Elise Farnham has over 40 years of experience in the risk management and insurance industry. She is President of Illumine Consulting, a firm dedicated to sharing knowledge with the risk management and insurance communities through continuing education, claims management consulting, and expert witness testimony. Ms. Farnham’s company provides continuing education programs, professional and personal development programs, and business ethics programs.
Elise began her career in the insurance industry with Crawford and Company and became a multi-line adjuster. She was promoted as the first female claims branch manager for the company. She has worked as a multi-line adjuster in TX, AR, OK, FL and in senior management positions in GA and NY, such as Regional Manager, VP of the Learning and Resource Center, Sales and Marketing, and Special Projects. She has held senior level positions with The Harmonie Group, CSB Group, and GAB Robins, NA.
Ms. Farnham is a member of the CPCU Society and has served the Society as S. E. Regional Governor, Executive Committee member, president of the Atlanta Chapter of CPCU, and on numerous task forces, including the Ethics Certification Task Force, the Claims Section Committee, and chaired the Media Advertising Task Force. Presently, she serves on the Consultants, Litigators, Educators, and Witnesses Interest Group (CLEW) committee. She is a member of the education faculty for the Society with courses on ethics as well as technical topics. The Atlanta Chapter recognized her as the 2011 Instructor of the Year for her dedication to providing quality education.
Elise has assisted the American Institute for CPCU by providing input for the ARM, AIC, and CPCU programs as well as provided content for textbooks and on-line learning modules. She served on the Board of Ethical Inquiry for the American Institute for CPCU from 2000-2008.
Elise is Past President of the International Association of Insurance Professionals (1998/1999) having served on the Board of Directors for 5 years. She was Regional Vice President of Region 1 (Northeast). Prior to that, she served two terms as President of NAIW-New York City. Currently, she is a member of the Insurance Professionals of Atlanta. In 2004, she received the AAMGA Achievement Award from the Georgia Council of IAIP for her contributions to the association and was recognized at the Most Influential Member in 2011. In 2002, 2004, and 2009, she was named Insurance Woman of the Year in Atlanta, and in 1993, she was chosen National Claims Professional of the Year.
Ms. Farnham serves on the Board of Directors for the Registered Professional Adjusters Society (RPA.) She frequently instructs for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) and presents the Underwriting and Claims modules for their Preferred Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) designation. She often presents professional development workshops and webinars for RIMS.
Ms. Farnham is an international speaker and her articles have been published in Business Insurance, The Claims Advisor, Claims Magazine, CPCU Claims Section Quarterly, National Underwriter, Risk Management Quarterly, Today’s Insurance Professional, Canadian Insurance Magazine (published in Canada) and Insurance International (published in the UK.). Ms. Farnham provides expert commentary on personal lines issues for the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI.) She has just published a children’s e-book and audiobook, “Monster in the Barn” available on Amazon, for children ages 3-9 years.
She holds industry designations including: Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Associate in Risk Management, Associate in Management, and Certified Professional Insurance Woman.
Elise Farnham is a dedicated and experienced educator offering continuing education programs. Using proven teaching strategies, she involves students in the learning process.
Most classes are approved for Georgia CE's. Elise is also a CE provider in Florida and Texas. Individualized classes can be developed to fit your needs.
With over 45 years in the insurance P&C space, Elise is available for consultation. This includes providing adult education on risk management and insurance topics.
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