Meet the Team

Aviation

 

Aviation

James Gulson

Managing Director

James has always been fascinated with flight. His father gave him his first flight lesson as a gift while he was in college and he was hooked!

James has always been fascinated with flight. His father gave him his first flight lesson as a gift while he was in college and he was hooked! With a private pilot license and 24 years of experience in risk management, he’s placed coverage on everything from one of the largest charter fleets in the world to MRO's, aviation products cases, international risks and aeromedical transport. James is the Managing Director of our Aviation Risk Services.

Working with people in the aviation industry quickly leads to an understanding of a common passion. From pilots to aircraft owners and manufacturers to service providers, this passion is evident and James enjoys working with these professionals every day. He takes the time to really listen to his clients and understand their businesses so that he may be part of their team rather than merely react to challenges that may arise. His experience with complicated risks has allowed him to establish strong relationships within the insurance markets and serve as a credible advocate for his clients.

James also practices in the risk management arenas of Construction and Commercial Real Estate. Portfolios include Hospitality, Multi-Family Habitational and Commercial Office Risks. Construction risks aren't limited to large general contractors, but also specialty trades, as well as manufacturing and suppliers.

James is also proud of the strong bond he has with his son. They are often out hunting, which James describes as a special experience. He and his son keep busy all four seasons in the Midwest, enjoying the outdoors, whether it's time in the water or winter sports, such as skiing.

 

Contact Information
e-mail: jgulson@ssgi.com |  phone: 866.897.2459  |  fax: 605.332.2105

Professional Designations
Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)

Education
Bachelor of Science  |  Business
Colorado State University |  Ft. Collins, CO

 

Jessi Otkin

Account Manager

Jessi loves the challenge of continually learning and growing in her career, which has led to an expansive background in employee benefits, personal insurance and commercial risk management.

Jessi loves the challenge of continually learning and growing in her career, which has led to an expansive background in employee benefits, personal insurance and commercial risk management. She uses her in-depth experience to provide effective risk management solutions to our aviation clientele. As an Account Manager, she helps process policies, renewals, endorsements and certificates. Her attention to detail and strong customer skills make her a valuable resource for every client she serves.

When she is away from work, Jessi still loves a good challenge. You will probably find her playing sports or enjoying some other outdoor activity. When temps get really warm, however, she likes to slow down and relax on the lake.

Contact Information
e-mail: jotkin@ssgi.com |  phone: 605.444.5117  |  fax: 866.427.6568

Professional Designations

  • Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR)
  • Group Benefits Disability Specialist (GBDS)

Education
Bachelor of Arts  | Sociology
Southwest State University |  Marshall, MN