Topa Insurance Names Chris Homewood Chief Underwriting Officer

By: Delaney O'Brien, Topa Insurance Group
Posted on: May 19, 2017

Topa Insurance Names Chris Homewood Chief Underwriting Officer: Will Build on Operational Foundation Laid by Anthony Manzitto


CALABASAS CA – May 18, 2017 – Topa Insurance Group, a leading boutique property-casualty insurer, has named Chris Homewood Chief Underwriting Officer. Homewood replaces Anthony Manzitto, who is resigning to pursue another opportunity.

Homewood will oversee Topa’s underwriting, products, programs business and reinsurance. He brings over 20 years of industry experience in underwriting, product management, product development and reinsurance from Progressive, Farmers and Swiss Re. Homewood was promoted from Senior Vice President of Commercial Auto Underwriting.

“Chris is dedicated to furthering the progress that Tony has led over the past few years,” says John Donahue, President and CEO of Topa Insurance Group. “He will be focused on providing the best possible customer service as well as competitively priced, profitable products and easy to use new systems. 

“Chris has worked side-by-side with Tony over the last three years contributing greatly to Topa’s transformation, so he’s eminently qualified for the role.”

Since joining Topa nearly three years ago, Manzitto has helped build Topa into a premiere boutique property-casualty insurer. As Chief Underwriting Officer and later as Chief Operating Officer he brought discipline to the company’s risk selection and pricing, secured added financial strength through improved reinsurance agreements and laid the foundation for a growing portfolio.

“While we hate to see Tony leave we are also very excited for him and wish him well in his new venture,” says Donahue. “It’s never a good time to lose such a talented individual, but we are in excellent shape and have the right people in the right positions.”

Topa Insurance Company is one of the wholly owned subsidiaries of Topa Insurance Group, a boutique insurance holding company based in Calabasas, California, which provides wholesale insurance solutions. Other subsidiaries include Alphyn Universal Insurance Solutions (CA), Dorchester Insurance Company (USVI), NevPac Reinsurance (BVI), and Topa Insurance Services (USVI). The group is led by our Board of Directors, William Anderson, Chair, Judith Munzig, Brenda Seuthe, John Donahue, Michael Day and Judy Mann. Topa Insurance Group is focused on underwriting profit, operational excellence and agility for continuous growth. For more information about Topa Insurance Group, please visit


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