The Gig Academy host
Nick Hancock, Openforce Gig Academy Podcast Host and Customer Success Manager of Key Accounts
Nick monitors all areas that pertain to and affects the gig economy and IC model to best advise and meet the needs of Openforce’s clientele. Prior to working at Openforce, Nick worked in both the Dental manufacturing industry and has a background in insurance as a producer.
Nick has a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Humanities from Northern Arizona University and he and his wife are expecting their firstborn daughter in October 2021.
About this episode’s guests
Rob Slack, Industry Relations Executive at Openforce
Rob started in the delivery business in 1968 as a helper on his big brother’s delivery route. Big brothers being what they are, made Rob do most of the work! In 1974 he became the delivery driver and in 1976, from his dorm room at Siena College, Rob started his 1st courier company L.E.D.F.O.O.T Express (Light Express Deliveries for Operating On Time). In 1980 Rob served as the Transportation Manager for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. 14 years later his 17 office, 700 driver courier operation went public on the NY Stock Exchange along with several industry friends as US Delivery. In 1996 Rob invested in a startup, SCI. In 1999 Rob became the Senior VP of NextJet out of Dallas, TX, and left in 2001 to become active with SCI, serving as President and COO for over 16 years.
Rob is a 25+ year board member of the MCAA/CLDA and served as President from 2006-2008. He is the recipient of the CLDA Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the Courier Hall of Fame in 2002.
Openforce is the leader in technology-driven services that reduce operating costs and mitigate risk for companies using independent contractors. Their cloud-based applications help companies and contractors alike achieve more sustainable, profitable growth by removing financial, operational, and compliance barriers to getting business done.
Bryan Paulozzi, CIC, VP of Transportation at Risk Strategies
Bryan joined the insurance industry back in 2009 starting out with Jeff Ice and his team who at the time were known as Oswald Logistics, which served as a boutique agency catering to the needs of small parcel, courier, and last mile delivery companies. Shortly thereafter, they partnered with their largest competitor at the time to form Brightstone Insurance Services at the end of 2010. During their time as Brightstone, they grew to become one of the largest agencies specializing in the same day delivery class of business representing over 2,000 clients while offering unique and exclusive insurance products. In May of 2017, their firm was acquired by Risk Strategies Co., a top 15 U.S. broker, to lead their national transportation practice of which Bryan and his team continue to do today.
About Risk Strategies
At Risk Strategies, we take a specialist approach to keep you ahead of risk. We are innovators and problem solvers. Our team has expertise across all leading industries, deep risk management and insurance experience, and we are passionate about your success. Committed to diversity and inclusion, we support our communities through the RSC Foundation, and have been recognized by Business Insurance as one of the Best Places to Work.