Funny socks mix with serious concerns at Global Insurance Symposium

Photo credit: Greater Des Moines Partnership

Anyone who thinks that insurance executives aren't fun obviously didn't sit in on the right sessions at this week's Global Insurance Symposium.


Photo credit: Courtesy of Mandi Bishop's Instagram account

At the end of a CEO panel discussion Thursday morning, moderator Charlie Richardson asked Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart to step onto the stage, where the four CEOs on the panel -- among them GuideOne's Jim Wallace and Symetra Life's Tom Marra -- bared their ankles to show off their matching socks from Raygun that said, "Des Moines: Kicking ass, taking names and selling insurance."


The panel discussion was the kind of let-your-hair-down, no-holds-barred discussion that Richardson, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLC, encouraged as the moderator -- asking the CEOs to talk about their biggest opportunities, concerns, and what keeps them up at night. Also on the panel were Ed Noonan, chairman and CEO of Validus Holdings Ltd., and Peter Schaefer, president and CEO of Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America.


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