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2018 Break Out Awards, South: Chris Knight

2018 Break Out Awards, South: Chris Knight


Analytics practice leader

Beecher Carlson Holdings Inc.


Age: 33

While working toward a Master of Science degree in applied statistics at Kennesaw State University, Chris Knight heard about an interesting internship opportunity working on predictive modeling in the insurance industry. Mr. Knight is now the analytics practice leader for Beecher Carlson Holdings Inc.’s ZOOM practice, a consulting group within the Atlanta-based brokerage that helps companies better manage workers compensation programs and costs.

Emerging risks in your specialty

Within claims management and across the industry, there is still a need for improvement when it comes to analytics strategies and data quality. We are hindered when data is not captured properly, it’s not managed and the analysis of it is not approached with a purpose. I think that’s a real detriment to the industry.

Job changes over the next 10 years

With new data management capabilities, new approaches to how claims are managed, prescriptive analysis will really drive the direction of positions like mine, if there are many. I think changes to how adjusters manage claims and how clients oversee the management of their claims will continue to evolve with new technology and data science contributions.

Advice to someone starting in the business

Instead of striving for success, strive to be valuable, which is a paraphrase of an Albert Einstein quotation. But I think that will take anyone far in the industry.

Something people don’t know about you

I once considered going into a career in art. In high school, I was asked to paint a giant mural in the school gym, which was a lot of fun. When I got to college, I decided to major in something similar: mathematics.

Hobbies and interests

I really enjoy biking, traveling. I like exploring new cities and being in nature. I also really enjoy cooking.


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