July 2020 Member Spotlight

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 14:43
by Sandy Crayton

Rusty Spears

  1. How long have you been in the industry?  Thirty-two years, 4 companies, 4 relocations and 14 different supervisors.
  2. What is your current position and employer?  Vice President Agency Service at Northern Neck Insurance Company
  3. How long did it take you to obtain your CPCU?   Nine semesters in the days when they only had two testing periods in a year.  I completed 10 written exams in 4 and ½ years.  I doubled up CPCU 1 with CPCU 5.  We had a study group that had already covered CPCU 1 when I started the program.  My first exam was CPCU 2 and by doubling of 5 and 1 I was able to complete a little quicker.
  4. What do you like most about your job? This is the smallest company of my career and I enjoy working with all facets of the company’s operations.  Having completed the CPCU program provided a good foundation for participating in areas which were not part of my prior work  experiences.
  5. Why or how did you start in the insurance industry?   I was working on a PhD in an academic field that was shrinking at the time and the prospects for employment in the field were dim.  My sister was employed with Safeco and she introduced me to the HR manager.  I was employed in less than 30 days as a personal lines underwriter.
  6. Do you have any advice for anyone thinking of getting the designation? If you are interested in diversifying your insurance career this is the designation to pursue.  It helps one follow any insurance conversation you may have.
  7. What book did you read last? Ken Follet’s A Column of Fire
  8. What is your favorite restaurant? Right now, anything that has takeout!  Otherwise, Le Yaca in Williamsburg.
  9. What college/university did you attend?  B.A. Connecticut College, M.A. The Ohio State University
  10. Tell us something about yourself outside of your insurance career.  I am a linguist and polyglot by training.  I speak three different Slavic languages in addition to French and English and have a reading command of several more.


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