West Chester, Pa.—March 15, 2017— Venture Programs (www.ventureprograms.com), a national insurance program administrator, today announced the addition of Janet Wright as risk manager and Jeanne Starr as a SUITELIFE regional underwriter.
Wright will be responsible for further enhancing and growing Venture’s risk management division, securing the company’s position as a leading program administrator. She will work in partnership with Venture’s program teams, carriers, third party administrators, vendors, brokers and clients to deliver value-added risk services to private and publicly traded companies.
“Janet will play a vital role in driving the continued success of our risk management team,” said Philip J. Harvey, Venture president and founder. “She’s overseen and managed expansive risk management operations at smaller and larger publicly traded companies throughout her career and has demonstrated a natural ability to lead. We’re excited to have her on board.”
In her previous role, Wright served as senior risk manager for BlueLine Rental, where she secured substantial savings for the company and implemented progressive process improvements. Wright also brings years of experience having served as an underwriter at industry giants Nationwide Insurance and Delta Dental, working with an array of complex risk management offerings. Wright is a member of the Risk Management Society (RIMS) and holds various environmental health and safety certifications.
Joining Venture as a regional underwriter, Starr will write profitable new business and renewals while marketing and selling the company’s SUITELIFE products and services. SUITELIFE is an all-lines insurance and risk program for upscale hotels and resort properties administered by Venture Programs.
Starr will be focused on the South Central and Southeast territories, maintaining relations with agents and carrier partners. Most recently, Starr served as a middle market commercial insurance sales underwriter at CNA Insurance, where she targeted new business accounts with revenues in excess of $20 million, in addition to managing an existing renewal book throughout Florida. Prior to her time there, she was a middle market underwriter, claims supervisor and adjuster for the Hartford Insurance Group.
“Jeanne is an exceptional underwriter,” said Harvey. “She has extensive knowledge of the industry and is going to be a great addition to our team here at Venture.”
Wright attended Shippensburg University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English. Starr earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communications from the University of Georgia.
SUITELIFE is a leading insurance provider to the hotel and resort management industry, providing specialty insurance to full-service hotels, boutique hotels, condo hotels and hotel management companies on an admitted basis across the U.S. The SUITELIFE package includes property, general liability, crime, commercial auto, liquor liability, cyber and privacy liability, umbrella liability and workers’ compensation.
About Venture Programs
Venture Programs is a leading program manager that designs, underwrites and distributes industry-specific insurance packages. Based in West Chester, Pa., Venture has underwriting alliances with the world’s leading carrier groups, including Chubb, Allied World, Hamilton, RSUI, USLI, Zurich North America, Monitor and Lloyd’s of London. Founded in 1993, Venture provides specialty insurance packages for select vertical industries—including golf and country clubs, resorts, hotels, hunting and fishing lodges, and city and social clubs, as well as commercial marine and hard-to-place property risks. Visit https://www.ventureprograms.com/.