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Harrison Burka, who is with SES Risk Solutions, a subsidiary of Alliant Insurance Services Inc.’s Alliant Underwriting Solutions, started out as a business analyst at a law firm before joining the insurance industry in November 2018. The beginning of his career at SES revolved heavily around analytics, specifically how the use of internal and external data could help determine claims drivers.
What’s a lasting effect of the pandemic on the way you work?
In working remotely, you need to hold yourself accountable. There’s not anyone looking over your shoulder making sure you’re doing your work.
What’s your advice on navigating the current insurance market?
Collecting as much data as you can is only going to help you in the future. The future of insurance is heavily digital, so just being able to acquire that third-party data and leveraging it will help move your company forward.
What should the industry do to attract more young people to work in it?
Express the exciting nature of it. I think it’s exciting because it’s extremely similar to gambling, where you’re kind of Vegas and you’re setting the odds of insuring risk, so you base it on probabilities.
What is something about you that would surprise people?
I can moonwalk, and I do a pretty good representation of Michael Jackson dancing. It comes out at weddings sometimes, and it definitely will not come out at the awards ceremony.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I really wanted to be a sports agent, because I played football and had lots of friends that could potentially become players, but found out getting into that is very difficult, and it’s also a lot of just dealing with big personalities, and that wasn’t something I really wanted to do.
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