In the latest segment of our Meet Our Underwriter series, we caught up with Jeff Naujokaitis, one of our talented Senior Commercial Lines Underwriters. Let’s see what he had to say.
Can you tell us a little bit about your professional experience before joining Gore Mutual?
I started at Intact Insurance back in 2014, right after I graduated from university. I was in their commercial training program and worked with both commercial property and auto. During my first two years on the job, I had the chance to see a little bit of everything and then worked as an intermediate underwriter in their mid-market division. I was there until September 2018 and then moved over to Gore Mutual.
What are some of the things you love about working here?
At Gore Mutual you’re treated as an individual, you’re involved and your opinions matter.
I also like that I had the opportunity to go to the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) Convention last fall which was something I’d never been involved with before. Getting to do it with Gore Mutual was a lot of fun and it was excellent getting to talk and strengthen relationships with so many of the insurance brokers we work with.
What’s your favorite part about being an underwriter?
I like that every day is different. That’s due to a large variability in underwriting, especially in mid-market commercial underwriting, as no risk is the same. It’s great because it keeps you on your toes and motivated.
I also like being an underwriter at Gore Mutual because we’re a company that’s good at finding solutions for brokers. We always look for ways to put the business on the books, rather than just saying no.
What do you want brokers to know about our Commercial Lines offerings? Is there a specific product you would like to talk about?
I think our Padlock cyber and data breach coverage is a vital coverage that brokers need to talk to their clients about. In 2017, more than 1 in 5 Canadian businesses were hit by cyberattacks and this number is growing. A lot of clients don’t think much about cyber coverage and don’t understand the risks and implications of not having it until they are caught in a situation where they don’t have it and need it.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
The best career advice I’ve ever received was, “Don’t be afraid to fail.”
We are taught that failing is bad and we need to avoid it at all costs. Obviously, nobody likes failing at things, but one of the best ways to learn about yourself is to fail because it pushes you to improve and the lessons learned from it are invaluable.
What’s something people might not know about you?
I drove a Zamboni for three years back in my university days. Believe it or not, it was a very difficult thing to do, but it’s also a lot of fun! It also made me feel very Canadian.
You can find Jeff on LinkedIn here.