Synapse Services, LLC announced today that Robert Potter has joined the firm as Vice President. Robert brings to Synapse over 20 years of environmental insurance underwriting and management experience from AIG, XL, Great American, and Sirius International. He will be based in San Francisco, where he has spent much of his career working with retail and wholesale brokers throughout the west.
“We’re excited and fortunate to have Robert join the Synapse team,” said Dan Beck, Managing Partner. “Not only does he add tremendous know-how in all aspects of our specialized segment of the insurance market, he’ll be a great asset for our clients and alliances on the west coast, where he’s both well-known and very well-respected.”
Potter has extensive experience crafting solutions for all types of environmental matters, as well as extensive expertise with manuscripting language for complex transactional deals with a variety of attorneys and brokers throughout the U.S. Prior to joining Synapse, Robert served as the National Underwriting Manager for Sirius International Insurance Corporation’s Environmental Division, where he led a team of experienced underwriters across all product lines. At Sirius, he developed and executed underwriting guidelines, systems, marketing, and all other aspects of the underwriting platform during that division’s start-up phase. Thereafter, Robert oversaw the marketing and development of a multi-product book for Sirius over four years of development.
Additionally, Robert served in an underwriting leadership capacity at Great American Insurance, where he opened, developed, and managed their west coast operations. And, prior to that, Robert helped develop the international book for XL’s London office, managed the New York Region for AIG Environmental, and acted as a senior underwriter for AIG Environmental’s San Francisco region.
Before joining the insurance industry, Robert graduated with a degree in geology from San Francisco State University and subsequently worked in the environmental consulting industry for four years.