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Best Places to Work 2021

  • Acclamation Insurance Management Services, Inc. (AIMS)

    President and CEO:Dominic Russo
    Sacramento, CA

    We are a family owned business, one that values integrity and has integrity throughout the organization. Our new employees learn that very quickly, from our existing employees. If we make a mistake, or a miscalculation, we raise our hand to acknowledge it and make it right. Even if no one else, including the client, knows it yet. And we don't jump to "punish," but to teach. Pair that with a sense of humor, and it seems to be a little magical. If you show competence, integrity, kindness, and humor you are golden here. We trust each other's intentions. We acknowledge employee contributions locally through kind words, public and private "thank you's," new challenges, promotions, and Rising Star Awards, which can be given employee to employee, as well as supervisor to employee. Our WOW awards are at a company level. There is a committee that evaluates the years' worth of granted WOW awards, choosing 2 people to receive a larger (2nd) financial award for their accomplishment(s). We work together to improve our communication, knowledge, work product and systems to attract and retain employees and clients. And we continue to be successful in these missions, with growth even in this most challenging calendar year.

  • Acrisure, LLC DBA VAST

    CEO:Scott M. White
    Marquette, MI

    What makes VAST a best place to work are the people and our leadership team. We have proven this by being voted top employer workplace for 3 consecutive years by our employees. VAST also has many incentive programs laid out previously that demonstrate being a best work place.

  • AF Group

    Organizational Development Consultant:Sara Bunker, PHR
    Lansing, MI

    Headquartered in Lansing, Mich., AF Group is a premier provider of innovative insurance solutions through our brands across the country. Our collective strength ensures our customers have access to resources and support needed to keep costs down and workplaces safe. We have a best-in-class workforce, building and executing industry-leading best practices, analytics and resources to manage risk and minimize loss for our policyholders while strengthening business with our agent partners. Our culture is one of innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement, focused on our customers, but always valuing our amazing teammates as our most valuable asset. In fact, one of our strategic pillars is “People First” — which was created and implemented by our President and CEO Lisa Corless. She, along with our entire leadership team, recognize our success is fully dependent upon our high-performing team. As such, she (and all executives) are very intentional in making sure all teammates understand their value. From informal kudos and thanks on a regular basis to more formal service recognition awards (a cash reward for going above and beyond) and annual performance recognitions, employees are given the affirmation they deserve. This is reflective of many fun events and gifts throughout the years, including outings, picnics, boat cruises, gift cards and more. This is all on top of our competitive total compensation package, which includes top rate health insurance (with low cost sharing for employees), company match on 401K, ample and generous time off (starting at more than 4 weeks for new hires), on site fitness facilities and more.

  • AIM Mutual Insurance Companies

    President & CEO:Michael E. Standing
    Burlington

    A.I.M. Mutual’s reputation as a premier workers’ compensation insurer took hold in 1989. We credit our efficient operations and exceptional staff with giving us a competitive edge in the New England region. As an employer, we value the dedication and talent of our employees; we appreciate and support the dynamic workplace they have established. When building an employee benefits package, we listen and research. Providing a top-notch program, one that includes health care, dental care, 401(k) and compensation, is a priority. Professional development opportunities are available in all areas, and team building takes place at these sessions and at company outings, luncheons, wellness fairs, inter-department meetings, and more. Our employees—Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in their respective fields--have been published in regional and national insurance publications such as The Standard, IN magazine and our own Connection magazine, which is distributed in print and online to brokers across the country. As an insurer, service and innovation are what set us apart. Regionally and nationally, our workers’ compensation programs have captured the attention of the business community. We have been recognized for the impact we’ve had in treating injured workers at risk for opioid dependence. In addition, we were among the first to introduce a wellness component to injury prevention in the workplace. Our approach to workers’ compensation insurance involves a partnership with employers and their broker representatives. Our employees are on the front lines answering—and anticipating—questions and concerns that come up in a wide range of work environments. Healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality and construction are just a few of the industries who rely on our workers’ compensation guidance. A.I.M. Mutual is financially strong, rated A (Excellent) by the insurance industry rating organization, A.M. Best Company. We have a 92% retention rate in our voluntary business, which means employers are asking their brokers to renew their coverage with us year after year. Employers have more options than ever for workers’ compensation, so it’s a statistic we take pride in. It’s due in no small part to the team we have in place.

  • ALKEME

    CEO:Curtis Barton
    Ladera Ranch, CA

    ALKEME is a rapidly growing agency with multiple offices in several states.  It is important for us to build a company culture that acknowledges the importance of our employees and supports diversity and inclusion.  To support this, ALKEME focuses on a work life balance that encourages employees to grow both personally and professionally.  We have an emphasis on growth while providing flexibility.  Employees are provided training that includes taking classes for career advancement.  Those employees who have demonstrated the ability to work remotely are offered a telecommuting option.

    Training and support are vital to the ALKEME'S growth as well as the individual.  Opportunities for advancement are also important for professional growth.  ALKEME provides mentoring for those employees interested in advancing their careers.  In addition, ALKEME'S management has an open door policy that allows for candid communication between employees and management.  This policy has helped to create a collegial and supportive atmosphere.

    ALKEME offices provide for an open flow environment that in many cases include a kitchen and gym.  Employees can form and run their own exercise classes sharing in common interests.  In addition, ALKEME supports participation in local community non-profits to support valued causes such as beach/park cleanup, food banks, toy drives, etc.
     

  • American Global LLC

    CEO:Michael Marino
    Jericho, NY

    American Global is a privately-held, insurance and surety brokerage firm that specializes in all aspects of construction. Powered by our people, we provide a better client experience that feels less transactional and brings more value. This is the mission that keeps moving us forward. As we continue to grow, we do not seek to preserve our culture, but rather look for individuals who can help us shape and evolve our culture further. Our collaborative culture is the lifeblood of our organization. We make time to help our colleagues, push one another to be better, and work together towards a common goal. And we keep looking for new ways to accomplish more together. Our focus on people is the driving force behind everything we do. Our company truly is a place that myself and other employees enjoying coming to everyday and feel their work is valued, which is why we believe it is a "best" place to work.

  • American Integrity Insurance

    CEO/President:Robert C Ritchie
    Tampa, FL

    Who Says Insurance Can’t Be Fun? From company picnics to charity events, no one can ever say American Integrity Insurance doesn’t understand the importance of having fun, helping others and giving back. Our company culture is priceless, and we hold true to our six core values: integrity, commitment, teamwork, humility, passion and fun. As a team working to provide home insurance solutions to our policyholders, together we aim to achieve greater heights each day and celebrate each other's accomplishments along the way. It is our mission to continue providing reliable, customer-centric homeowners insurance to Florida residents and paying claims in a timely manner when our customers suffer a loss – and to do so with Integrity. Our team members describe our company truly as a family; we weather the good and bad days together and are always there for each other. When working, the focus is on collaboration and bringing each person's diverse perspectives and skills to the forefront to find the best solution. We know that together, we are better, and that has made our company one of the best insurance companies in Florida. There is no room for ego and each of us brings humility and a passion for learning and growing. We strive each and every day to bring the best possible customer experience to our policyholders and agents; to innovate ways to provide the best coverage to Florida homeowners, and to have fun while doing it. We have a focus on the employee individually and their journey with us. During COVID, we had virtual workouts with trainers and exercise contests utilizing technology; we hosted weekly coffee breaks to give employees a chance to take a mental break and meet with different coworkers via Zoom; we had trivia quizzes and played Jeopardy, focusing on different subjects ranging from historical events to sports to music; we sent articles and spoke with managers about encouraging work/life balance while we’ve been 100% remote and the pressures our employees may face (occupational); and finally, we hosted a Gratitude Gathering, where we shared what each of us is thankful for and donated to members of our community whose lives were impacted by COVID. We believe our employees are our most important asset.

  • Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company

    President & Chief Executive Officer:Greg Crabb
    Farmington Hills, MI

    Amerisure's mission is to create exceptional value for its partners, policyholders and employees. In our 2020 employee engagement survey, when responding to what they like most at Amerisure, the top aspects mentioned were the people we work with, work-life balance, ability to work remotely, and the level of collaboration in the organization. Overwhelmingly, the employees of Amerisure enjoy and value their co-workers. This quote from the survey sums up how they feel, "The people I work with cooperate to get the job done. They are all so respectful, nice and kind, and we are treated like humans." We are very proud of our overall engagement score for 2020 of 83% which was 11 points higher than the benchmark (we use Qualtrics for our engagement survey vendor). Prior to Covid-19, Amerisure launched a new value, Agility, and all employees were trained on Agility as a core value. One component of Agility is the acceptance that at times we may need to make decisions quickly, but then Agility calls us to evaluate our decisions and course correct along the way. By expecting that things WILL change, there's no shame in changing directions or adjusting when we're presented with new information. This core value was key to our organizational success in 2020. In 2020, the majority of our employees have transitioned to a fully remote environment, and only now (June of 2017) are we beginning to explore a hybrid remote work environment for the future. Our employees did not miss a beat in this transition process, and their dedication and resourcefulness led to a strong financial 2020 showing for Amerisure.

  • Apex Benefits

    President & CEO:John F. Gauseo
    Indianapolis, IN

    In the last five years, Apex Benefits has doubled FTEs and more than doubled top line revenue. The same careful consideration that goes into selecting effective benefits plans for our clients goes into growing our diverse team of experts. Each member of Apex demonstrates an exceptional level of industry knowledge, service and effective decision-making skills in their respective fields; all are part of our ongoing initiative to grow our people, grow our business and exceed client expectations. Apex believes in sustaining an employee culture that promotes professional and personal growth. We built ApexAcademy for continual learning opportunities and invested in offerings like Lessonly & trueU. Our BPTW & pulse survey results are shared with employees; we celebrate our successes and work on making improvements when needed. Since 2003, we've remained a desirable place to work. As a recipient of several local and national awards, the value we place on company culture is unparalleled. Our employees remain motivated, passionate and engaged through community efforts and the training/development Apex Benefits provides. Recent awards include: Best Places to Work in Indiana 2011-2021 and Best Places to Work in Insurance 2018-2020 (Best Companies Group); Dave Thomas Foundation - 9th best adoption-friendly small business in the country—multiple years; American Heart Association Silver Recognition 2018, and Bronze award winner in the Workplace Health Achievement program—2016-2017; AchieveWell Recognition from the Indiana Council on Wellness—2014-2015 and Five Star Level Recognition in 2018; and Healthiest Employers of Indiana — 2018-2021. Our employees are smart, fun, diverse and caring individuals who create a family culture at Apex. From recruiting and onboarding, to training and development, we build upon strengths and leverage our expertise to help businesses thrive and families feel valued as we affect change across the healthcare landscape.

  • Assurance

    CEO:Tony Chimino
    Schaumburg

    We could spend hours upon hours explaining all that we do – and our colleagues do – to make our workplace great, but we’ll cut right to the heart of the question in this moment: our pandemic response. We’ve recognized our colleagues need us more than ever. They’re stressed – about work, caring for their families, the virus, racial injustice, tense elections, and more – and we’ve used it as an opportunity to prove to our colleagues what they’ve suspected for more than a decade: we really do care about their wellbeing. From the beginning, we proceeded cautiously into March, encouraging all colleagues to work from home while promoting our equipment policy, which allows colleagues to claim two monitors, a docking station, keyboard and mouse for their home office for free. After the state lifted the stay-at-home order in June and allowed businesses to start re-opening, we re-opened our office cautiously – but only for those who needed to work in the office. We encouraged all colleagues to stay at home and made them a key promise: no matter what happens during this pandemic, no colleague will return to the office until they’re both capable and comfortable, no matter how long that takes. We granted colleagues the right to work from home – no questions asked – until Oct. 1. As that date grew closer and we started to hear rumblings of colleagues stressing out about potentially having to return, we quickly extended that until June 1, 2021. Through all this, we were conducting surveys and hosting focus groups to collect feedback from colleagues, particularly our working parents, to learn how else we could help.
    We then rolled out the following:
    • $1,000 in-home childcare credit through UrbanSitter
    • Free virtual tutoring services through Tutor.com
    • $500 to outfit colleagues’ home offices
    • Flexibility and permission for working parents to ensure they can take care of their families, even if that means they need to step away from work

  • At-Bay

    CEO:Rotem Iram
    San Francisco, CA

    As a company that combines world-class technology with industry-leading insurance, At-Bay is insurance for the digital age — but we’re also so much more than that. We’re a team of underwriters, developers, business and product leaders, analysts, and designers spread across the globe, all with disparate backgrounds and professional perspectives, coming together to build a new type of insurance company. We’re a melting pot of creative and forward-thinking individuals working toward a shared goal. What makes At-Bay such an amazing place to work is how the entire organization is constantly learning, growing, challenging, and improving — not only as individuals, but as a single unit. More than most technology startups, At-Bay boasts leadership with deep industry expertise directly translates to accelerated career growth, and a work culture that is guided by both excellence and empathy. The hard work and dedication exerted within At-Bay every day is transforming the insurance industry for the better, and our team members are simultaneously grateful and excited to be on the frontlines of the future.

  • Athens Administrators

    President:James R. Jenkins
    Concord, CA

    The culture and values of the company start from the top at Athens, the Owners, the President, Executive Team, Managers and Supervisors, truly believe in our culture and values, they live and breathe it and so do our staff. Not only do they need to talk the talk but they need to walk the walk. Athens really values the employees and treats them as part of the family. When we make decisions about our employees, we always think, how would we want to be treated? The company is supportive of employees' personal and professional lives. The entire company is caring. When an employee deals with a serious illness, employees across the company donate on their own to help employees in their time of need. When the pandemic hit, the company did everything possible to help and be supportive of employees varying situations and getting set-up to work from home effectively. Athens cares about employees and their families and encourage employees to take time to be with their family. Politics, toxic behavior and bureaucracy is not tolerated. Athens leadership team listens to feedback, wants feedback and acts on the feedback. It is truly a caring family culture. It is an environment employees can thrive, grow and develop. Everyone collaborates, it's a harmonious environment that is also competitive and full of great programs to create drive and passion for what we do. Employees always say that they are made to feel important. It's a very transparent organization. We have quarterly Town Halls where the President & Executives share what's going on so everyone has a pulse on things. Our company’s philosophy: Take care of your employees, they will take care of our clients and our clients will take care of us.

  • Baldwin Risk Partners (BRP)

    CEO:Trevor Baldwin
    Tampa FL,

    BRP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRP) is a rapidly growing independent insurance distribution firm delivering tailored insurance and risk management insights and solutions that give our clients the peace of mind to pursue their purpose, passion and dreams. We are innovating the industry by taking a holistic and tailored approach to risk management, insurance and employee benefits, and support our clients, Colleagues, Insurance Company Partners and communities through the deployment of vanguard resources and capital to drive our growth. BRP represents over 650,000 clients across the United States and internationally. For more information, please visit www.baldwinriskpartners.com. Learn more about BKS-Partners at www.bks-partners.com. **BRP is a firm where colleagues can grow as an Individual - both personally & professionally**

  • Benefix

    CEO:Matthew Ranauro
    LANCASTER

    Benefix is a tech startup in the insurance space. We prioritize people, both our employees and our customers. We offer competitive pay, 100% company-paid platinum insurance plans for our employees and their dependents (medical, vision, dental), monthly wellness credits, team-building events, flexible vacation policy, and upbeat company culture in and out of the office. But beyond that, we value our employees' thoughts and opinions. We are striving to create a company culture that promotes freedom by focusing on results, not hours worked. Our employees are encouraged to take an entrepreneurial approach to their positions, at any level, and are offered the ability to work cross-departmentally to develop their skill sets naturally. We strive to provide a diverse and inclusive company culture and team by continually educating ourselves and improving each day.

  • BKCW Insurance

    Managing Partner:Tyler Spears
    Austin, TX

    At BKCW, we believe in putting our members and their families first. As a third-generation family owned business, we understand the importance of being able to provide a great work life balance so members can take care of clients at work and can focus on families at home. We want every member to be engaged and pursuing their passions. BKCW strives to understand how we can help each member reach their goals and encourage them to feel empowered to own their work while utilizing their strengths. We promote sharing knowledge, feedback, and ideas to improve processes and we develop an education plan for each member. BKCW pays for all certifications and CE and provides bonuses for completing designations. We want our team to be the most educated and knowledgeable consultants in the business. We strive to create new and efficient ways to work with back-up and redundancy so that everyone has a team member they can count on. When someone plans a family vacation, we want them to truly be out of the office and not worried about work. Communication is always front of mind for BKCW. Our leaders strategize with the team on how we can improve, how we can better collaborate with one another, and the best ways to be available to everyone in the organization. It is important to us that each member feels that they are heard and supported. Our BKCW culture has always been centered around bringing members together, and they have strived in this environment. Our team has had its share of personal tragedies occur over the past year, and what we have seen company-wide is truly what defines a best place to work for us. Teammates have stepped in to help their co-workers financially, they have delivered meals and cards, and provided unending prayers and support. We have always strived to make our members feel supported, but to see them showing this level of support to one another is the best reward a company can receive. We continue to strive for excellence and innovation in all we do, but above all else, we live by a few non-negotiables. Always putting family first and taking excellent care of our clients and team members tops that list. We believe that by upholding these values, BKCW will always be the best place to work in Texas.

  • Bradley & Parker, Inc.

    CEO:Wynne Nowland
    Melville, NY

    We are one of the largest privately held insurance brokerages in the US and have been in existence since 1939 selling commercial an personal P&C insurance, employee benefits, retirement plans, surety bonds. Bradley & Parker has an upbeat workplace that is inclusive and nurturing and our corporate culture fosters extensive collaboration and peer support. Employees are respected and encouraged to work without harsh oversight and are encouraged to think and do for themselves. Our CEO has an open door policy and goes above and beyond to keep the morale of employees at a maximum. We have many events and programs that foster a cohesive team such as our employee luncheons, stress management workshops, happy hours. As a team we support many fund raisers and charities along with food and clothing drives. We have a zero tolerance policy towards any kind of prejudice towards race, religion, sexual preference, gender or any other form of harassment.

  • Brown & Riding

    President and CEO:Jeffrey J. Rodriguez
    Los Angeles, CA

    Brown & Riding was founded in 1980 in California and is the only Top 10 wholesale E&S brokerage that is 100% internally owned. We are committed to remaining fully independent and have a long-term perpetuation strategy that offers top professionals meaningful ownership opportunity. We have 18 offices nationwide, 40+ shareholders, 300+ employees, produce over $1.2Billion in annual premium volume, and continue to grow. Our true independence continues to allow us the freedom to focus on what’s best for our staff and clients, rather than cater to outside investors. We offer flexible work arrangements, including the option to work remotely, provide comprehensive benefits, and promote a full work-life balance. We firmly believe our employees are our greatest asset and are committed as a company to the development of our people. We strongly support diversity and inclusion and have collectively built an organization offering unobstructed opportunities to anyone seeking growth in their career at B&R. We have a proven track record of developing people and promoting from within, which has resulted in a highly professional, motivated, and very diverse organization at all levels, including our shareholder group, executive leadership team, and Board of Directors. The well-being and morale of all of our people is a top priority, and we believe our focus on building a great culture has resulted in a high level of job satisfaction at Brown & Riding. We strive for excellence, not only in what we do for our clients but also to be the best place to work in the industry for our staff. We remain dedicated to investing in our employees and are committed to providing resources and opportunities to develop and further their careers.

  • Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, LLC

    Regional President:Kristen Allison
    Irvine, CA

    The Burnham Benefits team operates much differently than the average brokerage firm. We are highly collaborative and enjoy a culture that allows each employee to grow into the best possible version of themselves. Burnham hires self-managing people and employs career pathing to identify opportunities for advancement, focusing on employees’ experience, skills, and personal and professional competencies. Staff roles are filled based on people’s strengths and passions. This approach ensures our colleagues enjoy and embrace their work responsibilities every single day. Burnham Benefits strives to provide a healthy, safe workplace (both in-office and remote) where employees feel supported. We see this as essential to our mission of providing innovative, valuable employee benefits services. Consistent investment in evolving technologies and critical resources ensure that employees have the support they need to do their jobs and experience increased productivity. As part of our progressive approach toward business, Burnham Benefits is a Certified B Corporation. Certified B Corps are a new kind of business that balance purpose and profit. We are legally required to consider the impact of our decisions on our colleagues, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. We believe our B Crop designation is an excellent fit for our social values, commitment to diversity, and passion for philanthropy. The fact that we are a B Corp evokes pride and innovation throughout our organization. Burnham Benefits holds monthly company-wide staff meetings, providing lunch after as a way to appreciate employees and to help foster interpersonal relationships. We offer many additional opportunities for employees to connect socially. Burnham Benefits is committed to work-life harmony, offering flexible schedules, remote workstations (if desired), and wellness initiatives. Our culture and operations foster strong mutual respect among our people. We all work together toward the same end goal: Burnham Benefits’ continued success and the success of the individuals who work there.

  • BXS Insurance

    President and CEO:Markham McKnight
    Baton Rouge, LA

    When people hear “insurance” stereotypical, unflattering adjectives that they have been fed via pop culture spring to mind. While the number of children, teenagers, and even young adults who aspire to a career in insurance may not be on par with other professions, the industry provides tremendous benefits. Working for BXS Insurance is lagniappe. BXS Insurance’s legacy is 139 years strong and began along the banks of the Mississippi River. Our footprint today extends across eight states with 30 offices, but we are licensed to conduct business nationally and internationally. Primarily, our risk management expertise is centered around property and casualty coverage, employee benefits, and surety. As the nation’s fourth largest bank-owned insurance broker, we rank among the top 10 percent of U.S. brokers based on total revenue. Ultimately, we have retained the aspects of being a community-minded insurance partner, but our size allows us to provide our clients leading edge resources that are vital to their success. Although we are certainly a business, our focus is squarely on our employees first. The nature of our business means that when there is a disaster, members of the BXS Insurance family are often right in the middle of it simultaneously as potential victims and as trusted guides to help their neighbors weather whatever the literal or figurative storm may be. In addition to ensuring the safety of our employees during times like these, we mobilize teams to aid in clean-up and repair of our employees’ property if necessary. We love to have fun with one another and each other’s families, and we love to see one another succeed. Our executive team is supportive, communicative, and accessible. In-house seminars and webinars are offered to ensure continuous training and development. Coaching for career advancement is available. In short, BXS Insurance is a best place to work because we care about each other and the communities that we serve.

  • Captive Resources

    Chairman/CEO:George Rusu
    Itasca, IL

    Captive Resources, LLC (CRI) helps businesses take control of their insurance plans, lower their total cost of risk and develop safer workplaces. We do this by providing strategic, innovative consulting services to guide these businesses through the process of creating, managing and growing their own group captive insurance companies. We’re the leader in the group captive industry, currently consulting to 40+ group captives that generate $2.9+ billion in annual premium and have returned $2.5+ billion in dividends to their member-owners. We provide support for every aspect of the group captives we advise, from claims advocacy to operational oversight, risk management, financial services, regulatory compliance, investment services and more. A key driver of our success is our amazing colleagues. We’ve built a rich environment that fosters dedication and camaraderie while producing a sense of pride and accountability. Our colleagues are integral to our long-standing relationships with the captives’ service partners. We believe in our people and strive to make CRI a great place to work. We offer exceptional benefits and perks like generous health insurance, dental, vision, voluntary life and more; a $900 annual wellness credit; on-site health screenings; ample vacation time, 7 PTO days and 9 paid holidays; time off to volunteer; flexible works hours; work from home options; shortened hours on summer Fridays; dress for your day; quarterly off-site gatherings; a marriage “toast” to new brides and grooms (1 hotel stay with dinner and a gift card); newborn gifts; and team building events (e.g., Cubs games, lake tours, etc.). On top of our benefits, we’ve endeavored to keep our colleagues safe during the pandemic by canceling events and travel and having everyone work from home. We offered colleagues $550 to buy home office equipment, set up COVID-19 and antibody testing for colleagues and their families, and supplied masks and oximeters. We moved into our state-of-the-art workspace in 2018, which includes ergonomic, customizable workstations; a fully equipped fitness facility with high-end stationary bikes; weekly fitness classes; a deli with discounted meals; a spacious café; and free coffee and beverages.

  • CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, Inc.

    President, CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, Inc.:Michael Kouzelos
    Cleveland, OH

    "We focus each day on our commitment to making our company a great place to work. We work hard to understand the needs of our team members, and then do our best to meet those needs. We adopted Great People, Great Place (GP2) as a primary company goal in 2006. GP2 is an enduring program to ensure the leadership and environment of CBIZ are together creating a place that our associates are excited about and are proud of. We began by conducting a baseline satisfaction survey, and adopted countless policies and benefits based on the feedback. We continue to re-survey and make continuous improvements. We implemented GP2 Committees in each office, who execute programs and activities to further increase engagement. Led by a Chair and comprised of members representing all areas, activities may include annual events, such as Employee Appreciation Day, All-Hands business meetings, Take Your Child to Work Day, etc. Monthly activities include celebrations for birthdays, promotions, retirements or holidays, etc. Each Committee elects a CBIZ Cares Leader. Cares allows each associate to volunteer 5 hours of paid time in their community. The Leader engages co-workers to select the organization(s) their office will support, then volunteer together to further develop professional and personal relationships. In 2020, we were not able to volunteer together, so we encouraged our team members to volunteer on their own, whether virtually or by sewing masks, etc. Each Committee elects a National Food Drive Leader. Each fall we seek donations of non-perishable items as well as cash, donated to local food banks. In 2020 we held a virtual fundraiser and were able to donate over 1 million pounds to food banks across the country. Each office has a Green Team Leader with a committee. Team complete action steps, and in our first two years, recorded 892 improvements in recycling, office equipment and facilities efficiencies, and use of eco-friendly supplies. In 2020 since we were only in our office a few months, we developed the “CBIZ Green Team Home Guide for CBIZ Team Members” to encourage environmentally friendly actions at home. Each month we highlight a section of the Guide to encourage our associates to try some new tips."

  • Chalmers Insurance Group

    President:Steven Cote
    North Conway, NH

    Chalmers Insurance Group, founded in 1857, is a fourth generation, family-owned and operated independent insurance agency, with eight locations: six in Maine and two in New Hampshire. We have ninety-four co-workers. Being a family-owned business is the fabric of who we are. We are proud to have served our communities for four generations and we have every intention of continuing for generations to come. Our family’s commitment to each other and our clients is what gets us out of bed in the morning. There are many options for how you can buy insurance, but we believe we stand out because we treat our clients like family too. If you believe in the mission of Chalmers, demonstrate passion, and help us provide outstanding service, we welcome you with open arms. We show our commitment to our co-workers through continuous coaching, professional development opportunities and gratitude, every day, for sharing in our purpose. We are truly fortunate to have an organization with coworkers who are invested in our organization and its success. We bring our full selves to work and know each other on a deep level. In turn, there is trust, familiarity and no ego. Of course, we all have personal feelings about the business, but because we have clarity on what we’re trying to achieve and we welcome alternate perspectives, it doesn’t take long to get on the same page. Chalmers consistently monitors workplace motivation through frequent surveys. The latest Motivational Survey results from April 2021 indicated that 75% of the workforce is considered motivated or highly motivated (this compares to only 34% of employees being considered motivated/engaged across the United States, per Gallup 2019 data.) The survey results also indicate that the organization is extremely prideful, posting a perfect 4.5 out of a target score of 4.5. Every co-worker at Chalmers has completed an Emergenetics assessment and participated in a group program to improve self-awareness related to preferences of thinking and behaving. This shared vernacular has further expanded communication and strengthened interactions in the workplace.

  • Christensen Group Insurance

    CEO:Bruce Christensen
    Eden Prairie, Minnesota

    Christensen Group Insurance (CG) is 100% employee-owned and connected in our mission to grow together as a team. We believe we can achieve this growth without sacrificing our culture, entrepreneurial mindset or financial excellence. Our team is at the heart of each decision and we are open to listening to different opinions and using employees' input to guide our decisions. We host quarterly All-Team Meetings with open Q&A sessions to specifically gather input and answer anything on our team's mind. Our Leadership Council meets monthly to discuss business decisions and understand how those directly impact our team and culture. At CG, we pursue success by growing in a way that honors where we've been, where we want to go, and aligns with our team values. We also believe in having fun! We gather formally with employees and spouses twice a year at the Fall Party and Annual ESOP Meeting. Potlucks, trivia games, baby showers, catered lunches are common occurrences. We created a virtual photo wall to make it easy to share family photos or personal events while we've been working virtually. We host Benefit Fairs to educate on our benefit offerings and send Monday emails to connect individuals to resources to support overall Well-Being. We have four committees led by the employees. The first, Culture & Wellness Committee, serves our team with providing wellness and social activities. In the last year, they have planned Biggest Loser challenges, virtual fitness challenges, hydration challenges, healthy snacks and fruit deliveries, chair massages, virtual trivia, and a smoothie bar! The second, Charity & Community Involvement, leads our Charity Match program, offers volunteering opportunities and highlights volunteerism. The third, Green Committee, finds ways to support our environment and provides practical tips to be eco-friendly. The fourth, Welcome Committee, meets all new hires and sends them a welcome basket of goodies for their first day. We have a fitness center, discounted personal training sessions on-site, racquetball court, Peloton free for all employees/family and are supportive of employees exercising during the day. We have a golf simulator and event center to host clients or personal family/friends.

  • Company Nurse

    Founder and President:Paul Binsfeld
    Scottsdale, Arizona

    Workplace accidents happen. Company Nurse provides nurse triage for injured workers and makes the process of workers’ comp pain-free. In business since 1997 and the first in the industry, Company Nurse continues to grow and innovate to take care of people, take care of processes, make workplaces more productive, and businesses more profitable. We help other companies take care of their employees, but we LOVE supporting our own. Yes, we have several benefits and fun (virtual) events, but what stands out to our employees is how much Company Nurse feels like home. We've had several employees tell us that Company Nurse is a family.
    Part of this stems from our united belief in our core values:
    • Do the right thing
    • Go the extra two miles
    • Driven to find solutions
    • Compassion for everyone
    • Work together to work it out
    New employees are impressed by how we actually live out our core values and veteran employees are thrilled to show them how. By hiring employees that fit these values, we have created a positive and productive culture. And when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we helped to protect our employees and other organizations' employees with our new health screening, testing, and vaccination reporting tool - screen by Company Nurse. Any of our employees who indicated symptoms of and/or exposure to COVID-19 were given access to a nurse for further assistance. Hear what our employees, who have given us an overall Glassdoor rating of 4.9/5, have to say: “I have never worked at a more dynamic and supportive company with people I trust and respect.” “I am extremely happy at work and look forward to every day with a smile.” “I love the people, the culture, and the leadership!”

  • Connor & Gallagher OneSource (CGO)

    Co-Founder:Thomas W. Connor
    Lisle, Illinois

    Connor & Gallagher OneSource (CGO) is a Chicagoland insurance broker that serves small to medium sized businesses. We have consultants and customer support reps that specialize in each of the areas of business insurance, employee benefits, HR consulting, payroll & HRM systems and 401k and 403b plan services. What makes CGO a best places to work company is our people. We've got an incredible group of employees that are very close knit, we work hard but have a lot of fun and our culture is a driving force for our growth.

  • Coterie Insurance

    CEO:David McFarland
    Cincinnati

    Coterie has an incredibly unique culture where our values of humility, intelligence, passion, and integrity. We live these values through transparency that starts with our leadership and is embodied by each and every employee. In particular, we strive for every employee to have a clear picture and vision of how they contribute to our company goals. And the trust and freedom to meet those goals as they see fit. Through Core Coaching, leadership regularly seeks out feedback about the company and leadership. The 100% remote environment means people are trusted to do their jobs, which motivates them to perform to the best of their abilities.

  • Deeley Insurance Group

    President:Laura Bren
    Willards, MD

    Deeley Insurance Group is an independent insurance agency serving individuals and business in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. We’re licensed in 26 states and service over 4,000 commercial and 11,000 individual clients. Our associates have an average of 10 years of experience in the industry. Our areas of expertise include Coastal Property, Transportation, Hospitality, Contractors, Community Associations. Our visionary leadership team is young and aggressive. Our president, Laura Deeley Bren, is a second-generation agent, but she’s also a surfer with a major in philosophy. From the very top, the agency is infused with a radical energy that is rare in any industry and unheard of in insurance. We have a Culture of Empowerment. We intentionally hire and train people who fit our optimistic, positive agency culture, not necessarily those who have the most experience or most impressive book of business. Our office is bright and inviting. Our team knows our Core Values and lives them every day. We boldly invest in new technology to improve our clients’ experience and enable our team to collaborate more effectively. We fund training, licensing and continuing education for all interested associates. Work/Life balance is a big deal. Our perks include ample vacation, work-from-home options and flex days during the summer, where we work longer days to earn additional days off. We’re passionate about giving back to the communities who have supported us for 90 years. Our inter-agency charitable group, Deeley Serves, focuses these efforts. We vote on three charities to support each year, and everyone is encouraged to participate, even earning days off to volunteer for other causes and groups. Proceeds from our office snack bar go to charities, and management provides a monthly pay-it-forward allowance, which we vote to distribute to local worthy causes.

  • Delta Dental of Kansas

    President & Chief Executive Officer:Dean Newton
    Leawood, Kansas

    Delta Dental of Kansas has grown to be the largest, most experienced dental insurance carrier in the state. We have nearly doubled in growth in the last 15 years and our enterprise has expanded into 31 states from one state less than 20 years ago. Our mission is to improve healthcare through affordable and quality care, reduced healthcare costs and exceptional service. Our focus has led to an industry-leading 98%+ satisfaction rating among Kansans, Kansas employers and brokers as measured by an independent third party. The foundation of our success is our employees. Morale is linked to productivity and we believe our most important job is to create a positive and winning culture. DDKS strives to provide a positive company culture through employee empowerment, transparent communication, encouraged collaboration and connection opportunities. We have created a culture that emphasizes winning and fun by celebrating success, encouraging all ideas, input and views to get the best result, learning from mistakes, failing fast and offering an environment where people enjoy their jobs. Every employee feels a sense of ownership for organization results and strategy because they are involved every step of the way and strategy is clearly communicated. DDKS has a dedicated Culture Committee that provides resources, educational workshops and activities around diversity equity & inclusion, team building and wellness. DDKS is dedicated to giving back to the communities we serve, and we pass that spirit along to our employees through various volunteer opportunities and charitable involvement. DDKS offers a competitive benefits package as well as recreation and fitness center.

  • ECBM Insurance Brokers and Consultants

    President:Charles H. Bernier
    Media, PA

    ECBM prides itself on the culture and community it has built over 50 years. We understand that the people at ECBM are the reason for its success. That's why our leadership team is committed to fostering an environment where our employees feel fulfilled, safe and delighted. We continually enable our employees for success by listening to feedback and surveying for opinions. ECBM offers a wide array of employee benefits, flexible scheduling, social events and outings, and personal development training all to help create a comfortable and sustainable workplace. We've had many employees stay with ECBM for over 30 years. ECBM hopes to continue that trend.

  • Employee Benefit Services of Maryland

    President and CEO:Leo Gallagher
    Baltimore, MD

    The culture at EBS is built upon the shared understanding that in order to sustain a successful workforce we must encourage and value employee (EE) wellbeing in and out of the workplace. At EBS, we support the balance between work and home so EE’s can be healthier, happier and more productive. The wellbeing of our team plays a pivotal role in their success, which is why we make it a priority to accommodate their needs. We encourage EE’s to express themselves in the office to create a comfortable work environment. When EE’s feel at ease, they can focus on what’s most important for our clients. With options to work from home and set their own schedule, EE’s have every opportunity to create a healthy, balanced life. Flexible work schedules allow staff to benefit from many things that aren’t common in other workplaces such as the ability to meet life responsibilities without fear of questions, setting the tone for their day by avoiding stresses of rush hour and feeling personal control over their environment. Our quarterly check-ins give everyone the chance to be heard and provide meaningful feedback for our organization. EBS encourages professional development by helping EE’s navigate the best path that fits their skills, knowledge, strengths and interests. EBS has committees to develop new initiatives to keep our team engaged and motivated. The wellness committee helps staff focus on overall wellbeing, community service committee finds exciting ways for staff to give back to the community and the Social Committee is in charge of enhancing the cultural experience. Organizing events that bring the staff together, incorporating team-bonding activities in and outside of work helps us to strengthen our organizational unity and overall success. To ensure that we continue to grow with the needs of our clients and staff, we dedicate an entire day for our team to share ideas on ways to improve. “Hack Day” was implemented to identify opportunities for us to get better. Employees work in teams to explore each issue and outline effective solutions. By utilizing creativity and open communication at an organizational level, the culture at EBS will continue to be energized and grow with the company’s success.

  • Euler Hermes North America

    President and CEO:James Daly
    Owings Mill, MD

    Euler Hermes helps companies optimize credit management, enhance working capital, accelerate growth and protect against bad debt. We do this by offering trade credit insurance, which protects the accounts receivable of our customers against unexpected losses. By giving companies the confidence to trade and be paid, we play a key role in keeping the supply chain moving. Not only do we make a difference for businesses around the world, we strive to make a difference in the lives of our associates. We prioritize giving our employees an opportunity to share what is important to them by conducting regular surveys and acting based on the feedback. We are continually seeking new ways to recognize and reward our teams. We're proud to say that many of our enhanced benefits and policy changes were developed based on listening to what matters most to our employees. These include our paid parental leave program, liberal telecommuting and flexible working options which were implemented well before COVID-19, and casual dress five days per week. Some of our longer-term, generous benefits include a substantial 401K match of 9% and tuition reimbursement programs. Our annual bonus offering helps our associates become more invested in the company's success. We strive to foster a culture of lifelong learning, our teams take advantage of top-notch training, continuing education, and development programs. We understand the importance of making our employees priority and believe that our commitment to the employee experience makes us one of the best places to work!

  • Falvey Insurance Group

    President and CEO:Mike Falvey
    North Kingstown, RI

    Falvey Insurance Group began as a single division, Falvey Cargo Underwriting, opening its first office in 1995 in Wakefield, RI by the company’s founder: Mike Falvey. After 25 years, the company has evolved into Falvey Insurance Group, comprised of three divisions: Falvey Cargo Underwriting, Falvey Shippers Insurance and Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance. "The Specialized Insurance Experts" underwrite on behalf of Lloyd's of London, C.V. Starr, Nationwide, Beazley Insurance Company, Hiscox, Ascot Group and State National. The flexibility, World-Class customer service, claims processing excellence, and comprehensive knowledge and expertise that Falvey companies are known for is unparalleled in the insurance industry. Falvey was also named Insurance Insider’s MGA of the Year in 2020. The best illustration of what makes Falvey a best place to work comes from employees themselves. In our latest survey, over 80% of them described FIG as a place they genuinely enjoy working at especially because co-workers were friends. Respect, encouragement and support are values ingrained in every department and interaction at Falvey. We host biannual meetings that include social events like pop-up carnivals, escape rooms and bowling. During the summers, we grill by the beach every Friday. These opportunities to develop meaningful, and human relationships are the building blocks to the strong and united team we have today. Over 40% of our employees hold a tenure of over 10 years at the company.

  • Frank Winston Crum Insurance

    President:Matthew Crum
    Clearwater, Florida

    Family owned company since 1981 living by our core values, our Brand Pillars, which are Integrity, Affinity ad Prosperity. Additionally, we have been recognized for Tampa Bay's Top Workplaces for 12 consecutive years and Best Places to Work in Insurance 2020.

  • Fred C. Church Insurance

    President & Chairman:Michael S. Reilly
    Lowell, MA

    With ten locations and over 160 employees, Fred C. Church offers a full range of insurance services to individuals and organizations though our business lines: personal and private client, commercial and employee benefits. The employees who support this work - and our fantastic clients - also commit hours to serving our communities through volunteer efforts on the ground and in leadership roles with non-profit boards. As much as we are passionate about insurance, the workplace culture appreciates that we have lives and interests outside of Fred C. Church. This is evidenced through generous time off policies, wellness-focused initiatives and benefits and recognition that not everyone has the same needs. The agency embraces individuality and in turn is rewarded with a strong, collaborative team who work together to achieve annual departmental and agency goals.

  • Gehring Group | Bentek

    CEO:Kurt Gehring
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    We stick our necks out for our team members and we inspire communities to embrace new possibilities. We take pride in being recognized as a Best Place To Work for four years in a row, because our team members are our first priority. What separates us is our ability to invest emotionally into our team members and their futures and help them to aspire into roles they never thought that they could achieve. We celebrate milestones both personally and professionally and we strive to hire OKG’s – our kind of guys and girls.

  • Higginbotham

    Chairman & CEO:Rusty Reid
    Fort Worth, TX

    Higginbotham is a single source solution for insurance, financial and HR services. Our firm supplements coverage with in-house risk management and benefit plan administration services that we call Day Two Services® to provide year-round value to clients. Higginbotham opened in 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas, where it is headquartered. We operate more than 50 offices in 10 states. Higginbotham ranks by revenue as the 21st largest independent broker in the U.S., making us the largest Texas-based broker. In June 2021, we kicked-off a brand refresh supported by months of market research and creative development to determine what matters most to our customers and employees. What we learned was that the things that are important to them are things we already do well. They want to be treated as more than a number. They want a partner that’s transparent, authentic and an advocate. Higginbotham delivers on each of these value-drivers. To tell our story, we adopted a new tagline, logo and visual expression capturing that message. Lead with values and value leads. This tagline captures what differentiates us, aligns our priorities and motivates others to partner with us. Higginbotham is driven by four core values. We are family to our employees, accountable to our clients, teammates to our carriers and generous to our communities. We are a place that leads with values so value leads. It’s these values that define Higginbotham’s culture. Whether it’s emails to the workforce, testimonials in our internal newsfeed HIGG Connect, videos shown at staff meetings, branded items given to employees or in everyday conversations, our values are incorporated in all our communications and inform all our decisions. Employees not only know them, they live them. The four core values that drive our culture also drive our growth. Insurance professionals and agencies are drawn to join Higginbotham because of our family culture – employee surveys have revealed this time and time again. The result of that growth is increased value to shareholders. And since every employee is a shareholder through our employee ownership plan, they all profit from and share in Higginbotham’s success.

  • Hoffman Brown Company

    CEO:Steven Brown
    Sherman Oaks, California

    Hoffman Brown Company has been serving the Southern California community for over 50 years as an Independent Insurance Agent. Today, we employ over fifty qualified insurance professionals offering Personal, Commercial and Benefits coverage and we represent many of the finest carriers in the industry. We offer a supportive work environment, competitive pay and excellent benefits. Hoffman Brown Company provides a beautiful office environment with open space, friendly teammates, companywide activities and has consistently ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in Insurance and one of the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles.

  • Holmes Murphy

    Chairman & CEO:Dan Keough
    Waukee, IA

    At Holmes Murphy, we pride ourselves on selling “thinking”, not insurance. In a nutshell, we sell the cumulative knowledge and experience that make insurance and businesses work better. It’s a philosophy that’s worked for us since our inception in 1932. As an independent brokerage, we serve business and industry leaders across the nation in the areas of property casualty insurance, employee benefits, captive insurance, risk management and loss control. Holmes Murphy has 15 offices in 11 states. We like to say "Your Unique Potential is Our Soul Purpose," which means we truly care for our employees, clients, and communities, and are constantly looking for ways to promote positive change and potential. We believe everyone is unique and brings their own purpose to the table.

  • Houchens Insurance Group

    President of Houchens Insurance Group:Andy Barker
    Bowling Green, KY

    Houchens Insurance Group is a consortium of insurance entities focused on the goal of providing world class risk management services and insurance procurement providing maximum flexibility and creatively needed to solve virtually all of the insurance needs of our clients. We actively cultivate long-standing relationships with major carriers, and those relationships allow us to negotiate aggressively and obtain cost-effective proposals. The future and continued growth of HIG is driven through our focus on specialized industries such as government, healthcare, professional, construction, manufacturing, energy, transportation and hospitality segments. HIG has utilized its wealth of knowledge and experience to emerge as an industry leader. We recognize that the foundation of success for our organization comes down to happy employee-owners! Having happy employee-owners equals more engagement, increased intellectual value, more innovation, increased longevity and productivity and an overall better product and service for our customers.

  • Hylant

    CEO:Michael Hylant
    Toledo, Ohio

    When you accept a job at Hylant, a family-owned brokerage founded in 1935, you often hear “welcome to the Hylant family.” You soon come to understand that these aren’t empty words. You receive a solid wage and a generous benefits package to help safeguard the health and financial wellness of you and your family. You receive the tools and training you need to perform your job well, because Hylant wants you to be successful. You learn that good work is recognized, whether it’s through formal comments from your manager as part of your annual review, a nomination by your peers for a Best at What We Do (BAWWD) award or recognition of a milestone work anniversary or other professional achievement. You are asked periodically to provide feedback to help Hylant become an even better employer, because your opinion matters. You are encouraged to support the community organizations and charities you are passionate about, because if it’s important to you, it’s important to Hylant. And like any good family, Hylant works to keep you safe, whether it’s providing the entire organization with the technology to suddenly begin working from home during a pandemic or by creating a culture where everyone from every background feels welcome, included, heard, respected and free to be their authentic self.

  • Ieuter Insurance Group

    President:Cal Ieuter
    Midland, MI

    Our mission is to be your “Friend in the Insurance Business” providing superior, personalized service executed with a sense of urgency. To fulfill this mission, we are committed to making Ieuter Insurance Group the best place to work. Although we work hard to returning all calls and emails the same day, continually educating our staff, implementing cutting edge technologies, ensuring our clients understand their coverages, and community involvement and support, we still want Ieuter Insurance Group to be the best spot to work. Ieuter Insurance Group is a family owned agency. We also treat all our employees like family. There are several employee committees such as our Above and Beyond Committee. This is where employees can give suggestions to make Ieuter Insurance Group a great place to work. From summer Fridays, employee outings, massage day, to popcorn Friday's, Ieuter Insurance Group is committed to making our agency the best with the greatest and happiest employees.

  • IMA Financial Group

    Chairman & CEO:Robert L. Cohen
    Denver, Colorado

    Many things make IMA a Best Place to Work. IMA's associates and its clients benefit daily from its award-winning culture. The greatest differentiator between IMA and its competitors is that IMA associates have the option to think and benefit as employee owners. Associates are given the ability to always act within the best interest of their clients, not Wall Street earnings reports. The result is an industry-leading growth rate that more than doubles the industry average. IMA is also Best Place to Work because the company and its leaders care for and trust associates. When the pandemic hit, IMA did not lay off any associates and provided profit sharing to make up for a paused 401k match. IMA’s CEO and other senior leaders recorded weekly videos to provide encouragement and company updates throughout 2020. As the world reels from COVID-19, natural disasters and more, IMA has created an Employee Assistance Fund to quickly and equitably provide financial support to associates in need. A third key reason IMA is a great place to work is because of its commitment to community. IMA’s mission is to "protect assets and make a difference,” not just for associates, but for our clients and the communities we serve. IMA has a dedicated foundation primarily funded by IMA, offers unlimited paid volunteer time off during work hours, has an annual corporate day of service, as well as committees in each office dedicated to organizing volunteer opportunities. The company has recently increased its matching gifts program, matching one dollar for every dollar donated per associate, up to $1,000, and provides a $500 grant to nonprofits for every 20 hours associates volunteer at that nonprofit. The dedication to the communities where IMA associates live, work and play is truly extraordinary and exemplifies a company with a purpose, making it a Best Place to Work.

  • INSURICA

    CEO:Mike Ross
    Oklahoma City

    Placing nearly $1 billion in annual premiums for our clients, Oklahoma-based INSURICA is among the 50 largest insurance brokers in the United States and is currently the 24th largest privately-held independent agency in the country. Specializing in core industries, INSURICA clients enjoy the coverage and risk management programs typically found with a national broker, all delivered through a local agent relationship. INSURICA employs nearly 600 colleagues in 31 offices located throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, and California. Our colleagues consistently strive to uphold the agency’s core values of Integrity, Innovation, and Purpose. By creating a corporate culture based on ethical behavior in the marketplace and fun in the workplace, INSURICA is an employer of choice. INSURICA is also deeply committed to serving in our local communities, and we believe the character of our agency is enhanced when we choose to openly display concern for humanity. We developed a community outreach program called U-Serve, designed to positively impact the lives of others by serving to the best of our abilities. By giving our colleagues the opportunity to serve with their time, talents, and funds, we are able to make a difference in our local communities and empower our people to be servants of hope and change. Whether speaking to clients or our own colleagues, the INSURICA brand promise of “Specializing in You” applies to all.

  • IPMG

    CEO/President:Gregg Peterson
    St. Charles, IL

    IPMG offers an expansive, integrated selection of services housed under one roof, and these services are constantly reevaluated in order to evolve with the ever-changing business climate. IPMG's scope includes developing self-funded programs for specific industries, including public entities and senior care services; providing exceptional cost containment strategies and controls via claims management and employee benefits TPA services; reducing the potential for loss through highly specialized risk management and wellness programs; and accessing leading admitted and excess/surplus lines carriers for all lines of coverage. We are a “best” place to work because we put our employee owners first. We are a small organization, and each of our employee owners is a person with a face and name, not a number. We want them to know how important they are to the company, and that no matter the scope of their duties, they have the power to affect our bottom line and reach our clients. We engage in a wide range of outlets in order to promote these senses of pride, accomplishment, and potential. Providing industry-leading service to our clients is not easy, but employee owners know their hard work is noticed, appreciated, and compensated well. From an engaging well-being program to a generous PTO package to small everyday treats like a cupcake truck, we are always looking for new ways to promote fun and a healthy work-life balance. Our genuine dedication to our employee owners has established equal dedication to the company on their part, and the result is a healthy and happy organization with satisfied clients.

  • Kapnick Insurance Group

    CEO:Jim Kapnick
    Adrian, MI

    Kapnick Insurance Group, under third-generation ownership by brothers Jim and Mike Kapnick, is a premier Michigan-based, privately-held professional service firm providing business insurance, employee benefits, personal insurance, risk management and financial strategies to a vast and diverse base of clients worldwide. We have an integrated team with an impressive range of resources at their fingertips. These insurance professionals have earned a national reputation for anticipating client's problems and creating innovative solutions. Kapnick continues to grow as a family-centric organization whose integrity, respect, stewardship and innovation makes us one of the strongest brokers in the US. This paired with the exceptional culture that has been built since it's origination, makes Kapnick Insurance Group one of the "best" places to work. Kapnick Insurance Group is a partner of Assurex Global.

  • Key Risk

    President:Scott Holbrook
    Greensboro NC

    Our Mission
    Delivering innovative and responsive workers compensation solutions that provide our clients the freedom to do what they do best. With over 35 years of proven expertise in the workers compensation industry, Key Risk delivers innovative and responsive solutions that provide our clients the freedom to do what they do best. Offering guaranteed cost options to employers nationwide, Key Risk focuses on delivering products and services within specialized verticals to reduce workers compensation exposures and deliver industry-leading results. All products and services are distributed through appointed insurance agents and brokers. Key Risk offers stability to our workforce. We have challenging work, development opportunities and a family-feel workplace. We invest in our innovation program to make sure we remain relevant and our associates have the skills they need to be productive and valuable within the marketplace. We care about our associates - Everything Counts, Everyone Matters- is our motto and we live it each day. Our culture is one of openness and honesty. We have open access to leadership and no question is frowned upon. While not perfect, we strive for continuous improvement in our relationships internally and externally. Our low turnover is a testament to how our associates feel about us. Our average tenure is 8.5 years across all disciplines; the average tenure of the executive team is 12 years - this speaks to the expertise we offer to each other and to our clients. Being a part of W. R. Berkley Corporation offers us resources that a small business could not afford. We have an excellent shared services team to provide assistance to our associates as needed.We have training programs, a new Berkley orientation program that educates associates on our larger organization and how it operates, and the Berkley brand is strong for talent acquisition in insurance. Key Risk is a special place to work and our associates enjoy their experience with us.We work hard on our culture as this is the foundation from which all other things flow. Our marketing and communications team keep our social media current and ensure we project our true self.We are proud of our business, our people, and culture.

  • Liberty Insurance Associates, Inc.

    CEO:Andrew C. Harris
    Millstone Twp., NJ

    Liberty is dedicated to helping their clients insure their risk while still maintaining a personal touch to help build lasting relationships. As a family run business, the leadership, at Liberty, understands that the employees are one of their best assets. The company also understand that employees need time to decompress and allow for a work life balance so they provide each full time employee with 16 days of accrued PTO time starting from day one. During COVID, Liberty’s leadership worked diligently with the IT vendor and with the staff to allow the ability to work from home to ensure the safety of the employees and their families while still maintaining that special connection with their clients. In addition, the leadership put together a work from home policy and procedures to ensure cyber security for our customers and staff. Liberty’s normal workweek is only 37 hours with Friday closings at 4:30 to allow the employees to start their weekend a bit early. The company offers all of their employees the opportunity to sit on committees and/or form a committee. Currently, we have three committees in place which include a Culture Committee, a Digital Footprint Committee and an Education Committee. Many employees are engaged in these committees which allows them opportunities to learn and grow both personally and professionally and to have a say in the decision making process. Because medical benefits are consistently increasing, the company recently increased their employer contribution to the employees’ health care and they continue to pay up to $1800 to help reduce the cost of those high deductibles that are common on today's health plans. During the holidays, the company pays each employee an annual bonus to say "Thank You" for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. This bonus is paid before the holiday to help eliminate some of that “holiday stress”. Liberty also has an annual summer picnic and an annual Holiday Party at a local country club. Both are during the workday and include, food, drinks and fun. All of these perks make Liberty a best place to work.

  • Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, LLC

    Managing Partner:Johnny Pittso
    Memphis

    Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance is an independent insurance agency that provides business, personal and group health insurance to clients across the nation. We are also deeply involved in the community, giving back and supporting local non-profits. We work hard, play hard and have the best employees in the industry!

  • Lockton Companies

    CEO:Peter Clune
    Kansas City


    Lockton is the world’s largest privately-owned, independent insurance broker and consultant. What makes Lockton stand apart is also what makes us better: independence. Lockton’s private ownership empowers its 8,500 Associates doing business in over 125 countries to focus solely on clients’ risk and insurance needs.

    Lockton has built its reputation and culture by providing excellent service to our three key stakeholders: clients, Associates, and communities. Lockton strongly believes that our success is a result of the strength of our Associates. Our people have an unmatched work ethic and go above and beyond to make your business safer, smarter and more profitable. We have a strong entrepreneurial culture that’s complemented by the scale and expertise of offices worldwide. This brings about something quite extraordinary in the insurance business—local partners with the focus and freedom to do what’s right for your business that can also draw on deep global resources to deliver the very best results.

    This is evident by our 97% client retention rate, which is well above our industry average. In addition, our growth is organic. In fiscal year 2021, Lockton grew globally by 13%, which is well above many of our competitors. Our strong growth and client retention rates are a sign of healthy client relationships that our dedicated Associates drive. Our goal is to always be the best place to work and do business.

  • MarketScout

    CEO:Richard Kerr
    Dallas, TX

    MarketScout owns and operates the MarketScout Exchange and CIC Select marketplaces, incubates MGAs and invests in startup InsurTech firms. We were launched in 2000 as a true 'dot com' insurance firm. We have no debt, no outside equity holders and are 100% independent. We believe in empowerment of our people and trust in our agent and insurer partners. Using our unique distribution technology we have facilitated the placement of over $5 billion in premiums at profitable margins for our insurance company partners.

  • McConkey Insurance & Benefits

    President & CEO/Principal:Steven P. Buterbaugh, CPCU, AAI
    York, PA

    McConkey is a best place to work because we strive to be. We listen to our employees’ feedback, monitor industry trends and continuously evaluate how we can be better. Our employees have enjoyed the minimum 15 days of PTO, plus 2 extra inclement weather days and even 4 hours of Vaccine Time Off. Everyone enjoys profit sharing. They appreciate their 37.5-hour work week, for which there are four schedules to choose from to provide better work-life balance for our employees. All insurance-related continuing education and materials are paid for. It all goes back to our idea that if you take care of your team, they’ll take care of your clients, and the rest will take care of itself. It’s a culture we have fostered for 131 years. Unique to our industry, all employees are salary-based, meaning our entire team from owners to admin to account executives work as a team, not competing with each other. Our intentional focus on our core values nurtures an environment where everyone is approachable, engaged and accessible. Everyone knows one another by name, and we work side-by-side to provide customized solutions for our clients. At McConkey, we work hard and we play hard. From company outings to Escape Rooms, family snow tubing to parking lot cookouts, Christmas parties to First Friday breakfasts, McConkey likes to bring fun and show appreciation for everyone’s hard work and effort. When COVID-19 sent us all to work from home, the fun continued remotely because not even a pandemic can stand in the way of our culture. In the interest of maintaining the culture that we’ve all come to know and love, McConkey has offered virtual happy hours, Bingo games, caricature contests, lunchtime cooking shows, a surprise musical performance, a magic show and more. In lieu of our normal annual Christmas party, McConkey made sure all 100+ employees were sent “party kits” and we enjoyed a virtual Christmas party with a bartending lesson, holiday songs, a visit from Santa for the kids and more. McConkey is the Best Place to Work because we don’t know of one other company who has gone even a comparable distance amid a global pandemic to ensure their culture and company atmosphere never wavered.

  • MGIS

    President:Jeffrey D Brunken
    Salt Lake City, UT

    We provide a much-needed service to medical professionals. 2020 demonstrated just how valuable our product is to our clients. Our employees love our medical plan. We have a low employee contribution and a low deductible. They love the Alternative Treatment and Nutritional Supplements that cover things like monthly massages and vitamins. They love the 4-day work week every other week, and their bonus program, they really like our new identity guard coverage, the Telemedicine plan, and the incidental coverage options (Critical Care with Cancer, and Accident). They like the culture of a small company where everybody knows everybody. We don't have cliques here. Employees really like working with one another. They care about each other as individuals, not just as co-workers. They also know that the company executives really care about them. They are not just a warm body in a chair. They matter. That feeling resonates here. When Covid hit, we were quick to respond. The owner has always been reluctant to office telecommuting to all employees. We discovered how viable of an option that was. Insomuch as we created a permanent hybrid policy. When Covid is in the rear-view mirror, our employees will be able to work from home 3-days a week and only come in to the office 2-days a week. We feel that will create the perfect balance between face-to-face interactions, and work time at home without a commute.

  • Midlands Management Corporation

    CEO:Mark Wilhelm
    Saint Louis, MO

    Midlands is a managing general agent, wholesale broker, program administrator and insurance services provider with specialty in excess workers’ compensation. As a leader in wholesale brokerage for 30 years, our extensive knowledge of the industry affords us the ability to respond to a broad spectrum of risks. At Midlands, we are driven by our ethics to be “beyond reproach” in all of our dealings with our clients, community, vendors and fellow employees. This ethical mandate ensures that we act in the utmost faith while dealing fairly and equitably with all parties involved in any transaction while maintaining confidentiality. It also guarantees that we communicate with clients any potential conflict situations and at all times avoid situations whereby the interests of all parties do not coincide. Our commitment to our employees’ growth means we continue to enhance our technical skills essential to every position through continuing education programs. At Midlands, we pledge to treat all parties with respect, fairness and honesty while pursuing an ideal of service that transcends self-interest.

  • NFP Corp

    Chairman and CEO of NFP:Douglas Hammond
    New York, NY

    After a year that challenged us in ways we never could have imagined, NFP has grown stronger. Supporting this strength is a selfless care for colleagues, clients and our communities; a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion; and a focus on improving lives. All of this makes NFP a best place to work. When the pandemic forced us to transition 6,000 employees to a work from home environment almost overnight, NFP’s leaders made it clear that our focus would be on three areas: our employees’ well-being, business continuity and client needs. Everything we did from there connected to one of these priorities. Our people-first culture made it possible for us to help each other, help our clients and help our communities throughout the pandemic. Arranging hospital care for an employee’s family member, assisting clients with new HR policies, supporting businesses accessing government loans, and connecting with colleagues facing new challenges, our people stepped up in ways that exceeded expectations. Despite the chaos, NFP remembered the communities where we live and work. Donating to food banks, investing in social justice organizations, fundraising for Children’s Cancer Association, the American Cancer Society and Movember, and creating opportunities for future generations through Year Up and GenHERation are just some of our ongoing activities. We also elevated our diversity and inclusion efforts, focusing on listening, learning and reiterating our values. Diversity enriches our organization with new perspectives and ideas and enhances our impact on communities. By supporting mentorship programs, offering resource groups, and providing a wealth of resources, we’re actively driving change one step at a time. NFP leaders also consistently remind employees, clients and partners that we stand against hate and violence and believe that all people deserve respect and a sense of belonging. We always condemn discrimination in any form for our employees, clients, vendors and communities. Finally, we love our clients and the opportunities we have to deliver value that helps people overcome challenges. This, together with our priorities and actions, remains critical to making NFP a best place to work.

  • Odell Studner

    CEO:Steven Odell
    King of Prussia, PA

    Odell Studner has a Leadership team that cares about its employees. We have a wonderful work life balance, a generous compensation and benefits package, and we take time to celebrate our company milestones and the personal ones too. The C3 committee (Corporate Culture Committee) creates fun and exciting events to keep everyone engaged. Our office location is newer and provides all the latest technologies. Odell Studner believes in promoting from within and putting training in place to help each person's needs.

  • One Agents Alliance (OAA)

    CEO:Warren "Tony" Caldwell
    Oklahoma City, OK

    Growing through over twenty years of business has taught the founder and team the importance of staying true to their core values: Team First, Committed to Excellence, Personal Integrity, and Passionate. A lean and efficient team, all are proud of the driving statement that they can 'guarantee their members make more money per premium dollar than any other agency in the industry' - helping independent insurance agents improve their agencies in order to see their dreams come true. One Agents Alliance (OAA) considers themselves a 'dream factory' and each employee is dedicated to developing their unique contribution in making dreams come true for their members and one another. OAA even provides a 'dream coach' to help each employee identify what their life goals are, steps to take to achieving them, any resources that might be needed, and helping to make those plans a reality to reach their dreams. OAA has a growing network of independent insurance agencies in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas, and California. The company offers growth opportunities to insurance agencies wanting to remain independent while being able to compete with larger local and regional agencies. OAA is a member of SIAA, a national organization that writes in excess of $9 billion in total written premium. Their collaborative environment and values-based work culture led OAA to receive the honor of being named SIAA's No. 1 Master Agency for the fifth consecutive year, a feat not accomplished by any other in the SIAA network. OAA embraces a culture that values each team member's Unique Ability, a concept of Strategic Coach which is by definition the 'essence of what you love to do and do best'. OAA supports the whole employee by providing an in-house gym as well as paying 100% of premiums for an employee's health care plan after 30 days. The company encourages philanthropy and participation which contributes to community throughout all states in their network.

  • OneDigital

    President & CEO:Adam Bruckman
    Atlanta, GA

    OneDigital is the nation’s leading health, retirement/wealth, and HR advisory firm focused on empowering business growth for employers of all sizes, and has consistently led as a workplace ally for over 20 years. OneDigital’s unique ability to converge health, wealth and human resources into a hub of services and business guidance has empowered companies to create workplaces that attract and retain talent while fueling innovation and company growth. As employee health care, wellness and workplace benefits continue to shift, companies of all sizes have relied on OneDigital’s exceptional advisory teams for counsel and its adjacent services, including employee benefits, holistic HR services, employee wellbeing and pharmacy consulting, as well as the retirement and wealth management services provided through OneDigital Investment Advisors. What words do our team members use to describe OneDigital? Fun. Family. Caring. Integrity. Those words embody the spirit and drive that define our company culture. Each of us is dedicated to the overall success of the company through commitment and hard work, while the company is dedicated to its employees through positive reinforcement and work/life balance. We have a simple philosophy that if you take care of your employees, they will take care of customers and the bottom line takes care of itself. Check out what we are all about; we let our actions speak as loudly as our words.

  • Origami Risk

    CEO:Robert G. Petrie III
    Chicago, IL

    Origami Risk, an acclaimed software as a service (SaaS) technology company providing integrated risk, safety, and insurance solutions, is growing at an exceptional rate. A singular focus on helping our clients—corporate and public entities, brokers and risk consultants, insurers, third party claims administrators (TPAs), risk pools, and more—achieve their business objectives underlies Origami’s approach to developing, implementing, and supporting software. Founded in 2009 by industry veterans, over the past decade Origami Risk has received more than two dozen awards for service excellence, technology innovation, and workplace culture. In addition to inclusion in Deloitte’s TechnologyFast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing tech companies in North America, OrigamiRisk also has been repeatedly recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the “Best Places to Work” and Best and Brightest® Companies To Work For in the Nation by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR).

  • Origin Specialty Underwriters Agency LLC

    President:Dan Djordjevic
    Rolling Meadows, IL

    Origin Specialty is a managing general agency that provides competitive lines of insurance and aims to serve all of our agent's unique needs. We are a culturally diverse company that values its employees and treats them like family. No one here is a number, we come together as a team to deliver exceptional experience and service to our agents. We strive to enforce open communication and transparency within our work environment. The foundation of our company lies in the dedication and engagement our employees provide to our agents and insureds.

  • Pathpoint

    CEO and Co-Founder:Alex Bargmann
    Washington D.C.

    Pathpoint is reinventing wholesale insurance. We think wholesalers have underinvested in technology and talent to make the wholesale process easier for agents and carriers. Every employee at Pathpoint participates in our stock option program to share in that opportunity. We're the only wholesaler that offers this many challenges and learning opportunities as a fast moving startup.

  • Philadelphia Insurance Companies

    President and CEO:John Glomb
    Bala Cynwyd, PA

    Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) is a member of the Tokio Marine Group (Japan’s oldest and leading Property/Casualty insurer). Headquartered in Bala Cynwyd, PA, PHLY designs, markets, and underwrites commercial Property/Casualty and Professional Liability insurance products, incorporating value added coverages and services for select industries. By maintaining a disciplined approach to business, we provide greater security for our policyholders and superior value for our shareholder. PHLY operates 50 offices strategically located across the United States to provide superior service—Raated "A++" (Superior) by the A.M. Best Company and Rated "A+" by Standard & Poor's. PHLY is a best place to work because we continue to conduct our business practices based on the core principles our founder James Maguire established. The PHLY core values are: Strive to exceed all expectations. At PHLY, good just isn't good enough. Be passionate. At PHLY, we believe that our passion drives our success and makes work more enjoyable. Be accountable. At PHLY, we believe being individually accountable for results helps us achieve critical objectives. Act with integrity. At PHLY, we do the right thing regardless of the outcome. Embrace new and better ideas. At PHLY, we believe innovation comes from everyone. Commit to growth and learning. At PHLY, we believe there is more potential inside every person than he or she realizes. Develop positive relationships. At PHLY, we believe our people are our greatest assets. Practice "work/life" balance. At PHLY, we believe to be at our best, there must be balance in our lives. Have Fun! At PHLY, we believe that fun and work aren't mutually exclusive. At PHLY, we believe that our success is directly tied to how we treat our customer, our employees, and our communities. Our Customer Service team continues to find ways to improve the Net Promoter Score. PHLY looks for innovative ways to drive employee engagement. Volunteering in our local communities is an important responsibility for our workforce.

  • Plastridge Insurance

    CEO:Connor C. Lynch
    Delray Beach, FL

    Plastridge Insurance has been doing business in the state of Florida for over 100 years, with 70 years in the hands of the same family, while growing from five employees to almost 90 today. The company continues to provide business, commercial property, employee benefits, home and auto insurance, setting themselves apart from other agencies with courage, honesty, wisdom, respect and exceptional talent. Plastridge Insurance lives the vision of what companies strive to be. This sounds like a cliché, but it is true. They have maintained a true family environment and culture for 100 years, while prospering through the ups and downs of America’s history, technological and industry changes. They continue to do this naturally, with an eye toward the future. For over 100 years, Plastridge Insurance has been a community-driven agency. There has been consistent outreach with non-profits, municipal and professional associations by giving providing leadership, time and financial support. And of course it starts at the top with the Chairman Emeritus - Tom Lynch, CEO - Connor Lynch and President - Brendan Lynch – this concept is inherently a part of their DNA which cascades throughout the entire company. Plastridge Insurance is the definition of a thriving, sustainable family business and has succeeded as a result. We strive every day to strengthen not only our own business, but also our communities.

  • Propel Insurance

    CEO:Kurt Carlson
    Tacoma, Washington

    We’re not just in the insurance business. We’re in your business. At Propel, we make it our business to know your world inside and out. With decades of industry-specific experience, we bring our clients a real-world understanding of the challenges they face. We’re recognized as a leader in providing innovative insurance solutions, and are proud of the long-standing partnerships we’ve developed with many of the nation’s leading carriers. That translates into a competitive edge for our clients. Our employees are devoted to serving our customers and knowing insurance.

  • Public Entity Partners

    President / CEO:Michael G. Fann
    Franklin, TN

    Public Entity Partners fills a niche role in the insurance industry as a governmental pool. Providing tailored coverages, loss control and risk management services to local governments across the state helps to raise the level of professionalism and service provided to the taxpayers of Tennessee. PE Partners serves more than 90% of the non-self-insured cities and towns across the state as well as associated governmental agencies. Evidence of what is unique and makes it a “best” place to work is the longevity of the staff. Public Entity Partners was created 41 years ago and over that time, approximately 9% of our staff members have been employed for 35 years, almost 45% have been on the team for more than a decade, and 67% of our employees have been on the team for more than five years. When someone joins our organization, we understand that in order to be passionate about serving our members, we have to be passionate about creating a work/life balance. We want to provide employees an opportunity to excel in their careers through professional development, celebrate the success of the team, and provide recognition for a job well done all while providing the highest level of service to our members.

  • QEO Insurance Group

    CEO:David Disiere
    Irving, TX

    QEO is a commercial transportation MGA focusing on local to intermediate radius transportation risks. Our turnkey operation provides commercial transportation-focused Underwriting, Loss Control and Claims Management services. We pride ourselves on understanding the individual needs of our clients and providing outstanding service to ensure our customers receive the right insurance for their business needs, at the right price. We work with Independent Insurance Agencies to assist them in providing insurance coverage to their customers. It is the goal of QEO to create a maintain a positive company culture. First, our primary goal is to give our employees continuing opportunities to develop and grow. We do this to give them ownership over their position and allow them to see firsthand how their contributions help the company. Second, we have built our company with a team mentality in mind. Each of the employees work together to collectively contribute to the company's success. Finally, we strive to provide our employees with all of the necessary tools that they will need to be successful, both personally and professionally. We recognize that the company's strength rests in the people working for it, and we take great pride in making sure that all of these elements are in place to create the best workplace culture.

  • Questpro Consultants

    CEO:Kevin Burch
    Dallas, Texas

    As we enter year 25 of our companies existence, we are for sure better than we ever have been. Our CEO one of the founders, our partners in year 21,19, 18 and 17. A recruiting staff with an average of 10 years at the company. We have built a family not a company. We are not perfect, but we have each others backs, we have our clients backs and to be honest we are very good at what we do. We give back to our communities, we give back to our staff and most of all we are making the industry we support (Insurance) better each and every day.

  • RBN Insurance Services

    CEO:Bruce Scodro
    Chicago, IL

    RBN Insurance Services is an independent agency providing insurance brokerage and related services to middle-market businesses and affluent / high net worth families across the United States. We work with businesses to assess risk, identify cost-efficient approaches to insurance, and place competitively priced coverage. We excel in working with higher-risk, higher-complexity operations where insurance can be hard to place and our insights can be differentiating. As a family-owned business, we emphasize a long-term orientation in every relationship we build and we value our employees as whole people. We take pride in the quality of our work and our advice, and we recognize that our success depends on the trust our clients place in us, which in turn relies on employees who feel empowered to do their best work. Our objective is to build trust and confidence through every interaction.

  • Reliance Partners

    CEO:Andrew Ladebauche
    Chattanooga, TN

    Reliance Partners brings young, energetic startup culture to an old-school industry—a competitive advantage in an evolving market. Building upon this foundation, Reliance places considerable effort into stitching together a workplace that is both challenging and supportive where people come to celebrate work every day. As a credit to our approach, we've grown fervently, nearly doubling our team from last year, and we’re continuing to invest in who we are in order to attract top-tier candidates. Our mantra has always been 'people, not employees,' so the human experience is a priority for us. This way of thinking allows us to not only cultivate a workforce that is culturally diverse and multi-generational but one that is forward-thinking and driven by excellence. Our Culture First focus prioritizes the human experience within the workplace in order to support, engage, and empower the people that work with us. From day one of the new hire experience to year-end town halls, we emphasize the values most crucial to our success—trust and belonging, dedication to teamwork and customer success, and overall pride in the company’s purpose. We are committed to meeting the challenges of our employees regardless of their phase in life. We promote transparency in decision-making. We nurture personal & professional success. We #GoTheExtraMile by incubating leaders from within and by turning traditional boardroom conversations inside out.

  • Risk Strategies

    CEO:John Mina
    Boston, MA

    Risk Strategies’ vision is to be a ‘Destination Workplace,’ and we are well on our way. We strive to attract and retain leading talent by becoming the company in our industry that top experts want to be part of. Working at Risk Strategies means that you can make a difference, drive better outcomes for our clients and experience a successful and rewarding career. Every day, our associates serve clients by tapping into the depth of our industry knowledge and collaborating with one another to put our collective best foot forward. Our specialist approach to risk is fostered by an entrepreneurial spirit that empowers our teams to drive creative solutions through innovation, industry-best partnerships and a high-quality experience. Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion has long been part of our core values and is only getting stronger. In 2020, we took a grassroots approach to ensure that our associates’ diverse backgrounds, interests and priorities drive our efforts by forming five Regional D&I Advisory Committees and launching a Diversity & Inclusion Council. Throughout the past year, we have initiated a wide-variety of company communications and events to unite, inform and encourage dialogue so every associate has a voice in the organization. We are also a company that is committed to career growth and advancement and we continue to look for ways to provide associates with growth opportunities. Last year, 5.7% of our associates moved into new and expanded roles and in the past five years, 5% or more of our associates have moved into new or expanded roles. Since 2018, we have hosted a Summer Internship Program because we recognize that the future of our industry begins by cultivating the next generation of professionals. We host a Specialty Showcase Series to provide opportunities for our associates to learn and grow, expand their expertise, and drive even more holistic risk assessment and advisory. We were named a Best Places to Work by Business Insurance for a third year in a row. With an overall score of 86% in our employee survey, we are heartened that associates view working here so positively. Our goal is to ensure that a career at Risk Strategies is fulfilling and rewarding for all associates.

  • Riskonnect, Inc.

    CEO:Jim Wetekamp
    Kennesaw, GA

    Riskonnect is the leading integrated risk management software solution provider and the largest RMIS provider in the world. Our integrated risk management platform consolidates data, connects risks, and illustrates their relationships. Powering our growing suite of risk management applications is our unique risk-correlation engine that helps our customers understand risk at a level they can’t get anywhere else. It’s no wonder that more organizations choose Riskonnect than any other vendor as their preferred risk management technology provider.

    Riskonnect was founded in 2007 with the mission of giving organizations a better way to manage risk. Riskonnect acquired ClearSight in 2018 and Xactium in 2020 – and we continue to grow at a rapid pace.

    Our headquarters is in Kennesaw, Georgia, with offices around the country and around the globe. Our 500+ team members have the industry and technical know-how to deliver solutions that optimize our customers’ experience and maximize their results.

    Riskonnect is honored to be selected as a “Best Places to Work “by Business Insurance.

  • Rockford Mutual Insurance Company

    President/CEO:Kent B. Shantz
    Rockford, IL

    In 2021, Rockford Mutual celebrates 125 years of commitment to our community. We have worked to be a regional insurance carrier that people can trust. Our associates trust in our company, our values and our mission. Our leadership team realizes that we must maintain that trust by acting with integrity and following through. We believe our work environment sets us apart - we are friendly, fleixlble, family-oriented and very importantly over the past year, committed to the safety of our associates, agents, insureds and claimants. From our casual dress code to our open door philosophy, RMIC does its best to make everyone who interacts with our people comfortable. This helps elicit teamwork and collaboration among our associates - even in a remote work environment. Our Activity & Wellness Committee hosts a variety of fun and helpful activities - not limited to in-person activities - for all to enjoy. We reinforce the importance of relationships in our industry. Our flexibility can especially be seen during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our associated were allowed (and still are) to work remotely for their own safety and wellbeing, as well as to help balance the need to care for their families. We are committed to giving back to our communities. While we weren't able to volunteer in person at our local rescue mission and schools as we usually do, we took the opportunity to host fundraisers: A food drive for a small-town food pantry, a drive for a local charity, Miss Carly's, which helps provide for the homeless and help addicts into treatment programs. Even with the pandemic, our associates have found ways to give back to those in need. A cash drive was also held for our local rescue mission, generating more than $3,000 for the Rockford Rescue Mission in 2020. Our associates also planted 125 trees donated by the company to the Rockford Park District in honor of 125 of Rockford Mutual!

  • Rockingham Insurance Company

    CEO:Robert Lyon
    Harrisonburg, Virginia

    Rockingham Insurance is a 'best' place to work because of the people. As an entire team, we celebrate accomplishments and milestones, care for those who need encouragement (clients and employees), make an impact in the community, and take ownership of our actions. The company's core values are evident in our daily culture - Be Caring, Embrace Change, Do the Right Thing, Results Matter, Own It, Be Engaged. Rockingham Insurance, a property and casualty insurance company started 150 years ago. The mutual company organized following the civil war, to meet the needs of farmers. Over the years, the company has grown to include personal, commercial, and specialty lines of business. The amazing team of employees at Rockingham Insurance is proven with this example: This past year rocked our normal life. Staff adapted quickly to a new way of operations and doing business through the pandemic. We established new (and successful) ways of doing business remotely. We encouraged the children of our employees, celebrate holidays, and socialize virtually. We gave permission to not be normal and supported our employees as we invaded their home life. On top of the pandemic, we experienced an operational crisis. Employees stepped up to an amazing level: vice presidents helped answer phones, operational leaders created new programs, and found amazing ways to 'think outside the box'. Rockingham employees are truly an amazing and resilient group! Rockingham Insurance thrives not only by supporting current policyholders and products but also in growing our business in new market territories and launching new products. Our focus is to embrace Rockingham Insurance as Fanatics. As fans of the company, the employee's enthusiasm and heart are key differentiators in our combined success.

  • RSUI Group, Inc.

    Chairman and CEO:David Leonard, CPCU
    Atlanta, GA

    RSUI Group, Inc. is a leading underwriter of wholesale specialty insurance based in Atlanta, Georgia. Working exclusively with wholesale brokers, RSUI provides a wide range of insurance products, including property, casualty, professional liability, and management liability coverage to thousands of companies nationwide. With a long history of commitment to wholesale specialty insurance, RSUI is focused on service and underwriting integrity. Since its establishment in 1988, RSUI has a strong and unique employee-centric culture. People are our very first and most important core value. We aspire to hire the best and believe that if we surprise and delight our employees, they will do the same for our customers. We treat each other with respect, act with integrity, and embrace an entrepreneurial approach. We believe that diversity is the driving force behind meaningful collaboration and successful, innovative teams. Committed to forthrightness and transparency, leadership's door is always open, and multiple avenues exist for employees to share ideas, voice their opinions, and have meaningful conversations about how we can better serve our customers and each other. A recently-established Employee Inclusion Council meets regularly to discuss RSUI initiatives and practices. RSUI invests in employees at every stage. We offer holistic, top-tier health benefits, robust retirement plans, and generous life and disability insurance. Employees receive unique perks including annual biometric screenings, educational assistance, remote/flexible work options, child/elder care partnerships, first-class business travel and Company discounts. We’re proud advocates of work-life balance and provide generous time off and leave policies to support employees on a personal level. RSUI hosts company-wide meals, holiday parties, and celebrations for birthdays and retirements. Departments venture out for engaging offsite team-building events that reinforce our family culture. We support and give back to our communities through regularly planned charitable giving initiatives, paid volunteer days, and a double-matching gift program. Our newly-renovated office amenities boast communal gathering spaces and sit-stand workspaces for all.

  • Safety National

    CEO:Mark Wilhelm
    Saint Louis, Missouri

    Safety National® is a multi-line specialty insurance carrier that offers a variety of risk solutions for large commercial and public entity clients. A market leader since 1942, the company is a member of the Tokio Marine Group and is rated A++ (Superior), FSC XV by A.M. Best. At Safety National, our five core values, Relationships, Integrity, Teamwork, Balance and Stability, navigate our successes, both professionally and personally. They serve as the fundamental foundation of our corporate culture and drive every interaction. As part of our continued promise to foster a more inclusive and supportive work environment, we ensure that employees’ contributions are recognized and valued with equal opportunities for improvement and advancement. That inclusiveness is a standard, not an initiative, where individual differences are valued and respected. Our stability and financial strength enable us to offer competitive salaries and exceptional employee benefits. Some of those benefits include, but are not limited to, tuition assistance, paid time off and holidays, paid parental leave, incentive award and end of year bonuses, flexible work schedules and outstanding medical coverage, including coverage for employee and children at no cost, and low-cost coverage for spouses. We also offer life insurance and disability at no cost and 401k savings and profit-sharing plans.

  • SageSure Insurance Managers

    CEO:Terrence McLean
    Mountain View CA

    At SageSure, we’re pioneers who deliver innovative insurance products and technology solutions in places others won’t, daring to solve the challenges underserved markets face. The reward? Endless opportunities to learn and grow—all while sharing in the financial success of our organization. But that’s not all. The best part is that we get to do it among friends. Our team is more than a group of risk-takers, fast learners, and experts; we’re also supportive, collaborative, and determined. It’s not just our culture; it’s in our DNA. It’s who we are and who we’ve always been. We are thrilled that the rest of the industry now knows what our nearly 400 employees know. SageSure is a Best Place to Work.

  • SET SEG

    Executive Director:Timothy J. Averill
    East Lansing, MI

    SET SEG is a non-profit company that was created in 1971 to offer schools comprehensive and affordable employee benefit solutions for Michigan public schools and their employees. Since its creation, the needs of Michigan's public education community continued to change and SET SEG grew into an organization offering a spectrum of insurance service including not only employee benefits, but property/casualty and workers' compensation as well. Today, SET SEG continues to expand and find innovative ways to meet the specialized needs of its members. This, coupled with a superior member experience, is why SET SEG has maintained its position as an industry leader and trusted risk management partner in the school insurance market. What makes SET SEG a "best" place to work is our employees. They are genuinely driven by the collective mission of the organization to deliver peace of mind to Michigan public schools. The company's exclusive products and services, astute receptivity to change, insatiable appetite for improvement and growth, and dedication to solving problems makes for an atypical insurance workplace experience. The culture at SET SEG values and rewards collaboration, ingenuity, anticipation, and curiosity. The company recognizes employees as whole individuals and demonstrates empathy and understanding through generous policies that offer ample flexibility, autonomy, and support. We value work life balance and our team often refers to our culture as a "family." SET SEG is a great place of opportunity for those with a thirst for learning and discovery, and a desire to make positive changes within the educational community. This August, we celebrate our 50th anniversary. The hard work and dedication of each one of our SET SEG team members makes all the difference in achieving great outcomes for our members. We are thankful for their steadfast commitment and grateful to have each and every one of them on our team as we embark on the next 50 years.

  • Shelter Insurance Companies

    President and CEO:Randa Rawlins
    Columbia, MO

    Shelter Insurance® is a group of companies with four personal lines property and casualty companies, a reinsurance company, and a life insurance company. Shelter markets through Shelter Insurance®, AmShield Insurance®, Haulers Insurance, Say Insurance® and offers auto, home, life, farm and business insurance services to customers in 21 states. The firm’s corporate headquarters is in Columbia, Missouri and more information is available at ShelterInsurance.com. Shelter’s commitment to helping employees with work/life balance issues as well as our competitive pay ranges and retirement benefits make us one of the best places to work in insurance. Shelter’s leadership placed a significant focus on employee health and safety during the pandemic and the commitment to improving remote work options has allowed employees flexibility to find the work format that works for their needs. Employee surveys show a high level of satisfaction with how Shelter handled the crisis and continues with this new work flexibility. Shelter's Employee Resource Groups continue to grow and enhance our corporate culture and continued their efforts during the pandemic and remote work. In 2019 we added a new group, Ra11y, which focuses on accessibility for all employees. We also have EPN (Emerging Professionals Network), SWAG (Shelter Women's Advocacy Group), MCG (Multicultural Group), and HWT (The Happy Work Team). These groups allow our employees opportunities to become involved and connected with others. These resource groups are supported by the Inclusion and Engagement department. Shelter truly believes that supporting our employees so that they can be their best, is what makes us "Shelter Strong" and one of the best places to work!

  • Simkiss & Block

    CEO:Brian Block
    Berwyn, PA

    Simkiss & Block has always recognized that a firm like ours has no more important assets that the employees who serve our clients on a regular basis every day, so the concept of making our organization an attractive and comfortable place for the best of the best to thrive and grow is embedded into every decision we make. Our clients and their needs exist around the country and around the world, so our employees need both the facilities and technology infrastructure and management support to be able to respond efficiently and effectively to clients wherever and whenever they need us.

  • Simply Business

    Group CEO:David Summers
    Boston, MA

    Simply Business is more than our name. It's how we approach small business insurance: Make it clear. Make it simple. Make it affordable. Founded in Boston in 2017, Simply Business is a digital insurance agency offering small business insurance policies on behalf of a panel of carriers. Our primary goal is to protect the businesses that entrepreneurs have worked hard to build. Through a combination of technology, data, and insurance knowledge, we are looking to simplify the insurance-buying process for small businesses across the U.S. We hire people who are looking for a challenge and have the drive and ambition to question boundaries. We believe that people work more productively and imaginatively when they are free from rigid hierarchy and structures. That’s why we’re creating a colorful and collaborative culture to help support all employees in meeting their ambitions.

  • Society Insurance

    President and CEO:Rick Parks
    Fond du Lac, WI

    Since 1915, Society Insurance has operated and existed for the benefit of our policyholders. In the early days, those policyholders were thresherman, but now, over 105 years later, they largely consist of restaurant and bar owners. While our policyholders are at the core of everything we do, we know our employees make the biggest difference. So, we go above and beyond to provide our greatest assets, our people, with the tools they need to work, grow, and have FUN along the way! Here are just some of the things that make Society a “best” place to work:
    Wellness Initiatives
    • Up to $250 annual reimbursements for activity trackers, race entries, and more! • Annual free employee health risk assessments to earn up to $780 in wellness credits each and on-site flu shots, blood pressure checks and health coaching.
    Professional Development
    • Up to 100% Tuition Reimbursement for undergrad and grad students
    • Personalized, interactive career coaching with HR and management available to every employee
    • Student Loan Repayment up to $1,000/year
    • Award-winning College of Insurance program that educates a diverse group of employees about insurance and our company
    • Quarterly Customer Experience Award to incentivize employees who go above and beyond.
    Work-Life Balance
    • New employees receive 120 hours of PTO per year and can accumulate up to 200 hrs based on service. Carryover and payout options add flexibility.
    • We encourage flexible scheduling to fit each employee’s unique life and offer the ability to work from home either full or part-time.
    Community Involvement
    • Up to 8 hours a year of volunteer time for community or charitable service activities • Every employee is a member of Young Professionals of Fond du Lac through our corporate membership and can participate in their programs.
    • Each employee is eligible for a company match up to $250 to non-profits of their choice. • All employees are provided an annual membership to Thelma Center for the Arts.
    Just for Fun
    • An onsite café to motivate our employees and an onsite kegerator for celebrations and a job well done. • Numerous employee events each year including free Thanksgiving pie, trivia contests, a Punt, Pass & Kick Contest, and more!

  • Socius Insurance Services, Inc.

    President and CEO:Patrick E. Hanley
    Walnut Creek, CA

    Socius was formed over 20 years ago to help retail brokers offer a more complete and comprehensive service to their clients. Our culture places high levels of value on cooperation and support between co-workers. We believe we collaborate as well or better than any company in our industry. Those individuals who choose to compete rather than generously share don’t last long in our company. We will stay true to our namesake by working in partnership with our retail brokers, carriers, and insureds, providing superior products, innovative solutions and unmatched customer service.

  • Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc.

    CEO and Chairman of the Board:Lawrence E. Keefe
    East Providence, RI

    Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. is the largest independent insurance brokerage in the state of Rhode Island and one of the top brokerages in the country. Founded in 1879, Starkweather & Shepley's commitment is to our clients, colleagues and the community. Every decision taken focuses on these great assets. We foster an empowering workplace with a huge emphasis on personal and professional development, encouraging employee growth, advancement and self-actualization. We live and breathe our core values of passion, commitment and competency and are guided by our core principles of integrity, respect and trust. We are a sales driven, community focused organization striving for the highest degree of professional standards and ideals known as "The Starkweather Difference." Our associates are working for a common good to better themselves and the organization. Owned in Trust and run by the Trustees along with the Board of Directors, our organization can provide stability to our clients and associates knowing Starkweather will continue to be here day after day. The care and compassion of our leadership team is truly unmatched. They want to see each and every associate succeed in the same way they want each client to succeed. Add to this, the organization's commitment to provide Best In Class Benefits - A compensation package that includes a base salary, annual bonuses, 401 k Match, profit sharing! BTO - our version of PTO- performance based with no accruals, no min and no max -- we stand out as being that best place to work! Our call to action for 2021 is "Be Better." No matter what we can always be better. That is the essence of Starkweather - always work hard, always strive to be better.

  • SullivanCurtisMonroe

    CEO:John Monroe
    Irvine, CA

    At SCM we work with team members to ensure they achieve their professional and personal goals through flexible work schedules, a comprehensive benefits package, company outings, team activities and more. We have a family-oriented culture that supports our teams and celebrates our collective successes together. We have high caliber, passionate team members. We look for partners who are client-focused, solutions-oriented and drive results. The entire SCM Team embodies an outstanding work ethic, impeccable character and strong interpersonal skills. Our experienced leadership team is focused on our customers and prepared for the future. Our team members have the authority to quickly solve problems and make decisions without all the red tape and layers of management found in most consolidated national firms.

  • TexCap Insurance

    CEO & Managing Partner:Gaylon E. Brown
    Fort Worth, TX

    TexCap Insurance is a Best Place to Work because of the familial environment it creates amongst employees - we genuinely care about each other and consider ourselves a family of professionals. Our core values (relationship, passion, innovation, solution) are not only front of mind, but lived-day-to-day in the lives of TexCap Leadership. TexCap Team Members always know that the open door policy is relevant and genuine. Most recently, during the Pandemic, we were able to work remotely, were given "remote" bonuses. There are currently flex-work opportunities being discussed. We are all provided the technology needed to do our jobs, and have invested in a Tech Stack Task Force to create innovative solutions for a more streamlined work flow.

  • The Jacobson Group

    CEO:Gregory P. Jacobson and Richard L. Jacobson
    Chicago, IL

    The Jacobson Group is the leading provider of talent to the insurance industry. For 50 years, Jacobson has been connecting organizations with insurance professionals at all levels across all industry verticals. The firm provides an array of services including executive search, professional recruiting, temporary staffing and subject matter experts.

    Talent is at the heart of our success. We continually seek feedback from employees and evaluate how to best meet and support their needs. Our corporate values of integrity, commitment, teamwork, respect, professionalism, initiative and courage guide us in all we do, whether it’s providing the best talent solutions to our clients or engaging and developing our internal workforce.

  • The Liberty Company Insurance Brokers

    Chairman:William Johnson
    Woodland Hills, CA

    At Liberty, we’ve learned that culture is a feeling which is grounded in our mission and values.  Previously, we had a mission statement but the truth was, nobody could remember it. We realized we needed to change it so that people could actually feel it because that’s what gives meaning and passion to the work itself. So it became: “Promoting Peace of Mind with Great Care” no one can provide peace of mind because that can only come from the inside of each individual person, however, we can certainly promote it that’s a big part of what insurance is and we can certainly do that with Great Care. Next we reexamined our core values with the first being Integrity which is the bedrock of our industry. Then Excellence always striving for greater levels of that. The next three come together in our mind Caring, Kindness and Fairness. And then the final three go together as well Teamwork, Good Feelings and Fun. Liberty put a greater focus on the well-being of the staff including things like lunchtime meditation classes which our Chairman personally leads along with "Dream Circles" where employees come together to give support to each other and share strategies for creating their own dream life both personally and professionally. At Liberty, we like to say: Remember its your JOB and JOB stands for Joy of Being. The most important thing we can do each day is to put ourselves in a joyful state and then share those good feelings outward to our entire community. Leadership is an important concept at Liberty. Everyone is encouraged to “Have a Mentor and Be a Mentor.” And most important that everyone can be a leader simply by embodying the Company’s core values. Promoting Peace of Mind with Great Care is our mission but has also been a very effective business strategy. As a result of our cultural changes, our Company’s happy and engaged workforce has increasingly attracted great talent who share our values and we have received a number of “Best” awards and recognitions.  In terms of the numbers, Liberty has grown from $15M to $30M over the past 18 months and is projected to grow to $100M by the end of the year. At Liberty, we have indeed created a special culture which makes our company truly a “Best” place to work.
     

  • The Partners Group

    CEO:Roderick B Cruickshank
    Portland, OR

    The Partners Group strives to be an employer of choice by providing unique and special benefits to our employees. In an effort to support healthy lifestyles, we have implemented a fresh fruit and healthy snack program in our offices. In support of our community leadership, we offer 8 hours of paid volunteer time per quarter for each employee and as a company, volunteer for a day during December at designated charities. We support our current and former military members by offering them a paid day off each Veteran's Day. In addition, we designate funds to match employee contributions to their favorite charity each year. To meet the needs of our employees and their families, we offer several options for telecommuting and flexible work schedules. The Partners Group loves to have fun! We provide coffee carts, lunches, desserts, smoothies and additional PTO time as perks. We have a dedicated fun committee that plans potlucks and hosts parties including costume contests at Halloween and secret Santa at Christmas. Our CEO surprises employees during the summer by arranging for an ice cream truck to deliver ice cream to each office. In the summer, we host happy hours at a local wine bar to allow our employees to leave work early and enjoy socializing outside of the office. We hold an all company overnight offsite at a resort where employees get to choose fun activities such as snow shoeing, painting, cooking and hiking. Employees and their spouses are treated to an evening of dinner and entertainment where they are presented with their annual profit-sharing checks. We plan an annual BBQ and a trip to the pumpkin patch for our employees and their families. This is become a great tradition! Employees earn gift cards and recognition at quarterly luncheons for going above and beyond for our customers. In the spring and fall, we offer walking challenges during breaks and if a person completes the challenge, they earn gift cards and wellness points. Employees who are engaged in our wellness program receive their benefits paid at 95%. To encourage a healthy lifestyle, we offer reimbursement for a portion of the entry fee for walking and running events. Employees are offered onsite vaccinations in the fall.

  • The Plexus Groupe LLC

    Chief Executive Officer:Walter R. Fawcett, III
    Deer Park, Illinois

    The Plexus Groupe has been able to create an employment experience that truly is second to none. Through an amazing culture, flexibility and trust placed with associates and the multiple professional development opportunities, it really is one of the best places to work. Each associate has a voice that is listened to and that has really shown over the past year in the pandemic and how we have pivoted to continue to allow maximum flexibility in the work arrangements for associates and taking each person's individual situations into account. We have a collaborative work environment and when ideas or opportunities for improvement is heard, our Continuous Improvement Committee is ready to take action. Plexus always takes an innovative and progressive approach to be the best, not just in the eyes of the clients, but also to the associates. From the benefits package to proactive IT investments, Plexus strives to be as supportive as a possible and provide all the possible resources to succeed and then some. It is also realized that recognition is so important and there are special events, as well as ongoing initiatives, to recognize the work that associates are doing, along with their commitment to the company. Efforts go above and beyond to ensure that each associate knows that they are valued. While the company continues to grow, it remains a priority to maintain it's family values and continues to put people first in an environment where everyone has a voice.

  • TMNA Services

    CEO:John Glomb
    Bala Cynwyd, PA

    TMNA Services, LLC was established in 2012 as the shared services company to Tokio Marine North America, Inc. (TMNA). With headquarters located in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, TMNAS provides value-added services to all TMNA Group Companies including Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH), Tokio Marine America (TMA) and its insurance companies. Our range of services include Legal, Internal Audit, Actuarial, IT, Facilities, Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, and Corporate Communications which deliver efficiencies and cost savings through the streamlining of processes, while building synergies across our business units. At TMNAS, customer service is our focus -- the key to our success is the voice of our customers. We are passionate about the services we provide, and work to support our business units with the resources they need to accomplish their objectives. We continuously work to improve the quality of services we provide, based on results from our Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Our mission at TMNAS is to strive to provide superior professional services which support the business and governance needs of our valued customers. Our vision serves as the framework that guides every aspect of our business. We strive to add value in all that we do, providing the best professional service to our business partners, allowing them to achieve their goals. TMNAS is a company built around its people, our CORE members. It is the combination of the knowledge, skills and passion of our members that makes us who we are. TMNAS prides itself on giving our employees the tools and ability to be productive in any environment. Some of our policies and programs that allow us to perform at our best include flex-time, telecommuting, an on-site gym, an extended lunch period for exercise, a robust return to work policy for new parents and generally, treating every staff member as a professional. TMNAS also strives to keep employees engaged and motivated through a variety of fun/innovative engagement events, while sharing a commitment to the community we operate in by giving back through employee volunteer time, charitable donations, and partnership with Special Olympics PA.

  • Tokio Marine America

    CEO:Mr. Kiyoshi Wada
    New York, New York

    For over 100 years, Tokio Marine America (TMA) has offered comprehensive commercial property and casualty insurance to some of the world’s largest and most distinguished organizations in the U.S. TMA is a member of the Tokio Marine Group, Japan's oldest and leading property/casualty insurer. With the highest financial strength rating from A.M. Best, TMA works with major brokers and leading independent insurance agents to create value for our customers by providing ANSHIN -safety, security and peace of mind. TMA follows Tokio Marine Group’s “Good Company” philosophy of looking beyond profit, delivering on commitments, and empowering our people. As an organization, our daily focus is on doing the right thing. Our employees are our greatest asset and we work very hard to create a culture of trust, respect, and empowerment. We aim to empower our people by supporting opportunities for continuing education, providing tuition assistance for professional designations, and offering leadership development programs. We know the importance of delivering on our commitments and look beyond profit while acting with the utmost integrity not only for our employees, but also for our business partners and society. We believe in being an active member of society and creating opportunities for our employees to use their skills to create a positive impact on the world around us. Each year our offices throughout the country have “Hands on Days” where employees volunteer together to support worthy organizations in our communities. Due to the pandemic, those activities are held virtually. We also aim to create a team-oriented atmosphere in all of our offices.

  • Tokio Marine Highland (formerly WNC Insurance Services)

    CEO:Patrick Blandford
    Chicago, IL

    For nearly six decades, Tokio Marine Highland has built a culture centered on our people. Our values are deeply rooted in Tokio Marine’s philosophy “To Be a Good Company,” which pledges our commitment to our employees, customers and communities. As we evolved from our founding in 1962 as WNC Insurance Services to become part the Tokio Marine Group, one thing has remained the same. Our employees’ passion, expertise and dedication to excellence enable us to deliver on our promise to our clients and to each other. It’s our legacy, our reputation and why we believe Tokio Marine Highland is an ideal candidate for Business Insurance’s Best Places to Work 2021. As a leading property and casualty underwriting agency with a wide geographic reach, fostering an inclusive, One TMH culture is our priority. Creating an atmosphere of togetherness, where all employees feel valued and supported, was critically important in 2020, as we transitioned to a virtual world. Despite COVID-19 challenges, our team creatively found new ways to pull together. From weekly town halls and virtual team building activities, like scavenger hunts, photo competitions, and wellness challenges, to raising money and supplies for our communities stricken by the pandemic, our employees embodied what it means to be a “Good Company.” We believe in life-long learning and strive to provide opportunities for employees to build a path to a rewarding career. For new employees, this starts on day one, where even in a virtual environment, they are paired with seasoned veterans who provide hands-on training and mentorship. Through our TMU and Tokio Marine Highland Scholars programs, employees have a variety of opportunities to broaden their skills and equip themselves with the tools they need to meet tomorrow’s challenges. We challenge employees to be innovative and empowered in their roles, and we make sure they are recognized when they do. That’s because at Tokio Marine Highland, we recognize that all employees play a role in the success of our business and culture, and that diversity of thought brings incredible value – whether it’s a new idea to innovate a process, a suggestion on how to improve our culture, or new ways to service our customers.

  • Transtar Insurance Brokers, Inc.

    President:Kenneth F Palmer Jr.
    Phoenix, AZ

    Transtar Insurance Brokers, Inc. is the best place to work because we have created a culture where our employees feel valued and like they are part of our family. We invest in our employees education, teaching them the skills needed to elevate them to higher positions within our company, turning jobs into lifelong successful careers. We listen to our employees’ ideas and suggestions, and we implement new processes based on these suggestions because we trust in our employees’ knowledge and experience. We also celebrate everyone’s life moments together: weddings, babies, birthday’s, buying a new house because our employees are our family and we genuinely care about each and every one of them.

  • USI Insurance Services

    Chairman & CEO:Michael J. Sicard
    Valhalla, New York

    What Makes USI a “BEST” place to work? 

    A Strong History of Growth: Founded in 1994, USI started out with a single office of 40 associates and $6.5 million in revenue. Today, USI has over $2 billion in revenue and 8,000+ associates located across approximately 200 offices. Since 2007, USI has more than quadrupled in size and has grown to become one of the world’s leading insurance brokerage and consulting firms. 

    The USI ONE Advantage®: The USI ONE Advantage is a proprietary, game-changing approach to risk management and employee benefits, integrating proprietary business analytics and technology, with a networked team of local and national experts in a consultative planning process that generates targeted program recommendations and customized results with positive, bottom-line impact for clients.

    Unique Employee Culture: USI offers employee programs that go above and beyond “standard benefits.” A few of our industry-leading offerings include: USI Summit Awards: Rewarding USI’s top performing service associates; USI PEAK: National sales reward and recognition program; I’m With U: Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in support of our clients, prospects and team members; USI Wellness: Industry leading wellness program; USI Cares: Helping associates and their families in need; USI Green: Supporting the environment through nationwide green initiatives; USI Gives Back: Sharing our time, talent and treasure with the communities we serve; USI Educates: Providing associates with child scholarships for college education; USI ONE Academy: In-depth educational sales training focused on new business development and led by industry veterans.

    A Tradition of Giving Back: Each year, USI’s 200 offices give their time, talent, and treasure back to their local communities through USI Gives Back. Since the program’s inception in 2014, more than 8,000 USI associates have come together as ONE to improve over two million lives. In 2020 alone, USI associates completed more than 2,000 individual volunteer initiatives throughout the U.S. in accordance with COVID-related safety protocols. The combined impact of these individual volunteer initiatives touched more than 270,000 lives, totaling over 18,000 hours of volunteerism!

  • Velocity Risk

    CEO:Phil Bowie
    Nashville, TN

    Velocity Risk Underwriters gives personal and commercial property owners some of the most powerful insurance coverage for their investments, providing a peace of mind that might once have felt impossible in a coastal location. We work with 10,000 brokers, agents and staff and are licensed in all 50 states. We offer home insurance in five states and small commercial insurance in nine states. Large commercial customers are primarily on the coast but reach all 50 states. We have tremendous capacity for catastrophic risk, and our goal is to match our high-risk customers with investors interested in Insurance Linked Securities (ILS). Our continued success is due to our employees, our greatest asset. We are committed to a culture where employees have fun while pursuing personal and professional growth. Our values include Responsibility, Learning from Mistakes, Teamwork, Honesty, Tenacity, Personal Development and Innovation. We live by these values and promote them daily. Employees know they can be creative in developing ideas and improving processes and policies. We know that success happens after failure, so we don't chide mistakes; instead encourage constant learning.

  • Virtual Benefits Administrator

    CEO:Michael Clayton
    Germantown, WI

    The best and brightest talent. We offer exciting opportunities and a unique internal culture to deliver the quality and unmatched service to our clients and partners. We offer a fun, fast-paced, collaborative work environment where the team rises above the individual. We look for hard work and a commitment to excellence. In turn, we offer a competitive compensation package and a strong work/life balance culture.

  • Virtus LLC

    CEO:Andrew Gray
    Overland Park, Kansas

  • Wallace Welch & Willingham

    CEO: Scott Gramling
    St. Petersburg

    We have a culture of Integrity, Accountability, Success, and Passion. We’re a team and we love what we do! We truly believe in our employees and encourage them to grow personally and professionally. We offer a competitive benefit package and a good work-life balance, allowing our employees to take care of what’s important to them in their personal lives. Our employees participate in internal committees that foster relationship building activities within the W3 family. Our employees also create fundraising and volunteer opportunities and activities to support the Tampa Bay Area to improve the overall quality of life for those in need around us.

  • West Bend Mutual Insurance Company

    President/CEO:Kevin Steiner
    West Bend

    For 127 years, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company has been providing property and casualty insurance to families and businesses in the Midwest and beyond. We are proud to be a mutual insurance company. We are driven to be the company of choice for our agents, associates, and policyholders. What makes us a best place to work is displayed through years of caring for our agents, associates, policyholders, and communities. First, an important part of our culture is supporting the communities in which our associates and agents live. Amid the pandemic, we partnered with our agencies to support organizations like food pantries, blood centers, and free clinics. When an agency committed to donating $500, West Bend pledged an additional $2,000. Our Charitable Trust awarded grants to more than 20 nonprofit organizations. Two of the largest donations were awarded to Feeding America and Red Cross of Southeast Wisconsin, which each received $50,000 to aid their noble pursuits. Second, our company returned $50 to all Home & Highway policyholders. We also extended premium due dates for all policyholders impacted by the crisis and automatically provided coverage on personal vehicles used by employees of restaurants that now offer delivery services. Third, through the pandemic, we did not layoff or furlough any associates. All associates continued to work and receive a paycheck. Fourth, associates under the director level received a $150 stimulus bonus. Our CEO encouraged associates to use the money as they saw fitting for their family and community. In addition to the stimulus bonus, all associates received a small gift every few months from retail shops insured by West Bend. This was a nice treat and great way that the company stayed in touch. Fifth, our officers delivered weekly company-wide communication to explain the latest on Covid and our company’s performance. It was comforting to hear from our officer team. They led with a clear vision of one day returning to the office, and supported us in finding new ways to build and maintain our relationship-driven culture. During the time when many of us remained at home, they assured us that we are all in this together, and our goal is to stay safe and healthy.

  • White & Associates Insurance Agency, Inc.

    CEO:Larry S. White
    Dyersburg, TN

    Established in 1976, White & Associates Insurance is a locally owned and operated insurance agency with 11 locations in West Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas. White & Associates strives to provide a “doing more” approach to all aspects of operation, including enhancing employee job satisfaction, providing clients with innovative insurance packages and improving the communities in which we serve.

  • Worthy Insurance

    CEO:Ryan Spalding
    Skokie, IL

    At Worthy we empower our employees to grow both personally and professionally. We truly care about the future careers of our employees and want them to be able to sustain long-term career success. We provide the tools they need to learn and grow and reward with monetary bonuses for succeeding in designations and continuing education. We work hard, but make sure to set aside time to enjoy each other's community through monthly team building events and happy hours. We have an amazing office environment with a fully stocked kitchen, games and massage chair. We care about our employees and encourage a healthy work life balance.