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2018 Break Out Awards, South: Daniela Mills

2018 Break Out Awards, South: Daniela Mills


Property team leader for Texas operations

Lockton Cos. L.L.C.


Age: 38

Daniela Mills believes that there’s always something to learn in the insurance industry. She has been in the business for 14 years, focusing on the property space. Her career began at Setnor Byer Insurance and then she joined Marsh USA Inc. as a property client adviser and rose through the ranks to property broker. She joined Lockton in 2016 as general property leader for the Texas operations and is part of Lockton Cos. L.L.C.’s U.S. property practice.

Emerging risks in your specialty

Cyber. It’s definitely one of the risks we’re seeing a lot more in the property space. With the advancement of technology, we’re seeing more and more how it can impact our clients. And it is really the only peril that can affect every location at the same time.

Job change over the next 10 years

I think the job of the broker is probably going to be more automated in selecting client data, putting together spreadsheets, proposals and things of that manner. We’re also going to be more analytical-driven. So I think that’s going to drive us to be more analytical in our broking approach, but at the same time I hope it doesn’t get to the point that we get so focused on the analytics that we lose the true art of broking and the relationships that we have in the industry.

Advice to someone starting in the business

Have patience. It takes time to learn all the gritty details of your industry or your discipline, and even then it’s such an evolving industry that you have to be willing to learn new things on a daily basis and also think outside of the box.

Best-kept secret about insurance

It’s a very rewarding industry. You have the opportunity to work with not only different types of clients, but different classes of business, so you don’t get bored.

Dream vacation

Sitting on a beach and relaxing. It doesn’t matter which beach, just any beach.


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