September 7, 2021

Ep 89 Jeff Radke CEO Accelerant Holdings: Searching for gems & avoiding landmines

Jeff Radke is someone who has had senior roles in many areas of the insurance and reinsurance spectrum.

His career ranges from reinsurance broking at Guy Carpenter to running PXRE, one of the last major Bermudian specialist retro writers.

He then played a large variety of senior roles in over a decade at Argo Group, the internationally diversified specialty insurance and reinsurance group formed out of Argonaut’s takeover of PXRE in 2007.

But all those roles had one thing in common – all of them were at the very least one step removed from the end customer

In his latest venture he is applying all that experience to the world of ultra-specialised, ultra-client-focused MGAs.

It is a really interesting proposition because Jeff knows from his own experience that reinsurers and speciality insurers are keen to access portfolios of stable commercial risk to help balance their own increasingly volatile books

Meanwhile after the shake-out and instability of the last couple of years, quality MGAs are looking for really solid and committed paper providers.

Accelerant does all the things that other MGA incubators are doing including providing and sourcing growth capital, but it also uses its own paper and sources long-term third party insurance capital for its MGA members to give a complete service.

It is clear that Jeff is incredibly energised by this project and I think it comes out all the way through this podcast.

Listen on for a really interesting and fun encounter with someone who has clearly got the bit between his teeth.


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