Robert E. Kyte, President
Bob Kyte is president for Adventist Risk Management, Inc., (ARM), and its affiliated companies, Gencon Insurance Company of Vermont and Gencon Insurance Company International, Ltd. ARM, located in Silver Spring, Maryland, provides risk and insurance services for the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide and is owned and operated by the church.
As president of ARM, Kyte serves as the risk manager for the Seventh-day Adventist Church handling the full range of church risks with heavy exposures in liability, property and employee benefits. He provides leadership to more than 150 employees in three offices: Silver Spring, Maryland, St. Albans, England and Brasilia, Brazil.
Kyte is an attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience and previously served as general counsel for Healthwise, Incorporated, a nonprofit consumer health information company, in Boise Idaho, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Silver Spring, Maryland, and with the firm of Skinner Fawcett Law Office, Boise Idaho. He was also general counsel and president of Pacific Press Publishing Association in Nampa, Idaho.
He received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Walla Walla College, in Walla Walla, Washington, and a juris doctor from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Kyte is a member of the Idaho State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the American Bar Association, as well as licensed to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Kyte has an Associate in Reinsurance and holds a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.
Steve Blackburn, VP Chief Financial Officer
Steve Blackburn is responsible for the overall financial strategy for ARM and its seven affiliated companies. In addition to financial oversight including accounting, actuarial and financial analysis, Blackburn provides administrative oversight to the organization's Human Resources and Healthcare Benefits Services department.
Blackburn has been with ARM for the past five years serving in Quality Assurance and subsequently as a manager of the Field Services department. Prior to joining ARM, he served in financial leadership positions in the Church’s education programs. He also worked in the insurance industry as President of Telcom Insurance Group, a captive insurance company in the telecommunications industry.
Blackburn holds a Business Administration and Accounting degree from Washington Adventist University and an MBA from The George Washington University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an Associate in Risk Management designation.
Arthur F. Blinci, VP Chief Risk Management Officer
Arthur Blinci heads up the risk management and loss prevention program of Adventist Risk Management, Inc. Blinci heads the team addressing the growing needs of the Church both through enterprise wide risk management programs, as well as micro programs focused on assisting local churches and schools better anticipate and prevent losses in their activities.
Blinci has more than 30 years of risk management experience within the Adventist Church. He has presented numerous risk management and leadership seminars around the world.
Prior to joining ARM in 1986, Blinci served as assistant treasurer for the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, where he oversaw employee services and insurance.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Andrews University and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University. Blinci has also received the Associate of Risk Management designation and is a certified facilitator for the Development Dimensions International leadership courses.
In addition, he has been a board member of the Washington, D.C. based Nonprofit Risk Management Center, an organization for which he has also served as president. In 1999, Blinci was privileged to testify on behalf of the non-profit sector before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Emergency Management.
Carol Jaqua, VP Chief Information Officer
Caroline Jaqua is responsible for administration of all technology and systems strategic development and implementation, provides administrative oversight to the Information Technology Services department as well as administering all budgets related to systems and technology.
Jaqua has worked in a number of positions including as Underwriter in charge of ARM’s reinsurance programs for its affiliated captive insurer, Gencon Insurance Company of Vermont and as Assistant to the President for Processes and Systems Management.
Jaqua is a native of Brazil and speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish. She holds a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Human Resources from the Hoyler Insitute in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance also from Brazil. Prior to working for ARM she held business positions in Brazil.
Tim Northrop, VP Chief Insurance Operations Officer
Tim Northrop serves as Vice President for Insurance Operations. In his position he leads the insurance underwriters and placement services teams as well as all sales efforts for ARM through its Client Services program.
Northrop joined ARM ten years ago and has held positions in Underwriting, Placement Services and Field Services. Most recently he has served as Manager of Placement Services where he was responsible for placing insurance in domestic and international markets for the Church.
Prior to joining ARM, Northrop, a Business Administration graduate of Southwestern Adventist University, worked for Huguley Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.
Northrop has designations as an Associate in General Insurance and Associate in Risk Management.