Employee Spotlight: Patrick McHugh

Patrick McHugh Employee Spotlight

What’s your role at Parker, Smith & Feek?

I lead our Hospitality Practice Group and am an Account Executive in the Real Estate Practice Group. I work with hotel and restaurant groups, as well as real estate owners and developers, to insure their businesses and protect their assets.

What inspired you to start a career in the insurance business?

I grew up in a family-owned business, I always wanted to be a trusted advisor to people, like my parents and other family members, that own and run a closely-held business. Having a seat at the table to help companies make important decisions regarding their risk management strategy is rewarding and exciting.

What’s something exciting going on in the real estate industry right now?

The volume of projects our owner/developer clients are involved in has been remarkable. It has been exciting to watch these projects take shape over time and add to Seattle’s skyline, in particular.

What is the most valuable advice you ever received?

A person’s integrity is their most valuable asset.

Who was your most influential business mentor?

My dad. My first job after college was working for my family’s coffee roasting business, Caffe Appassionato, alongside my dad. The lessons I learned about customer relationships and service still hold true in many of the client interactions I have today. It provided me an opportunity to learn about the decisions business owners make and the challenges they face as their companies grow.

What is something your co-workers would be surprised to learn about you?

My CLUE Driving report is ripe for improvement.

What’s made you so passionate about the insurance industry?

I love that every client we work with is different. Each client has different goals, different strategies, and different opportunities they are pursuing as a business. Our job is to understand all the unique elements of their operations so we are able to provide solutions meaningful to their pursuits.

If you could change one thing about the insurance industry, what would it be?

I believe the industry has many opportunities to streamline its transactions to give clients better tools to understand their exposures to risk.


Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere warm with a golf course

Favorite sports team(s): Go Hawks, Dawgs, O’Dea Fighting Irish, Boston College Eagles, and Sonics!

Seattle favorites: Ivar’s, Dick’s Drive-In, and Pagliacci Pizza

Childhood hero: Ken Griffey Jr. and Gary Payton

Interviewed and edited by Sara Brauchla, Parker, Smith & Feek’s Marketing Specialist. She is our dedicated copywriter and editor of all published materials, including spotlights, which offer a peek at who our hardworking employees really are when not consulting on our clients’ insurance programs. Stay tuned for her next installment, and refer to our blog or articles page for more of her work.
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