Mr. Knise is currently president and CEO and an equity partner of Ames & Gough. In addition to his management responsibilities, he devotes his time to leading Ames & Gough’s law-firm initiative, working with its larger design-firm and law-firm clients, and advising project owners on risk and insurance issues. Prior to joining Ames & Gough in 2005, he was working with an investment/consulting group to form new insurance entities.
Notable activities included the formation of Restaurant Insurance Corp., a reinsurance company and underwriting manager, and consulting services for Palmer & Cay (now part of Wells Fargo Insurance). From 1998 through 2002, Mr. Knise led the region-wide effort to win the right to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland. Prior to that, he held various senior management positions for Marsh & McLennan and its predecessor firm, Johnson & Higgins. Previously, Mr. Knise also had senior roles for SJ Groves & Sons, a Minneapolis-based general contractor, and for the Associated General Contractors of America in Washington, DC. Mr. Knise has long been active in risk management and insurance affairs and is a frequent speaker at industry events. He is a 1977 graduate of Cornell University.
Mr. Knise was a 1992 recipient of the IRMI Words of Wisdom (WOW) Award, presented at the 12th IRMI Construction Risk Conference.