Leadership Team

Andrew O’Brien
President

Andy began his insurance career at the E.W. Blanch Company in 1977 where he ultimately served as a General Partner, Executive Vice President and director. He has also served as a director of the Health Care Insurance Facility, First Dakota Indemnity Company and SAFE, Inc. (holding company for an accident/health insurer). He currently serves as a director and President of Trean Corporation. He holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a CPCU designation.

Sean Ryan
Executive Vice President & COO

Direct: 952-974-2261 | Email: sryan@treancorp.com

Sean joined Trean in 2009 and currently serves as the COO for Trean Re. He began his broker career at Carvill America where he was a Senior Vice President. Prior to that, Sean was an underwriter at CNA Reinsurance and the National Facultative Manager/Casualty at Swiss Reinsurance. Sean is a director of Trean Re and IRUA (Intermediary Reinsurance Underwriting Association) and a past director of BRMA (Broker Reinsurance Market Association). He is a member of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association and the National Risk Retention Association. Sean has a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.

Kyle Plath
Senior Vice President

Direct: 952-974-2221 | Email: kplath@treancorp.com

Kyle began his reinsurance career at the E.W. Blanch Company and joined Trean in 1996. He leads Trean’s activities in the accident/health field, serves on Trean Re’s board of directors and holds designations as a Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe). Kyle earned a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Business Management and Political Science at Hamline University.

Julie A. Baron
Chief Financial Officer

Julie is the Chief Financial Officer of Trean Corporation . Previously, Julie served as the Controller for Benchmark from 2007 to 2015. Prior to joining Trean, Julie was the controller for a mortgage broker and title company in the Twin Cities. She is a CPA (inactive) and earned a B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University.

Richard Bray
Executive Vice President

Rich worked on insurance programs at Kirke Van Orsdel, Inc. where he served as a Vice President. He began his reinsurance career at the E.W. Blanch Company, ultimately being named Senior Vice President. Rich joined Trean in 1996 and has served as a director of the Health Care Insurance Facility, First Dakota Indemnity Company, and Trean Corporation. He has a B.S. from the University of South Dakota and Regents College.

Steven Lee
Senior Vice President

Prior to joining Trean in 1996, Steve served as a reinsurance broker for Carvill America and E.W. Blanch Company, where he was a Senior Vice President. He has been a director of First Dakota Indemnity Company and currently sits on the board of Trean Corporation. Steve has a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.