Jessica and Joey

Bio

Jessica E. Govic, CLCS

Title

Area Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co - Public Sector

Summary of Qualifications

Jessica Govic is an area senior vice president of Arthur J. Gallagher’s Public Sector Division at their headquarters in Itasca, IL. She has been involved in the insurance industry since early 2007. During that time she has specialized in the sales, management, and implementation of public entity insurance cooperatives, alternative risk financing options, and first dollar property and liability insurance products. Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Northern Illinois University. She is a member of many government associations including GFOA and ICMA and has been recognized by Risk and Insurance magazine as a Power Broker in the Public Sector both in 2015 and 2016.

Responsibilities

Works primarily with municipalities, counties, and special services districts structuring and placing insurance programs for all property, liability and workers' compensation coverages.

Heads up a sales team out of Gallagher's Headquarters in Itasca, IL.

Works directly with 4 public entity pools and is very familiar with the organizational steps and regulations that comply with each state.

Business Experience

Jessica has been a producer at Gallagher since graduating from college. Her entire career at AJG has been focused in the Public Sector Division. She currently oversees the sales team at the AJG headquarters in Itasca, IL. Jessica also serves on many local government boards, most importantly the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA) where she serves on the Partners Forum.

ERM Experience

Jessica is a new member of the Gallagher Enterprise Risk Management Practice Group. She has undertaken the ERM training directed by Dorothy Gjerdrum, and  has assisted in conducting a few "decision making" projects with her clients.

Professional Affiliations

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA)

Education

Bachelor of Science in Finance from Northern Illinois University
Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS)

Joey Sylvester

Title

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. - Public Sector

Summary of Qualifications

Joey Sylvester is the director of strategic initiatives and special projects for Arthur J. Gallagher's Public Sector division based in New Orleans, LA. He has been formally involved in insurance and risk management for 3 years since joining Gallagher from his previous life as an HR professional. During that time, he has specialized in unique insurance product development and sales including terrorism, violent acts coverage, and disaster management.
Joey graduated from NYU with a master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology and is very active in both PRIMA National and his local chapter, having presented at the national conference. He brings a wealth of knowledge in the field of organizational culture and its relationship to risk management.

Responsibilities

Works primarily with public sector and higher ed clients
Oversees all aspects of new exclusive insurance products including creating marketing materials, internal and external communications, application process, quoting, and binding coverage
Liaison to Lloyd’s underwriters to obtain required underwriting information and premium quotations

Business Experience

Producer and program manager with Gallagher for last 3 years
Previously was an HR professional specializing in compensation and benefits

ERM Experience

Joey is a member of the Gallagher Enterprise Risk Management Practice Group and an assisting consultant.  He brings a deep understanding of organizational culture and psychology to ERM projects and assists with risk assessments, evaluations, data management and plan development. In 2015, Joey joined the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO 31000. He has represented the U.S. at an international work group meeting and is currently a member of the Human and Cultural Factors Work Group.

Professional Affiliations

Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA)

Education

Master of Arts, Industrial & Organizational Psychology, New York University
     Mentor, Organizational Development Association – NYU Chapter
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, LSU Honors College Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

History

Member for
5 years 12 months