Life After the Army
Like many in the industry, Bond’s entrance to the professional world of insurance occurred purely by chance. He had just left active duty with the Army and wasn’t quite sure of his career path going forward. With a construction background obtained through his military training and experience, he was hired by Safeco Insurance in Dallas and trained as a multi-line adjuster—training he says he still finds helpful to this day.
“Leading teams in adverse situations and achieving goals through combined efforts were very similar themes in both.”
Bond, explaining how his military background translated to the private sector.
Discussions on DEI
Bond says he thinks the industry is moving proactively in a positive direction when it comes to DEI initiatives. He says feedback is being sought and acted upon from diverse organizations and constituencies, and DEI efforts are being funded and incentivized to make those objectives meaningful. Crucially, he says programs are being included in key performance indicators, which lend a large degree of importance to the effort.
“Some are cautious of approaching the subject for fear of being labeled in some way, so creating an environment of safety to drive conversations would be helpful.”
Bond, on how to further increase the effectiveness of DEI initiatives.
“Forward-thinking, collaborative, and cooperative partnerships with a technical base will shape and drive the future.”
Bond, on how insurer flexibility and insurtech solutions will steer the industry in the coming years.
Riding With Pride
Bond not only sits behind a desk, but also behind a set of motorcycle handlebars. He belongs to and rides often with the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, whose mission is to maintain and build upon the legacy of the 9th and 10th Cavalry, two of the six units of Black soldiers (two cavalry and four infantry) authorized by Congress immediately after the Civil War. He says the group conducts training and does its best to represent their legacy.
“CLM provides a venue for thought leaders to view issues through a common lens while also bringing new perspectives to the industry.”
Bond, who sits on CLM’s advisory board, explaining what he loves about CLM and how engaging with other members and fellows presents a unique opportunity to give back to the industry.