About us

Dennis Silvia, CPCU, AAI, MA

President

Dennis is the President of Cedar Consulting LLC, a captive insurance consulting and management firm. His nearly 30 years of experience in traditional and alternative insurance mechanisms include marketing and agency management; underwriting and alternative risk program structures; group captive design and implementation; and strategic captive feasibility analysis. Dennis has worked in commercial insurance company settings, for agencies producing captive insurance programs and for the past 15 years as an independent consultant applying his industry knowledge. Dennis holds an AAI designation from the Insurance Institute of America and a CPCU designation from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. He has an MA degree in Management from Regent University completing his thesis project on Alternative Risk Insurance Programs. Dennis is on the teaching faculty and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE). He is also serves on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. His consulting practice focuses on the integration of alternative risk program structures to assist in reaching enterprise-wide risk management goals. Dennis is a private pilot and an avid gardener. He has been married for over 40 years to Chris and they have two married adult children and a grandchild.

Paul Eiermann, MBA

Director of Accounting

Paul started his insurance career with a commercial property and casualty insurance company and has since spent 8 years in the industry. With a focus on accounting for various lines of insurance such as General Liability, Auto Liability, Physical Damage, Workers Compensation and now Captive Insurance Accounting. He has gained a vast amount of knowledge working in various industries in the for-profit and non-profit arenas over the past 30 years. Paul has held positions starting as a Jr Accountant, A/P specialist, Accounting Analyst, Controller, Director of Accounting and C.F.O. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a focus in accounting from Ursuline College in Cleveland Ohio. After gaining practical knowledge in insurance accounting he went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration in accounting from John Carroll University in Cleveland Ohio.

Caitlin Wolff, ACI

Senior Account Manager

Caitlin is a Senior Account Manager who assists in maintaining the financial records of Risk Retention Groups and Protected Cell Companies. She holds the Associate in Captive Insurance designation from the International Center for Captive Insurance Education.  Caitlin graduated from the University of Mount Union with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration. 

Caitlin enjoys learning about the ever-changing captive industry and can be found regularly attending captive conferences held by the various U.S. domiciles. She enjoys apple picking during the crisp fall months in Cleveland but also loves soaking up the sun while taking cruises along the Caribbean and Bahamian islands.

Jonathan Akindipe

Account Manager

Jonathan Akindipe is an Account Manager at Cedar Consulting LLC responsible for the day to day operations of captive insurance companies and financial analysis work for Cedar’s larger reinsurance clients. He graduated from the University of Mount Union in May of 2018 with a dual degree in Accounting and Finance. After graduation he worked as a revenue accountant at Park Place Technologies in Mayfield Heights. Jonathan joined the team in August 2019.  He looks forward to many exciting years at the company. When he’s not doing accounting work you can find him watching or playing any and all sports.