Meet the Team

We stake our reputation on delivering exceptional candidates who bring real value to your business.

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Todd Mitchell | President & CEO

Over the last forty years Todd Mitchell has developed Todd Mitchell Associates into a Global Executive Search Firm dedicated to the professionals within the Property and Casualty insurance industry. Todd has built a successful team of talent acquisition consultants where the average tenure with the firm is over fifteen years. Under his leadership, Todd Mitchell Associates has gained the respect and confidence of executives throughout our industry affording the firm the opportunity to be called upon for both contingency and retained search assignments. Todd holds a Master of Science in Labor Relations and Human Resources from New York Institute of Technology and has his Bachelor of Business Administration, Human Resources from Adelphi University.

Memberships: Board of Directors-American Heart Association – Long Island Region Executive Leadership Team

Knowing what he knows now, Todd’s advice to his 18-year-old self would be… to listen more.  

Christine Rivera

Chief Marketing Officer

Christine is a collaborative professional with strong experience driving and producing results through the execution of marketing strategies for business development and social media channels. Her responsibilities include building relationships with new clients as well as enhancing existing client partnerships within the Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. She is a business partner in talent acquisition who’s goal it is to understand the hiring criteria and present companies with the best candidates.

If Christine didn’t have to sleep she would spend that extra time working out, playing board games with her kids, and reading.

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Chelle Luft

Senior Vice President – Actuarial Practice Leader

Chelle approaches her work as Practice Leader for our Actuarial & Analytics practice with passion and commitment in her quest to facilitate placements that are mutually beneficial for her clients and candidates. When not in the office, you will find her toiling in her vegetable garden or entertaining family and friends in her home.

If Chelle could live in any country besides the US she would choose to rent villas in various locations around Europe for a few months at a time so she can get immersed in the culture while experiencing the energy of living in metropolitan cities and also the tranquility of living in the countryside. Reach out via email: 

Hope Burns

Division President – Claims Practice Leader

Hope has been with Todd Mitchell Associates for over 25 years focusing on the recruitment of claim professionals at all levels, from Claims Adjusters to Chief Claim Officers within the Property & Casualty industry. Prior to her career in executive search, she was self-employed and spent over 10 years in the garment center specializing in the manufacturing and sales of a boutique line of women’s clothing.

The best piece of advice Hope has ever been given, “Life is not perfect, we must learn to live with uncertainty and each and every day is a learning experience. If we learn from our experiences and mistakes that is the best lesson.”

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Pearl Casey

Senior Vice President – Loss Control Practice Leader

Up until about 15 years’ ago, Pearl worked for Corporate America until her dear friend Shirley “recruited” her to come work at Todd Mitchell Associates with her.  While in Corporate America, she was an Operations Manager for a Duty-Free company and afterward she went to work for a computer software company as an International Liaison.

When asked if Pearl has a secret talent she replied, “My secret talent is a secret, if I told you, then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.”

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Cathy Hurrell

Senior Vice President – Underwriting

Experienced Recruitment Executive with expertise in varied lines of Commercial Insurance.  She has a keen understanding of the insurance industry and a working knowledge of both the carrier and agency/brokerage worlds.  She is skilled in Executive Search, Risk Management, Insurance Company Leadership including commercial insurance, professional liability, surety, claims management.

If Cathy wasn’t doing this she would be an Event Planner, planning corporate and private functions, from inception to execution.

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Robin Rube

Senior Vice President – Underwriting

After graduating from college Robin went to law school but only practiced for a short time –as an attorney at a large NYC law firm than as a prosecutor—before she transitioned into recruiting.  She owned a search firm for attorneys in New York City in the mid-1980’s then met Todd in 1992… The rest is history.

As a kid, Robin wanted to be a television sportscaster,  her Dad was a radio newsman and talk show host.  After college she applied to Columbia’s School of Journalism and law school. She got into law school first so that’s where she went!

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Shirley Brandl

Senior Vice President – Underwriting

Shirley has been with TMA for over 25 specializing in the recruitment of various levels of insurance professionals predominantly related to underwriting, marketing, management but may also include Human Resources or other areas within an insurer.

These days Shirley’s happy place is at the gym or doing yoga. namaste

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Susan Knotts

Manager, Research & Sourcing

Susan was the VP of HR for 30 years in the Claims Insurance industry with a specific focus on Underwriting and Operations.  Prior to joining our firm she spent over 13 years as the VP of HR for Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company.  Because her vast industry knowledge and connections she recruits for most insurance industry positions.

To earn a gold star with Susan you must work with honesty and a straight forward approach to communication and problem solving.

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Afeeza Hanif

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant to Todd Mitchell, President and CEO of Todd Mitchell Associates, Afeeza coordinates and manages all operations for the company.

When Afeeza isn’t working, you’ll find her doing adventurous things with her daughter. Whether they are trying different foods at new restaurants or going for a run in the park… they are always having an enjoyable time together.

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