Senior Vice President, Standard Commercial Lines
Eric Smith was named SVP, Standard Commercial Lines in May 2016. In this role, he leads a national commercial property and casualty organization responsible for Underwriting and product development, Claims and Services with over $3.3 billion of direct written premium.
In his prior role as the leader of Field Underwriting and Product, Eric operationalized the move to One Nationwide within the Property and Casualty company. He also served as the SVP of Personal Lines Underwriting and Product Management, which included responsibility for the Personal Lines Transformation (PLT) initiative that modernized our core systems platforms.
As a Nationwide associate with more than 28 years of experience, he has served in many leadership roles, including Regional Vice President, Midwest Regional Operations; Regional Vice President of Great Lakes; and Product/Underwriting Staff Officer, supporting both the exclusive and independent agency distribution channels.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, and a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Akron. Eric remains active in board service with The National Veterans Memorial and Museum and Gamma Iota Sigma, a national college student insurance organization. Past board service includes Lifecare Alliance, Rela, United Way of Indianapolis, Indiana Insurance Institute, the Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State, and the Kent State Insurance Advisory Board. He was a founding member and Executive Sponsor of Nationwide’s Military Associate Resource Group (MARG) from 2009-2014.
Eric also had the honor to serve in the United States military. While serving in the military for more than a decade, he had the privilege of serving in several Army Reserve and National Guard units in Ohio, Florida and New York.