Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas

Senior VP of Strategy & Business Analytics

As Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Analytics (SBAU), Jim brings over a quarter century of experience with the organization in roles of increasing scope and authority. He works closely with all disciplines and the executive management team to provide the information needed to measure the effectiveness of GUARD’s performance and make key operational and strategic planning decisions. In addition to his role with internal departments, he interacts regularly with outside business partners such as reinsurers and third-party data modelers.

On a daily basis, Jim oversees the efforts of the SBAU in compiling critical company data into meaningful reports used by various audiences. Since he has been with the unit from the earliest days, he has personally developed the benchmarks and metrics that have become part of the fabric of GUARD’s culture. He oversaw the implementation of Business Intelligence into the Company as well as methods for monitoring emerging risks – thus helping us become “a data-driven organization.”

One way in which Jim fulfills his interdisciplinary responsibilities is through participation in key committees such as Agency Review; Pricing; Product Review; and Enterprise Risk Management (which he chairs). These involvements enable him to have a global perspective on the operations of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies while contributing valuable input in key areas. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Scranton and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Wilkes University. He has also earned additional graduate-level credits in Management Information Systems and is a graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, which helps provide individuals with useful professional and civic development skills.