Gray McCaskill is assuming the position of chief executive officer of Senn Dunn Insurance and Tim Templeton assumes the role of president and chief operating officer. Larry Roland remains the chairman of the largest privately owned independent insurance agency in North Carolina.
In his new role, McCaskill will devote his attention to recruiting insurance professionals and directing the expansion opportunities for the agency. Roland says McCaskill’s devotion to Senn Dunn, his endless enthusiasm and his compassion for people will make him an exceptional CEO. McCaskill says, “I am proud to take the role of mentoring talented professionals.”
As president and chief operating officer, Templeton will focus on overseeing the agency’s expanding operations. Roland says Templeton’s organization and management skills make him perfectly suited to become Senn Dunn’s president. “Gray has led this company to unprecedented growth. It is an honor to be entrusted with the perpetuation of this agency,” says Templeton.
The moves are part of the agency’s purposeful perpetuation plan crafted several years ago and continue to ensure the ownership and leadership of Senn Dunn is carefully planned. Roland says, “We wanted to make sure to grow and prosper for another 80 years. That was important because the owners, employees, clients and carriers of Senn Dunn need the stability this kind of planning creates.”
McCaskill joined Senn Dunn Insurance in 1985. Since becoming president of the agency in 2003, it has continued to grow in number of locations, employees and revenue. In 2007 alone, Senn Dunn expanded its office in the Triangle and opened a new office in Wilmington. It hired 40 new employees and increased revenue by 22%.
Templeton joined the agency in 1992. He previously worked in marketing commercial accounts for the largest insurance agency in Charlotte and has experience as a commercial insurance underwriter for several major carriers. At Senn Dunn, he as focused on business insurance for clients with highly technical and complex needs. Templeton has served as a managing partner of the agency for more than 10 years. He is a former Eagle Scout, has completed the Insurance Executive Program and serves on the board of directors for the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina. He is also an active member of the Greensboro Rotary.
Senn Dunn Insurance is the largest privately owned independent agency in North Carolina with offices in Greensboro, High Point, Raleigh and Wilmington. The 80-year-old agency represents more than 160 insurance carriers. In 2007, Senn Dunn was selected for inclusion in the elite Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) Best Practices Study which documents the business practices of these “best” agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices. Senn Dunn has also been named national insurance agency of the year two times and has been listed in the Top 100 Largest Property/Casualty Independent Agencies in the United States three years in a row.