BJ Schaknowski

BJ Schaknowski

Chief Sales Officer

"I love that we have the opportunity every day to be incredibly close to our customers: helping them use our solutions to save money and time, reduce risk and make money—all by delivering outcomes that solve their biggest problems."

An eight-year Marine Corp veteran, BJ draws on his foundation and philosophy of teamwork, collaboration, and superior performance to help Vertafore customers save time and money and reduce risk by leveraging technology to drive results. BJ empowers his team to solve customers’ pain points and achieve measurable outcomes by encouraging creativity and innovation, and asks them to bring their “whole selves” to work.  

BJ is a seasoned software industry executive, with over 15 years of experience in senior and executive leadership roles. Before joining Vertafore, BJ spent four years at LexisNexis Software Solutions, most recently as SVP Marketing, Sales & Services. Previously, he held numerous VP and senior leadership roles in sales and marketing at CA Technologies, Intuit, and Sage Software. 

He earned a BA in Communications from the State University of New York at Geneseo and is a graduate of the MBA Executive Program at the University of Georgia – Terry College of Business.

BJ’s 5 Fast Facts

  1. What do you love most about your role at Vertafore?

Seeing our products make a real difference in people’s lives. When they realize they can run their business better through leveraging technology, it’s an amazing thing. 

  1. How did you get into the InsurTech business?

I was in the legal vertical prior to coming to insurance technology. Agents seemed nicer than lawyers.

  1. What are you most excited about for the future of InsurTech?

Taking all the data that has previously not been accessible and helping agents use it to better run their businesses.

  1. What’s your idea of the perfect weekend?

Being on the golf course (or on a beach) with my wife and kids.

  1. I’m coming to visit you! What are your favorite/must-do things in your city?

My wife, Heather, is usually in charge of this, but I’d plan a visit to Red Rocks, Boulder, Union Station, and a Vertafore office tour. 

State University of New York College at Geneseo, BA Communications
University of Georgia - Terry College of Business, MBA, Executive Program
  • Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Services, LexisNexis
  • Vice President, Global Channel roles, CA Technologies
  • Director, Sales & Marketing Senior Leadership roles, Intuit