Sentinel announced this week the addition of Phillip Wood to the risk management firm’s risk strategy and development team. Wood, well known in North Carolina’s collegiate athletics arena, is a skilled fundraiser and business developer with deep roots from Raleigh running east to Greenville. As a client executive for Sentinel, Wood will partner with business and industry executives to elevate risk management and insurance solutions for a new generation of thought and innovation leaders.
He raised tens of millions for NC State during his long tenure as associate executive director of the Wolfpack Club, and held a similar role at East Carolina prior to joining Sentinel.
Jim Holmes, Sentinel’s managing partner, said that while fundraising and risk management may not seem to have much in common on the surface, the addition of Wood to the Raleigh-based firm’s development team speaks to the importance of high-value partnerships in the delivery of complex professional services. ‘Trust’ and ‘respect’ are two words you’ll hear time and time again from the many business leaders and institutions Wood has worked with over the years, according to Holmes.
“Phillip exemplifies the value that Sentinel brings to our clients, which is a trusted advisor and true partner. Anyone can sell you insurance. But who do you trust to navigate your risks, to leverage opportunity on your behalf? Phillip inspires a kind of collaboration that cannot be bought and is not easily found. We are lucky to have him.”
Wood, a Rockingham native and NC State graduate, said he is thrilled to be on the Sentinel team.
“It was clear from my first conversation with Jim and his team that my particular skill set just dovetails so well with the brand of service that Sentinel is known for,” Wood said. “On the strategy side, I see such need for this elevated approach to risk and insurance among my network. There’s a lot of opportunity to improve how risk is managed, and to build partnerships that can learn and grow from one another.”