Order of Curule Chair, from the University of Tulsa. Cassie is a member of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) and Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). She enjoys spending time with her husband Michael, also a trial lawyer, and three daughters, Zoe, Edee, and Sunny.

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Brad J. Dropp CFO/Corporate Controller

Bradley (Brad) J. Dropp oversees Structured Financial Associates’ accounts receivables and payables, commissions payment and tracking, as well as all financial reporting and analysis.

Prior to joining SFA, he served as financial controller at Ege Seramik America, Inc., an international manufacturer, where he managed all financial reporting, budgeting, margin analysis, employee benefits and human resources. He also served as Senior Accountant for both The North Highland Company and Nationwide Warehouse and Storage.

A native of Michigan, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration/Finance from Western Michigan University.

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Joe McManus, Assistant Controller

Prior to joining Structured Financial Associates, Joe McManus spent 18 years with The Hanover Insurance Group, where he started as an agency accounting rep at its home office, and oversaw agency collections for seventy-five independent Florida-based agents  out of the Jacksonville office.

 In 1995, he became Agency Accounting Manager in the Atlanta office where he led a team responsible for premium collections and commission disbursement for seven hundred agents in the southeast and mid-west regions. In 2000, Joe took on the position of Regional Premium Audit Manager, responsible for performing payroll and sales audits on workers’ comp and general liability policies in the southern region.

A native of Massachusetts, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Management from Nichols College.

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Natalie Yasumine, QC Coordinator

With 25 years of experience in the structured settlements industry, Natalie Yasumine is committed to streamlining processes and systems and implementing new procedures. She’s primarily responsible for ensuring quality data case management and system training and acting as a liaison for our life company partners.

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Leah Boyea, Director of Client Services

Leah Boyea has more than 10 years of experience at Structured Financial Associates. Prior to joining the corporate team, she was a settlement coordinator and case manager. A critical resource for consultants and coordinators, she also assists with maintaining national account client relations and reporting requirements.

In addition, she assists the director of marketing and communications by creating training programs for the field and managing meetings and other special projects. With experience in managing personal injury and long-term planning, she provides valuable insight into the perspective of the client.

 

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Reese Vinch, Consultant Services Manager

Reese began her insurance career adjusting claims for a military moving company in 1994. She moved on to become a work comp adjuster and made the jump to structured settlements in 2001. Reese came to Structured Financial Associates as a Case Administrator in 2005 and moved to the Home Office in 2007, where she became an Executive and Marketing Assistant.

Reese is now SFA's Consultant Services Manager-managing the department responsible for the services offered to SFA's consultants-Case Administration, Payroll, Benefits, Licensing, etc. Reese also helps the Corporate Team with meeting planning and is SFA's President, Rich Regna's assistant.

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Elizabeth Bass, Case Management Specialist

With nearly 30 years in the industry, Elizabeth Bass began her career as a financial planner, and then moved to Aetna Life's in-house structured settlement company as resident broker. She continued in the structured settlements field  as an in-house broker with CNA Insurance Company. Since 2001, she has worked for several structured settlement brokerage firms, coordinating with claim professionals, attorneys, and claimants in mediations, one-on-one planning conferences, and training sessions. Her areas of expertise include  Worker's Compensation, General Liability, Medical Malpractice and Medicare Set Aside Accounts.

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University, and the CSSC designation from Notre Dame University in 1998. She’s also a certified paralegal and she holds a life/health license in Kentucky.

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Gina Gasiorowski, Case Management Specialist

With 12 years of experience in the structured settlements industry, Gina Gasiorowski is an integral part of the case administration unit. Her commitment to streamlining the documentation process along with implementing best practices has made an impactful contribution to the administrative team's functions. Her responsibilities as a settlement coordinator include ongoing collaboration with SFA's consultants and clients to generate settlement proposals draft settlement documentation, prepare closing documentation and issue annuity policies.

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Hollie Wright, Case Management Specialist

Hollie began her journey in the Structured Settlement business by joining Cambridge Galaher in May of 1999 as a Case Manager in Atlanta.  After many years, with her team and the great leadership at Cambridge Galaher, Hollie decided to take a leap - she joined SFA in February of 2018. 

In the past few years she has worked mainly with Workers Compensation cases (MSA and Indemnity) but has previous experience working liability cases such as minors,  wrongful death and auto liability. Additionally, Hollie has worked for some of our industry’s biggest and best clients - AIG, Travelers, Ace, Liberty and Zenith - just to name a few. 

With her efficiency, ability to organize, positive demeanor and professionalism, she continues to produce quality work.  But more importantly, Hollie’s consultants respect and admire her.  After 19 years of watching the Structured Settlement Annuity Business grow and transform, she has turned her experiences into a wealth of knowledge that makes her irreplaceable.    

 
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Robin Sutliff, Case Management Specialist

Robin was raised in central Florida and earned her paralegal degree after high school.  She spent several years working for personal injury plaintiff attorneys before moving to Grapevine, TX 18 years ago.  Before joining SFA’s Dallas Office in 2011, she also spent several years working for a certified financial planner.  Robin has a great deal of knowledge from all aspects which makes her a very well rounded case administrator – from working the legal side to the financial side – Robin has the experience needed. 

 Robin joined the SFA Case Management Team in September 2018 and has become an integral part of the department.

 In her spare time, she enjoys listening to audio books and making acrylic pour paintings.