Thursday Thought Leader: Janet Brooks Holmes

Janet Brooks Holmes has been a civil litigation lawyer for over 20 years. Isn’t that amazing? Here at LegalNet, we love featuring thought leaders of all types, but we find extra curiosity in those who have maintained a career for extended periods of time. With that being said, Holmes is first to admit that although the choices she made along the way were not easy, they were obvious. In our latest chat, she delved into her thought process of taking time off to raise her children and why she made that important decision. We admire Holmes’ dedication to balancing her incredible career as a Partner at the McKay Firm with fulfilling her personal goals as well. If you’re looking for inspiration…


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Thursday Thought Leader: David Frankenberger

David Frankenberger is a Managing Partner of the Ericksen Arbuthnot Fresno and Bakersfield offices – a title that is fit but not fully encompassing of everything he does. We were connected to David through our good friend Pamela Pettus of The Gavel, and we were so thrilled to connect and learn more about this attorney powerhouse. David has been in the legal industry for several decades, an admirable trait that shows his commitment and dedication to his work. In addition, he is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and recognized by Thompson Reuters as a Super Lawyer in 2016 and 2017. If that rating were up to us, we’d probably give him a lifetime award. We had the opportunity to…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Kristen Peed

Kristen Peed has an absolute genuine authenticness about her. She approached our booth at the RIMS Conference this year with a bright smile, making sure that we were happy with the way the conference was going and spent extra time to get to know us despite her busy day. As a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society’s Board of Directors and the Director of Risk Management for CBIZ, Kristen is nothing short of impressive and kind. She’s been in the industry for 15 years and fell in love with the impact that being a risk manager could have. Today, she is most passionate about meeting and mentoring students who are interested in the field. Read on to find out…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Jason Kolb

As Vice President of Smart Data Solutions, Jason Kolb is one humble and well-rounded guy. He’s an expert and industry leader in automation and an avid traveler and adventure junkie. Plus, when it comes to tips on how to succeed in this cut-throat world, his advice is straight-forward, actionable, and simple. Our favorite part about Jason is that he doesn’t care much when it comes to titles within a company. He believes that your role doesn’t dictate the glamour, prestige, or impact you have – it’s all about your commitment and dedication to the mission. You are in complete control of that. We are so proud to present this week’s feature, a thought leader who will change your mind on…


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Thursday Thought Leader: Benedict Burke

What do you think of when you hear the word “insurance“? Do you think car accidents or home loss? Unfortunately, insurance yields a negative connotation, but the people who work in the industry have the best of intentions. They are caring, passionate, and thoughtful individuals who are there when you need a hand. Cue in: Benedict Burke. As International Chief Client Officer of Crawford and Company, he was literally born into insurance. He didn’t stick around because his family wanted him to. He dedicated his life to insurance because he wanted to help people and this is where he knew he could make the most impact. To say that he’s a champion for and of the industry would be an understatement –…


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Cheers to These Influential Leaders on International Women’s Day

Although there is only one day a year that we officially recognize International Women’s Day, it feels like every day is a good day to thank our moms, sisters, wives, daughters, and friends for being the incredibly inspirational people they are. In honor of today, we want to extend the biggest of thanks to a few of our favorite thought leaders for leaning in and showing us different magnitudes of success. Hannah and Jade Sullivan – Co-founders of POGO Insurance “We knew insurance wasn’t necessarily sexy, but we love solving problems. Plus, we had always wanted to work for ourselves, so this was a great place to begin.” – Hannah Sullivan “The insurance industry is changing. And it really needs…


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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…


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