Our Team

Over 75 Years of Knowledge and Experience of Insurance Industry

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    Arvind Kaushal

    Co-Founder & CEO

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    Arvind began his career as a software consultant in Mumbai, India with Wipro in 1996 where he provided consulting services to many of Wipro's global clients including Bank of London, Singapore Airport Authority, ABB, and Canon. In 1999 Arvind moved to the U.S. and consulted with companies creating eCommerce platforms during the dot com era. In 2000 Arvind served Delta Air Lines for eight years in various technology management roles including architect for Delta.com. Arvind has also served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Insurance House Holdings, Inc. which owns a leading regional insurance intermediary and insurance carrier serving the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. Arvind is active in insurance industry and participates in various insurance trade association committees. Arvind received his BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Bangalore University and his MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Arvind led the founding and formation of Cogitate in May, 2012.

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    Jacqueline M. Schaendorf

    CPCU, Co-Founder & Director

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    Jacque also serves as the President and CEO of Insurance House, which is a leading regional insurance intermediary and insurance carrier serving the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. Prior to joining Insurance House in 1997, Jacque worked in the financial services division of Alexander & Alexander, Inc., and joined Chubb & Son, Inc. in 1990, as a senior underwriter in the Southeast regional division of the Department of Financial Institutions. Jacque is an active insurance industry leader, currently participating as a member of the various committees of the Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) and is the past President of WSIA. Jacque also serves as the Chairperson for the Georgia Insurers Insolvency Pool Board (GIIP), and she has participated on numerous insurance industry panels and insurance trade association committees. Jacque earned a Bachelor's degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, with a double major in business administration and psychology. She also has an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and has a Certified Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation from the Insurance Institute of America.

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    Jill K. Jinks

    CPCU & ASLI, Co-Founder & Director

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    Jill also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Insurance House Holdings, Inc. Jill has been involved in multiple leadership roles in the insurance industry, including serving as the President of the GAPCIC, Past President of the Georgia Chapter of the Certified Property & Casualty Underwriters Association (CPCU Chapter of Georgia), and is a Past Director of the Board of the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO). Jill has also served on the Executive Committee of the Stetson Board of Trustees and was the chair of Student Affairs and Athletics Committee. Jill served as a Director for the Private Bank of Buckhead and is a trustee for the Georgia State University Educational Foundation. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science from Stetson University in Finance, an MBA in Finance from New York University, an M.S. from Georgia State University, and a CPCU designation from the Insurance Institute of America.

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    Nikhil Murarka

    Managing Director, Cogitate India

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    Nikhil is a core part of Cogitate since its inception and is responsible for Cogitate India’s day to day and strategic operations, including human resources, corporate services and administration. Before joining Cogitate, Nikhil served as CEO of a leading Human Resources consulting firm catering to 300+ customers in India and Africa. Nikhil has over 30 years of successful experience related to strategy, operations and management consulting in various industries like Information Technology, IT Training, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Media, etc. Throughout his career, Nikhil has consulted with various global companies in the establishment and expansion of their operations in India. He specializes in driving business growth through strategic sales and marketing. Nikhil earned his Degree in Computer Technology from University of Mumbai and holds an MBA from S.P. Jain School of Global Management.

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    Keith Lewis

    Vice President of Sales

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    Keith began his career in insurance in 2004 with Hylant Group, Inc. in Toledo, OH, where he started as an Employee Benefits Consultant, and then became Director of Communications and Business Development. He created and led the Corporate Sales Training division at Hylant, training 250 producers, introducing digital marketing (including video, blog, content portals, personalization and intent marketing) before it was in high demand as it is today. In 2008, Keith joined Zander Insurance Group in Nashville, TN, as VP of Sales, where he directed a regional Endorsed Local Provider (ELP) program sponsored by Dave Ramsey for Middle TN. In 2011, Keith moved to Denver, CO, where he switched gears and began his career in Insurtech with Vertafore, Inc., as Director of Sales. In 2019, as Head of Sales for the start-up insurance division of KPA, LLC., an Environmental, Health & Safety software company, Keith helped revamp the Risk Management Center solution for agencies to increase and retain their Commercial Lines and Employee Benefits books of business. Keith earned his M.Ed. from Belmont University in 2002, and BA in English and Psychology from The University of Mississippi, where he played baseball and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1996. He was also an Adjunct Professor in Creative Writing at Columbia State Community College and acted as guest lecturer at The University of Toledo Schmidt School of Professional Sales.