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SHANNON GUNDERSEN Senior underwriter, GoQuote manager

Atlas General Insurance Services LLC, a Risk Placement Services Inc. company

San Diego

In her dual role of senior underwriter and manager of GoQuote, Atlas’ online rating platform, Shannon Gundersen acts as a prime liaison between underwriting and operations. She spearheaded internal and external training and development for GoQuote, which has become a dominant premium driver for Atlas’ workers compensation line. Ms. Gundersen holds a bachelor’s degree in English/language arts teacher education from Cal State Long Beach.

What’s your top tip for working remotely?

It would be starting every day as if you were still going into the office. Get up, get dressed, have a good breakfast, have your coffee and then get into a designated workspace, so you can prioritize your work and eliminate outside distractions.

What’s your advice on navigating the current insurance market?

My advice for navigating the current insurance market would be to really focus on and build relationships with your producers and allow that to grow your business.

How will your work change going forward?

Going forward, we will continue to have a collaborative and hybrid work environment, so we will remain having the flexibility of working from home, yet we will also have a dedicated workspace that we can go into to interact with our peers.

What should the industry do to attract more young people to work in it?

Focus on internships and nurture programs within the college community, as well as mentorship programs for entry level positions.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

That I started my career right after graduation and have been at the same company since.

All-time favorite movie?

“Sweet Home Alabama.” It’s a feel good, romantic comedy.