Environmental Team Welcomes Ryan Schaefer

Ryan Schaefer, Senior Business Developer, National Underwriting – Los Angeles Office

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Great American Insurance Group’s Environmental Division welcomes Ryan Schaefer to its National Underwriting department as Senior Business Developer. As the newest edition to our Los Angeles office, Ryan is responsible for prospecting relationships to further the division’s production and underwriting goals. By leveraging his environmental expertise and project management background, Ryan will successfully assist our development efforts on the west coast, while offering best-in-class environmental solutions to clients. 

“Ryan will play an integral role in helping our division grow as he brings more than 12 years of environmental consulting experience, a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a Masters in Civil Engineering,” said Kent Pollaro, Senior Production Underwriting Manager.

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Ryan began his environmental career as a Project Geologist, where he was exposed to a variety of quality assurance initiatives throughout the country, including Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments and Phase II site investigations, remediation, and due diligence projects.

Capitalizing on his experience, Ryan later transitioned into a Project Management role, where he primarily managed environmental regulatory compliance and permitting construction projects for new retail, fueling stations, and automotive facilities in the southern California region.

Most recently, Ryan served as an Environmental Field Operations Manager for one of the world’s largest transportation companies, where he excelled at managing the development and implementation of system processes aimed at improving environmental compliance and performance standards throughout the Los Angeles basin.  

“The environmental market is my specialty; it’s a unique one that not everyone seeks. The ever-changing regulations and the continuous environmental developments keep my position interesting and allow me to leverage my knowledge skill set in variety of measures.”

 “I’m thrilled to join Great American. I was quickly drawn to the strong team mentality and collaborative environment,” said Ryan. “We all work together for the company’s best interest and at the end of the day it is the best way to serve our clients.”

Ryan Schaefer photo from annual fishing charter
Ryan at this year’s Annual Fishing Charter.

Ryan, along with the team of the experts at 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 that work across the U.S., U.S. territories, Canada and other select countries.

Welcome Ryan, we look forward to seeing you prosper in your new role!