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NEW JOB TITLE: Chicago-based private enterprise underwriter for Beazley Group P.L.C.
PREVIOUS POSITION: Chicago-based professional liability underwriter for Chartis Inc.
LOOKING FORWARD TO: I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone in the company and keeping my relationships going in the brokerage community. I have been in the insurance industry since 2003, and over the years I have worked with several firms throughout the Midwest consistently...I am looking forward to keeping in touch with them and bringing in new business and working on ways to provide products to costumers.
CHALLENGES FACING INDUSTRY: Pricing is a challenge. There are a lot of competitors in professional liability. There are a lot of new products out there. We want to find a way to maintain underwriting integrity and discipline in this market.
INDUSTRY OUTLOOK: It's hit its rock bottom on how low it can go. In the next couple of years, we'll start to see the market harden a bit.
BEST THING ABOUT A BAD ECONOMY: A lot of the insurers we work with are watching their dollars closely. I don't think in our business there is a “best thing.”
ADVICE: It's a very diverse field. There's a lot you can do and a lot of ways you can grow in the field. Be aggressive and find what it is you want to do. There are a lot of areas you could tap into: underwriting, claims, marketing (or) product development.
HOBBIES: Since becoming a mom nine months ago, I would say it's taking care of my daughter. My hobbies used to include working out, but there is not much time for that these days. But when the weather is nice, our family loves to get outside and enjoy nature.
CAN'T-MISS TELEVISION SHOW: I love documentaries. Watching the real human element is fascinating. I love nonfiction, knowing that things have actually happened. I love hearing other people's stories—how they help themselves, how they challenge themselves. That's the most interesting to me.
FAVORITE MEAL: I am a Chicago pizza fan.
ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Usually I am sitting on our living room floor, playing with toys with my daughter.