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Pionne Young Corbin

An internship Pionne Young Corbin ’94 landed as a student at the University of Mary Washington has taken her more than 400 miles – from Stafford County, Va., to Buffalo, N.Y. – and launched her even further in her career.

Corbin, who has worked for GEICO for two decades, was promoted this summer to assistant vice president of underwriting for the company’s Buffalo regional operation.

The country’s largest direct marketer of car insurance, GEICO insures more than 18 million vehicles and is, according to A.M. Best’s 2011 market share report, New York’s top auto insurer.

Corbin’s journey with the company began in 1993, when she signed on as a college intern.

She graduated cum laude as an economics major the next year and completed a management internship in 1996. She moved on to hold the titles of claims service representative supervisor, sales supervisor, and service manager. By 2004, Corbin was managing the company’s new business underwriting and reunderwriting divisions; by 2009, she was commercial auto operations manager; and in July of last year, she became director of GEICO’s commercial auto division.

In her new role, Corbin is responsible for all auto policy underwriting operations in the Northeast, including New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.