Leadership Team

Andrew O'Brien

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.

Steven Novak
Senior Vice President

Steve 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).