IICF Midwest Blazing the Trail Benefit will be held in an indoor space at the Ritz Carlton, Chicago. IICF continues to monitor the recommendations and mandates in accordance with the CDC, the State of Illinois, Cook County and the City of Chicago.  Those who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and socially distance. Please do not attend if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms. All guests will be asked to sign a waiver in advance of the event.

Steve Gray

The Hartford


Steve Gray

The Hartford

Regional Vice President, Middle & Large Commercial


SteveGray serves as the Regional Vice President for The Hartford’s Middle and LargeCommercial business in the Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky; and Michigan regions. In this role, Steve’s primary responsibility is to provide sales andunderwriting leadership; inclusive of account stewardship, employeesatisfaction, and the establishment of The Hartford as a provider of choice forour distribution partners.  

Steve has 23 years’experience with The Hartford and has been tasked with numerous leadershipresponsibilities in Small Commercial and Middle Market.  Additionally,Steve serves Chairman of the IICF Ohio Chapter Board of Directors. 


Grayreceived his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University inWaco, Texas.  He holds his CIC and CRM designations.


Katie Weil

VP of Philanthropy, Camp One Step

We're so grateful for IICF for helping to bring smiles, connections and fun to the pediatric cancer patients and survivors we served during our wintertime camp programs. Together we are creating memories, friendships and hope that will fuel them all year.

Erin Kerr


Blessings in a Backpack is grateful for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s generous donation of $112,885 that provided 28,220 bags of weekend nutrition to 5,260+ food insecure kids across 32 programs in Illinois and Ohio.