Position: Marketing and communications specialist
Most important job skill: Creativity
Career path: Evolving
I want to invest my talents with a company I can grow with. For me, it’s Admiral.
Whether it’s helping to prepare managers for a presentation, developing a new email campaign or website content, collaborating with another department to develop their message or dozens of other activities, no day is the same for marketing and communications specialist Patrick Gallagher. “Day-to-day, there’s always something different going on. The variety and pace really suit my personality.” says Patrick, who joined Admiral in 2014.
The focus then was on developing email campaigns for new products, but today Patrick’s efforts have branched into using social media and other channels to communicate Admiral’s message to its target audiences. “We’re always trying to find the best way to communicate our message,” explains Patrick. “I have the support to be as creative as I can. Some of my ideas are accepted, others not. But we all pull together.”
The majority of projects brings Patrick into contact with underwriting where new product development takes place, but it also leads to contact with claims, actuary, finance and other areas. “If I need information, something clarified, I don’t have to go through a lot of levels to get things done, I can go directly to the source,” continues Patrick, whose first job out of college was at a global manufacturer. “People make themselves available and are willing to help, even people I’ve just met in a webinar or talk to the phone.”
With a degree in mass communications, Patrick was initially tentative about a career in insurance, but a conversation with a relative who had worked in the field for many years dispelled the ho-hum impression many have about insurance. As an excess and surplus company, Admiral handles unique and specialty risks, like trampoline parks, dietary supplements and inflatable house rentals, which “always keeps work interesting,” Patrick adds.
From his first interview, Patrick realized Admiral was a good fit. Walking around the office, Patrick says he felt the company was a close-knit operation, almost family atmosphere – a sharp contrast from his previous employer where he felt more like ‘a clog in the wheel.’ “I want to invest my talents with a company I can grow with. For me, it’s Admiral.”