5 minutes with…Mark Petersen, motor underwriter at Dawes

Q. How long have you been working at Dawes and where did you work previously? 

A. I've been at Dawes for just over 12 months. I’m a general motor underwriter with a fairly broad knowledge of the classic and collector car market. Prior to joining Dawes, I was a motor underwriter at Shannon's for 10 years and before that I was with AAMI for about eight years. I started out working on CTP insurance in the call centre before moving on to become a repair co-ordinator and finally a claims consultant.

Q. How did you end up working in insurance?

A. Before working in insurance I was in a sales role, working for commission(s), and I wanted a job with a bit more income stability. A friend thought I’d be perfect for the AAMI job as I’m very passionate about cars, so I guess you’d say I fell into insurance. I really enjoy it, and every single risk is different to the one before it. As they say, if you enjoy what you do, you never work a day in your life.

Q. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? 

A. I've been in love with cars since about the age of eight when my uncle pulled into the driveway in his SLR 5000 Holden Torana. I’ve taught myself about them and have met some pretty smart people in the car industry which has given me the knowledge and I’ve done a lot of tinkering with cars over the years. Right now, I’ve got a mid-1980s VL Commodore in the garage, which I’m restoring with a couple of mates.

Aside from cars I love fishing with my kids, (14 year old twins and a four year old). I spend most of my time baiting hooks and untangling knots, but it’s something that has nothing to do with anything in the rest of my life, and I can just focus on relaxing.

Q. What type of car do you drive and what is your dream car? 

A. My daily drive is a Honda Civic, it’s good for running to the train station and back and easy to park. People think that working with high-end prestige cars my dream car would be something exotic but it’s actually a 1949 Mercury Eight, otherwise known as a ‘lead sled’. It’s swoopy, curvaceous, and just gorgeous.

Q. Is there a road trip you’d love to do? 

A. Actually, there are two road trips I’d like to do. One would be to drive from London to Budapest via the Nürburgring in Germany. The second would be to drive the second half of Route 66 in the US. I drove the section from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with a few friends in 2016, and I’d like to drive from Las Vegas to New York.

Q. Is there anything about you that other people find strange? 

A. Well, some people find it really weird that I enjoy mowing lawns. It gives you an instant, perfect result when it’s done which is very satisfying. I’ve got all the lawn mowing toys you could possibly have, and no one is allowed to touch my mowers.

To contact Mark, motor underwriter at Dawes, you can email him at mark.petersen@dawes.com.au.


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