Arbella Insurance Group named 'Best Place to Work'

insurancebusinessmag | June 20, 2019

The Arbella Insurance Group has been named one of the Boston Business Journals Best Places to Work for 2019. This marks the 11th straight year that Arbella has received the honor.
We are very proud to be recognized as one of the best places to work for 11 years running, said Ellen Mann, assistant vice president of human resources at Arbella. At Arbella, we strive to be more than just a place of work for our employees -we are truly a family. Our leadership is dedicated to creating a company culture where our employees feel valued, and our efforts have paid off. Arbella has the lowest employee turnover rate in a decade.

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For some time of its earlier years, Big Data has been heralded as the savior to troubling businesses, working its magic throughout the private sector. But the public sector has also been using it to change the way in which public policy is made. The environment has completely changed, which is good news for all of us as policymaking becomes more targeted and relevant.

Spotlight

For some time of its earlier years, Big Data has been heralded as the savior to troubling businesses, working its magic throughout the private sector. But the public sector has also been using it to change the way in which public policy is made. The environment has completely changed, which is good news for all of us as policymaking becomes more targeted and relevant.

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HSB Adds WhiteHaX® App to Cyber Insurance for Consumers

HSB | December 07, 2022

Specialty insurer HSB today announced an agreement with IronSDN, Corp., to add app-based cyber risk management tools to HSB’s coverage for consumers and their families. WhiteHaX® CyberSafe, developed by IronSDN, is an advanced risk verification and protection app for smartphones and other personal devices that is easy for customers to use. The app is available to individuals insured by HSB’s Home Cyber Protection™, which is added to the homeowners policies of personal lines insurers that work with HSB. The WhiteHaX app also will be available as part of HSB’s new personal standalone cyber insurance program, MyCyberProtection™, through HSB’s insurance affinity group and digital partners. “With billions of connected devices in use, cybercriminals are targeting individuals more than ever before, The WhiteHaX CyberSafe app puts the power of privacy and cybersecurity in the hands of our customers, so they can keep ahead of today’s constantly changing cyber risks.” -Jeffrey O’Shaughnessy, senior vice president of HSB, part of Munich Re Cyber Protection at Home and Away The WhiteHaX app analyzes the security of iOS and Android devices, including mobile phones, and tablets, with proprietary threat intelligence that is updated daily to help prevent phishing, malware, and other cyber risks. A single user sign-up tracks the security and privacy of up to four devices in the household, with the ability to check the status of all devices at home and away with one click. A virtual privacy network (VPN) can encrypt data to help fight cyber threats and online tracking, while on-demand Wi-Fi scans quickly assess if a public or private network is safe. The WhiteHaX app monitors email addresses for data breaches 24/7, issues scam and security alerts, and helps users respond when their privacy is at risk. Our WhiteHaX apps provide some of the most compelling and complete solutions to help mitigate cyber exposures, They are designed to help consumers identify cyber risks on their household personal devices and fix cyber security and privacy-related issues through step-by-step instructions,said Vimal Vaidya, chief executive officer and founder of IronSDN. Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB) HSB, part of Munich Re, is a multi-line specialty insurer and provider of inspection, risk management and IoT technology services. HSB insurance offerings include equipment breakdown, cyber risk, specialty liability and other coverages. HSB blends its engineering expertise, technology and data to craft inventive insurance and service solutions for existing and emerging risks posed by technological change. Throughout its 150-year history HSB’s mission has been to help clients prevent loss, advance sustainable use of energy and build deeper relationships that benefit business, public institutions and consumers. HSB holds A.M. Best Company’s highest financial rating, A++ (Superior). Munich Re Munich Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, primary insurance and insurance-related risk solutions. The group consists of the reinsurance and ERGO business segments, as well as the asset management company MEAG. Munich Re is globally active and operates in all lines of the insurance business. Since it was founded in 1880, Munich Re has been known for its unrivalled risk-related expertise and its sound financial position. It offers customers financial protection when faced with exceptional levels of damage – from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake through Hurricane Ida in 2021. Munich Re possesses outstanding innovative strength, which enables it to also provide coverage for extraordinary risks such as rocket launches, renewable energies or cyber risks. The company is playing a key role in driving forward the digital transformation of the insurance industry, and in doing so has further expanded its ability to assess risks and the range of services that it offers. Its tailor-made solutions and close proximity to its customers make Munich Re one of the world’s most sought-after risk partners for businesses, institutions, and private individuals.

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Inszone Insurance Services Completes Acquisition of Kirsch Insurance Group

Inszone | December 05, 2022

Inszone Insurance Services, a rapidly growing, national provider of benefits, personal and commercial lines insurance, announced today the acquisition of Kirsch Insurance Group. Marlin Kirsch founded Kirsch Insurance Group in 2004. A Denver-based brokerage that specializes in Medicare Health Plans, Kirsch Insurance has focused on helping their clients in finding the best program for their specific needs. Their comprehensive grasp of all Medicare Plans and Options has helped them to assist clients in being better prepared for the future. “After years in the company, we've acquired a reputation for educating consumers in an easy-to-understand manner, so they can readily grasp the frequently perplexing concepts of the 'Medicare Maze’,” - Marlin Kirsch, the agency's prior owner The service that Kirsch Insurance clients are accustomed to will continue uninterrupted under the Inszone Insurance brand. Chris Walters, CEO of Inszone Insurance, said, Colorado has been a great source of growth for us; the acquisition of Kirsch Insurance is another milestone in our expansion in the state as we move toward our goal of establishing Inszone as Colorado's go-to insurance agency. The acquisition of Kirsch Insurance is part of the continued expansion and growth by Inszone Insurance and becomes the 9th acquisition so far in the Colorado area. Inszone Insurance is expected to announce several acquisitions as well as new locations in the upcoming months. About Inszone: Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Sacramento, California, Inszone is a full-service insurance brokerage firm which provides a broad array of property & casualty insurance, along with employee benefits solutions. With a strong, experienced management team, Inszone continues to grow organically, as well as through acquisitions. With 33 locations across California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Texas and Illinois, the company is looking to further expand throughout the United States.

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Combined Insurance Opens New Regional Office in South Carolina

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). Centennial Year 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.

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