In the Press

In the Press

American Hole ‘n One renames its Grand Prize Promotions division

Congratulations to our sister company American Hole ‘n One. They’ve officially changed the name of their American Media and Special Promotions (AMSP) division to Grand Prize Promotions to more accurately reflect their business. In addition they have launched a new website where you can do the following:

  • See promotions that are most relevant to your business here
  • Request more information on our promotions here
  • Request help in coming up with new ideas here

We are thrilled to see where these exciting new changes take them!


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Distinguished Adds Expertise
In the Press

Distinguished Adds Expertise With Two New Hires

We are pleased to announce and welcome two new program management experts: Maryann Prestia, vice president program manager, primary programs, and Mary Genevich, senior underwriter, property and liability specialist.

As Distinguished Programs continues to expand its real estate, hospitality, and casualty products, the expertise of these two industry veterans will boost our future development and current offerings. Speaking on the continued investment in Distinguished’s products and programs, Brooks Chase, president of Distinguished Speciality, noted, “Maryann and Mary…will be invaluable as our company continues to grow.”

You can read more about Ms. Prestia’s and Ms. Genevich’s new roles and how their experience will lend itself to the continued success of Distinguished products and programs through published stories at Insurance Business America and


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IBANY awards
In the Press

IBANY Awards

Distinguished Programs has always been a strong supporter of professional development.  Whether you’re a seasoned expert or just starting your career in insurance, there are amazing opportunities for continual growth.

Last night two of our Distinguished colleagues brought home the “gold.”  Congratulations to Connor Clemmer, who was awarded the IBANY 2018 Emerging Leader Award, and Mamadou Bah, who received the 2018 Education Award.  We are so proud to work with such determined, diligent, and accomplished individuals!

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Hotel Industry
In the Press, Hospitality & Restaurants

Focus on the Hotel Industry – The Rough Notes Company Inc.

While the growth of the travel and hospitality industries creates opportunities, it also poses increasing challenges.  Human trafficking and hotel shootings may not have been top concerns 10 or 20 years ago, but they have sadly and undoubtedly climbed up the ladder of major issues facing hotels in recent years.  Seeing how the privilege of hotel room privacy was blatantly abused in the Las Vegas shooting, we now need to reassess the tradeoffs between privacy and safety.  Though many hotels are providing some guest education at check-in, that’s just the starting point of addressing the variety of issues being faced more frequently these days.

Associate Vice President, Sean Young, talks with Rough Notes Magazine about issues and preventative measures property owners can take to protect themselves and their guests. Read the Rough Notes article here.

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data breaches
In the Press

Responding to Hotel Data Breaches

Data breaches are at an all time high, up 45 percent from 2016, and hotels are a prime target. Accommodations, which includes hotels and restaurants, top the list for point-of-sale cyber breaches with the average cost of investigations being $735,000, increasing in cost based on the size of the company.

Hotel owners and managers need to be protected and prepared for when a data breach occurs. Distinguished Programs’ Senior Vice President, Kurt Meister, sat down with Hotel Business to discuss what steps to take when a breach happens – from evaluating your risks, preparing your hotel to respond, what to look for when searching for proper cyber liability coverage, and how to reduce cyber risks from occurring in the first place.

Read the article here

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Charitable efforts
In the Press

Distinguished Programs Recognized for its Charitable Efforts

Distinguished Programs was recognized in the December 18, 2017 Insurance Journal article: A Culture of Action at Distinguished Programs.

The article focuses on the charitable efforts of Distinguished and its colleagues. Throughout 2017, a philanthropic committee known as Distinguished Cares formed by Distinguished employees,  launched multiple giving back to the community campaigns. Distinguished Cares was created to make charity-related service opportunities available for its employees. From military care packages, back to school donation drives in multiple communities, to an emergency fundraiser for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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