Golf pro turned insurance agent helps to design coverage built for the golf industry.
Indianapolis-based MJ Insurance announced on January 31 that it has created a product for the golf industry that includes both insurance coverage and risk management. The company, which has clients in 16 countries and every U.S. state, says its ‘Golf Program’ offers a variety of policies to cover everything from pollution/environmental issues to tree damage to day care.
“The main products are the general liability and workers’ compensation coverer,” said Byron Shultz, a producer at MJ Insurance and a PGA member. “And in today’s financial market, directors and officers coverage is another huge area of concern for country clubs.”
MJ’s program will target many industry-related businesses, including golf course management companies, course architects, country clubs, food and beverage suppliers, manufacturers and special event companies.
The product made its debut at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show. It will be introduced in Arizona, where the company has an office in Phoenix. The product is designed to be written wherever MJ Insurance does business, however.
MJ Insurance hired Shultz last year to help start the golf program. Before he joined the company, he was a professional golfer working in Massachusetts, New York and Arizona.
“The golf industry has a significant need for strategic risk management,” said Michael H. Bill, CEO of MJ Insurance. “We’re pleased to roll out MJ’s Golf Program and confident in the abilities of our team members to serve existing and future clients well. Byron Shultz’s knowledge of the golf industry will help clients with some of the risk-management issues involved. He can also help pair up golf courses and companies with the carriers that will best meet their individual needs.”