At Risk Information Inc., our goal is to provide unique and invaluable analysis and insight into the auto and property insurance markets. Senior executives from the most active and innovative insurers large and small are among our subscribers and conference attendees, along with the leading companies providing data and tools to the insurance industry. Also taking advantage of our newsletters and conferences are a wide-ranging group of reinsurers and reinsurance brokers, regulators, Wall Street analysts and investors, insurance agents and brokers, trial lawyers, consumer advocates, members of the media, and more.

Risk Information was formed in 1993 to provide strategic information to the property and casualty insurance industry. Auto Insurance Report, a weekly newsletter, commenced publishing that year, and Property Insurance Report, a bi-weekly, followed in 1994. We launched a speakers bureau in 1997, and in 1998 added our conference division, featuring the Auto Insurance Report National Conference each April, and the Property Insurance Report National Conference each November.

The Risk Information Speakers Bureau features Editor Brian Sullivan, who regularly visits a wide range of insurance companies and organizations, offering presentations on the direction of the marketplace.

A few words about our logo: The image comes from the north arrows William Clark drew on the many maps he made during the Lewis and Clark expedition from 1804-1806. The explorers covered more than 8,000 miles of travel over a two year period, using little more than dead reckoning and a compass, and in making his maps Clark was off by only 40 miles. This astonishing accuracy in charting new territory remains a constant inspiration for the team at Risk Information as we strive to help insurers successfully find their way into an uncertain, but always exciting, future.


Brian P. Sullivan

Editor and Conference Chairman

Brian Sullivan is a journalist and analyst who has been covering financial services and the insurance industry for more than 35 years. Today, Brian is Editor and Publisher of two of the leading newsletters in the property and casualty insurance industry, Auto Insurance Report and Property Insurance Report. He is also chairman of the Auto Insurance Report National Conference and Property Insurance Report National Conference, annual meetings which bring together leading industry executives, investors, brokers, reinsurers and others to discuss the most important strategic issues impacting these markets.

As a speaker, Brian has been called upon to host seminars for the senior management teams and boards of directors for insurance companies of all sizes, and make presentations on industry trends to agent groups and claims and operations professionals.

Brian started his career in 1979 at the Journal of Commerce, covering insurance and international trade. He continued his reporting on insurance, banking, venture capital and finance at the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 1984 he was named Editor of the fledgling Philadelphia Business Journal and helped build it into one of the nation’s largest and most profitable regional business publications. In 1988 Brian was named Managing Editor of the American Banker, a daily newspaper for the banking industry, and in 1990 he was promoted to President of the company’s international newsletter and conference divisions.

In 1993 Brian formed what is now Risk Information Inc., launching Auto Insurance Report, a weekly newsletter, and Property Insurance Report, a bi-weekly. With his wife, Tracie Sullivan, as Conference Director, the company created national conferences for these industries in 1998.

Brian is Vice President of the board of directors of The Prentice School in Tustin, California. Prentice is one of the nation’s leading schools for the education of elementary school students with learning differences.

Brian, a native of New York City now based in Dana Point, California, is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Tracie Sullivan

Conference Director

Tracie Sullivan is a meeting professional who has built two of the most successful conferences in the property and casualty insurance industry while helping non-profit organizations achieve record fund-raising results.

After helping launch the publishing arm of Risk Information Inc. in 1993 with her husband and business partner Brian Sullivan, Tracie created Risk Information Conferences in 1998. The Auto Insurance Report National Conference is held each spring, and has sold out each time, attracting more than 330 of the industry’s leading executives. The Property Insurance Report National Conference also attracts virtually every major home insurer in the nation, and sells out with more than 225 attendees.

The events are held at some of the finest hotels and resorts in the United States. Tracie has a close working relationship with such outstanding hotel groups as the Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis and Four Seasons, the Breakers in Palm Beach and more.

In addition to Risk Information Conferences, Tracie has helped create and manage a wide range of successful fund raising events. She has served as event chair or committee member for fund-raising events for Southern California groups such as the Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Prentice School.

Tracie began her career in the corporate planning department of Saks Fifth Avenue, New York. She has been an Associate Director of Admissions for the University of Southern California, opening the school’s first East Coast admissions office, and the University of Pennsylvania. Tracie is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Leslie Werstein Hann

Managing Editor

As Managing Editor of Auto Insurance Report and Property Insurance Report, Leslie Hann is a member of the team writing, editing and producing these industry-leading newsletters. She began writing for the newsletters in 2005, and became Managing Editor in 2009.

Leslie is a freelance writer with more than 30 years of experience in journalism, business communications, and educational publishing. In addition to serving as the Managing Editor at Risk Information, Leslie is president of HannWriting Inc., her freelance editorial business.

Many of her stories focus on the entrepreneurs and executives who run successful businesses and the people who regulate them. In writing for and about the insurance world, Leslie is adept at translating the arcane business of managing risk into a compelling read, whether in bylined articles or industry reports.

Leslie also serves as managing editor of Leader’s Edge, an award-winning magazine published by the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers. Before starting HannWriting in 2000, Leslie was managing editor of Best’s Review magazine. She began her journalism career as a reporter for daily newspapers in New Jersey.

Leslie graduated with honors from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She lives in the woods of Lebanon Township, New Jersey.

Ed McMenamin

Senior Editor

Ed McMenamin, our Senior Editor, based in Chicago, focuses on a wide range of topics, including insuretech, distribution and advertising. Before joining Risk Information, Ed was chief editor of BNP Media’s PM Engineer magazine and an associate editor of Quality and Appliance Design. He also contributed regular freelance articles to both Property Insurance Report and Auto Insurance Report.

Ed covered city government, business and crime for the Peoria Journal Star and Pekin Daily Times in Central Illinois, and then the Elmhurst Press/Downers Grove Reporter in Chicago’s western suburbs. McMenamin is a native of Springfield, Illinois, and a graduate of Bradley University.