Dave Haverkamp, Synapse Services
Vice president, Mountain Central division
Specialty: Professional and pollution liability
Although Dave Haverkamp entered insurance with a degree in business and risk management, “when starting in environmental insurance, I lacked the engineering/technical experience that is so critical to the business,” he says. “I immediately enrolled in environmental science and legal courses to gain the technical knowledge I didn’t bring with me when I started. I also made it my goal to visit as many remediation projects [as possible] to see firsthand how the engineering was being applied in real-world situations.”
That was more than 22 years ago, when Haverkamp started his career at AIG and was quickly promoted to manager of the environmental division for the Los Angeles and San Francisco regions. In 2005, he moved to Denver to become the environmental practice leader at IMA Financial Group. Prior to joining Synapse in 2012, where he’s responsible for growing the Western region, Haverkamp served as VP of Aspen Specialty’s environmental division and as the national product line specialist for Aspen’s contractor’s professional and pollution product.