Accellerations Contest Winners Named at Awards Luncheon

This year’s Accellerations Awards Luncheon was held in January at the West Shore Country Club to name the winners of The Insurance Alliance’s annual Sales Contest The Insurance Alliance’s Sales Contest.

Ryan Rispoli of Hampson-Mowrer-Kreitz Insurance was the winner of the Commercial Lines Producer of the Year with $1,378,691 of new business.

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The Next Generation Award winner was Christopher Wert of American Insurance Administrators.

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Steve Swineford of Christian-Baker Company was the winner of the Diversification Award writing over $250,000 of new business in the category.

The Commercial Lines Grand Prize Winner (chosen by drawing) was Rich Keith of Sterner Insurance.

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Sterner Insurance was both the winner of the Personal Lines Agency of the Year…

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and the Commercial Lines Agency of the Year (a first in contest history). Art Dunlop joined Alan Sterner in accepting the Personal Lines Award, and Jody Klinger helped Alan carry the Commercial Lines award.

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Joining all the winners for photographs were representatives of the event’s Platinum sponsors, (left to right) Selective Insurance’s John Milisits and Chuck Adams, and Dereck Ricker and Don Waardenburg of Liberty Mutual.

The overall new business written for the contest period was $14,000,000 in commercial lines business and $2,500,000 in personal lines.

Congratulations to all the winners, and the participants as well.

Ann M. Runzo Joins Miers Insurance in Employee Benefits

Ann M. RunzoAnn M. Runzo of Allentown has joined Miers Insurance in Allentown as an Employee Benefit Account Executive.

Ann strengthens Miers’ Group Benefits Department by bringing over 15 years of experience in assisting employers in the design and implementation of employee group benefit plans.

Ann is responsible for the sales and service of group benefit and individual heathcare products along with life, disability, voluntary benefits and alternative employee benefit solutions.

For more information, visit the Miers Insurance web site.

Connections 2013 Features An Informative Scavenger Hunt, Carrier Carnival, and “Unsung Heroes”

Connections 2013 was held at Harmony Hall in Harrisburg in September. This year, the event featured a scavenger hunt to find other attendees who met specific qualifications and a carrier carnival that allowed carrier and Alliance staff to interact in an informal atmosphere.

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Connections awards were made for Alliance key partners based on premium volume.

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Special recognition was given to the “Unsung Heroes” Class of 2013. These carrier staff members exemplify customer service and facilitate The Alliance’s ability to serve its’ customers.

Recognized as Unsung Heroes were (in alphabetical order) were:

Scott Billett – Underwriter, Miller’s Mutual
Susan Coyne – Inland Marine Territorial Manager, Harleysville
Reese Davis – Vice President, All Risks
Brian Deutsch – Löss Control Consultant, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
Kathy Eberle – Senior Underwriter, Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group
Michelle Hackman – Commercial Lines Territory Manager, Penn National Insurance
Gail Holden – Agri-Underwriting Assistant, Westfield Insurance
Sharon LaRose - Senior Underwriter, Selective
Dana Leach – Manager, Chubb Specialty Insurance, Chubb
Tony Longo – Agency Management Specialist, Selective
Josh Manmiller - Supervising Production Underwriter, Donegal Insurance Companies
Craig Rider – Marketing Representative, Lititz Mutual Insurance Company
Neil Ryan – Claim Representative, Donegal Insurance Companies
Dave Shuman - Senior Underwriter Commercial Lines, Penn National Insurance
Cindy Thompson – Personal Lines Underwriter, Safeco Insurance
Amy Trujillo – Senior Personal Lines Underwriter, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

An extensive photo set of the event is available in The Alliance’s Flickr stream.

Harding-Yost Becomes the Newest Member of The Insurance Alliance

Harding-Yost InsuranceHarding-Yost Insurance Associates, based in Denver, PA, becomes the newest member of The Insurance Alliance of Central Pennsylvania.

According to Jane Koppenheffer, CPCU, The Alliance’s President and CEO, “Harding-Yost Insurance Associates was founded in 1983 by means of the merger of the agencies owned by Jerry Harding and Lowell Yost. The agency has strong roots within its community and is poised to grow for the future. The agency is noted for its professionalism, integrity, and client focus. These values are a great match with those of The Alliance, and we are excited to have them joining us as our tenth member.”

M. Joseph Lapi, President of Harding-Yost Insurance Associates, noted “The Insurance Alliance will enhance the ability of our agency to both grow in our community and offer a wider breadth of insurance companies and products for our clients.”

For more information, visit the agency’s website at http://www.hardingyostins.com.

Jon-Erick Miller Joins Miers Insurance

Jon-Erick MillerJon-Erick Miller of Bethlehem has joined Miers Insurance as an Account Executive.

Jon is a graduate of Freedom High School, Northampton County Community College and East Stroudsburg University. Prior to joining Miers, Jon was a Business to Business Media Sales and Marketing Consultant responsible for the development of new business and the service and retention of existing media accounts.

At Miers, he will be responsible for the sales and service of insurance programs and risk management alternatives for businesses and institutions in the Lehigh Valley.

Jim Knerr Will Work With Healthcare for Hampson Mowrer Kreitz

Jim KnerrHampson Mowrer Kreitz Insurance recently hired veteran Benefits Advisor, Jim Knerr into a sales leadership role with the agency. Jim is responsible for providing creative solutions to rising healthcare costs for companies while assuring compliance with the health care reform. Jim also specializes in self-insured options and voluntary benefits for companies of all sizes.

Shortly after his graduation from Muhlenberg College, Jim joined the ranks of Capital BlueCross. He held several positions with CBC over the years and during his tenure won numerous awards for marketing excellence and community involvement. Eventually Jim opened his own health insurance brokerage firm which he successfully managed for more than five years. Jim agreed to join HMK in a sales leadership role in the spring of 2013. He and his wife
live in Emmaus.

Jim is also very active in the local community, having served as a PIAA High School Basketball Official since 1988, participated on the St. Ann’s of Emmaus Driving Committee for Indigent Parishioners, and received the Miller-Keystone Blood Center Donor Award. His professional affiliations and awards include the Muhlenberg College Board of Associates, St. Ann’s of Emmaus CYO Athletic Involvement Award.

Monica Flick Joins Miers Insurance

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Monica L. Flick, CBC, of Easton has joined Miers Insurance as an Employee Benefit Account Executive.

Monica brings to Miers Insurance over 15 years of experience assisting employers in the design and implementation of employee group benefit plans, including medical, life, disability, voluntary benefits and alternative employee benefit solutions. Established in 1892, Miers Insurance provides Insurance Brokerage, Risk Management, and Employee Benefit services for businesses, families and institutions throughout the Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania.

2012 Accellerations Alliance Sales Contest Winners Announced

The results of the 2012 Accellerations sales contest were revealed on January 17 at a recognition luncheon held at the West Shore County Club in Camp Hill, PA.

Christopher Wert of American Insurance Administrators was both the winner of the Commercial Lines Producer of the Year and Next Generation Awards with $2,453,617 of new business written for the entire contest period.
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Joseph Geise
of Doty & Hench Insurance was the winner of the Diversification Award writing over $150,000 of new business in this category.

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The Commercial Lines Grand Prize Winner (chosen by drawing) was Paul Sheaffer of The Paul I. Sheaffer Agency.

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Hampson-Mower-Kreitz Insurance took home the Personal Lines Agency of the Year.

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(David Dyson, Gail Kitson, Kellie Eschbach and William Kreitz)

The winner of the Commercial Lines Agency of the Year was American Insurance Administrators.

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(Don Wert accepting for AIA)

Pictured with our winners are representatives from our Platinum Sponsors. From left to right: John McDonnell and Chuck Adams of Selective Insurance and Audrey Williams and Greg Stuchel of Liberty Mutual.

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Congratulations to all of our participants. The overall new business written for the contest period was $15,505,241 in commercial lines business and $2,232,825 in personal lines.

Rich Keith Joins Sterner Insurance

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Sterner Insurance in Coopersburg, PA announces that Richard Keith has joined the company as an Insurance Consultant. Rich specializes in Commercial Property/Casualty Insurance sales.
Rich is a graduate of Penn State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. He began his insurance career as a Commercial Marketing Representative with Aetna in 1982. In 1987 Rich became a partner and CEO in the Dunlop Insurance Agency in Wyomissing. In 2009 the Dunlop Agency merged with Securus Insurance to form The Securus Dunlop Group. Through Rich’s extensive industry experience he has built strong relationships with insurance carriers and clients alike. He is pleased to be working again in the Berks County/Greater Reading area and will be heading up the Commercial Division at the Wyomissing office located at 575 Van Reed Rd.

Rich can be reached at rich@sternergroup.com or 610-966-1315.

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