Nominated AUI Broker Selected to Attend Vela University

Appalachian Underwriters is proud to announce that our Broker, Brian Stephenson, was selected to be one of the 32 brokers nationwide to attend Vela Insurance Services’ “Vela University” event on May 22nd through the 25th in Naperville, IL.

Held at Northern Illinois University, the three day educational and networking conference included breakout sessions on topics such as General Liability, Cyber Liability, and generational shifts in the industry, as well as multiple case studies. Attendees also helped build bikes to donate to the local Boys and Girls Club.

Stephenson has been with Appalachian Underwriters’ Brokerage division for three years and specializes in Imported Products, General Contractors, and Roofers. “Attending Vela’s inaugural ‘University’ conference was a rare opportunity to reinforce coverage knowledge while also getting the opportunity to network with underwriters and the highest levels of management,” Stephenson said. “It’s an experience that can only help make me a better wholesale broker.”

“We were honored to receive an invite to nominate a millennial who would have an impact on our industry in the near future. Stephenson was the ideal candidate as we have already seen his contribution to Appalachian Underwriters,” Mark Arnold, AUI Brokerage Director.