Government Risks Exhibiting at Missouri Small Agency Conference

Financial Services Exhibiting at the ICBA National Convention

OneBeacon Financial Services’ Gary Tannenbaum and Barbara Winsor are excited to meet with members of the banking community at the 2016 Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) National Convention. Our Financial Services team will be exhibiting at booth #609 from March 6-7.

ICBA’s five-day “Community Banking LIVE” event begins on Sunday, March 6 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference will cover topics such as bank performance, interest rate risk, regulation and much more. Learn more about the event>>

Celebrating Insurance Careers Month

This month we are teaming up with our industry colleagues to commemorate the second annual “Insurance Careers Month.” This industry initiative unites members of the insurance community to raise awareness of insurance as a desirable career choice. With nearly half of insurance professionals expected to retire within the next 15 years, we realize how critical it is to attract young talent to our workforce. During this month’s awareness campaign, we joined others in inspiring the next generation by sharing intriguing facts, career insights, tips and general information about insurance.

So, why choose a career in insurance?

Opportunity and growth, according to OneBeacon Government Risks’ VP of Business Development Brad York.

 

Challenge, stability and satisfaction, according to millennial Laura Peterson’s InsureMyPath.com blog. Laura, a member of OneBeacon Government Risks, shares an inspiring story about joining the industry.

A commitment to educating tomorrow’s leaders. OneBeacon is committed to fostering insurance knowledge among students and supporting risk management programs across the U.S. Earlier this week, OneBeacon launched its annual scholarship program, which awards 16 graduating high-school seniors with $2,000 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year. This month we are also attending two college career fairs. Although located in different states, our goal at these events is common: offer career opportunities to tomorrow’s leaders and spread awareness about our industry.

For more insights and tips related to Insurance Careers Month, we invite you to follow @OneBeaconJobs on Twitter.

2016 College Scholarship Applications Available!

We’re excited to announce that we are once again awarding 16 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year funded through OneBeacon’s Charitable Trust. Graduating high-school seniors who are children of our employees or producers are eligible to receive these $2,000 awards. Applying is easy – simply download the application and review the program brochure!

Completed materials, including a transcript, must be submitted and postmarked no later than April 15. Materials should be mailed to:

OneBeacon Insurance Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Recipients will be announced in early June, and these one-time awards will apply toward the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. Please direct all questions to the program administer, Scholarship Management Services, at 507.931.1682.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

 

Be Romantic – and Practical – this Valentine’s Day

Many will surprise their loved ones with special gifts this Valentine’s Day, including expensive jewelry. Purchasing engagement rings and other jewelry is a romantic gesture, but should also involve practical thinking. After purchasing that pricey piece, consider adding the additional gift of insurance coverage. While there is no way to insure the sentimental value of such a gift, having the right amount of insurance will provide financial protection, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). This Valentine’s Day, follow the I.I.I.’s steps to ensure adequate protection for the valuables of your loved ones.

Financial Services to Attend ABA National Conference Feb. 14-17

Members of our Financial Services group will be in attendance at the American Bankers Association (ABA) National Conference for Community Bankers. The event is being held at the JW Marriott Resort in Palm Desert, California from February 14-17.

Financial Services’ Craig Collins, Tammy Placzek and Becky Riekofski will join community banking CEOs and executives at the event. Session topics include interest rate risk, cybersecurity, non-interest income, industry issues and trends, legislative and regulatory updates, and management strategies.

To learn more, visit ABA’s event website.

Financial Services Team to Attend ABA Forum

Our Financial Services team will attend the American Bankers Association’s (ABA) Insurance Risk Management Forum in Naples, Fla. from January 24-27. The conference will focus on innovative risk management solutions and strategies for the financial industry.

If you’re attending the event, we invite you to visit with OneBeacon Financial Services’ President Craig Collins and Vice President Gary Tannenbaum. We hope to see you there!

Holiday Donation Poll Results!

We are pleased to share the results of our 2015 holiday donation poll! Based on your votes, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust is allocating $30,000 among three national nonprofits as follows:

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Over the holidays, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust also contributed donations totaling $50,000 to nonprofits across the country, specifically in local communities where OneBeacon has a presence. Below is a list of the 25 nonprofits we were pleased to support, with the sponsoring office noted in parentheses. Local employees from these offices helped identify worthy organizations where they may volunteer or offer support, or that is simply recognized for helping a meaningful cause.

  • American Cancer Society (New York City, NY)
  • American Legion Post #225 (Canton, MA)
  • Annapolis Area Ministries Inc. (Annapolis, MD)
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois (Chicago, IL)
  • Cavalry Children’s Home (Alpharetta & Atlanta, GA)
  • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (Los Angeles & Anaheim, CA)
  • Clarity Child Guidance Center (San Antonio, TX)
  • Coats of Kindness (Plymouth, MN)
  • Dorothy Day Center (Plymouth, MN)
  • Ellie Fund (Canton, MA)
  • Food Bank of the Rockies (Denver, CO)
  • Food Share (Farmington, CT)
  • Granara-Skerry Trust (Canton, MA)
  • Harvesters (Overland Park, KS)
  • Holy Trinity Parish Food (New York City, NY)
  • Interfaith Food Pantry (Morristown, NJ)
  • National MS of Greater New England (Canton, MA)
  • Pathways for Children, Inc. (Quincy, MA)
  • San Francisco Food Bank (San Francisco, CA)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle, WA)
  • Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (Canton, MA)
  • Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank (Salem, VA)
  • The Home for Little Wanderers (Boston, MA)
  • Toys for Tots (Plymouth, MN)
  • Wounded Warrior Project (Blue Bell, PA & New York City, NY)

Illinois State Disaster Declaration: 23 Counties Affected

The severe weather system that moved through Illinois December 29, 2015 prompted Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to declare 23 counties state disaster areas. This includes: Alexander, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Douglas, Iroquois, Jackson, Jersey, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Menard, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Randolph, Richland, Sangamon, St. Clair and Vermilion. In light of Governor Rauner’s declaration, the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) issued Company Bulletin 2015-13 to provide certain safeguards to consumers impacted by the severe weather.  OneBeacon policyholders impacted by these storms should contact their insurance agent or broker.  Policyholders can reach OneBeacon by email, fax or telephone:

OneBeacon policyholders may contact the Illinois Department of Insurance to file a complaint regarding any disaster-related dispute or issue at 1.866.445.5364 or online at https://mc.insurance.illinois.gov/messagecenter.nsf.