The Jacobson Group is a team of diverse and forward-thinking individuals. We bring more than a century of collective hands-on industry expertise and valuable marketplace guidance to each assignment. With a strong multinational mix and networks firmly rooted in the global insurance and reinsurance industries, we operate across both the established and emerging markets.
Jacobson is proud to offer our clients a one-team approach to global executive search. Unusual for an executive search firm, we work under one P&L, as one team – regardless of geographic location – each supporting the work we undertake for our clients.
Our clients benefit from partnering with a firm where all individuals have one common goal: to succeed for our clients. Our consultants openly share their knowledge, contacts and expertise with each other. This collaborative approach sets us apart from other executive search firms by enabling us to deliver deeper intelligence on the market and its people and to ensure the widest possible reach.
Review the bios of key members of our team below:
Greg Jacobson is co-Chief Executive Officer of The Jacobson Group, the leading provider of talent to the insurance industry. Greg has successfully guided the firm through substantial growth over the years, as demonstrated by the company’s recognition as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private staffing firms on multiple occasions.
In addition to overseeing the organization, Greg manages select search assignments for the firm's executive search practice. He has consulted companies internationally in all areas of the life, health, property and casualty insurance communities. He has successfully assisted leading industry organizations in the acquisition of critical senior-level talent including Board Members, CEOs and other C-suite roles.
Greg is an active participant in the insurance community. He contributes to many industry association events, including those of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA), the International Insurance Society (IIS), the Medical Professional Liability Association (MPL Association), and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC). He is considered an expert on the industry's labor market and is often called upon to share his perspectives on the industry’s talent outlook, human capital strategies, talent acquisition and succession planning. He is a featured columnist in Best’s Review and also contributes his insights with periodicals such as Carrier Management, Reactions, Insurance Business America, and the Wall Street Journal.
Greg is a Board Member of The 1970 Group, a financial services organization supporting the insurance industry. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Greg has formally held board roles for a New York-headquartered specialty property and casualty insurer and the National Insurance Industry Council for the City of Hope. He is also a former Board Member for the Chicago Sinfonietta, the United States’ most diverse orchestra. Greg graduated from Illinois State University of Normal.
Judy Busby is the Senior Vice President of Executive Search and Corporate Strategy for The Jacobson Group. In this role, Judy offers leadership and strategic direction to the firm’s executive search practice, which provides executive search and selection consulting for insurance leadership positions across all disciplines. Judy is also a key member of Jacobson’s Executive Management Team and is accountable for directing corporate-wide initiatives that ignite the continued development and growth of the entire organization. In addition, she manages select executive-level search engagements for clients from all sectors of the insurance industry.
Judy brings an impressive track record of organizational development and high-performance leadership to her role at Jacobson. She has assisted countless executives, leaders and other valued team members in realizing their organizations’ strategic objectives. In fact, through her strategic and consultative approach to executive search, she has even inspired a few of our clients to shift their organizational structures to better align with their missions, visions and strategic objectives. Her expertise in human behavior science also uniquely positions her to offer guidance on attraction and retention strategies for high-impact executives.
A successful entrepreneur, prior to joining Jacobson, Judy owned a well-established management consulting firm specializing in high-performance leadership and executive coaching. Her impressive career record includes tenures with large publicly traded corporations, where she was responsible for leading several hundred technical and professional employees and contractors through strategic business initiatives. She also directed projects nationwide for new product development, process improvement and leadership development. Judy has held Executive Director positions in publishing, biotechnology, transportation and process management consulting, leading functions such as customer service, engineering, facilities, human resources, maintenance, operations and quality.
Judy received her Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior (MSMOB) with a major in organization development from Benedictine University, her MBA in operations management from St. Joseph’s University, and a bachelor’s degree in business logistics from Penn State University. She also holds the Project Management Professional certification.
Joyce Dunn is a Vice President and Managing Director for The Jacobson Group's executive search assignments. In this role, she manages CEO, President, C-level, Vice President and other executive-level searches primarily for life, health, property, casualty and reinsurance organizations.
Joyce brings more than 30 years of insurance and business experience to her position. Prior to joining Jacobson, she served in a variety of roles with Canal Insurance in Greenville, S.C., including Vice President of Business Development and Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer. Her extensive background also includes tenures with Lumber Insurance Companies, the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia and several years as a retail agent. Joyce's multi-faceted industry experience enables her to provide a valuable insider’s perspective on her clients’ searches.
Active in the insurance industry, Joyce holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, and the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation. She has also completed a Harvard University executive leadership course, as well as a Dorman Consulting Associates product management course. Furthermore, she serves on the board of the Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation and is a member of the CPCU Leadership and Managerial Excellence Interest Group.
Joyce received the Academic Excellence Award in Business from Lander University, Greenwood, South Carolina, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She has also completed a Master of Science in Management (MSM) in risk management and insurance from Florida State University.
Brett Carter is a Managing Director for The Jacobson Group’s executive search team, managing C-level, Vice President and other executive-level searches for clients from all sectors of the insurance industry.
Brett brings more than 20 years of insurance experience to his role with Jacobson, most recently serving as Diversity Partner for Munich Re US P&C. In this role, he collaborated with human resources and other business unit leaders to attract, develop and retain top talent. During his time at Munich Re, Brett also served as Senior Territory Sales Manager for American Modern, a Munich Re subsidiary, managing the company’s growth and distribution strategies for Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Additionally, Brett’s impressive career includes tenures with Founders Insurance Company, Travelers and State Farm. His deep industry experience, passion for innovation and organizational excellence, and strong communication skills translate into expert executive search and selection consulting for his insurance clients.
Brett attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., where he received his Bachelor of Arts in marketing/advertising with a concentration in business management. He later received his Master of Business Administration from the Forbes School of Business & Technology at University of Arizona Global Campus. He has earned the following accreditations: Associate in Claims, Certified Insurance Counselor, Illinois property and casualty license, and Six Sigma designation. Brett has also served as President of the Illinois 1752 Club and is currently Vice President of the National African American Insurance Association Chicago chapter. Furthermore, Brett is a member of the Wholesale and Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) Career Development Committee, which aims to create interest, awareness and enthusiasm about careers in the industry.
Julie Dunn is an Engagement Director for The Jacobson Group’s executive search team. In this role, she manages C-level, Vice President and other executive-level searches for clients from all sectors of the insurance industry.
Julie brings more than 15 years of human resources experience to her role with Jacobson, almost half of which were within the insurance industry. Specializing in talent acquisition, she has served as a business partner to leadership teams across a variety of functions including consulting, IT, finance, operations and more. Julie most recently led the start-up human resources function for a growing private equity firm, playing a crucial role in crafting and driving their talent management and development strategies. Her impressive career also includes tenures with Aon Hewitt and Zurich North America. Julie’s human resources expertise coupled with her deep-seated industry knowledge translates into proven executive search and selection consulting for her insurance clients.
Julie studied architectural and art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.
Sarah Karvel is an Engagement Manager for The Jacobson Group’s executive search team, strategically engaging and assessing C-level, Vice President and other executive-level candidates for clients from all sectors of the insurance industry.
Sarah brings 20 years of recruiting and human resources experience to her role, including nine years within the insurance and healthcare space. In her most recent role with Sears Holdings Corporation, she recruited candidates across a variety of disciplines, including C-suite and senior executive talent who would go on to impact the company’s transformation efforts. Sarah was so effective in attracting top talent into the organization that she was awarded the number-one recruiter designation within six months of joining.
Sarah’s tireless pursuit of talent able to directly affect an organization’s goals and success, as well as her insurance industry background, has given her the experience necessary to positively influence her insurance clients’ highly critical executive engagements.
Sarah attended Kaplan University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in communication. She pursues extensive volunteer work in her free time, particularly for children in crisis care
Michael Wellin, a Chartered Business Psychologist of the UK, is contracted by Jacobson to conduct and analyze psychometric behavioral assessments of executive search candidates. With more than 20 years of experience, Michael leverages proven psychological theory and scientific research to interpret the Hogan assessment and provide valuable analysis of candidates’ behaviors as required for success.