Rob Ford Founder
Early in his career, Praxis founder, Rob Ford, identified unique obstacles faced by P&C carriers in the New York and New Jersey No-Fault markets. A natural-born entrepreneur with a penchant for problem solving, Rob responded by founding Praxis, a distinct market innovation which quickly expanded to a full-service subrogation source. Building on that subject matter expertise, Praxis continued to grow with the addition of vertical-specific divisions to support property, auto, workers’ compensation and disability insurers nationwide. Today, Praxis represents more than 50 insurance carriers in the US, including 7 of the top 10, and continues in its endeavor to stand out as the market innovator.
Rob’s energy, vision and entrepreneurial business model has attracted top talent and fosters a forward-thinking culture. Praxis Executive Team alone draws on 170 years of industry knowledge.
Dan Dudenhoeffer, CPCU Chief Operating Officer
In 2006, joining Praxis as General Manager, Dan brought 34 years of Property and Casualty insurance experience to the bench. Prior to joining Praxis, he served as the Vice President of Claim Operations for Infinity Insurance. Dan has extensive experience in claim management, strategic planning, claim audit and operational efficiencies. His areas of responsibility have included Field Operations, Recovery (subrogation and salvage), No Fault, Call Center, SIU, Claims Audit, Training and the Document Imaging Center.
Dan is a member of the CPCU Society and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Executive Program. He earned his B.S. in Management from Lehigh University, located in Bethlehem, PA.
Frank Cardini, CPA Chief Financial Officer
Frank has thirty-five years of Accounting/Financial experience in a variety of industries. He joined Praxis in January 2010 as the Chief Financial Officer, responsible for all financial operations and reporting for the Praxis Group. Prior to joining Praxis, Frank served as the CFO for Primex Plastics Corporation, a $500M plastics manufacturer with facilities in the U.S. and England. Previously, he served as the Business Area Controller for the ABB Power Transformer operations in the U.S., and in various assignments with Westinghouse Electric Corporation after obtaining his public accounting experience at Peat Marwick (now KPMG).
Frank is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the Wharton Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University.
Kristen Wilson, Esq., WCLS Workers’ Compensation Director
Kristen brings over ten years of legal experience. She has demonstrated experience in the disability and workers’ compensation lines of business. Kristen earned a Workers’ Compensation Claim Law Specialist designation. She started with Praxis working closely with disability insurers and administrators to produce significant savings and increase profitability by capturing Deductible Income sources through increased offsets and recoveries. She has extensive experience and knowledge in bankruptcy, real estate and insurance law. Prior to joining Praxis, she worked for a law firm and was responsible for a variety of legal operations. She handled all legal matters related to chapter 7 and chapter 13 personal and small business bankruptcy cases. She drafted pleadings and legal memoranda, managed legal research and regulations, and supervised a team of legal support staff.
Kristen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Law and earned her J.D. from Massachusetts School of Law. Kristen is admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar.
Adam Brown, ACLA Manager
Adam is a native of Muncie, Indiana and graduated from Ball State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.Adam joined the Praxis team in January of 2006 and has worked in several key operational roles including Claims Audit, Investigation and Recovery. In 2009, Adam joined our Sales and Client Services team and was later promoted to Client Services Manager in 2013. Adam eventually moved back into the operational area and currently manages our Audit and Recovery teams. Adam’s experience and drive for learning has made him a subject matter expert of our processes and the value Praxis brings to the insurance industry.
Adam has achieved the Automobile Claims Law Associate (ACLA) designation through American Educational Institutes.
Alison Stackpole, Esq. Vice President, Operations
Since 2008, Alison has been collaborating with her colleagues to develop best-in-class, cutting-edge recovery and cost-reduction services for several of the nation’s top group disability carriers. Prior to her transition to the group disability industry, she spent 15 years as a health insurance subrogation professional representing self-funded plans nationwide. Alison has a strong working knowledge of federal ERISA law as it applies to various state anti-subrogation laws, collateral source rules, common-fund and make-whole doctrines.
Alison is a 1999 graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA and a 1993 graduate of Westfield State College with a B.A. in Liberal Studies. She is a member of the Massachusetts and West Virginia bars.
John Geer, Jr. Strategic Development
John retired as a Vice President at GEICO in 2009 after eighteen years with the company. During his tenure, he served as AVP and VP Staff Counsel Department Head, as well as VP Claims Department Head and VP of the Site Effectiveness Division of the Internet Business Unit. John also served on the Corporate Board of Directors from 2000 to 2009.
Prior to joining GEICO, John was an active duty member of the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps for 24 years. He retired in the grade of Captain, having served as Deputy Assistant and Judge Advocate General (Claims and Tort Litigation), Assistant Judge Advocate General (General Law), and Assistant Judge Advocate General (Operations and Management) in his last three assignments. He holds both a B.S. and J.D. from Fordham University, and a M.S. in Forensic Science from George Washington University.
At Praxis, we understand the responsibility of giving back as paramount to the vitality of being a thought-leading company and local organizations are the heartbeat of the community. Due to the extent and expansion of requests and giving efforts, the Praxis’ Contributions Committee was established in 2010 to streamline the focus on how Praxis impacts the local community, as well as broader missions. We take pride in helping sustain such companies in East Central Indiana, like Cardinal Greenway, ARF, Second Harvest Food Bank, Camp Isonagel, Red-Tail Conservancy, Meridian Services, Muncie Mission, Farmland Fire Department and Muncie Children’s Museum.