Terri Hitchcock’s insurance career has spanned the past 40 years, mostly on the insurance company side, in disciplines that include legal, compliance, underwriting, product design, company operations, reinsurance, and litigation management. She has been a member for AICP for 9 years and encourages those who have not yet joined to do so and take advantage of the incredible opportunities to develop professionally and to meet some incredibly talented industry professionals.
What skills do you bring to the office? What qualifications make you a viable candidate for the office?
I have served on non-profit boards at a national level for a number of other non-profits over the past 25 years. I have been an attorney in the insurance industry for 40+ years. I am a collaborator and an effective communicator, both orally and in writing. I bring out of the box thinking to the table and try to synthesize issues to basic pieces in order to “eat the elephant” “one bite at a time.”
What would be your goals for office if you are elected?
Ensure that AICP sustains itself as a relevant organization in the industry, affording members – longstanding as well as newbies – valuable opportunities for professional growth and education. With the current economy and belt-tightening and increased regulatory scrutiny, I believe AICP can offer its members valuable tools and networking opportunities not available elsewhere. We need to capitalize on what we offer and expand our quiver of arrows.
If elected, how would you use your office to work with others in the AICP to pursue the AICP’s current goals and objectives, to meet member needs, and to enhance the AICP’s value in our insurance compliance community?
Ensure that the work we do supports the mission and the strategic plan. As a volunteer organization, we must remove static, white noise and rabbit holes that distract and detract from our vital goals. I also believe that people skills are invaluable. Picking up the phone as opposed to email blasts is a more effective way to work with a team. Eating the elephant one bite at a time (breaking down a large project into manageable pieces) is a must. And knowing how to synthesize seemingly confusing or complex concepts into understandable pieces is a must for AICP to meet its goals. Too often we look at the big picture and do not break things down and use our committees, task forces and volunteers effectively. Getting more people involved also keeps members engaged. They meet more members, enjoy the camaraderie and are more likely to stick around.
Where would you like to see the AICP in the future and what would you do to move the AICP toward the vision?
AICP will become the PREMIER Insurance Compliance Organization. Regulators will contact us for advice. Corporations will use us for education of its personnel. Professionals will use us for the aforementioned as well as for a source of networking.