Rick Rodriguez

Rick Rodriguez

Select Underwriter Director Mississippi/Alabama


Travelers

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
After working in the restaurant and retail industry, I applied to a tiny newspaper ad for a data clerk, which ended up being an insurance agency.
After a few years and various roles in the same agency, I wanted to try the insurance company side and took a lateral role.
After working hard for a year, I wanted to try to apply for a Middle Market underwriter, however was turned down as I did not have a bachelor's degree.
For the next few months I worked close with my manager to show him I can be a successful Middle Market Underwriter. Three months later, applied for another Middle Market underwriting position.
In less than two years with the company I was promoted to Middle Market Underwriter with a territory in NYC.
Needing a bit more flexibility, I applied, for an Account Executive role at Travelers. Fast forward three years and a few months later. I was promoted to an Underwriting Director in MS/AL.

Education

High School
Freeport High School
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
Nassau Community College

Career

Select Underwriter Director Mississippi/Alabama

Responsible for underwriting growth and profitability while developing/coaching staff through a shared vision

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Action Sports
Technology
Helping People

Day to Day

As an Underwriting Director, I have a cool job. I get to develop, coach, mentor, share ideas, work with other peers and leaders. My day-to-day job is simply helping people do their best while keeping my team engaged. My team has new business, retention and growth goals all while maintaining profitability.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Networking and "being comfortable being uncomfortable." Networking opened other avenues that I would not consider had I not talked to certain leaders or business units. It's amazing how open and engaging these conversations can be. "Being comfortable being uncomfortable" is a phrase that helped me grow. If you are always comfortable then you will not take risks. You will fall down occasionally, but having the tenacity to get up and do it better the next time is how you grow.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Do not be afraid to take on a lesser role in any company. If you want to succeed you can; it just takes work and great leaders.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Don't become a manager or leader, you will be stressed all the time and face disappointment, plus, without a bachelor's degree your chances of achieving your aspiration are slim to none."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant