Keith Meier, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Extended Service, Assurant Solutions
Career History: Working at Price Waterhouse in Miami, Meier wanted to put business plans into action, not just make recommendations as a consultant. In 1998, American Bankers Insurance Group hired him in its Federal Warranty subsidiary, which then earned less than $100 million a year with one national client. He was promoted to vice president of finance that December and took on finance and operations responsibilities and built the extended warranty business. He became COO of the extended service contract business in 2003, was promoted to senior VP in 2006, and to GM in May 2006, a year in which the business (now a part of Assurant Solutions) generated revenues of over $1 billion through clients such as Circuit City, CompUSA and GE. Meier developed the extended warranty business model Assurant Solutions now uses globally.
Greatest Business Achievements: The transformation of a struggling service contract business.