Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Counselor: Students ‘Excited’ About Insurance After Zurich’s Apprenticeship Summit

Despite having established its earn-and-learn apprenticeship program in the U.S. several year ago, insurer Zurich North America for the first time hosted an Apprenticeship Week Summit for high school students last fall. With a goal of attracting 85 high school …

Insurance Journal’s Top 10 Midwest Region Stories of 2019

The expanding legalization of marijuana in Midwest states captured the attention of Insurance Journal readers last year. Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational cannabis when Gov. J.B. Pritzker in June 2019 signed legislation doing just that. Missouri in …

Insurance Journal’s Top 10 South Central Region Stories of 2019

It almost seemed like there was a major fire or explosion per month at one petrochemical facility or another in the South Central region last year. That’s not really the case, but there were a number of high-profile incidents at …

A Passion for Learning Is Driving Force for J.M. Wilson’s Galecka

One the things Kristy Galecka loves about the property/casualty insurance industry is there’s always an opportunity to learn something new. Like many others, Galecka “fell into” the insurance business when a friend who worked at the wholesale broker and managing …

365 Days: Education, Mitigation and The Flood Insurance Guru

If it weren’t for Hurricane Katrina, Chris Greene might not have become an expert in all things flood related. Greene, a Georgia-based independent flood insurance agent, and founder and owner of The Flood Insurance Guru (floodinsuranceguru.com), never intended to become …

Bronze 2019 Best Agency to Work For – South Central: The Nitsche Group

An Atmosphere of Caring The employees at the Central Texas-based independent insurance agency, The Nitsche Group, can’t seem to say enough about how proud they are of the great service the agency provides to its customers. Responding to Insurance Journal’s …

Bronze 2019 Best Agency to Work For – Midwest: DSP

Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit One of five core values that guide the operations of DSP Insurance Services in Schaumburg, Ill., states: “We will respect and support all employees.” The agency also pledges that it will “treat our employees as our …

Silver 2019 Best Agency to Work For – South Central: BKCW

A Family First Agency The people who work at the Texas-based independent insurance agency BKCW are not employees — they are team members and they are family. That team-oriented, family first culture is just one of the many aspects of …

Silver 2019 Best Agency to Work For – Midwest: Military United Insurance

In Service to the Nation’s Finest Serving current and former military personnel and their families is what the employees of Military United Insurance (MUI) in Columbia, Mo., do, and they love it. Employee after employee responding to Insurance Journal’s 2019 …

Gold 2019 Best Agency to Work For – South Central: Hotchkiss Insurance

The Hotchkiss Way Excellent client service, emphasis on fundamentals, culture of giving back, focus on employee well-being, sound financial management, and a bright prospect for the future. Those are just a few of the many positives the employees of Texas-based …