South Carolina Wind and Hail Underwriters Association
Management Team

J. Smith "Smitty" Harrison, Jr.
Executive Director

Smitty joined the Association in 1993 and has been in the insurance industry since 1977. He has a B.S. degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina, and has a Masters in Insurance from Georgia State University. He was an Adjunct Professor of Insurance at USC for sixteen years. His insurance designations include CPCU, AIM, ARM, and ARe. Smitty is a Past Chairman of the Property Insurance Plan Service Office (PIPSO) as well as a Past Chairman of the National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Associations (NCIGF), and is a Special Deputy Receiver for South Carolina Insurance Company, in Liquidation, and Consolidated American Insurance Company, in Liquidation. He was elected to the Georgia State University Risk Management and Insurance Hall of Fame in 2018.

Rick Amick
Deputy Executive Director - Finance & IT

Rick joined the Association in 1995 and has been in the insurance industry since 1980. He has a B.S. degree from Presbyterian College, and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. His insurance designations include CPCU, AIAF, and ARe.

Tom Souder
Senior Director - Business Operations

Tom joined the Association in 2020 and has been in the insurance industry since 1992. He has a Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Florida. His insurance designations include CPCU, CLCS, ARe, AIM, AIS and AINS. Prior to joining the Association, Tom served in leadership roles on several insurance industry and non-profit boards, bureaus and associations.

Randy Mason
Claims Director

Randy joined the association in 2010 and has been in the claims sector of the insurance industry since 1983. He is a multi-line adjuster and has been Claims Manager of various offices across the US. He has a B.S. degree from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). He is a prior member of and was on the Board of Directors of the Claims Management Association of South Carolina, as well as a prior member of Blue Goose of CA.

Carole Pugh
IT Director

Carole joined the Association in 2014, and has been in the Information Technology field for more than 20 years. Her background includes Software Design and Development, System Architecture and Design, and Hardware, Platform and Software Installation and upgrades. Previous Specialties include business process optimization utilizing electronic workflow and case management solutions. Previous Employers include Policy Management Systems, FileNet, IBM US, IBM Australia and SCANA Corporation. She has a B.A. degree from Augusta University. She earned the GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) Certification in 2018.

Brad Woodward
Accounting & HR Director

Brad joined the Association in 2014 and has worked in accounting since 2005. He has a B.S degree and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. Brad completed his CPCU designation in 2019.

Amy Vickers
Senior Claims Adjuster

Amy joined the Association in 2006 as an Underwriting Assistant. Since acquiring her adjusters license and moving to the Claims Department, she has achieved the designations of AIC, AINS, AIS, and is currently working on her CPCU.

Bryan Kite
Technology Manager

Bryan joined the Association in 2020 and has been in the software industry since 1996. His areas of expertise include Web Application Development and Web Application Integration for Data, Processes and Web Services. Previous Employers include Policy Management Systems, Conita Technologies, Avaya, InsLogic, Capital One Insurance Services, Computer Sciences Corporation and the Broward County Clerk of Courts. He has a B.A. degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of South Carolina.

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