Withstanding the Challenges of Unexpected Conditions


As insurance professionals, it has been instilled in our minds to expect for the unexpected. Today, our ability to acknowledge, adjust and accept life’s rapid un-expectancies has been fully put to the test.

As an insurance carrier working within an ever-changing industry, Great American Environmental understands the heightened concerns professionals among all lines of business may be experiencing. It is necessary to closely monitor and continue educating your clients on the potential environmental dangers not only in the midst of an international pandemic, but as a recurring due diligence routine.

That said, we are all in this together, and our team stands ready to offer expert guidance to address any questions or business concerns you or your clients may have.

Great American is proud to provide brokers, agents and insureds with the resources necessary to stay equipped and informed during these unprecedented times. Multiple claims scenarios on specific exposures are available to better understand potential environmental exposures for a wide range of industries. Recently, our team hosted an informative webinar discussing consideration for commercial real estate and facilities management during a pandemic and crafted a best management practices memo to assist in providing technical expertise for property owners, managers and construction projects during building vacancies.  

As many companies struggle to navigate the world’s unexpected hurdles, at Great American, our financial strength has stood secure through wars, weathers and worries for nearly 150 years, and we continue to provide services that best exemplify trust in our clients while protecting what matters most to them.

While working remotely, our team remains fully connected through virtual platforms and gatherings. Great American is proud of the collaborative broker relationships we have established, and our underwriters are determined to navigate the remote work environment to effectively strengthen our ability to form new connections.

Great American Environmental takes pride in our strong suite of insurance products and top level service that offer you expert guidance and informational tools to better educate your clients about environmental risks that might be lurking in their daily business operations.


Our team would love the opportunity to meet up virtually to discuss how we can tackle your business needs and the ever-changing new normal.

If you have any questions that you’d like to discuss with one of our industry professionals, please feel free to contact us directly.

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Austin Connell, Underwriter
Great American Environmental Division

Austin is an underwriter at Great American’s Environmental Division. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of Connecticut. Prior to Great American, Austin worked as a senior environmental consultant for a leading global consulting engineering company, where he served as a field manager for large scale remediation projects and supported research around emerging contaminants including PFAS. Austin leverages his engineering expertise and environmental background to develop best-in-class insurance solutions for clients. He is based out of our Boston office.