Melissa Crawford is the newly elected President of the NIC. Melissa is currently a Senior Director of State Government relations for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, supporting the entire family of Nationwide companies. In her role, she is responsible for all government affairs activity in nine western and mid-western states. That role includes monitoring, analyzing, and responding to legislative, regulatory, and industry-wide issues and includes supporting Nationwide’s interests before legislatures, regulators, other public officials and various stakeholders. She has worked for Nationwide for 14 years, supporting the claims operation as a Regional Assistant General Counsel prior to moving into Government Relations. Melissa serves on several other insurance-related boards in both leadership and non-leadership positions, including the Northwest Insurance Counsel, the Oregon Guarantee Association, the Kansas Association of Property and Casualty Insurance Companies, and the Nebraska Insurance Information Service. She is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law and although she lived in the Northwest most of her life, now calls Colorado home. She lives on 35 acres with her husband, daughter, and a growing assortment of domestic and livestock animals. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company offers traditional personal and commercial lines insurance as well as a variety of other products and services, such as Pet health insurance, surplus lines insurance, life insurance and a wide range of financial services.
Rebecca Sanchez is Vice President of the NIC. She has served as the corporate lobbyist in AZ, NV, and UT for American Family Insurance for the last ten years. Becky acts as the primary company liaison with state departments of insurance and each of her states’ legislative bodies. She also represents her organization in administrative and legislative hearings. Prior to joining American Family, Becky served as the licensing administrator for the Arizona Department of Insurance. She also has an extensive background in marketing, sales and community relations.
Victoria Stewart is the Nevada Insurance Council’s Secretary/Treasurer. She is also the Legislative Affairs Manager for Farmers Insurance and has responsibility for Arizona, California and Nevada. Victoria previously served for three years as the lead lobbyist for the premier life sciences trade association in California, working on some of the most difficult and controversial policies of each legislative year.
Victoria’s career started just after college in the California State Capitol as an administrative assistant in a state senator’s office. From that job, she worked her way up to Chief of Staff for the vice chair of Assembly Insurance. She has extensive campaign experience and has been immersed in the American political culture for nearly 15 years. Victoria has a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Sacramento in Political Science.
Michael Geeser is the Public Affairs officer for the NIC. In October of 2013, Geeser helped lead the NIC’s effort in hosting the annual State Insurance Trade Associations (SITA) Conference at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Geeser is a Regional Director of Government Affairs for CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer. In his role, he is responsible for all government affairs activity in ten states. That activity includes monitoring, analyzing and responding to legislative, regulatory and case law. In his previous position at AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, Geeser served as Government Relations Representative and Spokesperson. He handled all media related requests and represented AAA Nevada in the State legislature as well as on various state and local committees. Prior to AAA, Geeser was an award-winning Consumer Editor for CBS affiliate KLAS-TV in Las Vegas. In 2001, he received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Reporting. Geeser is married with two children. He’s lived in Las Vegas for 19 years. He’s a graduate of San Jose State University. Geeser serves on the executive board of the Anti Defamation League of Las Vegas. CSAA Insurance Group offers auto, home and other personal lines of insurance to AAA Members, in partnership with local AAA clubs in 23 states and the District of Columbia.