About Us

Want to spend less time trying to understand Cyber Insurance? We can help!

Our Vision

We envision the process for buying and comparing professional liability insurance in a different way than it has been offered in the past. We think our clients should have many choices, and that complex exposures and insurance policies can be offered in a more streamlined and simplified process, giving our clients more choice with less hassle. Insurance agents and brokers should not have to fill out a long application and wait days or weeks to get a policy that is not the right fit for their client. At ProWriters, we utilize nearly 20 years of insurance experience to streamline the insurance process for agents and brokers and their clients, offering multiple options with little wasted effort.

Our Mission

In order to save time for our agents and brokers, we constantly evaluate and optimize our processes, and update the technology we use. In our 20 years of experience we have seen all the wasted time in this process at the carrier level, broker level, and client level.

That’s why you see such a focus from us on streamlining the process.

What does this look like?

We eliminate unnecessary questions in insurance carrier underwriting manuals—this simplifies the rating process.

We remove the need for duplicate data entry with technology—this frees you from the time burden of redundant tasks.

We offer underwriting services on behalf of multiple carriers—this means our agents and brokers can go to one place to shop multiple options for their clients.

We continually take a step back and reevaluate the systems we have in place—are they working for our agents and brokers? For their clients? For our team?

We are invested in the ProWriters mission, it’s supported by management and shows up in our culture—this means we can truly focus on simplifying the insurance process for you.

Our History

ProWriters was originally formed in 2008 to serve the E&O interests of financial service firms. Since its inception, ProWriters has worked exclusively through insurance agents and brokers while doing anything we can to help our agents serve their clients. ProWriters was purchased from Venture Insurance Programs in 2012 and spun out into a stand-alone company, focusing on Professional Liability, Management Liability, and Cyber insurance products.

ProWriters has underwriting authority for several highly-rated insurers which is simply based on our expertise in these products and our relationships with key specialist insurance carriers.

Our Team

Brian Thornton, President

Prior to taking over at ProWriters Brian spent roughly two decades in the insurance industry in claims, underwriting, and leadership roles. Prior to taking the reins at ProWriters, he was the Southwest Regional Executive and Senior Vice President at Hiscox Inc.. He started their Los Angeles office to serve the southwest region for all products. Before that, Brian was the Mid-West Regional Executive and opened the Chicago office for Hiscox to serve Midwest brokers for all products. He also served as the Hiscox Technology E&O and Cyber Product Head for the United States. Prior to Hiscox, Brian was an underwriter at Chubb and an underwriter and claims adjuster at National Union (AIG.) While there, he focused on complex Professional, Management, and Cyber Liability risks.

Mahmood Raza, Director

Mahmood has an extensive and diverse international experience with renowned groups operating around the world. Being a senior executive, his industry exposure ranges from financial services, dairy, supply chain, manufacturing, automobiles, courier services, construction, real estate, facilities management, maintenance and operational support services.

Mahmood holds several governance and leadership roles with range of organizations. His skills in strategic planning, risk management, governance, performance evaluation, compliance, financial analysis, policy execution and mentoring are key contributions in achieving sustainable growth of organizations.

Robert Glanville, Lead Director, Head of M&A

Rob has over 26 years of private equity and chief financial officer experience. Rob was a founding partner of Pine Brook Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm focused on energy and financial services sectors. Prior to co-founding Pine Brook Rob served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasury Services for Arch Capital Group (NASDAQ: ACGL), a Bermuda-domiciled insurance company with $3 billion in capital.

Rob currently serves as a senior advisor and consultant to growth businesses at all stages of development. In addition to his work with Nice Recovery, Rob is a director of Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT); Clear Blue Holdings, Inc; Wellington Insurance Services; Nice Recovery LLC; among other growth equity businesses.

Thomas Karsten, CFO

Tom has over 20 years of corporate financial management experience in privately-owned small and medium businesses. Tom leads ProWriters’ finance function, including accounting and controls, treasury, budgeting and reporting, and he will oversee integration and ongoing financial management of future acquisitions.

Prior to ProWriters, he created finance teams from scratch for two successful start-ups. He has led or held determining roles in private debt and equity financings in excess of $500 million in a variety of industries. Tom has earned a BA from the College of Wooster, a MA from Cambridge University, and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Philip J. Harvey Sr., Director

Phil is president of Venture Insurance Programs, a national program administrator for select industries, including golf & country clubs, hotels & resorts and fitness, wellness and spa operations.

He has more than 35 years of experience in all facets of property and casualty insurance, and is an entrepreneur and influencer who identifies market needs and works to find a solution. Phil started Venture in 1993 and prior to founding Venture, he started Philip J. Harvey & Co., Inc. in 1977 as a regional general lines insurance brokerage serving large commercial accounts.

Phil is a past member of Target Markets Program Administrators Association’s board of directors and is a frequent speaker at numerous insurance and industry events.

Jenn Ellis, Compliance Manager

Jenn has 20+ years in the Insurance Industry. Excel in Management and Leadership with working in large and small environments, leading teams within both development and services. She has worked for large insurance brokerage firms and has expert knowledge in case management, licensing, and surplus lines tax filings. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the office.

Alain Lengele, Broker

Alain has been in the Insurance Industry for 20 years with previous experience working at several large Insurance companies underwriting Directors and Officers, EPLI, E&O, and Cyber products. Brokering experience includes review, negotiating and placement of insurance coverage with insurance carriers, maintaining business relationships and developing new ones.

He is Licensed in the state of Pennsylvania, a member of PLUS, and holds a BS in Finance and Economics.

Love, Vaughn Foundation

We are proud supporters of the Love, Vaughn Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization set up to help kids and families affected by childhood diseases and developmental challenges.

We aim to help the foundation assist children and their families by offering our time as
well as assisting in raising funds. Having had a child affected by cancer and other disabilities, this cause is near and dear to our hearts.

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