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John Huddleston


SVP and CIO, American Mining Insurance Company

Location: Birmingham, AL


Certified Scrum Developer
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner


Certified Agile Leadership 1

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Agile Birmingham


John Stuart Huddleston

Birmingham, Alabama

John started his career as a programmer at American Mining Insurance Company before he even graduated from college. After graduation from Birmingham-Southern College with a MS degree in Computer Information Systems, he spent eight years with American Mining and quickly worked his way up to IT manager. Looking for a new professional adventure, John left American Mining for a special assignment project in Chicago. At the conclusion of the project, he returned to Birmingham and took a Senior Consultant position with Forte Incorporated.

Then, after more than 10 years away, John was called to return to American Mining Insurance Company; this time as a Senior Vice President. Now as a SVP, John is leading his department through a complete Agile transformation that is spreading into other divisions of the company.

John's personal strengths include servant leadership, meeting management, process refinement, communication, and problem solving. He believes communication and transparency are the keys to the Agile revolution.

Outside of work, John is passionate about raising and training his seven Boykin Spaniels. He is an avid bird hunter who also competes in field trials with his pups.

Work experience

American Mining Insurance Company - A W.R. Berkley Company, SVP and CIO
November 2009 - Present, Birmingham, AL, United States
SVP, CIO, Scrum Master, agile mentor, agile transformation evangelist

Guidwire Migration


  • Claims Center 7 data migration and validation from the legacy system
  • Data warehouse consumption of Claims Center 7 data and validation

Guidewire Claims Center/


  • Management of IT staff
  • Management of onsite PWC consultants
  • Liaison for Berkley Technology Services
  • Radiating project information to American Mining Senior Staff
  • Mediating any disagreements between camps

Endeavor - Agency management, quoting, policy issuance, and billing for workers compensation insurance

Served as Scrum Master and ETL specialist for the project

Forte Incorporated, Sr Consultant
May 1999 - October 2009, Pelham, AL, United States

Sr. Consultant

• Lead Technical Designer and Developer for LifeTrac™ a Visual FoxPro / MS- SQL Server application. This wide-area network application integrates multiple functions to assist paramedics in routing severely injured trauma and stroke patients to the most appropriate hospital.

The Birmingham LifeTrac system runs 24x7x365 and includes redundant data systems and data warehousing of patient information. LifeTrac has already assisted in the rapid routing of over 33,000 critically injured trauma and stroke patients. The system is a premier technology for early warning of biological/chemical terrorism and is the only system in the country to receive and direct GM On-Star™ crash data to hospital trauma teams.

Forte’, Forté client BREMSS and the Birmingham LifeTrac system are the winners of the prestigious 2006 Mitretek Innovations Award in Homeland Security presented by Mitretek Systems and Harvard University and the 2007 Microsoft Healthcare User Group “Healthcare Innovation Award” Winner for Interoperability.

Project and technical lead for ICAMS. ICAMS is an insurance system that was created by American Mining for policy, claims, accounting and statistical reporting for worker’s compensation. John was the technical and project lead for installations at Amerisafe Insurance and First Commercial Insurance of Florida.


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