Craig has 30+ years in the insurance industry including 23 years as a state regulator, NAIC staff person and contract examiner. Craig has extensive experience in overseeing and conducting market conduct examinations; market analysis; and other continuum actions. As Assistant Director of Market Regulation at the NAIC, Craig worked one-on-one with Commissioners to provide policy advice in improving the U. S. insurance regulatory system by championing uniformity, challenging the status quo, urging effectiveness and encouraging efficiencies in the areas of market analysis, market conduct examinations and multi-state collaborative actions.
While also at the NAIC, Craig provided business and regulatory expertise in the development of automated systems, such as the Market Conduct Annual Statement (MCAS) and Examination Tracking System (ETS.) In addition, Craig had significant involvement in the curriculum development and facilitation of NAIC market regulation-training programs and the Market Regulation exchange of the NAIC’s annual E-Reg Conference. Craig also assisted with the internal operations of the Market Regulation Department and managed the responsibilities of several NAIC Market Regulation staff.
Craig assisted in providing direction and staff support for the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs (D) Committee and its groups, such as the Market Actions (D) Working Group (MAWG), Market Analysis Procedures (D) Working Group (MAP), Special Accreditation Standards (D) Working Group, Social Media (D) Working Group, Market Information Systems (D) Task Force and numerous others. Prior to being appointed Assistant Director, Craig served as the NAIC’s first Market Analysis Manager. In that role, he assisted with the creation of the Market Analysis Review System (MARS.)
Prior to joining the NAIC in 2004, Mr. Leonard worked as a Manager in the Insurance Regulatory Compliance Practice at Arthur Andersen, LLP; an Examiner-In-Charge for the Missouri Department of Insurance; and as an independent insurance agent at his family’s agency. Craig earned his MBA from Rockhurst University and BS in Business Administration from Missouri Southern State University. He is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Insurance Examiner (CIE), Certified Compliance Professional (CCP), Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI), Associate in Regulation and Compliance (ARC), Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF), and Associate in Risk Management (ARM). Craig is a member of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Society, Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals (AICP) and Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society (IRES). He lives in Kansas City.