Western Reserve Group hires Galonski as VP of Claims

William Galonski of Western Reserve GroupKevin W. Day, President and CEO of Western Reserve Group (WRG), 1685 Cleveland Rd., Wooster, Ohio, announced that William Galonski has joined as Vice President of Claims and a member of the Operating Committee.

“William brings a depth of Claims leadership and acumen to WRG. He is an excellent fit for our corporate culture.” said Day.

William has served in several claims roles at Grange Insurance most recently as Assistant Vice President – Property Claims & SIU. He began his 15 year tenure with Grange in 2003 as Claims Representative and then Field Property Specialist. William served from 2006 – 2014 as Manager of Property Claims & SIU before his promotion to Assistant Vice President in 2014.

William started his career in Claims in 1999 as a Claims Representative with State Auto Insurance. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has the following insurance designations: CPCU, ARM, AIC, and AU.

He grew up in Northeast Ohio where his parents still reside, is an avid basketball fan and still plays, and has a special passion for supporting the fight against cancer.

Iroquois adds regional manager in Ohio and Kentucky

Mike Humphry Iroquois GroupMike Humphry has joined The Iroquois Group’s Mid-Atlantic team as a regional manager for southern Ohio and Kentucky.

Humphry’s insurance career, which began in 1980, has included experience in both the independent agency and exclusive agency distribution systems.  Prior to joining Iroquois, Humphry worked with Grange Insurance and Nationwide, serving in various roles in sales, marketing, underwriting, and operations.  Throughout his career, Mike has worked as a trusted advisor to agents helping them achieve profitable growth.

Iroquois Mid-Atlantic is part of The Iroquois Group®, serving member agencies in eight Mid-Atlantic states plus the District of Columbia. Agencies of all sizes and shapes join Iroquois to increase revenue, profits and agency value – without giving up their independence. For more information, go online to www.iroquoisgroup.com

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.

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