MedChoice Annual Meeting and Proxy Vote - 2021

The annual meeting of the members of MedChoice Risk Retention Group will take place as a teleconference on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. PST/ 11:30 a.m. EST. The Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on Sept. 2, 2021, as the record date for the determination of those members entitled to vote at this meeting.
  • Toll free: 1-800-201-9352
  • Conference Code: 633699
The business before this meeting will be:
  1. Election of directors
  2. Any other business that may be properly presented at the meeting.

Please complete and sign your proxy no later than close business (5 p.m. EST) on Nov. 1, 2021 by using the below DocuSign link:
To learn more, please contact us with any questions at




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William (Bill) Cotter, President and CEO of Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company

Bill is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates. In addition, he focuses on the development and implementation of strategies that strengthen the company's long-established position as the premier choice for medical and hospital professional liability insurance in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho, as well as nationwide through MedChoice RRG. Bill also works to ensure that the company's diversification strategies continue to profitably propel the organization through the ever-changing healthcare landscape.

Just prior to his time at Physicians Insurance, he spent 11 years at Allied World Assurance Company, where he held positions including Executive Vice President, Chief Underwriting Officer, and Professional Liability—North America, and was responsible for underwriting strategy and execution, pricing discipline, and product development for healthcare liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, cyber coverage, M&A transactional insurance, and political risk and trade credit profit centers. Bill has a broad insurance background, having worked for nearly 30 years in domestic and international markets for companies like American International Group and CIGNA.

Bill holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MBA from London University’s London Business School.

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James R. Girardin, Senior Account Executive and Managing Director, Amethyst Captive Insurance Solutions

Jim Girardin is the founding Principal and President of Amethyst Captive Insurance Solutions. Jim's extensive experience with captive insurance involves all facets of operations and analysis for both pure and group captive insurance structures including design, feasibility, development, and program management.

Prior to Amethyst, Jim joined Willis in 1992 as an account executive and member of the leadership team starting and building the Willis North American Captive Practice. He steadily assumed responsibility and officer positions, ultimately being named EVP & Practice leader of the North American and Caribbean Captive Operations. He led management, sales and development efforts for nearly 15 years earning recognition on the Willis Exceptional Producers Council (EPC) for six years.

Jim has consulted for a wide variety of Fortune 1000 companies and risk retention groups including construction, healthcare, utilities, oil & gas, telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing, government, long-term care and professional services firms.

Jim earned his Certified Public Accountant license in 1990 and has served in various leadership roles with the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) including Finance Committee Chairman, Legislative Committee and other various ad hoc committee projects. Jim has presented to such organizations as the VCIA, Canada RIMS, International Research Institute and State Legislating bodies. He currently serves on the VCIA conference and content advisory committees.

Jim started his career as an auditor and tax consultant with both Ernst & Young and KPMG. Jim graduated magna cum laude from Plattsburgh State University of New York in December 1987 with a BS in professional accounting with a concentration in mathematics and a background in computer science.

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Jennifer Lawrence Hanscom, Executive Director and CEO, WSMA

Jennifer Hanscom is the Executive Director and CEO of Washington State Medical Association and the CEO of WSMA Foundation for Health Care Improvement. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors at Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company, a board member of The Physicians Foundation, and a board member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives. She sits on the Board of the Washington Health Care Forum, the University of Washington MHA Advisory Board, the Washington State Family Medicine Education Advisory Board. She is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Washington State Society of Association Executives.

Hanscom holds a BA in political science from Willamette University in Salem, OR.

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Shane E. Macaulay, MD

Dr. Macaulay is a musculoskeletal and body radiologist with Radiology Consultants of Washington, which serves five Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) outpatient centers in the Puget Sound area. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Physicians Insurance. In addition, Dr. Macaulay has held appointments as a clinical associate faculty and as an acting instructor at the University of Washington. Dr. Macaulay was chosen by Seattle Met Magazine as one of Seattle’s Top Doctors. Dr. Macaulay has been active for many years in the leadership of the Washington State Medical Association and served as president of the WSMA.

His affiliations also include the American College of Radiology, Washington State Radiological Society and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Macaulay holds an undergraduate degree from Whittier College in Whittier, CA and a medical degree from University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in San Diego, CA. He completed an internship at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, OR, a radiology residency at University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and a fellowship in abdominal imaging and an MR research fellowship at University of Washington.

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Walter Skowronski

Walter Skowronski is a retired Senior Vice President of The Boeing Company, who most recently served as President of the company’s commercial finance subsidiary, Boeing Capital Corporation.He joined Boeing in 1999 as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer. Prior to that, he held senior finance positions with The Lockheed Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Mr. Skowronski also served as a board director for a number of public and private companies and as a board director of numerous cultural, civic, and social organizations.

He holds a BSEE degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, and an MBA in corporate finance from Boston University. He is married and lives with his wife,Judy, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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