How It Started
The Nevada Insurance Council (NIC) was founded in 1980 by Bob Feldman of Nevada General insurance. The NIC consisted of local and national insurance executives from both large and small insurers. It also included a variety of trade associations and vendors involved in automotive, home, finance and other insurance related consumer products. NIC members insured more than 80% of automobiles and homes in Nevada. The trade’s efforts over the years have focused on auto theft, insurance fraud, flood, wildfire awareness, uninsured motorists and disasters affecting consumers. In addition, NIC conducted public relations efforts, primarily in Southern Nevada.
In 2012, NIC served as the host trade for the States Insurance Trade Association annual meeting. In 2018, NIC made a $5,000 donation to Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI) to start the Nevada chapter.
The Nevada Insurance Council (NIC) is a non-profit organization representing the property and casualty insurance industry in Nevada. NIC is dedicated to tracking legislative and regulatory matters while developing strategic management on behalf of those members doing business in Nevada. NIC also informs consumers on insurance issues as well as developing communications materials on legislative issues to be used by lobbyists, agents, companies, legislators, reporters and consumers.
Victoria Stewart is the Nevada Insurance Council’s President. She is also the Legislative Affairs Manager for Farmers Insurance and has responsibility for Arizona, California and Nevada. Victoria previously served for three years as the lead lobbyist for the premier life sciences trade association in California, working on some of the most difficult and controversial policies of each legislative year. Victoria’s career started just after college in the California State Capitol as an administrative assistant in a state senator’s office. From that job, she worked her way up to Chief of Staff for the vice chair of Assembly Insurance. She has extensive campaign experience and has been immersed in the American political culture for nearly 15 years. Victoria has a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Sacramento in Political Science.
JulieAnna Anastassatos is the Nevada Insurance Council’s Treasurer. She is also the Western Region Director for USAA Government and Industry Relations, responsible for the states of California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Prior to assuming her current role, JulieAnna worked as an Attorney in P&C Counsel, providing solution-oriented legal counsel on both auto- and property-related issues. A native of California, JulieAnna graduated cum laude from UCLA with a degree in Linguistics and French. She continued at UCLA to complete her Master’s Degree in Romance Linguistics and Literature while teaching French to undergraduate and graduate students. JulieAnna then moved to Northern California where she graduated from King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis. During law school, she married her husband, an Air Force pilot, and became a proud military spouse and USAA member.
Samona Caldwell handles community Outreach for the NIC. She is a Government Affairs Coordinator with State Farm Insurance Companies California, with a territory extending from northern Los Angeles County to the Mexican Border and Nevada. Her main priority is to assist with building relationships between State Farm associates and Congressional and State legislators to educate legislators in her territory on public policy issues in the insurance industry. Ms. Caldwell is on the Board of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association and is Vice-Chair of the Board of Los Angeles African-American Women in Policy Institute. She is a corporate advisory board member for Educate CA (Chair) and the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade and is on the Diversity Coalition Committee for Signal Hill, CA. Samona earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Studies from UC Davis.
Michael Geeser is the Public Affairs officer for the NIC. In October of 2013, Geeser helped lead the NIC’s effort in hosting the annual State Insurance Trade Associations (SITA) Conference at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Geeser is a Regional Director of Government Affairs for CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer. In his role, he is responsible for all government affairs activity in ten states. In his previous position at AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, Geeser served as Government Relations Representative and Spokesperson. He handled all media related requests and represented AAA Nevada in the State legislature as well as on various state and local committees. Prior to AAA, Geeser was an award-winning Consumer Editor for CBS affiliate KLAS-TV in Las Vegas. In 2001, he received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Reporting. Geeser is married with two children. He’s lived in Las Vegas for 19 years. He’s a graduate of San Jose State University.