In June 2015 Toby Merrill walked up to the podium to receive the Advisen Cyber Risk Award for Cyber Risk Industry Person of the Year in the US. As soon as his name was called, Toby’s peers honored him with a standing ovation.
“I love it,” Toby said of the cyber-risk insurance community as he accepted the award. “I love what we do. I love this group. I think we’re all blessed to be a part of this part of the industry.”
The moment was not one the industry will soon forget. We knew Toby had cancer. But we also knew, more importantly, that the award was well-deserved. Toby more than earned it.
“If you asked me who the top three most well-known underwriters in the world were, I’d probably say Toby first and I don’t think that’s going out on a limb,” said John Mullen, managing partner in the Philadelphia office of Lewis Brisbois and chair of the Data Privacy & Network Security Practice. “He was at the top of the heap. He was so good at what he did. He was a Cyber Jedi.”