With more than 17 years in the property and casualty insurance arena, Mr. Patchen has held increasing roles of responsibility within ACE's Midwest Regional Operations team. He joined ACE in 2005 as Kansas City Branch Manager, later serving as Corporate Risk Leader for the Midwest Region in 2009, and maintains both roles today. Prior to his tenure with ACE, he spent ten years working in commercial underwriting and management positions with several U.S.-based carriers. Mr. Patchen holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.ACE USA is the U.S.-based retail operating division of the ACE Group, and is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company and AA- (Very Strong) by Standard & Poor’s. ACE USA, through its underwriting companies, provides insurance products and services throughout the U.S. Additional information on ACE USA and its products and services can be found at www.acegroup.com/us . The ACE Group is one of the world’s largest multiline property and casualty insurers. With operations in 53 countries, ACE provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident supplemental health insurance, reinsurance, and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. ACE Limited, the parent company of the ACE Group, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACE) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Additional information can be found at: www.acegroup.com .