On June 1, the SLA said goodbye to Laura Danoff, Assistant Vice President, Education and Compliance, who retired after 11 years with the association. Laura started at the SLA in September, 2006, after more than 20 years as a surplus lines broker and seven years as an independent insurance educator, teaching a number of CE courses for the SLA and the Insurance Educational Association as well as for the SLA staff. She is currently on the IEA’s Board of Directors. She has served on the boards of Golden Gate CPCU and Santa Clara Valley Chapters. A writer, Laura has been published in American Agent and Broker and several issues of Society of CPCU about analyzing surplus lines policies. Her “Hot Fudge Diet” article was published in Weight Watchers Magazine in 1987.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Laura started her career as an English teacher in the Midwest and eventually made her way into surplus lines. “I was working as a clerk-typist at a small insurance company in Palo Alto, as I didn’t want to be a substitute teacher. A female underwriter (rare back than) encouraged me to take insurance classes towards the CPCU designation. The company went out of business and a recruiter sent me to a small surplus line broker in San Jose, where I learned the broking business and the importance of honesty and ethics. When the owner died, the firm was acquired by a large national firm. I was promoted to broker and transferred to their San Francisco office at 50 California, and obtained my CPCU designation in 1981.”
Laura is grateful for the opportunity to have worked with her SLA colleagues for more than a decade, and she will miss their friendship, as well as making them sing Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song.
In retirement, Laura plans to sleep in, continue to sing backup in her synagogue’s rock band, travel with her husband Gordon, do some serious selling on eBay, and lots of writing.
“I’ve enjoyed the opportunities to teach and to assist our brokers with their questions. The work that the SLA does is important, and it’s an honor to have been a part of it.”