Director of Operations
Christopher P. Gill has been the director of operations for AmWINS since March 2003. He is responsible for the implementation of best practices to business and customer service processes, as well as administrative and operations functions. Chris also leads our Service and Operations Practices, designed to create a culture of service within the company while keeping customers at the center of everything we do. With more than 20 years in the industry, Chris has served as a manager of e-Business Solutions for Royal & SunAlliance USA, Inc. as well as manager of the Executive Protection Department for Chubb Insurance. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University.
M. Steven DeCarlo
Chief Executive Officer
M. Steven DeCarlo has served as chief executive officer of AmWINS since December 2000 leading the business through the merger of several specialty wholesalers. He has served on the AmWINS board of directors since he joined AmWINS in December 2000. Steve began his career with Crum & Forster and later joined The London Agency (today part of Chubb) as its chief financial officer. DeCarlo was a founding partner of Royal Specialty Underwriting (RSUI), serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer, later becoming senior vice president of what was then RSUI’s parent company, Royal & SunAlliance USA. In 2009, Steve was the winner of Ernst & Young LLC's prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year® award in the Carolinas for the financial services category. He is active in the insurance community and was named the National Insurance Industry Council’s Spirit of Life honoree raising more than $2.7 million for the City of Hope to support research for life-threatening diseases. As 1980 East Tennessee State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, he serves as a member of the ETSU Board of Trustees, is a member of the ETSU Foundation, and is also affiliated with the Distinguished President’s Trust.
Chief Operating Officer
Scott M. Purviance currently serves as the chief operating officer of AmWINS. He joined in July 2001 as chief financial officer, and took on the additional role of chief operating officer in April 2012. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the firm, Scott directs accounting and financial operations, mergers and acquisitions, information technology and actuarial functions. He has served on AmWINS’ Board of Directors since April 2015. Scott began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1992 serving for 7 years in the insurance services assurance practice. After leaving PwC in 1999, Scott joined the Business Insurance Division of Royal & SunAlliance USA, Inc., as vice president of finance. Scott earned a BS in Accounting from Wake Forest University.
Chief Information Officer
Todd A. Atwood joined AmWINS in 2013 as the chief information officer leading our global information technology & operation teams while remaining an active member of the community. Todd’s work and IT product creation have resulted in individual and shared rights to numerous patents worldwide. Prior to AmWINS, Todd served as a senior vice president and chief architect executive at Bank of America. He is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds an executive management certificate from the Darden School of Business. He volunteers his time with a number of nonprofit organizations that foster IT growth and development and is a guest lecturer at local colleges around Charlotte.
W. H. "Skip" Cooper
W. H. “Skip” Cooper, CPCU has served as president of AmWINS since May 2007. With 35 years in the industry, Skip has extensive knowledge of large property account structures and placement management, as well as product research and development. His expertise in customer, client and market relationships has helped drive AmWINS to its position as a leading specialty brokerage and underwriting organization. Prior to joining AmWINS, Skip had served as executive vice president of CRC Insurance Services, a company he joined in 1985 as its 12th employee. During his time at CRC, Skip formed the Property Department, along with AmRisc Underwriting, and held many leadership positions within the firm. Prior to 1985, he worked in various industry positions including underwriting at Fireman’s Fund and internships at Lloyds of London. Skip graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Finance.
Director of Business Development
William A. Nichols has served as vice president of business development for AmWINS since 2007. In this role, William is primarily responsible for identifying and executing AmWINS’ merger and acquisition activities as well as corporate initiatives and strategies, and data and analytics. Prior to joining AmWINS, William worked for Dun & Bradstreet for over four years with leadership roles in D&B’s Financial Planning & Analysis group as well as corporate development for D&B’s Small Business division. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999, William worked for Banc of America Securities covering companies in the Technology Services and Financial Institutions industries. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, William holds a BA in Economics.