Agency Intelligence

Agency Intelligence


Agency intelligence podcast, is your top insurance podcast with two unique series that let you hear from and learn from both agency owners and industry influencers. Agents Influence is your weekly guide to the latest and greatest thought leaders the industry has to offer. Agency Intelligence covers real data from real agents in real agencies.

In this episode of Agents Influence podcast, host Jason Cass interviews Abel Travis, MBA, Vice President & Head Of Fundamental Underwriters at AF Group. Abel talks about what AF Group is all about and the company that he represents called Fundamental Underwriters.

Episode Highlights:

  • What has attributed to Abel’s success, skill or luck? (7:04)
  • Abel gives us his background in the insurance industry. (7:59)
  • Abel shares what happened when he had an offer from Hartford. (8:49)
  • Abel explains what AF Group is all about. (11:12)
  • Abel mentions one of the companies that he runs for AF Group called Fundamental Underwriters. (12:09)
  • Abel gives the average premium size with Fundamental Underwriters. (12:52)
  • Abel shares what he did when nobody knew what was happening in the insurance industry. (19:05)
  • Abel mentions how The Insurance Innovators Unscripted podcast started. (21:08)
  • Where does Abel see the insurance industry going, five to ten years from now? (26:39)

Key Quotes:

  • “I love to win just because I love the feeling that comes with winning. Frankly, I don’t necessarily hate to lose because I look at losing as a learning opportunity. If it doesn’t work, you leverage what you’ve learned, and you try to turn that into a win in whatever way possible.” – Abel Travis
  • “I wanted to make sure that I had the opportunity to have a family but I also wanted to have a life I love to just enjoy. But, as I started to learn a little bit more about the insurance industry, it became a no-brainer. It really helps to provide stability for the people, for the economy, for the business, and that’s something that in the early days I wanted to be a part of.” – Abel Travis
  • “I do think there has to be some sort of a government backstop. I also believe that insurance organizations could look at opportunities or even if it’s mandated somewhat in a similar way as Tria, to help fund that backstop. We’re not trading future dollars for potential challenges that we may face in this economy.” – Abel Travis

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