Executive Profiles

Mark Wells

Mark Wells

Editor, Publisher & Chairman

Mark Wells is the Editor and Publisher of Insurance Journal and InsuranceJournal.com, which are the most widely read media in the property/casualty insurance industry. Mark also serves as the Chairman of Wells Media Group, Inc. – a position he has held for the past 40 years.

Mark is a California native and completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in finance and marketing at the University of Southern California prior to serving with the U.S. Army Security Agency. Throughout his career, Mark has served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Western Publications Association and the Board of Trustees of Flintridge Preparatory School. He currently serves on the Board of the National Insurance Industry Council for the City of Hope and the Directors Council of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation and has recently been honored with the following designations:

  • 2010 Inductee to the Insurance Media Hall of Fame
  • 2009 William Story Memorial Award from the National Insurance Industry Council for the City of Hope
  • 2007 Golden Globe Award from Insurance Marketing & Communications Association
  • 2006 Man of the Year Award, California Insurance Wholesalers Association

Mark and his wife Gayle are residents of Solana Beach, CA.

Mitch Dunford

Mitch Dunford

Chief Executive Officer

Mitch Dunford is CEO of Wells Media Group, Inc., publisher and operator of Insurance Journal magazine, InsuranceJournal.com, InsuranceJournal.tv, ClaimsJournal.com, MyNewMarkets.com, and Insurance Journal's Academy of Insurance. Wells Media Group is the world's leading B2B media company serving the U.S. property / casualty insurance industry and has gained a reputation for successfully building and employing new technology tools to deliver content to their customers. Mitch and his wife Cathy are the parents of six children.

Mark Wooster

Mark Wooster

Chief Financial Officer

Mark Wooster has served Wells Media Group, Inc. as its CFO since August 2013. Mark is responsible for the overall financial management of the company: financial reporting, treasury, tax, and internal controls. He draws upon more than 25 years of experience in financial and operational management as a CFO, COO, practicing CPA, and Controller. In the 14 years before joining Wells Media Group, Mark served as CFO and COO of Telisimo International Corp. Previously, Mark held CFO roles with Health Examinetics and ImageWare Software. Mark graduated from the University of California Los Angeles before earning his California CPA license. He currently enjoys racquetball and running. Mark and his wife Kathy are proud parents of two daughters and a son and currently reside in Poway.

Guy Boccia

Vice President, Design

Guy Boccia is the Vice President of Design at Wells Media Group, Inc. and is the lead for Wells Media Group's Interactive department.

Josh Carlson

Josh Carlson

Vice President, Technology

Josh Carlson serves as Vice President of Technology and member of the board for Wells Media Group, Inc. With a background in marketing, Carlson brings a unique business understanding to web development and technology. He is responsible for all aspects of successful delivery of Wells Media Group online efforts. Along with his team, Josh is responsible for all aspects of web publishing including server and database administration, email delivery, online ad trafficking and creation and development of online products.

Bobbie Dodge

Bobbie Dodge

Vice President, New Media

Bobbie Dodge is the Vice President of New Media at Wells Media Group, Inc. and is responsible for the video and audio content on InsuranceJournal.tv. She oversees the development and production of editorial videos and podcasts as well as custom video projects for clients. Prior to working for Wells Media Group, Dodge worked for NBC/Universal in San Diego and also traveled with the US Women's Soccer team producing videos for their website. She is a San Diego State Alumni and holds a Bachelors degree in Television, Film and New Media.

Andrew Simpson

Andrew Simpson

Vice President, Content

Vice President of Content Andrew Simpson is a veteran of insurance publishing and journalism. After jobs with the Independent Insurance Agents of Massachusetts, the Insurance Information Institute and Standard Publishing, the Georgetown University graduate founded his own insurance trade publishing firm in 1983 along with a business partner. They published InsuranceTimes, a Northeast regional trade weekly, and Financial Services Times, a financial services monthly. The company sold Financial Services Times to ABC Capital Cities in 1994 and, in late 2003, Simpson sold InsuranceTimes to Wells Media Group. Wells then folded InsuranceTimes into its flagship publication, Insurance Journal, in 2004. Simpson has been with Wells Media Group ever since, first as editor of Insurance Journal East and then as content vice president overseeing coverage for its multiple print and digital platforms and contributing his own regional and national stories. His work has won several B2B journalism awards. He is based in his home state of Massachusetts.

Julie Tinney

Julie Tinney

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Julie Tinney is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Wells Media Group, Inc. She is responsible for leading the company's sales efforts as well as promotional and branding strategies. Her love of the media profession began with a position at Petersen Publishing Co. in Los Angeles. She was the Western Regional Sales Manager for Selling Power Magazine, and also owned an independent media rep firm. Tinney holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a graduate of the Stanford Publishing Course. She has presented to media and insurance groups including the Western Publications Association and the Texas Surplus Lines Association, and was a featured speaker Folio's MediaNext conference and the Audience Development Magazine webinar series. Tinney is an advertising, marketing and gadget geek, a music and animal lover, and is the proud leader of one of the most savvy sales and marketing teams in media today.

Andrea Wells-Ortega

Andrea Ortega-Wells

Editor in Chief

Andrea Ortega-Wells is Editor in Chief of Insurance Journal magazine. She is also a contributing editor for InsuranceJournal.com, ClaimsJournal.com and MyNewMarkets.com, all publications of San Diego-based Wells Media Group, Inc. Ortega-Wells began her tenure in the insurance industry in an independent agency in Austin, Texas, where she spent three years in customer service while attending the University of Texas at Austin. In 1998, she joined Insurance Journal as a staff writer for Insurance Journal's South Central regional magazine. In 2000, she left to pursue interests in non-profit public relations and government relations for several agencies in the Los Angeles County area. She returned to Insurance Journal in late 2003 to help transition the then regional publication into a leading national insurance industry publication, with five regional Insurance Journal print magazines. Insurance Journal has won several business journalism awards in recent years. Ortega-Wells is the West Silver Award winner from the American Society of Business Publication Editor's 2010 original research category for her work on an annual survey of young insurance agents.

Susanne Sclafane

Susanne Sclafane

Senior Editor, Carrier Management

Susanne Sclafane is Senior Editor of CarrierManagement.com at Wells Media Group, Inc. She is a veteran insurance journalist with 17 years of experience reporting on the property/casualty insurance industry. In her most recent prior position, she served as Senior Editor at Advisen in New York, guiding the launch of two digital magazines. Prior to Advisen, Susanne was Managing Editor at National Underwriter magazine. Before joining NU as a staff writer in 1995, Susanne worked as an actuary for 14 years in various roles involving reserving, ratemaking, valuation and consulting. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

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