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 GROUP 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 GROUP.

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 GROUP’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.

Gary Sullivan, FCII MBA B.A. (Hons.)
Director of Business Development
Maltman International (U.K.)

Gary Sullivan has over 40 years of experience in the London Market having worked in non-marine, marine and aviation claims. He was the market lead for many Fortune 500 clients, Vice President and Head of Claims for a reinsurer and Lloyd’s Syndicate in London, their European and Asian offices. Most recently, Mr. Sullivan was Director of International Marketing for a U.S. Engineering firm where he worked closely with claims managers, brokers, loss adjusters, lawyers and other experts.

Gary resides in the UK and his focus is business development and account management for Lloyd’s and the London Market. He is a conduit between the market and our Maltman Teams in Canada and the United States.

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.

Marc Powell
Director of AIA
Academy of Insurance Adjusting

Marc started in the insurance industry over 20 years ago after leaving a career in home building. He started as a Staff Adjuster working foundation and environmental claims and in 2006 he moved to the independent side of the adjusting industry handling catastrophe claims.

Marc has experience as a Manager, Team Lead and Supervise with two of the largest global adjusting firms. With his experience in natural and manmade catastrophe, homeowners, commercial, environmental, attorney and public adjuster represented and litigated claims, Marc has a passion to mentor and train adjusters to make the next step in their careers.