2016 Women to Watch: Amy IngramReprints
Managing director, commercial risk management group
Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners L.L.C.
Amy Ingram has a wicked sense of humor — just ask anyone who knows her — that helps her get the best out of the people she leads.
Ms. Ingram, who leads the commercial risk management group with Tampa, Florida-based brokerage Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners L.L.C., earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Madison, New Jersey-based Drew University in 1993. She said she was looking for a job at the time that would keep her in the area because “I didn’t want to go home and live in my parents’ basement.” She was lucky enough to get an interview and receive a job offer from Chubb Corp. in nearby Warren, New Jersey.
Her friends were skeptical that the gregarious English major would enjoy working for an insurance company, but Ms. Ingram said she immediately fell in love with the culture and the job.
She started out as a boiler and machinery underwriter, which played to her analytical skills and allowed her to spend a lot of time with the engineering group in the field.
“It was a job that required a lot of marketing because you had to convince people that, one, they needed the coverage and, two, to remember to call you,” she said.
Ms. Ingram left Chubb in March to lead the commercial risk management group for BKS Partners, where she oversees sales, account management and risk mitigation strategies, among other responsibilities.
Ms. Ingram said she considers herself fortunate to work for a firm where two out of the three founding partners were women. “I think the role that women play in the industry has changed and that’s certainly for the better,” she said.
Chubb’s clean tech group was in its infancy when Ms. Ingram took it over, but she turned it into a significant business for Chubb, said James West, executive vice president of Chubb in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever worked with anyone more talented than Amy,” he said. “She gets projects done better than I ever envisioned. She’s creative and brilliant. Maybe her best gift is her ability to motivate — people just want to do stuff for Amy. They really just adore her.” This is partly because of her positive attitude, Mr. West said, calling Ms. Ingram “nutty and hilarious and fun.”
“She was a huge loss for us,” he said. “It’s a big set of shoes to fill.”
His loss is a gain for Elizabeth Krystyn, founding partner of BKS, and the rest of the company.
“I think there’s probably nothing she couldn’t do,” she said. “She’s super focused and light-hearted at the same time. She doesn’t take herself too seriously.”