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Merchants' Team Approach

Merchants serves all 50 states with teams of underwriters to provide first-class underwriting service. Our underwriting teams combine the knowledge and experience of a group of underwriters, allowing us to make smooth transitions and provide the fastest service in surety. Merchants' teams have a deep understanding of surety and the people who use it. Merchants' agents benefit from the innovative ideas, the quality decision-making, superior underwriting, and first-class service that come with the team approach.   

 

Beginning in 2018, Merchants' contract underwriting department will start consolidating territories into multiple regions to be lead by Regional Vice Presidents. Each leads with the experience and commitment to service you expect.  

 

Leading the contract underwriting department are:

 

Josh Penwell

Senior Vice President, Contract Underwriting

Josh serves as the Senior Vice President of Contract Underwriting. He previously served as Vice President of Contract Underwriting, and Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Merchants Bonding Company's™ Austin, Texas office. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in finance and began his career at Merchants in 1996. Josh is a member of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, Association of General Contractors of America, and the Construction Financial Management Association. He lives in Clive, IA and is married with two daughters. 

 

Jason Dettbarn, AFSB

Vice President, Contract Underwriting

Jason serves as the Vice President of Contract Underwriting. He previously served as Regional Vice President of Contract Underwriting and Assistant Vice President of Contract Underwriting over various territories. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in finance and began his career with Merchants Bonding Company™ in 1998. Jason is a member of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers and has obtained the Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bond underwriting designation from the CPCU Society. He lives in West Des Moines, IA and is married with three children.


For information about the contract underwriting team that serves your area, contact info@merchantsbonding.com.