Who we are
Karen Yamamoto is the President of Decision Research Corporation (DRC) and oversees the company’s operations and strategic direction. Yamamoto has been with DRC for over 30 years and key in maintaining customer relationships, communicating value proposition, and defining product strategy.
With an in-depth knowledge and understanding of every aspect of the development process, she knows what it takes to deliver successful, enterprise insurance software solutions and services. As president, Yamamoto leads with a “hands-on” approach, and is an integral player in the product design and development of innovative insurance solutions DRC designs for Property and Casualty companies.
Chief Financial Officer
Jon Ogoshi is the Chief Financial Officer at DRC, responsible for DRC’s finance, accounting, financial reporting, human resources, contracts and legal, and organization operations. Ogoshi’s principal mission is to support DRC clients by facilitating the delivery of DRC product and services by DRC’s most valued assets, its intellectual property, and professionals.
Ogoshi’s prior professional experience includes 11 years at Ernst & Young and 6 years at Honolulu Mortgage, the largest Hawaii mortgage banker.
Vice President of Client Services
Dave Benedetto is the Vice President of Client Services at DRC. Benedetto joined DRC in 2004, bringing over 30 years of P&C insurance technology expertise to the company. Benedetto manages all of DRC’s service and client relations from the company’s Philadelphia office, ensuring our client’s happiness and satisfaction with our products and services is delivered at exceptional levels.
Benedetto has held multiple technological positions at a number of other companies in the insurance industry including, AIG, General Accident Insurance, Fusura, and Reliance Direct Insurance.
Vice President of Product & Technology
Les McElhaney is the Vice President of Product & Technology and joined DRC in 2013. McElhaney has 20 years of leadership experience in both insurance information technology and insurance product management. Prior to joining DRC, Les was with W.R. Berkley and held executive level positions at Fiserv and 21st Century Insurance.
McElhaney has held insurance product management positions with both Farmers Insurance and ICW where he managed profit and loss for both non-standard and preferred programs in multiple states. The majority of Les’ technical experience has focused on product strategy and development. McElhaney was a pioneer of Internet rating and quoting in the 90s, and has led strategic and tactical activities ranging from design to implementation of diverse insurance solutions such as insured and agent portals, business intelligence solutions, comparative rating systems and mobile insurance applications. For a decade prior to entering the insurance industry, Les was a rocket scientist working on the US Space Shuttle Program.
Vice President of Business Development
Robert Whitton is DRC’s Vice President of Business Development responsible for identifying new market opportunities and cultivating partnerships & relationships for DRC’s products and services. Whitton has been with DRC since 2004 working in various roles including Vice President of Product & Services, project management, product architecture, and client implementations.
Whitton has been managing IT projects for corporate clients, the defense department, state and federal government agencies and the scientific community for over 20 years. He is a former US Army Officer and avid underwater videographer.