The insurance company, with headquarters recently established in Richmond, is the U.S. arm of Wales-based Admiral Insurance. The company is the third largest auto insurer in the United Kingdom.
WalesOnline reports the Richmond office has 19 employees under the command of 35-year-old Andrew Rose, a graduate of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business who worked for Capital One and Countrywide before landing the job with Admiral.
The company said in a news release in March that they planned to hire as many as 50 employees through the third quarter.
According to the article, the company will roll out its insurance products in Virginia before expanding to other states.
Although Richmond is the latest home for the insurance carrier, the company’s Welsh roots are not played down at their 26,000-square-foot Innsbrook office.
From the article:
And for a Welsh company to be investing in the US and creating jobs, instead of a US company announcing inward investment into Wales, is unusual, admitted Mr Rose.
“We have the Welsh flag hanging in our lobby, all the staff ID cards are having the Welsh flag on them. Wales is part of our heritage and we are proud of that.”
Admiral Americas is in the process of branding itself with a new name, Rose told WalesOnline. They have narrowed it to a couple of choices from a list of more than 1,000 possibilities. The company held a naming contest to generate idea and has used focus groups to pare down the selection.
Admiral is apparently a fun place to work as well, as described in a companion article in WalesOnline:
Admiral is famous for the emphasis it places on staff having fun in the workplace; its ministry of fun, with a different department taking control each month, directing frivolities in the office.
In Virginia, it was a shock for some new staff members to find themselves being fired at with a foam gun by their boss. But the fun element is all about striking a balance with hard work, said Mr Rose.
Another fun tidbit about Admiral: To keep paper waste at a minimum, Rose instituted a policy that each employee must do one push up for each piece of paper that he or she prints in the office.
BizSense interviewed Rose in March; you can read that interview here.