National Insurance Wholesaler, Founders Professional, Opens New Office with the Hiring of DeCew & Steen

SAN DIEGO, CA, December 4, 2017 – One of the Nation’s leading specialty wholesale insurance brokerages, Founders Professional, is excited to announce the recent hires of Matt DeCew and Jeff Steen. DeCew and Steen will be launching the San Diego office of Founders Professional – the company’s fifth location. These two new hires reinforce Founders Professional’s unwavering commitment to a West Coast presence.


In these new roles, DeCew and Steen will work hand-in-hand with retail insurance agencies throughout the West in securing coverage for their clients hard-to-place professional liability and management liability insurance risks.  DeCew will focus his efforts on the placement of miscellaneous professional liability risks and management liability risks across a multitude of industries, while Steen will focus his efforts on the architects and engineers marketplace – and helping retail insurance agents navigate the world of professional liability insurance in those arenas.

“I’m honored to be joining the Founders team. Their company vision of truly being employee focused and client service driven grabbed me from the get go. I’m looking forward to helping the company grow and even more excited about helping our clients grow and achieve success,” commented DeCew.

With over twelve years of wholesale brokerage experience, focusing solely on professional liability, Matt DeCew was a natural fit to join the miscellaneous professional liability team. A surfer vibe with a business mind – everybody will love working with Matt. His knowledge of and experience in the California marketplace will make him, along with Steen, an invaluable resource to Founder’s retail partners.

“I’m very excited to join the Founders Professional team as a specialist wholesale broker, building on my nearly two decades of experience servicing the insurance and risk management needs of design professionals. I was attracted to Founders due to their industry reputation and access to unique products not normally available through other wholesalers,” commented Steen.

Before joining Founders Professional, Jeff Steen was an insurance broker for IOA Insurance Services where he served the insurance needs of architects and engineers throughout the Country. From 2014- 2017 Jeff served as the Treasurer for a/e ProNet, a national network of brokers who specialize in serving the insurance needs of design professionals.  Additionally, Steen has earned his RPLU designation from the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), confirming his dedication to and expertise in the professional liability arena.

Robb Williams, President of Founders Professional, commented: “We are pleased to deliver on our promise to open an office in San Diego, California. Our three recent additions in California will provide our West Coast agents a one stop source (right in their back yard) for all of their hard-to-place professional liability and management liability needs. All three have a lot of experience in their space and fit in very nicely with the growing and focused practice leader led team model, that our agents have come to count on.”

Both DeCew and Steen are joining a wholesale brokerage that has quickly become one of the most effective players in the professional liability arena. With a focus exclusively on the placement of professional liability and management liability risks, and a practice leader led team model, working with Founders Professional has quickly become the go-to choice for agents across the country that focus in professional liability.

Matt DeCew can be reached directly at 714-865-3215 or via email at [email protected].

Jeff Steen can be reached directly at 619-889-0998 or via email at [email protected].

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Aaron Lipson at 312-219-6589 or via email at [email protected].