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Join us for our annual General Insurance Event this spring. We’ll honor Brenda (Ballard) Austenfeld and Scott Gunter for their professional and philanthropic leadership.

We’ll also pay tribute to UJA’s powerful work meeting the moment as we address ongoing and urgent needs in New York, including poverty and hunger, and respond to war in Israel and rising antisemitism around the world.


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Honoree Portrait

Brenda (Ballard) Austenfeld

CEO and President, National Property, RT Specialty

Brenda (Ballard) Austenfeld is a member of the executive team for RT Specialty as CEO & president of National Property. She provides leadership to brokerage teams for sales and strategy initiatives while managing relationships with key market and retail broker partners. Brenda’s executive leadership, development of talent, along with building team culture throughout the national platform has escalated RT Property with exponential growth to be a key leader within the insurance arena. Her team has become well-known for its ability to creatively and effectively handle specialized and catastrophic exposures throughout all areas of the country. 

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Scott Gunter

Chief Executive Officer, AXA XL

Scott leads the AXA XL division. He joined AXA in 2020 as Chief Executive Officer for AXA XL. He sits on AXA’s Management Committee, reporting to Thomas Buberl, CEO of AXA. Scott has over 35 years of insurance industry experience. He joined the insurer Chubb in 1986 as an underwriting trainee and worked his way up through the company, holding senior positions including Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer of Chubb Commercial Insurance, and Chief Operating Officer, North America Personal Risk Services.


Edward F. McCormack, Ryan Turner Specialty  
Lucy Pilko, AXA XL
Timothy W. Turner, Ryan Turner Specialty and Ryan Specialty 
Pam Urueta, AXA XL 

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