Industry Economist Hartwig Named to N.Y. Big ‘I’ Agent Group Board

June 14, 2005

Robert Hartwig, vice president and chief economist of Manhattan-based Insurance Information Institute, was recently appointed to a one-year term as an at-large director of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York Inc.

As an IIABNY at-large director, Hartwig will help guide the association’s board of directors on policies and issues vital to the interests of the organization’s members at more than 1,900 locations statewide.

Hartwig is among a group of new officers and directors appointed or electedduring IIABNY’s two-day Annual Business Meeting at The Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse.

Hartwig previously served as director of economic research and senior economist with the National Council on Compensation Insurance in Boca Raton, Florida. He has also worked as senior economist for the Swiss Reinsurance Group in New York and as senior statistician for the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington, D.C.

Hartwig serves as a media spokesperson for the property/casualty insurance industry and is quoted frequently in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and Business Week.

Hartwig has authored and co-authored papers that have appeared in numerous publications, including the Journal of Health Economics, Proceedings of the Casualty Actuarial Society and Journal of Workers’ Compensation, and is a regular contributor to many industry trade publications.

He has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises.

Hartwig received his doctorate and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also received a bachelor’s degree in economics cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds the insurance industry designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. Hartwig has served as an instructor at the University of Illinois and Florida Atlantic University.

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