Employee Spotlight


ABOUT OUR CRUM AND FORSTER EMPLOYEES

 

Jen Wingard- Assistant Vice President 

It is hard to believe that my career with Bail USA began almost 27 years ago. Bail USA’s prior owner was a big believer in cross training which allowed me to become familiar with many of the bail departments and provided the opportunity to obtain my P & C license. Starting my career as a receptionist I then moved into data entry. After several years, I transitioned into the BUF department and found my passion of working with accounting which opened the opportunity to my current position of Accounting Manager.

When I am not working, you can find me with my family; my husband, Mike and our twin daughters Grace & Isabel (Who just celebrated their 12th Birthday). Our daughters keep us very busy and we enjoy watching them play softball, basketball, cheerleading and gymnastics.  Although, this past year has been a challenge, I also enjoy volunteering which allows me to give back to the community. I volunteer at the local Good Shepard center serving hot lunches, at my daughter’s school, and currently serving as VP on the school PTO. When life is not so busy, I enjoy reading and going for walks.

Over the years our family has been able to enjoy vacationing.  We have been able to visit Jamaica, Dominic Republic, Mexico, and most recently the Outer Banks. Prior to Covid, we were planning our next adventure to Hawaii but had to postpone that trip. There is just something about sitting on the beach and watching the waves while relaxing.

If I had to pick a favorite food, I would say crab legs. They are well worth the time and effort it takes to crack them open. I am an 80’s girl and one of my favorite movies is Dirty Dancing. I have a small family so picking one holiday over another is difficult.  Holidays for me is getting to spend valuable time with my family and creating memories.

I am thankful for the opportunities that Bail USA provided me over the years, which has brought me to the C&F family. In the few years with C&F I have been blessed to continue to grow and take on new responsibilities. I am excited to see where the future takes me and our company.


 

Dave Hyatt- Vice President

Prior to getting in the bail industry, Dave had a career in Finance and Bank management, and also as Regional Manager for a National Propane Gas Company.  Nearly 30 years ago, a son-in-law purchased a bail agency and asked Dave to join him in the business.  Dave wrote bail, as an agent for five years before joining the insurance company that he wrote bail thru.  He assumed the position of Vice President of Pioneer General Insurance Company.  It was his responsibility to oversee the bail division, and claims division and to prepare the paperwork for expansion to other states.  The plan was for slow and conservative growth, so over the years they expanded one state at a time, to eventually cover 10 states. The company was sold and thru the years became part of Crum & Forster.

Dave enjoys time with his large family.  With his wife Jen, they have a “Brady-bunch” of 7 kids, 13 Grandkids, and 5 Great Grand Kids.  Dave loves to cook, and one family tradition is an event held every year on New Year’s Day. It’s a chili cook off contest.  An invitation to attend is a prized possession.  In attendance have been many family friends and dignitaries including State Senators and Representatives.  Everyone is invited to bring a pot of their best home-made chili.  All attendees blind taste test every entry, and provide a score 1-10.  The scores of all attendees are tabulated and first, second and third place ribbons are awarded.  Dave won once in 2013, but his children and grand-children have won the most times.