PPS-SU brings a unique and independent approach to a growing industry segment of program/niche business. With 100 years of combined insurance and program expertise, our commitment is to bring integrity, knowledge, experience, trust, creativeness and valued relationships to our business partners. We embrace long-term partnerships with capacity, insurance brokers and insureds. With multiple programs, PPS-SU is positioned to draw from relationships throughout the industry to benefit all our trading partners.
William A. Hildebrand
Chief Executive Officer
Bill has been in the insurance industry for over 40 years. The majority of his career has been dedicated to specializing in niche program business. Some of the segments include renewable energy, financial institutions, entertainment, and a multitude of other insurance niche segments. Prior to helping form PPS-SU, Bill was Chairman and Head of North America for one of the largest underwriting managers of renewable projects worldwide. In prior years Bill had oversight of over 35 MGA’s imbedded in one of the largest brokers in the world. Bill has sat on a number of boards and was an active member of the Membership and Ethics Committee for NAPSLO/WSIA.
Monika S. Jahnke
President & Chief Underwriting Officer
Monika has been in the insurance industry in an underwriting role for over 16 years. Some of the niche and specialty segments include renewable energy, large property portfolios, entertainment, and a host of other niche specialties. Monika has the unique expertise to understand and underwrite both property and liability for large commercial accounts. Prior to PPS-SU, Monika was a Senior Underwriter, Senior Vice President, Board Member, and part of the Global Management Team at one of the largest underwriting managers for renewable energy projects. Monika received her BS in Business Administration from Liberty University and graduated Summa Cum Laude, with highest honors.
President, Astor Risk Consultants, LLC
Ben has been on the excess and surplus lines side of the insurance business for 35 years. He started his career as a claims technician for a London broker before being sent to the States for a 6 month project and never went back. Spending 25 years on the west coast in Southern California he worked for four premier wholesale brokers, including Chartwell Independent Insurance Brokers, which he started in 2004 and sold in 2010. Ben’s specialty is complex property placements and he has worked closely with various MGA’s over the years to secure capacity for their platforms. Ben has also partnered with retail brokers to assist in the structuring of large property placements that need to meet the Insureds economic goals, while at the same time fitting with the insurance companies’ requirements.
Kari R. Pennington
Kari has been in the insurance industry for the past 30 years, and servicing onshore wind and solar accounts specifically for the past 8 years with one of the largest underwriting managers of renewable energy projects. Her background also includes servicing and managing accounts for clients in the entertainment and media sector, forced placed insurance for autos and habitational dwellings, commercial business auto, and commercial habitational risks such as apartments, condominiums, and townhomes. She has also worked closely with premium finance companies as the liaison.
The timing is ideal for PPS Specialty Underwriters Inc (PPS-SU), with an experienced team to support the program market. With a wide segment of the commercial insurance market facing continued hardening, the opportunity for specialty and niche programs is needed more than ever. PPS-SU has the background, knowledge, experience and relationships to meet the needs of brokers and insureds, while effectively providing profitability to capacity partners.
The insurance industry has not seen the type of external disruptions which are impacting our business. The effect of a global pandemic, extreme climate events, political dysfunctionality, civic unrest and overreaching social platforms have all impacted our industry and will continue to shape the insurance segment in the future. PPS-SU is committed to providing all the best in traditional as well as new, innovative, insurance solutions.