Senior Vice President - Retail & Retail Senior Leader
Rich Knudson is a senior vice president (SVP) for Brown & Brown, Inc. and serves as a senior leader within Brown & Brown’s Retail segment. In a nearly three-decade career, Rich’s vast experience extends from claims administration and lead producer to office and regional executive management. His industry knowledge and capabilities create impactful insight that he shares with his team to help them generate opportunities, understand local market needs, implement products and solutions and learn how to effectively support each customer.
He started his insurance career in 1995 as an independent claims adjuster before making a career change to the agency side of the business as a producer with Poe & Brown in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1998. Rich was asked to lead the Brown & Brown office in Clark, New Jersey. After growing the business by more than 50 percent, Rich was promoted and asked to run one of Brown & Brown’s larger offices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2006. After successfully building that business by more than 20 percent and growing his team over nearly 10 years, Rich was promoted to regional vice president in 2011. He was named regional president in 2015 with responsibilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York.
Currently, Rich serves on the board of the Nerney Leadership Institute at Cabrini University. He previously served on the board for the School of Risk Management at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a past board member of the Children’s Home of Easton in Pennsylvania. Rich enjoys golf, skiing, paddleboarding, fishing and spending time with family and friends. He lives in central New Jersey with his wife, Angela, and their son.
He holds property & casualty and health insurance licenses in most of the 50 states and has his CIC designation. Rich earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.