The Secret World of Underwriting with Terrie Strain


In this episode of Awkward Insurance, hosts Dustyne Bryant and Ashley Fitzsimmons shed light on the mysteries of underwriting. Med James, Inc. Commercial Underwriter Terrie Strain, CIC discusses the challenges that underwriters face behind the scenes and gain a fresh perspective on the intricacies of their role.

Get ready for some awkward submissions that will leave you questioning what you thought you knew about insurance.

Join us as we navigate the fascinating world of underwriting, offering a unique glimpse into this essential but often overlooked aspect of the insurance industry.

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Terrie Strain, CIC

Terrie  is an experienced seasoned underwriter. She has 25 plus years’ experience in commercial underwriting.  All 25 plus years have been in the Excess and Surplus lines as an underwriter. She is currently an underwriter at Med James, Inc.    She is always up for a challenge in underwriting a risk and specializing in all arenas connected to commercial lines.

Dustyne Bryant, MBA, CIC, CISR

Personal Lines Academic Director & Awkward Insurance Co-Host

Dustyne Bryant, is the Personal Lines Academic Director for The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. In her role, Dustyne collaborates with National Alliance faculty and industry colleagues to research and analyze Personal Lines segment trends, data, and coverage in an effort to deliver relevant and quality educational content to growing insurance professionals. 

Ashley Fitzsimmons, CISR

Director of Professional Development, Ohio Insurance Agents Association, Inc.

Awkward Insurance Co-Host

Known as the Beyonce of Insurance, Ashley has grown up in insurance. She has real life experience on the agency side – for nearly the last decade. She has had to overcome the same daily struggles and has personally researched and implemented many tools and programs to help her family agency run more efficiently.

Nine years spent as the fourth generation in a family agency located near Scranton, PA, obtaining her CISR designation, multiple speaking engagements across the country as well as being nominated the 2018 National CSR of the year has given her the knowledge and experience to help other agents thrive instead of just survive.

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