New Hire Underscores SpatialKey’s Continued Commitment to Information Security

Senior Director Ken Morford is responsible for ensuring the company’s enterprise programs are adequately protected—and for aligning SpatialKey’s security initiatives with clients’ business objectives.

Information Security Officer Ken Morford is responsible for ensuring the company’s enterprise programs are adequately protected—and for aligning SpatialKey’s security initiatives with its clients’ business objectives.

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve hired Ken Morford as SpatialKey’s Information Security Officer. In this role, Ken is responsible for ensuring the company’s enterprise programs are adequately protected—and for aligning SpatialKey’s security initiatives with its clients’ business objectives.

Ken brings 15 years of experience to this senior position, drawing on his background in multiple areas of security, including architecture, risk, incident response, penetration testing, and application. Ken is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Ken has a proven track record of defining, implementing, and monitoring security programs across a variety of industries, including banking and telecommunications. Before joining SpatialKey, Ken worked at Sutherland Global Services, where he led global incident response, vulnerability assessment, and architecture security teams.

In addition to ensuring SpatialKey continues to adhere to the security framework outlined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Ken will work with SpatialKey’s development team to consistently evaluate and improve security controls throughout its software and infrastructure ecosystem.

“I am excited to be working with a company that has the foresight to make security a priority,” says Ken. “When it comes to software these days, security is simply another word for quality.”

SpatialKey’s continued commitment to security is something its clients are sure to appreciate as well.

“Security is critical to our clients,” says CTO Brandon Purcell. “Having someone with Ken’s experience on board will not only help us calibrate our security processes, it will enable us to stay one step ahead of potential threats—and give our clients peace of mind about their businesses continuing to run smoothly.

SpatialKey Hires Product Marketing VP to Expand Insurance Analytics Offerings

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Product Marketing Vice President Derek Blum will focus on expanding and developing SpatialKey’s insurance analytics products.

We’re delighted to welcome Derek Blum as our new Vice President of Product Marketing.

In this newly developed role, Derek will ensure SpatialKey delivers high-quality, relevant insurance analytics products, expanding existing capabilities and developing new offerings to meet our clients’ changing needs.

Derek’s background made him a natural choice for SpatialKey. For most of his 20-year career, he has helped insurers—and reinsurers—use technology to mitigate, manage, and transfer catastrophe risk.

“Derek’s extensive experience in the definition and development of insurance analytics products makes him the ideal person to help us identify innovative product opportunities,” explains SpatialKey COO Bret Stone. “He’ll be instrumental in further developing our product strategy and reinforcing our presence and commitment within the insurance industry.”

In addition, Derek is committed to innovation and will be drawing on his experience in bringing natural and man-made catastrophe risk and exposure analysis products for multiple insurance lines and segments to market.

“Over the years, it has been fascinating to watch insurers embrace analytics and use those insights to shape their risk management, underwriting, and claims decisions,” explains Derek. “I’m excited to join SpatialKey’s smart, innovative team and to continue identifying ways to make the business of writing risk easier—and more profitable—for insurers.”

SpatialKey Establishes Full-Time Presence in London

Client Services Director Louise Braybrooke will help SpatialKey expand our organization in the U.K.

Client Services Director Louise Braybrooke will help SpatialKey expand our organization in the U.K.

We’re excited to welcome our first team member based in London: Louise Braybrooke.

As our new Client Services Director, Louise will be responsible for securing and expanding our valuable client relationships there, while helping us further develop our presence in the U.K.

“Hiring Louise is just the start of SpatialKey’s plan to grow its business in London and across Europe,” explains Martyn Sutton, Chief Client Officer. “As part of her new role, Louise will help us build a U.K.-based team to support those efforts.”

With 15 years working within the insurance/reinsurance industry, Louise is the ideal person to help us broaden our efforts outside of the States. Louise’s enthusiasm certainly reflects our own as she explains why she wanted to come over to SpatialKey.

I was looking for a new opportunity that allowed me to be instrumental in growing a business from the ground up, and SpatialKey presented exactly that,” she explains. “I thrive on solving challenges faced by the industry’s exposure management and underwriting communities, and I was keen to work with a company that had the agility and momentum to rise to the challenge. I look forward to working with the market to drive new ideas and seeing them come to fruition.”

SpatialKey is thrilled to have a growing presence in the U.K.—it means we can build on our expertise and accelerate our ability to bring analytic solutions to the insurance market.

Ohhh Yeah! SpatialKey Rated #1 for Employee Satisfaction

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Since being founded in 2011 by CEO Tom Link, SpatialKey has been dedicated to expanding the potential of its clients—and of each SpatialKey employee—through innovative products and an authentic corporate culture.

Just as we work collaboratively with our clients to enhance the value of our products, we also continuously seek opportunities to make SpatialKey an even more rewarding place to work. That’s why we enlisted the services of Choose People, a company that certifies employers who foster a culture where employees truly feel good about coming to work.

When Choose People surveyed our employees to gain a deeper understanding of how they experience our culture, the results were wonderfully positive: SpatialKey ranked as the highest scoring company to date. “This is the most relaxed, high-functioning team I’ve ever worked with,” said Kris Boesch, Founder of Choose People.

We deliberately built our cultural foundation on three key needs that motivate people to be at their best: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

“At SpatialKey, we understand that each of us is happiest and most effective when we have a say over how our work gets done, when we have an opportunity to excel at our chosen field, and when we have a clear understanding and vision of why we do what we do,” explains Link.  “It’s rewarding for me to watch team members grow personally and professionally in this environment we’ve created while delivering superb products to an enthusiastic—and growing—client base.”

What’s more, our first company value is standing for one another’s success. That means we work to maintain a healthy, productive environment filled with ambition, innovation, and mutual respect. “We’re growing responsibly and deliberately. Every decision about who to hire, what to build, and how to grow is made with a deep concern for how to build a strong cohesive team and a healthy culture over the long term,” says Technical Director of Product Doug McCune.

Playing well with others is another important company value. “SpatialKey is very different from the larger companies I’ve worked for,” says Steven Diomampo, Development Manager. “It’s a place where anyone can voice an idea, concern, or ridiculous joke and be heard and accepted. That kind of feeling inspires me to do my best work and be my best self.”

Client Services Director Rick Vissering agrees, adding that another company value—come from a place of courage—inspires everyone to approach challenges with fresh eyes. “Working on a team like this is unlike anything I’ve experienced in my career—everyone has an equal seat at the table, working with creative freedom to the benefit of satisfied clients and unrivaled products.”

And our last company value—keep it smart and simple—means we have a fairly flat organization. And that lack of corporate hierarchy often leads to a lot of on-the-job camaraderie.

“I’ve never worked with a group of people quite like the SpatialKey team. I laugh (often out loud) at work multiple times a day. Even in the toughest situations, we always find a way to pull together and pitch in. Often, we can look back at the sticky situation as a learning experience and see challenges as catalysts for growth. Even in our remote work environment, we can always pop in to chat and laugh, something I truly value and admire about our culture,” says Rebecca Morris, Director, Product Management.

Ranking at the top of the Choose People Employee Satisfaction Ratings is a position we relish, and one we will continue to aspire to as our company grows. We’re committed to maintaining and continuously improving our workplace so we can all enjoy working here in the future as much as we do today.

Want to join our team? SpatialKey is hiring—check out our open positions to see if we might be the right fit for you.