Since 1979, Global Special Risks (GSR) has been underwriting insurance coverages for the Upstream Energy industry.

Today, GSR remains at the forefront of creating new products specifically developed to meet the needs of its industry. GSR delivers its products primarily through national, regional and independent retail brokers, providing access to specialty underwriters and specialty products. GSR’s programs are supported by London and domestic markets.

When working with GSR, you are assured to receive:

– Experienced and knowledgeable underwriters
– Direct access to subject matter professionals
– Access to some of the industry’s top carriers
– In-house claims leadership
– World-class loss prevention and loss control services

GSR is known for providing expertise and breadth of solutions to our client’s very specific needs. GSR has gained this reputation over three decades of servicing the Upstream Energy industry, and continues to provide the highest quality solutions in today’s evolving market.


GSR’s underwriting team has broad, in-depth insurance knowledge as well as significant experience in the Energy industry. In addition to prior insurance experience, our employees have worked with GSR for over a decade on average, providing them a thorough understanding of the business, the ability to place varied insurance risks and the expertise to handle complex claims on behalf of our clients.

BRAD NEHRING CPCU Chief Underwriting Officer, Houston

Brad came to GSR in August 2015. He has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry. His background includes claims, underwriting and executive level management for various large insurance carriers. He has underwritten many lines of business over the years including primary and excess casualty, property, workers comp, D&O, E&O and EPLI. Brad most recently held the title of Regional President for AIG’s Dallas region where his responsibilities included overseeing AIG’s Dallas Property and Casualty & Accident Health and Personal Lines operations.

Brad holds his professional designation of Charter Property Casualty Underwriting (CPCU); Associate Risk Management (ARM); Senior Claims Law Associate (SCLA). Additionally, he holds his Property & Casualty licenses and Managing General Underwriting licenses.

HELEN TARR Senior Vice President, OEE Underwriting Manager, Houston

Helen has been with GSR since 2002 and has over 16 years of insurance industry experience in the Energy and Aerospace sectors. Her background includes broking, underwriting and MGA experience across property and casualty lines. She has held various roles at GSR and currently leads the OEE team. Her key responsibilities are underwriting, client management, staff development, and liaising with underwriters at Lloyd’s. She spent four years on secondment to the Chaucer Syndicate from 2009 to 2013, where she was the U.S. OEE underwriter for the program that became Upstream Solutions.

Helen has a BSc in International Management and Modern Languages (French) from the University of Bath, U.K. and also holds the Associateship of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Property & Casualty license in the state of Texas.

Jim Dowdy

JIM DOWDY Senior Vice President, Property Underwriting Manager, Atlanta

Jim joined GSR in February of 2017 and has over 30 years of underwriting experience in Commercial Property & Marine. Jim has extensive experience in building profitable underwriting portfolios and has a wide range of experience in underwriting Energy, Mining, Marine, Railroads and Agriculture. Most recently, he was SVP of Zurich Specialty Wholesale, where he established a dedicated wholesale E&S Property operation that included underwriting guidelines and pricing matrices. Over the course of his career, he has held senior underwriting management positions within Wm H. McGee, AIG/Lexington and Ironshore.


rsgGSR is a Ryan Specialty Group (RSG) company. RSG is an international specialty insurance organization that provides underwriting management, wholesale brokerage and other specialty insurance services to brokers, agents and insurance carriers.

RSG was founded in 2010 by Patrick G. Ryan, the highly respected insurance veteran, founder and former Chairman and CEO of Aon Corporation. Mr. Ryan saw the need in the marketplace for a specialty organization dedicated exclusively to creating sophisticated insurance solutions for risks that demand innovation, proven leadership, outstanding industry expertise and quality services on behalf of brokers, agents and carriers.

The underwriting division of the company, RSG Underwriting Managers (RSGUM), delivers an independent and entrepreneurial approach to the specialty lines space by providing a unique platform for operational, legal, actuarial and technical support. RSGUM’s exceptional resources and back-office partnership allows underwriters to be focused on the risk itself, delivering a superior level of service to brokers, agents and carriers.

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