Our summer interns and new grads are starting in the coming weeks! Though times may be different due to COVID-19, we’re excited to have them join us virtually from their homes in Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Virginia. Our 14 interns will be working in the Actuarial, Audit, Finance, IT, Underwriting and Business Development fields alongside our teams of experts. Additionally, we’re welcoming four new grads to join our Actuarial and Underwriting teams full-time. We look forward to working with them and being a part of their career development. Please join us in welcoming OneBeacon’s newest additions!
At OneBeacon, our people are our strongest asset, so we are always excited to welcome new talent and to offer our heartfelt thanks when long-time colleagues announce plans to step away from their roles. Today we have several such organizational announcements to share from our International Marine Underwriters (IMU) team.
Welcome Patrick Hickey and Beth Kirkpatrick
We are pleased to welcome Pat Hickey and Beth Kirkpatrick to the IMU team, both beginning June 1.
- Pat brings us 20+ years of marine experience and will join IMU’s Michelle O’Donovan as a Cargo Product Line Officer, reporting to IMU President, Bob Gallagher. Michelle and Pat will jointly oversee Cargo business across North America. Additionally, Pat will contribute to ocean marine operations in Canada. Prior to joining IMU, Pat held varied marine leadership roles, most recently at Aspen Insurance and previously at Zurich, AIG and Great American.
- Beth will join our North Pacific Regional team in Seattle as Assistant Manager, reporting to Regional President Dawn Dulay. In her new role, she will work with the regional staff on the production and underwriting of Hull, Liability, and Cargo risks. Beth has been exclusively focused on the marine market for 17 years, having previously worked at Crum &Forster, Marsh and AIG.
Please join us in welcoming both Pat and Beth to the IMU team!
Elizabeth Nittolo Retiring; Sam Hellebush Appointed Product Line Officer
After 11+ years with us, our friend and colleague Liz Nittolo will be retiring at the end of July. Over the years Liz has worked in various roles out of our New York City office, most recently as a Product Line Officer for Hull & Liability. She has also supported our marketing efforts and has been active in the marine insurance education community, frequently facilitating seminars and representing IMU at industry conferences. Thank you Liz for your many years of dedication, we wish you all the best in retirement!
Sam Hellebush will succeed Liz as Product Line Officer upon her departure, and will jointly oversee our Hull and Liability products with Bill Luce. Sam joined IMU in 2013 as a Marine Specialist and is also based out of New York City. You can contact Sam at 212.440.6565 or email@example.com
Congratulations Liz and Sam!
At OneBeacon, we continue to try and find creative methods to stay connected during this unprecedented time of social distancing and remote work. Our International Marine Underwriters (IMU) and Technology teams have both recently come up with unique ways to stay connected and bring a little fun to their days.
Ever since our company transitioned to remote work, IMU’s North Pacific Region has had regular conference calls. Recently the team decided to upgrade those calls to FaceTime.
“It’s wonderful to see each other’s faces, and feel more connected than to just a phone speaker,” says IMU’s Lauren Dixon.
The team is also participating in a 30 day song challenge, where team members pick one song a day based on a unique daily category. Learning a bit more about everyone’s musical tastes and interests has brought some unique fun.
Pictured from top to bottom: Sara Farren, Dawn Dulay, Leilani Sinkula, Candice Yi, Lauren Dixon
Technology Shows Their Work
The Technology team recently decided to put their own spin on a remote work stations selfie contest. Participants were asked to take a selfie at their home “offices”– serious and/or silly. The winner, Pam Pearson, was chosen by a neutral judge (team member spouse) and received a prize in the mail.
Jennifer Weinstein, Assistant Vice President, Management Liability Claims, will be a panelist on the upcoming May 12 Webinar entitled “Navigating the Pitfalls and Challenges of COVID-19 and the Post-Quarantine Workplace.”
Moderated by Mercedes Colwin, Founding Partner, GRSM New York Office, the panel will focus on the changes that are expected in the work force as the country emerges from shelter in place ordinances, including measures that employers are expected to implement to safeguard employees. The panel will analyze the various screening measures and the attendant pitfalls of such actions. This panel will also discuss the claims on the horizon stemming from adverse employment actions taken in response to the economic shutdown.
In addition to Jennifer, other panelists include Victoria A. Lipnic, Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Michele Fenice, Vice President, Claim Leader, Chubb Insurance.
Join Jennifer on Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 AM ET- register today!
OneBeacon Accident & Health is proud to support truckers and their hard work and dedication through COVID-19. They’ve continued to show determination in their day-to-day, and OneBeacon is proud to stand by their side. That’s why the Accident & Health division partnered with the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund to support the community through the #ThankATrucker Campaign.
It’s week five of working from home, and teams across the organization are continuing to get creative with ways to staying connected. Whether it’s setting up weekly video calls or playing guessing games via email, it’s encouraging and fun to see colleagues stay in touch with one another. Here are just some examples we’ve seen so far!
At the beginning of each month, the one of our teams meets outside of the office for a rejuvenation walk. To keep the tradition going, they went on their own walks around their neighborhoods along with their at-home colleagues. Check out the photos below from their strolls with their home team.
Various photo sharing activities are among some of the more popular ways teams are staying connected. Our Financial Services team played “Whose Workstation is This?” where the team had to guess whose home work area it is. Now, they’ve moved on to “Whose Artwork is This?” and have asked members of the team to submit photos of a piece of artwork of any medium in their homes. Once the correct person is selected, they then give a background story of that piece.
Many of our offices have also hosted virtual happy hours and mid-day check-ins. Our Boston office every other week gets together for “media club” where office members meet to discuss recent shows they’ve watched, books they’ve read, etc.
It’s great to see teams collaborating in such creative ways. Virtual connections are the new normal, and we look forward to seeing more of these interactions.
Many of our employees, customers and partners are undergoing a period of adjustment as they settle into new routines. Working from home, social distancing navigating a new normal. On top of this, we know there is an added level of complexity for parents who are working and simultaneously caring for children at home while daycares and schools are closed.
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) is hoping to help! They have developed an online resource aimed at supplementing children’s literacy activities while they are at home or remote learning.
Developed in partnership with Sesame Workshop, Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day is a free, bilingual and research-based multimedia program that leverages the beloved Sesame Street characters to reach and motivate young children, their families and caregivers to make the most of everyday opportunities to talk, read and write together.
For more information visit https://www.iicf.org/literacy.html
As today’s environment continues to rapidly evolve, we are all focused on maintaining service levels and remaining aware of COVID-19’s impact on our customers. Given the latest federal social distancing guidelines, all of us at OneBeacon will continue working from home at least through April. In the meantime, below are several resources we thought you may find helpful.
General COVID-19 Resources
Health & Safety Institute: this dedicated COVID-19 “digital toolbox” offers access to curated content from WHO, OSHA, the CDC and other trusted sources. Materials include videos, podcasts, training courses and other relevant tools.
American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) offers COVID-19 related rules, regulations and insurance department communications.
Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB) content highlighting COVID-19’s impact on the commercial insurance industry.
Insurance Information Institute’s (I.I.I.) recent NAIC presentation addressing COVID-19’s impact on our industry.
Working from home Materials:
- OSHA tips for productivity and wellness.
- Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) long-time early literacy partnership with the Sesame Workshop offers “Every day is a reading and writing day” resource for employees or customers who are working from home while also caring for young children.
Cyber criminals understand vulnerability and are using the public’s preoccupation with COVID-19 for targeted cybercrimes. Our recent blog post offers several precautionary tips.
Update & Questions
We will continue to provide updates as necessary. We particularly appreciate your business and friendship during these challenging times. Be well.
In uncertain or chaotic times, the last thing many of us think about is Cyber security. Cyber criminals take advantage of our distraction and target the public with cyber crimes. Currently, there several types of new attacks that have been discovered leveraging the public’s concern generated by COVID-19. So as you are surfing the web for information or trying to adjust to a remote work situation, please be sure to practice extra cyber security vigilance.
The OneBeacon community has your good health and safety in our hearts. Given mandated containment efforts in many communities, we have encouraged our employees to work from home for the foreseeable future. Our network is fully capable of supporting a remote workforce, along with digital assets available to our customers and brokers. We are fully committed to maintaining our responsive service levels, while minimizing our employees’ risk of exposure. We are all reachable at the email and phone contacts you are accustomed to using in your day-to-day communications. Please watch for future updates.