Best Places to Work 2018
Attracting and retaining talent is a strategic imperative for the insurance industry. Best Places to Work in Insurance is an annual feature by Business Insurance and Best Companies Group that lists the agents, brokers, insurers and other providers with the highest employee engagement and satisfaction. This year’s report features 75 companies of varying sizes. They all share a strong commitment to attracting, developing and retaining great talent through employee benefits and other programs that their workers value.
President & CEO: Dominic Russo
At AIMS, caring for employees and clients is how we operate. This is demonstrated by listening, showing empathy, and working together to find solutions.
As a family business, we have had over 45 years of learning and growth. We take what we have learned and use this for the benefit of everyone involved. We partner, challenge, and strive to do the right thing to help our clients and claimants through tough situations, making a difference in their lives.
Ideas continuously come in from different areas of the company, and we give credit where it is due. Employees’ contributions are acknowledged through a corporate WOW program.
Most importantly, we come together and celebrate because laughter is a major currency at AIMS.
President: Lisa Corless
200 North Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI - 48933
AF Group is a premier provider of innovative insurance solutions committed to leading the industry with superior underwriting and exceptional medical management strategies. The collective strength of AF Group ensures our customers have access to these resources along with the support needed to keep costs down and workplaces safe. Our focused and knowledgeable team builds industry-leading best practices, analytics and resources to manage risk and minimize loss for our policyholders while strengthening businesses with our agent partners. We strive to continuously increase our long-term value by outperforming our industry peers; attracting, developing and retaining top talent; and fostering a culture of excellence.
President & CEO: David Schaefer
20 S. King Street, Leesburg, VA - 20175
We are honored to receive this recognition and proud of every team member who consistently makes AHT a best place to work. Our foundation is built upon hiring and retaining top talent, providing an unwavering commitment to our clients to protect what matters most to them and a dedication to be the best we can be, not only for our clients, but our teammates as well. We strive to celebrate each other, our organization’s successes and our clients’ success as those are the ultimate rewards for being a part of the AHT family. To be the best, our team members simply have to bring “AHT” to the table every time – the passion to do more, exceed clients’ expectations and be the best broker, partner and teammate possible.
President: Glenn Backus
2501 McGavock Pike, Suite 802, Nashville, TN - 37214
We view this designation as not an advertisement for ASC, but an honor bestowed upon the company by its employees. It’s individual employee feedback that corresponds to the company’s culture that makes this honor that much more important in our industry.
Maintaining a positive environment for our company attracts the best talent in the industry. Being recognized by our employees and industry leaders, such as BI and BCG, helps us achieve a loyal workplace with low voluntary turnover. While it’s important for our company to know that our employees are happy and appreciates our culture, it’s also gratifying when we can share this result with clients and prospects. Taking care of our employees just leads to better outcomes for all.
CEO and President: Robert C Ritchie
5426 Bay Center Drive, Suite 650, Tampa, FL - 33609
American Integrity’s story began with the same ideals we have today – wanting to help our fellow Floridians protect their homes, and to do so with Integrity.
As a premier writer of Florida homeowners insurance, we serve over 275,000 customers and are represented by over 900 independent agents. We provide home insurance solutions to our customers while never losing focus on our core values: integrity, commitment, teamwork, humility, passion and fun.
We aim to achieve greater heights each day, celebrate each other's accomplishments, and serve Floridians with excellence.
President and CEO: Janelle Frost
AMERISAFE has again been named to Business Insurance's Best Places to Work in Insurance. AMERISAFE is a publically traded provider of workers’ compensation for high hazard industries operating in 27 states. AMERISAFE’s success as a provider of workers’ compensation coverage comes from the integrity and professionalism of our employees.We give back to the community by providing scholarships, donating to local organizations, and providing opportunities to members of the community whenever possible.
On top of an extensive benefits package, AMERISAFE offers extra benefits to its employees, including a gym reimbursement, discount ticket programs, and a great work environment. It's a great place to work
President and CEO: Greg Crabb
Farmington Hills, Michigan
Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company is an insurance organization charged with creating exceptional value for its Partners For Success® agencies and policyholders. As an A-rated (Excellent) property and casualty insurance company licensed in 50 states, Amerisure provides a comprehensive line of insurance products to protect businesses focused in construction, manufacturing and healthcare through strategically located Core Service Centers. For more information, visit amerisure.com.
President & CEO: John F. Gause
Since 2003, Apex Benefits has built a reputation on providing customized, calculated solutions to help our clients make effective benefits decisions for their employees. We provide the tools, resources, and expertise to strengthen workforces, and make organizations better.
Approaching the complexities of benefits with a team approach, our subject matter experts complement one another, with professional expertise, and with an eagerness to bring others along in their successes. We are truly a cohesive group of people who share common goals and bring creative solutions to our valued clients. For the past 15 years, we have experienced consistent growth and development, and we are excited about the future.
President & CEO: Michael E. Standing Burlington, MA
A.I.M. Mutual strives to create a workplace that fosters collaboration, mentorship and a chance to make a difference in the Workers Compensation space. Whether it’s expediting medical care to injured workers or reducing accident risks, our employees rise to the challenge.
The Companies’ reputation as a premier WC insurer took hold in 1989. We are financially strong, rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. From our beginnings as a Bay State carrier, we now provide coverage in MA, NH, CT and VT. We credit our innovative programs and exceptional staff with giving us a competitive edge.
We thank our employees for naming us a Best Place to Work for the third straight year and for the dynamic workplace they have put in place.
Chairman and CEO: Tony Chimino
We’re the jacks of all trades in the insurance industry and the masters of fun. Everything we do, from our corporate intranet to staples like our holiday party, Employee Appreciation Day, Assurance Olympics and more, must pass the fun test. We’ve averaged double-digit organic year-over-year and become the largest independent insurance broker in Illinois by staying true to one simple philosophy: Happy Employees = Happy Clients. We know that if we put our employees first, they’ll put our clients first.
CEO: Jim Henderson
Our organizational success is attributed to our outstanding group of employees. AssuredPartners, Inc. employees enjoy the collaborative atmosphere that inspires a culture of comradery, where they work together with us, not for us. New ideas and feedback are always welcome and the growth potential is limitless.
We want our employees to feel valued for the hard work they do and encourage our managers to make sure our employees have a healthy work-life balance. We pride ourselves in having strong rewards programs, training opportunities, and wellness programs that benefit not just our employees, but their families as well.
President: James R Jenkins
Athens is honored for being recognized as a best place to work. Our priority is to focus on culture and values that drive engagement and in turn our employees take care of our clients. The family culture, opportunities for career growth and unique programs show that we care for the employees and want them to be their best. Our employees like coming to work because they feel valued and understand how important their individual role is to the whole group and company. We foster an environment where employees can talk about all of their ideas and they are actually considered and acted upon wherever possible. Everyone cares about the success of the company and it's exciting to work together to build our future.
President/CEO: Lisa Gelsomino
Elk Grove Village, IL
Avalon Risk Management is more than an insurance broker. To our employees, we are a company that demonstrates its values of integrity, personal growth, family and community each day. These values translate to unparalleled customer service and innovative products and solutions offered to clients. Employees enjoy additional perks such as days off for birthdays, anniversaries and summer fun days – even onsite massages! Open communication is valued and stressed each month in an Employee Appreciation Day presentation. New ideas to help the company grow are encouraged with our Bright Ideas contest, and employees provide feedback in various focus groups. We are excited to have created a “Best Places to Work” culture for our dedicated employees.
Cofounder: Elizabeth Krystyn
Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners) is an award-winning entrepreneur-led and inspired insurance brokerage firm delivering expertly crafted Commercial Insurance and Risk Management, Private Insurance and Risk Management, Employee Benefits and Benefit Administration, Asset and Income Protection, and Risk Mitigation strategies to clients wherever their passions and businesses take them throughout the U.S. and abroad. BKS-Partners has award-winning industry expertise, colleagues, competencies, insurers, and most importantly, a highly differentiated culture that our clients consider an invaluable expansion of their business. Learn more about BKS-Partners at www.bks-partners.com.
President: William J. Johnston
Rutherford, New Jersey
Berkley Luxury Group is the premier luxury habitational and fine dining insurer, providing tailored, all-inclusive insurance solutions for luxury condos, co-ops, rentals and upscale restaurants. Based in Rutherford, New Jersey, we are a team of seasoned underwriting and claims professionals and our specialized expertise has enabled us to maintain a stable approach to the market for over 30 years. We uphold a standard of prompt and fair settlement of claims and have the ability to provide an array of value added consultative risk management services designed to assist our customers in managing risk. Berkley Luxury Group is part of W.R. Berkley Corporation, one of the nation’s premier commercial lines property/casualty insurance providers.
President and CEO: Jeffrey J. Rodriguez
777 South Figueroa Street, Suite 2550, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Brown & Riding has built a culture where employees feel supported and are empowered to thrive; they are dedicated to developing their people. One of their truly unique characteristics is independent ownership with over 30 shareholders; a model they’ve found best serves both employees and clients. With a commitment to employee development, the company has a strong focus on teamwork, a multi-ethnic workforce, and offers equal, merit-based opportunities for advancement, including ownership opportunity. The company’s mission: “To achieve the best results for our clients by setting the standard of excellence for the wholesale insurance brokerage industry, and build a great firm that attracts, develops, inspires, and retains outstanding people.”
President and CEO: Kristen Allison
2211 Michelson Drive, Suite 1200, Irvine, CA - 92612
Burnham Benefits Insurance Services is honored and humbled by its sixth consecutive year at the top of the "Best Places to Work in Insurance" list. As Burnham continues to prosper, it also continues to concurrently staff the company with talented and eager individuals. In addition to hiring top tier talent, Burnham continues to benefit from its in-house resources designed for employee benefits, it’s organizational structure and ability to strategically shift existing talent into their specific areas of interest and strength. Burnham's commitment to a healthy work/life balance for its employees is a testament to the unique culture that Burnham continues to nurture year after year.
CEO: Daniel A. Cornwell
400 West Fourth Street, Suite 300, Royal Oak, MI - 48067
Cambridge Consulting Group is a forward-thinking organization who truly cares about team members. We empower our team to have a work-life balance built by their design. We have an open concept office, sit-to-stand workstations and an on-site café with games for team members to play such as shuffle board, bubble hockey and corn hole. In addition to the café, team members enjoy small perks like fruit deliveries on Monday and Wednesday and bagels on Friday. If team members are feeling stressed, they can relax in the massage chair or sign up for a session with our masseuse who is on-site monthly. For some fun, team members can participate in monthly mixers, off-site team building events and volunteer opportunities throughout the community.
Chairman/CEO: George Rusu
Captive Resources is delighted and proud to once again receive this honor as a Best Place to Work in Insurance. At Captive Resources, we are admired for our people, their dedication and performance, and their collective innovation. We truly believe that our employees are our single greatest asset, and that each one of them contributes to our success every day. We strive to maintain our culture which espouses these values: professionalism; integrity and ethical behavior; challenging work; learning and personal growth; continuous quality improvement; complete customer satisfaction/focus; teamwork; concern for people and respect; and, employee well-being. These values permeate our workplace and are the foundation of our culture …as our employees are the foundation of our company.
President: Jeffrey Cavignac
San Diego, CA
Cavignac & Associates is a risk-management oriented, service-intensive insurance brokerage that partners with is clients to reduce their total cost of risk and drive dollars to their bottom line. This is accomplished by utilizing a unique risk management process that identifies risk, proposes ways to control that risk, transfers some of the risk through insurance and finally, provides an ongoing review of the client's business activities to ensure controllable risks are identified and managed throughout the year. Cavignac & Associates specializes in Property & Casualty, Professional Liability, Workers Comp, Employee Benefits, Surety, and Personal Lines Insurance.
President: Michael Kouzelos
CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services helps our clients focus on what matters…their employees, their customers and the ultimate success and growth of their business. We are uniquely positioned to help our clients maximize the return on their investment in their enterprise by enabling them to minimize risk, attract and retain the best talent, and to promote employee satisfaction. Whatever the scope of their needs, CBIZ partners with clients to develop a customized solution to address specific challenges and goals. We offer a wide range of services and solutions to assist with everything from benefits packages and property & casualty insurance to recruiting and payroll.
President: Laura Deeley Bren
The recently rebranded Deeley Insurance Group is positive, forward-thinking and focused on empowering people to live their dreams! They put their employees first by providing a bright, cheerful environment with a workplace culture where individuals are encouraged to be themselves while developing professionally and having fun. The employees at Deeley Insurance Group embrace the company’s Core Values including Welcome and Cultivate Change, Achieve through Determination, Laugh Often, Bring Your Whole Self and Do More With Less.
President: John Biwer
4321 20th Ave. S., Fargo, ND - 58103
Walk into a Discovery Benefits office, and you'll notice the building walls are plastered with awards, but the more telling evidence of the culture is the feeling people get when they walk through the doors. Interview candidates mention it almost immediately. Visiting clients say they've never seen anything like it. Everybody wants to know how they do it -- but it's not that simple. Sure, part of it is the office fun -- the ping pong tables in the breakrooms and regular culture events like kickball tournaments, an employee awards ceremony and a plethora of treats. But it's much more than that. It's hiring people who fit with the culture and making sure everyone is living it each and every day.
President: Charles H. Bernier
1400 N. Providence Road,Suite 5025
Rosetree Corporate Center Building 2, Media,PA 19063
ECBM builds long-term relationships with all the clients we work with. It frees us from the burden of over-consulting. We give solid, appropriate advice each time we meet. Earning our clients' trust and retaining their business is the key to everyone's success. Maintaining strong client relationships requires superior service. ECBM strives to provide that service by knowing our clients, their business needs and providing quality insurance and risk management services to meet those needs.
Managing Partner: Leo Gallagher
Employee Benefit Services of Maryland, Inc. (EBS)_ has been named one Business Insurance’s Best Places to Work for 2018! This award is the result of employee based surveys and a comprehensive measurement of companies who have created exceptional workplaces through great cultures, employee engagement, and awesome benefits! EBS has proven to be an innovative company that has raised the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent. After all, it’s more than good pay and good perks – it’s also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor and leadership that makes them all work together. EBS is a benefits consulting firm, founded in 2012 by Leo Gallagher & Ryan Sullivan, located in downtown Baltimore.
Chairman of the Board, President & CEO:
Mr. Craig Johnson, CPA, MBA
6300 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL - 34240
FCCI is a provider of comprehensive property and casualty insurance and surety. Founded in 1959, and headquartered in Sarasota, Fla., FCCI has regional and branch offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia. Their financial strength is the outcome of long-term focus and stability, and their superior focus on relationships makes them a trusted provider in 19 states, plus the District of Columbia. As they have grown, they have maintained their values of keeping their promises, working with integrity and accountability, and putting people first. More than 90% of FCCI employees said they were “proud to work at FCCI” in a 2017 survey – a clear testament to the special culture that is fostered and cultivated.
President & Chairman: Michael S. Reilly
41 Wellman Street, Lowell, MA - 1851
Fred C. Church has built a long-standing history of demonstrating our value for relationships with our clients, our communities and especially our employees. As an employee owned organization, we are united in a sense of teamwork toward a common goal. We actively build a work environment where we are able to our best work and become our best selves.
Managing Partner: G. Greg Gunn
650 N. 12th Street, Lemoyne, PA - 17043
Gunn-Mowery has been a consistent company on the Best Places to Work in PA list and it's easy to know why! They recently built a café in their conference room with two refrigerators for beverages, a TV, high top tables and more. It is perfect for hosting their regular "Happy Half Hours" on Fridays. Another reason to love Fridays at their office? 10 minute chair massages for employees! They are extremely supportive of volunteering and within the past few months they have helped at the Special Olympics, United Way, Methodist Home for Children, Ronald McDonald House, Girls on the Run and more. One of their favorite days of the year? Bring Your Dog to Work Day! I mean...who doesn't love puppies running around the office!
CFO: Mike Natalizio
16805 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin, WI - 53151
HNI is a performance-driven risk advisor that delivers insurance, benefits, and DE-RISKING strategies. We help clients break-free from insurance dependency. Put simply, insurance dependency is the result of a system that was built for the insurance companies - not for clients. It is the lack of control clients have over their cost of risk, how claims are handled, and everything else in between. Our approach is known as Swarming. Swarming is for the wickedest problems - deep-rooted ones that frustrate leaders and hold companies back. It's an intense, cross-disciplinary collaboration where experts share their unique perspectives and challenge the status quo. We have offices in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota & Wisconsin.
President: Steve Brown
Sherman Oaks, CA
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.
Chairman & CEO: Dan Keough
3001 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA - 50266
Holmes Murphy is the ONE. One of the remaining brokers of it' size that remains privately held and is the perfect size - small enough to listen, but big enough to be heard. The one place where we try to make insurance cool, and show people how working in this industry can really make a difference. We believe we have some of the best and brightest talent in the industry, and our employees say their top reason for wanting to stay here is the people. We believe that's because we empower people to create their own career path, do whatever is best for our clients, and we genuinely enjoy working alongside our team members.
CEO: Michael Hylant
P.O. Box 1687, Toledo, OH -
When founding the company more than 80 years ago, Edward Hylant promised to treat our clients and employees like family—with honesty, respect and trust. Today, we are among the largest privately held, full-service insurance brokerage firms in the United States and a nine-consecutive-year winner of Best Places to Work in Insurance.
Hylant has 14 offices in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Florida and is a member of the Worldwide Broker Network. We design and deliver customized business insurance, personal insurance and employee benefits brokerage and consultation services that meet the needs of clients locally, nationally and internationally.
President/CEO: Gregg Peterson
225 Smith Road, St. Charles, IL - 60174
IPMG was founded in 1997 by president and CEO Gregg Peterson with the mission to provide the best service possible to its clients, and it remains focused on that mission to this day. Its insurance services have expanded to include wholesale brokerage, group health benefit administration, claims management, risk management, and more. IPMG’s commitment to clients is complete, as is its commitment to employees. As an employee-owned organization, IPMG strives to empower its employee owners, promote ideal work-life balance, provide a fun and engaging atmosphere, and instill a sense of pride in the organization that directly translates to providing its industry-leading service to clients. IPMG has been named a Best Place in Insurance since 2011.
Managing Partner: William E. Underwood, III
Ironwood is a privately-held firm, providing Corporate Risk & Insurance and Employee Benefits Brokerage & Consulting services to companies across the country. There is a reason Ironwood is one of the leading brokers in the Southeast; it is our passion for people. It is woven into everything we do. Whether it’s providing clients with customized insurance solutions, encouraging our employees to develop and grow in their careers, or serving in our community, we strive to build long lasting relationships. We pride ourselves in our company culture, and believe it is a direct reflection in the way we serve our customers. The relationships that employees have with each other and with clients go well beyond the scope of insurance. They are genuine partnerships, built on a solid foundation of positivity and trust. They motivate and drive Ironwood as a whole, allowing us to expand our dynamic team and increase community outreach.
CEO: Jim Kapnick
333 Industrial Drive, Adrian, MI - 49221
Kapnick Insurance Group values work/life balance by providing their employees with flexible working options. They encourage their employees to have a little fun at work once in a while, to be healthy, and to give back to the communities in which we live. Each employee is challenged to be innovative in both their professional and personal lives and to "live above the line".
Co-CEO: Johnny Pitts
Memphis, TN - 38112
Lipscomb & Pitts is an independent insurance agency that provides business, personal and group health insurance 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!
President and CEO: Ron Lockton
Kansas City, Missouri
Lockton is the world’s largest privately-owned, independent insurance broker and consultant specializing in risk management, employee benefits and retirement services.
Lockton has built its reputation by providing great service to three key stakeholders: clients, Associates and communities. The commitment to Associates means creating an environment where they feel welcome, valued and are excited to come to work. There is an intense focus on making every aspect of the Associate lifecycle (aka LocktonLife) the best it can be. With great benefits, development opportunities, rewarding work, strong rewards and recognition, community involvement, family engagement and positive work-life fit, Lockton Associates can build their best LocktonLife.
Chief Executive Officer: Charles A. Touché
Since 1911, Lovitt & Touché has placed great importance on creating a close-knit, collaborative atmosphere. Teamwork, communication, inclusivity and community involvement are cornerstones of the business – and these principles build camaraderie and create a culture that encourages innovation.
Leaders empower their teams to make decisions and implement new ideas, and executives’ doors are always open to employees with concerns or new concepts.
The company prioritizes work-life balance, allowing flexible schedules, telecommuting and generous time off. Lovitt & Touché hosts on-site wellness and educational programs geared toward employees’ goals. Employees participate in volunteer initiatives and community events throughout the year.
Founder and CEO: David Bondy
LUBA's motto "Genuine Dependability" embodies the culture and values of the company not only when it comes to serving clients, but also when it comes to taking care of each other. LUBA has always placed a priority on fostering a happy, healthy and productive workplace for the employees who come to work everyday. At all levels of the company, employees takes a genuine interest in the well-being of their coworkers both professionally and personally. LUBA believes in collaboration, teamwork, and open communication and dedicates time and resources towards fostering this environment. Often when people visit the LUBA office or do business with the company they leave saying they felt a sense of "family" which is a great source of pride.
CEO: Mr. Richard Kerr
12700 Park Central Drive, Suite 300, Dallas, TX - 75251
MarketScout has built the P&C industry’s most successful insurance exchange with 40,000 users and has provided the insurance industry with data trends in pricing for over 13 years, as a service, free of charge. This unique, privately held firm hosts the largest insurance innovation event in the industry for the past 12 years. It launched the CIPC five years ago to foster networking, advocacy, and education in the high net worth personal lines sector. As InsurTech has evolved, so has MarketScout with the formation of MIT, MarketScout InsurTech ventures. The firm’s most recent innovation is the MGA Incubator where MarketScout is helping incubate new MGAs.
CEO: Norman Basso
2555 Kingston Road, Suite 100, York, PA - 17402
Since 1890, McConkey Insurance & Benefits has been providing financial security for businesses across the globe. Licensed in nearly all 50 states with a client presence in more than 20 countries, McConkey prides itself in being one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest and most respected insurance brokerage firms. In addition to our traditional insurance portfolio, McConkey specializes in alternative markets offering compliance, administration, brokerage, and actuarial services to businesses, groups and associations in the form of captive programs, consortiums, self-insurance and other unique products tailored to the risk tolerance of our clients.
President: Jeffrey Brunken
Salt Lake City, UT
MGIS truly is a special place to work. Employee's find themselves in an environment of warm and friendly professionals. They expect a lot from themselves and work hard to make the company successful. They love the perks they get for being an MGIS employee. Candidates try for years to get hired by MGIS. Once they are here, they value the opportunity they've been given and appreciate everything the company does for them. It's a company of individuals. There is a collective feeling of camaraderie and appreciation. Everybody talks about work/life balance, but MGIS incorporates that philosophy into everything we do. If our employee's families love us, our employees are that much more loyal to the company. We are an extension of their family.
President & CEO: George Biancardi
443 Crown Point Circle, Unit A, Grass Valley, CA - 95945
In 2018, Networked is celebrating 25-years as an insurance aggregator. So with recognition also coming from the Best Places Program, this is turning out to be a very special year. Our team continues its long tradition of supporting our affiliates, each other and the greater community of Grass Valley, CA, where we were founded. Under our mission of ‘empowering communities to thrive’, we take our place in the industry seriously.
Networked embodies a small company with a special work environment. We are pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our culture to the insurance industry while continuing to look for even better ways to be a Best Place to Work.
Chairman and CEO of NFP: Douglas Hammond
New York, NY
All across our company, incredibly strong, passionate and fiercely independent people work together – not just for our clients, but for each other – by protecting our core principles of being personal, genuinely caring for one another and celebrating each other’s success.
That’s exactly the kind of workplace we strive to have at NFP.
Our best asset is our employees, and we understand that fostering a more equitable working environment and advocating for diversity of thought and people is an essential, rewarding component of any company’s culture.
We celebrate and leverage the individuality of our employees to better our organization. Our vision is that when you hear “NFP,” you think of a change for good that’s authentic, genuine and real.
CEO: Steve Odell
200 N. Warner Rd., King of Prussia, PA - 19406
Odell Studner is a leading provider of risk consulting and insurance brokerage services to middle-market companies. Whether Odell Studner employees are working directly with clients or among members of their own team, they follow a set of core values that truly define who Odell Studner is. These core values are to act with integrity, embrace change, make an impact and strike a balance. All in all, Odell Studner employees are well-rounded individuals who consistently perform at top levels because of the welcoming, respectful environment in which they work.
CEO: Robert G. Petrie III
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 2300, Chicago, IL - 60654
Origami Risk, the preeminent risk and insurance technology platform serving all members of the risk management community, has been named the "Best Place to Work". This recognition builds on similar honors Origami Risk has achieved in the past, including a total of more than 18 awards in the past decade for service excellence, innovation, workplace, and technology. This does not come as a surprise, however, as our CEO Bob Petrie says, "Origami is not only a software company, but also a talent organization that depends on the skills, enthusiasm, and creativity of the people who work here. We place a priority on finding people who can best serve customers and providing them with the culture, tools, and support they need to be successful.”
President and CEO: Martin Mucci
911 Panorama Trail S., Rochester, NY - 14625
Paychex Insurance Agency celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017. In the last two decades, we've grown to serve over 100,000 clients, place over $2 billion in insurance premiums, become a top-25 insurance agency in the country, and be honored as one of the "Best Places to Work in Insurance" for now four straight years. We pride ourselves on delivering best-in-class insurance solutions to our clients, but that would not be possible without our incredible employees, who bring a positive attitude to work every day and challenge themselves to be experts in their craft. We're committed to maintaining a culture that positions us to attract and retain the very best talent, and this award is a reflection of our success in that endeavor.
CEO: Kyle Lingscheit
Formed in 2012 from two leading agencies in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest, PayneWest Insurance is a nationally ranked, top-40 insurance agency. We strive to be the premiere provider of unique solutions and service for insurance, surety bonding and employee benefits. With over 700 colleagues in four states, we serve our clients to meet the diverse needs of the regions we call home. In an industry that’s increasingly focused on providing generic coverage at low cost, we still value relationships and working with clients to address their specific risks.
President & CEO: Robert "Bob" O'Leary
1 Bala Plaza, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA - 19004
Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) designs, markets, and underwrites commercial Property/Casualty and Professional Liability insurance products, incorporating. With over 1900 employees across 50 offices, PHLY prides itself on continuing to be a best place to work. Its focus on employee health and well-being is shown in their state-of-the-art fitness center at the Home Office and offering company paid gym memberships for field employees. PHLY also places value on family and work-life balance: they hold a company outing and holiday party each year for employees and their family members. Because we understand our greatest assets are our people, we continue to find unique ways to develop our employees and keep them engaged.
President: James Bailey
950 E. Paces Ferry Rd., N.E., Suite 2000, Atlanta, GA - 30326
Pritchard & Jerden is a full service retail insurance brokerage. We were founded in 1960 and are independently owned by our employees. Our organization is built on six Corporate Values: Integrity, Accountability, Excellence, Collaboration, Community and Independence. We believe that our values shape our behaviors, our behaviors drive our culture, and our culture influences our success.
CEO: Kurt Carlson
Here at Propel, we have a well-defined culture. We work hard, we work smart, and we celebrate our successes. We are happy doing what we do. We offer market-leading benefits that allow our team members to live active,fulfilling lives while doing respected and meaningful work on their career paths. We invest actively and wisely in employee growth and professional development.
Propel Insurance is a strong and dynamic company that delivers unrivaled sales and service quality and absolute dependability to our clients. In the last 5 years, our momentum has doubled our revenues, and grown our markets to include 50 states.
CEO: David Disiere
QEO is dedicated to creating a positive and opportunistic environment for its employees. From the moment that an individual is
approached for an interview, through the process of training, and even after being set up and established as a full time employee -
that person is made to feel valuable and irreplaceable. Managers often hold group meetings to make sure that everyone is moving
toward the same goals. Encouraging open communication lines and providing positive feedback and recognition create an
environment that is engaging and beneficial for each employee.
President/COO: Chad Eichelberger
325 Market Street, Suite 205, Chattanooga, TN - 37402
Reliance Partners, a commercial insurance agency focused on the transportation and logistics industry, notes that the highlight of its rapid growth story is the quality of employee experience. In their opinion, businesses who are trying to grow aggressively, do well to recruit a diverse work culture collectively and individually. The agency's goal is to provide and support a roadmap to success for every member of the team. The company recognizes that identifying personal and professional goals on the individual level is what makes the collective success of the company possible.
CEO: Michael Christian
As a privately-held, rapidly growing national insurance brokerage and risk management firm, Risk Strategies takes pride in what we do and how we do it. Our teams of experts bring sophisticated and comprehensive risk management advice to clients through a collaborative approach. We make it easy to partner with us by delivering an exceptional experience and staying nimble, entrepreneurial and highly-specialized. Our colleagues thrive in a fulfilling environment where they can personally and professionally evolve and grow. We honor our past while planning for our future and remain committed to staying a destination of choice for clients and colleagues alike.
President & CEO: David Robinson
Not one to kick back and wait for things to happen, Rogers & Gray Insurance is driving results, engaging it's workforce and growing organically. Through a combination of a growth focused senior management team, client experience focused sales and service staff and an extreme focus on living and breathing the 6 Core Values of the agency, the independent agency based in Massachusetts is poised for continued growth and expansion.
"Doing the right thing for our clients and our people" is the driving vision of the agency and when faced with a question or decision to make, employees at this firm ask themselves if they're "doing the right thing." When you're focused on always doing the right thing, business integrity and success follow.
Executive Director: Timothy Averill
SET SEG has been selected as a "best" place to work because of its exceptional employees who are driven by the collective mission of the organization. The company's exclusive products and services, astute receptivity to change, insatiable appetite for improvement, and dedication to finding solutions make for an atypical insurance workplace experience. The culture at SET SEG values and rewards collaboration, empowerment, ingenuity, anticipation, curiosity, and loyalty. The company recognizes employees as whole people and demonstrates empathy and understanding through generous policies that offer ample flexibility, autonomy, and support. SET SEG is a great place of opportunity for those with a thirst for learning and discovery.
CEO: Rick Means
1817 W Broadway, Columbia, MO - 65218
When Shelter Insurance® opened in 1946, our mission was simple: to provide affordable auto insurance to Missourians. Since then we've come a long way. More than 70 years later, we offer protection for your home, life, car, farm, business and more in 18 states. We have more than 1,300 licensed agents providing professional advice to our customers, helping them make insurance choices that work for their needs and budgets. Our friendly, professional way of doing business has transformed us into one of the top regional insurance companies in the country.
President: Richard Silberstein
2850 Quarry Lake Drive, Baltimore, MD - 21209
SIG isn't just a company, we're a tight-knit family. We all care about each other's successes, happiness, health, goals and values. SIG has such a strong work ethic but we also have so much fun with endless events like company Oriole's games, scavenger hunts, summer Fridays, happy hours, work out classes, cake decorating classes, crab feasts and so much more. Our culture isn't just about all of the fun things we do, a huge part of it is our President and our senior
management. Richard and our leaders care so much about the professional growth and opportunities for their employees as well as work-life balance which creates SIG's incredible culture.
CEO : Gaylon E. Brown
13465 Midway Road, Ste. 200, Dallas, TX - 75244
TexCap Insurance is one of the top independent insurance agencies in Texas, providing solutions for businesses and individuals since 2005. Over the past decade, TexCap has received numerous awards - for its industry-specific expertise, its unmatched customer service, and its "Best Places to Work" company culture. Our vision is to build upon our legacy by growing our family of professionals, our valued client relationships, our profitability, and the impact we have on our local community. We are so honored to be receiving this award!
President: Tim Paradiso
165 Jackson Street, Sandusky, OH - 44870
The Ashley Group's employees are passionate about the work they do and it shows in the way they support one another and support the goals of the company. They credit their success as an agency to the dedication and hard work of their employees and so they work hard to provide programs and benefits that engaged and support their employees. In addition to providing an affordable and comprehensive benefit package, they maintain a fun and friendly workplace built on a supportive, team-focused culture that nurtures career growth and development for every individual.
President and CEO: Joseph E. Brown
9713 Key West Avenue, Suite 401, Rockville, MD - 20850
We recognize that we ask a great deal of our employees and we must hire and retain exceptional people. Through social events and corporate gatherings, we aim to reward their efforts and bring us closer as a team. We believe in corporate social responsibility and partner with different causes and clients to actively participate in our community. We take pride in supporting our client’s missions and initiatives by being advocates to the world around us. Simply stated, we are blue collar workers in a white collar industry. We believe in rolling up our sleeves and getting the job done! We are true partners for our clients, community, and employees.
President & CEO: Stanley Galanski
400 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT - 6901
We recognize that our greatest strength and our principal competitive advantage is the caliber of our people. Our employees come to work every day and make our culture and values come to life: Outstanding people. Exceptional client experiences. Empowerment. Specialized expertise. Integrity, professionalism and pride. Giving back. Teamwork. These are the unique qualities that set Navigators apart: a willingness to go the extra mile to deliver exceptional client experiences, technical expertise, deep local knowledge and, above all, an understanding that quality relationships go well beyond the expected. Relationships thrive on offering the unexpected – responsive, nimble, creative, outside-the-box solution
President, CEO: Robert Nitsche
143 E. Austin Street, Giddings, TX - 78942
The Nitsche Group prides itself on operating differently than others in the insurance industry. In an industry that has become commoditized, The Nitsche Group continues to operate under the small-town values the business was founded on 69 years ago. Values like the belief that family matters, that strong work ethic and caring attitudes are rewarded, that involvement in the community is a given, not an obligation, and that employees are more than workers, they’re family. From helping families through difficult circumstances to keeping local businesses in operation, it's in our nature to help small businesses, growing families, and determined entrepreneurs protect what's most valuable to them. We like to call it "The Nitsche Way."
President & CEO: Rodrick B. Cruickshank
11740 S.W. 68th Parkway, Suite 200, Portland, OR - 97223
At The Partners Group, we truly care about our employees' well-being, work environment and future growth. Some of the words our employees use to describe The Partners Group are: "Fun," "Joy," "Family," "Friends," "Culture," "Encouraged," "Collaboration," "Valued," "Teamwork." We remain dedicated to creating an environment where employees truly feel like family by supporting their needs and helping them grow. We have seven aspirations as a company and one of them, Employer of Choice, speaks directly to being a best company to work for. We embody this through our company culture as well as our involvement in the communities we live and work in.
CEO: Yasunobu Fukuda
New York, NY
TMNA Services (TMNAS) is a shared services company delivering efficiencies and cost savings by creating innovative solutions that meet our customers’ needs. We are proud to work with some of the most prestigious insurance companies in the U.S. as a member of the Tokio Marine Group. We are headquartered outside of Philadelphia, PA with an additional 8 offices across the country. Our talented team provides actuarial, finance and accounting, information technology, internal audit, human resource, legal, and communications services.
Customer service is our focus and teamwork is our strategy. Every day brings a new challenge, and we believe challenges are fun. We have a positive and proactive approach, and are committed to enjoying what we do.
CEO: Mr. Koki Umeda
New York, NY
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. As a member of the Tokio Marine Group, Japan's oldest and leading property/casualty insurer, TMA follows the “Good Company” philosophy of looking beyond profit, delivering on commitments, and empowering our people. Our daily focus is on providing safety and security to our customers. We believe in being an active member of society and create opportunities for our employees to use their skills for good. Teamwork and positive relationships are key ingredients that we value in finding business success and professional fulfillment.
CEO: David Fritz
In 1945, Virgil Fritz made his first life insurance sale operating under Fritz Insurance Agency in downtown Potosi, Wisconsin. In 1962, Virgil’s son Delbert and his wife Elaine Fritz took over the family business and successfully ran Fritz Insurance Agency until retiring in 1982 when their sons David and Bruce Fritz took ownership. Under the leadership of David and Bruce Fritz, TRICOR Insurance now serves its clients across 28 office locations.
TRICOR has more than 210 employees and has earned the trust of more than 40,000 clients across Wisconsin and beyond. As a locally-owned and family-run business, our humble roots are the foundation of the deep commitment to incredible customer service that we practice every day.
CEO: Curtis Barton
Ladera Ranch, CA
Venture Pacific is honored to be considered one of Orange County Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2018, but even more so, we are honored to work side-by-side with the outstanding group of individuals that make up VPIS. We don’t just consider ourselves a team, we consider ourselves a family, and we don’t use that word lightly as we are a family run business. As an insurance industry leader, Venture Pacific has seen tremendous growth during our 21 years in business, each year being better than the last. And, we wouldn’t be where we are today without our tremendous staff and our dedicated clients. We want to say thank you to all of our family at VPIS. Together we thrive!
President: Mike Kloos
VGM Insurance Services has been a recognized leader for nearly 30 years in providing specialty insurance programs for a variety of niche industries that include home health, hospice, physical therapy, home medical equipment, orthotic and prosthetic, golf and hospitality. With five underwriting locations across the U.S. and an ever-growing portfolio of programs, we pride ourselves on our unparalleled service and business protection our clients and partners can trust. As an employee-owned company, our team and our culture is at the center of everything we do. We strive to create a workplace that celebrates innovation, positivity, teamwork and collaboration, and where the people we work with every day become our closest friends.
C.E.O.: Andrew Gray
Overland Park, KS
Virtus is leading the next generation of Insurance Brokerage and Consulting Firms. With a focus on data, transparency, and strategic innovation, Virtus empowers Management Teams to make educated, confident decisions.
Our firm consists of three distinct business units encompassing Property & Casualty, Employee Benefits, and Personal Lines Insurance. Through the diverse experience of our team, we deliver on a proprietary and disciplined due diligence process, ultimately mitigating risk, developing informed strategy, and executing on the shared business objectives of our clients. Our core values focus on fostering an environment of teamwork, a pursuit of excellence, and an unwavering optimism in future, which we use to attract top talent.
President: Keith Gramling
We are proud of the W3 team! 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.
President/Chief Executive Officer: Kevin A. Steiner
1900 S. 18th Avenue, West Bend, WI - 53095
West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is a growing organization with nearly 1,300 associates and over one billion dollars in assets. Our vision is to be the company of choice for our policyholders, agents, and associates. We believe the positive, motivating and caring work environment supports our associates to deliver outstanding service to our agents and policyholders.
We are proud of our associates. They believe in our core values of Excellence, Integrity and Responsibility. Every day they use these values to make decisions and do the right thing. The awards that we receive each year are a testament to their hard work and dedication. They truly are the reason we are a “best” place to work.
CEO: William H Greene III
East Aurora, NY
Greene & Associates is a highly regarded managing general underwriter of umbrella programs. Established and incorporated in 1986; Greene has grown into a nationwide company providing our producers accounts located in 49 states. We have a quality staff with some of the most experienced underwriters in the industry. Our focus on the growth and continued success is evident with the hiring of 16 associates (new positions) in the last 3 years. We are proud of our heritage, and the culture that has been developed, with greatest respect for our business partners and associates where we are forever working on long term win-win relationships.
CEO: Larry S. White
220 N. Main Avenue, Dyersburg, TN - 38024
Established in 1976, White & Associates Insurance is a locally owned and operated insurance agency with 12 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 they serve.
Partner: Rich Eknoian
Tinton Falls, NJ
World Insurance Associates LLC is a full service, independent insurance agency that began business in 2012 and offers exclusive insurance solutions and risk mitigation strategies from a team of highly experienced advisors.
With access to dozens of markets and over 40 years of combined insurance experience in the founding principals alone, World Insurance Associates LLC is capable of meeting all its clients’ insurance needs.