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Patrick Wraight

Patrick Wraight

Patrick is the Director of Insurance Journal’s Academy of Insurance. As an insurance learning professional, he is passionate about taking the complicated and making it accessible for everyone, especially the insurance community.

He started his insurance career as a commercial underwriter for an MGA that wrote fire departments, ambulance companies, home medical equipment dealers, and other niche markets. It was there that he also started his journey in insurance education by designing and implementing a new underwriter training program.

From there, he moved to one of the largest Florida-based property insurers to become an underwriter trainer. While there, his role expanded beyond classroom and online training to become a learning consultant. He spent time with his customers to determine their learning needs and develop a plan to meet those needs.

Patrick is a prior President of SITE, the Society of Insurance Trainers and Educators.

Patrick has earned several industry designations:

  • CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor)
  • ITP (Insurance Training Professional)
  • CRM (Certified Risk Manager)
  • CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative)
  • AU (Associate in Commercial Underwriting)
  • AINS (Associate in General Insurance).

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Making Sense of It All: Reading Insurance Policies

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Is the loss covered? There's no way of knowing until you read the policy and that policy is as clear as mud. Sometimes it's hard to know exactly what's covered and when. Join us as we walk through a loss scenario and discover how we can read through a policy to discover the answer to the question, "Is it covered?"

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Creating a Professional Development Plan

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'Keep learning' is more than a catchphrase, it's a way of living.


As insurance people, we must continually learn about our craft. This industry is constantly changing and growing. What we know today won't necessarily help us tomorrow. Risks evolve. Coverages change.


Learning doesn't happen by accident; you need a plan to make sure you learn what you need to know when you need it.


In this session, we will present a process to create a professional development plan for you and your team.

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Essential Insurance Terms and Concepts for 2024

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Insurance speaks its own language and people who interact with insurance people need to know and be able to speak that language. If you are new to insurance or you work with insurance people, you need to set aside an hour for this session. We will discuss several terms and concepts that will help you understand your colleagues. Join us as Academy Director of Education, Patrick Wraight brings this newly updated session back for 2024.

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Reinsurance Basics: Why Does This Matter?

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Reinsurance is important because it figures into the insurance company's ability to pay claims and reduce their own risk. Join us as Academy Director of Education, Patrick Wraight brings this session designed to introduce participants to the concept of reinsurance, why insurance companies need it, and what it's there for. 

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The CGL Pollution Exclusion: What's Really Excluded and Endorsements to Avoid

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The pollution exclusion on the ISO CGL coverage form is complicated. Pollution is excluded, except when it isn't and sometimes when you think it might be, it might not be excluded. Then again, there are endorsements available that can clear it all up, like the total pollution exclusion, and others. Join us as Academy Director of Education, Patrick Wraight brings his take on this complicated exclusion.

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No One Said it Would be Easy. Navigating the Current Hard Market

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What should agencies do given the current condition of the insurance market? Hard markets are a fact of the insurance world and we are in one now.


Join us as Patrick Wraight, Academy Director of Education, hosts a panel of experts to discuss the current hard market, what's really going on, and how agents can navigate the difficulties they are seeing in the marketplace.


NOTE: We are currently offering this class free as a service to the insurance industry. Please don't miss this limited offer.

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A Few of Our Favorite Endorsements - CGL Edition

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Casey Roberts and Academy Director Patrick Wraight get together again to discuss some of their most (and least) favorite endorsements for the ISO CGL policy. Join us as they discuss the reasons certain risks need these endorsements and why they might try and avoid some of them.

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Paying the Bills After the Storm

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What's harder on a business? The roof blows off (or burns off) or the lost income for the three months it takes to replace it?


Cash is the life of a business and when there's a property loss, the business often can't operate properly to generate income. That's where Business Income coverage comes in. Join us as Patrick Wraight brings us a session on the basics of Business Income coverage.

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5 Reasons "Your Work" Isn't Covered

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The exclusions on the CGL coverage form can be confusing, especially when you consider that sometimes it looks like there are exclusions for things that should be covered. Join us as Academy Director Patrick Wraight makes sense out of several exclusions that apply to the work that your clients are doing and the products that they are selling.

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The Sinking Florida Property Insurance Market: A Panel Discussion

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Patrick Wraight, Academy Director, is bringing together four experts to discuss Florida, what happened in property insurance in 2022, what might happen in 23, and what it may mean for the rest of the country.

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