Joe Zuk‘s (pictured) insurance career started as a summer love affair.
At 19, Zuk managed to secure a summer internship with Willis Re, where he served as an account executive. With this experience, he was introduced to the world of reinsurance and he gained broad experience in dealing with all property & casualty lines. Thanks to his commitment and excellence, Willis Re offered him a part-time job while he was finishing his business and finance degree at New York University.
The rest is history for Zuk. After 10 years of working for several other firms, including John B. Collins Associates, Paris Re, Lockton Re, and BMS Group, he now takes the helm of the commercial and property divisions of Atlas General Insurance Services. As president of the the division, Zuk facilitates the strategic development of new products and programs, as well as planned acquisitions and geographic expansions. Zuk also serves Atlas General Insurance Services as executive vice president for corporate development.
In this exclusive Insurance Business interview, Zuk shares how instrumental his uncle has been in his career in insurance. He also provides interesting insights on the industry crisis of attracting new talent.
Following the summer, they asked that I stay on part-time while attending school and that led to a full-time opportunity when my boss at the time left to start the New York office of John B. Collins Associates. Henceforth, I began my career while attending school full-time at 19 years old.
On the evolution front, the industry is slow to adapt to innovations and delivering insurance products that fit the 21st century, fearing change and wanting to resist positive developments for the sake of comfort in the status-quo.
Please tell us more about your volunteering work during your time at New York University.
I worked with various organizations within NYU volunteering my time through integrating service and support in reading and tutoring underprivileged children within the NYC school system.