“I am very proud to be part of the Strata team. We have built a top-tier group of professionals with one-common goal; success. Our culture of trust creates an environment where all employees feel empowered to ask questions and make decisions. When everyone on a team is pulling in one direction, and each of us trusts the person next to them to do their job, the sky is the limit. No matter what role we play within the Strata family, we are ready to help you succeed.”
Kerry Besnia- President, Strata Underwriting Managers.
Kerry joined Strata in December of 2021. He has been in the first party property insurance business for over 35 years. He spent 30 years with CHUBB Group in various roles involving property and marine underwriting. Those roles included Southern Zone Property and Marine Underwriting Manager. While in that job he was responsible for all first party property underwriting for CHUBB from Texas to the Carolinas. As part of that role, he also managed CAT accumulation management for all coastal exposure for the CHUBB commercial book. His last role with CHUBB was Executive Field Officer for Marine Insurance, for the western US. He had P&L responsibility for inland and ocean marine results for 37 branches.
After leaving CHUBB he joined Great American Insurance. His role was as Vice President of Commercial Insurance. It involved special projects and development of new retail broker appointments for various Great American Divisions.
From 2018-2021 Kerry was President of Mid-Risk Mangers in Omaha Nebraska. An MGA serving the rural agriculture market. 80 percent of the premium was in the inland marine coverage of farm irrigation.
Kerry Is a graduate of Fairfield University Dolan school of Management.
Bryan joined Strata Underwriting Managers as President in February 2018.
Bryan’s 20+ year insurance and reinsurance career has revolved around E&S property. He has spent time as a property underwriter, treaty reinsurance broker, manager and Executive. Prior to joining Strata Underwriting Managers, Bryan most recently served as Director of Underwriting and Production at Markel Corporation for the MidSouth region of the United States. While in that role, he ran marketing for all lines of business in addition to managing the wholesale property team’s seven state region.
Bryan has held property underwriting VP roles in Hartford and Atlanta and spent a year working at Lloyd’s of London. Just before to joining Markel, he was a treaty reinsurance broker at Aon Benfield for 10 years. During his tenure at Aon, Bryan was the lead reinsurance broker for multiple industry-leading E&S insurance companies. His experience in catastrophe exposed property and pro rata reinsurance helped forge valuable relationships with C-suite level executives at carriers and reinsurers alike.
Bryan graduated from the University of Connecticut.