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As a law school student in 2013-14, Trevor Puetz decided that a career in litigation wasn’t for him. An opportunity to work for a reinsurance broker in London revealed new possibilities. He finished law school, became a licensed attorney and in 2017 joined R-T Specialty in Los Angeles as a broker. His law background has helped him become a go-to expert in construction, environmental and real estate for his clients.
What is the biggest challenge of working through the pandemic?
There is something about being in the office and the collaboration and motivation that I miss. A lot is happening in the industry right now, too. People are canceling policies and asking for revenue changes midterm because they can’t pay premiums.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Find a mentor and do as much as you can to learn early on. In terms of job satisfaction, I don’t know any friends who are more satisfied than I am. There is a lot of creativity and thought that goes into everything we do.
What should the industry do to attract more young people to work in it?
The expansion of risk management programs in colleges is great because it introduces students to the industry. The University of Southern California has a risk management minor and a program with 40 mentors and mentees. We help them with resumes, set up interviews and give them an idea of what it’s like to work in the industry.
What is something about you that would surprise people?
I probably know every word to every Adele song. I’m a big sucker for Adele.
All-time favorite movie?
I love “Super Troopers.” I watch it a lot and I never stop laughing.Click here to Watch Video