Having previous experience in the industry as well as a fairly thorough understanding of the responsibilities typically required of an underwriter, I, Halden Zimmermann, found Randi Glazer’s book to be particularly enlightening and certainly believe underwriting professionals of any experience level would benefit significantly from investing the time needed to read this brief but information-dense text. Ms. Glazer succeeds in engaging the reader with personal anecdotes drawn from her many years of experience in the profession while simultaneously explaining the lessons learned from those experiences.
In passing on these lessons to the reader, Ms. Glazer has created what is essentially a blueprint for a long and rewarding career as a professional in all areas of the industry. She begins with an overview of her early experience as an up-and-coming professional while working as an inland marine and property package underwriter and discusses how she benefited from the mentoring provided by some of her more experienced colleagues.
Detailing how these early experiences continually shaped the remainder of her career, Ms. Glazer goes on to take the reader through a career that includes extensive international travel and the opportunity to serve in a variety of critical leadership positions. Through a thorough analysis of her varied and extensive successes, Ms. Glazer has developed a system that includes several highly effective strategies for surviving and thriving in the industry, and it is through the application of these strategies that readers of this book can enjoy a level of career success similar to that of Ms. Glazer’s.