President’s Message – 2018

As the new President of the Chicago Underwriting Association for 2018-2019, I want to Congratulate our new Board Members on their recent election to the CUA board for 2018-2019!

The Chicago Underwriting Association provides an important forum for Life Underwriting professionals to continue learning and to network with their peers from other companies. I look forward to working with the new Board to develop great meetings for our members this year.

I want to recognize and thank our outgoing president, Chris Regione for his leadership of the CUA board over the past two years. Thanks also to Lisa Link and Rachel Eberle for all their hard work and dedication to CUA.

Please save the date for Thursday, October 4th for the Fall CUA meeting in Chicago.

More information on this meeting to follow.

CUA Board for 2018-2019 is:

President- Mark Lounds (Munich Re)

Vice President – Tim Beauchamp (SCOR)

Treasurer- Jeannine DuPlessis   (Fidelity Life)

Membership- Val Munchez- van der Wagt   (Allstate)

Board Member at Large- Debra Drayton (Voya)

Secretary- Kona Bahr (Northwestern Mutual)

Outgoing President- Chris Regione (Sammons Financial)

Mark Lounds, President


  1. Hello, this is Pauline Roque, Swiss Re. We are updating our industry involvement for 2020 and would like to find out how many registrants you typically have for your Chicago UW Association (CUA) March meetings? And you hold one CUA a year, correct? We look forward to attending your March meeting, with adequate Swiss Re representation! Kind regards, Pauline


    1. Hi Pauline – sorry for the delay in responding. Yes, we are excited to have you attend. Our upcoming meeting is on March 5th at the Allstate Campus. Please see the flyer – Let me know if you need additional information – Val Munchez-van der Wagt


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