Who We Are

Our story

Our Magnolia story

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.

Our values

Service
Service
We are known for our commitment to providing the absolute best service in the market.
Warmth
Warmth
We partner with brokers like we would a close friend.
Integrity
Integrity
We do what we say we are going to do when we say we are going to do it. No excuses.
Conviction
Conviction
Providing our partners with everything they need is something we take seriously.
Our people

The Team

Our team is here to help our partner brokers succeed in the environmental insurance market.
Justin Crawford

President & CEO

Justin is the founder of Magnolia Grove. Prior to founding Magnolia Grove, Justin held various underwriting roles in the environmental market, most recently managing the environmental unit for DUAL North America. He also spent time with underwriting organizations such as Chubb (formerly ACE) and Intact Specialty Solutions (formerly OneBeacon). He has been in the insurance industry since graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance in 2010.

Richard Edwards

Chief Underwriting Officer

Richard comes to Magnolia Grove with 8 years of experience in the environmental market. Most recently he was a Senior Underwriter at DUAL North America handling the Southeast and Southwest regions. He started his insurance career at Westchester, A Chubb Company focusing on large environmental package and environmental energy business. Richard brings to the team expertise in energy, products pollution, and environmental facility underwriting.

Kevin Fussell

Vice President, Underwriting

Kevin Graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance in 2009. He went on to earn the CPCU designation in the fall of 2017. Kevin has over 9 years of experience in the Environmental Insurance Industry having held previous underwriting positions at Chubb (formerly Ace), Colony Specialty, and Dual Commercial.

Joliana Hodges

Senior Underwriter

Joliana is currently a Senior Underwriter at Magnolia Grove. Prior to joining Magnolia Grove, Joliana was a Senior Underwriter at Dual North America with 3 years of experience in the industry. As a former collegiate golfer, Joliana has a passion for competing both in business and sport.  Joliana graduated from Appalachian State University in 2019 and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

Rumen Valkanov

Assistant Vice President, Underwriting

Rumen is an Assistant Vice President at Magnolia Grove. He graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance in 2014 and has over 11 years of insurance experience from which 8 are in the environmental market. Prior to joining Magnolia Grove, Rumen worked on the Environmental Team at Westchester, A Chubb Company focusing on developing strong relationships with brokers in the West Coast Region.

April Galda Joyce

Board Member

April Galda Joyce has 20+ years of experience in insurance and financial services in the US, London and Bermuda.  April joined Beat Capital Partners in 2021 from Global Atlantic Financial Group to build out Beat’s US business.  She previously served as COO of Ariel Re and co-led Goldman Sachs’ non-life business with Tom Milligan.  She began her career in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs.

Justin Crawford

President & CEO

Justin is the founder of Magnolia Grove. Prior to founding Magnolia Grove, Justin held various underwriting roles in the environmental market, most recently managing the environmental unit for DUAL North America. He also spent time with underwriting organizations such as Chubb (formerly ACE) and Intact Specialty Solutions (formerly OneBeacon). He has been in the insurance industry since graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance in 2010.

Richard Edwards

Chief Underwriting Officer

Richard comes to Magnolia Grove with 8 years of experience in the environmental market. Most recently he was a Senior Underwriter at DUAL North America handling the Southeast and Southwest regions. He started his insurance career at Westchester, A Chubb Company focusing on large environmental package and environmental energy business. Richard brings to the team expertise in energy, products pollution, and environmental facility underwriting.

Kevin Fussell

Vice President, Underwriting

Kevin Graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance in 2009. He went on to earn the CPCU designation in the fall of 2017. Kevin has over 9 years of experience in the Environmental Insurance Industry having held previous underwriting positions at Chubb (formerly Ace), Colony Specialty, and Dual Commercial.

Joliana Hodges

Senior Underwriter

Joliana is currently a Senior Underwriter at Magnolia Grove. Prior to joining Magnolia Grove, Joliana was a Senior Underwriter at Dual North America with 3 years of experience in the industry. As a former collegiate golfer, Joliana has a passion for competing both in business and sport.  Joliana graduated from Appalachian State University in 2019 and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

Rumen Valkanov

Assistant Vice President, Underwriting

Rumen is an Assistant Vice President at Magnolia Grove. He graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance in 2014 and has over 11 years of insurance experience from which 8 are in the environmental market. Prior to joining Magnolia Grove, Rumen worked on the Environmental Team at Westchester, A Chubb Company focusing on developing strong relationships with brokers in the West Coast Region.

April Galda Joyce

Board Member

April Galda Joyce has 20+ years of experience in insurance and financial services in the US, London and Bermuda.  April joined Beat Capital Partners in 2021 from Global Atlantic Financial Group to build out Beat’s US business.  She previously served as COO of Ariel Re and co-led Goldman Sachs’ non-life business with Tom Milligan.  She began her career in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs.

Our partners

Beat Capital Partners (“Beat”) is a long-duration venture capital investor exclusively focused on the insurance industry, offering the right individuals and teams startup funding, infrastructure, risk capital, and highly-rated paper, alongside experienced guidance and support. Beat has launched nine businesses since its founding in 2017, which collectively wrote gross premiums in excess of $500 million (USD) in 2021 and operates Lloyd’s Syndicate 4242. Beat is backed by experienced insurance investors including Bain Capital Credit and Elliott Management, as well as its management team, and is committed to being the best possible partner for entrepreneurial insurance talent.

beatcapital.com