Gareth Cotton at specialist insurance broker La Playa has been called to the final shortlist for the Insurance Times IT Pack Member of the Year 2013. Now in its fifth year, the national competition brings together the brightest young stars in the broking industry to compete for the coveted title.
At regional events in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Leeds, delegates came together to discuss several hot topics that are affecting brokers as they operate in an increasingly competitive market. The debates ranged from discussing the digital age of insurance to examining how to build successful relationships between brokers and insurers. The delegates then worked together in groups to produce a presentation and were quizzed by a tough panel of industry experts.
The judges were looking for the young brokers to demonstrate a range of skills in their presentations, including decision-making abilities, leadership skills and diplomacy.
After much deliberation, eight finalists were chosen to participate in a final task at Silverstone race track in Northamptonshire to really test their knowledge and determination to succeed.
“It was great to network with like-minded, ambitious young brokers at the IT Pack event”, said Account Executive Gareth Cotton.“I’m frequently one of the younger people at networking events and that can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to be taken seriously as a young broker. It was interesting to learn about the challenges others are facing and to see how other brokers are using technology to better their organisation and communicate with their clients. It was also comforting to realise that our practices at La Playa are quite cutting edge, particularly in the way we use social media.
The judges are currently deciding on a winner of the IT Pack 2013, who will be revealed at the Insurance Times Awards on 3 December at London’s Battersea Evolution.
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Alison McQueen, Author