Scott Winton Insurance Brokers – Everything you need to know
About Scott Winton Insurance Brokers
Scott Winton Insurance Brokers (SWIB) is a Melbourne-based insurance brokerage, established in 1992, that works with small businesses up to large corporations. SWIB is part of the Steadfast group, one of Australasia’s largest insurance broking networks.
SWIB offers a wide range of insurance policies for businesses, including various liability covers such as management liability, public liability, product liability, directors & officers, and professional indemnity. Other products offered by the brokerage include various business and office insurance products such as business interruption, commercial & industrial insurance and financial lines insurance. It also offers travel, trade credit, and cyber insurance.
According to Scott Winton, its greatest source of new business is referrals, which it says is a testament to its capability to serve its clients through adhering to the Insurance Brokers Code of Practice. The company’s stated values are: personalised service, genuine commitment, being there 24/7, tailored solutions, thinking out of the box, and family values.
History of Scott Winton Insurance Brokers
Scott Winton Insurance Brokers was founded in 1992 by the late Ron Tatarka. It began as a small insurance broking business, selling insurance door-to-door, and over the years, it grew to become one of the largest independent insurance brokers in Australia. It is currently headed by Ron’s son Avi Tatarka, who joined the company in 2008 and took over as CEO following his father’s death in 2018.
In 2013, Scott Winton Insurance Brokers took eighth place in the Top 10 Brokerages list of Insurance Brokerages. Ron Tatarka was named Australia’s number one insurance broker in the inaugural Elite Brokers survey by Insurance Business magazine. In 2014, he topped the list again, but he remained humble and credited the team with the success. Scott Winton scored a double that year, as NSW state manager Simon Althaus took second place. SWIB, meanwhile, went up the Top 10 Brokerages list, reaching fifth place. That year, Tatarka was also recognized as runner-up in the National Insurance Brokers Association’s broker of the year award. 2015 marked the third year that Ron Tatarka topped Insurance Business’s Elite Broker rankings.
In 2019, his first year as CEO of the firm, Avi Tatarka was included in the Insurance Business Elite Broker list. He also won QBE Broker of the Year in the 2019 NIBA awards. In 2020, Scott Winton Insurance Brokers was nominated in several categories by Insurance Business: Avi Tatarka in Broker of the Year – Independent (20+ Staff), QBE Insurance Brokerage of the Year (>20 staff), Best Customer Service from an Individual Office, and Eli Tatarka for Young Gun of the Year – Independent (20+ Staff).
Key people at Scott Winton Insurance Brokers
Avi Tatarka – CEO
Avi Tatarka became CEO in 2018, following the death of his father and company founder Ron Tatarka. For several years, he was trained to succeed his father, who was one of the most decorated insurance brokers in Australia. He joined Scott Winton in 2008 and held various management roles within the company. He holds a diploma in insurance broking from the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF). Avi Tatarka also graduated from QBE’s Equip Program.
Simon Althaus – NSW state manager
Althaus has been with Scott Winton for over 20 years, and is currently state manager for New South Wales. His business centres around the competitive Sydney market. When he was named to the Elite Brokers list, he said that he was “elated and humbled” to be chosen. He said the highlight of the award is “having the privilege of working alongside a team of dedicated and professional staff who are committed to the best interests of our clientele, thereby playing an integral role in the high level of customer retention, as well [as] winning new business primarily via referral.”
Culture at Scott Winton Insurance Brokers
A family-owned business, Scott Winton Insurance Brokers supports several community causes, embodying its core beliefs in family values and philanthropy. The company supports Lions Club of Melbourne as a major sponsor. The club’s stated goal is to make the community a better place to live, work and grow.
SWIB is also a platinum sponsor of the Elsternwick Business Awards and offers retailers in Elsternwick opportunities to attend workshops on insurance and risk management.
The Tatarka family is of Jewish heritage, which lends to the company supporting various Jewish causes in Australia. These include Wings of Care, an initiative of the Jewish community in Melbourne to help people with mental illnesses, Maccabi Victoria sports club, and the Australian support arm of Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service.
Other causes supported by SWIB are Kids for Cancer, Pink Ribbon, and Daffodil Day, which support cancer patients, and the Royal Flying Doctors, which seeks to provide medical care for people in rural Australia.