The Insurance Insider will host its inaugural US Property Cat Awards on 5 April – an event to recognise the market's achievements and celebrate its rising stars, superstars and most skilled practitioners.


Unlike traditional awards ceremonies where a panel of judges pick who they believe to be the winner of a category, the winners of the US property cat awards are derived from aggregated survey data collected by The Insurance Insider’s rankings team.


The survey only allows for underwriters and brokers active in the US property cat reinsurance sector to take part and results are statistically significant. We ensure minimum levels of participation are set so as to achieve a maximum error margin of 10 percent of overall scores at a 95 percent confidence level (this means the sample size is sufficiently large so as to ensure the ranking scores remain unchallenged if the survey were to be run repeatedly).


For the shortlists of each individual award, we pick the top five highest ranked individuals from each company in their respective field. For the company awards, we pick the top five firms that receive the highest score for that category.


The winner of each category is simply the individual or company with the highest score made up from their supporters' votes.


Rising Star: Broker

Who with less than five years’ US property cat broking experience has impressed their market peers the most? We segment nominees by how many years they have been in the market and can therefore pinpoint the top young talent.



  • Sam Bell, Guy Carpenter
  • Harry Jarvis, Guy Carpenter
  • Thomas Joyce, Aon's Reinsurance Solutions
  • Scott Rogers, Guy Carpenter
  • Zac Wilson, Guy Carpenter

Rising Star: Underwriter

According to brokers, who is the best up-and-coming underwriter? 



  • Logan Davis Fox, Nephila Capital
  • Ian Jones, GIC Re Syndicate 1947
  • Mark Richardson, Fidelis Insurance
  • Charles Talbot, Securis Investment Partners

Catastrophe Model / Modelling Agency of the Year

Catastrophe modelling and risk management is essential to insurance companies and especially in the US property cat reinsurance sector. They help firms prepare for the financial impacts of catastrophes before they occur by assessing the likelihood and severity of losses.


Which catastrophe model provides reinsurers and brokers with the best service to better understand and manage risk?



  • AIR Worldwide
  • Aon's Impact Forecasting
  • Karen Clark & Co
  • KatRisk
  • Risk Management Solutions (RMS)

Weather Tool of the Year

When a natural catastrophe hits, underwriters and brokers rely on sophisticated weather tools to provide them with expert analysis on the event. Which weather tool provides the best service to help insurance companies and customers prepare for the impact during and after catastrophe events?


  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Tropical Storm Risk
  • Weather Analytics
  • Weather Predict Consulting
  • Weather Underground

Most Skilled Broker of the Year

We have broken the core competencies of broking into eight measurable attributes. The best in the business will be singled out for praise and recognition as their combination of skills and professional and personal qualities blends together to form an unbeatable cocktail for broking success.



  • Charles Bray, Alwen Hough Johnson
  • Matt Cohen, Guy Carpenter
  • David Glover, Aon's Reinsurance Solutions
  • Marc Havens, TigerRisk Partners
  • Dave Nicholson, Aon's Reinsurance Solutions

Most Skilled Underwriter of the Year

What makes a great and skilful underwriter? A rare combination of the arts and science. One of the great advantages of our US Property Cat Rankings survey is that it scores market participants on the six key attributes of an underwriter.


This award is intended to honour the best communicators, negotiators and product knowledge gurus, and to give them the recognition their extraordinary combination of skills deserves.



  • Chris Conway, Neon
  • Ben Hodge, TransRe
  • Richard Holden, Fidelis Insurance
  • James Holliss, Chaucer
  • Christian Marx, Scor

US Property Cat Brokerage of the Year

The individuals have had their time in the sun, but what of their employers?


By aggregating individual scores at a company level, we can provide insight into the firms and teams that are winning today in the US property cat market.



  • Aon's Reinsurance Solutions
  • Guy Carpenter
  • JLT Re
  • TigerRisk Partners
  • Willis Re

US Property Cat Underwriting Firm of the Year

Which company has the best underwriting team?


To answer this question, underwriting houses will be ranked using their constituent parts. Our analysis techniques will single out the winners that stand out from their peer group and make off with the coveted prize. 


  • Axis Capital
  • Fidelis Insurance
  • MAP
  • RenaissanceRe
  • Scor

US Property Cat Broker of the Year

As the awards reach their climax, the unveiling of the best US Property Cat reinsurance broker of 2019 will be the ultimate broking accolade. It is the pinnacle of achievement for any intermediary operating in this market.


  • Charles Bray, Alwen Hough Johnson
  • Marc Havens, TigerRisk Partners
  • Adam Manus, Holborn
  • Tim Martin, Guy Carpenter
  • Simon Rowland, Aon's Reinsurance Solutions

US Property Cat Underwriter of the Year

The best US Property Cat underwriter in the global space will be identified in a reliable and irrefutable fashion by our unparalleled Rankings survey process. 



  • John Carty, RenaissanceRe
  • Richard Holden, Fidelis Insurance
  • James Holliss, Chaucer
  • Richard Trubshaw, MAP
  • Mark Vaughan, Beazley

Outstanding Contributor of the Year

In contrast to the other awards, this award will be chosen by a panel of senior Insurance Insider editorial staff and will be announced on the day.

The winner will be someone judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the US property cat reinsurance sector over the last year and indeed during the course of their careers.


The Banking Hall

14 Cornhill, LONDON



12:30 – Drinks reception
13:15 – Call for lunch
14:30 – Awards commence
16:30 – Carriages


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The Insurance Insider Rankings are two-way surveys by which underwriters nominate and rate the best brokers, and brokers qualify the best underwriters. Dedicated reports are currently available across five lines of business including cyber, political risk, political violence, US property cat, and D&O.
Individuals are scored across a number of specifically-defined attributes and professional excellence is illustrated by insightful statements, making the Rankings a qualified view on each specific class of business from the market participants themselves.
With league tables of individuals and teams, scoring of attributes, testimonials and segmentation of results based on years of experience and premium, the product is a must-have for companies interested in researching and benchmarking talent.
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