Topa Insurance taps new Director of Programs

By: Delaney O'Brien, Topa Insurance Group
Posted on: November 9, 2021

Topa Insurance taps new Director of Programs 

CALABASAS, Calif. – Topa Insurance Company, a leading specialty property-casualty insurer, announced today that Damon Lay has been hired as Director of Programs.

Lay’s expertise is in project management, new product development, product enhancement, coverage and statistical analysis, and ratemaking. Most recently, Lay was Senior Product Manager at Farmers Insurance where he evaluated and monitored competitors’ small business strategy, target markets, growth and retention, and acquisition activity. 

Previous roles at Farmers Insurance include Director, Senior Product Manager, and Actuary. Lay has also held roles at Swiss Re and Perr & Knight. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Damon to the team,” said Denise Pavlov, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. “Damon’s experience and skillset will help us continue to manage our program partners for success.” 

As Director of Programs, Lay will be responsible for managing Topa Insurance’s program partners and overseeing the program business profitability. 

“I’m very excited to join the Topa Insurance team,” said Lay. “I look forward to working with our program partners, Denise and the rest of Topa Insurance.” 


About Topa Insurance Company

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 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, Michael Day, Chris Greco 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

Delaney O’Brien
Director of Marketing and Communications
Topa Insurance Group
24025 Park Sorrento, Suite 330
Calabasas, CA 91302

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