Benjamin McKay JD, MPA
CEO & Executive Director
The Surplus Line Association of California
Ben McKay is the CEO & Executive Director of the Surplus Line Association of California (SLA), the largest association of its type in the country. Prior to leading the SLA, Ben spent eight years with the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) as its Senior Vice President for Federal Government Relations. In that role, Ben was named one of Washington D.C.’s Best in the Business for Business five times by The Hill, one of the city’s leading political newspapers. Before his time at PCI, Ben served as Chief of Staff to a member of United States Congress in Washington, D.C. where he worked on financial services and international relations issues. While in Washington, Ben also taught a class to MBA candidates entitled Business and Government.
Other career highlights include eight years as staff to members of the Florida House and Senate, where he worked on insurance, economic development, banking, criminal justice, and other important issues. He then served a tour as a regulator at the Florida Department of State, where he served as Deputy Secretary for International and Legislative Affairs and later as the youngest Chief of Staff in the history of the 750-employee department.
Currently, Ben is coauthoring the book Annotations to Surplus Lines Statutes on behalf of the Excess, Surplus Lines, & Reinsurance Committee of the American Bar Association. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman Emeritus for First Finance Capital, the nation’s largest certified development company. He serves as a member of the board of the California State, Fullerton, School of Risk Management and Insurance, and the Advisory Council of the University of Colorado School of Risk Management. Also, Ben is a member of the Western Division Board of Directors for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation.
Ben received his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University, his Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and his Juris Doctor from Catholic University. He is a Lifetime member of the FSU Alumni Association and member of their national board of directors.
Ben lives in Danville, California with his wife Danielle and their three children: Margaret, Elizabeth, and Lincoln. Ben and his family enjoy many outdoor activities but especially fishing, camping, and scuba diving.