PURE Programs Leadership Team
Mark is the President & CEO of PURE Programs.Since joining PURE in 2011, Mark has served in a variety of leadership roles and has been an influential voice on the strategy of the company. Mark has more than two decades of experience in the property & casualty insurance industry, the majority of which has been spent in the high net worth segment. He began his career at Chubb & Son as a “trainee” and progressed into a variety of management roles in strategic marketing and field operations within the personal insurance business unit. He later served as Vice President for Personal Lines Marketing & Distribution at The Hanover Insurance Group prior to joining PURE, where he was elected into Worcester Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40”. Mark is a graduate of Gettysburg College and has an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Jack is responsible for leading PURE Programs’ general operations. Prior to joining PURE in 2008, Jack served as the Regional Vice President, for the Northeast at AIG’s Agency Auto Division, where he was responsible for profitability and growth of AIG’s auto insurance product offered in nine northeastern states. Jack graduated with a BS in Finance from Syracuse University, and earned his MBA at the Harvard School of Business Administration.
Katie leads all marketing and communications for PURE Programs. Prior to joining PURE in 2019, she worked at Travelex as the Head of Marketing and E-Commerce in North America. Katie started her career as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman, and then worked as a marketing analytics consultant at Analytic Partners. Katie also worked at AOL in both internal strategy and B2B marketing roles. Katie graduated with a BA in Applied Mathematics and Music from Yale University.
Jonathan Fajen joined PURE Programs in 2016 to set up and lead the underwriting department. Prior to joining PURE Programs, Jonathan was the National Director of Marketing for Private Client Select (Select), part of Risk Specialists Companies Insurance Agency, Inc. Prior to his role in Marketing, Jonathan was the Underwriting Manager for Select with responsibilities over workflow, production, and the integration of Select onto Lexington’s underwriting systems. Before Select, Jonathan held various roles of increasing responsibility at Lexington Insurance Company within the Personal Lines division. Jonathan earned an MBA from Boston University. He also earned a BS with an emphasis in Business Marketing and a minor in Spanish from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University (BYU).
Jason is responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of Claims and Risk Management. Prior to joining PURE Programs in 2018, he served in senior claims leadership roles for carriers and consultancies operating in the homeowners, auto, and commercial lines markets. Jason serves on the executive board for the NCF CPCU Society, multiple industry advisory boards, and has been the Director for the NCF Charity Golf Tournament since 2009. Jason graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Business Administration, from Villanova University with a Six Sigma Green Belt, and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.
Mike currently serves as the VP of National Sales and Distribution leader for PURE Programs as a licensed P&C and E&S broker. Since joining PURE in 2006, Mike helped to launch PURE in Florida as a Sr. Underwriter, launched and managed the New York business as the Regional Executive, and created a centralized underwriting facility in PURE Connect for quality but lower volume brokers to access PURE. He graduated with a BS from Binghamton University School of Management and holds an MBA from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
PURE Insurance Executive Team
Ross Buchmueller is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. His career spans more than 30 years and has been exclusively focused on the high net worth property & casualty insurance market. After spending more than a decade at The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Ross founded AIG Private Client Group and served as its president for more than six years before launching PURE in 2006.
He was a founder of the Private Risk Management Association (PRMA), and serves on its Board of Trustees. He has been recognized by EY as an Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, by The Family Wealth Report as Leading Individual in the wealth management industry in 2017, and by Best in Biz as the Gold winner for Best Executive in 2017. He holds a BA from Trinity College and served on the college’s Board of Fellows.
Martin is one of the three founders of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. As Chief Underwriting Officer, Martin oversees all underwriting strategy and operations for PURE. Martin previously served as President of Specialty Operations, overseeing a number of high growth operating businesses, which include PURE Programs, Haven Art Group and Watercraft. Prior to helping launch PURE in 2006, Martin served as the Western Zone Executive for AIG Private Client Group and previously as Chief Underwriting Officer for the division. Before joining AIG, Martin served as UK and Ireland Underwriting Manager for Chubb Personal Lines. He began his career in insurance as a loss adjuster before joining Hiscox Syndicate 33 at Lloyd’s, where he underwrote fine art and high value homeowners and attended the Lloyd’s graduate training program. He holds a BS from the University of Wales.
Jeff is one of the three founders of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies. As EVP & Chief Financial Officer, Jeff is responsible for all financial, actuarial, product management and service operations. Prior to helping launch PURE in 2006, Jeff served in executive and strategic roles with AIG Private Client Group, Chubb & Son and Deloitte Consulting. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School and a BS from Fairfield University.
Jason leads PURE's Risk Management and Member Services initiatives focusing on member experience, loss prevention and coverage adequacy. He joined PURE in 2013 and has since served in a combination of strategic sales, distribution, and field operations leadership roles. Prior to PURE, Jason spent a decade at Progressive in a variety of field leadership roles and started in the insurance industry as an analyst at Dun & Bradstreet. He serves on the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam Counties and the Board of Ridgefield Girls Softball. Jason holds a BA from Central College (IA) and an MBA from The University of Connecticut.
Katherine is responsible for developing core people strategies to build upon PURE’s workplace culture. She joined PURE in 2017 with extensive experience as a senior HR leader in the insurance industry, leading companies through times of extraordinary growth and change. She is passionate about workplace culture and creating an environment where employees can be successful and engaged. Katherine is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Business and History.
Mike joined PURE in June 2016 and leads our countrywide claims practice. During his 36-year insurance career, Mike has worked for a number of major insurance companies including Allstate, Hanover, CNA Property & Casualty and Palisades (a Plymouth Rock Company). Prior to joining PURE, he spent 16 years at AIG and was a founding member of AIG Private Client Group, where he was responsible for handling and managing all claims; before ending his career at AIG in 2016 as Global Accident & Health Claims Officer for Personal and Commercial lines of business. Mike holds a BA from Mount Allison University in Canada.