JEFFREY BLUMBERGER Brokerage specialist JIMCOR AGENCIES SPECIALTY: PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND HARD-TO-PLACE AUTO
Jeffrey Blumberger joined Jimcor in early 2018 as part of the company’s efforts to expand its transportation business. Blumberger has focused much of his career on the transportation sector, managing multifaceted books of business and developing new products and programs on a national level, in addition to accumulating more than 20 years of experience working with different industry players, from carriers to MGAs and wholesalers. Blumberger focuses on the individuality of each client and their unique transportation needs and always goes to maximum lengths to make sure clients are placed exactly where they need to be.
TABITHA DEGIORLANO Program manager/underwriter, insurance agents’ E&O ALL RISKS LTD. SPECIALTY: INSURANCE AGENTS’ E&O
“I review both insurance and trade publications and speak with insureds and industry leaders as frequently as possible to identify future industry issues and pain points,” he says, which allows him to “find and identify future trends in the industry and create a solution for our clients that puts them ahead of their competitors.”
While looking for opportunities to write a more challenging line of business, Tabitha DeGiorlano found her way into an MGA that specialized in E&O for insurance agents. She discovered her love for writing the line and has stuck with it ever since. Drawing on her passion for meeting new agents and getting them the right coverage, DeGiorlano and All Risks developed an exclusive program that features new coverages and tools for agents, which will be introduced early this year. Industry publications, networking, conventions and the close relationships she has developed with underwriters keep DeGiorlano on top of market changes and risks. “The carriers are an invaluable resource for staying ahead of claims trends that can affect my clients,” she says. “Teaching CE classes provides me with additional insight into how my clients handle their business and what new exposures they may have as new technology is utilized.”
JEFFERY SHORT Senior vice president, hospitality practice leader BROWN & RIDING SPECIALTY: HOSPITALITY
A former DJ, Jeffery Short ended up in E&S insurance a few years after graduating from college. He was able to learn multiple lines of insurance and gain a big-picture perspective of the hospitality industry, which he quickly realized he wanted to specialize in. “The people in this class of business have a lot of energy, and there are a lot of moving parts, which makes this class challenging,” Short says. “Hospitality isn’t just one coverage; you have to have knowledge of multiple coverage lines: GL, liquor, property excess, EPLI, D&O and cyber. It’s really exciting to find creative solutions to difficult problems and bring all of that together for the insured.” For Short, the key to staying abreast of emerging risks is to develop a full understanding of all the moving parts, from the carrier/provider side to the client and the nature of their business. He also spends a lot of time talking with retailers, whom he considers “specialists in their own right” because they understand how insureds continue to evolve in the course of their businesses.
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