Providing Expertise to Meet Unique Business Needs.
W. R. Berkley Corporation, founded in 1967, is one of the nation’s premier commercial lines property casualty insurance providers. Founded in 2004, Berkley Environmental has underwriting and account executive units in seven regions. Berkley Environmental offers an array of coverages for virtually all classes traditionally known to have environmental liability exposures on both an admitted and non-admitted basis. We provide a comprehensive portfolio of commercial property casualty insurance, automobile liability and workers’ compensation, along with claim services, providing expertise to meet the unique business needs of our customers. W.R. Berkley Corporation has reached a milestone and is celebrating 50 years, click here to read more on the history of the company.
How We Are Different
Our Environmental facilities have earned their reputation as innovative problem solvers with the skill to recognize the reality of the market while maintaining underwriting discipline and consistency throughout the underwriting cycle. The track record of profitable underwriting performance is supported by a firm commitment to superior service for our policyholders and production sources. We work hard to provide fair and efficient handling of claims while safeguarding the interest of our customers. Claims are handled by knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated staff with deep expertise in Environmental practices.
Berkley Environmental’s core values of integrity, superior product offerings, commitment to service and responsible underwriting, foster an environment where our employees truly care about the needs of our stakeholders. This fundamental mission serves as the standard against which we weigh all of our actions and decisions. We conduct ourselves with the upmost integrity and strive to maintain the highest standards of behavior, honesty and fair dealings in all aspects of our business.
Ken was named President of Berkley Environmental in December of 2009. Ken provides leadership gained from experience spanning over 26 years in the P&C specialty lines industry with a strong track record of developing multi-disciplinary teams delivering profitable underwriting results.
Prior to joining Berkley Environmental, Ken was an Executive Vice President at Zurich General Insurance, where he served as the head of Global Proposition Development. Ken previously led Zurich’s Environmental Business Unit for fourteen years. He began his career in 1986 at AIG as an underwriter, joining Willis Corroon as Vice President National Sales Manager in 1991.
Ken earned a B.A. in Geology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and an M.S. in Geology from Northern Illinois University. He attended the Management Development Program at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and the WRBC Executive Management Programs I and II.
Pat came to Berkley Environmental in August, 2004. Prior to joining Berkley Environmental, Pat was Controller for PC Group, where she was responsible for all financial operations for a group of companies providing ancillary services to the auto insurance markets. This included financial reporting, reinsurance accounting, accounts payable, collections, and general ledger maintenance.
Pat has over 35 years of experience in finance – 30 in the insurance industry. She began her industry experience with United Family Life Insurance Company as Financial Reporting manager then moved to the P&C side, spending 7 years as Director of Financial Reporting at Royal/Sun Alliance where she was responsible for the GAAP and Statutory reporting for ten property and casualty companies. Pat then assumed full financial responsibilities for Greater Georgia Life Insurance Company as its Controller.
Pat has taught insurance accounting seminars at the Insurance Accounting and Statistical Association (IASA) national level and has served as a textbook reviewer for the insurance accounting textbook published by the Life Office Management Association (LOMA). She has a B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Georgia and is a CPA.
Justin joined Berkley Environmental in April, 2014, bringing with him more than 20 years of IT experience including better than 15 years of broad based, hands on management in systems design and development, implementation and support. Throughout his career, Justin has exhibited significant success in strategic planning, building performance teams, project management and continuous improvement programs.
Justin came to Berkley Environmental from Torus Specialty Insurance Company where, as Chief Information Officer – Americas, he, among many other accomplishments, established their eBusiness platforms.
Justin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kean University with a B.S. degree in Management Science. He was attending NYU – Stern School of Business for his MBA when the events of 9/11 disrupted his studies.
Sherry joined Berkley Environmental in August of 2010 as Assistant Vice President, Human Resources and was named Vice President, Human Resources in December 2013. Sherry brings leadership gained from experience spanning over 28 years in the Human Resources and Operations disciplines.
Prior to joining Berkley Environmental, Sherry held Human Resource leadership positions with Komatsu Forklift, Acuity Specialty Products, Shade Allied, TYCO International and Kraft Foods. She also headed up an operations team at TYCO International for 4 years responsible for the P&L of 8 production lines in the Absorbent Hygiene division.
Sherry earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. She attended the University of Georgia’s Human Resource Management program as well as the Michigan State University School of Labor and Industrial Relations. Sherry holds a designation of SPHR, is active in the local Society of Human Resources chapter and has held a prior position on the Society of Human Resources board in Appleton, Wisconsin. Sherry has also been a past guest speaker at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and the Atlanta SHRM chapter meetings.