Learn a little bit about Steve Holcombe, Beacon Hill’s Assistant Vice President
Please tell us about your family, interests, and hobbies.
I currently live in the suburban Philadelphia area with my wife Danielle and my German Shepard Denali. We are looking forward to expanding our family in May 2020 with the birth of our first child. I am a proud Temple University alum, and I follow both their football and men’s basketball teams. I am also an avid Philadelphia pro sports fan. Outside of supporting my favorite sports teams, I enjoy playing basketball, snowboarding, and spending time golfing.
What is your professional background and how has it led you to work in environmental insurance?
Most people working in the insurance industry will say they “fell into it.” My career plans were more intentional in that I decided to major in insurance while in college. This provided me with some great opportunities to learn the industry at the beginning of my career. I have been lucky enough to have experience in multiple aspects of the insurance industry, including production underwriting and sales. I’ve also been both a generalist and a specialist, managing a variety of accounts and client needs. With those experiences, I have enjoyed the specialization side of the insurance industry more and gravitated toit, which lead me to environmental insurance. It has provided me the opportunity to have specialization while still being able to apply the products to a wide variety of clients.
What is the most important lesson you have learned in your career?
During my early career one of my mentors told me that I shouldn’t be afraid to say “I don’t know” in response to questions as long as I back that up with “but I will find out.” The last thing you want to do is misspeak or give incorrect information.
If you had to choose one word to describe the most important motivator to being a leader in your career, what would it be and why? What are you doing specifically at Beacon Hill to help you achieve this?
Perspective. We all come from different backgrounds and experiences in this industry. We also all look at situations differently based on where and what we are doing in the insurance industry. A carrier underwriter looks at a situation differently than an agent does. A producer may look at a situation differently than an agency owner. I purposefully try to look at situations from different perspectives whether on the carrier level, agency level, or at Beacon Hill. This has helped me be a better communicator to my clients and my co-workers.