Coffee House Catch Up: ‘Building something special from scratch’ – with Justin Gress, COO Insurance, Vantage Risk Group

“You have to take a step back and do some reflecting. I made the decision I wanted to do something different, which is something you shouldn’t take lightly.”

Justin shares his insurance career journey from General Electric to joining the Vantage team in 2021.

Talking through his transition in to senior leadership positions and the C-suite, Justin explains how it was his time at XL where doors opened and his confidence grew.    

“I was regularly working on operational planning and there was a desire with senior leadership, to expose me to other business units, other countries and strategic planning.

It really gave me an opportunity to spread my wings and develop a reputation.  I found that doors started to open.”

Justin highlights his biggest achievement and his reaction to being overlooked.

He shares how Vantage is adopting technology to exceed its clients’ expectations, its impact on talent attraction, and the skills Vantage demands from aspiring leaders.

Justin concludes with advice to any executives considering a career move.

“Take some time and look around and figure out what you want to do. Really think about what makes you happy, what you want to do long term.”

Connect with Justin on LinkedIn or find out more about Vantage Risk Companies.

This episode of the Insurance Coffee House Podcast was first published on 9 August 2022

Podcast hosted by Nick Hoadley, CEO, Insurance Search, the Executive Search Consultancy for growing Insurance and Insurtech businesses across the globe.

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