At Rokstone CRU, our purpose is simple: to inspire confidence.
Rokstone CRU is a specialty MGU offering Casualty and Builder’s Risk insurance products and services for complex construction risks and projects throughout the United States.
Our multifaceted team is equipped to successfully insure this intricate business with experience, expertise and analytical thinking. Our team includes veteran construction insurance professionals, specialty claims experts and cutting-edge risk engineering specialists. Our advanced technology and analytics allow us to enhance the process, think innovatively and deliver customized products and concepts to our customers.
Our forward-looking leadership team is made up of dedicated, focused and experienced executives. Find out more about the people who define the direction of our business.
Chief Executive Officer
Mike Pilla is the chief executive officer of Rokstone Construction Risk Underwriters.
He joined the group in November 2018, having previously worked in senior positions for a range of companies. He was CEO at Technical Risk Underwriters, CUO at OnPoint Underwriting and CUO at MGA Britt Paulk Insurance.
Mike has been on the vanguard of finding technology to prevent losses at construction sites and has developed deep client and broker relationships focused on developing standards and methodologies to reduce both attiritional and large claims.
Mike's specialty knowledge includes; large construction and engineered risks, named wind, critical quake and flood underwriting; large wood frame underwriting and prevention, building MGU's from the ground up, acquisition turn arounds, commercial hull and liabilities, inland marine and ocean marine underwriting.
Michael Simone is president of Rokstone Construction Risk Underwriters.
He joined the group in January 2019 and has over 25 years of experience in underwriting general liability, automobile and workers' compensation coverages for major insurance carriers with a specialisation on large complex construction programs throughout the US.
Michael joined Rokstone CRU from AXA-XL where he served as vice president - underwriting manager, directly responsible for the North East and Western regions operating out of the New York office.
Michael has held a New Jersey property and casualty brokers license since 2003, earned a bachelor of science degree in communications from St John’s University in 1995, and has had construction risk and insurance specialist (CRIS) designation since 2011.
Senior Vice President/Head of Claims
Richard Isgard is a partner and senior vice president/head of claims at Rokstone Construction Risk Underwriters, responsible for handling legal issues, drafting and negotiating agreements, and working together with underwriting to create policies and endorsements.
He joined Rokstone CRU at its inception in January 2019. He is an attorney and has handled and managed construction claims for 35 years – 20 years as outside counsel and 15 years on the insurer side.
Outside of work, Richard has many interests, including sand sculpture, tennis, painting, gardening and collecting vintage tools.
“We created Rokstone CRU to provide better products and services to the construction industry. It’s the people at Rokstone who make the difference. Everyone truly cares about each other, the capacity partners and most of all the customers.”
Chief Strategy & Analytics Officer
Michael Souery is the chief strategy & analytics officer of Rokstone Construction Risk Underwriters.
He joined the group in January 2019, and has over 30 years of experience leading large-scale business transformations to help organisations become more competitive through data-driven analytics.
Prior to joining Rokstone, Michael was chief analytics officer and COO of Technical Risk Underwriters, where he architected the Builders’ Risk underwriting system along with a platform to manage carrier aggregate capacity and portfolio management. Previously, he held leadership positions at GE Capital, Fannie Mae and IBM.
Rokstone Construction Risk Underwriters is founded
Launched Primary General Liability product with HDI Global Specialty SE
Launched Lead Builders Risk product with Allianz Insurance
Launched Following E&S Builders Risk product with Munich Syndicate 457
Launched Lead Following Form General Liability Excess product with Accredited Specialty Insurance Company
Rokstone CRU is part of Rokstone Group, a global specialty underwriting business formed in London in 2016 and controlling over $600m annually across multiple portfolios.
Rokstone is an Aventum Group company, an independently owned, global (re)insurance business with 14 offices and 250 staff worldwide. Aventum is the coming together of a group of serious niche (re)insurance businesses under one brand, where success is the only option. We are infectiously entrepreneurial. We strive for greatness and never stop exploring how to do things better.
For us, culture isn’t just something we talk about now and again. It’s a vital part of how we work; it makes us what we are. We’re bold, pro-active and we’re never afraid to challenge the status quo.