At Rokstone Agriculture, our purpose is simple: to inspire confidence.
Rokstone Agriculture Risk Underwriters is a US-based specialty MGU which writes Livestock and Agriculture business for clients across all 50 states on a non-admitted basis. Our team has between them over 40 years of experience writing these risks, and deep knowledge of the sector.
In addition, we are part of Rokstone Group, and benefit from their support. Rokstone is a global MGA, currently writing over $1bn GWP across a diverse number of classes and geographies. Rokstone assists us with risk expertise, actuarial expertise, and general processing support, to help us to continually develop our first-of-a-kind online platform for the sector, and facilitate the introduction of new innovations.
Our leaders combine significant experience, deep knowledge and an unwavering commitment to continual innovation to set the direction of our business. Like every member of our team, they are focused on making insurance better for the brokers we work with across the globe and our capacity providers.
Eric Conklin is the chief executive officer of Rokstone Agriculture Risk Underwriters, responsible for overseeing the strategy, direction and growth of Rokstone’s Agriculture business in the US market.
He joined the group in August 2021, having previously been the director of Equine & Livestock – Americas, at AXA XL (previously Catlin and XL Catlin) since May 2013. Before that he had been at The Hartford since 2000, working his way up from an account executive up to the regional manager for Livestock.
Outside of work, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife and three children travelling, hiking, fishing and camping. He also likes sports and exploring craft breweries.
“I wanted to join Aventum for the entrepreneurial spirit, aspiration to be leading MGA globally, and flat organisational structure.”
Steven Imhof is the vice president at Rokstone Agriculture Risk Underwriters, responsible for developing, underwriting and marketing profitable new and existing business opportunities.
He joined the group in August 2021, having previously spent six years at AXA XL, most recently as a Senior Underwriter. Prior to that, he was with the American Paint Horse Association for 17 years.
Outside of work, Steven likes horse racing, whether it be live or on tv, and livestock shows. He also enjoys the great outdoors and college basketball.
“I was looking for something less corporate where I can spend time and energy on the job at hand – underwriting!”
Head of Agricultural Claims
Nicole Pidcoe is the head of agriculture – claims at Rokstone Agriculture Risk Underwriters, responsible for the day to day management of claims and assessing overall exposure.
She joined the group in August 2021, having previously spent 11 years working in the equine and livestock claim space at what is now AXA XL. She also spent two years working on the equine broking side.
Outside of work, Nicole has ridden and shown American Saddlebreds since she was 8 years old. She also enjoys sporting clays tournaments, boating and fishing.
“I wanted to join Aventum for the opportunity to start something from scratch with a dedicated team I have had the privilege of working with for several years.”
Alexandra Choumitsky is a senior underwriter at Rokstone Agriculture Risk Underwriters, responsible for maintaining a successful book of mixed livestock insurance products.
She joined the group in August 2021, having previously worked for AXA XL as a livestock underwriter for five years. Before that she worked in the equine industry, at both a Thoroughbred farm and at the veterinary clinic Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.
Outside of work, Alexandra rides almost every weekend with her friends, and also trains in the aerial arts, specifically focused on aerial hoop (lyra) and dance trapeze. She also enjoys keeping fit by taking her German Shepherd, Miesha, for walks.
“I was looking for a company that put action to their words when it comes to both empowering its people and positioning themselves as a leader in technology. It’s easy for a company to say these things, but from what I see Rokstone is true to these practices. It’s also wonderful to work for a company that has a real family feel but also encourages independence.”
Rokstone is proud to be the underwriting business of Aventum Group. Launched following a rebrand in May 2021, Aventum is an independent and global Group focused on the provision of specialty insurance and reinsurance.
The role of Aventum is to provide its businesses with the core central services they need to thrive. Services include marketing, risk management, finance, compliance, HR, data analytics, and IT & operations. This allows our underwriters to focus on what they do best in managing well balanced portfolios. Aventum has over 400 staff operating from 15 offices around the world, trading across six continents, controlling in excess of $1.5bn GWP.
The Group is fast growing, adding new talent and product expertise on a regular basis. Aventum presents an exciting and ambitious brand to the world that will accelerate growth and make the successes and achievements of its businesses far more visible on the global stage. Being a part of this Group gives Rokstone the platform to fulfil our vast potential, and continue to attract the best underwriting talent in the world