SPECIAL REPORT/YOUNG GUNS
Luke Bauckham Age: 34 Director, Corrie Bauckham Batts Limited Luke Bauckham joined the insurance industry in London when he was just 18. Starting as a processing clerk, Bauckham rose quickly through the ranks, and last year joined the board of Corrie Bauckham Batts, serving the company’s American wholesale clients. He’s also served on the board of the American Association of Managing General Agents’ Under Forty Organization, providing important insight on the London market to American members of the UFO.
Erin Dey Age: 35 Director of Sales and Agency Relations, J.M. Wilson Erin Dey joined J.M. Wilson as a property and casualty underwriter in 2009. In 2011, she proposed the creation of her current position as director of sales and agency relations. In that position, she maintains and develops relationships with the company’s Michigan agents and is preparing to manage the growth of agent relationships in Tennessee and North Carolina. She also writes and instructs continuing education courses, leads a sales development team and works to improve the company’s internal processes. She’s served on the Michigan Professional Insurance Agents’ Young Insurance Professional committee for the last two years and recently accepted a position on the Michigan PIA.
Tony Fierro Age: 39 President, K&S Insurance Agency Tony Fierro was named president of K&S Insurance in January of this year. With more than $1.5 million in annual commissions, Fierro is in the top 1% of producers. He’s also not hesitant to share his expertise; Fierro mentors a production staff of 13 agents, and has grown the agency from $4.5 million in revenue for 2009 to an estimated $9 million for 2014. Under Fierro’s leadership, the agency has seen an average annual growth of 15% and has gone from 28 to 47 employees. Fierro has also improved the company’s service model, adding internal claims, loss control and stewardship services to better assist clients in managing risk.
Kevin Duke Age: 29 Divisional Vice President, Great American Insurance Kevin Duke was just a trainee when he joined Great American six years ago. He shot quickly through the ranks, from underwriter to zone officer and finally to divisional vice president. Duke now oversees a team of 40 people in a territory spanning the Midwest, Southwest, Northwest and California. His talent has helped the division grow by 30% in the last few years.
Michael Moore Age: 37 Managing Director of Property & Casualty, Gus Bates Insurance & Investments Michael Moore was recruited to start Gus Bates Insurance & Investments’ property and casualty division. In just four years, he’s taken it from an idea to a division with more than $8 million in premiums, and added personal lines to the portfolio of services. Moore has worked tirelessly to get his company into the most competitive markets; recently, Gus Bates joined the SBMP regional group of agencies that includes more than 300 markets. An active member of his community, Moore is also a member of the boards of the Child Study Center and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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