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Specialty commercial insurance for specialty producers

At Markel, agents are our greatest asset, and we want you to be successful in growing your business. If your agency is interested in getting an appointment with Markel, complete a producer application to get started. Please note, you must be appointed by Markel before sending a submission.

For your convenience, Markel Specialty has consolidated information about all programs available to retail agents into this web site. If you're looking for THOMCO programs, they are now available through Markel. Click the market segments below to learn more about our appetite.

 

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Programs

Bicycles                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Whether you prefer to compete or ride for recreation, Markel has the coverage to protect you and your bicycle. We understand that cycling means something different to each rider, and that's why our bicycle insurance policies are customizable to fit your needs.

Markel agents: Separate agreement and appointment required. Click here for more information.

 

Camps and youth recreation

A leader in providing camp insurance, Markel has been in the camp business for decades. Our appetite in this market includes:

  • Camps and youth recreation
    • Boys and Girls Clubs
    • Community programs and recreation centers
    • Day camps
    • Equestrian camps
    • Jewish Community Centers
    • Religious camps
    • Resident camps
    • Retreats/conference centers
    • Short-term camps
    • Special needs camps
    • Sports camps
    • Trip, travel, and adventure camps
    • Youth recreation programs

 

Child care centers

Providers of enrichment and care to children have plenty to focus on. That’s why Markel has a specialty insurance solution customized for these industries--so they can focus on those in their care, and we’ll focus on insuring the unique needs of their business.

 

Events

Markel offers event cancellation and event liability policies for private special events, such as: birthday parties, graduation parties, weddings, baby showers, memorial services, and more. Allow us to provide you with the peace of mind in knowing that your special day is protected. 

Markel agents: Separate agreement and appointment required. Click here for more information.

 

Event planners

If you’re an event planner looking for stable and secure coverage for your business, Markel has what you're looking for. We help planners protect their businesses whether they are handling trade shows, corporate events, or small private gatherings. Program administered by Thompson Insurance Enterprises, LLC. 

 

Health clubs

The health and fitness industry is dedicated to making people look and feel great. Markel is also dedicated--to providing these businesses with the right insurance coverages that address their unique risks. Program administered by Thompson Insurance Enterprises, LLC. Our appetite includes:

  • Health clubs
    • Large and small health clubs
    • Pools and spas
    • 24/7 key access clubs
    • Franchise operations
    • Snack/juice bars
    • Spin classes
    • Pilates
    • Cross fit
    • Zumba
    • Yoga
    • Incidental exposures - spa, martial arts, racquetball, tennis, squash, basketball, rock walls

 

Horses and farms

Markel is known as "the insurance company with horse sense" for good reason--we've been insuring horses, farms, and other equine-related activities for over 50 years. We specialize in providing coverage for:

 

Inflatable rental operators

Owners of inflatable rental businesses know how to have fun, and Markel has the coverage they’re looking for. This includes specializing in hard-to-insure equipment such as rock walls, euro bungee, portable ropes courses, and more. Program administered by Thompson Insureance Enterprises, LLC.

  • Inflatable rental operators
    • Inflatable rentals
    • Party rental operations
    • Haunted attractions
    • Hay rides, corn mazes
    • Seasonal attractions with inflatables and/or children's activities (Christmas tree farms, pumpkin patches, u-pick operations)

 

Investment advisors

Markel offers Errors and Omissions and Directors' and Officers' coverage on a surplus lines basis to several classes of investment advisors:

  • Investment advisors
    • Asset managers
    • Divorce financial consultants
    • Financial planners
    • Registered investment advisors (RIAs)
    • Independent investment advisory reqresentatives (IARs)

 

Medical transportation

With over 30 years of experience insuring the medical transport industry, Markel provides coverage for these classes of business:

 

Motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles

Markel has been insuring fun for over 40 years. As specialists in recreational vehicle protection, we offer customizable policies to fit your riding needs. Wherever your adventure may lead, we will be right alongside you.

Markel agents: Separate agreement and appointment required. Click here for more information.

 

Museums and fine arts

Outdoor programs

From fishing guides to hunting lodges, Markel insures a variety of outdoor programs, including:

 

Pest control

We know pest control operators work hard to protect the customers they serve. With such a unique business, we understand their risks. Over 5,000 operators have chosen Markel for insuring their pest control business.

  • Pest control
    • General spraying
    • Lawn and ornamental
    • Structural fumigation
    • Termite control

 

Program administrator business

The following programs are available to commercial retail producers through partnerships with our program administrators.

If you're interested in bringing a program to Markel, please contact Mark Nichols, Managing Executive, at 804-527-7622, or click here to learn more.

 

Schools - private, charter, professional

Markel has the insurance know-how in education. Our coverages provide specialized schools protection for their staff and students. Our appetite in this niche includes:

  • Schools - private, charter, professional
    • K-12
    • Charter
    • Business
    • Computer training
    • Continuing education
    • Correspondence
    • Crafts
    • Culinary
    • Fine arts
    • Head Start
    • Language
    • Montessori
    • Professional development
    • Public speaking
    • Trade and vocational
    • Tutoring

 

Senior living communities

Serving a variety of senior living facilities, Markel is the industry leader for stable coverage and risk management resources. We provide specialty insurance to the following lines of business:

  • Senior living communities
    • Assisted living facilities
    • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) - campus setting with independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing
    • Independent living facilities
    • Memory care (Alzheimer’s/dementia) facilities

 

Small business

Small businesses are an essential market for Markel.

 

Social services - nonprofits specializing in human services

Markel insures a wide range of nonprofit and social service organizations.

  • Social services
    • Alternative education/schooling
    • Boys and Girls Clubs
    • Child welfare organizations
    • Counseling services and hotlines
    • Developmentally disabled programs
    • Food banks
    • Foster care agencies
    • Free clinics
    • Goodwill Industries/thrift stores
    • Group homes (adults and children)
    • Nature centers
    • Residential care facilities (adults and children)
    • Sheltered/handicapped workshops
    • Shelters (battered women, emergency, runaway)
    • Substance abuse recovery facilities
    • YWCAs

 

Special risk accident - groups, clubs, nonprofits

Accident insurance is available for group activities and organizations of almost any type. Some of the groups we insure include:

 

Sports and fitness

The sports and fitness industry is dedicated to helping people look and feel great as well as learning or improving skills in their chosen sport/discipline. Markel is also dedicated to providing these businesses with the right insurance coverages that address their unique risks. Specialty insurance coverage is available for schools/studios, amateur sports teams/leagues, or associations. Classes in this line of business include:

 

Student accident

Injuries can have a dramatic (and costly) impact for students and their families. Living with the after effects of a disabling injury can literally cost millions of dollars. Some of the groups we insure are:

  • Student accident
    • K-12 schools, public and private
    • Boarding schools
    • Charter schools
    • Colleges and universities
    • Intercollegiate sports
    • Interscholastic sports

 

Watercraft

We know the pride and joy that comes with owning your watercraft. That's why we tailor our watercraft insurance policy to fit your specific needs. Whether you own a sailboat, powerboat, motor yacht, houseboat, or anything in between, we offer the right protection for you and your watercraft.

Markel agents: Separate agreement and appointment required. Click here for more information.

 

Workers' compensation

Workers' compensation may be available for small-to-medium size businesses in 35 states. Separate appointment required.