Leadership Team

Andrew O'Brien
President and CEO

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 as President and CEO of Trean Re. He holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a CPCU designation.

Julie A. Baron
Chief Financial Officer

Julie is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary of Trean Re. Previously, Julie served as the Controller for Benchmark Insurance Company 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.

Steven Lee
Senior Vice President

Prior to joining Trean Re 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 board of Trean Corporation. Steve has a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.

Kyle Plath
Senior Vice President

Direct: 952-974-2221 | Email: kyle.plath@trean.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.

Brad Schmitz
Senior Vice President

Brad has over 20 years of experience in the reinsurance industry. As a broker for Trean Re, he focuses on all property and casualty lines. Brad has extensive experience in building relationships for all types of insurance vehicles including Carriers, Pools, Captives, RRGs and Trusts. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics and Accounting from the Mankato State University and holds an Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) designation.

Martin Ericson
Senior Vice President

Marty is a Senior Vice President for Trean Re. Before joining Trean in 2013, Marty acquired over 25 years of underwriting experience from Crum & Forster, St. Paul Fire and Marine, and more recently Berkley Risk Administrators, with a heavy emphasis on specialty casualty and workers’ compensation lines of business. He has extensive exposure addressing the needs of Insurance Trusts, Reciprocals and Risk Retention Groups.