The Connection People

AEU’s Business Development Team works hand in hand with brokers to determine how they can provide unique solutions that meet broker’s challenges with success. 

The team is accountable to ensure brokers understand the distinctive benefits of AEU, benefits no other USL&H carrier can provide.  It’s our belief that once you know us, there’s no going back.

We know brokers require confidence and trust in their carriers to deliver the best products and services to their insureds.  The AEU Business Development Team establishes the groundwork to build the trust required for long term, successful partnerships – partnerships that deliver solutions.  Wouldn’t you like to meet the AEU connection people?


Andrea Mills, Senior Vice President, Director of Business Development & Communications

Andrea Mills joined AEU as Senior Vice President, Director of Business Development & Communications in May 2013. Previously, she was a broker for 25 years, specializing in the maritime industry and working closely with AEU as she placed the majority of her client’s USL&H coverage with ALMA through AEU.  Andrea’s responsibilities include working with AEU’s brokers, leading the ALMA Member Advisory Committee and communicating AEU’s unique product offerings to the maritime industry. 

Originally from Southern California, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

Michael (Mike) Adams, Executive Vice President, Director of Advantage by AEU

Mike Adams joined AEU in 1995 as Controller.  He has served AEU in management roles that include finance, underwriting and sales. He is currently Executive Vice President and Director of Advantage by AEU.  Prior to joining AEU, he was employed at Smith, Dukes, and Buckalew, LLC, where he specialized in auditing, taxation and system consulting. 

Mike is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mike also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Longshore Mutual Association, Ltd (ALMA).

Contact Mike Adams if your insured has less than $150,000 in USL&H premium.


Rob Stuardi, Vice President, Business Development

Rob Stuardi joined AEU in 2010 as part of the Business Development team. Prior to Joining AEU, Rob had extensive experience in Workers' Compensation Insurance and Risk Management practices as the Director of Sales, Safety and Loss Control for a large property & casualty insurance company.  Rob also acted as Assistant Operations and Loss Control Manager for a Southeastern fuel distributor as well as being responsible for loss control training for stevedoring, tug boats and offshore supply boats for a large stevedoring company. 

Rob received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Auburn University.

Contact Rob if your insured is located in one of the following states: ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, NC, SC, GA, FL, OH, IN, IL, MI, WI, MN, TX


Winchester Thurber, Vice President, Business Development

Winchester Thurber joined AEU in 2012 as part of the Business Development team. Prior to joining AEU, he held positions in the marine industry with responsibilities including vessel husbandry, Line Management and Operational and Commercial Management in the marine agency and stevedoring industries throughout the United States.  Winchester also founded a new 3PL Logistics Division for a large shipping agent growing revenues 25% quarter over quarter.

Winchester served for three years as a Board Member for the New York/New Jersey Maritime Association. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama.

Contact Winchester if your insured is located in one of the following states: AK, HI, WA, OR, CA, MT, ID, NV, UT, AZ, MT, WY, CO, NM, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, IA, MO, AR, LA, MS, KY, TN, AL, NY, NJ