The latest addition to the Joyn team is Russel Newman, who brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as Joyn’s Broker Relationship Leader. Russel will use his enthusiasm and deep background in building relationships in commercial insurance markets to propel Joyn’s strategic growth initiatives.
Over more than two decades in the insurance industry, Russel has amassed a tremendous amount of commercial insurance experience across multiple segments including Management Liability, Employment Practices, Small Commercial, Workers Compensation and Personal Lines. Most recently, Russel was a Director at DUAL North America where he led the Sales & Distribution strategy. Prior to DUAL North America, he spent six years at QBE North America, and before that he spent time at Employers Insurance Group, Tower Group Companies, Kemper Preferred, and The Hartford. Strategic business development and transformational change have remained a common theme throughout Russel’s impressive career.
Russel earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Marketing at Alfred University. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate with emphasis on Labor & Employment Law from California Western School of Law, passing the New York and California Bar Exams. For nearly a decade, Russel has been a proud Board Member of Children’s Craniofacial Association.
What’s your role at Joyn?
As the Broker Relationship Leader at Joyn I will help drive strategic partnerships across the retail and wholesale distribution channels. I will be responsible for engaging with key trading partners and ultimately driving adequate submission volume to achieve our strategic objectives. I will contribute to Joyn’s success by leveraging my 20 years of experience in our industry, my relationships with key leaders in distribution, and through bringing my positive energy and enthusiasm to the team every day.
What attracted you to Joyn?
I can’t say enough great things about the people at Joyn. To work with the company’s senior leaders was an opportunity I could not pass up. I was also excited about the opportunity to build a better tool for our partners and customers and the ability to build a more inclusive company than what is typical of our industry. It’s so impressive to see what Joyn has been able to achieve since launching last year and I know that there are even bigger things ahead. Joyn’s small size, vibrancy, and lack of any legacy makes it incredibly unique, and I am thrilled to be a part of the Joyn team.
Tell us about your passions and motivations outside of Joyn.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my two teenage boys. One is a coder/gamer and the other is an athlete so I get to live in multiple worlds through them. I also try my best to exercise and be outside 4-5 times per week! My biggest passion is finding the kindness and empathy in others. I am definitely an insurance junkie so you can find me reading the Business Insurance Magazine, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Insurance Insider, Insurance & Technology. I also attend numerous annual conferences and events to stay current on what’s happening in our industry.