Episode 11 | Sept. 24, 2021

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Special Guest: Jim Hackbarth

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In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid speaks to Jim Hackbarth about how the pioneers who first created insurtech have paved the way for newer generations to innovate the industry. The foundations were set, the building blocks were given, now the world waits to see how far insurtech can go.

Episode Highlights

  • Creating order out of chaos (1:40)
  • The power of mentorship (7:36)
  • The perpetuation of leadership (10:04)
  • Why Jim loves sales (17:22)
  • What Jim does for fun (24:22)

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Guest Bio

Jim Hackbarth

Jim Hackbarth was the President & CEO of Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held risk management and commercial insurance brokerage group headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, for 18 years. He announced his retirement in early 2021 and is currently a senior advisor to the firm. Jim began his career at IBM as a sales representative calling on insurance carriers followed by management positions with Policy Management Systems (PMS), Agency Management Systems (Vertafore) and Information Dimensions Inc. Jim stays involved with business startup activities ranging from board work (both private and venture capital backed), angel investing, strategic relationship development. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio where currently resides, and has traveled the globe extensively in his various business endeavors. Jim holds an MBA in Finance and a BSBA in Insurance from The Ohio State University.

“As I transition to the next chapter of my life, one of the things that I'm focusing in on is what can I do to help some of these insurtechs, what can I do to help young people? I love mentoring young people in the business. I always have.”

Jim Hackbarth

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