Agency Checklists’ look at the latest hiring news as well as the awards and accolades achieved this week from both in and around the Massachusetts insurance industry…
Appointment – XS Brokers
XS Brokers Adds to Professional Lines Team Hires Scott Burns as Vice President
XS Brokers (XSB), a leading independent insurance underwriting and wholesale brokerage group, is expanding the firm’s Professional Lines department with the hiring of Scott Burns as Vice President, Professional Lines.
“Scott brings market knowledge and focused expertise that will be pivotal to our continued success to strengthen our position in the Professional and Management Liability and Cyber and Privacy arena. We are thrilled to have Scott join the XSB team,” stated Eric Wirkus, Executive Vice President, XS Brokers. “As the firm continues to achieve significant growth through product expertise and geographic expansion, strategic hires such as Scott Burns are a priority.”
Located in the firm’s Hartford, CT office, Scott’s previous experience included brokering insurance operations including large and hard to place insurance risks. He also had prior experience as a financial analyst and consultant and came to XSB from Tennant Risk Services – a Worldwide Facilities company.
Announcement – Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company
Nineteen Employees Honored For Long-Term Service
Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company, a national provider of insurance solutions for individuals and at the workplace, today announced the acknowledgment of 19 employees at the company’s most recent quarterly Service Recognition Celebrations. While more than half of the honored employees are from one department (Insurance Operations), the diversity of all recognized employees’ tenure from five to 40 years shows the depth of expertise at the company. The employees were recognized at two separate company events in the first half of 2018.
“Boston Mutual is proud to honor employees whose dedication and loyalty supports our efforts to deliver on our promises and commitment to our customers,” said Paul A. Quaranto, Jr., Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President at Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company. “As seen in the range of experience with these 19 employees, we’re able to leverage our diverse talent pool and collaborate as we operate as ‘One Company’ to drive our success.”
The select employees were honored with a reception at Boston Mutual’s headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, February 27, and Friday, May 11, 2018. Each recipient was presented with a special gift as a thank you for their service with the company.
The following Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company employees were acknowledged at the company’s Service Recognition Celebrations in February and May:
- 40 years
- Annmarie Ruddy, Insurance Operations
- 20 years
- Nancy Brown, Insurance Operations
- Christine Coughlin, Human Resources
- Carol Duncanson, Insurance Operations
- Karen Kilroy, IT
- Christine Taylor, Insurance Operations
- 15 years
- Sandy Salgado, Insurance Operations
- Fred Graef, Workplace Solutions-Eastern
- 10 years
- Darlene Hall, Insurance Operations
- Marisol Gomez, Insurance Operations
- Mary Tillson, Claim Services
- 5 years
- Christine Bates, Insurance Operations
- Nicole Mello, Insurance Operations
- Julie Nagel, Insurance Operations
- Nora Bailey, Insurance Operations
- Lindsay Beauvais, Insurance Operations
- Ty Conder, Workplace Solutions-New England
- Heather Edson, Claim Services
- Lauren Thompson Giudice, Legal
Boston Mutual hosts its Service Recognition Celebrations once every quarter to recognize its employees’ quinquennial milestones. Employees are invited to the event after their first five years with the company in the quarter in which the anniversary of their start date falls.
Scholarship Opportunity – Deadline July 1st
The 1752 Club of New England is offering two scholarships to insurance professionals who are pursuing their CIC and CISR designations. The acholarships are awarded to cover the cost of one CIC/CISR Course.
The application deadline is July 1, 2018 and the forms to fill out can be found on the MAIA’s website, since the 1752 Club of NE does not have an active website.
Scholarship Opportunity – Deadline August 1st
Reminder – The Frances R. Soderberg Scholarship
Soderberg Insurance Services, Inc. is offering an educational scholarship dedicated in memory of the agency’s co-founder Frances Soderberg. Frances was an active member of the North Shore community for over 50 years. In addition to her commitment to her family, she dedicated her life to improving the lives of those with special needs.
Her youngest daughter Karen was born with Down’s Syndrome. Mrs. Soderberg was instrumental in the integration of recreational and educational programs for children and young adults who are mentally disabled. The co-founder coordinated an instructional tennis program that ran for fifteen years. Mrs. Soderberg, along with the assistance of the special needs participants and North Shore community, organized an annual fundraiser for 25 consecutive years to raise money for the recreational, educational, and social programs for the special needs young adults.
The Frances R. Soderberg Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an individual who shares her same passion to help those with special needs. This scholarship will be awarded to a current college student, or college bound student who shares her commitment for education of individuals with disabilities and improving their overall quality of life. Mrs. Soderberg believed that integration of the handicapped in society is beneficial to all. When a community embraces the disabled, the community evolves into a more passionate, caring place for all residents.
Preferential consideration will be given to North Shore residents. This resident must be a student pursuing a degree or other higher education/vocational career that will help those with disabilities. The selection committee would also like to see evidence of the student’s involvement with the special needs community. Whether it is in a hospital, school, or community event, the selection committee seeks evidence of the applicant’s commitment to this important line of work.
To be considered for the scholarship, please send a personal statement, including personal and professional goals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted through August 1st. The award will be made in September 2018.
Kathryn Soderberg, CPCU