Lou Geremia Joins Bold Penguin as Chief Revenue Officer
Lou Geremia has joined insurtech start-up, Bold Penguin, as the company’s chief revenue officer (CRO). A well-known figure within the Massachusetts insurance industry, Mr. Geremia’s 15-plus year career includes positions with some of the largest online insurance organizations, including Boston-based Goji, Insurance.com, and Bankrate Insurance.
“Lou’s extensive personal and commercial lines experience, as well as his leadership running high-growth InsurTech companies, will provide enormous value to the Bold Penguin team, as well as our customers,” said Ilya Bodner, founder and CEO of Bold Penguin.
While the majority of Mr. Geremia’s career has been spent in personal lines property and casualty (P&C) insurance, prior to joining Bold Penguin, he helmed the Waltham-based Internet Insurance Group (IIG), a national, commercial lines agency focused on selling small businesses coverage. In addition to leading IIG, Mr. Geremia also has served as an advisor to various start-up and growth companies within the Insurtech sphere.
Given the high volume of business IIG’s agents processed daily, we needed a technology platform that enabled rapid quoting, binding, and issuance of new policies,” said Geremia. “As co-founder and CEO, I was continuously evaluating partner and vendor relationships. Bold Penguin delivered excellent results for our operation, and our agency was additionally able to send business that we couldn’t write to the Bold Penguin marketplace for monetization.”
According to the company announcement, in addition to generating revenue and growth, Mr. Geremia’s focus as CRO will be to expand the number of insurance company partners participating in the Bold Penguin online marketplace, in addition to identifying and recruiting key partners that will aid in enhancing the company’s recommendation engine.
Mr. Geremia, who will continue to be based in Boston, will also be charged with creating a strong East Coast presence for the Ohio-based start-up. In addition, he also will work closely with the company’s technology team to help manage the process of bringing new partners onto the platform.
Charlie Long, one of the renewable energy sector’s leading insurance and risk management authorities, has joined the Energy and Marine Group of Alliant, where he will provide targeted solutions to a growing international client base.
As Vice President, the Boston-based Long brings 27 years of experience to one of the nation’s most robust and multifaceted energy and marine insurance practices.
“Charlie is highly regarded across the energy space for delivering high-impact risk and insurance programs that align with clients’ business objectives and create remarkable value,” said John Ludwig, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Energy and Marine Group. “In leveraging the deep team of experts and vast resources of Alliant, Charlie will provide an exemplary level of service and expertise to an increasingly diverse client base.”
Long joins Alliant with a proven track record for designing and delivering solutions to clients across all facets of the renewable energy and clean technology sectors, including wind, solar, biomass, landfill gas, and ocean power. Specializing in complex risk management, Long has a strong skill set that includes contract review and recommendations, loss control, and program design. He was named a 2017 Power Broker by Risk and Insurance in renewable energy.
Prior to joining Alliant, Long was Area Senior Vice President with the global insurance brokerage firm, Gallagher, where he serviced a diverse client base ranging from start-ups to large public companies.
Canton-based Carrier Celebrates Nine Long-Term Employees’ Dedication and Service
Canton-based Boston Mutual recently announced the acknowledgment of nine employees at the company’s quarterly Service Recognition Celebration in September 2017. The employees, whose tenure with the company ranges from five to 35 years, were recognized for their long-term service with Boston Mutual at its most recent event at the company’s headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts.
It’s an honor to recognize employees that demonstrate their long-term dedication and service to Boston Mutual,” said Paul A. Quaranto, Jr., Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President at Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company. “It’s employees such as these that embody Boston Mutual’s guiding principles, and I appreciate their hard work and loyalty over the years.”
The select employees were honored with a reception at Boston Mutual’s home office on Friday, September 15, 2017. Each recipient was presented with a special gift as a thank you for their tenure with the company.
The following Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company employees were acknowledged at the company’s Service Recognition Celebration in September:
- 5 years
- Jhenniffer Bartz, Claim Services
- Sue Jorge, Insurance Operations
- 10 years
- Michelle Bau, Actuarial
- Stan Staton, General Services
- 20 years
- Bob Duggan, Actuarial
- Shirley Kelsch, Claim Services
- 25 years
- Tania Carr, Underwriting
- 30 years
- Steve Evans, Auditing
- 35 years
- Rita Gubler, Real Estate
Boston Mutual hosts its Service Recognition ceremonies once every quarter to celebrate its employees’ quinquennial milestones. Associates are invited to the event after their first five years with the company in the quarter in which the anniversary of their start date falls.