Mr. Surdel serves as Director of Program Insurance for Merger & Acquisition Services, specializing in the placement of insurance program business and creating underwriting partnerships between carriers and Managing General Agents (MGAs). He has 32 years of insurance and reinsurance experience, working with carriers and MGAs. Mr. Surdel began his career as a National Accounts underwriter with Travelers Insurance Companies and launched his reinsurance career two years later when he joined RFC Intermediaries. He remained with RFC for five years working with National Accounts underwriters assisting them with their facultative reinsurance placements.
Mr. Surdel subsequently joined Crump Re and remained with that firm for seventeen years. Crump Re evolved into Guy Carpenter after a name change and an acquisition of the firm by Marsh Inc. in October of 1997. His responsibilities increased in his tenure at Guy Carpenter until he ultimately attained the position of Managing Director of the Casualty Facultative operations in 1998, at which time Guy Carpenter was the leading producer of casualty facultative business in the country. Under Mr. Surdel’s leadership, his department began to focus more of their attention on MGA program business and working closer with retail brokers to service their reinsurance needs for single parent and group agency captives. The Alternative Risk Division was formed in 2002.
After a brief stint at Aon Benfield Re, Mr. Surdel joined Maestro Specialty in 2007 as an Executive Vice President and business partner. His main responsibilities included the procurement of MGA program business and securing a suitable carrier to partner with the MGA or program administrator. Services also include reinsurance placements and assisting the MGA in finding quality Third Party Administrators and other service providers.
Mr. Surdel graduated in 1980 Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Art Degree at Providence College.