Meet Our Regional Executives

  • Tom Kozera
    AssuredPartners Regional President

    Tom Kozera, CEO of Assured SKCG, started his career with the Insurance Company of North America, where he gained extensive experience in actuarial, bonds, claims and commercial underwriting. From there he moved to a major insurance brokerage where, as a senior executive, he handled all aspects of agency management as well as many national accounts. Using his insurance expertise, he has consulted with clients in many industries and has worked with the FSLIC on insurance matters relating to major bank failures.

    After more than 30 years in the business, Mr. Kozera is a respected resource and consults frequently with large real estate firms, law firms, bar associations and other prominent businesses. Tom is currently overseeing the Northeast region for AssuredPartners.

  • Randy J. Larsen
    AssuredPartners Regional President

    Randy Larsen, Regional President – Central States, began his career in 1986 in the banking industry, at American National Bank, Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1998, after 13 years in commercial lending, ultimately as a Kansas City market president for Mercantile Bancorp, a publically traded bank, Randy launched his insurance career at Schifman Remley Associates (SRA).  Randy served as a producer and sales manager prior to becoming an agency partner in 2007.  Following the sale of SRA to AssuredPartners in December 2012, Randy assumed the role of President of Assured SRA. In his current role as AssuredPartners regional president, Randy oversees the growing central states platform, currently with agencies in Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, and Texas.

    Randy earned his BS in Finance from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

  • Kyp Ross
    AssuredPartners Regional President

    Kyp started his career at Ohio Casualty Group in the Surety Department and later became a partner in a surety-only brokerage firm prior to joining Dawson in 1997 as a producer.  Since that time, he has become the largest producer of commissioned income within the Dawson organization. Kyp was named Vice President of the Construction Division in 2002 and then President of Dawson Insurance — Cleveland. In 2006 Kyp was promoted to President of Dawson Insurance for all of Ohio.

    Kyp’s dedication, industry knowledge and experience soar above all else. He approaches the business with unique ideas and a structure to achieve his goals.  Kyp is now an AssuredPartners Regional President with the territory assignment of northern Ohio, Michigan, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

  • Mike Paschke
    AssuredPartners Regional President

    Mike Paschke joined AssuredPartners in June 2016 after 26 years at insurance broker Brown & Brown. Prior to joining AssuredPartners, Mike held various senior leadership roles, most recently as Regional President. Mike is well versed in the Property & Casualty, Life & Health, and Mergers & Acquisitions segments of the industry. He was also the Employee Benefits National Practice Leader at his previous employer for over nine years. Mike served as chairman of the Council of Employee Benefits Executives in Washington, D.C., from 2005 to 2007.

    As Regional President, Mike is responsible for operations as well as Mergers and Acquisitions with a focus on recruitment and development in the AssuredPartners Western Region.

  • Larry Schaefer
    AssuredPartners Regional President

    Larry Schaefer is the President of AssuredPartners NL, overseeing the strategic growth and expansion of the company while maintaining the day-to-day operations. Larry brings more than 37 years of insurance-related experience with a background in property & casualty operations. Larry supports the mission statement by leading activities that contribute to AssuredPartners NL becoming the leading and most trusted supplier of cost-effective insurance, risk management services, surety bonds, and third-party administration in the region.

    In this expanded role with AssuredPartners, Larry is responsible for the Kentucky, southern Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana region.