Five Minutes With… Nathan Richmond, Executive Director for Placement Services, Marsh New Zealand

by IBO 23 Jul 2014

Five Minutes With… Nathan Richmond, Executive Director for Placement Services, Marsh New Zealand

Marsh.jpg" style="width: 130px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />Why did you get into insurance?
At 18 years of age, I was looking for an office job that paid well and provided me with a long-term career path and… none of the banks would respond to my CV.

How would you sum up insurance brokers in three words? 
Passionate, engaging, aging.

How would you change the industry? 
By being part of the change required to move the industry from how we do business today to the future’s technology based, client friendly solutions.

What’s the most important thing a broker can do to develop their business?
Balance the need to evolve as a business weekly with the need to deliver to your clients daily.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Always respect and treat people how you would like to be treated – you never know you might end up working for them one day.

If you were Prime Minister for one day, what would you do?
Make sure it was the day that involved a game of golf with Barack Obama or a BBQ lunch with Will and Kate.

What has been the highlight of your career?
The many great experiences I have had, social and professional whilst travelling the world with clients.

What’s your favoured style of coffee?
Small flat white.

Union, league, soccer or other?
Union.

If you could invite three people to dinner, dead or alive, and excluding family and friends, who would they be and why?
Sir Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam – the table talk of life experiences would be fascinating and over a digestive or two there would be a great jam session I would never forget.

Complete this sentence: If I wasn’t in insurance, I would be…
Still probably applying to work in a bank.