Florida, May 5th, 2022: Insurance brokerage veteran Tod Austin, previously President of the Atlantic Region at MEMIC group has announced the formation of Seaglass Insurance Group (Seaglass) – a new Managing General Agent domiciled in Florida.
Tod has over 40 years’ experience in leadership positions within the industry and will lead the business as CEO. He will be joined by an experienced senior team: risk management specialist Tonya Hawker and senior underwriter Scott Meinke.
The Seaglass mission is to drive down workers compensation insurance costs and strengthen workplace safety culture by focussing on mitigation of key loss factors, with customized risk management solutions. Seaglass will provide full-service risk management and insurance programs for clients. Seaglass has partnered with one of the leading workers compensation carriers in the United States, giving it the ability to service clients across the country.
The forward-thinking approach of the new MGA will promote the development of long-term partnerships with agents and their customers to support them throughout the entirety of the insurance process. The company will use state-of-the-art tools to help its clients analyze their specific needs and develop customized solutions for a broad spectrum of industries.
Tod Austin, Seaglass CEO, said: “We are delighted to be announcing the launch of the Seaglass Insurance Group today. Seaglass brings a ground-breaking, client focused proposition to the workers compensation marketplace. Our vision is to provide timeless, long-lasting, transformational risk management solutions for agents and their customers. Utilizing our extensive combined broker, underwriting and risk management expertise we will work closely with our clients to develop deep partnerships that enable them to implement customized solutions for their businesses, which will not only drive down costs, but also create higher standards of workplace safety.”
Tonya Hawker, Senior Vice President, Risk Management, said: “I’m so excited to be launching Seaglass today. As a new and forward-thinking MGA that brings together our extensive experience in risk management and strong underwriting capability we can deliver an outstanding service to our clients that will reduce their cost of risk and significantly improve workplace safety.”
Scott Meinke, Senior Vice President of Underwriting, said: “I’m proud to be launching this innovative new venture which will create a step-change in the approach to workers compensation insurance. Through the extensive specialist experience of our team and a deep understanding of our client’s industry sectors, Seaglass will be able to help businesses navigate the complexities of workers compensation insurance, mitigate risk and provide a quality claims service. In addition to the relationships and services we will bring to the market is a broad industry appetite and a national footprint so we can benefit businesses all over the US.”
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About Tod Austin – President and CEO
With over 40 years in the industry, Tod has a proven track record delivering sustained profitability for insurance businesses across the US.
Before his previous position at Varney Re as COO, Tod was President of the Atlantic Region at the MEMIC Group, where he built a $100,000,000 territory. Prior to joining MEMIC,Tod was the President of the Maine Operating company for USI. He also has held leadership roles with TD Insurance and Hackett, Valine and MacDonald.
Tod is forward thinking and entrepreneurial in his management style, with a passion for building teams, transforming departments, and accelerating high-level relationships.
Scott Meinke – Senior Vice President of Underwriting, CPCU, ARM, MBA, WCP, CWCP
Scott has over 30 years of underwriting experience, much of which has been spent specializing in workers’ compensation.
Before heading up our team of underwriters, he was Executive Underwriter at MEMIC, where he helped expand their business across the Atlantic Region. He was also Business Development Consultant at Accident Fund Insurance Company, playing a key role in turning their Accident Fund into one of the top ten workers’ compensation carriers in Virginia.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio and a master’s degree in Business Administration, Insurance and Risk Management from Olivet College in Michigan.
Tonya Hawker – Senior Vice President of Loss Control
Tonya Hawker is a seasoned safety management professional with over 30 years of experience in helping businesses manage business risks.
She specializes across several industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, education, habitation, transport and construction. Tonya takes pride in working with clients to develop a strong safety culture – helping them identify hazards, manage risk and protect the people in their business.
A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Tonya holds a degree in Occupational Safety and Risk Management, as well as a number of highly-regarded industry accreditations (ARM, WACH, and WCP).
Seaglass Insurance Group (Seaglass) is a Managing General Agent domiciled in Florida, with a national footprint across the USA. Seaglass brings a ground-breaking, client focussed proposition to the workers compensation marketplace. The business has a core mission to drive down workers compensation insurance costs and strengthen workplace safety culture by focussing on mitigation of key loss factors, with customised risk management solutions. Seaglass provides full-service risk management and insurance programs for a broad spectrum of industries.
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