Joseph Stephenson

Managing Director of SIU, Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC


Joe Stephenson is the Managing Director of SIU for Hagerty and has been in the insurance industry for over 10 years, following a career in law enforcement.  He is the President of the New England Chapter of IASIU, 4th VP of the Northeast Chapter of IAATI, and sits on several committees for both International organizations.  In addition to his SIU related work, Joe is a founding member of JMJ Group LLC, a social media analytics company, and lectures internationally on how to extract data from the Internet and various social media platforms.  He is a Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator (CIFI), Certified Social Media Intelligence Expert (CSMIE), is a regular contributor to SIUToday magazine, and has been a featured columnist in the APB magazine and PropertyCasualty360.  If you would like to reach Joe, you are invited to connect with him via LinkedIn.



Shawn Harrington

Director of Accident Reconstruction, ARCCA


Mr. Shawn Harrington is the Director of Accident Reconstruction at ARCCA, Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Harrington is accredited as a Traffic Accident Reconstructionist (ACTAR #2570), has a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), and operates and inspects Heavy Trucks. In addition, he is certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to Access and Interpret Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders in commercial vehicles and is certified as a BOSCH Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Technician and Data Analyst. Mr. Harrington is also certified to acquire and analyze data from Vehicle Infotainment and Telematics systems and specializes in documenting evidence utilizing three-dimensional laser scanning.


Mr. Harrington is a nationally certified firefighter and emergency first responder (NFPA 1001). He assists local police officers with their on-scene investigations of motor and commercial vehicle collisions. He receives ongoing driver training on the operation of emergency commercial vehicles and commercial vehicle dynamics, and has completed the Emergency Vehicle Driver Training course. In addition, Mr. Harrington consults with the National Hockey League as an investigator on a Research & Development program to evaluate player safety within the sport.



Dr. Sherrill Hayes
Director, Master of Science in Conflict Management Program, Kennesaw State University


Dr. Sherrill Hayes (Ph.D., Newcastle University; M.S. & B.S. University of North Carolina at Greensboro) areas of teaching, research, and practice include: family, community, and organizational dispute resolution; program design and evaluation; refugee resettlement; and children's development in cultural contexts. His recent scholarship has focused primarily on the impact of resettlement for refugee and migrant children, resilience, and reconciliation. His recent graduate teaching has included: Conflict Theory; Advanced International Mediation; Humanitarian Crisis Intervention; Dispute Systems Design; International Field Experience; and Conflict Management in Specified Environments.


Dr. Hayes has mediated family and civil cases in the UK (2000-2003), North Carolina (2004-2012), and Georgia (2014-present). From 2006-2012, Dr. Hayes was an Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he notably co-created and evaluated the Greensboro Landlord Tenant Dispute Program, a partnership with the City of Greensboro Human Relations Department. His community work also encompassed working with integration of refugee children into schools and intercultural dialogues with refugee community leaders. In 2012, he moved to Kennesaw State University, where he has since served as Director of the Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM) Program and in 2016 became one of the founding members of the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, & Development. He has provided trainings, workshops, and led study abroad experiences in places such as Haiti, Ireland, Ghana, Germany, and the UK., In 2014, Dr. Hayes expanded his work into the area of family owned businesses, serving as a conflict management specialist at the Cox Family Enterprise Center's Family Business Clinic TM collaborating with colleagues to take an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the complex needs of multigenerational family enterprises.

Dr. Hayes is a registered Neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution in Civil and Domestic Mediation, , a volunteer arbitrator with Better Business Bureau, on the Advisory Board and a program evaluator for Clarkston Families Decide, a member of the KSU Community Emergency Response (CERT) team, and is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster 2016-2021 for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies.



James Williams
Special Agent, FBI Atlanta Division


Special Agent Williams has spent the last 12 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation with 10 of those years coming with health care fraud experience.  Prior to joining the Bureau, Special Agent Williams spent 3 years in the Financial Services Industry.  Special Agent Williams is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he spent 11 years as a helicopter pilot


R. Blake Morton
Assistant District Attorney, Macon Judicial Circuit


R. Blake Morton is a 2015 graduate of Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law. He is a 2006 graduate of LaGrange College where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Mr. Morton worked as a Police officer for two years after undergrad. While in law school he worked for two years at the Macon Circuit District attorney’s office as a law clerk. Upon graduation he worked with the Honorable Judge Howard Z. Simms as a staff attorney. Since 2016, Morton has been an Assistant District Attorney with the Macon Judicial Circuit. Much of his time at the District Attorney’s Office has been spent working on White Collar, financial, and insurance fraud cases.