Jim Holler

Senior Vice President, Planning and Analysis

Jim Holler
What do you do at BoatUS Marine Insurance?

I oversee planning and operations for the Marine Insurance division, which encompasses anything and everything; analyzing our book business, determining best premium rate-structures for the different classes of our business, etc. I like the analytical part of my job most. And also seeing results when a plan works well.

How many years have you been with BoatUS?

I’ve been at BoatUS since December 17th, 1992,  but I’ve been in the insurance industry for over 35 years.

Do you own a boat? If so, what kind and where do you use it?

I own a few… well actually about a dozen… including several antique and classic boats, most of which are wooden. If you add them all up, it comes to about 150ft of boat.

Most unusual phone call, claim or assignment while at BoatUS?

Probably the most challenging project I’ve undertaken is estimating the number of insured boats in the country. There is no central depository or database for this information, and every insurance company guards this information very closely. It’s a lot of guess work. Also, every time a major hurricane hits, category 3 or above, we try to establish the total damage to or effect on recreational boats. This is also difficult to do, because again, no one (insurance company) wants to quantify their losses.

Your favorite vacation spot?

My favorite vacation spot is the St. Lawrence River, which is on the border of New York and Canada; specifically the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence in Clayton, New York. But we also go to Nags Head every year.

Tell us something that nobody knows about you.

I’ve been collecting classic and antique boats since 1978… my classics range from a 1928 Thompson all the way up to a 1962 Richardson. I display them at antique and classic boat shows up and down the East Coast and New England.