UP CLOSE: Sean McPhillipsPosted On: Jul. 17, 2016 12:00 AM CST
NEW YORK-BASED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF U.S. PRIMARY CASUALTY
PREVIOUS POSITION: New York-based regional vice president for primary casualty, Eastern zone for Aspen Insurance, a division of Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd.
LOOKING FORWARD TO: Developing a strong team known for profitable growth, and offering the (excess and surplus) marketplace alternative solutions for opportunistic risks.
ON LEADERSHIP: Show by example. My most important leadership trait is to work harder than I expect everyone else to work.
CHALLENGES FACING INDUSTRY: Passing the baton of knowledge among generations and balancing the importance of millennials' energy and input to the process with the experience of seasoned professionals.
CRYSTAL BALL: I see the market becoming more global and the world becoming a smaller and smaller place.
FIRST INDUSTRY JOB: National accounts casualty brokerage trainee with Johnson & Higgins.
ADVICE: Learn as much as you can. Ask questions and listen. Question conventional wisdom and hang in there. Things do not happen overnight.
OUTSIDE THE INDUSTRY, A DREAM JOB: A winemaker in the Italian countryside.
HOBBIES: Wine and beer making, carpentry.
PETS: Dog person. My standard poodle, Samuri, is part of my family. He is almost human. Sometimes there are cool cats, but they act like dogs.
DON'T LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT: The keys, because getting locked out stinks.
PET PEEVES: Fans wearing a jersey to a sporting event that is for a team that is not competing.
FAVORITE SONG: “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, (dedicated to) my wife of 30 years, Saint Paulina.
COPING WITH MONDAYS: Start thinking about Friday night.