Mike Abate

Managing Director

Mike Abate is a Managing Director for the executive search practice of The Jacobson Group, where he leverages nearly 30 years of insurance experience to manage C-level, Vice President and other executive-level search engagements for clients from all sectors of the industry.

Mike’s impressive insurance background stems from his longstanding tenure at MetLife. Mike served in a number of sales leadership and operational roles during his time with the global insurer, most recently as Head of Distribution overseeing a team of more than 150 responsible for $1.8 billion in premiums. He is a dynamic leader known for successfully spearheading numerous hallmark projects and cultivating a culture that inspires high performance and values individual contributions. With a proven history of working collaboratively across all levels enterprise wide to establish and achieve key company goals, Mike offers clients an unparalleled knowledge of their organizations, allowing him to successfully identify leaders who will be successful in their roles.

Mike is committed to giving back to the insurance industry and his local community. He served as a Board Member for InVEST, Big I’s premier classroom to career education program designed to build a talent pipeline of the next generation of insurance professionals by exposing students to the industry in high school. He is also proud to volunteer with programs such as Junior Achievement, Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity.

Mike holds his property and casualty and life and health insurance licenses. He attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and management.