Meet Our Executive Team
Thomas (Tom) Skaggs
Director of Underwriting
Tom Skaggs serves as the Director of Underwriting with Outdoor Underwriters where he focuses on business development and risk management for all specialty markets. Tom collaborates with clients and Lloyd’s of London program underwriters to identify emerging exposures during the application process. Utilizing claims data, Tom has developed a loss analysis model to successfully recognize risks related to hunting club and landowner demographics utilized in Outdoor Underwriters’ safety programs and risk management strategies.
Tom graduated from the University of Montana’s College of Forestry & Conservation with a degree in Forestry and Business Management. He has worked as a forester with both the federal government and private sectors and amassed more than 30 years of insurance experience in the timberland investment and forest products industry. Tom offers a unique perspective to clients and is uniquely qualified to address their potential risk of perils associated with timberland ownership.
He has been a featured speaker at universities, state forestry, and national wildlife organizations, as well as timberland investment workshops and conferences. Tom’s presentations span a variety of topics including Landowner Liability, Hunting Lease Liability, Risk Management and Timber Harvesting Safety. He currently serves or has served as a Board or Committee member with the following organizations:
- Forest Resource Association
- Timber Harvesting and Transportation Safety Foundation
- South Carolina Wildlife Federation
- Tennessee Forestry Association (past President)
- University of Tennessee Commission on Agriculture
- University of Tennessee Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries Advisory Board
- Virginia Forestry Association Logging Committee
Vice President - Institutional Timber Division
Jack Tribble serves as Vice President of the Outdoor Underwriters Institutional Timber Program. Jack graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance. Jack began his insurance career in 1974 with the international insurance brokerage firm of Johnson & Higgins. After serving in various brokerage and management roles in the Atlanta office of J&H, Jack was transferred to Birmingham where he served as Branch Manager and Principal of the firm. He remained in that role after the 1997 acquisition of J&H by Marsh & McLennan and became a Managing Director of Marsh. In 2003, Jack became the Southeastern Regional Compliance Officer overseeing regulatory & compliance activities of 23 Marsh offices and remained with Marsh until 2007.
For the last 7 years, Jack has been involved in the development of the institutional timber industry insurance program at Forest Security Resources, LLC. His intent of bringing this product to the market was successfully rolled out in 2011; currently the program has over 6 million acres of institutional timber insured in the U.S. and five foreign countries. He focuses on large timber portfolio managers and owners.
Jack and his wife Kathy reside in Birmingham, AL and have two grown children. Jack works in our Outdoor Underwriters Alabama office.