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Meet the Leadership Team

Robert P. Mulligan

President & CEO

Robert, named President & CEO in February 2011, has an extensive background in building and growing employee benefit plans. Previously, he was regional vice president of dental market solutions for United Healthcare Specialty Benefits, where he also held several other senior-level sales and operations positions.

He has also worked for Guardian Life Insurance Company of America as its senior sales executive of large account dental sales, Director of Market Development for First Commonwealth, Inc., and co-founded Optimum Health Inc., an alternative health care network and employee benefits company in Chicago. Robert is a graduate of Binghamton University in New York.

Jeff Kolesar

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff joined Renaissance in 2013 with nearly 20 years of experience in the insurance and employee benefits industry. His responsibilities include overseeing the national group sales and account management teams as well as developing sales and marketing plans to achieve new business objectives. Jeff also oversees Renaissance operations including actuarial, underwriting and call center administration. Previously, he spent more than 12 years with Guardian Life Insurance. Jeff’s extensive experience includes strategic product development, growth and planning for numerous dental and vision products on a national scale.

John Feeney

Vice President, Group Sales & Market Development

As the Vice President of Group Sales & Market Development, John is responsible for sales growth. With more than 30 years of sales and training experience in New York and Washington, D.C., John has a robust background in marketing employee benefits programs for organizations of all sizes. His mentoring, coaching and development of new and experienced sales professionals is also a focal point of his role at Renaissance. John received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from William Paterson College, and has worked for Guardian Life Insurance Company in New York City. He participated in Maryland Health Underwriters and was a member of GWAHU (Greater Washington Area Health Underwriters) and joined Prospect Street Consulting as the Vice President of Business Development. Throughout his career, John has received numerous awards and designations as a national sales leader.

Carol Egan

Vice President, Product Development

Carol has a vast amount of experience in conducting market research and managing product development. She served in multiple roles at Trustmark Insurance heading Business Development and Corporate Marketing. Before coming to Renaissance, Carol was the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product at Life & Specialty Ventures, a life insurance subsidiary of six independent Blue Cross Blue Shield companies. Carol is a graduate of Bradley University with a degree in Mathematics.

Phyllis Tucker

Vice President, Operations Administration

Starting as Operations Director in 2016, Phyllis brings with her 20 years experience in the insurance and employee benefits industry, where she held a variety of roles in sales, operations, marketing, product development and project management. Previously, she spent 5 years at One America as Vice President of Marketing and Product Development and 10 years with Guardian Life Insurance in various leadership, sales operations and operation roles.

Donald Smith

Vice President, Information Technologies

Donald has a background in both group and individual insurance and has worked in various insurance and information technology roles. His 30 years of insurance experience includes: Operations, Compliance, Product Development, Claims, Underwriting, Reinsurance and Financial Reporting. Donald also has managed and developed systems that support group and individual insurance. Donald received an undergraduate degree in Finance and a Masters of Business Administration with a Concentration in Management Information Systems from the State University of New York.

Rob Stone

Vice President, Actuary

Rob Stone joined Renaissance in 2019, bringing 25 years of actuarial and consulting experience to the organization.  Rob’s background includes extensive product development, financial modeling, project management and business management.   His career encompasses both managing an office of a global actuarial consulting practice and time spent as a financial advisor.  Rob is a graduate of Butler University and Northwestern University.

Jessica Kenworthy

Vice President, Finance & Accounting

Jessica joined Renaissance as Vice President, Finance and Accounting in January 2020.  Jessica brings nearly 20 years of Finance and Accounting experience to the company, having held leadership roles in risk management, strategy, financial planning and analysis, and corporate accounting.  Prior to joining Renaissance, she was Vice President of Finance at Genesys, a technology company, and spent nearly 15 years in the life and health industry prior to her time there.  Jessica is a graduate of Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Accounting.

Chris Adams

Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Philanthropy

Chris is responsible for ensuring effective marketing communications for both group and individual sales divisions as well as overseeing the philanthropic initiatives of the Renaissance Family Foundation.  As a marketing communications expert, Chris excels at finding creative solutions to business challenges. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Michigan State University and is experienced with a variety of industries for both B2B and B2C channels. He has worked in the insurance industry for the past 13 years and previously was employed as a Senior Account Executive at Campbell-Ewald Advertising Agency.