Articles by Andrea Wells

#MeToo One Year Later

It’s been one year since news broke about Harvey Weinstein, sparking the #MeToo movement. Since that time, one-third of executives have altered their actions to avoid behaviors that could be perceived as sexual harassment, according to new data from the …

How New Business Is Creating a New Wholesaler-Retailer Relationship

An influx of new business is presenting surplus lines wholesalers and their retail partners with new opportunities to work together even as other forces are changing how they work together. The surplus lines insurance market continues to grow, not because …

Start With Good Intentions

Employee-focused. Employee-owned. And family. Those are the qualities employees value most at Orland Park, Ill.-based The Horton Group — winner of Insurance Journal’s Best Agencies to Work For Overall 2018 Award. “Horton cares about work-life balance. They give so much …

Harassment in the Workplace

More than one-third (35 percent) of employees in the U.S. feel they’ve experienced workplace harassment, and half of them believe it was due to their gender. That’s according to a study released by specialty insurer Hiscox, which also found that …

How New Business Is Creating a New Wholesaler-Retailer Relationship

An influx of new business is presenting surplus lines wholesalers and their retail partners with new opportunities to work together even as other forces are changing how they work together. The surplus lines insurance market continues to grow, not because …

Emerging Opportunities

Sometimes emerging risks are hiding in plain sight. As was the case for the man who was seriously injured when he fell through the floor in a museum in Portugal. The exhibit was designed to look like a hole in …

How, Why and Where Insurance Agencies Should Use Data Analytics

As the data insurance agencies and brokerages continues to grow, agency managers are faced with having to answer how, why and where they can successfully analyze and use all of this data. The answer to the “why” is simple: To …

What’s New in Today’s Construction Insurance Market

Brokers who specialize in the construction industry love their clients and are very committed to keeping up with their needs. Ask them, “So what’s new?” and the conversations inevitably veer off in various directions: risk management, pricing, hot areas, technology, …

Disconnecting Consumers

Is the insurance industry meeting customers’ expectations when it comes to connectivity? One new survey says maybe not. According to a survey by MuleSoft, a provider of technology for application networks, customer loyalty is at risk for organizations unable to …

Keeping Up With Construction Insurance

Brokers who specialize in the construction industry love their clients and are very committed to keeping up with their needs. Ask them, “So what’s new?” and the conversations inevitably veer off in various directions: risk management, pricing, hot areas, technology, …