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Our Pacific Marine Underwriting Ltd. Management Team

Jim Ball, President

Jim_Ball_home_page_01.10.17AJim started out as an insurance claims adjuster and has worn many hats for insurers both in Canada and the U.S. However, his life’s work for the past 30+ years is the Reliance Insurance Group and he has been growing and nurturing it since he bought a small brokerage in 1985.

Today the Reliance Group is comprised of seven insurance or insurance related companies in both the wholesale and retail side of the business and has grown to 113 employees. Jim first got involved in marine insurance in 2000 when he bought Black Gavin Yacht Pool, a marine insurance company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Along with Dan Kim, Pacific Marine Underwriting Managers Ltd. was formed and grew across the country to Quebec.

During his career, Jim has also been a leader in both the local and national insurance communities. Jim also works tirelessly supporting his various charities and travelling with his wife Katie.

Dan Kim, Senior Vice President

Dan-Kim-PMU-Team_0193aDan Kim is the Senior Vice President of Pacific Marine Underwriting Managers Ltd. Dan entered the industry in 1999 and started his career at Reliance Insurance Agency working in the Commercial Sales department. In 2000, Reliance Insurance acquired Black Gavin & Co Ltd. Dan was promoted to run the marine program that was part of the Black Gavin purchase. Dan manages the pleasure craft underwriting, administration and marketing activities across Canada. Dan is best known for his cooking skills and takes an active role in feeding the staff when the agency celebrates the staff with monthly birthday celebration. Everyone loves Dan's cooking and he has even pulled off a full turkey dinner. Dan keeps busy with his wife, kids and dogs Kibbles and Bingo. Although, he swears his kids named the dogs we are sure Dan was behind these adorable names.

MaryKate Townsend, CAIB Sr. Underwriter & Ontario Manager

MaryKate-Townsend-PMU-Team_0152a.To many, she’s known as MK. She wasn’t always an Insurance Professional. MaryKate graduated from the Horticulture Program at Ridgetown College, which led her to a career in Parks and Recreation - Gardener in the summer, Zamboni driver in the winter. Fast forward a few years, and 2 children later, it was time for a change, 10 years ago MaryKate began her career in Insurance as an agent with a Mutual Insurance company, before taking the leap into the broker channel. MaryKate joined the Pacific Marine team In January 2014.

MaryKate is currently the President of the London Insurance Brokers Association, and has previously held the role of Education Chairperson for the past 3 years with the board of directors.

While spending time with her family and close friends is one of her favourite things to do, she also enjoys golfing, softball and gardening.

Rola Nasser, Manager – Operations & Business Development - Québec

Rola-Nassar-pmu-Team_0181a (1)Working back in her native home in the middle east at an insurance brokerage was Rola’s inspiration to launch her insurance career in 2009 as an insurance agent where she obtained multiple damage insurance licenses including Ontario and the maritimes (NB,NS,NF,PEI). She has completed many seminars in communications, negotiations and public presentations. Seeking new challenges and opportunities encouraged her to move on to the insurance brokerage in 2014, obtain her RIBO license, and collaborate with many insurance providers as an insurance broker. Understanding the needs of the brokers and their various implications in the damage insurance industry enticed her to shift her career to the MGA (Managing General Agent) side and join Pacific Marine Underwriting Managers Ltd. as a Manager of Operations and Business development for the Quebec division.

Rola has completed her first Risk management course with honours, and currently pursuing to obtain her CRM Certification. As a mother of two, family for Rola comes first, spending time with her boys, watching movies and playing video games with them is what she enjoys the most.