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Jon Knouse

Jon Knouse
Chief Underwriting Officer
Franklin, TN

Jon is Chief Underwriting Officer and is based in Chicago. In addition to running the Chicago office of Catalytic Risk Managers, his responsibilities include contract management and negotiation, underwriting and portfolio development and corporate planning. As well as underwriting commercial property insurance, including earthquake and flood, Jon underwrites in support of Catalytic’s terrorism facility. 

Prior to the formation of Catalytic via the merger of Western Re/Managers and the property division of Align General, Jon worked at Western Re for 8 years and opened the current Catalytic Chicago office in 2006. Prior to Western Re, he spent 12 years at North Shore Management Associates where he helped to establish North Shore as a successful and respected MGA. 

He began his career in 1990 at Rollins Burdick Hunter (Aon). At RBH, he was responsible for the development of public entity self-insurance pools. Jon graduated from the University of Missouri in 1989 with a Bachelors of Journalism degree and a U.S. History minor. He is currently a board member of his alma mater’s Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence Endowment and also serves as President of the Glencoe Educational Foundation which raises money for education.