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Q: Last year, the record-breaking attendance you had at NAPSLO’s annual conference in San Diego seemed to set the tone that business was gathering steam again, and the sentiment among those we spoke with seemed to be that “This is a good time to be in Excess & Surplus lines.” What are you seeing and hearing, and how would you characterize the state of the industry?

All of the numbers are up: Attendance here has again increased this year; A.M. Best’s report is out, indicating continued growth in surplus lines premium; we see continued strength in surplus lines ratings … things are on the rise. We see continued growth in 2014 surplus lines premium, and the stats reported by stamping offices also has been very favorable. I continue to see the optimism, hear the positive comments about the industry—and it’s still a very good business to be in.

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Shawn Moynihan

Shawn Moynihan is Editor-in-Chief of National Underwriter Property & Casualty. A St. John’s University alum, Moynihan has earned 11 Jesse H. Neal Awards, the Pulitzers of the business press; seven Azbee Awards, from the American Society of Business Press Editors; two Folio Awards; and a SABEW award, from the Society of American Business Editors & Writers. Prior to joining ALM, he served as Managing Editor/Online Editor of journalism institution Editor & Publisher, the trade bible of the newspaper industry. Moynihan also has held editorial positions with AOL, Metro New York, and Newhouse Newspapers. He can be reached at [email protected]

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