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Joe Arkin, Property Loss Specialist (PLS)

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Joe Arkin, claims supervisor, Property Loss Specialist (PLS).

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What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?

I have lived in the Madison area since 1991 and have enjoyed all it has to offer — lakes, bike/running paths, parks, sports and recreation, a great selection of restaurants, and entertainment, to name a few. It is an active city and there is always something to do. The best thing about working in Dane County may be the stability in economic growth. With the Capitol and university anchoring Madison, there are always new businesses and opportunities coming to the area.

Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?

I think people in my current industry are surprised when I tell them I was carpenter for several years before I got into the insurance industry. I worked for a high-quality residential remodeling company here in Madison, where I learned many great skills. I still enjoy working on projects and have helped remodel a couple of neighbors’ kitchens, bathrooms, and basements over the years. I also enjoy fine woodworking and hope to have my own shop to work in someday.

What are your guilty pleasures?

I have a passion for smoking meat. I read books, watch videos, and have many recipes that I have tried and, occasionally, have found success with. A few years ago, when I was out on an inspection for wind damage, I noticed a nice smoker in the backyard of the property owner. When I had finished with my inspection and began to go over the damages with the insured, I commented on his smoker. What started out as an insurance claim ended up being a two-hour discussion on how to smoke meat; we even traded a few recipes. He and I still chat occasionally via email to discuss different recipes and techniques.

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