Mark Wells is the Executive Chairman of Wells Media Group, Inc, home to Insurance Journal, Claims Journal, MyNewMarkets, Insurance Journal's Academy of Insurance, and Carrier Management. He 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, the Board of Trustees of Flintridge Preparatory School, and the Directors Council of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of the National Insurance Industry Council for the City of Hope.
Mark's past honors include the following:
- 2017 IICF Golden Horizon Award Winner
- 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.
Chief Executive Officer
Josh Carlson is CEO of Wells Media Group, Inc. Carlson served as Chief Technology Officer / Chief Innovation Officer of Wells Media Group since 2015. He also serves as a member of the board of directors. Prior to this dual position, he was VP of Technology and has held numerous positions with the company since 2001. He holds a BS in Marketing, Finance from Gannon University.
Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating 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.
Chief Marketing Officer
Julie Tinney is responsible for leading the company's promotional and branding strategies, sales management, corporate communications and public relations. 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, the Texas Surplus Lines Association, the Insurance Agency Association Executives, and was a featured speaker at 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 a doting mom.
Chief Content Officer
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.
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.
Vice President, Technology
Chris Thompson serves as Vice President of Technology. Prior to this role, Chris served as Senior Web Developer. He is responsible for all aspects of successful delivery of Wells Media Group online efforts. Along with his team, Chris 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. He holds a BS in Management Information Systems from Auburn University.
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.
Andrea Ortega-Wells is Executive Editor 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.
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.
Director, Academy of Insurance
Patrick Wraight is the Director of Insurance Journal's Academy of Insurance. As such, he sees himself as the Senior Brand Promoter of the Academy. His goal is to help the industry to see the Academy the way he sees it, as a valued partner in the training and development of insurance professionals.
Patrick's journey to Wells Media started when he left his home in Upstate New York to join the US Army. There, he convinced a young lady to be his bride and they had two boys, all the while moving them whenever the Army called. After the Army, Patrick moved the family to Jacksonville, FL for college. After college, he moved everyone up to New York, where insurance enters the story.
He started as a commercial underwriter for volunteer fire departments. Most recently, Patrick worked in learning and development for a large Florida property insurer. Yes, another family move. This experience, coupled with his insurance background has prepared him to lead the Academy.
Patrick has earned several industry designations:
- CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor)
- CRM (Certified Risk Manager)
- CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative)
- AU (Associate in Commercial Underwriting)
- AINS (Associate in General Insurance).
When he's not working, he loves to spend time with his family, traveling with his beloved and guiding their adult sons through adulthood.
No. He didn't move them again to join the Academy. They are still in Florida, for now.