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The prinicipals of CJW & Associates have over 150 years of shared experience.

Meet the Corporate Officers

J. Michael Lent, CPCU, AIC, President

Mike joined CJW as President in January 2018. He is responsible for all aspects of CJW’s operations and business strategy. Mike began his career in claims in 1988 as an adjuster trainee based in Tampa, Florida. Since then he has held positions of increasing responsibility around the country culminating in Chief Claim Officer appointments at two major multiline P&C carriers. Included in this progression was a role managing a team of 195 professionals consisting of inside examiners and field adjusters. Mike graduated with distinction from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. He also holds the CPCU and AIC designations through The Institutes.

Leah Pasternak, Director of Financial Services

Leah entered the property and liability side of the insurance industry after working in the Workers’ Compensation field for over six years with a managed care company. She joined CJW in 2008, originally working with the CAT team on billing Hurricane Ike losses. Leah transitioned to the Accounting department in 2009 where she now leads all London bordereaux reporting in addition to managing all aspects of the Accounting department including escheated property monitoring and compliance, loss fund management and reconciliations for London contracts. She also manages an experienced team of seven CJW accounting professionals. Leah earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Strayer University.

Richard “Skip” Abrams - Vice President Claims

Skip began his career in 1981 with a national independent adjusting firm in West Palm Beach Florida where he was trained as an all lines adjuster. Skip joined CJW in 1983 as a field adjuster, where he progressed to Manager of our Miami office from 1987 through 1998. He was the leader of our Miami office through numerous tropical storms and through the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. In 1998 Skip was promoted to TPA Manager and led TPA operations through the monumental 2004 and 2005 storm seasons. In 2016, Skip returned to our TPA unit as Director of Total Performance. In his current role of Vice President, Claims, Skip now oversees CJW’s property and casualty claims with an emphasis on the London markets. Skip holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Flagler College.  

Jay Voelpel, CPCU, AIC, VP of Client Services

Jay is a native of Orlando, Florida and has spent his entire professional career in the claims adjusting business. He is multi-line trained, holds a Florida Adjuster License, and is very active in a number of professional trade organizations, including former President of the Orlando Claims Associations. Jay graduated from Florida Southern College with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration / Marketing before continuing his professional studies, completing both the AIC, and CPCU designations. As Director of Client Services, Jay's focus is on client relations, as well as, working closely with all stakeholders to provide solutions on current programs and identifying new opportunities.

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