Combined Insurance | November 21, 2022
Combined Insurance Company of America, a Chubb company and a leading North American provider of supplemental insurance sold to employees at the worksite and directly to individuals, announced today that it has opened a new regional office in Columbia, South Carolina.
"While the trend in many industries is to move away from in-person work, Combined believes it's important to offer our team members choice, flexibility, and a collaborative environment, Columbia is a wonderful place to do business. It offers a labor market talent-rich in insurance industry expertise, and the Southeast is a prime region for voluntary business sales growth."
-Rich Williams, President of Combined Insurance
Open, Flexible Space
Combined's new regional office is located in 13,000 square feet on the 23rd floor of the Capitol Center, South Carolina's tallest building and more commonly called the Truist Building. The open floor plan provides an outstanding setting in which to host broker and customer meetings.
Nearly 30 team members in the Columbia area, who previously worked remotely, will call the office home, including a cross-departmental mix of executives, sales and field support leadership, as well as members of the claims, compensation, finance, legal, licensing, marketing and operations teams. The office also provides additional space to accommodate additional staff as needed in the future.
We have created a space where our teammates – not only from the Midlands but across the national Combined footprint – can gather to collaborate and work on behalf of our customers and policyholders, The area's abundant talent across job roles and the benefits industry makes it the perfect place for Combined to grow,said Eileen Castolene, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Combined.
Voluntary Benefits Sector
Combined offers life, accident, cancer, critical illness and disability insurance, as well as hospital indemnity protection. These products, when offered through the worksite, allow employers to offer employees additional financial peace of mind during these times of rising healthcare costs and economic turbulence.
In today's tight labor market, a competitive benefits package can assist employers in recruiting and retaining talent. In fact, more than three-quarters of employees say voluntary benefits positively affect their decision to work for, or stay with, an employer (Corestream, 2021).
Today's announcement comes at an important time for Combined, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary in business. The company was founded Nov. 13, 1922 in Chicago.
As we mark our 100th birthday this week, and celebrate our distinctive history, we're proud to start our second century by expanding our office footprint and investing in Columbia, This new office enhances our ability to provide insurance solutions of value and help individuals and families in times of need,Williams said.
About Combined Insurance
Combined Insurance Company of America is a Chubb company and a leading provider of supplemental accident, health, disability, and life insurance products in the U.S.* and Canada. Headquartered in Chicago with a tradition of 100 years of success, we are committed to making the world of supplemental insurance easy to understand. The company has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and an A + (Superior) financial strength rating by A.M. Best. We are ranked by VIQTORY as the number one Military Friendly® Employer in 2022 (over $1 billion revenue category), marking Combined's eleventh consecutive year on the Top 10 list.
PRUDENTIAL INDIVIDUAL LIFE INSURANCE | November 15, 2022
Prudential Financial, Inc., has launched Prudential FlexGuard® Life, an innovative Indexed Variable Universal Life product that offers a flexible combination of protection, growth, and access to meet consumers’ changing life insurance needs.
Inspired by the groundbreaking success of Prudential’s signature FlexGuard Indexed Variable Annuity products, which have reached over $10 billion in total sales, FlexGuard Life is a next-generation solution designed to help meet today’s evolving consumer needs.
“As our customers’ needs continue to evolve, we’re working to provide them with new ways to achieve financial security, including offerings that help to diversify their cash values and realize more benefits from their policies, FlexGuard Life performs exactly in that way, prioritizing protection, growth and access.”
-Salene Hitchcock-Gear, president of Individual Life Insurance at Prudential
FlexGuard Life offers buffered index strategies with potential for strong cash value accumulation, while also providing levels of downside protection during periods of market volatility. It includes death benefit protection with guaranteed duration options, multiple ways to grow cash values and the ability to accelerate death benefits in the event of a chronic or terminal illness if an additional rider has been added.
The solution is customizable and can be adjusted based on changing needs, giving consumers the opportunity to take control over their future. It affords them access to cash values when needed, providing the unique opportunity to leave a legacy while also expanding access to living benefits.
ABOUT PRUDENTIAL INDIVIDUAL LIFE INSURANCE
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a global financial services leader and premier active global investment manager, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees help make lives better by creating financial opportunity for more people by expanding access to investing, insurance, and retirement security. Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise, and innovation for more than a century.
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Inszone Insurance Services | January 09, 2023
Inszone Insurance Services, a national provider of personal and commercial lines insurance, acquired Carmichael Associates, Inc., a long-time employee benefits insurance company.
Inszone will gain from the acquisition of Carmichael because it is well-known among the locally-owned businesses in the Los Angeles area. In addition, the company is popular for its eased and simplified services in managing human resources and determining appropriate insurance plans for the employees and workers of the local business owners.
Carmichael's customers will continue to receive the same level of service under the Inszone Insurance Services brand, located in Lakewood (California). The company offers customers a genuine one-stop buying experience designed to simplify and streamline a complex process.
Employee benefits remain a crucial area of growth for Inszone Insurance Services. As a rapidly growing and expanding insurance service provider in all 50 states of the United States, the company looks forward to the work that will help it achieve its goals and acquire more benefits-focused agencies in the future.
"Carmichael's team of professionals have been exceptional in the field, and we are thrilled to incorporate their innovation into the Inszone's framework,"
- Chris Walters, CEO of Inszone Insurance Services
About Inszone Insurance Services
Founded in 2022, Inszone Insurance Services is a full-service insurance brokerage firm that offers a wide range of property, casualty insurance, and employee benefits solutions. With an experienced management team focused on the goals, it grows organically through acquisitions. With 35 locations in California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, and Missouri, the company is looking to expand further across the country. It is focused on helping each customer understand and make sense of their insurance needs, the coverage they need, and the policy they are buying.