Mr. Goldstein joined the Kingstone Insurance Company Board of Directors in 2005 and was elected as its Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee in January 2006. In 2008 he was elected to serve as our Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Goldstein serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kingstone Companies, Inc., parent of Kingstone Insurance Company. Mr. Goldstein received his B.A. and M.B.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Goldstein serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Ms. Golden joined Kingstone in September of 2019 as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.
Ms. Golden brings over 25 years of insurance experience to Kingstone and will drive strategic priorities and accountability initiatives. She was head of business development at Arity’s Insurance Solutions, and served in Northeast Regional General Management positions at Liberty Mutual and Progressive Insurance. Ms. Golden was also General Manager at Earnix, North America and Management Committee Advisor at Bridgewater Associates.
Ms. Golden received her MBA from University of Chicago and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Ms. Chen joined Kingstone in November of 2020 as the company’s Chief Actuary. Ms. Chen is responsible for the reserving, pricing, financial planning, reporting and analysis, and reinsurance management functions of the company.
Ms. Chen brings more than a decade of experience in personal lines pricing, reserving, and other actuarial responsibilities. Most recently, she was a Senior Pricing Manager at Homesite, a subsidiary of American Family, where she was responsible for ratemaking for their ~$2 billion homeowners, renters, and condo book. Previously she was an Actuarial Manager at Plymouth Rock, a northeast regional insurer focused on auto and home. Ms. Chen also worked at XL Insurance, the Hartford and Travelers in various actuarial roles.
Ms. Chen is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a CFA charterholder. She has a M.S., Applied Mathematics from Brown University and a B.S., Mathematics from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Mr. Van Pelt joined Kingstone in February of 2021 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Van Pelt brings 30+ years of financial and accounting experience in the insurance industry. Most recently, he has served as CFO for Choice Home Warranty, Citibank’ Life Reinsurance Companies, and Star & Shield Group. He started his career at Crum and Foster and has worked in a variety of finance and accounting roles at Everest Re, Greater New York Mutual, and Atlantic Mutual. He brings a wealth of operational and corporate accounting, finance, risk management, and capital market expertise to Kingstone.
Mr. Van Pelt has an MBA in Corporate Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of the Arts in Accounting from University of Notre Dame.
Shannon joined Kingstone in 2009 and currently serves as a Director for the company and as Vice President of Marketing and Agency Relations. She leads the New York Marketing team and is responsible for growth, profitability, distribution and producer relationships. She also leads the Customer Service team at KICO focusing on increasing the customer experience through technology and improved products and relationships.
Prior to being promoted to Vice President in 2016, Shannon served KICO as its New York State Marketing and Customer Relations Manager. Shannon has taken the lead on many key company projects during her tenure with Kingstone. She has 14 years of insurance industry experience holding various positions involving underwriting, claims and sales on both the carrier and agency side.
Shannon holds a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Old Westbury and maintains her P & C Broker and Agent license in multiple states throughout the northeast.
William O’Brien has over 25 years of P&C experience working for large national, regional and specialty insurance companies serving in multiple leadership and technical claim adjusting roles. He also spent 6 years working for Ernst & Young in their Insurance Advisory and Risk Management practice which provided advisory services to insurance carriers, reinsurers and large self-insureds domestically and internationally. He brings strong leadership in claims management with experience in claims transformation and process improvement to enhance customer experience and improve claim outcomes. In addition to Mr. O’Brien’s leadership and management skills, he has a strong background in severity and expense management which includes litigation, vendor management and technical claims management. He looks forward to building out Kingstone’s claim capabilities to improve efficiency, enhance the customer experience and position them for future profitable growth.
John Reiersen began his insurance career with the NYSID ending his 25 years there as Chief Examiner in the P&C Bureau. At the Department, John was instrumental in getting many statutes and regulations enacted including the automobile no-fault program, the photo inspection law, the IIES program and many other cost containment measures. Mr. Reiersen also pioneered in the market conduct examination process and was responsible for drafting the fair claim practices regulation. Mr. Reiersen was also responsible for the enactment of many rules in the NYAIP including the Producer Certification Program and increasing the public member representation on the governing committee. He was responsible for the development of the LAD, CLAD, PAP, and SRDP. During the liability insurance crisis of 1985-1986, Mr. Reiersen was responsible for establishing a number of market assistance programs and in getting cancellation/nonrenewal and flex-rating legislation enacted into law.
In 1989, Mr. Reiersen joined the Robert Plan Corp. in a senior executive position and from 1990-2000 served as President of the Eagle Group. Mr. Reiersen served as Chairman of the NYAIP Governing Committee, MVAIC and NYIA. He currently serves on the Legislatures Industry Advisory Committee on Coastal Insurance, and continues to serve on many other industry boards and committees. Mr. Reiersen was elected President of Commercial Mutual Insurance Company in 1999 and in 2001 was elected to the position of Chief Executive Officer. On July 1, 2009 the company converted to a stock property and casualty company and became Kingstone Insurance Company.
John Reiersen holds the CPCU, CFE and CIE designations. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and holds a BS in Accounting. John and his wife Jeanie have two children and five grandchildren.
Thom joined Kingstone Insurance Company in 2008 and serves as its Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Risk Officer, Corporate Secretary, General Counsel and General Manager. He also serves as a Director for Kingstone Insurance Company, Chairman of its Nominating Committee and as a Director for the Underwriters Rating Board. Furthermore, he serves as Assistant Secretary for Kingstone Companies, Inc. and is a member of the New York Insurance Association Legal Committee.
His prior employment includes 14 years with a New York based property casualty insurance company, serving the company’s various regulatory, reinsurance and risk management needs. In addition, he spent four years litigating with insurance defense firms in New York City and on Long Island.
Thom was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Nassau County. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School and received a BA from the University of Richmond in 1989. He earned a JD from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2004. He holds CPCU, AIC, AU, ARM, ARe, AIS, ARC, AIM, AIT, API, AAI, AMIM, and ACP insurance designations. He was admitted to the NYS Bar and the USDC for the Eastern and Southern Districts of NY in 2004 and is a NYS Notary Public.