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.
Hourly.io | November 14, 2022
Hourly.io, a fast-growing workers' comp and payroll startup, announced today that it is expanding its reach through its collaboration with Cincinnati-based Great American Insurance Group.
In this expanded collaboration, Hourly will serve as a Managing General Agent (MGA), leveraging its underwriting expertise and unique workers' compensation and payroll technology with Great American's well-established reputation. Established in 2018, Hourly offers a full-service platform that connects workers' comp, time tracking, and payroll in real-time for small and medium-sized business owners with hourly workers, an innovation that ensures premiums are calculated accurately using real-time data analytics. Hourly is the only company in the industry to bridge the gap between workers' comp, payroll, and time and attendance.
"Collaborating with Great American Insurance Group was the clear choice when deciding how we will expand and develop new business in our next phase of growth, Great American is the perfect match for Hourly's next stage of evolution. We're excited to align with them and help small businesses gain better insights into their exact labor costs and provide them with better tools to manage those costs, including workers' comp premiums."
-Hourly Co-founder and CEO Tom Sagi
As a longstanding player in the insurance industry, Great American Insurance Group's roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. The company provides insurance products and services aimed primarily at the property and casualty insurance markets and focuses on specialty commercial products for businesses. The relationship will bring together Hourly's leading-edge technology and Great American's established credibility to better meet the needs of more clients.
We're excited to build on our collaboration with Hourly, Both Hourly and Great American Insurance Group share the same commitment to helping these businesses protect their employees. We are impressed with the cutting-edge technology Hourly will bring to Great American and the team's first-rate underwriting abilities,said Richard Suter, Divisional President, Great American Alternative Markets.
In October 2022, Hourly announced that it expanded its $27M Series A to $32M. The Series A was led by Glilot Capital Partners with participation from S Capital, Vintage Investment Partners, J-Ventures, Upshot Ventures, MS&AD, and Sienna VC.
Teh Chen, Hourly's Chief Revenue Officer said, The workers' comp industry is ripe for innovation and disruption—and I'm excited to leverage technology to simplify workers' comp for employers, help prevent injuries for employees, and outperform the market. Our expanded collaboration with Great American are big steps in making insurance more accessible and affordable for businesses across the country.
Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Hourly.io is an insurtech startup offering workers' comp insurance and full-service payroll for small and medium businesses with hourly workers. Powered by real-time data, Hourly's platform ensures running payroll is as quick as pressing a button and that you get accurate workers' comp premiums down to the penny.
About Great American Insurance Group
Great American Insurance Group's roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialized commercial products for businesses. Great American Insurance Company has received an "A" (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for more than 110 years (most recent rating evaluation of "A+" (Superior) affirmed December 3, 2021). The members of Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), also based in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFG's common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFG. Policies are underwritten by Great American Insurance Company, Great American Alliance Insurance Company, Great American Assurance Company and Great American Insurance Company of New York, authorized insurers in all 50 states and the DC., 301 E. Fourth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Vertafore | October 06, 2022
Vertafore®, the leader in modern insurance technology, today announced its Commercial Submissions™ solution has been recognized for technology innovation by the NU PropertyCasualty360 Luminaries program. This industry-focused recognition program spotlights innovation by companies, people, programs, and practices that are modernizing and humanizing the P&C business.
The platform was honored for automating and simplifying one of the industry's most time-consuming processes: quoting small commercial insurance. Honorees are selected by a panel of industry experts.
In a September 2022 survey of 800 independent agents, Vertafore found that 65% of respondents said their agency would benefit from automated quoting for commercial insurance lines. However, less than one in ten said they had access to such technology.
Commercial Submissions is delivering a game-changing experience for independent agents and the business clients they serve by:
Connecting agencies and carriers in real-time, allowing the exchange of structured data and real-time quoting.
Enabling real-time digital collaboration with clients to complete applications quickly and accurately.
Prefilling information from Vertafore agency management systems and third-party sources to reduce redundant, manual data entry.
The award reflects the platform's growing momentum. Vertafore also recently announced the latest carriers to join Commercial Submissions, bringing even more choice to the solution.
"Commercial Submissions isn't technology just for the sake of innovation, it is about making it faster, easier and simpler for agencies and carriers to work together to deliver the coverage their clients need, We're honored that the platform is being recognized for helping to modernize and humanize market connectivity."
-James Thom, chief product officer at Vertafore
As North America's InsurTech leader for more than 50 years, Vertafore is modernizing and simplifying the insurance life cycle so that our customers can focus on what matters most. Vertafore's solutions provide end-to-end connectivity across the distribution channel, improve the client and agent experience, unlock the power of data, and streamline essential workflows to drive efficiency, productivity, and profitability for independent agencies, MGAs and carriers.