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Jonathan Terrell

Founder and President of KCIC
Jonathan Terrell is the Founder and President of KCIC, a consulting firm that helps companies manage their product liabilities. Like many entrepreneurs, in the early years of building his company, Jonathan poured everything into his business — even at the expense of his own well-being. Seven years ago, feeling overweight and unfit, he resolved to change his lifestyle. At the age of 48, he began transforming himself into an avid endurance athlete; in just six years, he completed 28 marathons and multiple triathlons. Then, on February 5, 2018, — nearly a year to the day before he talks to EBC — Jonathan became one of only 104 people worldwide to finish the World Marathon Challenge: 7 marathons, in 7 days, on all 7 continents. He dedicated the race and year-long training effort to pediatric mental health — a cause close to his heart. His goal: to raise $1 million to help upgrade the inpatient mental health unit at the children’s hospital in Washington, D.C. Jonathan was only able to savor his accomplishment for a short while, however. Last June, he was hit by an SUV while cycling. Airlifted from the scene, he spent three weeks in the hospital in critical condition and three months recovering in a wheelchair. Doctors said he’d never run again, but Jonathan is now putting his focus on physical therapy; with his positive attitude and strong beliefs, he is determined to prove his doctors wrong and plans to race again in 2019. His race calendar includes two Ironman Triathlons and a marathon at the North Pole. Endurance training has taught Jonathan many lessons that he applies daily as a business owner. During his talk, he will share some of the disciplines, habits and attitudes he’s found are common between doing extreme endurance sports and building a healthy business, such as: – Connecting to a higher purpose – Breaking big goals down – Building in accountability – Being a “paranoid optimist” – Practicing gratitude – Having a relationship with pain KCIC is a privately held consulting firm that partners with corporations in managing their products liabilities and related insurance assets in industries such as manufacturing, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. With offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, KCIC combines leading-edge technology and consulting expertise to solve data-intensive challenges. KCIC has been recognized by Washington SmartCEO magazine as one of the region’s 50 fastest-growing mid-sized companies. Jonathan has more than 30 years of international financial services experience with a multi-disciplinary background in accounting, finance and insurance. Prior to founding KCIC in 2002, he worked at Zurich Financial Services, JP Morgan, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In addition to leading KCIC, he is in demand as an expert witness in disputes involving insurance company reorganizations, economic damage calculations, and insurance coverage valuation. Among his philanthropic commitments, Jonathan serves on the Corporate Advisory Council of Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife and two sons. He also supports Boy Scouts of America, Legatus, and Live Action.