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...

IBANY Awards

Distinguished Programs has always been a strong supporter of professional development.  Whether you’re a seasoned expert or just starting...

Claim Story - Even the Best Intentions can Lead to Bitter Disputes

We know that it’s essential for you to have the tools you need to show your customers the importance...

Infographic - The High Cost of a Damaged Reputation

Violence on your property can cost you your reputation and a whole lot more. When an event occurs that...

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...
In the Press
Distinguished Adds Expertise With Two New Hires
In the Press
IBANY Awards
Community Associations, Risk Insight
Claim Story - Even the Best Intentions can Lead to Bitter Disputes
Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight
Infographic - The High Cost of a Damaged Reputation
In the Press, Hospitality & Restaurants
Focus on the Hotel Industry - The Rough Notes Company Inc.
Sexual harassment in hotel
Hospitality & Restaurants

Not In My Hotel

Sexual harassment happens. Can you say “Not in my hotel” and mean it?

Victims of sexual harassment are speaking up more and more these days, as evidenced by our nation’s ongoing scandals that pepper the news every week. ABC News recently reported that 60% of women have experienced sexual harassment on the job. And while the majority of women have traditionally not reported incidents sexual harassment, for fear of retribution at work, the tide is slowly changing.

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trafficking
Hospitality & Restaurants

New Bill Would Allow Victims to Sue Hotels for Trafficking

Florida may be the next state to pass a bill that allows victims of human trafficking to sue members of the hospitality industry that have turned a blind eye to the crimes committed behind their closed doors. Texas and Pennsylvania have already passed similar legislation, and now, a new bill is passing through the Florida legislature.

While Florida already has legislation that provides victims with the ability and support to sue their traffickers, this new bill headed to the House and Senate would hold hotel owners and management accountable for the crimes committed at their establishments.

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wind damage
Real Estate, Community Associations, Risk Insight

A Strong Wind Is on the Way

As Bob Dylan says, “A hard rain is gonna fall…” and with it this weekend, a strong wind is gonna blow! The greater New York area is bracing for wind gusts up to 70 mph Friday, according to the National Weather Service, not to mention a coastal flood advisory through Saturday.

Are you ready? Doing a quick property sweep could help protect your building from severe wind damage.

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window blind cords
Hospitality & Restaurants

Does Your Hotel Have This Hidden Hazard?

Does your hotel have a hidden hazard right in front of your face, or rather, your window? Window blind cords continue to kill children, decades after safety concerns about the risk of accidental strangulation has been recognized. Window cords don’t need to be old or broken to pose a risk. The existing model of corded window blinds is still hazardous, and a new ban on corded window blinds is in the works.

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Ronald McDonald House
Distinguished Life

Serving our Community: Ronald McDonald House Charities

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.

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Sidewalk
Risk Insight

Sidewalk Law Whitepaper: A Crack in Your Sidewalk Could Put a Crack in Your Piggy Bank

Did you know? As a New York City property owner, you are required by law to maintain the sidewalks around your property. Neglecting your sidewalk could lead to hefty penalties.

When it comes to the sidewalk outside or adjacent to a property owner’s building, one might naturally assume that the city is responsible for its upkeep. But in New York City, that kind of assumption could lead to dire consequences. According to the New York Administrative Code (the NY Code), property owners themselves are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks, not the City.

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Winter Wonderland
Risk Insight

From the Claim Files: Walking (and Falling) in a Winter Wonderland

We talk to local Williamsburg native Nancy Larsen about her ordeal after a pedestrian’s jaunt along the snowy sidewalk in front of her home took an unexpected turn.

As a longtime New York City native, Nancy Larsen was accustomed to tourists gazing out at the wonders of the city rather than down at the sidewalk. What she was not accustomed to was being served a Summons and Complaint on account of a tourist alleging he sustained injuries outside of Nancy’s property following an overnight snowfall.

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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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Boiler
Real Estate

Alert: New Online Process for NYC Boiler Inspections

Down deep in the basement is the heart of your building that keeps everything going: the boiler! Yearly boiler inspections are the law—and for good reason. But now those annual inspections in New York City must be submitted online. This new process, along with submitting yearly certificate fees, is now the only way to complete a boiler inspection with the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB).

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