Hotel security protocol has upped the ante in the nearly year and a half since the Mandalay Bay mass shooting in Las Vegas, which claimed the lives of 58 concertgoers at a nearby musical festival. Brooks Chase, president of Distinguished Specialty, was featured in Resort Trades, where he spoke to the changing landscape of the hospitality industry in the wake of violent events.Continue reading
If you build it, they will come—but don’t forget about adequate liability coverage for new construction! As the construction sector keeps pace with the general real estate market, Distinguished’s senior vice president and program executive, Michael Thabet, weighs in on currents facets of the construction industry and what that means for today’s carriers and insureds. Thabet discusses the importance of having the right type of coverage for different building projects and how newly emerging claims are changing the landscape of this sector. Dive right in and share this Rough Notes article.Continue reading
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NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2019 – Distinguished Programs, a national insurance program manager, today announces Zurich North America as the new insurance provider for its City Homes Insurance Program (CHIP) effective as of January 1, 2019. Zurich also operates as the provider for Distinguished Programs’ NY Brick & Brownstone program.Continue reading
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 grandprizepromotions.com where you can do the following:Continue reading
It was an honor to sponsor and attend the 2018 Historic Hotels Annual conference at The Broadmoor, a beautiful historic hotel in Colorado Springs.
Kurt Meister, SVP of Business Development, and Maryann Prestia, Vice President of Programs, at Distinguished attended this years annual conference. In addition to meeting with historic hotel property owners and managers, Kurt presented an academy session focused on the top risks historic hotels face and how to avoid them. He addressed some great questions coming from the audience.Continue reading
An evening spent drinking at a Charlotte-based eatery ended in devastation. After consuming about ten drinks within two hours, a bar patron made a decision that he would live to regret—and that would change others’ lives forever. He decided to drive.
The customer got into his car, put the pedal to the metal, and slammed into another vehicle. He had been driving at 100 mph with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) almost three times the legal limit. The car he totaled was carrying a young, expecting couple.Continue reading
Can you believe that an estimated 20,000 people receive treatment annually due to gas poisoning? That’s a staggering figure. And, nearly 500 deaths per year are caused by that same toxic gas alone.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports approximately 61,000 gas-related incidents yearly. But what gas could have such a harmful effect on so many lives?Continue reading
Fatal gun violence is becoming a national epidemic, and the tragic aftermath can leave a lasting scar on families, communities and the businesses involved.
Below, we tell the story of a popular Chicago hotel and outline some key points on how to help prevent a fatal shooting on your property.
Owners and managers of buildings with historic significance, fine detailing and unique features have the desire to replace damaged property with like-kind and quality materials and detailed workmanship. If you have a client or prospect with a historic building, it’s vital to educate them on the importance of having historic or guaranteed historic replacement cost coverage so they are not left with significant coverage gaps in the event of a loss.
Please share our short animated video on replacement cost coverage with your clients.Continue reading
They can be pretty. But they can also be pretty dangerous.
When it comes to railing and window safety, there are some key codes to follow to ensure that your home or business are accessible and danger-proof.
In this guide, you’re going to learn about why you need to be aware of the dangers of your balusters , and how to prevent them.
Hurricane Florence – scheduled to make landfall on Thursday, September 13, in the afternoon – was just upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane, meaning winds in excess of 130 mph. It could be the strongest storm to hit North and South Carolina in nearly three decades. Due to the strong winds and chances of a devastating impact, mandatory evacuations for eight coastal towns go into effect today – Tuesday, September 11.
We have four tips to help you and your insureds affected by the hurricane.Continue reading
Is your pool area safe for swimmers, large and small?
Taking a dip during those hot summer days can be fun and inviting, but many people overlook some essential features when it comes to keeping their pool safe and secure. Without the right safety features in place, a day of fun can turn into a dangerous or even tragic situation.Continue reading
Over the last decade, it’s become clear that hotel risks have evolved dramatically. Through unfortunate events like the Las Vegas shooting and different movements that have emerged, we’ve learned that hotel owners and operators must develop a dependable plan around how they’ll protect their guests, their data, and their employees along with their data.
To combat recent threats and worries, hotel management must step up to the plate and seriously consider what precautions and procedures their company is willing to enforce to reduce potential risks.Continue reading
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 ProgramBusiness.com.
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!Continue reading