Two members of the Massachusetts insurance industry made the list this year – Arbella Insurance Group and The Rogers & Gray Agency
Congratulations are in order for both Arbella Insurance and Rogers & Gray. These two well-known members of the Massachusetts insurance industry have been named to the BBJ’s Best Places to Work for 2017.
Each year The Boston Business Journal compiles a list of the 80 best places to work in Boston. The winners are selected via anonymous surveys, that are completed by employees and that inquire about various aspects of the employee’s company including benefits provided, company atmosphere, values and loyalty. After the completion of the survey, the results are collected and reviewed by a third-party research firm. The 80 winners are then categorized into extra small, small, medium, large and extra large sized businesses.
Making the list for the ninth consecutive year is Quincy’s Arbella Insurance Group which was ranked as one of the best in the “Extra Large Business” category.
It is such an honor to be named a BBJ Best Place to Work for the ninth consecutive year,” said Ellen Mann, director of human resources at the Arbella Insurance Group. “At Arbella, we put employees first. It’s one thing to say that, but we actually do it. Our strategy is to put employees first. The result is stronger relationships with our customers because engaged employees provide better service and hold themselves accountable. They truly care about the work they do.”
Founded in 1988 by a special act of the legislature, Arbella was originally formed as a way in which to allow the Kemper Group to divest itself of its Massachusetts automobile insurance book of business. From that unique beginning, Arbella has grown to become one of the top five largest writers of automobile insurance in the Commonwealth with more than 1000 employees along with an independent agency network of more than 500 partners.
According to the mutual insurer, investments in employee well-being and growth have been one of the main ingredients in creating a happy workforce. On average, employees stay with the insurance company an average of 10 years, with 10 percent of the current workforce having been with Arbella since its inception nearly 30 years ago. As of 2017, the carrier boasts more than $800M in revenue with approximately $1.5B in assets.
The Rogers & Gray Insurance Agency also made this year’s list as one of Boston’s Best Places to Work. This is the first time the family-owned independent insurance agency has been named to the list. In commenting on his agency’s achievement, David Robinson, President & CEO, Rogers & Gray, says one of the keys to being named a Best Place to Work has been the fact that the agency has remained true to their commitment to core values both with their customers as well as their employees.
Our employees are the lifeblood of our company and the most important asset we have,” said Robinson. “We continually strive to create a culture that fosters appreciation, respect, support and growth. It’s an honor to be recognized for that commitment by the Boston Business Journal.”
Founded in 1906, the Orleans-based agency has grown over the past century to become the 83rd largest independent insurance agency in the country according to the Insurance Journal and the 10th largest insurance broker in Massachusetts per the Boston Business Journal. It was also recently honored as the “Best Independent Insurance Agency to Work For” in the Nation in 2015. Through a team of over 140 dedicated insurance professionals, Rogers & Gray helps its clients manage risk through its nine office locations across the Commonwealth.
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While HubSpot is not technically in the Massachusetts insurance industry, Agency Checklists is aware that HubSpot is used by a lot of members of our community. With that said, and because it also made the list as one of the Best Places to Work in Boston, and because this is for anyone who ever wished they had the funds to start their own business, we thought our readers would be interested to know about the inbound marketing company’s new $100,000 giveaway.
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AFLAC CEO To Speak at Harvard in July
“It is an honor to be selected to provide a keynote address at such an important event held in conjunction with one of our nation’s most prestigious institutes of higher learning,” Amos said. “I look forward to sharing the Aflac story and highlighting our continued innovation in the insurance industry.”
CEO Daniel P. Amos will serve as a keynote speaker at the CTO Forum, a premier organization for senior technology and business leaders, at their eighth annual RETHINK STRATEGY executive education program. Amos will speak on July 30, 2017, during the program that runs from July 30 to Aug. 3 at Harvard Business School.
According to CTO Forum, the RETHINK STRATEGY program is a collaboration of CTO Forum and Harvard Business School. The program aims at identifying, examining, and overcoming the challenges that senior technology and business executives face in fostering a culture of smart innovation, corporate renewal and systemic growth in well-established organizations. Distinguished leaders who will present throughout the forum are selected by the organizers and are by invitation only. Submissions and pitches from organizations are not accepted. Invitations for attendees at the RETHINK STRATEGY program are reserved for chief information officers and chief technology officers of firms ranked by Fortune.
Amos has been CEO of Aflac since 1990, when annual revenues were $2.7 billion. Today, Aflac annual revenues exceed $22.5 billion and the company is listed at No. 126 on the Fortune 500. He is the second longest-serving CEO in the Fortune 200, eclipsed only by Warren Buffet. In 2015, Aflac introduced its transformative One Day PaySM program, which enables the company to receive, process, approve and disburse payment for eligible claims in only one business day.