In 1984, after graduating from the University of Maryland (College Park) with two degrees, Christy Wolf Yingling stated her career with the Fidelity & Deposit Company as a surety, fidelity and judicial bond underwriter; she was the first female hired in this capacity by the Baltimore office. Wanting to gain experience on the agency side, she found employment at Marsh and McLennan in their Bonding department. Seeking property and casualty experience, Christy moved on to MIMS of Towson, MD (although she did not have her property and casualty license, she guaranteed to MIMS that she would within two weeks of her date of hire…she did).
Christy completed the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) Insurance program at Drake University in Des Moines IA and obtained her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Christy is also the recipient of the Jack R. Bagwell Fellowship for International Insurance. Christy holds an insurance license in all fifty states.
In 1988, Christy co-founded the Wolf Innkeepers Insurance program which grew to be a $10,000,000 program and the largest writer of Innkeepers Insurance in the nation. In conjunction with the Innkeepers Insurance program, she helped develop and establish an Off-Shore Captive, procured a Front Company and a Reinsurance market, developed and established a National Claims Servicing company and a Brokerage Company. Christy contributes insurance articles to various Innkeepers trade journals/newsletters and has attended hundreds of Innkeepers conferences throughout the country where she conducted seminars on Innkeepers insurance. Her program was endorsed by local, state, regional and national associations and she has written insurance manuals for many of these associations.
During her time with the Innkeepers Insurance program, Christy wore many simultaneous hats:
1. Program Director. Developed and filed coverage and rates. Developed underwriting criteria. Marketed to, obtained, and maintained insurance carriers and reinsurance companies.
2. Program Coordinator. Developed all operating procedures as well as managed facilities and a staff of 28 (clerical, call center, sales, underwriters, raters, policy issuance, customer service, accounting, surplus lines licensing and taxes, claims).
3. New Business Director. Developed and managed all new business (call center, advertising, sales staff, campaigns).
4. Marketing Director. Developed and managed advertising (print and electronic), trade shows, and prospecting.
In 2008, the Innkeepers Insurance program was sold to CBIZ and Christy was retained to run the program. In 2018 Christy left CBIZ to pursue other endeavors including starting the Yingling Insurance Agency.
It's not all business, Christy, with her husband and 2 children, operates a small farm in the foothills of Western Maryland. In addition to the farm animals (dairy goats, pigs, meat chickens, laying hens, turkeys, horses), she grows and “puts away” most of the family’s food. Besides her businesses and the farm, she is very active in 4-H and is the leader of the Frederick County 4-H Goat Club and the Frederick County 4-H Equine Club. At the Great Frederick Fair, she is a Goat Superintendent and an Equine Superintendent. She is the coach of the Frederick County 4-H Horse Bowl team and coordinator for the Frederick County 4-H Horse Judging team; she is also involved in the 4-H Equine program at the State level.
Christy is active at church and leads the Youth Group, Youth Choir, and Mission trips. She also coaches basketball and is the on-field statistician for the Linganore High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse team. She loves to act, choreograph and direct; her directing stints include: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Annie”, “Into the Woods”, “Wizard of Oz” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”.
Christy enjoys primitive camping, boating, swimming, skiing (water and snow), fishing, hunting, traveling, the ocean, gardening, reading, eating, sports, and being on the farm. She also loves to cook, bake and to entertain.