Mr. Mergelmeyer was named president and chief executive officer, Assurant Specialty Property, in July 2007. He previously served as executive vice president, Assurant Specialty Property, and led Assurant Specialty Property's lender-placed division from 1999. Mr. Mergelmeyer has over 27 years experience in financial services and insurance. Prior to joining Assurant, Mr. Mergelmeyer was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Insureco, Inc. which was acquired by Assurant in 1997. Previously, he held senior management positions at a division of Transamerica and at public accountants Peat Marwick (now KPMG). He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach.