Executive Leadership

Gary Winston

Gary Winston is recognized as a leading figure in the North American insurance industry. With his vision and entrepreneurial skills he co-founded CRU Group with his son Kyle in 2004. Recognizing the impact of climate change and the increase in catastrophic events, initially CRU provided catastrophe adjusters from Canada to U.S. insurers. As the need grew, Gary led the expansion of CRU Group so that today it provides a wide array of services throughout Canada and the U.S. to many major insurance companies.

Gary started his insurance career as the owner of a prominent Ontario insurance brokerage with multiple offices across the province and headquartered in Toronto. After its sale, Gary moved to claims as the Executive Vice President of a large international adjusting firm in Canada. In 2000, recognizing the opportunities of internet-based mediation, Gary moved to New York as Vice President of Cybersettle International, building a worldwide claims network. A visionary and strategic thinker, Gary brings 40 years of experience in all areas of the insurance industry to CRU.

Kyle Winston
Co-Founder and President

Kyle Winston worked in partnership with his father Gary Winston for a number of years before assuming the role of President of CRU Group in 2008. He has led the expansion of the firm from a small catastrophe claims adjusting company to a robust organization which now includes three national adjusting firms. The most recent acquisitions include Maltman  International and (AIA Centers) an industry training company.

Kyle started as an adjuster and is trained in personal, commercial lines, property and general liability. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and has a second degree in International Relations from Huron University College. As the “lighthouse keeper”, Kyle has led CRU’s businesses to achieve continuous growth and success across North America.

Seval Alkin CPA,CMA
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of Shared Services

Seval Alkin is a highly accomplished, results-driven financial executive with over 30 years of experience in leadership roles in the financial services industry; including large international insurance companies, investment banking and small entrepreneurial businesses. Seval is a proven expert leader in strategic planning, controllership, operations management and analytics.

Seval is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. She completed her Bachelor of Business Management at Ryerson University and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Her board experience includes DAS Canada, a Munich Re Company for over 5 years, as well as a non-profit board.

David Repinski
U.S. Chief Executive Officer

David Repinski is a proven, visionary, client-focused claims industry executive. David’s claims career began in 1991 and since then has held various loss adjusting, client-facing, and operational roles. David spent 28 years with the two (2) largest global loss adjusting firms, the majority of which was in senior level leadership roles as a member of their global leadership teams. Positions he has held include Chief Client Officer, Global Development Officer, U.S. CEO and CEO Americas. David resides in Dallas Texas and is based in our U.S. Headquarters there.

Skip McHardy
Chief Operational Officer – Catastrophe Response

After years in the Florida insurance market, Skip McHardy joined CRU Group in 2010 during their first major catastrophic event in Calgary, Alberta. Over the years, Skip has held key roles in CRU Group and has overseen the catastrophe planning and response for all clients in North America during a six-fold growth period. He has successfully implemented systems and lead CRU Group’s unique programs which have brought best practice catastrophe models to U.S and Canadian carriers.

Varma Singh, CIP, CRM
Managing Director-Operations
Maltman International (Canada)

Varma has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. He specializes in Enterprise Risk Management, Reinsurance, Insurance Claims, Risk Management, and Operational Risk Management.

In addition, he has experience in handling a wide range of complex E&O, Professional liability &
Environmental claims for both the London & Canadian Insurance Markets

Well known for his management style which includes the effective and efficient operation, and performance of Claims teams while demonstrating leadership, knowledge and application of industry/claims processing metrics, standards of practice, policies and procedures, quality
improvement processes and the goals of the organization.

Tim Danbury
Managing Director
Maltman International (U.K.)

Tim has spent over 20 years in the London market in the delegated authority space, with technical claims handling and claims operations experience gained at Coverholders, Third Party Administrators and Lloyd’s Syndicates. Prior to joining CRU Group he was Deputy and subsequently promoted to Head of Claims of a Lloyd’s Syndicate that specialized in binding authority / program business, where he was responsible for the operation of the claims function which included oversight of TPA’s, Coverholders and other claims experts.

Tim resides in the U.K and works in the London Insurance Market. He joined CRU Group in May 2019 and utilizes his extensive knowledge of the Lloyd’s and London Market to respond to our customers and their ever-changing needs.

Bret Peiffer
Vice President Operations
Managing Director – Maltman International (U.S.)

Bret Peiffer began his career as a Multi-Line Adjuster and has both daily claims and catastrophe event experience. He has held client facing, technical and operational roles working with insurers, brokers and MGAs. Bret has worked for two of the world’s largest loss adjusting firms prior to joining CRU GROUP as VP of Operations and Managing Director of Maltman International in the U.S. in 2020.

Bret is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, holds his Associate in Claims (AIC) designation and is active in Blue Goose. He also holds memberships with the Dallas Claims Association, the Texas Surplus Lines Association (TSLA) – Texans Under 40 (TUF) Committee and the Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA). He resides in Dallas, Texas and is based in our U.S. Headquarters.

Jon Havens
Director of Training and Program Manager
AIA-Academy of Insurance Adjusting

Jon is a Graduate of Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science with a dual focus of Business Development and Biblical Studies. Before entering the insurance industry, he had secured over 10 years of experience in several construction fields. He also served as a damage control firefighter in the United States Navy for 4 years.

Jon entered the insurance industry during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 at a friend’s request and discovered he enjoyed the challenge and helping people through claims handling. He now has over a decade of insurance claims experience. He has worked as both an independent catastrophe and an insurance carrier staff employee. He has extensive experience in home, personal property, additional living expenses, commercial buildings, business income, property liability, personal liability, and auto claims handling.