Your Power Brokers feature (Risk & Insurance®, Feb. 2007) is outstanding and in my opinion illustrates truly innovative journalism for our field. The distribution side of our business is not always perceived in the best of lights on so many levels, which creates a self-fulfilling prophesy of mediocrity. It's good to see talented professionals getting the recognition they deserve.
I'd like to suggest one additional category for next year's Power Brokers: International. Putting together a global insurance program and effectively servicing it requires several vital and exceptional brokerage skill sets--not only insurance market knowledge and expertise, but also a thorough knowledge of country-by-country insurance, legal and political conditions, coupled with the skills of a diplomat in dealing with many clients and broker partners across the globe. Adding such a category would in my opinion add prestige to the Power Broker competition.
ROBERT C. MEDER
Hilb Rogal & Hobbs of New York LLC
New York, N.Y.
IN MEMORY OF
A while ago I found myself up late, restless and bored. I then took it upon myself to "Google" my late father's name, Eugene F. Wolters. This late-hour introduction comes after finding your footnote of an article posting Gene's passing and his professional life as an editor for the FC&S Bulletins. (Tom Slattery's column in Risk & Insurance®, March 2007, p. 16.) Right now for me, to fully recognize your association with Gene would be an injustice. But rest assured, however distant I am to what my late father's work world was, it's gratifying to read such notices. My mother Catherine, and my two sisters, Cleary and Ellen, appreciate your kind words and thoughts. Gene's battle with cancer at the end of his life was fought with the same type of style, dignity and courage that he brought to the field of insurance. We mourn still whom I believe to be the greatest man I will ever love. He was kind, and he left this world in peace. I was there, and most assuredly it was far too soon. Now he's in the heavens above having graced us for many years with his presence, and I will love him forever.
EUGENE F. WOLTERS JR.
CATHERINE CLARK WOLTERS
GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE
I enjoyed reading Beaumont Vance's column in the recent e-version of Risk & Insurance®("The Deception of Risk Perception," in the Feb. 2007 issue, p. 18). I got a small chuckle, because the Dec. 4, 2006, issue of Time that contains the article it referenced sits on a table in my office where I can grab it for quick reference. It's been loaned out several times to other managers or to folks in our department I'm trying to develop professionally. Keep spreading the word!
BRIAN W. MERKLEY, ARM
Risk Financing Manager
Salt Lake City, Utah
MOVE ON UP
Thank you for printing Tom Slattery's article "Gender Gap Still Too Wide" (Risk & Insurance®, Feb. 2007, p. 19). That was brave of you. It always cheers me to see men speaking to this issue since they are rarely perceived as "whiners," as women often are if they point out this gap (or the wage gap still so apparent and that Slattery commented upon in his article).
One of the first things that the industry can do to improve women's visibility "at the top" is to take a more equal approach to employing female educational presenters, female columnists and female industry "experts" quoted in insurance articles. I was pleased, although not entirely satisfied, that a number of your top insurance brokers listed in this issue (the Power Brokers) were about 38 percent women. (I'm not sure that's correct, because I'm not too good at numbers; it's a female thing.)
Most of the mentors I've had in my career have been men. Now, it's time women who move up the ladder give that same helping hand to the women around and behind them. As for you top women brokers, you go, girls!
Jefferson City, Mo.
April 1, 2007
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