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About the Founder, Robert Sanders

Starting a business is a risk, and our founder, Robert H. Sanders, Jr. CPCU, ASLI, can attest to that when he created Preferred Specialty in 2003.

Robert graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Risk Management and Insurance. Robert had the dream and passion to start Preferred Specialty after working with several excess and surplus lines firms as a National Association of Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) intern. He started out his career as a reinsurance broker, but after his internship experiences, he had the opportunity to start a specialty insurance wholesaler.

Robert is very active in the insurance industry and currently serves on the Wholesale Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) board of directors. He is a strong supporter of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of South Carolina (IIABSC) and was awarded the 2015 Industry Person of the Year. Locally, he was recognized by The State Newspaper as a Top 20 Under 40 in 2019.

Robert’s vision is to be a local, independent wholesaler that provides personal service to our insurance agency partners. In a competitive world of national and large regional wholesalers, Preferred Specialty continues to be the independent choice for the independent agent. It’s a risky world, and with the support of our international and domestic insurance companies, we are here to provide the best product solutions for our agency partners!