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Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Small Employers

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Providing a great place to work is a key factor in attracting and retaining the brightest talent prospects, and Business Insurance honored a record 75 insurance industry employers that have created an environment in which people thrive and enjoy their work, making the companies the 2014 Best Places to Work in Insurance.

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Medium Employers

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Providing a great place to work is a key factor in attracting and retaining the brightest talent prospects, and Business Insurance honored a record 75 insurance industry employers that have created an environment in which people thrive and enjoy their work, making the companies the 2014 Best Places to Work in Insurance.

Brokers and insurers aim to lure fresh faces and top talent to industry

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Who students, recent graduates and other job candidates know can be just as — sometimes more — important than what they know when it comes to landing a job in the well-connected insurance industry.

Insurance business fraternity Gamma Iota Sigma helps ready next generation

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

With only a few organizations focused on attracting and supporting future insurance professionals, developing partnerships is key, said Noelle Codispoti, executive director of insurance industry business fraternity Gamma Iota Sigma.

Andrew Beazley Broker Academy fosters talent for Lloyd’s of London market

By: Sarah Veysey

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Earlier this month, 44 promising brokers from the United States and Canada traveled to London to spend a week at Lloyd's of London as part of the Andrew Beazley Broker Academy at Lloyd's, a program set up to provide education, foster talent and deepen understanding of the Lloyd's market.

Risk managers who worked as brokers say experience enhanced industry knowledge

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Risk management professionals who have spent some time walking in the shoes of insurance brokers say the experience enabled them to be better at what they do by enhancing their knowledge of the insurance industry.

Baby boomer retirements bring threat of ‘knowledge gap’ to employers

By: Rodd Zolkos

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

An aging workforce presents strategic risks for companies across various industries and disciplines — including insurance and risk management — as a wave of retiring baby boomers threatens to leave employers facing a “knowledge gap.”

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Cavignac & Associates

By: Louise Esola

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

At Cavignac & Associates, camaraderie comes with beer, wine and game-day hot dogs.

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Sahouri Insurance & Financial

By: Louise Esola

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

When job candidates are interviewed to work at Sahouri Insurance & Financial, Michael Sahouri, vice president of operations, uses the question-and-answer sessions as a way to do market research on what other companies are doing wrong so Sahouri can become better.

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Alltrust Insurance Inc.

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

It's Alltrust Insurance Inc.'s focus on the “three Cs” that make the Palm Harbor, Florida-based benefits broker and consultant a great place to work, employees say.

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Silberstein Insurance Group

By: Louise Esola

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Silberstein Insurance Group President Richard Silberstein once spotted a flustered employee in the parking lot of the brokerage's suburban Lutherville, Maryland, headquarters.

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Burnham Benefits Insurance Services Inc.

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Individuality and diversity are embraced at Burnham Benefits Insurance Services Inc., from how employees are encouraged to solve problems on the job to how the company celebrates birthdays and other milestones.

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Edgewood Partners Insurance Center Inc., dba EPIC

By: Sheena Harrison

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

San Francisco-based Edgewood Partners Insurance Center Inc., which does business as EPIC, is a retail property/casualty insurance and employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm with more than 430 employees that aims to support work/life balance for its workers, including parents striving to spend time with their kids.

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Hylant Group Inc.

By: Rodd Zolkos

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

For the Toledo, Ohio-based Hylant Group Inc., recognition that the broker's employees are critical to the company's success has been part of the culture since the business was founded in 1935.

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

By: Judy Greenwald

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. is a company that cares not only about its employees but its community as well.

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Assurance Agency Ltd.

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Employees at Assurance Agency Ltd. have learned to expect the unexpected at work — like when they were treated to a free lunch from a food truck specializing in grilled cheese sandwiches.

Best Places to Work in Insurance 2014: Lockton Cos. L.L.C.

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Behind Lockton Cos. L.L.C.'s exponential growth are empowered employees and good communication.

Business Insurance recognizes 2014 Best Places to Work in Insurance

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The insurance industry is always on the hunt for talent, and providing a great place to work is a key factor in attracting and retaining the brightest prospects. In this special report, Business Insurance honors a record 75 employers that have created an environment in which people thrive and enjoy their work, making the companies the 2014 Best Places to Work in Insurance.

Q&A: Ben Beeson, Lockton Cos. L.L.C.

Published September 28, 2014 - 6:00am CST

The highly-publicized theft of consumer data from retail giants Target Corp. and The Home Depot Inc., as well as the leak of personal photos stored on Apple Inc.'s iCloud service, has brought new attention to the issue of cyber risk. In a recent conversation with Business Insurance Associate Editor Bill Kenealy, Ben Beeson, Washington-based vice president of cyber security and privacy at Lockton...

Willis places $250M earthquake cat bond for California workers comp fund

By: Matthew Lerner

Published September 26, 2014 - 11:27am CST

Willis Capital Markets & Advisory has completed a $250 million earthquake catastrophe bond for California's State Compensation Insurance Fund, the Willis Group Holdings P.L.C., unit said Friday.

BROKER BEAT: AHT Insurance

Published September 23, 2014 - 2:27pm CST

Business Insurance Associate Editor Bill Kenealy speaks with David Schaefer, principal and executive vice president of AHT Insurance, Inc., about cyber risks and other issues currently affecting the insurance brokerage.

Property/casualty policyholder surplus reaches record $683.1B: A.M. Best

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published September 22, 2014 - 2:34pm CST

U.S. property/casualty insurer's policyholder surplus reached a record $683.1 billion during the first half of this year, according to a report released Monday by A.M. Best Co. Inc.

JLT adds three Lockton execs to its specialty cyber team

By: Sarah Veysey

Published September 22, 2014 - 9:52am CST

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group P.L.C. has appointed a group of Lockton Cos. Inc. employees to its U.S. specialty arm's cyber team, the London-based brokerage announced Monday.

Spencer Educational Foundation raises more than $1M for scholarships

By: Matthew Lerner

Published September 19, 2014 - 2:11pm CST

NEW YORK — The Spencer Education Foundation Inc. raised more than $1 million at the organization’s annual gala Thursday at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

Marsh names exec to lead research for its workers compensation excellence center

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published September 19, 2014 - 11:44am CST

Tom Ryan has been named workers compensation market research leader for Marsh L.L.C.'s Workers' Compensation Center of Excellence, the insurance broker said Friday.

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