Meet the Senior Management Team

The Berkley Aspire leadership team offers a wealth of experience in the insurance industry, yet we believe we need to continually challenge the status quo.  We encourage the entire Berkley Aspire team to continually think outside of the box to come up with solutions that make it easier for our agents and their clients.

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Brian R. Griffith


Brian was appointed President of Berkley Aspire as of August 2020. Brian brings nearly 30 years of experience in the property casualty insurance industry and has a strong record of accomplishment in driving profitable growth through customer/agency segmentation, process improvements and effective leadership. He has led regional underwriting divisions for major property and casualty insurance carriers as well as countrywide distribution and field operations.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Connecticut.

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John Larkins IV

Vice President, Underwriting

John Larkins joined Berkley Aspire as Vice President of Underwriting in May 2019 overseeing all operations of the underwriting department.

With nearly twenty years of E&S underwriting experience, most recently in management leadership positions for a large excess and surplus lines company, John brings broad experience to the team.

A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Virginia native, John, his wife and 4 children have relocated from Cincinnati, Ohio to Chandler, Arizona.

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Pepper Sleight

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Pepper joined Berkley in January, 2009. She was previously a co-owner of a wholesale agency specializing in commercial excess and  surplus lines. Pepper has worked in the excess and surplus lines arena for nearly 20 years working with well-known and respected brokerage firms such as Risk Placement Services and All Risks, Ltd.

Having started in insurance when policies were created in triplicate with a typewriter, she is passionate about using technology and data to develop efficiencies. Pepper has lived in Arizona more than 20 years with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time on her boat at her nearby lake whenever possible. If she is not outside, you may find her in the kitchen where she loves to cook for her family and friends.