After graduating from college, Eric started his insurance career as a life insurance agent with Bankers Life of Iowa (now Principal Financial). He had a desire to go into underwriting out of college using his business degree and passion for medicine. Eventually, he got his break and joined the Ohio Life Insurance Company as a Junior Life Underwriter. He rose through the underwriting ranks there and ultimately became Manager of Underwriting and New Business before the company was sold in 1995. This led to his first stint with Nationwide as Life Underwriting Manager. After a short stint at Nationwide, he moved on to several other companies in a variety of leadership and technical roles. In 2002, he rejoined Nationwide as Chief Underwriter. Eric helped transition Nationwide from the 28th largest writer of life insurance into a perennial top 10 life insurance company while creating exceptional financial results. He was responsible for developing and implementing Nationwide’s corporate underwriting strategy and philosophy while leading Staff Underwriting, the Medical Department and Vendor Relations.
In September 2018, he retired from Nationwide and joined Hannover Re as Vice President, Underwriting. His responsibilities include creating underwriting solutions for client companies; providing underwriting input on reinsurance quotes; leading risk management; and promoting Hannover Re’s underwriting capabilities and value added offerings. He also mentors many leaders and underwriters throughout the life insurance industry.
Eric earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He holds his FALU with distinction, FLMI, CLU, ChFC and ACS designations. He is a past President of the Impaired Risk Underwriters Association (IRUA); past President of the Ohio Home Office Life and Health Underwriters Association; Founder of the ALU Forum Committee; former Director of Continuing Education; past Exam III Coordinator and Exam I/II writer for the ALU. He is a frequent speaker at national, regional and local underwriting and actuarial meetings.
Eric and his lovely wife, Tracey, live in the Columbus, Ohio area. They have three adult children and four grandchildren (with another two on the way). This will be 6 under the age of 6! He is an avid golfer, loves Duke Basketball, the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and is an ardent football fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes.
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