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2017 Break Out Awards, South: Joey Sylvester

2017 Break Out Awards, South: Joey Sylvester


National director, operations and planning

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Metairie, Louisiana

Age: 32

Joey Sylvester, who has worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. since 2013, was named national director, operations and planning, in December. He manages specialty products submissions and helps clients with issues regarding third-party risk transfer. Previously, he worked at a home health care firm.

Best advice you’ve been given

Find a way to differentiate yourself. Finding a way to differentiate yourself from the crowd — really in life, in your career — is crucially important, and I’ve really taken that to heart over the last several years.

Best-kept secret about insurance

A lot of people outside of the industry maybe don’t know about the opportunity to be creative, whether it’s finding creative solutions to fill client needs or going so far as to create new insurance products.

Next big thing in insurance

Technological platforms and the greater influx of technology into the field is going to be the next big thing in insurance. We’ve seen that in just about any other industry, and we’re starting to see that in insurance now. I think that’s going to be the wave of the future.

How do you unwind?

I have a 2-year-old at home, so some days I unwind by coloring with her or reading to her. Other days, when she’s throwing a tantrum, I probably get more wound up than unwound, so it depends on the day.

Hobbies and interests

I have played the bass guitar since I was 10 years old, and still do that as a hobby. Also, the ukulele, more recently, and I definitely do that whenever I can.

Something people don’t know about you

One, I have probably the cutest 2-year old daughter in the world. Two, I do a dynamite karaoke Neil Diamond impression.


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