RedZone Announces Kwong Yau as New Director of Risk Products

Boulder, CO, 08/03/2020

RedZone is pleased to announce that Kwong Yau has joined the company as the organization’s new Director of Risk Products. Kwong comes from the insurance industry and brings forth an immeasurable amount of industry knowledge and experience.

 

Kwong, who holds a Master In Science from Villanova University, began a +20 year career-long relationship in risk management and product development specializing in natural catastrophes. Kwong’s proven ability to link data and analytics into effective models along with his expertise in the insurance industry will prove to be a powerful combination as he leads the continued development of the RedZone RZRisk product suite.

 

Kwong is especially grateful for the opportunity to apply his past experience to the RedZone team whilst helping to grow the company’s footprint further. “I am very excited to use my skill sets and industry knowledge to build great RedZone products to meet the changing needs of our customers, develop relationships with existing customers, strengthen the RedZone brand across applicable industries, and  generate sales and contribute to revenue growth. I am equally excited to collaborate and learn from the RedZone team.

 

As the founder and CEO of RedZone, Clark Woodward too is thrilled with the new appointment. “Kwong comes to us with extensive experience in the insurance industry which is already being applied to refine our products and interactions with customers. In his first week, Kwong has hit the ground running!”

 

About RedZone

By providing the most accurate, reliable, and up-to-date wildfire intelligence, value added analysis and field support, we serve our clients and their clients by aiding in the protection of property and assets, enhancing customer engagement and improving financial performance.

RedZone allows underwriters and insurers to take smarter risks by analyzing up-to-date disaster intelligence data and alerting clients of the potential catastrophic perils a property may face. RedZone has saved clients millions of dollars by reducing property loss claims whilst protecting the most valuable asset of all, their customers. RedZone’s Alert Dashboard pushes real-time alerts to insurers and brokers as soon as a wildfire, hurricane, earthquake threatens one of their customers.

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Category 3 Hurricane Douglas is looking very likely for a weekend arrival in Hawaii. Interestingly, the storm could make landfall, at hurricane strength, over the Big Island or Oahu for the first time since 1992. Most storms weaken before actually reaching the islands. Even if it is another near miss or weakens to tropical storm force, there is a high chance that strong winds, dangerous surf, and heavy rainfall will affect portions of the state beginning late Saturday.

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RedZone Announces Matthew Wood as New Director of Software Development

Boulder, CO, 07/06/2020

RedZone is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Wood as the organization’s next Director of Software Development. Matt brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and experience in software development.

 

Matthew Wood – RedZone’s new Director of Software Development

With over two-decades of software and development experience, Matt has built and led numerous development and engineering teams across the globe. Prior to RedZone, Matt has held leadership and engineering roles at Cognizant, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and the Nations Center for Atmospheric Research.

 

Matt feels this is a tremendous opportunity in building new platforms to model and visualize natural disasters. “I’ve been a python developer for 21 years. I love GraphQL, data-analytics, architecture design, and mentoring others. I am excited to bring my past skills and passions to the RedZone team as we continue to define the wildfire and hurricane solution landscape.” As a Director of Software Development, Matt will oversee the RedZone software engineering team working on our growing suite of catastrophe monitoring and underwriting applications.

 

Clark Woodward, Founder and CEO of RedZone, says he and the rest of the team at RedZone are thrilled to have Matt join the team. “Matt’s background in building platforms that can scale rapidly is perfectly suited to the challenges that RedZone faces. Plus, he has an infectious enthusiasm and natural leadership style which makes him really fun to work with.”

 

About RedZone

By providing the most accurate, reliable, and up-to-date wildfire intelligence, value added analysis and field support, we serve our clients and their clients by aiding in the protection of property and assets, enhancing customer engagement and improving financial performance. RedZone is on a mission to help companies to build more resilient portfolios from wildfires in a changing climate and world.

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Here at RedZone we’ve been working with the great people at Fulcrum for a couple years.  After a few interviews and discussions about how we use their mobile mapping app in both our Event Dashboard and Field Operations, it became apparent we were doing something they found extraordinary. As a result, our story of software integration and mobile mapping operations for wildfire response was recently featured as one of Fulcrum’s successful customer stories.

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The Major Global Earthquakes of 2019

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