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Shaping insurance strategies through informed environmental insights

Dana Carstens Carrabine

Assistant Vice President


Years with company/firm: 1

Years in the field: 3

Years in real estate industry: 5

What is your most notable project, deal or transaction?

Our team recently placed a complex military housing quota-share program that included 50 policies total. There was a significant amount of environmental data we had to sort through prior to sending out the submission. Our team worked diligently together and with multiple carrier partners to create a successful program for this client.

How do you contribute to your company and/or the industry?

I come from an environmental consulting background where I spent most of my time working at contaminated sites or reviewing environmental data. The clients I work with now are often looking to insure properties with long and complicated industrial histories.

My background as an environmental consultant allows me to better understand our clients’ sites and negotiate coverage on their behalf.

What impact has social media/networking had on your career?

Both social media and networking have had huge impacts on my career. I wouldn’t be at my current job without these tools. Our team is constantly sharing insurance insights and claim examples on LinkedIn. Additionally, we use these tools to keep up with our clients and trading partners.

Tell us how and when you began your career in the profession you are in, about your current position, and why you choose the field/profession you are in today.

I began my career as a geologist working for an environmental consulting firm. I worked for different clients, largely real estate and oil and gas clients, doing various environmental characterization and site remediation. Eventually, I started doing insurance loss control work at the same company before moving jobs to become an environmental insurance broker.

What unique qualities and or personality do you feel makes you most successful in your profession?

I aim to treat all of my colleagues, clients and trading partners with respect and appreciation every day. I think it’s important to let people know you’re thankful for the work they are doing.

What challenges and or obstacles do you feel you needed to overcome to become as successful as you are today?

I struggled with speaking up during meetings and presentations at the beginning of my career. My confidence began to grow as I learned more over the years. It’s important to speak up, ask questions and share your insights!

What outside activities do you enjoy during your free time?

Spending time with my husband and dog, playing tennis and being outside!

What inspiring word of advice would you give to a young executive graduating from college today?

Don’t compare yourself to others! It’s easy to compare yourself to your friends or your peers. Everyone is on a different timeline. Give yourself time to learn at your first job and grow from there!


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