Karen Stakem Hornig, the deputy insurance commissioner for the Maryland Insurance Administration, has been tapped to lead a national organization for insurance producer licensing.
Hornig, also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, will relocate to serve as executive director of the National Insurance Producer Registry in Kansas City, Missouri.
NIPR is a nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Its mission is to make the licensing process for insurance agents and brokers more efficient, primarily through its electronic database and communication network.
“When you’re talking about something like the licensing of people that sell insurance, that’s an area where the commissioners have really worked for uniformity,” said Hornig.
While the types of insurance necessary in each state may differ, she said, “in terms of licensing of insurance professionals … there’s a lot of consistency, and it’s all about consumer protection.”
As the executive director of NIPR, Hornig will lead the senior management staff of the organization, after having served in a variety of deputy or departmental leadership positions.
“I’ve had the opportunity throughout my career to take over in several different situations to take over a team in a time of transition,” she said. “The skill I bring is the ability to get people to get together and pull together as a team.”
Hornig has been in insurance regulation for nearly six years, serving as the associate deputy commissioner for one year, before being appointed deputy commissioner in 2009. Before that, she worked in the Baltimore City Law Department, where she eventually became chief legal counsel for the Baltimore Police Department. She served as vice president for enrollment management at the Notre Dame of Maryland University for eight years.
Before that, she practiced at Brown & Sheehan LLP. Her legal career began in the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, where she represented several state agencies.
Not only professionally, but personally, Hornig has deep roots in Maryland. She was raised in Cumberland, went to Notre Dame of Maryland for her Bachelor of Arts and the University of Maryland for her law degree, and has lived in Baltimore for most of her adult life.
“This is a huge change for me, moving to the Midwest,” said Hornig. “It’s a new challenge and a whole new experience.”