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New Names at Preferred

Posted on 04 Feb 09

Storefront owner Venture Insurance Programs, a national program administrator and leader in the design and underwriting of select industry-focused insurance packages, today announced that Kathleen Haskell and Christopher Smyth have joined the Preferred Club Program’s team of underwriters.

In their new positions, Haskell and Smyth will write new business and renewals, market and sell Preferred Club products and services as well as maintain relationships with carrier and broker partners.

Most recently Haskell served as a senior underwriter for AIG Specialty Excess, where she was responsible for marketing, rating, quoting and binding Public Entity (Municipalities) Excess Casualty business for the East Coast territory. Prior to her experience with AIG, Haskell held positions with Patriot Underwriting Managers, Commonwealth Risk Services and Marsh & McLennan, Inc. A resident of Philadelphia, Haskell holds a Pennsylvania Property and Casualty license and is a Pennsylvania notary.

Smyth most recently served as underwriter at C&R Insurance Services where he generated new business with a focus on lawyers’ professional liability. A resident of West Chester, Pa., Smyth graduated cum laude from St. Joseph’s University with a degree in finance and holds a Property and Casualty license in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Venture Insurance Programs is a leading program administrator that designs, underwrites and distributes industry-specific insurance packages including the Preferred Club Program. Based in West Chester, Pa., Venture has underwriting alliances with the world's leading carrier groups, including Chubb, CNA, Fireman's Fund, The Hartford, OneBeacon, RSUI, Travelers, USLI, Zurich North America and Lloyd's of London. Founded in 1993, Venture provides specialty insurance packages for select vertical industries-including golf and country clubs, golf destination resorts, technology and biotechnology companies, hotels, restaurants, and marine-related risks.

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