Celebrating greater

2023 | Annual Report

Greater Possibilities

From the president and CEO.
Lisa Corless

Over the course of a year that included relentless market challenges and the integration of the largest acquisition in our company’s history, we proved once again that the power of team can create the greatest of possibilities.

Lisa Corless's signature

If the best way to predict the future is to create it, 2023 clearly demonstrated how the efforts of a committed group of talented individuals can generate new possibilities for success.

At AF Group, during a year that included relentless market challenges and the integration of AmeriTrust, our team successfully navigated these challenges in partnership with our valued agents and partners by focusing on the strengths that have long differentiated us in the market – further redefining how we believe business should be done.

This was highlighted with our AmeriTrust partnership, the capstone of our year that united two high-performing, respected organizations into a $3 billion+ national specialty solutions carrier. In parallel with this effort, we continued to execute a long-term strategy centered on controlled growth and underwriting discipline across our three business segments, and successfully leveraged relationships to offer creative insurance solutions that reflected an evolving market and greater customer demands.

All of this was guided by our steadfast commitment to ‘People First’ – the hallmark of our culture that encourages openness, inspires ideas and builds trust.

With gratitude to the more than 2,300 teammates who are aligned toward our collective success, and with the many agent partners and clients who are dedicated to the same, I encourage you to share our appreciation for this commitment as you review this summary of last year’s accomplishments.

Celebrating Partnership: AmeriTrust

With the acquisition of AmeriTrust, AF Group has broadened its portfolio by aligning with an “A-” carrier offering outstanding service and solutions for more than 60 years. With capabilities that include specialty admitted products and programs in excess and surplus lines and well-established agent partnerships, the addition of AmeriTrust to our brands has created exciting new possibilities for our shared future.

Greater Performance

Financial stability, sustained profitability.

Our financial stability is grounded in our commitment to sustaining profitability through the work of a team dedicated to the collective success of our enterprise.

Keri Kittmann
Senior Vice President, Business Performance, Strategy and Chief of Staff

In 2023, AF Group achieved more than $53 million in underwriting income, despite difficult market conditions and the finalization of the integration of AmeriTrust.

This impressive effort once again earned an A.M. Best rating of “A” (Excellent), an S&P financial strength rating of “A-” and, for the fifth consecutive year, recognition as a Ward’s 50 company for outstanding financial stability, strength and performance over a five-year period.

AMBest Ward’s 50 S&P Global Ratings
AF Group

Financial Information

Collective Financial Performance
Year ended December 31

(dollars in thousands)

Gross Written Premium


Underwriting Ratios as a Percentage of Net Earned Premium

Calendar Year Combined Ratio


Net Income


* Reflective of significant volatility in the investment market in 2022.

Return on Equity


Statutory Net Written Premium/Surplus


Business Segments

Taking advantage of the new capabilities and synergies created from the integration of AmeriTrust, AF Group’s business model has evolved to allow our brands the flexibility to respond to market and customer needs as we deliver exceptional products across each line of business.

Our business segments – Commercial Markets, Specialty Lines and Third-Party Administrator (Fee-Based) – are structured to reflect both efficiencies and the dynamic products offered within each line of business.

Commercial Markets

Commercial Markets aligns our workers’ compensation operations, which has continued to build upon more than a century of success and partnership. In 2023, the division overcame the challenges of a soft market to achieve notable success, due in large part to the ongoing support of our valued agents.


Accident Fund United Heartland ThirdCoast Underwriters CompWest Assigned Risk Solutions AmeriTrust
Written Premium
Combined Ratio

Our integration of AmeriTrust has given us the capability to offer multiline solutions to existing and prospective customers. We now have the people, resources and renewed vision to bring unique value to the insurance market.

Steve Cooper
President, Commercial Markets

Specialty Lines

Specialty Lines provides insurance products for specialty risks not typically written in the standard lines marketplace, creating additional sources of revenue for the organization through binding, brokerage solutions, program business and assumed reinsurance.

In 2023, as a result of providing unique solutions to the market, 45 percent of AF Group's total written premium was generated by the brands within the Specialty Lines division. This continued strategic focus will create opportunities for additional growth in 2024.


Fundamental Underwriters AF Specialty Century Insurance Group
Written Premium
Underwriting Income

The success of our Specialty Lines division is evidence of a dedicated team committed to bringing creative, profitable new products to our portfolio of solutions.

Kelly Fusner
President, Specialty Lines

Fee Based (Third Party Administrator)

AF Group’s acquisition of AmeriTrust expands our specialty offerings with the addition of Mackinaw Administrators, a Michigan-based third-party administrator providing risk management capabilities through TPA services for loss control, claim administration, self-insurance companies and municipal clients.


Mackinaw Underwriters, Inc.
(prior to overhead allocation)
Active States

The resources and support of AF Group have created significant opportunities for Mackinaw – and will enhance our strategy to become a national presence in the TPA space.

Bill Brown
President, Mackinaw Administrators

Greater People

Teammates propelling us to excellence.

The true essence of our organization is found in the significant contributions of more than 2,300 teammates across the nation – and is a core tenet that is reinforced by our commitment to People First.

During the course of the year, we celebrated the impact and achievements of teammates and teams through podcasts, blogs and other featured opportunities, which illustrated the remarkable spirit of connection and excellence that continues to drive our workforce.

Supporting Organizations that Empower

Hand-in-hand with this effort, our teammates have welcomed the chance to share, learn and grow with one another through an expanding number of Employee Resource Networks – which allow for even deeper connections as we embrace the value of diverse thought and experiences.

Native American and Indigenous Peoples
American Indian and Alaskan Native ERN logo

The mission of the American Indian and Alaskan Native ERN is to foster inclusion and diversity by providing awareness about the history and culture of Native American People, share the ongoing stories of indigenous culture and uphold 7 core values which are love, respect, bravery, honesty, wisdom, humility, and truth.

AAIM-UP logo

Create a culture of inclusion for African American and Black employees and allies through education and awareness of real and relevant topics that impact our community by supporting the professional growth and development of employees, promoting diverse representation, supporting supplier diversity efforts, and creating awareness of and linkages to African American and Black business in our communities.


The mission is to be the chief educational source and serve as the bridge between our enterprise communities and the larger Asian-Pacific community through community outreach and employee cultural development.

Bright Blue
Bright Blue logo

The mission of the BrightBlue ERN is to promote and facilitate a complete and seamless integration into the workforce and the community at large with an emphasis on neurodiversity, disabilities, chronic illnesses, and seen and unseen disabilities.


To serve as a resource to Emergent Holdings by furthering a culture of inclusion, promoting the professional development of LGBT+ employees, supporting our existing and future diverse workforce, and establishing Emergent Holdings as an industry leader in Diversity and Inclusion.


To maintain a network of employees and provide learning, professional development, and community outreach activities to connect with and experience the Hispanic/Latinx community.

Veterans Employee Resource Network logo

To serve as a resource to Emerging Markets by furthering a culture of inclusion, promoting the professional development of Veteran employees and their allies, supporting our existing and future diverse workforce, and establishing Emerging Markets as an industry leader in Diversity and Inclusion.

We Lead
We Lead logo

We Lead will empower women to lean into their strengths and design a path to professional and personal fulfillment.

Employee of the Year
Jen Kuns
AF Group
Employee of the Year
Travis Miller
Leader of the Year
Jason Foreman
AF Group
Leader of the Year
Shannon Scholten
Emerging Markets
Inclusion Award
Jariod Mattert
Emerging Markets
Integrity Award
Angela Warren

Our culture is about recognizing and appreciating people for who they are and where they are — helping them to achieve what they hope to be. It is a culture where meaningful and substantive engagement resides and realness thrives!

Paul Kearney
Chief Claims Officer

Greater Recognition

Our efforts affirmed.

While the pursuit of awards and recognition is not the reason for the exceptional work we do, honors from our peers and those outside our industry affirm the tremendous commitment of our teammates.

These accolades also reinforce the thought leadership, expertise and excellence that continues to mark AF Group as a leader in the industry… and beyond.

ALM Property Casualty award
Named Risk Management Innovation Honoree for our Agent Report Center portal and Loss Run Automation with Groundspeed initiative
Recognized as Automation Champion
of the Year
Datos Insights
Honored for IT Practice, Digital and Data
Sam Hosey recognized as a Top 100 Under 50 executive and emerging leader.

Greater Service

A culture of caring in communities, nationwide.

The concept of People First doesn’t simply apply to actions within our organization – it’s reflected in the steps we consistently take to support the communities where we work and live.

Together with our Emergent Holdings teammates, AF Group has sustained its commitment to developing new strategies to increase our impact on our communities and their future and to supporting others, particularly in times of need.

In 2023, we extended this culture of caring through new partnerships with nonprofits across the country, including Ohio, Kansas and California – reflecting our desire to further impact our world.

Impact by the Numbers

Corporate donations given
Employee donations given
Pints of blood donated
Charitable groups supported
Capital Region Community Foundation logo

The Community Foundation is immensely grateful to AF Group for their outstanding support of our community and their commitment to inclusivity and wellness for all. As the presenting sponsor of Play Michigan!, AF Group helped us create the region's first universally-accessible playground so that children of all abilities can play together. Thank you, AF Group, for making a lasting, positive impact on our community for generations to come!

Laurie Strauss Baumer, President and CEO
Capital Region Community Foundation
Mid-Ohio Food Collective logo

Mid-Ohio Food Collective (MOFC) is the largest hunger relief organization in central and eastern Ohio. Through our five assets (the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Mid-Ohio Farm, Mid-Ohio Farmacy, Mid-Ohio Kitchen, and Mid-Ohio Market), MOFC addresses the root causes of hunger while working with more than 600 partner agencies in 20 counties to feed hundreds of thousands of hungry Ohioans every year. In 2023, AF Group provided over $15,000 worth of groceries to neighbors in need across MOFC’s footprint. Learn how MOFC is co-creating hunger-free, healthier communities at mofc.org.

Sam Grimsley, Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships
Mid-Ohio Food Collective
Communities In Schools of Michigan logo

Partnering with AF Group just makes sense for Communities In Schools of Michigan. As an organization that supports students across the state, particularly in Lansing and Detroit, a funder who hires, lives, and works in these communities is crucial to us. We believe that it's important for companies to give back to the places they populate, and AF Group's partnership does just that; they understand the importance of educational equity, community support, and what it means to be #allinforkids.

Mallory DePrekel, MPS, CEO
Communities In Schools of Michigan

Our organization is committed to actively engaging our communities, reflecting our sincere desire to be truly helpful in our service to others.

Kevin Zielke, Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Board Member, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

Greater Leadership

Servant leadership, with People First.

With decades of combined industry experience, along with an evident passion for the success of the team, AF Group’s leadership team is committed to creating a work environment that reflects integrity, transparency and a tireless focus on our people and their success.

President & CEO
President, Commercial Markets
President, Specialty Lines
Chief Underwriting Officer
Chief Claims Officer
Senior Vice President, Business Performance, Strategy & Chief of Staff
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Vice President & Chief Actuary
Vice President, AF Specialty
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