Paresh Patel is a founder of HCI Group, Inc. and currently serves as chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer. Mr. Patel has been a director of the company since its inception and has served as the chairman of the board since May 2007. He has been chief executive officer since 2011. He currently serves also as chairman of the board of directors and president of our principal operating subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc. He served as president of Homeowners Choice from 2011 to 2012 and reassumed that position in June 2015 upon the retirement of then president, Scott Wallace. Mr. Patel has broad experience in finance and technology. Since 2011, he has served as chairman of the board of First Home Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company in Seminole, Florida. He is a founder of NorthStar Bank in Tampa, Florida and from 2006 to 2010 served on the board of directors of its parent company, NorthStar Holding Company. Since 2014, he has served as chairman of the board of directors of Oxbridge Re Holdings Limited, a publicly held Cayman Islands reinsurance holding company with shares trading on the NASDAQ Stock Market. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Patel was president of Scorpio Systems, Inc., his own software development company. Mr. Patel developed and continues to oversee development of the Homeowners Choice policy administration systems. From 1998 to 2000, he was director of customer care and billing for Global Crossing. In that position, Mr. Patel defined business processes and systems, hired and trained department staff and led the integration of the customer care and billing systems with the systems of companies acquired by Global Crossing. As an independent software and systems consultant from 1991 to 1998, Mr. Patel worked with large international telephone companies. Mr. Patel holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Cambridge in United Kingdom.
Richard R. Allen has served as the chief financial officer of our company since November 2006 and also serves as a director of our subsidiary, Claddaugh Casualty Insurance Company, Ltd. Mr. Allen has over thirty years of experience in property and casualty insurance finance and management to include agency/broker relations, reinsurance and financial controls and reporting and third party administration. He has held various positions with several insurance companies as chief financial officer, controller and senior accounting manager. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Allen served as the internal auditor of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Allen served as controller for Symons International Group. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Allen served as controller/treasurer of Coronet Insurance. In addition, Mr. Allen served as the budget/cost manager of Bankers Life and Casualty from 1982 to 1990, and as the controller of Bankers Standard Insurance Company, an affiliate of CIGNA, from 1969 to 1981. He has experience in forensic accounting and has participated as a consultant in numerous projects with state insurance departments. Mr. Allen earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois.
Andrew Graham has served as General Counsel to the company since 2008. From 1999 to 2007, he served in various positions, including General Counsel, for Trinsic Inc. (previously named Z-Tel Technologies, Inc.), a publicly-held provider of communications services. Since 2011, he has served on the Internal Audit Committee of Hillsborough County, Florida. From 2007 to 2011, he served on the Board of Trustees of Hillsborough Community College. Mr. Graham holds a Bachelor of Science, major in Accounting, from Florida State University. He earned his Juris Doctor, as well as a Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in Taxation, from the University of Florida College of Law.
Cathy J. Welch has served as our controller since May 2008 and is currently our company’s vice president of finance. Prior to joining HCI, Ms. Welch gained fifteen years of experience in the healthcare industry, including hospital and managed care operations in both the private and public sectors. Ms. Welch served from 2006 through 2008 as vice president of Finance for Pyramid Healthcare Solutions, Inc., a privately owned healthcare consulting firm headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. From 1998 to 2005, Ms. Welch served as vice president of finance, corporate secretary, and corporate controller for Comprehensive Care Corporation, a publicly traded managed behavioral healthcare company located in Tampa, Florida. Ms. Welch served in a variety of financial positions for Columbia/HCA hospitals from 1993 through 1997. Ms. Welch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida and is a certified public accountant.
Karin Coleman has served as the vice president of corporate services of our company since 2009. As such she oversees human resources, regulatory and legislative affairs, vendor management, and community relations. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Coleman served nine years as vice president of Take Stock in Children, Miami, Florida, the state’s largest public-private partnership providing college access and assistance to at-risk children, overseeing legislative and strategic partnerships. Previously, she served in various roles at Florida Progress Corporation, St. Petersburg, Florida — a Fortune 500 utility holding company — for more than 13 years. Karin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of South Florida and has earned her senior professional in human resources certification (SPHR).