Early in his career, Praxis founder, Rob Ford, identified unique obstacles faced by P&C carriers in the New York and New Jersey No-Fault markets. A natural-born entrepreneur with a penchant for problem solving, Rob responded by founding Praxis Consulting, a distinct market innovation which quickly expanded to a full-service subrogation source. Building on that subject matter expertise, Praxis continued to grow with the addition of vertical-specific divisions to support property, auto, workers’ compensation and disability insurers nationwide. Today, Praxis represents more than 50 insurance carriers in the US, including 7 of the top 10, and continues in its endeavor to stand out as the market innovator.
Rob’s energy, vision and entrepreneurial business model has attracted top talent and fosters a forward-thinking culture. Praxis’ Executive Team alone draws on 170 years of industry knowledge.
Dan Dudenhoeffer, CPCU
Chief Operating Officer
Dan has thirty four years of Property and Casualty insurance experience. He joined Praxis Consulting in October 2006 as the General Manager, responsible for all company operations. Prior to joining Praxis, he served as the Vice President of Claim Operations for Infinity Insurance. Dan has extensive experience in claim management, strategic planning, claim audit and operational efficiencies. Areas of responsibility have included Field Operations, Recovery (subrogation and salvage), No Fault, Call Center, SIU, Claims Audit, Training and the Document Imaging Center. He is a member of the CPCU Society and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Executive Program. Dan earned his B.S. in Management from Lehigh University, located in Bethlehem, PA.
Frank Cardini, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Frank has thirty-five years of Accounting/Financial experience in a variety
of industries, including manufacturing and utilities. He joined Praxis
Consulting in January 2010 as the Chief Financial Officer, responsible for
all company financial operations. Prior to joining Praxis, he served as the
CFO for Primex Plastics Corporation, a $500M plastics manufacturer with 11
sites in the U.S. and England. Prior to that, he served as the Business Area
Controller for the ABB Power Transformer operations in the U.S., the
Director of Finance for the Port Authority of Allegheny County in
Pittsburgh, PA. Frank also served in various assignments with Westinghouse
Electric Corp. after his public accounting experience at Peat Marwick (now
Frank is a Certified Public Accountant and is a graduate of the Wharton Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Frank earned his B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.
Chief Customer Officer
As Chief Customer Officer, Gina’s approach to developing strong client partnerships is grounded in her spirit of philanthropy and service to community and others. Her expertise in building collaborative business partnerships and her creative ability to gathering customer insight are key factors in her success. Gina joined Praxis Consulting in 2008 as Director, Business Development and was instrumental in forming sustainable competitive advantages and helping retain profitable and loyal business partners through a highly effective customer strategy.
Prior to joining Praxis, Gina was Regional CEO of American Red Cross, where she provided leadership in achieving a variety of performance targets, including meeting fundraising and revenue goals. At the Red Cross she developed positive community relationships, strategic partnerships and both internal/ and external communications. Gina earned a B.S. Degree in Journalism, Marketing and Public Relations from Ball State University and is a member of National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Worldwide Who’s Who and Professional Women’s Network.
Robert Giannelli, CPCU
Director, Recovery Services
Robert brings 25 years of multi-line technical claims experience to the Praxis Consulting team. He has demonstrated experience in all lines of business at Allstate, CNA, Home Insurance, AIG, Atlantic Mutual, and U.S. Capital Insurance where he was promoted to Assistant Vice President of the Commercial Claims division. Robert held the position of Vice President Recovery Services – Property/Legal at Subrogation Partners and was instrumental in developing the company’s first clientele.
Prior to joining Praxis Consulting, Robert was the Director of Recoveries at Aon Recovery. Robert has a B.S. in Managerial Science from St. John’s University and maintains his membership in the CPCU Society.
John Geer, Jr.
John retired as a Vice President at GEICO in 2009 after eighteen years with the
company. During his tenure, he served as AVP and VP Staff Counsel Department
Head, as well as VP Claims Department Head and VP of the Site Effectiveness Division
of the Internet Business Unit. John also served on the Corporate Board of Directors
from 2000 to 2009.
Prior to joining GEICO, John was an active duty member of the Navy Judge Advocate
General’s Corps for 24 years. He retired in the grade of Captain, having served as
Deputy Assistant and Judge Advocate General (Claims and Tort Litigation), Assistant
Judge Advocate General (General Law), and Assistant Judge Advocate General
(Operations and Management) in his last three assignments. He holds both a B.S. and
J.D. from Fordham University, and a M.S. in Forensic Science from George Washington
Ken brings the expertise of a 40-year career in the insurance business to the Praxis
team. He spent 20 years at Allstate as Regional Controller, responsible for North
Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. His responsibilities included heading
operational analysis to improve regional performance, annual and strategic planning,
and competitive intelligence.
He spent 20 years with MetLife Auto & Home in the positions of Claim Controller and
AVP of State/Project Manager. During his time with the Company, he was involved with
operational analysis at corporate and state levels, scorecard development, cost benefit
analysis, annual and strategic planning and actionable competitive analysis to insure
continuous improvement of Claim Organization. Ken retired in 2009, but continues
lending his experience and knowledge to Praxis Consulting in a business development