Position: National product leader for health, nutrition and lifestyle
Most important skill need: Communications
Career path: Challenging but rewarding
If you want to have a future that includes more than your current job and are willing to work hard, Admiral will make it happen.
Years ago, when national product leader Lindy Gardner was looking to change jobs, she came across an opening at Admiral. Having never heard of the company, she was initially reluctant about applying for the job, but thought ‘What the heck, let me give them a try.’ From the moment she interviewed with the company, Lindy knew she had found a unique opportunity. “The branch manager who interviewed me was engaging and funny and genuine,” says Lindy. “I remember thinking, ‘I don’t know this company, but I want to work for it.’ “
A few years later and more convinced that she had made the right to decision to work at Admiral, Lindy remembers talking to the branch manager about her future career path. “I was asked what I wanted to do,” recalls Lindy. “I felt like I could have said I want to sit at this desk and do the same job until I retire and he would have said, ‘Great, I’m going to make that happen.’ Or I could have said what I did, which was, ‘I want to be challenged.’ ” And she has been. “If you want to have a future that includes more than your current job and are willing to work hard, Admiral will make it happen,” continues Lindy.
Today, Lindy heads up a newly formed team that underwrites casualty coverage for companies in the health, nutrition or lifestyle market, which can include probiotics, vitamins, protein bars, cosmetics, energy drinks or diet aids among any products that allege a health benefit. “It’s a niche market where regulations, best practices and other industry guidance are continually changing,” explains Lindy. “No risk is ever the same, which makes our work continually challenging but also rewarding.”
“Admiral believes if you’re an employee, you have the skills and knowledge to make the best decision for yourself and the company,” continues Lindy. “Employees aren’t strapped down with layers of management approval. Admiral trusts its employees to do the right thing.”