Joe C. Underwood
CPCU, ARM, ARM-E
Principal
72 River Park Street
2nd Floor
Needham, MA 02494
Tel: 781-449-2866
Fax: 781-449-5340

Expertise
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Technology
  • Utilities
  • Enterprise Risk Mgt
  • Risk Technology

Responsibilities

Joe serves as practice leader for the manufacturing, distribution, technology and utility industries. His leadership efforts in the areas of enterprise risk management (ERM) and risk technology span all industry verticals. Joe’s specialties include risk assessment, program review and design, and procurement. His risk assessment activities range from insurable risks to full enterprise-wide assessments. His ERM clients benefit from a pragmatic approach that is tailored to their organization.

For insurable risks, Joe first explores whether his clients are fully utilizing other forms of risk management, including contractual transfer, loss prevention, business continuity planning, and claims management. He then coaches clients in determining which risks to retain, at what levels, and through what methods – ranging from informal self-insurance to formal captives. When insurance is utilized, Joe assists clients from the early stages of selecting the right insurance partners to the final stages of negotiating detailed policy language.

Experience

Joe has 21 years' experience in the industry, 18 of which have been with Albert Risk. He also has experience as founder of an enterprise risk management software company and as product manager of one of the world's first property and casualty insurance exchanges focused on transparency and efficiency in the commercial insurance buying process.

Education

  • MBA, Finance, Babson College
  • BBA, Risk Management and Insurance, University of Georgia
  • Associate in Enterprise Risk Management (ARM-E)
  • Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
  • Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI), completed program in 2010

Affiliations

  • Treasurer and past Board Member, Society of Risk Management Consultants

Publishing and Speaking Activity

Whether an organization's risk management function is focused on traditional insurable risks or broader enterprise-wide risk management, an audit of risk management should be among the first priorities for senior leadership. If a separate risk management department does not exist, it is even more important as fewer resources are dedicated to the process of identifying and evaluating risks and ensuring appropriate risk responses are intact. With this in mind, here are five ways organizations can benefit from an objective evaluation of the risk management function.
There is no one right answer regarding which is the preferable approach between a single-insurer or multiple-insurer coverage placement. This article outlines various considerations so that an insured can evaluate their unique circumstances and sensitivities in order to make the best decision for their company.

Joe Underwood spoke at the Greater Boston Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) meeting on September 9th. The session will review sample crisis scenarios and discuss insured and non-insured aspects.

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