Environmental Team Welcomes Rick Ringenwald
Rick Ringenwald, Divisional Vice President, Executive Underwriting - Exton Office
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Great American Insurance Group’s Environmental Division is proud to welcome Rick Ringenwald to its underwriting department as Divisional Vice President of Executive Underwriter. A dynamic member of the underwriting team, Ringenwald manages a number of key initiatives while focusing on supporting the strategic business of the division.
In his role, Ringenwald’s primary responsibilities range from product line management to contributing to program development, and underwriting unique specialty accounts. Through his compelling underwriting proficiency and business development practices, our division’s core products and services will continue to enable businesses to effectively manage risks.
He joins Great American from his previous position as Executive Vice President and Regional Team Leader for a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company. During his successful fifteen years there, he directed all environmental brokerage and business development efforts in the Northeast and Atlantic regions.
“Being in the business for 20 years and having the opportunity to transition from the brokerage to the underwriting side has been a refreshing and insightful adjustment. Great American’s reputation for best-in-class service along with outstanding leadership and underwriting is what ultimately made me confident about joining such a driven environmental team.”
Ringenwald’s career began as an environmental consultant, with his efforts focused on conducting environmental due diligence for clients in the mid-Atlantic. He then transitioned to a role as corporate environmental manager at a Fortune 500 company where he was responsible for environmental, safety and health compliance along with environmental due diligence of facilities that were being acquired. He eventually spearheaded the beginning of his environmental insurance career as a regional manager focused on site pollution coverage. The longevity and environmental experience Ringenwald has gained throughout the years has made him a recognized leader within the industry.
“Great American’s culture of service is second-to-none in the industry. When I made this pivotal career move, I knew I was stepping into a great company with highly qualified leadership and underwriters. I am looking forward to working with everyone and leveraging my broker insight on the underwriting side of business and successfully contributing to the advancement of the division.”
Ringenwald expressed his astonishment with how collaborative of an environment Great American strives to uphold, explaining how he has never experienced a collaborative culture quite like the one here at Great American. “The complex discussions and attention to detail that are applied to each submission really allows the team to produce well-thought and competitive quotes, ultimately removing the variable of uncertainty in environmental underwriting,” Ringenwald said.
“With his wealth of industry knowledge, diverse background and wide-reaching industry contacts, Rick brings valuable skills and experience, as well as a very unique perspective on the environmental insurance market that will surely benefit the Division,” said Barry Geisler, Divisional Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer.
Through industry experts like Ringenwald, Great American’s Environmental Division can uncover the hidden risks in your clients’ operations and develop a custom program to help protect them. Great American Environmental Division offers a complete portfolio of environmental insurance products, including contractor’s and fixed premises pollution liability insurance policies that work across the U.S., U.S. territories, Canada, and other select countries.