Dear Distinguished Programs Broker Community Member,
With all the focus given to the fast-changing effects of COVID-19 on businesses and communities, we want to provide an update to all our broker partners.
Americans for the most part are managing remote work pretty well, according to a recent survey conducted by insurer Chubb. They are remaining productive, putting in the same or more hours of work as they did when in the office and staying connected to family and friends amid social distancing. But make no mistake, people are also experiencing real strain in this new normal environment of ours. They are eating and drinking more, trying to balance work-life as home distractions are commonplace (only 43% said they were able to maintain a separation between work and family activities), and are concerned about their overall financial wellbeing as the virus continues to surge.Continue reading
Systemic racism has come to the forefront of our collective consciousness as we struggle as a country to truly address racial injustice and its impact on our society. Along with other industries, the insurance sector is looking at how to tackle systemic racism on various fronts and put into practice diversity and inclusion. Many organizations in our industry came out with messages voicing support of Black Lives Matter, but walking the walk is what will bring real change.Continue reading
As some of you may know, ReSource Pro provides operational solutions to the insurance industry. And more recently, they’ve also been providing much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and nursing homes across the country.
With service delivery centers in China, ReSource Pro first became aware of a virus breaking out in Wuhan in early January. While none of their offices were close to the epicenter, it was still clear to the company that they needed to help protect their employees and their families. Immediately, ReSource Pro management implemented their business continuity plan, and put together a team to source PPE for their employees.
Nikki Jason, VP Marketing, said, “We started trying to source PPE from all over the world. Initially, we were focused on supporting our colleagues in China, trying to get them as much help and protection as possible, we really didn’t consider that about six weeks later, our focus would shift to the need in the US.”.
By sourcing early, ReSource Pro was able to secure a significant amount of PPE. As the need in China waned, it grew in the US. Having gained valuable experience navigating the outbreak in China, the ReSource Pro team began working with employees, clients and government agencies to identify hospitals and nursing homes in the US that most needed PPE.
To date, the company is supporting some of the hardest hit nursing homes and hospitals on the East Coast and in the Midwest with tens of thousands of PPE units, including protective body suits and masks.
It’s people and companies like ReSource Pro that are making a real difference and showing what ‘coming together’ really means.Continue reading
The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a new era of social distancing, self-quarantining and remote work. At Distinguished, remote work has been part of our culture’s DNA with many of our staff already working from home. We are well-positioned as always to serve our agency and broker needs. Our employees are all safe and equipped with the information and resources to answer questions and underwrite new and renewal business.Continue reading
Sales force expansion continues with Paul Zeni assuming role as company’s new Northern California Regional Sales Executive
NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2020 – Distinguished Programs, a national insurance program manager, today officially announces it has hired commercial insurance sales executive Paul R. Zeni as its new Northern California Regional Sales Executive. Zeni brings approximately 35 years of diverse insurance industry experience to this new role.Continue reading
To all of our clients and vendors, from all of us at Distinguished Programs, we wish you a joyous holiday season as we close 2019 and welcome the New Year. Here’s to peace, happiness and prosperity in 2020.
As always, thank you for your confidence and loyalty.Continue reading
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Distinguished Programs. On this day of thanks, we want to share our genuine appreciation for you. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our broker partners. We value our relationship and look forward to the opportunity to continuing to work with you.
Have a wonderful holiday celebration with family and friends, and safe travels!Continue reading
On Tuesday, January 30th, our Chicago team members coordinated and participated in a community service event at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) near Lurie Children’s Hospital in downtown Chicago. The team was joined by five different insurance agencies in the area where together they prepped and served a home-cooked lunch to families staying at the RMH. The menu included honey-glazed pork loin, roasted potatoes, garlic and lemon broccoli, and a salad.Continue reading
Distinguished has made an acquisition that should interest both golfers and brokers alike! In this press release published Dec. 4, 2017, we announce our exciting news about acquiring the international leader in golf promo prizes, American Hole ‘n One (AHNO).
“This is a marriage of equals, and we are excited about the future,” notes Mark Kissick, AHNO’s new president. With this acquisition, Distinguished will build on AHNO’s successful history and focus on major business growth. Check out more info about this new venture at Distinguished, and please contact us with any questions.
NEW YORK, August 24, 2017 – Distinguished LLC, a group of entrepreneurial businesses serving the insurance industry, is proud to announce that it is has made Inc. Magazine’s 2017 Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.
Listed at No. 4354, Distinguished has experienced three years of sales growth of 59 percent. This is the fourth year that Distinguished has been part of the magazine’s 5000 list, starting in 2007 (#4509), then 2012 (#3472) and again in 2016 (#3633).Continue reading
This Memorial Day, as we enjoy time with family and friends, we must stop to remember the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for our great country. We honor them today and give thanks for defending our freedoms and democracy while keeping our nation safe from threats.
To the families of those who have lost a loved one, you have our deepest sympathies and sincerest gratitude, for your sacrifice is the most difficult to bear.
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.Continue reading
Why do you do what you do? Effective leaders can answer that question. And it’s their key to success. In a TED talk that’s been viewed almost 32 million times, leadership expert Simon Sinek uncovers what might be the world’s simplest idea.Continue reading
When it came time for Certus Claims Administration, LLC to relocate from Camarillo to Thousand Oaks, California, the firm was looking for a more modernized space to fit its needs. This meant cleaning house and looking for a new home for some of the office furniture that wasn’t being utilized in addition to the filing cabinets, shelving units, and other items no longer needed as a result of having gone paperless.
The solution was clear: Give back to local entities in need of these items, a hallmark tradition embedded in the culture of Distinguished and its DP Cares program.Continue reading