Earlier this year, Aspen announced that he had appointed Nick Acker (pictured) as senior vice president, head of US distribution. Insurance Business picked Acker’s brain to learn more about what US brokers are up to, and how their relationship with carriers could change in 2023.
Can you tell us about your route into insurance and your progression to date?
I began my career in business development roles on the personal lines side actually. However, as I learned more about the breadth of our industry, I found myself drawn to the commercial sector and, more specifically, the specialty lines sector where I have been incredibly fortunate to work for well-respected companies. Even more importantly, I have been blessed with great colleagues and fantastic mentors from the start of my career.
You were recently named head of US distribution for Aspen. What can you tell us about your new role?
In my new role, the primary responsibility is maintaining and developing our Broker relationships across the United States. My secondary responsibility is working closely with our global distribution partners to ensure a more holistic strategy deployment. I am also excited to start working with Aspen capital markets to understand how their capabilities can help provide unique solutions to our broker partners. Aspen Capital Markets’ track record was one of the things that attracted me to Aspen.
The distribution team supports and helps to drive messaging into the broker community around Aspen’s product lines where we are looking to pragmatically grow. We also lead the messaging into the broker community for those product lines that are looking to rebalance their respective portfolios. At the end of the day, we are charged with growing our business where it makes sense and helps to maintain profitability. Disciplined underwriting and profitability will always be of utmost