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2018 Break Out Awards, West: Timothy Edwards

2018 Break Out Awards, West: Timothy Edwards


Senior property broker

JLT Specialty USA

San Francisco

Age: 39

Timothy Edwards joined JLT Specialty USA, a unit of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group P.L.C., as a senior property broker with a primary focus on real estate, one of JLT’s core industries, in 2015. Based in San Francisco, he had previously worked at American International Group Inc., Arch Insurance Group Inc. and Marsh L.L.C.

Job changes over the next 10 years

We’re going to see more reliance on technology and automation over the next 10 years. Straightforward property risks will be able to upload their information or coverage and get quotes online. I do think that complex property deals will still need the insurance broker involved for problem-solving.

Best-kept secret about insurance

It’s really exciting. Most people think it’s a sales job, with you at your desk 9 to 5, and it’s really the opposite of that. Insurance calls for problem-solving, frequent team interaction, travel to places you’ve never been before and networking.

Something people don’t know about you

I was actually a biology major in college, with hopes to premed freshman year, but it was the idea of going to school another 10 years after that that kind of turned me off. But obviously I would have been way out by now. And then the second thing is, 19 years ago I traveled around the world in a cruise ship for three-and-a-half months, stopping in 10 different countries.

Hobbies and interests

I have twin girls who are just under 2 years old, Lilah and Hailey, so my weekends are kind of taking them around and entertaining them and just spending time with them. When I’m not with them, I play volleyball and love to go up to Sonoma.

Favorite meal

I am a foodie. I will eat anything except olives, but if I had to pick a specific cuisine, I love a good sushi meal, so Japanese food definitely has my heart.


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