Lisa Marecki is VP of life, disability and Select Benefits underwriting for Symetra’s benefits division. Marecki’s career spans over 30 years in the insurance industry. Before joining Symetra over a year ago, Marecki held various leadership roles in underwriting at The Hartford for 25+ years, and served as VP of underwriting and product for AIG.

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Get to know Lisa:

What do you like most about working for Symetra?

Since my arrival at Symetra in January 2018, I have continued to be so impressed with the culture and the level of collaboration that takes place across all levels of the organization.

What do you like most about working in group life and disability & Select Benefits underwriting?

Without a doubt it is the talented team of people I get the pleasure to surround myself with every day. Their passion for our business is incredible and they are truly an amazing group of individuals.

What's been the biggest change in the industry you've seen in your career?

I think the evolution of the voluntary marketplace and the level of focus our key competitors are putting on how to drive success are some of the many changes in the group benefits space.

What's the most important quality in an insurer?

I truly believe the lasting impression an insurer leaves on their “customers” is the most important quality. For many areas, the customer is different (broker, policyholder or employee). However, how you make a customer feel is the same regardless of who the customer is.

What inspires you?

Making a difference every day and being able to be a part of the development of our people is truly the best part of my job day in and day out.

What’s the most important thing you've learned in your career?

Believe and trust in your people and always assume good intentions.

Fun Facts:

  • First job: My mom made me take a job at McDonald’s
  • Hidden Talents: I do all my own landscape work (not sure if that’s a hidden talent)
  • Pets: Right now six dogs and six cats … yes, crazy!
  • Favorite book: “Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck
  • Favorite dessert: Chocolate chip cookies
  • Childhood hero: My mom, hands down