Tony Canas, Author at Insurance Thought Leadership



Tony Canas

Tony Canas

Tony Canas is a young insurance nerd, blogger and speaker. He’s the voice of the Millennial generation in the insurance industry, helping the industry understand how to engage this demographic that will soon make up more than 50% of the workforce.

Canas was born and raised in Costa Rica and moved to the U.S. in 2002, receiving his BS in management information systems and MBA both from Iowa State University. He has been in the insurance industry since 2009. During that time, he has completed his CPCU, AU, AIC, ARM, ARe, ASLI, API, AIS and AINS designations along with his toastmaster’s competent communicator and advanced communicator bronze public speaking designations. Having worked in claims, underwriting, finance and sales at three different insurance carriers in five cities and four states, he has gained a broad understanding of the industry.

Canas has been very involved in the industry’s effort to recruit and retain Millennials and has become a well-known speaker and blogger on the topic. He hosted his session, “Recruiting and Retaining Millennials,” at both the 2014 CPCU Society Leadership Conference in Phoenix and the 2014 Annual Meeting in Anaheim.

He has been featured by “The Edge”, the national magazine of the CPCU Society; the newsletter of the Iowa CPCU Society; American Agent & Broker and was named as one of the “Top Young Agents of 2013” by PropertyCasualty360.

Currently he’s the territory sales manager for Northern California at American Modern Insurance, a part of Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurance company.

Recent Articles by Tony Canas

We Need to Talk About Our Call Centers

I started my career in insurance at the same place where most of our millennials are starting theirs, in the call center. In my case, it was a Farm Bureau claims call center in the beautiful suburban campus in West Des Moines, Iowa. I didn’t know it at the time, but I got really lucky. […]

Let’s Sponsor a Free Online RMI Course

The average age of an insurance professional in the U.S. is around 60 years old. Estimates place the giant wave of retirements coming our way at around 50% by 2020. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that between retirements and growth we’ll need to hire 400,000 people in the next decade. That’s a lot of […]

Why Exactly Does Big Data Matter?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years you’ve heard a LOT about big data. But if you’re like most insurance professionals, you didn’t go to school for computer science, and even though it sounds very cool you really haven’t gotten your head around a simple question: What the heck is big […]

Lemonade: A Whole New Paradigm

We’ll admit it; we were caught asleep at the wheel on this one. We had heard of Lemonade a few months ago and how it successfully raised $13 million in investor funding, but given that there are 500-plus other insurtech startups out there, we didn’t pay that close attention. Then on Sept. 21, it opened for […]

7 Reasons to Major in Insurance

1. 100% Employment: One of the big reasons to go to college is to make sure you’re employed in a good career after you graduate. The insurance industry is predicted to continue growing for decades, and the existing risk management and insurance (RMI) programs only feed 15% of its needs each year, which means if […]

Dinner With Warren Buffett (Part 3)

This is the third article in this series. You can read the other two parts here: Part 1 and Part 2. In reading Warren Buffett’s letters to shareholders, we found many gems that inform our opinions and beliefs about how to be successful in the insurance industry. We wanted to share these five pieces that […]

Dinner With Warren Buffett (Part 2)

If you read our most recent article, “Dinner With Warren Buffett,” you’ll already know that I’ve truly earned the title “insurance nerd” after dreaming about hours-long insurance conversations. After I woke up, we started this series to share Warren Buffett’s insurance industry wisdom from his annual letters to shareholders. Last week, we talked about the […]

Dinner With Warren Buffett (Part 1)

Recently, we received an amazing email from Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha himself, congratulating us for, confessing that he’s a big fan of our efforts and inviting us on an all expenses-paid trip (on NetJets, of course) to have dinner with him to discuss the industry. We had an amazing time over the […]

What Will Be the Uber of Insurance?

Insurance is ripe for disruption, and, given the conservative nature of the reigning carriers and large brokers, it is a fair guess that a lot of innovation will come from outside the industry. A few weeks ago, this article touched on how innovation is affecting the financial services industry, but the focus was very much […]

The Robocalypse for Knowledge Jobs

Long-time Costa Rican National Champion Bernal Gonzalez told a very young me in 1994 that the world’s best chess-playing computer wasn’t quite strong enough to be among the top 100 players in the world. Technology can advance exponentially, and just three years later world champion Garry Kasparov was defeated by IBM’s chess playing supercomputer Deep Blue. But […]

8 Steps to Beat All 8 CPCU Exams

Now that we got you excited based on earlier articles such as this one, and you’re ready to start CPCU today, here’s some guidance on how to actually get it done and survive the tests. This article is lovingly dedicated to “those poor souls studying for the CPCU designation,” Please keep in mind that doing CPCU is […]

11 Reasons to Start CPCU Today

You will gain the knowledge you need to truly understand the overall property/casualty insurance industry at a high level. You will get access to membership in the CPCU Society both locally and nationally, which will open up amazing networking opportunities with the leaders of our industry. Only 4% of our industry has achieved the CPCU, so it […]

10 Commandments for Young Professionals

Thou shalt start working on CPCU right away, and join the society. Thou shalt network often both in the company and in the industry. Thou shalt seek at least one mentor. Thou shalt never think of thyself as an hourly employee; for young professionals, that is merely a temporary condition. Thou shalt honor traditions while always […]

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