Articles by Elizabeth Blosfield

Elizabeth Blosfield is the East region editor for Insurance Journal. She can be reached at eblosfield@wellsmedia.com.

Building Relationships Key to Success for USG’s Kessel

When asked about her favorite part of working in the insurance industry, Jennifer Kessel, marketing director at USG Insurance Services Inc. in Canonsburg, Penn., doesn’t hesitate to point to something that has historically made the industry thrive. “The relationships,” she …

Imagining How Technology Might Transform Risks and Insurance by 2030

As 2019 wraps up, many in the insurance industry are likely well into planning for the next year. But what about planning for the next decade? While it can be difficult to predict what’s ahead in 10 years, industry professionals …

Insurance is All About the Community

Steven Cote initially entered the insurance business because of a neighbor, and now as president of Chalmers Insurance Group, he aims to ensure the agency always gives back to its neighboring communities. “Understanding the hard work, collaboration and innovative spirit …

After 100 Years in Business, JGS Insurance Has Learned to Embrace Change

“To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.” This quote from Winston Churchill is hanging on the wall at the offices of Jacobson, Goldfarb & Scott Inc. (JGS Insurance). The Bell Works, N.J.-headquartered agency, …

Going the Extra Mile

The motto “Covenant Cares” is not just on the letterhead at Covenant Insurance Group Inc., but it’s a way of operating that is truly caring, according to one employee at the York, Pa.-headquartered independent insurance agency. The agency, which specializes …

Safety Board Report Says Ruptured Pipe Elbow Led to Philadelphia Refinery Fire

A ruptured section of metal piping installed more than 40 years ago led to an uncontrolled release of hazardous materials at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing Refinery (PES) in Philadelphia, Penn., on June 21, causing a fire and …

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Time to Close the Cyber Coverage Gaps

As Cybersecurity Awareness Month is underway, it may be time for businesses – especially small- or mid-sized firms – to assess their understanding of current cyber risks and whether they’re adequately covered by a cyber insurance policy. According to a …

Embracing Change is Key to Success

Founded in 2012 in downtown Boston’s financial district, Ironside Insurance Group has been on the scene as an independent agency for just seven years, but it has seen consistent growth by embracing change and taking a modern approach to its …

Insurer Not Responsible for Workers’ Comp Claim Due to Overdose Death

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has affirmed a decision by the New Hampshire Compensation Appeals Board (CAB) denying an estate’s request that its insurer pay workers’ compensation benefits to the estate as a result of an overdose death. The petitioner, …

Miller Insurance Principal Agent Says Insurance is a Fulfilling Career

Miller Insurance Principal Agent Christopher Miller says he has found a lot of fulfillment working in the insurance industry and now aims to pass that sense of fulfillment along to others through his work. “Life without purpose isn’t worth much,” …