Jeff Randol March 9, 2018 No Comments

Breckenridge receives U.S. Insurance Awards Wholesale Brokerage Team of the Year!

CHICAGO, Ill., March 9, 2018 — Breckenridge Insurance Group received top honors as the U.S. Insurance Awards Wholesale Brokerage Team of the Year at the inaugural Business Insurance awards event held last night in New York City. The award specifically recognized the service excellence of the Workers’ Compensation specialists of the Breckenridge Insurance Services brokerage team.  Profiles of the winning teams will be featured in the April edition of Business Insurance magazine.

The Breckenridge submission highlighted several workers’ compensation team members for their overall high level of service standards and not compromising when it comes to providing experienced counsel, responsive support and collaboration with retail insurance agents and carrier partners.

Those workers’ compensation specialists highlighted included:

  • Shawn Hall, Sr. for his rapid success as a reliable and resourceful problem-solver including saving one client $1.8 million in premium after a 10-year loss evaluation. He and his teammate Kelly Kelly are known for their reliability and resourcefulness.
  • Paul Krutek and John Harmon for their excess and large deductible/excess workers’ comp expertise including competitive solutions for public entities.
  • Ron Boudreaux, along with team members Jessica Lovinggood and Augie Christian, who provide experienced perspectives even on tougher exposures such as mining, trucking and roofing.

The event ceremony was also a fundraiser for the BI Scholarship Endowment to help address the industry’s talent crisis “to provide scholarships, grants and programming at universities without risk management degree programs, including historically black colleges and universities.”

 

About Breckenridge Insurance Services:

Breckenridge Insurance Services is a national wholesale commercial insurance brokerage firm with more than three decades of experience in supporting agents and their clients. Focused on building long-term partnerships, the experienced brokerage group and its Breckenridge Elevation Authorities contract binding team offer competitive coverage and consultation for a variety of standard and hard-to-place specialty risks. Breckenridge Insurance Services has eleven offices across the United States and continues to strategically expand its team and presence with more than 100 top-rated domestic and international carrier partners.

About BRECKENRIDGE INSURANCE GROUP:

Breckenridge Insurance Group, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is an international specialty wholesale insurance broker, program manager, managing general agent (MGA) and insurance services provider. The company offers access to diverse range of commercial insurance and financial services products to businesses and professional services firms in a variety of industries. The company serves independent insurance agents, brokers, and legal and financial institutions throughout North America by way of Blue River Underwriters, OSC, Breckenridge Insurance Services, Breckenridge Elevation Authorities contract binding group and InSpecialty innovative insurance solutions. For more information, please visit WWW.BRECKGRP.COM or call 855.728.8822. CA Insurance License #0G13592

Jeff Randol February 7, 2018 No Comments

Breckenridge Team Earns Multiple Insurance Business America Honors

ATLANTA, Ga., February 7th, 2018 — Three Breckenridge Insurance Services team members recently received recognition from Insurance Business America (IBA) for earning top specialist wholesale broker honors in this highly regarded industry publication. Shawn Hall Sr, Michael Foley, and Victoria Dearing were among 59 wholesale brokers “who consistently go above and beyond” for their clients and insureds and demonstrate their commitment to service excellence in their respective areas of expertise. 

Breckenridge Top Specialist Wholesale Brokers:

Michael J. Foley, West Coast Area President and Senior Broker  – Construction Liability

Mike has more than 25 years in the industry and is known for his innovative approach and deep relationships with the markets to deliver competitive solutions to his loyal and always growing base of agents. 

“You have to make sure you have access to the best products out there…and have solid underwriting relationships…to best help existing and new agents.”

Michael Foley is featured on page 40 of the digital publication and can be contacted at mfoley@breckis.com or 949.444.6337.

Shawn Hall, Sr., SVP and Director of Business Development  – Workers’ Compensation

Shawn recognized a need in the workers’ compensation arena for great service and keen insights in this often complex coverage and is driven to be a long-term and forthright partner to his agents and insureds of all sizes. 

“Providing advice, giving feedback and assisting in the navigation of difficult scenarios is just part of being a good partner, even if I don’t stand to personally benefit.”

Shawn Hall is featured on page 36 of the digital publication and can be contacted at shall@breckis.com or 440.773.7983.

Victoria Dearing, MBA, AAI, CPCU, RPLU, ARM-P, VP Broker – Professional Liability

Vicky is passionate about professional liability and willingly offers her 25 years of expertise in all aspects of exposures to others. This not only netted her coveted recognition as a top partner, but she shares her enthusiasm for the industry as now president of the Fort Worth CPCU Society. 

“…if the agents and I can work together to educate insureds, we generally bind the account.”

Victoria Dearing is featured on page 34 of the digital publication and can be contacted at vdearing@breckis.com or 440.773.7983.

Insurance Business America Awards 2017:

Additionally, a recap of the inaugural U.S. IBA Awards held in late November 2017 is in this same issue and features Breckenridge Insurance Group as having earned Best Wholesale Partner Specialized Practice in Commercial Property (digital page 52).  The Breckenridge breadth and depth of property expertise, offerings and growth in this area across Blue River Underwriters, OSC and Breckenridge Insurance Services were cited for this award as well as the company culture “…one of teamwork, accountability, diversity, client service and paying it forward, among other attributes, to help all achieve greater heights.”

 

About Breckenridge Insurance Services:

Breckenridge Insurance Services is a national wholesale commercial insurance brokerage firm with more than three decades of experience in supporting agents and their clients. Focused on building long-term partnerships, the experienced brokerage group and its Breckenridge Elevation Authorities contract binding team offer competitive coverage and consultation for a variety of standard and hard-to-place specialty risks. Breckenridge Insurance Services has eleven offices across the United States and continues to strategically expand its team and presence with more than 100 top-rated domestic and international carrier partners.

About BRECKENRIDGE INSURANCE GROUP:

Breckenridge Insurance Group, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is an international specialty wholesale insurance broker, program manager, managing general agent (MGA) and insurance services provider. The company offers access to diverse range of commercial insurance and financial services products to businesses and professional services firms in a variety of industries. The company serves independent insurance agents, brokers, and legal and financial institutions throughout North America by way of Blue River Underwriters, OSC, Breckenridge Insurance Services, Breckenridge Elevation Authorities contract binding group and InSpecialty innovative insurance solutions. For more information, please visit WWW.BRECKGRP.COM or call 855.728.8822. CA Insurance License #0G13592

Jeff Randol November 30, 2017 No Comments

Breckenridge Wins Insurance Business America’s Best Wholesale Partner Specialized Practice Commercial Property Award!

ATLANTA, Ga., November 30, 2017—Breckenridge Insurance Group took top honors in the Insurance Business America (IBA) Awards for Best Wholesale Partner Specialized Practice in Commercial Property in its inaugural U.S. competition last night. The award recognizes excellence for the wholesale partner who “offers superb service to brokers … while maintaining in-depth knowledge of its area through demonstrated product innovation.” Criteria for the award included expertise in “underwriting, claims support, premium pricing, carriers and products offered, and marketing support.”  Tracey Carragher, CEO of Breckenridge Insurance Group stated, “I’m proud of the team for their continued dedication to our clients and their insureds. We pride ourselves on service excellence coupled with market expertise. To be recognized for what we are truly passionate about in this manner is a great thing.”

 

* Pictured from left to right are Jared Mathis, EVP of Blue River Underwriters, television personality and event host Alfonso Ribeiro, and Jason Tegan, VP/Broker of Breckenridge Insurance Services.

Jeff Randol October 6, 2017 No Comments

Breckenridge Earns Insurance Business Award Finalist Status for Best Commercial Property Practice

ATLANTA, Ga., October 6, 2017—Breckenridge Insurance Group is a finalist for the Insurance Business America  (IBA) Award for Best Wholesale Specialized Practice in Commercial Property. This nomination is based on agent input solicited through this publication and reflects our service-minded approach and capabilities of our commercial property expert brokers and underwriters. Additionally, the award takes into consideration overall industry leadership, company culture, client service and innovation.  Winners will be announced at an inaugural IBA gala event at the Chicago Navy Pier to be held the evening of *November 29th and showcased in the IBA publication and on their website. #IBAwardsUS

*This post was edited to reflect a change in IBA event date from October 26th to November 29th.

Jeff Randol September 22, 2017 No Comments

Five Considerations in Finding the Perfect Program Partner

Chicago, IL., September 22, 2017— Rough Notes  (page 58)—Stephen J. Kelley, president of Blue River Underwriters, shares his perspective on finding an ideal partner for your specialty insurance program in the Target Markets Program Administrators Association section of the September issue of Rough Notes. Having launched and led the growth of many programs in all types of industries and market conditions, those looking to evolve their approach will appreciate his candid insights. Click here to read the full article.

myadmin July 21, 2017 No Comments

BRU launches NEW E-Cig Device & Liquid Product Liability Program

Chicago, IL., July 20, 2017—Blue River Underwriters has launched a new E-Cig Device & Liquid Product Liability Program for Smoke & Vape Shop owners, distributors, manufacturers or importers of these products. This program provides coverage for the products and includes a no health hazard exclusion for these devices or liquids.

For more information on the E-Cig Device & Liquid Product Liability Program click here or for our Smoke & Vape Shop Program click here. Please email Jeff Vick at jvick@blueriveruw.com or call 312.521.8971 for immediate assistance.

About Blue River Underwriters

Blue River Underwriters is a national program administrator with managing general underwriting and managing general agent authority for several programs with top-rated international carriers. The team partners with select retail and wholesale insurance agents to deliver industry and risk insights and solutions for diverse insureds from Auto Dealers to Contractors to Outdoors entities. Blue River Underwriters continues to build its reputation for quality coverage, competitive rates, and unparalleled service with ten offices nationwide and is a part of the Breckenridge Insurance Group.

Jeff Randol June 29, 2017 No Comments

CEO Tracey Carragher Recognized Among Elite Women in Insurance

ATLANTA, Ga., June 29, 2017—Breckenridge Insurance Group CEO Tracey Carragher was recently featured in the Insurance Business America publication as one of 125 women leaders and influencers who are shaping a more diverse insurance industry. Tracey was recognized for her founding of Breckenridge, continued innovation and leadership as CEO, her numerous career accomplishments, and as a relentless champion of diversity.

Together, this list of accomplished professionals—of which now 20% were at the CEO or leadership level—paves the way for others by inspiring change and taking action to reflect the diverse audiences the industry serves. Congrats to Tracey and all of these talented women!

Read the full magazine article HERE (Tracey featured on page 35) or see the Insurance Business WEBSITE

Jeff Randol June 15, 2017 No Comments

Jared Mathis of Blue River Underwriters Earns Insurance Business Break Out Award

ATLANTA, Ga., June 15, 2017 — Jared Mathis, EVP of Blue River Underwriters, a Breckenridge Insurance Group company, has earned a Business Insurance Break Out award. The award honors 40 top professionals nationally for their leadership and professional skills in any area of the risk management and property/casualty insurance field.

Mathis was nominated for his many accomplishments since joining Blue River Underwriters in 2012 when he was hired to develop its specialty property program. Under his leadership, the program has enjoyed consistent growth in agent relationships and premium volume while Mathis has expanded overall program offerings and his team to support these efforts. Earlier this year, his skills were sought to provide additional guidance to all Blue River programs when he was promoted to executive vice president of the division. Before he joined the insurance industry as a wholesale broker in 2003, Mathis was a professional double-A baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system.

“Jared is an exceptional team leader, relationship-builder and motivator within our organization. His work ethic and commitment to winning the right way is never in doubt. We’re extremely proud that he has earned this coveted Insurance Business Break Out award honor,” stated Tracey Carragher, CEO of Breckenridge Insurance Group.

Mathis is featured in Business Insurance publication here and will be honored at an Atlanta-area reception to be held this evening along with other winners in the southern region of the United States.

About Blue River Underwriters

Blue River Underwriters is a national program administrator with managing general underwriting and managing general agent authority for several programs with top-rated international carriers. The team partners with select retail and wholesale insurance agents to deliver industry and risk insights and solutions for diverse insureds from Auto Dealers to Contractors to Outdoors entities. Blue River Underwriters continues to build its reputation for quality coverage, competitive rates, and unparalleled service with ten offices nationwide and is a part of the Breckenridge Insurance Group.

 

About Breckenridge Insurance Group:

Breckenridge Insurance Group, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is an international specialty wholesale insurance broker, program manager, managing general agent (MGA) and insurance services provider. The company offers access to diverse range of commercial insurance and financial services products to businesses and professional services firms in a variety of industries. The company serves independent insurance agents, brokers, and legal and financial institutions throughout North America by way of Blue River Underwriters, OSC, Breckenridge Insurance Services, Breckenridge Elevation Authorities contract binding group and InSpecialty innovative insurance solutions. For more information, please visit www.breckgrp.com or call 855.728.8822. CA Insurance License #0G13592

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Jeff Randol June 9, 2017 No Comments

Breckenridge Earns Five Star Wholesale Partners Rating from Insurance Business America

Atlanta, Ga., June 9, 2017 — Insurance industry producers recently surveyed by Insurance Business America, rated Breckenridge Insurance Group among a select list of Five Star Wholesale Partners in the Commercial Property specialty. Criteria included premiums, underwriting expertise, product range and other key factors to determine the best wholesale providers. The Five Star status recognizes Breckenridge’s commitment and expertise as rated by agents nationally.

“We’re pleased to be seen as a valued partner and creative problem-solver to the agents we serve. For commercial property, or any of the diverse specialties we offer, we’re willing and capable of going the distance to solve the needs of our clients and their insureds,” stated Tracey Carragher, CEO of Breckenridge Insurance Group.

The full Five Star report can be found in the 5.05 issue of Insurance Business America and online here.

Jeff Randol March 31, 2017 No Comments

Blue River Underwriters Promotes Jared Mathis to Executive Vice President

ATLANTA, Ga., March 31, 2017 — Insurance Journal — Blue River Underwriters, a Breckenridge Insurance Group company, has promoted specialty property senior vice president Jared Mathis to executive vice president of the division. As executive vice president, Mathis will take a lead role in establishing and leading future growth strategies for the division as a whole, driving organic growth within existing programs, as well as identifying new programs and acquisitions on a broad scale.

Mathis joined Blue River early in 2012 to develop its property underwriting capabilities. He will continue to lead the specialty property program—having demonstrated continued growth in business, market capacity, and team members—while assuming new responsibilities.

“Jared is a true team player and is a respected leader within Breckenridge and the industry. As we continue to enhance our program capabilities, partnerships, agent relationships, and use of time-saving technology, he will be integral in these efforts across the company,” stated division president Stephen Kelley.

Prior to his thirteen years in insurance, Mathis was a professional baseball player in the Milwaukee Brewers organization for six seasons after a successful college career. He reached Double A with the Huntsville Stars and was part of the 2001 Southern League Championship team. Mathis graduated Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in Aviation Business Administration.

Tracey Carragher, chief executive officer, noted “The work ethic and commitment Jared demonstrates to his clients, carriers and peers is inspiring and he clearly gets results. As we strive to develop select programs that are the best in the industry, he’ll be at the forefront of these changes.”

Mathis commented, “It is a dynamic time to be part of our culture at Breckenridge. The talent in our organization is tremendous and although we are proud of what has been accomplished in a relatively short amount of time, we are not satisfied. That is what excites me the most.”

The Blue River Underwriters specialty property program offers coverage for diverse properties nationwide. With an AM Best A XV Rated carrier partner, high limits and flexible deductibles, the team delivers quick and reliable coverage including hard-to-place risks including vacant. Added capabilities and expertise include underwriting coastal wind/hail, primary and excess flood, earthquake and REO rental solutions. Property program information can be found at http://www.blueriveruw.com/specialty-property/ or by contacting Mathis at jmathis@blueriveruw.com 678.322.3538

 

About Blue River Underwriters

Blue River Underwriters is a national program administrator with managing general underwriting and managing general agent authority for several programs with top-rated international carriers. The team partners with select retail and wholesale insurance agents to deliver industry and risk insights and solutions for diverse insureds from Auto Dealers to Contractors to Outdoors entities. Blue River Underwriters continues to build its reputation for quality coverage, competitive rates, and unparalleled service with ten offices nationwide and is a part of the Breckenridge Insurance Group.

 

About Breckenridge Insurance Group:

Breckenridge Insurance Group, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is an international specialty wholesale insurance broker, program manager, managing general agent (MGA) and insurance services provider. The company offers access to diverse range of commercial insurance and financial services products to businesses and professional services firms in a variety of industries. The company serves independent insurance agents, brokers, and legal and financial institutions throughout North America by way of Blue River Underwriters, OSC, Breckenridge Insurance Services, Breckenridge Elevation Authorities contract binding group and InSpecialty innovative insurance solutions. For more information, please visit www.breckgrp.com or call 855.728.8822. CA Insurance License #0G13592