Reed & Baur Agency selected for Ohio Business Profile Program

COLUMBUS, OH - Reed & Baur Insurance Agency (Reed & Baur), a member of Ohio Insurance Agents Association, Inc., was selected by Secretary of State Jon Husted as a featured business for March in the Ohio Business Profile Program.

The Ohio Business Profile featured women-owned businesses for the month of March – also recognized as Women’s History Month. According to Ohio Business Profile, there are “more than 330,000 women-owned businesses in Ohio…In the Buckeye State, these businesses generate more than $43 billion in sales every year.”

Reed & Baur considers meeting the needs of their customers the foundation of their company.

They offer many different insurance options including home, auto, farm, business/commercial, school, and government. Reed & Baur believes that their customers are the purpose for their work and that it is a privilege to fulfill the needs that are brought to them.

Aside from offering courteous and professional service to their customers, Reed & Baur finds it important to give back to their community. They serve many organizations and causes throughout Ohio and their local community.

Reed & Baur thinks Ohio is a great place to do business because of the many different industries, farming practices, construction techniques, and socio-economic needs they can work with.

For more information on the Ohio Business Profile Program, and Reed & Baur’s feature, please visit the Ohio Secretary of State website.


Elevate 2018 is coming to Cleveland!

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We’re excited to announce that Agency Nation is bringing Elevate 2018 to Cleveland!

Why are we promoting another organization’s event? Because it’s that awesome.

Sign up right now for Elevate 2018 while you still can.

Several OIA team members attended Elevate 2017 and we experienced the high-level energy and amazing content first hand.

In fact, it helped inspire us to shift away from the traditional “annual conference” and move toward the IACON17 format many of you experienced last October.

The going rate for Elevate 2018 tickets is currently $975, however, OIA member agents have access to a steeply discounted rate of $300.

Sound too good to be true? I promise that’s the real price, but the catch is that we have less than 40 tickets left at this price as of today.

Still not convinced that it’s important to register soon? Check out the video below to learn why you should register before April 1 (and no, it’s not a joke!).
 


 

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD looking to grow in Ohio

Catherine Casterline Berkshire Hathaway GUARDBerkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies recently added Catherine Casterline, CPIA, API, ACS, as a senior field representative to promote targeted growth in Ohio.

This addition is part of the company’s move to appoint new agency partners and grow in the commercial property and casualty sector of the Ohio insurance market.

In her new capacity, Casterline is responsible for identifying prospects for appointments while providing information about available resources and new developments to existing members of the distribution network.

She also functions as agents’ field liaison with Berkshire Hathaway GUARD’s underwriting, loss control, and claims staff.

Casterline has been part of the insurance community for more than two decades and has extensive experience working with insurers and agents to grow their businesses.

Potential in Ohio

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD’s Senior Vice President of Sales Dave Simmons remarked, “Ohio is an important state for us. In 2017, we introduced several lines of coverage – specifically a businessowner’s policy able to accommodate typical TIV up to $25 million (up to $50 million for select classes), commercial umbrella liability, and commercial auto. A lawyers’ and miscellaneous professional liability policy are also featured.”

Simmons further noted, “We believe Catherine Casterline will assist us in growing our market share. We have agency appointments available; as a long-term, experienced insurance professional in the area, Catherine is the right person to help us fill those openings.”

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD currently specializes in commercial property and liability coverage, commercial umbrella, commercial auto and professional liability.

The company’s targeted classes include:

  • Artisan contractors

  • Auto service and repair

  • Habitational – hotels and motels

  • Professional offices

  • Restaurants

  • Retail

  • Service industry

  • Wholesalers and distributors

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies are A+ (“Superior”) by A.M. Best and ultimately owned by the Berkshire Hathaway group.

Agents with an established commercial lines client base who are interested in an appointment with the company can visit www.guard.com/apply to learn more.


Arlington/Roe promotes Jennifer Bussard to underwriter

Jennifer Bussard Arlington/Roe headshotCOLUMBUS, OH - Jim Roe, CPCU, president and CEO, announced the promotion of Jennifer Bussard to commercial lines underwriter at the Ohio office of Arlington/Roe, managing general agency and wholesale insurance broker.   

Jen is a graduate of Franklin University and holds the Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) designations.

About Arlington/Roe

Arlington/Roe is a managing general agency and wholesale insurance broker headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, with offices also in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Minnesota. Arlington/Roe was founded in 1964 by Francis Roe, father of current president and CEO James A. Roe, CPCU. Arlington/Roe’s specialty departments include Aviation, Bonds, Farm, Personal Lines, Commercial Property and Liability (Underwriting and Brokerage), Commercial Auto/Transportation, Professional Liability, Workers’ Compensation and Healthcare & Human Services. The company writes in excess of $205 million in annual premium.


Nominate someone for CSR of the Year!

2018 Outstanding CSR of the Year award logoIt's that time of year to submit nominations for the Outstanding CSR of the Year Award!

The Outstanding CSR of the Year Award represents the highest honor for customer service representatives. Nominate a deserving person in your office by May 1!

Who can nominate?

Anyone may make a nomination, so do not hesitate to nominate an individual. You can even nominate yourself!

It’s as easy as providing a name and contact information on a nomination form. Even if you do not think your nominee would write the essay or could win the contest, just being nominated is often considered an honor.
 

Fill out nomination form

Who can enter?

Anyone, regardless of affiliation or professional designation, whose primary duties center on insurance customer service, is eligible to enter (a CIC or CISR designation is not required).

It is recommended, however, that candidates have a minimum of two years experience in the industry and sufficient experience to share through their essays.

To compete, candidates must:

  • Be an insurance customer service representative or have primary responsibility for customer service duties.
     

  • Complete an entry form including formal education; insurance-related achievements, insurance awards, honors, and affiliations; community involvement, and significant contributions to business/coworkers; and list two professional references.
     

  • Write an essay of no more than two double-spaced pages (approximately 1,000 words) on the following topic:
    “In today’s business environment, CSRs are finding that more work is required from a smaller staff pool. As a CSR, what four ways have you found beneficial in helping you accomplish work tasks while still providing excellent customer service? In short, how do you do more with less?”
     

  • Submit letter(s) of recommendation from a business/professional reference(s). These may come from the references listed on the entry form, or they may come from other business/professional acquaintances.
     

Fill out entry form

When is the deadline?

Nominations will be accepted through May 1. To compete, the nominee must submit the completed entry form and essay to OIA by May 1.

What are the awards?

State Winners

Each state winner will be automatically entered in the national competition and receive a framed certificate of recognition.
 

National Finalists

Four of the five national finalists will receive a $500 cash award, a distinctive gold and garnet pin, and will be included in the national recognition campaign honoring recipients.
 

National Winner

The national winner will receive a framed certificate of recognition, a $2,000 cash award, and a gold and diamond pin. In addition, a scholarship to a National Alliance program will be awarded to his or her employer, and the nominator of the national winner will receive a $1,000 cash award. The national winner will also have his or her name inscribed on a plaque located in the offices of The National Alliance in Austin, Texas. He or she will also be invited to serve on the blue ribbon judging panel the following year.
 

Questions? Contact Sam Vasquez, Project Coordinator, at (800) 555-1742 or click the button below!

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