CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, August 23, 2022 – Magnolia Grove Insurance Services (“Magnolia Grove”), the Beat Capital backed environmental specialty MGA, today announces the appointment of three senior hires, following its launch in early August.
Richard Edwards joins Magnolia Grove as Chief Underwriting Officer, having previously held the role of Senior Underwriter, Environmental, at Dual North America, where he focused on managing the Southwest Region. Prior to his time at Dual, he worked for Westchester Environmental as a senior underwriter.
“Our ‘find a way’ underwriting style and relationship-focused business model will provide unique value to our partners.”-Richard Edwards
Edwards will work alongside Kevin Fussell, who assumes the role of Vice President. Fussell joins Magnolia Grove from DUAL Commercial LLC where, since 2019, he held the role of Senior Environmental Underwriter. He also spent time building his career at Colony Environmental and Westchester Environmental.
“I am ready to help grow the business by utilizing my previous experience and extensive wholesale broker relationships”-Kevin Fussell
Joliana Hodges also joins the team as Senior Underwriter from Dual North America, having spent close to four years building her experience in the environmental underwriting field.
“To think I will be a part of growing something from the ground up is truly something special.”-Joliana Hodges
Jointly, Edwards, Fussell and Hodges bring more than 20 years of experience which, combined with a passion for environmental insurance, will serve to further strengthen Magnolia Grove’s proposition. The team will assume their roles with immediate effect and will report to Justin Crawford, President and CEO.
About Magnolia Grove
Magnolia Grove was founded in 2022 by Justin Crawford and Beat Capital Partners to provide brokers with a market that they could truly partner with to bring their clients environmental insurance solutions. We are underwriting via a partnership with a strong carrier partner. With the team’s unique underwriting expertise and deep broker relationships, we are developing a market leading environmental MGA platform.