SPARTA was formed in March 2007 as a property casualty underwriting company dedicated to being the premier provider of customized, unbundled program solutions in the property and casualty marketplace in the United States. SPARTA is backed by some of the w
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SENIOR EXECUTIVE
30+ Years of Progressive Experience Successfully Delivering Business Driven Technology Solutions
Visionary, results-driven IT executive. Expert in envisioning, designing and leading technology-based solutions for multi-million dollar revenue businesses with aggressive growth initiatives. Key member of multiple senior executive teams, contributing a seasoned, broad-based perspective, crafting pragmatic IT strategies and implementation plans designed for speed of execution and maximum economic return.
Areas of expertise
? IT Strategy & Execution
? Corporate Mission Fulfillment
? Start-Up Ventures
? Fix-It/Turnaround Challenges
? Business Process Improvement
? Iterative Project Planning & Management ? Integration Analysis
? Information Architecture
? Team Building & Leadership
? Insurance Processing (Front End)
? Data Management (Back End)
? Vendor Relationships & Negotiations
Catalina U.S. Insurance Services – Chief Information Officer
September 2014 – present
Retained by Catalina as Chief Information Officer subsequent to Catalina’s acquisition of SPARTA Insurance Company. Led the systems & data integration of Alea Group run-off business, acquired by Catalina in 2014. In doing so, implemented a process that eliminated $500,000 in annual vendor costs associated with processing third party administrator data feeds for Alea’s run-off business. I continue to automate formerly manual processes embedded in Alea’s run-off business bringing more efficiency and lowering costs. I also analyze system needs and integration opportunities as a part of Catalina’s due diligence process for future acquisitions.
SPARTA Insurance Holdings, LLC – Chief Information Officer
May 2007 – Sept 2014
I was recruited as one of the original 21 founding employees of SPARTA, a Hartford, CT based start-up alternative risk (captive & program) insurance holding company, providing Commercial Auto, General Liability, Workers Compensation, Commercial Property & Commercial Package (including Business Owners). I developed the IT operations, infrastructure and data design. Virtualized environment developed from the ground up with VMWare and internally developed applications, utilizing .Net and SQL, customized to the SPARTA business model. I worked with all departments to design integrated data, systems and procedures that resulted in efficient workflow and accurate data.
• Hands on design of internally developed systems that provide state of the art management information, financial forecasting and data interfaces to Insurity Policy Decisions and Sungard EAS G/L and A/P
• Designed data structures that supported the delivery of real-time business performance information through the “Management Dashboard” to all key constituencies. The Dashboard provides for high-level business performance review and drill-down capability to an underwriter’s individual book of business. This meaningful & actionable information enabled the understanding of how each program contributed to corporate results.
• Internally developed premium accounting, corporate forecasting, claims application, statistical and bureau reporting. Integrated systems allowed for efficient processing and limited staffing needs in finance and statistical reporting. Developed and maintained the infrastructure within an IT budget of $4 million.
• Since SPARTA was a start-up, led the challenge of coordinating employees with varied prior work process experiences to develop processing and data standards, using the best of all past experiences. The result was totally integrated systems and extremely efficient processing.
• designed the data architecture and skilled in SQL to access data for adhoc reporting and data integrity
Patricia B. Shea is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of SPARTA, responsible for the company's systems architecture, applications, and data.Prior to joining SPARTA as a member of the initial management team responsible for launching the company, Ms. Shea was CIO at Discover Re.Prior to Discover Re, Ms. Shea was manager of IT at Executive Risk and has over 20 years of experience building and supporting information systems for insurance companies.Ms. Shea has a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University and a master's degree in Business Administration in Information Technology from the University of Hartford.
As I made my way to the parking lot, I walked up to Sparta coach Pat Shea and congratulated him on his team's effort and the great game plan he put together with his staff.He just smiled, and in typical Pat Shea fashion, he gave all the credit to his kids and his staff, deflecting the praise.
Little did I know, that would be the last game Shea would guide the Spartans as their head football coach.
Shea decided to step down as coach last week to concentrate on his ever-expanding duties as the school's athletic director.
Shea's office confirmed that he stepped down and that he wouldn't have any public comment until his replacement is named by the district's board of education.
Shea went 102-50 (.671) in a combined 15 seasons with the Spartans in two stints.
He led the squad from 1991-2003 and he came back to the sidelines in 2008 and guided Sparta to a share of the final Sussex County Interscholastic League crown with Jefferson and Pope John.
Sparta went 18-4 in his final two seasons, including last season's 9-2 mark.
The former Pope John standout guided Sparta to four SCIL titles (2000, 2002, 2003, and 2008) and to the North 1, Group 2 championship with a win over Dover at Giants Stadium in 2003.
In 15 seasons, the Spartans made the state playoffs 10 times.
His career record is an outstanding 112-68 (.622) which includes a stop at Monsignor Donovan in Toms River.
Numbers not withstanding, Shea did something more important for the Sparta program-he brought it back to its glory days of yesterday when the boys in Columbia Blue were biggest, baddest guys on the block.
In stepped an unlikely choice, Pat Shea---a man who made his name as a player in the SCIL as a star at (gulp) Pope John of all places.
Shea quickly made the Spartans an annual contender for the state playoffs and led the Spartans back into upper echelon of the league.
Shea and the Spartans then went on a run that brought back memories of the old days, winning league titles in 2002 and 2003 and the section crown in 2003 as they became the first and only Sussex County school to go 12-0.
Shea, who had become the school's athletic director during that time, went out on top and stepped down after the championship season.
After a disappointing 2007 season, Shea came back to the sidelines and immediately helped Sparta share the final SCIL title with a 9-2 mark.
But some people, namely the Sparta Education Association, wanted Shea out because as an administrator he was taking a job away from a union member.
Thankfully, the protest was tossed and Shea came back and Spartans had a great season in 2009, which included an epic 20-13 win over Roxbury, the eventual North 1, Group 4 champs in Week 9.
So the question now is, who will take over for Shea?
After games, Shea always let Marchiano address the team first, and to me, it looked like the team really responded to him.
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