Executive Team

Wesley C. Duesenberg, Jr., CIW – Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Duesenberg, Jr. has been with Southern Insurance Underwriters, Inc. since 1976. Previously, he was employed by the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen, and as a tax accountant for Law Engineering Testing Company. Mr. Duesenberg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Emory University; a Master’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Insurance from Georgia State University. Mr. Duesenberg is the CEO of SIU and its affiliate companies. He is a Past-President of the American Association of Managing General Agents (1987-88), Founder and past Chancellor of the AAMGA University (1988-1998), and he led the formation of the AAMGA Distinguished Chair in Risk Management and Insurance at Georgia State University (GSU). Mr. Duesenberg was also the recipient of the Vince Donahue Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Currently he is the Treasurer and Trustee of the Risk Management Foundation at GSU.

Wesley C. (Tripp) Duesenberg, III, CIW – President
Mr. Duesenberg, III has been with SIU since 2002. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Samford University and attending Georgia State University’s RMI program, Mr. Duesenberg spent time interning with carriers and brokers such as Scottsdale Insurance Company, Bell & Clements (Lloyds of London) & American Modern. Since 2002, Mr. Duesenberg has worked in each of the SIU departments including holding the Vice President position for Marketing and Operations. Mr. Duesenberg was the AAMGA Under Forty Organization President from 2009-2010. In 2014, the SIU administration transferred to the third generation as Mr. Duesenberg was promoted to President.

Dene Schoerner – Chief Underwriting Officer
Mr. Schoerner joined the SIU family in 2016 and manages the underwriting units as well as new program development. He is a graduate of GA Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His business and insurance background is focused on the MGA program space. His MGA experience spans all areas from Property & Casualty, Inland Marine, Ocean Marine, Workers Compensation, Commercial Agriculture and Aviation. Previously, Mr. Schoerner was the COO for a special risk insurance company and was instrumental in increasing key carrier partnerships and the development of an online policy issuance system. Mr. Schoerner also has many years of experience in the plastics, wire and cable, finance/ banking, oil refining, commercial real estate and staffing industries which gives him real world knowledge of the exposures.

John W. LaMay, Jr., – Chief Financial Officer and President of SIUPREM, Inc.
Mr. LaMay has been with SIU since 1991 and oversees all the financial operations of SIU and its affiliated companies. As President of SIUPREM, he is responsible for the integrity and profitable growth of the premium finance company. As a corporate leader, Mr. LaMay continues to advance the SIUPREM Cares campaign in the fight against breast cancer. He holds an associate degree in Business Administration from DeKalb Community College as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University. Prior to coming to SIU, Mr. LaMay worked in the Banking industry and then entered the insurance industry as an accountant for a MGA.

Hugh T. Nelson, CPCU -Senior Vice President, Alternative Insurance Services
Mr. Nelson is responsible for SIU’s business development activities in the alternative insurance risk marketplace. He also manages Century Casualty Company and Claims Services Network, affiliates of SIU. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University, an MBA from the University of North Florida, and insurance industry designations of CPCU, ARM, ASLI and AU. Mr. Nelson began his career at Dependable Insurance Group, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President. He then served as Chief Operating Officer of Pinnacle Insurance Company, a multi-lines insurer, and later as Chief Operating Officer of an MGA specializing in health care professional liability, prior to joining SIU in 2002.

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