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While a great number of successful individuals in the P&C business will tell you they inadvertently found their way
into the insurance industry, WSIA President
Joel Cavaness’ story is quite different.
Cavaness knew from a young age that he
wanted a career in the insurance business,
For the President of WSIA and
Risk Placement Services Inc., a
career in surplus lines continues
to be an enriching experience
on a number of fronts.
BORN TO SERVE:
inspired greatly by his father, L.C. Cavaness, who
owned and ran Jackson & Gray, a P&C retailer
he purchased when Joel was five years old. “He
provided for the family very well, and he was
passionate about it and enjoyed it – and he
made a lot of good friends doing it,” he recalls.
A native of southern Illinois, Cavaness says
his professional intent all along was to gain
the best industry experience he could and
eventually return home to take over the family
business with his brother, Jon.
Cavaness recalls how when he started
out in the early ’80s, there was only so much
capacity to be allocated at that time. For three
years he worked as a casualty underwriter at
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