Professional headshot of Andrew Rippert of Aspen Re “Understanding how things work at a basic level is key to learning virtually anything. That’s true whether you are building a car, a motorcycle or a contract of insurance or reinsurance,” says Andrew Ripper, chief underwriting officer at Aspen Re. (Credit: Aspen Re; Background image: Lukas Gojda/

Growing up in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood, Andrew Rippert developed an early passion for working with his hands and building things.

Initially, this interest was applied to fixing bicycles. As a kid, Rippert, who currently serves as Aspen Re’s chief underwriting officer, would salvage parts from discarded bicycles at the town dump and build ridable bikes from pieces.

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