Leadership Team

Andrew O'Brien
President and CEO

Andy began his insurance career at the E.W. Blanch Company in 1977 where he ultimately served as a General Partner, Executive Vice President and director. He has also served as a director of the Health Care Insurance Facility, First Dakota Indemnity Company and SAFE, Inc. (holding company for an accident/health insurer). He currently serves as a director and as President and CEO of Trean. He holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a CPCU designation.

Julie A. Baron
Chief Financial Officer

Julie is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary of Trean. Previously, Julie served as the Controller for Benchmark Insurance Company from 2007 to 2015. Prior to joining Trean, Julie was the controller for a mortgage broker and title company in the Twin Cities. She is a CPA (inactive) and earned a B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University.

Joy Edler
Chief Operating Officer

Joy joined Trean as Chief Operating Officer in January 2020. Joy started her career over 20 years ago at Safety National Casualty Corporation in St. Louis, MO where she most recently served as a senior treaty reinsurance underwriter and account executive. She is experienced in specialty casualty products with a focus in workers’ compensation. Joy began her career in government and state compliance at Safety National.

Matthew Spencer
Chief Information Officer

Matt has over 20 years of technology, risk management, strategy development, and project & portfolio management experience within the IT consulting, agribusiness, financial trading, and insurance industries. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Quantitative Methods in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

Nicholas J. Vassallo
Chief Accounting Officer

Nicholas has served as Chief Accounting Officer since May 2020. Prior to joining Trean, Mr.Vassallo served as Chief Accounting Officer for iMedia Brands, Inc. from May 2018 to October 2019 and as Senior Vice President – Corporate Controller since October 2015 and Vice President-Corporate Controller since 2001, having first joined iMedia Brands, Inc. as director of financial reporting in October 1996. Nicholas began his career with Arthur Anderson LLP, where he spent eight years in its audit practice group. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Jill K. Johnson, J.D.
General Counsel / Vice President

Jill is an experienced attorney with 15 years in the legal field, concentrating mainly within the insurance and reinsurance industry. Jill is legal counsel for Trean as well as its affiliates and subsidiaries, overseeing legal, regulatory, compliance, H.R., and contracts. Jill received her Juris Doctorate from Mitchell Hamline (f/k/a William Mitchell College of Law) and her B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Martin Ericson
Senior Vice President

Marty is the Senior Vice President of Underwriting for Trean Corporation. Before joining Trean in 2013, Marty acquired over 25 years of underwriting experience from Crum & Forster, St. Paul Fire and Marine, and more recently Berkley Risk Administrators, with a heavy emphasis on specialty casualty and workers’ compensation lines of business. He has extensive exposure addressing the needs of Insurance Trusts, Reciprocals and Risk Retention Groups.