Each week, we will profile an innovative leader featured in the 2024 edition of Az Business Leaders magazine. Today, meet Marc Schmittlein, president and CEO of CopperPoint Insurance Companies.

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Marc Schmittlein

President and CEO of CopperPoint Insurance Companies

Background: Schmittlein joined CopperPoint as president and CEO in 2016 with an ambitious vision: to set a new standard for insurance and to find a better way to deliver that experience to more and more people. After meeting with all 300-plus employees, the hunger for change and growth was clear, as was the roadmap. Through selective acquisition of like-minded companies, investments in data, technology, and infrastructure, and a continued focus on safety and service, CopperPoint has expanded to 26 states. 2022 saw organic premium growth of 8.3% over the prior year, validating the strategy, and continuing the organization’s positive trajectory.

Source of pride: “The transformational journey since 2016: From a single product line (workers’ compensation) and single state/office in Arizona into a respected specialty commercial insurer with an 11-state footprint and presence in 26 states; almost tripling revenue, while delivering a consistent quality experience to every size of client.”

Professional advice: “Do everything you’re asked throughout your career with genuine passion. Don’t be afraid to take a risk, make a lateral move to gain depth, volunteer to help on projects. Find a respected leader to be your mentor. Listen and include: change and consensus happen when people own it.”

Surprising fact: “I have a passion for tackling big game hunting with trips to Africa and many spots around the U.S., and, yes, I like camo outfits best.”

About Az Business Leaders: AZ Business Leaders is an annual business-to-business publication that combines the who’s who of Arizona business community with their valuable leadership advice and knowledge. The magazine is published by AZ Big Media. To learn more about Az Business Leaders, contact Sheri Brown, director of sales.