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Team Tuesday – Jason Baynard, AVP Underwriting

Another week, another #TeamTuesday! Today we’re spotlighting our AVP of Underwriting, Jason Baynard.

Jason celebrated six years of working at NBIS this past August. He started at the company as Senior Inland Marine Underwriter, then transitioned to Underwriting Manager before taking on his current role as AVP of Underwriting.

As part of our ongoing effort to highlight the people that make NBIS a true team of Industry Defenders, we chatted with Jason and asked him a few questions about what drives his exceptional work for NBIS.

What’s your favorite thing about working at NBIS? 

Hands down, it’s got to be our industry commitment. Through our historical affiliation with the SC&RA and various carrier partners (both on a program and a brokerage basis), NBIS is more committed to the space of crane and rigging/specialized transportation than any market/MGU in the country.

The ability of NBIS to draw on the extensive experience of our program managers (Billy Smith, Bill Hebron, and Kyle Rask) along with the underwriting claims and risk management experience of our whole team means that we can offer our industry the type of specialized, knowledgeable coverage they need and deserve.

What’s the most inspiring part of your job at NBIS?

I’d say the diversity of products / coverage lines. Servicing such a sophisticated customer base creates the opportunity to be creative in coverage placements. Since we work with such a variety of coverages, like large contractor equipment, worldwide Property and Casualty placement, and small business independent operator risk placement (to name a few), it’s rare that any two days are the same.

How did you come to be working in the specialty insurance industry? 

After spending the first 11 years of my career in the carrier world, I strategically sought out opportunities to be specialized within an industry where I could make an impact through dynamic products, creative underwriting, and innovation through collaboration.

What’s a fun fact we might not know about you?

Huge fan of classic cars and particularly the late 60’s and early 70’s muscle car era. Also big on family time with my wife, three kids, and our nieces and nephew.

What are some favorite NBIS moments from your time at the company?

Our last management team outing at Barnsley Resort. Having an opportunity to get out of the office with the entire leadership team offered an opportunity to think and discuss ideas freely. It also allowed us some time to get to know our team in a relaxed atmosphere outside of work—which is always a great thing!