Thursday Thought Leader: Max Drucker

If you haven’t already noticed, we are huge fans of companies that make the insurance world an easier place to navigate. One sector that we haven’t quite delved deeper into yet is insurance data. Cue in: Carpe Data. Based out of Santa Barbara, Carpe Data was founded by CEO Max Drucker in 2016 and is described as providing, “next generation predictive scoring and data products to P&C and life insurance companies.” It’s an innovative company that uses modern-day technology to gather data and answer tough questions. Drucker has an extremely impressive background in the tech and insurance space – including starting and selling two of his own companies: eCoverage and Steel Card. These days, he focuses his attention on growing…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Hannah and Jade Sullivan

Insurtech is one of the best things to happen to the insurance industry and we are completely in love with the direction it’s headed. A perfect example of a company that’s leading the movement is Pogo, an online insurance agency that helps consumers and business owners discover, compare, and buy insurance plans. It’s geared towards the freelancers and solopreneurs of the world. Pogo wants to simplify the most necessary but also most confusing part of the business so that their customers can focus on what they do best. Hannah and Jade Sullivan, a wife-wife team based out of the Richmond, Virginia area, are the brains and powerhouse forces behind Pogo. Like many people, the two unintentionally stumbled into insurance, but now…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Carlos Luna

The workers’ compensation industry gets a bad rap for surviving off of people’s accidents and injuries, but there’s something that you have to know. First things first, someone has to do it. Second of all, many of the leaders in this industry only possess good intentions and are fighting for a bigger, more positive cause. A good example of the latter? Carlos Luna.  As the Director of Government Affairs at Reed Group and Medical Issues Committee Member of IAIABC, he is constantly on the hunt for learning and sharing newfound knowledge in this industry. He’s been personally affected by a close family member who had to go through a workers’ compensation accident, so his fight for what’s right is all…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Pamela Pettus

In our Thursday Thought Leader series, we love to feature industry leaders who are at the top of what they do, but when they’re also a founding member of an innovative and unique concept, we’re even more intrigued. Pamela Pettus is the CEO and co-founder of The Gavel, which she describes as a “nationwide network of vetted attorneys — vetted by industry professionals for industry professionals”. She’s leading the pack in a niche area that is stereotypically complicated but she has gone in and completely simplified the process. Pamela graduated from Boston University with a degree in Business and Psychology and a law degree from Emory University of Law. She joined the insurance industry as a specialty claims professional at…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Robin Smith

We first caught wind of power woman Robin Smith at this year’s Dig+In Conference, an annual gathering of all the latest and greatest companies and people who are advocating for a more digitally advanced insurance world. As the CEO and Co-Founder of WeGoLook, she knows exactly how to throw an eye-catching presentation, something made easy with a simple-to-use product. Using a classic DeLorean and an iPhone, Robin demonstrated how WeGoLook reaches out to their nationwide network of over 30,000 Lookers, a crowdsourced and verified group of agents that can meet you at an agreed location to record details of the ordered items. It’s a simple but completely necessary product that helps consumers receive faster claim service while helping to employ…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Frank Petersmark

Have you ever met someone and immediately felt comfortable? You know the feeling: easy conversation, good laughs, and total respect. That’s exactly how we feel about Frank Petersmark. He’s done a whole lot for the insurance world and most notably serves on the board for the Dig+In Conference, an annual event dedicated to showcasing companies who are advancing the insurance industry forward through technology. He’s been a huge influence no matter where he steps foot and we were so fortunate to hear more of his thoughts on leadership and where he sees the industry headed next. There are times when hearing nuggets of wisdom can seem repetitive and predictable, and then there’s Frank. Read on and you’ll understand. You were with…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Jeffrey Adelson

We’re not even sure where to begin with the long list of accolades that Jeffrey Adelson holds. For starters, he’s the general counsel and managing partner of The Law Offices of ATB, a firm focused on Workers’ Compensation and Civil Litigation Consultation & Defense. Our favorite facts about Jeffrey? He’s served as a Judge Pro Tem, a Workers’ Compensation Instructor at several colleges in Southern California, and has a long list of notable published work and speaking engagements. To sum it up – he knows what he’s talking about. So, how does one get to be where Jeffrey is? We asked, he answered. When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in the legal world? Why did Workers’ Compensation…


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Thursday Thought Leader: James Riviezzo

After a short hiatus from our Thursday Thought Leader series, we are back with a brand new lineup of really incredible industry professionals! Today’s spotlight is on James Riviezzo, Client Director at AIG. He’s held a handful of impressive roles at several major companies, a difficult feat that looked like a walk in the park for James. We had the lucky opportunity to learn more about who he is and how he navigates the world of team culture and client relationships. As someone who has gracefully paved his way to success over the years, we’re taking his words of wisdom to heart. You’ve held very prominent positions at several big-name companies like Marsh, Safety National, and more currently, AIG. What…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Adam Potter

Adam Potter: if you don’t know him, then you need to get him on your radar right now. He’s a leader in the insurance industry, with a long list of achievements to his name. He’s most notably known as the Founder and CEO of The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, more commonly referred to as CLM Alliance. It’s a huge professional network, boasting over 35,000 members in the claims resolution and litigation management sectors. If managing the industry’s largest professional association isn’t enough, he recently purchased Business Insurance, a reliable news and information source for those who want to be informed about business-related risk. With that acquisition, he also took on the title of CEO. We know we don’t have to…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Jon Wroten

We think Jon Wroten won the career lottery. At first glance, it looks like he’s just one of the regular faces at industry events, making sure he lives up to his title as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Compliance and Quality at Sedgwick. Not too bad of a life, right? That’s already a win. What you may not know is that he had a life before joining the insurance industry. He was once a deputy sheriff, then spent 18 years as President and CEO of a 1,200 person company, and finally topped it off as the Chief of the California Office of Self Insurance Plans. Then, only then, did he end up in the incredible role he’s in now. It’s…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Jonathan Mast

In the insurance and risk management industry, one of the most influential people on social media is without a doubt, Jonathan Mast, Director of Social Media at Sedgwick. We were new to Twitter last year and when we finally joined, finding Jonathan was a no-brainer. He is a master at the social game and his knowledge seems to extend beyond hashtags and tagging people. The secret isn’t about showcasing your typing and trending abilities – it’s about making a true and genuine connection with your peers and colleagues. Yes, social media can be a scary place with so many buttons and lingo, but at the bottom of it all, it’s a place to expand your network and if you do…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Tammy Boyd

Tammy Boyd is a straight up certified GIRLBOSS. Are they giving out certificates for that yet? If not, we’re starting the trend. For those who are unfamiliar, a GIRLBOSS is a woman who is in charge of her own life, as coined by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of mega fashion retailer NastyGal. To us, Tammy embodies the perfect mixture of professionalism, expertise, humbleness, and charisma. She’s worked at many major companies over her lifetime and it’s no coincidence that she’s become the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing and NeuroInternational. These things don’t happen on accident. They happen with intention, hard work, and a goal-driven mindset. We had the fortunate opportunity to learn Tammy’s secrets when it comes to…


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