Faculty NameMark Fredricksen
In his 40 years in the Insurance Industry, Mark D. Fredricksen has made a name for himself in the animal mortality and agricultural markets. In 1986 Mark established Mark D. Fredricksen Insurance Services, Inc., and in 1993 acquired equine retailer Peterson, McAnally and Tabor. In 2007 Mark was acquired by Hub International Insurance Services, a global leader in the Insurance industry completing a merger which created one of HUB' s first wholesale operations.
Mark finds his work most fulfilling when he has the opportunity to work with other brokers who may be unfamiliar with the Agri/Equine marketplace, or have limited access to markets. In these situations, Mark can work as a consultant with Brokers to assist them with form and carrier recommendations.
Some of the highlights of his nearly 40 years in the insurance industry include: earning his Certified Insurance Counselor designation, 1986; being President of the Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding Safety Association; giving expert witness testimony in equine related cases and facilitating carrier seminars.
Mark is also aware of the value of community, be it the community he lives in or the community he works within, therefore he keeps honesty and integrity in the forefront of all his personal and work related dealings.
Faculty NameMichael Smith
Michael Smith is the co-founder and former President of Global Marine Insurance Agency, one of the largest marine only specialty agencies in the US who represent every major marine insurer. Mike's 38 year career focus has been as an agent and executive specialized in personal and commercial marine risks. Mike is a certified (CE) marine insurance instructor for Commercial Marine Insurance Professional (CMIP), Michigan Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) and the National Marine Lenders Association (NMLA).
Mike's career and boating background uniquely qualify him to instruct on the subject of yacht insurance. Mike began boating as a young boy and has owned or operated various boats of all sizes, both power and sail and has cruised extensively in the Great Lakes and the Caribbean. Mike served on the board of directors of the National Marine Lenders Association and is the past president of the local community sailing program; Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS) and is a member of the Grand Traverse Yacht Club. Mikes passion for boats and his love of the water are revealed in each of his seminars along with his numerous "war stories" relating to yachting and insurance.