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12 Questions with Greg Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer at Vantage Group

12 Questions with Greg Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer at Vantage Group

Greg Hendrick

Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Group

Greg Hendrick

Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Group

Welcome to 12 Questions, a Q&A series where we pose the same set of 12 questions to intriguing folks at the intersection of insurance, risk management, commercial real estate, and digital innovation.

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This week, we chat with Greg Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer at Vantage Group.

1. What is the most interesting idea you’ve encountered in your world lately?

We just partnered with a new MGA on Coronavirus delay and cancellation coverage for the TV and film industry. I am intrigued by the analytical approach to risk and the ability to step into a risk that most people avoid.

2. Where do you think no one is looking right now?

We continue as an industry to fail to address the gap between economic loss and insured loss, not only for catastrophe exposures, but also around intangible assets in the corporate world.

3. If you had a magic wand, what would you change about your industry?

I would create a true insurance index based on actual losses and exposures.

4. What’s the most rewarding part of what you do?

Getting to build a new business is fantastic, but the best element is meeting and recruiting new people who believe in the Vantage vision.

5. What do you envision the next 12 months will bring?

A return to an environment more like pre-Covid days, but fundamentally changed for the better in regard to work/life balance.

6. What’s your favorite building? Why?

Grand Central Station. It has incredible finishing touches, most importantly in the ceiling which so many people never stop to look up at. I have been going through that station since I was about eight years old.



7. Please dispel a myth or misconception about your work.

That catastrophe re/insurance is “just like gambling”.  We fulfill a real social need and enable people and businesses to rebuild after tragic events.

8. What are the tools, apps, or gadgets that you just can’t live without?

The iPad has made life so much easier and allows a quick shift between work and personal life. In the middle of this questionnaire, I ordered descaler for the Keurig coffee maker without leaving the iPad.

9. What’s your biggest pleasant surprise related to remote work?

The ability to spend more time with the family. We had a full house with our 19 and 25-year-old sons at home, plus a girlfriend and a cat. It was great to spend quality time with them at this point in their lives.

10. What’s your favorite productivity tip for staying motivated and getting work done?

Exercise every morning. It clears the mind and energizes you for the day.

11. What or who do you read to keep informed?

A wide variety of online newspapers – Wall Street Journal, NY Times, and NY Post, as well as industry news from a variety of sources.

12. Nominate 2 people who should answer this next. Why?

I nominate Greg Hagood and Frank Majors, the co-founders at Nephila. They are both wonderful people and would be great to get their views.

Thank you to Hemant Shah, Co-Founder and CEO at Archipelago for inviting Greg to answer 12 Questions.

Suggest someone we should feature next.


12 Questions with Greg Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer at Vantage Group

About the author

Greg Hendrick is the Chief Executive Officer of Vantage Group. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer at AXA XL, President of Property and Casualty at XL Catlin, and Assistant Vice President of Treaty Underwriting for the Winterthur Reinsurance Corporation of America.


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Welcome to 12 Questions, a Q&A series where we pose the same set of 12 questions to intriguing folks at the intersection of insurance, risk management, commercial real estate, and digital innovation.

Suggest someone we should feature next.

This week, we chat with Greg Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer at Vantage Group.

1. What is the most interesting idea you’ve encountered in your world lately?

We just partnered with a new managing general agent on Coronavirus delay and cancellation coverage for the TV and film industry. I am intrigued by the analytical approach to risk and the ability to step into a risk that most people avoid.

2. Where do you think no one is looking right now?

As an industry, we continue to fail to address the gap between economic loss and insured loss, not only for catastrophe exposures but also around intangible assets in the corporate world.

3. If you had a magic wand, what would you change about your industry?

I would create a true insurance index based on actual losses and exposures.

4. What’s the most rewarding part of what you do?

Getting to build a new business is fantastic, but the best element is meeting and recruiting new people who believe in the Vantage vision.

5. What do you envision the next 12 months will bring?

A return to an environment more like pre-COVID days, but fundamentally changed for the better regarding work-life balance.

6. What’s your favorite building?

Grand Central Station. It has incredible finishing touches, most importantly in the ceiling, which so many people never stop to look up at. I have been going through that station since I was about eight years old.

7. Please dispel a myth or misconception about your work.

That catastrophe re/insurance is “just like gambling.”  We fulfill a real social need by enabling people and businesses to rebuild after tragic events.

8. What are the tools, apps, or gadgets that you just can’t live without?

The iPad has made my life so much easier by allowing a quick shift between work and personal life. In the middle of this questionnaire, I used my iPad to order a descaling solution for my Keurig coffee maker without leaving my desk.

9. What’s your biggest pleasant surprise related to remote work?

The ability to spend more time with the family. We had a full house with our 19 and 25-year-old sons at home, plus a girlfriend and a cat. It was great to spend quality time with them at this point in their lives.

10. What’s your favorite productivity tip for staying motivated and getting work done?

Exercise every morning. It clears the mind and energizes you for the day.

11. What or who do you read to keep informed?

A wide variety of online newspapers – Wall Street Journal, NY Times, and NY Post, as well as industry news from a variety of sources.

12. Nominate 2 people who should answer this next. Why?

I nominate Greg Hagood and Frank Majors, the co-founders and co-CEOs at Nephila. They are both wonderful people and it would be great to get their views.

Thank you to Hemant Shah, Co-Founder and CEO of Archipelago for inviting Greg to answer 12 Questions.

Suggest someone we should feature next.


12 Questions with Greg Hendrick, Chief Executive Officer at Vantage Group

About the author

Greg Hendrick is the Chief Executive Officer of Vantage Group. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer at AXA XL, President of Property and Casualty at XL Catlin, and Assistant Vice President of Treaty Underwriting for the Winterthur Reinsurance Corporation of America.


See how leaders like you are using the Archipelago Risk Data Platform to drive better outcomes:
Get Diagnostic Assessment or Request Software Demo

In this Q&A, Greg discusses catastrophe insurance, the iPad, and how the "Vantage vision" brings people together.

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