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Who We Are

Meet the Triad Oilfield Team

Karl Wendler - Managing Partner

Karl has over forty years of underwriting and wholesale broking experience, specializing in the upstream energy industry, primarily Control of Well and associated property coverages as well as third-party liability, both primary and excess.

Karl is intimately familiar with the nuances of the contractual relationships and associated risks to oil and gas lease operators and non-operators and has expertly designed many specialized programs for his clients addressing the unique risks inherent to upstream energy companies. Over the years Karl has also participated in and managed numerous and varied claims situations on behalf of his clients, both as underwriter and as broker.

Russell Gladwell - Managing Partner

Russell graduated from Louisiana State University in 2009, then moved to London where he gained over 10 years of experience working for Lloyd's of London registered brokers. During that time, he developed his skills on both the technical and broking aspects of the upstream, midstream, downstream and marine markets.

Russell then co-founded Bayshore Underwriters in 2019 with his father, Nigel Gladwell. Bayshore later merged with Triad Oilfield in January, 2022.

After 14 years of specializing in the energy and marine insurance industry, Russell has developed a profound understanding of both the Energy and Marine markets, both domestic and international. With experience in placing business emanating from the Middle East, Africa, South America and now specializing in North America, Russell has a broad understanding of the full spectrum of all energy and marine related risks.

Alan E. Smith - Partner

Alan has worked in the Lloyd’s market for forty years, the first 17 as a broker. He has been a Lloyd’s Underwriting Agent for the past 21 years, and is currently COO of Oilfield Insurance (Agencies) Ltd., London and also owner/partner in several regional MGAs in the UK and North America.

Paula Gladwell - Associate Partner

Paula has over 10 years of experience in the upstream and midstream energy sectors of the insurance industry. After graduating with her MBA from University of Essex, she spent over 6 years working in London as a Lloyd's broker primarily concentrating on European and North American domiciled business. During that time, she has developed a broad skillset that allows her to meet our clients needs.

Paula joined Triad Oilfield in January, 2023 with a focus on servicing Triad Oilfield's clients in all aspects of underwriting in order to meet their needs as respects their insurance requirements.

Steve Warren - Associate

Steve has over 40 years of experience as a professional in the London insurance market. Beginning his career as a Lloyd’s broker, he moved into underwriting and enjoyed success as an underwriter in the London company arena before moving to Lloyd’s of London to work for a major syndicate specializing in Energy insurance. He retired from his position as Group Head of Energy in March, 2018. Steve is well known and respected in the energy insurance sector, and during his time as an underwriter he also served on the London Market Joint Rig Committee (JRC) between 1996 and 2015.

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