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Dan Gmelin

Dan Gmelin

Sr. Vice President – AxonPro

Dan is an established senior executive in the Professional Liability marketplace that has a reputation for building and managing successful and highly profitable books of business. He has strong relationships in the wholesale market, with a following that has helped him rapidly grow each book he has managed. He is a proven leader, with strong connection to a team of underwriters. He has a well-rounded underwriting knowledge base with experience in Architects and Engineers, Miscellaneous Professional Liability, Lawyers Professional Liability, Allied Healthcare Liability, Accountants Professional Liability, Technology E&O, Cyber Liability, Crime, General Liability, and Non-profit Directors and Officers Liability Insurance.
Dan began his insurance career in 2001 after several years with CIBC Oppenheimer in the financial services industry. His first role as an underwriter was with Professional Indemnity Agency (since acquired by HCC, and subsequently Tokyo Marine). There he underwrote all types of Professional Liability Insurance, and soon established himself as one of the top underwriters in the company.

In 2006, Dan joined Ed Donnelly as one of the first eight employees to open US operations for Hiscox. He created all the original A&E, Contractor, Real Estate Developers, and MPL forms, endorsements, applications, and underwriting guidelines. He opened all brokerage offices and marketed the other products as they were intermittently added to Hiscox’s portfolio. He underwrote many lines of business while at Hiscox, while also acting as National A&E Product Head, which was the most profitable product at Hiscox during the majority of his tenure. During Dan’s eleven years at Hiscox, the firm grew from zero to $550m in gross written premium.

In 2017, Dan joined Argo Insurance Company to assume control of the Professional Liability department. He hired a completely new staff of underwriters, revamped the underwriting guidelines, and added new policy forms. During his three years there, Dan’s A&E book grew from $12m to $55m, while each year lowering the loss-pick. During that time, Dan’s MPL book grew profitably from $1.8m to $20m.