Leadership Team

Andrew O’Brien
President

Andy began his insurance career at the E.W. Blanch Company in 1977 where he ultimately served as a General Partner, Executive Vice President and director. He has also served as a director of the Health Care Insurance Facility, First Dakota Indemnity Company and SAFE, Inc. (holding company for an accident/health insurer). He currently serves as a director and President of Trean Corporation. He holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a CPCU designation.

Julie A. Baron
Chief Financial Officer

Julie is the Chief Financial Officer of Trean Corporation. Previously, Julie served as the Controller for Benchmark from 2007 to 2015. Prior to joining Trean, Julie was the controller for a mortgage broker and title company in the Twin Cities. She is a CPA (inactive) and earned a B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University.

Martin Ericson
Vice President

Marty is the Vice President of Underwriting for Trean Corporation. Before joining Trean, Marty acquired over 25 years’ of underwriting experience from Crum & Forster, St. Paul Fire and Marine, and more recently Berkley Risk Administrators, with a heavy emphasis on specialty casualty and workers’ compensation lines of business. He has extensive exposure addressing the needs of Insurance Trusts, Reciprocals and Risk Retention Groups.

Steven Novak
Senior Vice President

Steven has enjoyed over 31 years working within the workers’ compensation and medical malpractice industries as an underwriting and claims manager, retail broker and reinsurance broker. He is a member of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF) and Southern Association of Workers Compensation Administrators (SAWCA).

Jill K. Johnson, J.D.
General Counsel / Vice President

Jill is an experienced attorney with 15 years in the legal field, concentrating mainly within the insurance and reinsurance industry. Jill is legal counsel for Trean as well as its affiliates and subsidiaries, overseeing legal, regulatory, compliance, H.R., and contracts. Jill received her Juris Doctorate from Mitchell Hamline (f/k/a William Mitchell College of Law) and her B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Matthew Spencer
Vice President

Matt has over 18 years of technology and project management experience working in the IT consulting, agribusiness, financial trading, and insurance industries.
Matt earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Quantitative Methods in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

Sean Ryan
Executive Vice President

Sean joined Trean in 2009. He began his broker career at Carvill America where he was a Senior Vice President. Prior to that, Sean was an underwriter at CNA Reinsurance and the National Facultative Manager/Casualty at Swiss Reinsurance. Sean is a director of Trean Re and IRUA (Intermediary Reinsurance Underwriting Association) and a past director of BRMA (Broker Reinsurance Market Association). He is a member of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association and the National Risk Retention Association. Sean has a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.