wanted to educate me quickly
on how valuable the program
space is. That was my first
impression: She wasn’t going
to wait for me to form my own
opinion,” Iglesias said.
Iglesias said Meek possesses
a combination of traits that
few insurance executives can
“She has all the
qualifications to be a strong
executive and that is very
rare. She is a strong leader,
extremely credible, she
understands the space she is in
better than anybody and she knows how to execute effectively,”
Meek said she set out to gain a lot of people’s trust when
she took the reins of the programs business at Allied World.
She also made it clear that she didn’t want to compete
with different sides of the Allied World house for
Grace made an impression, when drawing
on her connections, she brought in new
business soon after joining Allied
World in April 2011.
“The success started
Kimmel is president and CEO of K2 Insurance, which does a lot of work with
Grace and Allied World, helping them to run a large public entity program. Like
others, Kimmel notes Meek’s toughness.
“You are not going to walk over her,” he said. “She’s tough, she’s fair and I
think she can be creative.”
Kimmel said Meek has the good judgment to know which deals are worth
staying with and which are not. But he said she also has the fortitude to find a
solution when a program has merit, even if it presents challenges.
“I don’t think she walks away easily,” Kimmel said.
“Grace hangs in there and tries to look at things creatively. I think that has
enabled her to get some things done that otherwise, in the market, don’t get
done,” he said.
Meek said she’s found an environment at Allied World that suits her.
Although she is a driven executive, she holds the happiness and future of her
children as her highest priority.
She said many of the key executives at Allied World have young families and
understand the importance of making time for your kids and maintaining that
all-important life/work balance.
“Lou has been the greatest boss and the greatest support,” Meek added.
PUSHING ASIDE ADVERSITY
Meek’s an industry star now,
building a programs business at a rate
that many would be envious of. But
her road to that success was anything
Grace’s twin daughters were only
eight months old when her husband
Michael died of a seizure while
seeking treatment for alcoholism. Less
than a month later, Meek lost her job
with Delos Insurance.
Her husband’s illness and death
• Grace Meek tripled Allied World’s
programs business in six years.
• Allied World’s culture was the
right fit for her.
• Meek rebounded after losing her
husband and her job in the space
of a month.