Elite Women 2016

Carla Vel, President and COO of Distinguished Programs, has recently been named among the “Elite Women 2016” by Insurance Business America (IBA) magazine. IBA’s Elite Women 2016 recognizes 144 women whose impressive personal and professional achievements have earned them a place among the insurance industry’s best. From CEOs of major corporations to innovative startup founders, these award recipients collectively demonstrate how they are changing the face of the industry.

“Distinguished Programs is incredibly proud to see our colleague, Carla, recognized as one of “IBA’s Elite Women 2016,” commented Founder and Chairman Andy Potash. “Over more than 20 years as an executive leader at Distinguished, Carla has dedicated her time and energy to developing talent, leading the charge in best practices, advancing our business model and creating a culture of excellence. Her contributions have impacted every area of our business. Her professional skills are topped only by her integrity and selflessness. The entire team at Distinguished congratulates her on this well-deserved recognition.”

Jeremy Hitzig, CEO of Distinguished Programs, echoed the company’s sentiment in congratulating Carla’s recognition by IBA. “Her drive, people development and management skills, and pursuit of excellence while consistently modeling the values underlying our culture have been instrumental in growing our company to $100MM in revenues in 20 years,” said Jeremy.

Carla joined Distinguished Programs in 1995 and has helped the organization transition from a provider of insurance programs for real estate property managers to a retail insurance broker-focused program manager. Today Carla is responsible for strategy development, execution, and building senior leadership talent. She oversees the group’s revenue and operating units.

According to IBA magazine, women comprise only 6% of top executive positions and just over 12% of board positions in insurance although 61% of the jobs in the industry are held by women. Every year, the publication surveys readers and consults with top insurance companies to develop its list of Elite Women.