Passing the Torch: CAP Celebrates Long-Time COO’s Success as Retirement is Announced; Promotes Hammon Acuna and Alyson Lewis to Serve in Key Executive Leadership Roles

After two successful decades, Cindy Belcher has retired and stepped down as CAP’s esteemed Chief Operating Officer.

Ms. Belcher’s achievements will have a lasting impact throughout the CAP enterprise. She played a pivotal role in evolving CAP’s membership development, membership services, and practice management services functions and in developing the company’s marketing and communications, underwriting, and human resources departments. She also held executive management responsibility for CAP Physicians Insurance Agency, Inc., which supplies a full line of insurance products beyond the company’s professional liability protection to CAP’s 12,000 members, and for CAPAssurance, a Risk Purchasing Group, that brings CAP’s unique approach to medical professional liability coverage to large groups, hospitals, and healthcare facilities.

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As one era in exceptional leadership ends, a new one begins. CAP is pleased to welcome Hammon Acuna as CAP’s new Chief Operating Officer and Alyson Lewis, JD, CPCU, as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cooperative of American Physicians Insurance Company, Inc. (CAPIC), a Hawaii-domiciled subsidiary of CAP that is rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best.


Hammon Acuna
Chief Operating Officer of the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP)

Having joined CAP in 2007, Mr. Acuna brings to his new role a proven track record of 30-plus years in the medical professional liability industry, with a wide range of expertise in marketing, sales, retention, and customer/member service. He has been managing all CAP business development and membership services functions since 2015 and most recently served as CAP’s Senior Vice President and Chief Membership Officer. He holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and studied in the MBA program at California State University, Northridge.


Alyson Lewis, JD, CPCU
President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cooperative of American Physicians Insurance Company, Inc. (CAPIC)

Ms. Lewis joined CAP in 2016 as Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer. She will continue to be responsible for overseeing the underwriting functions of the entire CAP enterprise and will now assume full executive responsibility for all CAPAssurance business development, along with ascending to her new role as CAPIC President and COO. Ms. Lewis earned her BA at the University of Southern California and her JD from Concord Law School.


Among CAP’s greatest assets are the committed executive leaders who work in tandem with our physician governing bodies to strengthen the future of the enterprise and serve the needs of our members, their practices, and their patients. As we celebrate and honor Ms. Belcher for her excellence in leadership, we are ever grateful for her significant contributions; one of which includes passing the torch to Mr. Acuna and Ms. Lewis, whose skill sets and deep knowledge of the medical professional liability industry will ensure CAP’s continued success.