Leadership Team

Andrew O’Brien
President

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 Benchmark Insurance Company and Trean Corporation. He holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a CPCU designation.

Sean Ryan
Executive Vice President & COO

Direct: 952-974-2261 | Email: sryan@treancorp.com

Sean joined Trean in 2009 and currently serves as the COO for Trean Re. He began his broker career at Carvill America where he was a Senior Vice President. Prior to that, Sean was an underwriter at CNA Reinsurance and the National Facultative Manager/Casualty at Swiss Reinsurance. Sean is a director of Trean Re and IRUA (Intermediary Reinsurance Underwriting Association) and a past director of BRMA (Broker Reinsurance Market Association). He is a member of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association and the National Risk Retention Association. Sean has a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.

Kyle Plath
Senior Vice President

Direct: 952-974-2221 | Email: kplath@treancorp.com

Kyle began his reinsurance career at the E.W. Blanch Company and joined Trean in 1996. He leads Trean’s activities in the accident/health field, serves on Trean Re’s board of directors and holds designations as a Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe). Kyle earned a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Business Management and Political Science at Hamline University.

Julie A. Baron
Chief Financial Officer

Julie is the Chief Financial Officer of Trean Corporation and Treasurer of Benchmark Insurance Company. 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.

Richard Bray
Executive Vice President

Rich worked on insurance programs at Kirke Van Orsdel, Inc. where he served as a Vice President. He began his reinsurance career at the E.W. Blanch Company, ultimately being named Senior Vice President. Rich joined Trean in 1996 and has served as a director of the Health Care Insurance Facility, First Dakota Indemnity Company, Benchmark Insurance Company and Trean Corporation. He has a B.S. from the University of South Dakota and Regents College.

Steven Lee
Senior Vice President

Prior to joining Trean in 1996, Steve served as a reinsurance broker for Carvill America and E.W. Blanch Company, where he was a Senior Vice President. He has been a director of First Dakota Indemnity Company and currently sits on the boards of Benchmark Insurance Company and Trean Corporation. Steve has a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.