Vela Value - Why Partner with Us?

For more than 25 years, we have cultivated strong relationships with our broker partners and shown our commitment to an evolving Excess & Surplus Lines industry by listening and responding to the needs of our customers.

Our Specialized Excess and Surplus Lines Market Segments

Vela Insurance Services provides specialized Excess and Surplus Lines Casualty and Professional Liability insurance solutions in the following four market segments. We offer national service and local knowledge to our exclusive wholesale broker network and the businesses they serve.

Velocity Small Business

Vela’s Velocity team provides insurance solutions with expedited response times for small business operations with revenues up to $2,000,000.


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Our broad construction offering encompasses a solution-oriented approach designed to meet the demands of a competitive marketplace.


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Specialty Casualty

Vela’s Specialty Casualty segment delivers customized protection for a broad range of classes and hard-to-place exposures within the Manufacturing and Service Sectors.


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Professional Liability

We are a top Surplus Lines provider of Miscellaneous Professional and Technology Liability, with an intuitive portal, for an abundance of classes.


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Vela Value

Vela provides our exclusive network of wholesale brokers with a single source of comprehensive resources to meet their clients’ needs. We are an Excess & Surplus lines problem solver, consistently thinking outside of the box, providing innovative Casualty and Professional solutions. Responsiveness and speed to market are cornerstones of the wholesale brokers experience partnering with Vela. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff offer unique solutions for complex risks which earns Vela a strong reputation in the marketplace.

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The Advantages of Partnering with Vela

Vela Happenings

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In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting Vela’s Human Resource Vice President Donald Avery, a trailblazer in the industry.


Donald is known within Vela for his openness to conversation and his passion for shaping the future of the industry. He is constantly checking in with the younger generation of employees, seeking to help them navigate the early years of their careers and grow in their roles. “To this day, I love working with the next generation that will make up our world,” he says.


Donald is one of many African American employees at Vela who bring inimitable contributions to our company and society as a whole. We are honored to have been on the receiving end of his experience, wisdom, and reflection. 


What is the importance of being your authentic self?

Donald: Back in the 70's, Chicago was a very segregated city; however, I was fortunate to have many people of different backgrounds and races help shape me as a person. This included helping me to be my authentic self which resulted in my being one of the few people of color at the table when it came to sharing ideas and perspectives. Surrounding myself with people who enabled this shaped my being. In some cases, I changed, and in others, I solidified who I am. 


How have mentors positively influenced your career?

Donald: Having many mentors of different backgrounds and ethnicities from across the country really opened my eyes. These experiences helped shape my thinking and still do to this day. Back in the 80's, working for a major insurance company one block off of Wall Street enabled me to build courage as people took me under their wings. After 5 years in New York, I was asked to relocate to Philadelphia before coming back to New Jersey and then heading to Chicago. My mentors saw things that I didn’t see in myself back then. I try to do the same with people now in my career- to see things that they may not see in themselves. I’ve done this with our 4 sons as well. 


How does it feel to be a role model?

Donald: This is a powerful question. First, I've found that being a role model is defined by others, not myself. As I am in the latter part of my career, it is interesting to see those who were once attending college working as interns and are now in their 30's and 40's holding prominent positions in their careers. To this day, I have conversations with many of them. It is so important to see their growth and to this day I still get asked questions about business and life in general. With the fastest growing businesses being women and minority owned, it is important to have people who can relate to these audiences. I tell people that they know they are adding value when others come to them for advice. I always consider the value that I can bring to the table based upon my experience. 

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VelaConnect gives you the power to view detailed policy information, send loss runs to yourself and others, view forms and endorsements, and download billing statements.​ Access at any time from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.​

Vela smallBiz - Need a Quick Small Business Professional Liability Quote?

Vela smallBiz is an exclusive small account facility, available 24/7. Quote, bind and issue a policy in minutes for a broad range of over 300 Miscellaneous Professional Liability classes. Contact your Underwriter or Risk Specialist for more information or email Karen Penney. Access smallBiz through VelaConnect to get started today!

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The Power of Berkley

Vela is one of the 55+ (re)insurance businesses worldwide that comprise the Berkley brand. Berkley is one of America’s largest commercial lines property casualty insurance providers, operating worldwide within two segments of the P&C insurance business: Insurance and Reinsurance & Monoline Excess. Each business offers expertise within an industry, product, or region.


Vela is a member of W. R. Berkley Corporation, a Fortune 500 company that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is part of the S&P 500. W. R. Berkley Corporation’s insurance company subsidiaries are rated A+ (Superior), Financial Size Category XV by A.M. Best Company and A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poor’s.


Berkley’s competitive advantage lies in its long-term strategy of decentralized operations. This structure provides each Berkley business the agility of a small business—the ability to identify and respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and local customer needs. It provides our Berkley businesses with the strength and resources of a Fortune 500 organization as well as the financial accountability and incentives to attract and retain the highest-caliber professionals.


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