In a TED Talk that’s been viewed more than 13 million times, Kelly McGonigal has some compelling arguments about the evils of “stress.” She purports…drumroll, please…that stress can be good for you! Say what?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
Ask a Distinguished team member to name her or his favorite week of the year and you might be surprised at the answer.
Culture Week is lots of things to lots of people. A favorite work week? A chance to learn and grow? Intimidating to newcomers? Maybe. Meaningful and fun? Definitely!Continue reading
Distinguished Programs has forged a new affiliation with global insurance provider Zurich Insurance to underwrite our hallmark New York Brick and Brownstone program. With this new relationship, New York Brick and Brownstone will undergo changes to standardize its coverage and offerings to appeal to brokers who have a diverse portfolio of owner- and tenant-occupied properties located within the Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan boroughs. Currently, the program serves more than 11,000 building owners who represent 40,000 apartments, condos, and co-op units throughout the city.Continue reading
They are comforting. Their door is always open. And the stress being that way is taking it’s toll on their work and their health. They are what authors Sandra L. Robinson and Kira Schabram have labeled as “toxic handlers,” in today’s Harvard Business Review article entitled “When You’re the Person Your Colleagues Always Vent To”.
Chances are, you either are one of these burden-bearers, or you know the person who is. They’re like a beacon on a rocky shore, with an “always open” sign, and an unspoken promise to provide rational and sound advice and counseling.Continue reading
We’re closing early today, and we’re ready for a deep breath, and a true hiatus from the everyday hustle and bustle. Sure, some of us are preparing for a big Thanksgiving dinner, and navigating the multi-layered relationships of those who will gather with us, but we’re taking a break nonetheless. And let’s be honest… we needed it. With the toxicity of the election process, the hustle of day to day work, commuting, and all of the relationships that we’ve been negotiating this year, this first break of the holiday season couldn’t come soon enough.Continue reading
In honor of Veteran’s Day, we are sharing one of our favorite blog posts.
The unemployment rate for veterans is at an all-time low, according to recent Wall Street Journal reports. This statistic (4.6% in 2015) is attributed in part to corporations’ commitments to hiring our heroes. With 200,000 men and women in service returning to civilian life each year, employing a vet can spell success for a company’s bottom line.Continue reading
Stress. It doesn’t have to be your BFF every single day.
Let’s be honest. The work-life-balance juggling act is a challenge for many of us these days. Between work and our personal lives, it’s not surprising if we drop the ball once in a while. Heck, all three of those juggling balls can fall out of our hands and roll away. And the stress creeps in.Continue reading
We are honored and excited to report that Distinguished Programs has been named one of Insurance Business America’s Top Program Administrators of 2016.
This is the first time Insurance Business America has assembled a guide to some of the country’s top program administrators. The list includes 28 companies that provide insurance solutions to niche industries with tailored programs designed to meet every risk management need.
View the full list here.Continue reading
Next year, Susan DeCarlo, Vice President – Program Manager, Distinguished, is planning a trip with her 12-year-old daughter to Machu Picchu. The genesis of the idea: Her one-month-long sabbatical this past February which included climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, a safari, and a visit to the small island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania. Susan is one of several of Distinguished’s employees so far who have participated in the company’s Passion Project, which enables employees with at least seven years at the company or at any of the companies Distinguished has acquired to take a 30-day sabbatical. Employees completely unplug from work during their month-long hiatus. That means no access to email (we shut it down), no checking in by phone, text or face time; employees are to completely disconnect. They may choose to go on a major trip, work for a nonprofit, write a screenplay, take a course, or even stay at home with the family. As long as you have all your bases covered at work, you’re good to go – literally.Continue reading
Rewarding? Lucrative? Cool? Yep, a career in insurance can be all of these things and more!
Introducing the next generation to the insurance industry is the mission of Distinguished’s Millennial Outreach Committee and an important part of our company’s future success. This summer, we were invited to present for the second time at Rutgers Business School, lead by Ron Richter. While there, Distinguished promoted the insurance industry as a career choice for prospective business grads looking to join the workforce in the next 3-5 years.Continue reading
NEW YORK, August 17, 2016 – Distinguished LLC, a group of entrepreneurial businesses serving the insurance industry, is proud to announce that it is has made Inc. Magazine’s 2016 Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Listed at No. 3633, Distinguished has a three-year sales growth of 86%. This is the third year in the last ten years that Distinguished has received Inc.’s distinction, having been part of the magazine’s 5000 list in 2007 (#4509) and in 2012 (#3472). The Inc. 5000 list represents a unique look at the most successful companies among American independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.