Berri Willis, BURNS & WILCOX

Berri Willis, BURNS & WILCOX

Managing director
BURNS & WILCOX
Age: 35

Leveraging more than a decade of industry experience, Berri Willis oversees the Burns & Wilcox offices in Morehead City and Wilmington, North Carolina, and co-manages the Charlotte office. She currently oversees five product divisions, manages business plans, and negotiates exposures and contracts alongside brokers in London. She has created a cohesive work environment by recruiting and retaining talent and developing successful products, and has built a strong clientele over the years.

Willis played an integral role in the recent restructuring of the North Carolina offices, leading the team to a nearly 30% increase in professional liability business. Under her leadership, all three North Carolina offices produced $67 million in premium in 2018, despite major business interruptions following Hurricane Florence. Willis’ other notable accomplishments include becoming a Lloyd’s coverholder, creating a training program for new Burns & Wilcox hires and playing an integral role in the development of the company’s national flood center of excellence.