Risk & Business Magazine Cooke Insurance Magazine Summer 2018 | Page 4
CONTENT COORDINATOR Carle Publishing Inc.
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
Vanessa Van Edwards
Dr. Brad Smart
The road leading to my current role as a commercial
broker here at Cooke Insurance has not been a
straight one, but it has been an interesting one. I
had an early interest in marine biology which
led me to work in aquaculture and even with
sharks. After taking some time to travel, however,
I ultimately decided to leave the field (kind of; see
In 2010, I started at Cooke Insurance working
in the mail room. I then moved to personal lines
broker in 2013, and then recently switching to
commercial insurance in November 2017. My
areas of focus are Agriculture, Manufacturing,
Construction and, of course, Aquaculture.
When it comes to insurance, the industry has always been a reactive one, responding to
situations only after they occur. I believe in taking action to create the situations, giving
individuals the ability to control them long before they happen. But there are some
things insurance cannot cover. In those cases, I strive to help businesses prepare for
those events in ways other than insurance.
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My job as a broker is more than simply making sure your business can survive a
disruption. It is also to help you create and improve upon business processes that will
help further your success. Because if you haven’t succeeded, than neither have I.
My job as a broker is much more than simply making sure your business can survive a
disruption; it is also my job to help create and improve upon the processes that will help
facilitate success within businesses, as if you haven’t succeeded, than neither have I.
I am a commercial insurance broker for Cooke
Insurance. I have been in the insurance industry
since November 2015, starting out as a personal
lines broker before transitioning into commercial
insurance in 2016.
I graduated from Missouri Valley College in
Marshall, Missouri, with a bachelor’s degree in
finance and a minor in marketing. I pursued my
love of golf while in college by competing on the
varsity golf team. I was also an active member of
Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, where I was treasurer.
When it comes to commercial insurance, I believe
that businesses are often the victim of their own
insurance without knowing it. Our office at Cooke
Insurance helps businesses avoid that trap by taking a proactive approach to
their insurance needs.
I grew up in Stratford, PEI, and am currently living in Charlottetown.
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