Pathpoint Names Ralph Blust CRO and President

The industry veteran will drive growth of the E&S technology platform through oversight of sales and operations teams.

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Pathpoint, a self-service E&S technology platform, has announced the appointment of Ralph Blust to the position of CRO and President. In this newly created role, Blust oversees Pathpoint’s Sales and Underwriting Operations teams. Pathpoint says it will rely on his leadership to drive continued growth in users and premium while the company delivers on its commitment to shipping world class technology coupled with operational excellence.

Ralph Blust, CRO and President, Pathpoint.

Blust brings more than 35 years of insurance industry leadership to his new Pathpoint role. Most recently, he was CEO of National Flood Services (NFS), a provider of flood insurance solutions with over 30 of the nation’s largest carriers, facilitating complex programs within a highly regulated government program. Prior to NFS, Blust held executive leadership roles at Insureon/Insureon Solutions and Insurance Noodle. His industry experience also includes stints at Willis Towers Watson, Crump/ CRC/BISYS/ Tri-City Brokerage, TIG, and AIG. A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, Blust holds a BS in Risk Management and Insurance.

“After an intense year of growth, we’re grateful to have Ralph onboard,” says Alex Bargmann, CEO and co-founder, Pathpoint. “He’s a rare leader in our industry that can blend a deep appreciation of technology, sales acumen, and E&S operational expertise. We’re eager to work with him across the organization to further accelerate our growth towards being the preeminent destination for E&S.”

Alex Bargmann, Co-Founder and CEO, Pathpoint.

Poised to Make a Difference

“From the outset, I was impressed by the culture and people at Pathpoint,” comments Blust. “Between the team’s unified belief in the opportunity to improve an agent’s E&S placement experience and the collaborative spirit and mutual respect all team members have for each other here, I really believe that Pathpoint is poised to make a difference in the insurance industry. I look forward to being part of Pathpoint’s drive to transform the way small commercial property and casualty E&S is placed, managed, and processed.”

Pathpoint reports significant expansion over the last year, including 5x year-over-year growth in 2021 alone. In that time, the company also added two more carriers to its list of partners and launched four products designed to help retail agents seamlessly access the E&S coverage their clients need.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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