NAMIC Executive Staff
Charles M. Chamness, President & CEO
National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
Chuck Chamness serves as president/chief executive officer of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, a 1,400-member-company property/casualty insurance trade association. Members’ $230 billion in premiums account for 54 percent of homeowners, 43 percent of automobile, and 32 percent of the business insurance markets, serving more than 170 million auto, home, and business policyholders.
Chamness was named to his current position in 2003, joining NAMIC in 1995 as vice president of public affairs. He has helped position NAMIC as the largest U.S. property/casualty insurance trade association, focusing on leadership in advocacy, public policy, public affairs, and member services.
Over the last decade, NAMIC has experienced strong growth in membership with nearly 200 new member companies joining the association, revenue growth averaging 10 percent annually, and a member retention rate exceeding 99 percent. In this same time period, NAMIC PAC has increased five-fold to over $1 million in the 2016 election cycle, making it one of the nation’s fastest growing political action committees.
Chamness has testified before both House and Senate committees on topics ranging from the Dodd-Frank Act impact on insurance to the industry’s response to Hurricane Katrina. He worked for 10 years in Washington, D.C., serving in the first Bush administration as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs under HUD Secretary Jack Kemp as well as a press secretary on Capitol Hill and in other public- and private-sector positions.
NAMIC has been named a “Best Place to Work” (mid-sized company category) by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce each time it has entered, placing #2 in 2015.
Chamness serves as chairman of the board of NAMICO, a $55 million asset “A” rated professional liability insurance company owned by the association and its members. He is the immediate past chairman of the board of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an insurance-industry-founded organization that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government, with more than $80 million in research grants awarded during his three-year tenure as chair. He has served as a member of the board of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety since 2004 and is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Association Committee of 100 and the Indiana University Foundation Board of Associates.
Chamness holds a B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington, and lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Briget, and their four children.