Taras joined the insurance industry in 2007 as a company underwriter for Philadelphia Insurance Company, where he would become part of a team to create and underwrite one of the first mono-line Cyber policies in the standard market.
After moving to the wholesale brokerage side in 2011, he would later build a book of business dedicated to cyber liability, and eventually become Regional Managing Director of Professional Lines at Burns & Wilcox. During this time Taras has traveled the country teaching Continuing Education courses on Cyber Liability to insurance agents, and has become a resource for many to help understand the complexity of Cyber and Professional Liability.
Most recently, he joined Special Risk Facilities, Inc. in May 2019 as an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager primarily serving in a leadership capacity.
Taras is highly active with the MAIA (Michigan Association of Independent Agents). Serving as a Young Agents Council (YAC) Ambassador in 2014 and was the recipient of the YACmaster Award in 2015 for his dedicated support to the statewide association.
Mr. Shalay has a Masters in Economics from Western Michigan University.