Albert Betts, Jr.
Executive Director, Insurance Council of Texas
Albert Betts, Jr. has served as executive director since March 31, 2014. Prior to joining ICT, he was a partner at the law firm of Thompson Coe Cousins and Irons, LLP, practicing in the firm’s Insurance Law and Governmental and Legislative Advocacy Group. While there, he served as general counsel for ICT, and represented other insurance related clients at the Texas Department of Insurance and the Texas Legislature.
In 2005, he was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry as the first Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation for the State of Texas, and reappointed in 2007. He served as Commissioner from 2005 through 2008. Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Betts served as Chief of Staff for the Texas Department of Insurance.
Overall, Betts has nearly 25 years experience as a lawyer, public policy administrator, and in executive management. He is also co-editor of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Handbook and is a frequent speaker to insurance, risk management, and employer groups on property and casualty insurance and workers’ compensation issues.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and has been a licensed attorney since 1991.
James M. Loughlin
Partner, Stone Loughlin & Swanson, L.L.P.
James M. Loughlin is a partner in the law firm of Stone, Loughlin & Swanson. Mr. Loughlin’s practice consists primarily of representing workers’ compensation insurance carriers in indemnity and medical benefits disputes, regulatory compliance matters, subrogation, and complex claim consulting. He also represents employers in employer liability claims and workers’ compensation health care networks and political subdivisions in the drafting and review of network contracts as well as network formation and regulation. Mr. Loughlin has worked in private practice since 1996 and is board-certified in workers’ compensation law by the Texas Board of Legal specialization since 2004. From 1996 – 2004, he practiced at Wilson Grosenheider & Jacobs. In 2004, he became a founding partner of Stone, Loughlin & Swanson. Mr. Loughlin has an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He is a member of the Austin Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. From 2010 – 2016, he served as a member of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Workers’ Compensation Law Advisory Commission. Mr. Loughlin graduated from Baylor University School of Law, where he was an editor for the Baylor Law Review, a member of the Order of Barristers, and served as Senior Class President of the Student Bar Association. Before law school, Mr. Loughlin graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science degree in political science.
Adjunt Instructor for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Southern Nazarene University, and FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmetsburg, MD.
Jim was in Law Enforcement for 35 years, before retiring as a Captain with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP). He worked various road assignments with the OHP and was a member of their Bomb Squad and the Tactical Team. It was as a member of the Tactical Team that Jim was one of the first responders to the Oklahoma City Bombing in April 1995. Jim spent ten years in the OHP’s Special Operations Unit, six as the Troop Commander. He served 26 years as a member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Jim now serves as an adjunct instructor for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Southern Nazarene University, and FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmetsburg, MD.
Michael Choo, MD MBA FACEP FAAEM CMRO
Chief Medical Officer/SVP
Dr. Michael Choo is Paradigm’s Chief Medical Officer. He maintains the company’s relationships with its network of consulting physicians and centers of excellence, and is responsible for enhancing clinical operations and leading outcomes research and development. He also teaches emergency medicine, internal medicine, and family practice residents at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine.
Michael has more than 26 years’ experience as a clinician, academician, and healthcare executive. Before coming to Paradigm, he was President and CEO of CHM Regional Health System in Wilmington, Ohio, where he oversaw its transition from county-owned nonprofit to private-equityfunded for-profit hospital.
He was the Medical Director of Heart Emergency Center at Dayton Heart & Vascular Hospital, Chief of Emergency and Outpatient Medicine at Clinton Memorial Hospital, and Director of an occupational health clinic and a hyperbaric medicine and wound center. He also was founder and CEO of an emergency medicine physician group, Professional Emergency Specialists of Southern Ohio, for 20 years.
Michael holds his BA and MD from Boston University’s accelerated six-year honors program in medicine, as well as an MBA from the University of Tennessee’s Haslam Graduate School of Business. He is an oral board examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a fellow and board member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.