Dr. Sharps founded Positive Physicians Insurance Company in 2002 and has served as the CEO and President since its inception.
Dr. Sharps served as President of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society (POS) from 1999 to 2000. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Political Action Committee (PAC) of POS and was Chairman of the PAC from 1993 to 2011. During that time, the POS PAC became a major factor in Pennsylvania politics, protecting the long-term needs of the medical and orthopaedic communities.
His experience and insights as a spine surgeon have greatly benefitted our Risk Management and Claim Management process. He works closely with Kurt Gingrich our TPA. He is a strong advocate of Integrated Risk Management, whereby we partner with our insureds and train their in-house staff as to the benefits of notifying Positive Physicians of any unforeseen events and then working aggressively to resolve the issue.
Dr. Sharps has also been instrumental in developing technologies that promote patient safety in the operating room and continues to stress the need for integrated risk management in the freestanding outpatient office environment.
Ms. Latta served as the Executive Director for Positive Physicians Insurance Company since 2003, and in 2017, was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer of Diversus Management, Inc. Under her watch, the company has significantly grown its database of physician clients, partners, board members and medical community associates.
Ms. Latta has also been instrumental in the company's aggressive expansion plans and now oversees the medical malpractice insurance for our physicians and their offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina and Ohio.
Ms. Latta has worked with each of our physician groups and strategic partners to ensure rates, protection, and service exceed all expectations. Ms. Latta is a graduate from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in Health Education. She is licensed in Property & Casualty, Life, Health, & Annuities.
Daniel Payne, CPA, CFP, is the Treasurer and Vice-President of Finance of Diversus, Inc. Daniel is also a Director/Member and the Treasurer/Secretary for Diversus Inc., subsidiaries Diversus Management Inc., Andrews Outsource Services LLC and Gateway Risk Services Inc.
Daniel is the Treasurer, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of Positive Physicians Insurance Company, Physicians Insurance Program Company and Professional Casualty Association and their Attorney-In-Facts.
He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry as an agent, external auditor, consultant and corporate employee. Daniel has done consulting work for several Risk Retention Groups and has been working with Physicians Insurance Program Company since its inception in 2005.
As a prior Partner in the CPA firm, Read Martin & Slickman, CPAs, Daniel has worked in a variety of business environments including insurance, governmental, aviation, banking, non-profit, manufacturing, wholesale and retail entities. Daniel also provided individual, trust and corporate tax services for clients along with investment management and insurance services. He remains a registered investment adviser representative and insurance agent for property, casualty and life.
Kurt R. Gingrich:
Mr. Gingrich is the President of Gateway Risk Services, LLC, and has served as the third party claim administrator and a risk management consultant for Positive Physicians since its inception. Mr. Gingrich graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1985 and gained invaluable training with a Pittsburgh defense firm, including the defense of medical professional and general liability actions.
Mr. Gingrich formed Gateway Risk Services in 2000 to take over the medical professional liability and general liability operations of Affiliated Risk Control Administrators of Pennsylvania, Inc. (ARCAP), upon the retirement of ARCAP's President. Mr. Gingrich initially joined the staff of ARCAP as a Risk Management Attorney in 1990 and was named Vice President in 1998.
Since 1990, Mr. Gingrich has provided quality claims administration and risk management services to numerous health care providers located throughout the country. At the helm of Gateway, Mr. Gingrich leads a team of experienced, knowledgeable, professionals. Located in the Pittsburgh area, Mr. Gingrich has overall administrative responsibility for Gateway's operations. Mr. Gingrich is known for his creative, solution-oriented approach to claims and risk management.
Douglas R. Fahringer:
Douglas R. Fahringer, Esquire is the Director of Claims and Risk Management for Professional Casualty Association. He is a cum laude graduate of Wilkes College and The Dickinson School of Law. He has more than a decade of litigation and trial experience with the law firm, O’Brien & Ryan, where he successfully defended physicians and other healthcare providers in the Commonwealth. Thereafter, as Claim Supervisor with the Pennsylvania Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association, he managed the medical claim department and supervised defense counsel handling claims of several insolvent medical malpractice insurance companies. He has 30 years combined experience specializing in legal, risk management and insurance issues.
A graduate of the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington D.C., Jason has excelled in marketing and advertising since his graduation in 2005.
Jason has been responsible for overseeing several strategic marketing initiatives designed to attract qualified prospects and brokers. He was also responsible for overseeing several customer relationship management programs with the objective of ensuring each client received the counsel, service, and opportunity they were looking for.
Since joining Positive Physicians Insurance Company as the Director of Sales and Marketing, the company has experienced tremendous growth in both physician group and broker partnerships.
Prior to joining Positive Physicians Insurance Company as an Account Executive, Krikor worked for Aon Risk Services. In his role he was responsible for placing and managing the international insurance program for multinational organizations. That experience led to a new position with LIG Insurance Company, as its Director of Marketing. A native of NYC, Krikor completed his undergraduate degree from Baruch College/CUNY. He then received his postgraduate from Columbia University.
He holds the designations of Professional Risk Consultant, and an Associate in Insurance. Additionally, he holds a Property and Casualty Insurance license.
Prior to her career at Positive Physicians, Debbie worked with hundreds of individual and large physician groups, organizations and facilities as a Senior Account Manager. Debbie’s experience also included the role of Supervisor & Office Manager for Boynton and Boynton, one of the Tri-State’s largest privately held insurance firms focusing on commercial, personal, institution, and healthcare property and casualty health benefits programs.
A graduate of Holy Family College, Debbie earned her Bachelors degree in Computer Management Information Systems. She is licensed in Property & Casualty.
Christina, having been with the company since 2005, is an integral member of the Positive Physicians Insurance Company team by managing our insured’s financing, policies, and overall account management. Beyond her management of these disciplines, as Director of Operations, she is also heavily involved in all aspects of the business to promote intelligent growth, dedicated customer service, and seamless partner relations. Her responsibilities include but are not limited to MCARE reporting, policy issuance, the collection of premiums, and endorsements.
Christina is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Business Management and Marketing. She obtained her Property and Casualty Insurance license in 2009 and is currently licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as the State of New Jersey and the State of Delaware. Christina is also a Notary Public for the state of Pennsylvania.