Speakers

Roy E. Wright

AcroRd32_2019-02-11_09-49-49Roy Wright joined IBHS in 2018 with more than 20 years of experience in insurance, risk management, mitigation, and resilience planning. Convinced that the continuing cycle of human suffering that strikes families and communities in the wake of severe weather can be broken, Roy leads a team of scientists and risk communicators who deliver strategies to build safer and stronger homes and businesses. IBHS’ real-world impact enables the insurance industry and affected property owners to prevent avoidable losses. Roy joined IBHS from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where he served as the Chief Executive of the National Flood Insurance Program, led the agency’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, and directed the resilience programs addressing earthquake, fire, flood, and wind risks. In these roles, he guided several programs that promote a risk-conscious culture, enable faster disaster recovery, and address long-term vulnerabilities to life, property, and well-being in communities across the United States. Prior to joining FEMA in 2007, Roy worked in public and private sector roles with Coray Gurnitz Strategy Consulting and the U.S. Department of the Interior. A native of California, Roy earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Azusa Pacific University and a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University.


David Harkey

DH pictureDr. David L. Harkey is President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute.

Before taking the helm at IIHS-HLDI in 2018, Dr. Harkey, an engineer by training, directed the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center for 11 years. There he directed numerous projects to develop tools and strategies for enhanced safety analysis, improve safety data for researchers and decision makers, and develop training materials for safety practitioners.

Dr. Harkey’s own research has focused on improving roadway design and operations for all users, including motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. He has led major research programs and projects for the Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and other public agencies throughout his career and published numerous technical reports and peer-reviewed articles on road safety.

Dr. Harkey received a doctorate in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is actively involved in several professional organizations, including the Transportation Research Board, Institute for Transportation Engineers and Association of Traffic Safety Information Professionals.


Jay A. Thompson

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Jay A. Thompson has considerable experience in both regulatory and legislative issues involving the business of insurance. He regularly participates in regulatory proceedings involving contested case hearings, contested rate hearings, policy form approvals, rulemaking, licensing, mergers, acquisition and dissolution of insurance companies and other regulatory matters before the Texas Department of Insurance.

As a registered lobbyist, Jay has represented the property/casualty and life, accident and health insurance industry on legislative issues impacting those insurers. He has worked closely with leadership in Texas to find constructive solutions to legislative issues. He has written numerous bills and amendments to the Texas Insurance Code and has been recognized as a leading expert on insurance regulation.

Jay has also represented insurers in litigation involving insurance bad faith, tax disputes against the state of Texas, appeals from administrative actions at the Texas Department of Insurance, disputes involving reinsurance, and disputes between companies and agents.

Jay is recognized as a leading attorney in Chambers and Partner’s as a Leading Lawyer in America for Insurance.

Professional and Community Activities 

  • Federation of Regulatory Counsel

Professional Recognition

  • Chambers USA, Top Insurance Attorneys in Texas
  • Chambers USA, Leader in their Field for Insurance and Insurance: Regulation in Texas 
  • “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Practices

  • Governmental & Legislative Advocacy
  • Insurance Regulatory & Transactions

Industries

  • Insurance
  • Government & Public Entities
  • Administrative and Regulatory Compliance
  • Fraud and Abuse
  • Medical Liability Defense
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Health Care Transactions
  • Lobbying and Policy-Making

Education 

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1972
  • Texas Tech University, B.A., 1970, Accounting, President Student Body 1969-1970

Bar Admissions 

  • Texas, 1972
  • United States Court of Military Appeals, 1973
  • United States District Court Northern and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court, 1988