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  • December 14, 2018 1:40 PM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Amy GoughnourGrinnell, Iowa — Amy Goughnour, mutual manager for Steele Traill County Mutual Insurance Co. in Finley, N.D., has been elected to serve on Grinnell Mutual’s board of directors. She was elected to a director position on Dec. 12.

    Goughnour has managed Steele Traill County Mutual, which writes business in 27 counties in eastern North Dakota, for 16 years. She is on the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies board of directors and is active in the North Dakota Association of Farm Mutual Insurance Companies.

    Goughnour will fill the unexpired term of Stephen J. Smith of Western Cherokee Mutual in Marcus, Iowa, who has served on the Grinnell Mutual board for more than 26 years and is retiring effective Dec. 20. Her term begins Dec. 21 and goes through June 2019. 

    “The board and I would like to welcome Amy. I have had the privilege of serving with Amy on other industry committees and boards where she has provided valuable insights and perspectives,” said Board Chair Paul Stueven. “I look forward to her bringing the same value to the Grinnell Mutual board of directors.”

     

    About Grinnell Mutual

    Grinnell Mutual, in business since 1909, is the 111th-largest property casualty insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America. Its products are available in 19 states.

    For more information please contact:

    Jennifer Miller
    Integrated Marketing Manager
    marketing@grinnellmutual.com or jennifer.miller@grinnellmutual.com
    641-269-8322

     

    December 14, 2018

  • November 19, 2018 10:48 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    ROUTZAHN MOVES INTO MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE POSITION

    AT MUTUAL BENEFIT GROUP

    HUNTINGDON, PENNSYLVANIA: John T. (J.T.) Routzahn III was named marketing representative for Mutual Benefit Group on November 19, 2018.

    As part of the Marketing Department, Routzahn will manage the agency force in Maryland in order to promote growth and profitability, maintain regular agency visitations, monitor agency performance, and manage agency relationships.

    Routzahn brings with him an abundance of experience in the insurance industry, having held positions in both claims and underwriting. Prior to joining the marketing team, Routzahn held the position of commercial lines senior underwriter for Mutual Benefit Group. He has also held positions as a commercial lines underwriter at Grangers Mutual Insurance Company, Middletown, Maryland, as well as an operations supervisor and claims adjuster at State Farm Insurance Company, Frederick, Maryland. His most recent position prior to joining Mutual Benefit Group was that of senior commercial lines underwriter with Frederick Mutual Insurance Company, Frederick, Maryland.

    He is a graduate of Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, having earned both a bachelor’s degree in law and society, and a master’s degree in computer science.

    NOVEMBER 19, 2018

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CONTACT: GINA CORRIE, COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, 814-643-3000, Ext. 2350


  • November 13, 2018 10:04 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Vendors increasing integration and product support in response to carrier needs

    November 13, 2018 (BOSTON) - As carriers look to improve claims processing, vendors are responding with solutions that provide improved integration, more analytics, and other capabilities and support for new product features. In a new brief, Life Insurance Claims: Key Issues and Prominent Providers, research and advisory firm Novarica discusses trends, carrier needs, and profiles six prominent providers of standalone life claims solutions.

    "While major Policy Administration Systems for life and annuities provide claims capabilities, carriers are showing an increased interest in standalone solutions as they address legacy modernization through a disaggregated reduced-risk approach," said Tom Benton, VP of Research and Consulting, and lead author of Novarica's new brief. "Carriers are looking to address needs to consolidate or integrate across systems, support new products, and provide new capabilities such as mobile support or advanced analytics."

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    A preview of the brief is available online at https://www.novarica.com/life-insurance-claims-key-issues-and-prominent-providers/.  Desk copies are available to qualified media. Please contact media@novarica.com or call Victoria Spitz at 833-668-2742 Ext. 130 for more information.

    About Novarica

    Novarica helps more than 100 insurers make better decisions about technology projects and strategy through retained advisory services, published research, and strategy consulting. Its knowledge base covers trends, benchmarks, best practices, case studies, and vendor solutions. Leveraging the expertise of its senior team and more than 300 CIO Research Council members, Novarica provides clients with the ability to make faster, better, more informed decisions.  Its consulting services focus on vendor selection, custom benchmarking, project checkpoints, and IT strategy. More information at https://www.novarica.com.

    Press Contact:

    Victoria Spitz

    833-668-2742 Ext. 130

    media@novarica.com


  • November 12, 2018 4:07 PM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Startups Provide Key Innovation And Marketing Insights For L/A Carriers

    November 8, 2018 (BOSTON) - The rise of new InsureTech entrants has inspired incumbent L/A carriers to reevaluate the ways they have historically addressed consumer, agent, wholesaler, and broker-dealer needs. In a new brief, InsureTech Impact on Life/Annuity Product and Distribution Strategy , research and advisory firm Novarica discusses lessons learned in marketing, product, and distribution as incumbent carriers work with and/or alongside innovative startups.

    "Incumbent carriers can learn from InsureTechs to improve their positioning, their outreach methods, and the tools their agents have," said Deb Culliton, VP of Research and Consulting, and lead author of Novarica's new report. "InsureTechs also have experience developing product offerings, systems, and UX design from scratch to build a business from the ground up."

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    A preview of the brief is available online at  https://www.novarica.com/insuretech-impact-on-life-annuity-product-and-distribution-strategies/.  Desk copies are available to qualified media. Please contact media@novarica.com  or call Victoria Spitz at 833-668-2742 Ext. 130 for more information.

    About Novarica

    Novarica helps more than 100 insurers make better decisions about technology projects and strategy through retained advisory services, published research, and strategy consulting. Its knowledge base covers trends, benchmarks, best practices, case studies, and vendor solutions. Leveraging the expertise of its senior team and more than 300 CIO Research Council members, Novarica provides clients with the ability to make faster, better, more informed decisions.  Its consulting services focus on vendor selection, custom benchmarking, project checkpoints, and IT strategy. More information at www.novarica.com.

    Press Contact:

    Victoria Spitz

    833-668-2742 Ext. 130

    media@novarica.com


  • November 12, 2018 4:03 PM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Colaianne Named Director of Marketing 

    Hagerstown, MD - The Brethren Mutual Insurance Company congratulates Ken Colaianne on recently being named the Company’s Director of Marketing. 

    Bringing 28 years of experience to the new position, Colaianne is excited to present a new focus to Brethren Mutual’s marketing efforts. He looks forward to building a fully dedicated Marketing Department that brings value to the overall relationships the Company has with its independent agency partners. 

    With both a company and agency background, Colaianne enjoys working for and with mutual companies. A graduate of the University of Maryland College Park, he began his insurance career as an underwriter with Granger’s Mutual Insurance Company (Middletown, MD). Over the years, he has held sales and underwriting positions with USF&G, St. Paul Insurance Company, Travelers, and BB&T/Frederick Underwriters. Prior to joining Brethren Mutual, Colaianne served as Assistant Vice President of Field Operations for Frederick Mutual Insurance Company (Frederick, MD). 

    Colaianne resides in Middletown, MD.

    Established in 1897, Brethren Mutual Insurance Company is headquartered in Hagerstown, Maryland and writes personal, commercial and farm business in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia through independent insurance agents. 

    Contact: Rebecca Gloyd

    Communications Manager 

    Phone: 800-621-4264 (ext. 1338) 

    Email: bgloyd@bmic.com 

    11|09|2018 


  • November 07, 2018 10:33 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Camp Hill, PA – November 2018: Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz (BSSF) was recently ranked 15th in U.S. on the Analysis of Independent Auditors for Insurance Companies report released by AON Ward.

    “We are excited that our insurance practice was recognized by AON Ward as the 15th largest insurance practice in the U.S., based upon the number of clients we serve,” said Scott Esworthy, Principal and co-leader of the BSSF Property and Casualty Insurance Practice. “We value our clients, and this ranking is a testament to how our clients value our relationship and expertise in the industry.”

    AON Ward is the leading provider of benchmarking and best practices studies for the insurance industry. Their 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.

    “At BSSF, our Property and Casualty Insurance Practice is focused on turning our extensive knowledge of the industry into value for our clients, helping them to grow and providing them with the best service,” added Hank Straub, Principal and co-leader of the BSSF Property and Casualty Insurance Practice. “Receiving this recognition was an honor."

    The Property and Casualty Insurance Practice at BSSF provides services to companies in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. BSSF clients range in size from $1 million to $150 million in direct premiums written. The team at BSSF is comprised of seasoned professionals and specialists that are dedicated to providing a full range of audit, tax and advisory services to the property and casualty insurance industry.

    ABOUT BROWN SCHULTZ SHERIDAN & FRITZ

    Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz is one of Central PA's most trusted CPA firms. They were also voted as a Best Place to Work in PA for the 15th time in 2018. As a locally based accounting firm, they provide services to Harrisburg, York and Lancaster in addition to the surrounding region. Services include accounting and auditing, tax, business valuations, small business accounting services, HR consulting and technology support. To find out more about BSSF, visit https://www.bssf.com today.


    Media Contact:

    Jeshanah McLeod

    Marketing Director

    717.761.7171 ext. 210

    jeshanahmcleod@bssf.com

  • November 06, 2018 10:35 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    MBG’S INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT WELCOMES: KUMAHLE-VINCENT

    HUNTINGDON, PENNSYLVANIA:  Dummea Kumahle-Vincent joined Mutual Benefit Group’s Information Services Department on August 6, 2018, as Database Administrator.

    In this position, Vincent is responsible for installing, monitoring, maintaining, and performance-tuning production databases while ensuring high levels of data availability.  She provides maintenance and support of all SQL Server Database Environments, as well as develops, implements, and oversees database policies and procedures to ensure integrity and availability of databases and their accompanying software.

    Vincent holds bachelor of science degrees in both international business and marketing as well as a master’s degree in information technology, all from the University of Maryland.

    CONTACT: GINA CORRIE, COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, 643-3000, Ext. 2350=

  • November 02, 2018 10:39 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    KUNKLE JOINS MUTUAL BENEFIT GROUP’S CLAIMS DEPARTMENT

    HUNTINGDON, PENNSYLVANIA:  Amy L. Kunkle joined Mutual Benefit Group’s Claims Department on October 29, 2018, as Senior Claims Representative (Multi-Line).

    In this position, Kunkle is responsible for investigating, evaluating, and settling multi-line claims with an established authority level, including those of complexity and high exposure.

    Kunkle brings over 20 years of experience in the property and casualty field to Mutual Benefit Group.  Prior to joining MBG, she worked at Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company for three years as a field claims representative investigating equipment breakdown claims. Kunkle holds a bachelor of arts degree in administration of justice from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her professional designations include Associate in Claims (AIC), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), and Society of Claims Law Associates (SCLA).

    CONTACT: GINA CORRIE, COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, 643-3000, Ext. 2350

  • October 01, 2018 4:51 PM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Goodville Mutual Casualty Company is happy to announce it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania for 2018. Goodville is one of only 100 companies to be named to this list.

    This awards program is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. It was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, who are benefiting the state's economy and workforce. Companies named to the list were evaluated on workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems, and demographics. Feedback from employee surveys was also heavily factored in.

    “It’s a great honor to be named one of the best places to work in Pennsylvania,” said Goodville’s President and CEO David Gautsche. “This recognition is a testament to the unique company culture all Goodville employees have helped create and nurture. Goodville’s success is a reflection of our quality people committed to the mission and the people we serve.”

    Recognizing that employee satisfaction is important to the long-term success of the company, Goodville Mutual has an ongoing commitment to its employees. The company offers competitive pay and benefits, professional development and advancement opportunities, employee recognition and appreciation events, and employee involvement in charitable initiatives. The culture encourages teamwork and cooperation among employees, while supporting the well-being of every employee. Goodville employees enjoy coming to work each day, doing a good job, and knowing they are making an impact in the lives of the independent agents and policyholders they serve.

    Goodville Mutual will be recognized at the Best Places to Work in PA awards banquet on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA. The ranking of each company on the list will be revealed at the ceremony. Tickets may be purchased online at www.CPBJ.com/events.


  • October 01, 2018 9:39 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    We would like to welcome two new staff members to our staff! First up, our new Director of Education and Events, Andrea Stroble. Andrea graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2015. Shortly after graduating, she began her career in the hospitality industry as a Sales Assistant at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. As she learned about the group sales aspect of the hotel business, she became much more interested in the event planning and catering. After about a year she was promoted to the position of Executive Meeting Specialist where she worked in the Convention Services department and obtained extensive knowledge in hotel operations and client relations. When she relocated back to the Harrisburg area in the summer of 2017, her experience at the Sheraton in Pittsburgh led her to a position as an Event Sales Manager and Wedding Specialist at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel. Here she directed countless Weddings, Galas, and black tie events. When she’s not working, Andrea enjoys cooking, playing with her cat Beau, and attending live music events in the area.
    Our second new employee is our new Director of Communications and Technology, Brittany Mlynek. Brittany graduated from Juniata College with a Degree in Multimedia Technology Strategies in 2017 and is currently completing a Masters Degree in Strategic Communications. Throughout her college career, she completed an honors thesis mastering the relationship-marketing approach, which was then accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in 2017. After graduation, she began her career in the communications field as a marketing consultant at Operation Crusader, a relationship marketing company based in York, PA. While working there, she gained the experience needed to create a cohesive marketing and communication plan for various companies. While in her downtime, Brittany enjoys photography, drawing, and spending time with her family.
    Be sure to give them a warm welcome the next time you see them at our next events. 


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