Arbella Promotes Karen Jansky to Director of Application Development in Information Technology
The Arbella Insurance Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Jansky as director of application development in information technology. Reporting to Matthew Postulka, assistant vice president of information technology, Jansky will oversee Arbella’s core insurance systems, as well as agent and consumer applications.
“We are thrilled to promote Karen to this role,” said Paul Brady, chief information officer and vice president of information technology. “With nearly 20 years of experience, she brings a rich and extensive knowledge of the industry to her new position. Her dedication, strong work ethic, and ability to foster lasting relationships with her colleagues and professional partners make her an invaluable member of our team.”
Jansky began her career at Arbella in 1998 as a programmer consultant, working on the Personal Lines Information System (PLIS) application. Soon after, she took on increasing levels of responsibility and quickly advanced to manager of the PLIS team and then manager of the personal lines & commercial lines portfolios. In 2013, she began managing Arbella’s customer and agent portals, as well as the company’s internet presence. By 2016, Jansky was leading Arbella’s CAM, personal lines and commercial lines portfolios.
A Dorchester native, Jansky graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in business administration from Emmanuel College.
Eifert Joins Optisure Risk Partners
Peter R. Milnes, CEO of Optisure Risk Partners announced that Randy Eifert has joined Optisure as Senior Vice President – Private Client Group and Risk Management Practice leader. Eifert will provide executive leadership and support company-wide in personal and commercial lines risk management, product development, and client attraction and retention, with a focus on the high net worth personal lines niche. He will report directly to Milnes in his capacity as CEO of the various Optisure entities.
“Randy’s extensive background in risk management, insurance company relations, and overall agency operations will serve Optisure well, given the strong growth pattern and multi-state expansion we are experiencing. We are very excited to have the opportunity to add Randy’s talent to the Optisure management team,” said Milnes.
During the past 30 years, Randy has taken a leading role in the insurance and financial services industry in New York, New Jersey and New England region. As a risk management professional, his clients have included financial institutions, aviation risks, manufacturers, non-profits, hospitality, large contracting, healthcare, and public entity sectors. Randy also specializes in unique and custom solutions for high net worth, affluent, and executive level individuals. Clients include family offices, trustees, charitable organizations, and private companies throughout the United States as well as internationally. Randy has always prided himself on client-focused solutions through professional, holistic, and unbiased consulting advice in support of customer’s needs, and offering insurance products as one of many options of managing risk.
Randy lives in Meredith, New Hampshire and has been an active civic volunteer throughout the Lakes Region community including as a charter member and chair of the Waukewan Watershed Advisory Committee, president, coach, and head referee of the Meredith youth basketball league, and past Board Chair of the Lakes Region United Way and the Belknap Economic Development Council. He currently remains a board member of the Belknap EDC and is working alongside the City of Laconia and others to spearhead the purchase and renovation of the 104-year old Laconia Colonial Theater, a $15 Million capital redevelopment project which will spur the revitalization of downtown Laconia and the greater Lakes Region of New Hampshire.
Randy obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bucknell University, is a graduate of the Commercial Union School for Agents in Boston and the CIGNA School for Agents and The Wharton School’s Executive Leadership Program in Philadelphia. He has achieved nationally recognized insurance designations including CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter), ARM (Associate in Risk Management), and CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor).
When not helping clients manage their risk, Randy enjoys spending time on the lakes and in the mountains of New Hampshire with his wife and daughters as well as golfing and officiating high school and college basketball games.
Optisure’s regional partners operate locally but with global capabilities, addressing the entire spectrum of risk management, employee benefit and property-casualty insurance needs. Their expertise in program underwriting and aggressive program structures enables clients to enjoy some of the most competitive terms and premiums in the marketplace. The organization employs 70+ talented insurance professionals throughout the Northeast and Florida and secures more than $140 million of insurance premiums annually for its clients.
Kaplansky Insurance earns coveted best practices Agency award
Kaplansky Insurance retains its Best Practices status, once again becoming a part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States. This status comes by participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Best Practices Study group. The annual survey and Study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of the “best” agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.
Since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, have join forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process and awarded a “Best Practices Agency” designation. The agency was nominated by either an IIABA affiliated state association or an insurance company and qualified based on its operational excellence.
The selected Best Practices agencies retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive financial and operational data for review each year. This is the second year of the current three-year study cycle, where over 1500 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study in 2016, but only 262 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the 35-45 top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories.
Rogers & Gray Insurance Named As One of The Top 100 Independent Insurance Agencies in the Nation
Rogers & Gray Insurance has been named in a special report by Insurance Journal as one of the nation’s top independent property and casualty firms. They have received a top ranking in this yearly report since 2013.
Insurance Journal, a leading national publication in the insurance industry, released their special report “Top 100 Independent Property/ Casualty Agencies” earlier this month. The list was compiled and ranked by total property and casualty revenue for the 2016 calendar year.
Rogers & Gray ranked 85th on the list of 100 with more than 37,000 independent insurance agencies in the country.
Michael Robinson, Chairman, Rogers & Gray, says their success remains in their commitment to core values.
“The continued recognition of Rogers & Gray Insurance as one of the top agencies in the United States is humbling. Our team wholeheartedly deserves the credit as they recognize the importance of exceptional client service and strive hard each and every day to achieve it.”