Next generation commercial insurance experience now available in 48 states across five industries

NEW YORK—April 2, 2020—Blackboard Insurance (“Blackboard”) announced today that it has been able to meet market demand for coverage without disruption, onboarding new hires and expanding capabilities to include coverage in Washington State. Blackboard offers a commercial insurance package that includes Property, General Liability, Auto, Umbrella and Workers Compensation across the manufacturing, real estate, retail, wholesale and services industries.

“Right now, during this challenging and unprecedented time, supporting our customers and meeting demand without interruption is more important than ever before,” said Seraina Macia, Blackboard’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our state of the art technology empowers our team to readily work from anywhere while continuing to provide a better, more efficient end-to-end experience. Not only are we fully functional during this time, we’re proud to continue to serve our brokers and customers with increased capabilities by onboarding new underwriting leaders and expanding our offering to 48 states.”

Blackboard is bolstering its rapidly-growing underwriting team with Bobby Steinsdoerfer as Head of Industry Segments, Trey Martino as East Coast Underwriting Leader and Peter Buccola as West Coast Underwriting Leader. With these additions, Blackboard’s underwriting team now includes over 20 members nationwide.

John Mizzi, Blackboard’s Head of Growth and Underwriting, said, “Trey, Bobby and Pete bring deep backgrounds in the industry, which makes them unique and highly-qualified additions to our ‘one stop shop’ approach to underwriting. As our team continues to grow, their commitment to approaching middle-market commercial insurance in a data-driven and customer-centric way will be an asset to our team and customers alike.”

Martino joins Blackboard from The Travelers Companies, Inc., where he spent more than 12 years across a variety of roles, most recently serving as Managing Director of Commercial Accounts (Private Equity Team) and Excess Casualty. Steinsdoerfer spent a decade at Zurich North America, where he most recently served as Middle Markets Underwriting Manager, guiding a team of 19 professionals handling more than 20 broker locations in the New York Metropolitan area. Buccola was with The Travelers Companies Inc. since 2005, most recently serving as Regional Operating Officer for Commercial Accounts in the Northwest Region and Northern California.

With the approval of its commercial insurance package for customers in Washington State, Blackboard now provides coverage in 48 states plus the District of Columbia.

“As a technology-enabled, agile company, we have worked tirelessly and diligently to erase inefficiencies and rethink legacy technologies, providing those seeking commercial insurance with a best-in-class product and experience,” Macia continued. “Our momentum will only continue to build as we fundamentally transform the way brokers and customers experience commercial insurance.”

Blackboard Insurance brings together technology, data science and deep industry expertise to erase common industry pain points in the commercial middle market—from underwriting to claims and payments—making the entire process simple, transparent and responsive. For more information on Blackboard’s commercial package Washington and in other states, please visit:

About Blackboard  

Blackboard Insurance, which is an American International Group, Inc. (AIG) company, is reimagining the ecosystem of commercial insurance for the middle market using modern technology and team innovation. Using our proprietary technology, we seek to streamline everything from underwriting to claims and finance to operations, and deliver a more efficient, seamless experience. We write property, auto, general liability, umbrella liability and workers compensation for companies in the manufacturing, real estate, wholesale, retail and services industries with annual sales up to $500 million.

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