What You Need to Know if Your Public Entities Clients Use Drones

Have you spotted any drones flying around your community yet?  As the commercial use of drones increases, so do the risks and implications for public entities.

Learn more about how communities are using drones, the latest FAA regulations and the insurance implications your clients need to know about in this recent Independent Agent article,” What You Need to Know if Your Public Entities Clients Use Drones,” authored by OneBeacon Government Risks’ Bradley York.

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Celebrating Women in Insurance

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate women’s contributions to society as well as to our industry. From underwriters to senior executives, a wide range of occupations within the insurance industry are held by women. According to the Insurance Information Institute, women accounted for nearly 60% of our industry’s workforce last year. We caught up with a few OneBeacon women who shared their experience working in insurance.

OneBeacon Accident Group President Lori Cernera says the industry has given her ample room to use her skills and foster collaborative teams. “I don’t identify as a woman in the insurance industry,” says Lori, “but rather as an insurance professional who has had the opportunity to stimulate career growth for my teammates and colleagues. It’s been a blast!”

Actuarial’s Holly High, a Predictive Modeling Specialist, says she is thankful to be a part of an industry that offers fantastic opportunities for women. “The industry has allowed me to utilize my skills and background to grow both personally and professionally,” added Holly.

Brenda Craig, who oversees OneBeacon Healthcare’s Medical Facilities & Senior Living Organization divisions, says her favorite part about working in insurance is introducing young people to the industry and watching them enjoy rewarding careers.

Though Women’s History Month is coming to a close, we are grateful year-round for women’s contributions – and commitment – to our industry!

Know a woman in insurance who’s inspired your career? Add your comments here.

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.

OneBeacon Welcomes Joe Fitzgerald to Lead Entertainment Business

We are pleased to announce that Joe Fitzgerald has joined OneBeacon as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating & Underwriting Officer of OneBeacon Entertainment reporting to Jeff Richardson. In his new role, Joe will lead our entertainment business, working primarily out of our Los Angeles office. With 35 years of specialty experience, including more than 24 years focused exclusively on the entertainment segment, we are excited to welcome Joe to the team. For the past 10 years, he served as National Entertainment Manager at Chubb, and previously spent much of his career at other leading carriers managing all lines of film, theater, live entertainment and contingency risks.

OneBeacon Entertainment’s goal is to provide a compelling market for your entertainment risks that align to our capabilities, backed by the strength of OneBeacon Insurance Group. For more information on our entertainment products and team, please visit onebeaconentertainment.com.

OneBeacon Technology Insurance Sponsoring PLUS Cyber

OneBeacon Technology Insurance is a sponsor of the sold out PLUS Cyber Symposium, which is being held September 17th in Chicago. Lloyd Takata and David Molitano will be representing OneBeacon Technology Insurance and attending the event at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Presentations begin at 7:15 a.m. and the Symposium wraps up with a networking reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Shrode to Share Expertise at CLM College of Workers Compensation

OneBeacon’s Mark Shrode will present at the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance’s 2015 Claims College School of Workers’ Compensation. Guided by some of the leading experts in the claims industry, the event will be held in Philadelphia, Penn. from September 9-12. The Claims College experience is designed to help educate and grow the claims profession, offering attendees courses, in-class instruction, group projects, a designation and more.

Mark’s role at OneBeacon as a Workers Compensation Claims Supervisor has helped him hone his training skills and professional expertise. In our Denver, Colo.-based office, Mark leads OneBeacon’s Workers Compensation Claims Trainee program where members work toward their AIC designation and attend training sessions provided by colleagues in various departments.