2017 Power Broker

2017 Power Broker® Rising Stars

Rising Stars are winners and finalists in Risk & Insurance®’s Power Broker® award who are being recognized as future leaders of the industry. Since the launch of this designation, more than 325 brokers have been so recognized.

Risk & Insurance® celebrates these Rising Stars for their  creativity, exceptional customer service and industry knowledge in finding solutions for their clients.

Chris Ainscough, 31
Aon, Cleveland
Health Care

Yogesh Amar, 32
Marsh, New York
Utilities

Jay Brancaleone, 36
Aon, Boston
Private Client

William Bray, 31
Wells Fargo, Houston
Real Estate

 

 

Wesley Bryan, 35
Wortham, Houston
Marine

Dawn Buelow, 39
Marsh, Chicago
Pharmaceutical

 

Alex Burton, 29
Arthur J. Gallagher, Atlanta
Education

John Byers, 35
Aon, Franklin, Tenn.
Employee Benefits

 

Karen Cangemi, 36
Aon, San Francisco
Technology

 

Louis Cipollo, 37
Aon, Philadelphia
Environmental

 

Seth Cohen, 33
HUB, Encino, Calif.
Entertainment

 

Brandon Cole, 32
Arthur J. Gallagher, Irvine, Calif.
Nonprofit

 

Edward Conlon, 38
Aon, New York
Financial Services

 

Logan Couch, 31
Aon, Houston
Energy, Traditional

 

Laura Decker, 27
Aon, New York
Environmental

Natalie Douglass, 38
Arthur J. Gallagher, St. Louis
At Large

 

Philip Dunn, 34
Aon, Philadelphia
Financial Services

 

Hardie Edgecombe, 33
Arthur J. Gallagher, Metiaire, La.
Marine

 

Jessica Fields, 34
Aon, San Francisco
Technology

 

Steve Fisk, 35
Barney & Barney, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Retail

 

Amber Fixter, 35
Willis Towers Watson, New York
Environmental

 

Nicole Francis, 34
Marsh, Danville, Calif.
Health Care

 

David Fraser, 38
Aon, New York
At Large

 

John Galanis, 34
Aon/Albert G. Ruben, New York
Entertainment

 

Jeremy Gayser, 37
Aon, Houston
Energy, Traditional

George Gionis, 34
Aon, Philadelphia
Public Sector

Katherine Glancy Johnston, 33
Aon, Chicago
At Large

 

Mike Gong, 37
Arthur J. Gallagher, Fresno, Calif.
Real Estate

 

Chip Hardie, 30
Marsh, Philadelphia
Utilities

 

Jason Helfert, 37
Horton Group, Orland Park, Ill.
Nonprofit

 

Courtney Hensley, 38
Aon, Franklin, Tenn.
Education

 

Marcus Henthorn, 32
Arthur J. Gallagher, Itasca, Ill.
Public Sector

 

Blythe Hogan, 32
Aon, Atlanta
Fine Arts

 

Mira Jacinto, 31
Marsh, Los Angeles
Marine

 

Chris Kakel, 39
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., Denver
Transportation

 

Nick Kalist, 39
Aon, St. Louis
Financial Services

Kate Kenny, 32
Marsh, Chicago
Education

 

Amy Klitzke, 34
Aon, Minneapolis
Pharmaceutical

 

Charles Krauth, 30
Aon, Atlanta
Health Care

 

Matt Kupiec, 30
Willis Towers Watson, New York
Financial Services

 

Tyler LaMantia, 30
Arthur J. Gallagher, Chicago
Education

 

Robert Logan, 34
Aon, Dallas
Energy, Renewable

 

Tony Lorber, 38
EPIC, San Francisco
Real Estate

 

Kimberly Mann, 28
Marsh, Philadelphia
Environmental

 

Kristina Marcigliano, 28
DeWitt Stern, New York
Fine Arts

 

Elizabeth Marshall, 28
Marsh, Chicago
Education

Cara McGrath, 31
Alliant, Boston
Energy, Traditional

 

Michael Menerey, 38
Alliant, Los Angeles
Employee Benefits

 

Duncan Milne, 34
Aon, New York
Public Sector

 

Alex Muralles, 36
Willis Towers Watson, Chicago
Financial Services

 

Christina Murphy, 31
Marsh, Houston
Energy, Traditional

 

Kelly Nash, 37
Marsh, Chicago
Private Client

 

Lee Newmark, 29
Arthur J. Gallagher, Itasca, Ill.
Health Care

 

Blake Parrish, 30
Marsh, Los Angeles
Energy, Renewable

 

Caroline Parrish, 39
Aon, Miami
Real Estate

 

Brian Pfund, 34
Marsh, Portland, Ore.
At Large

 

Andrew Racle, 33
Aon, San Francisco
At Large

 

Sanju Rajan, 31
Aon, Baltimore
Transportation

 

Nicholas Rawden, 31
Marsh, Rochester, N.Y.
Real Estate

 

Daniel R’bibo, 37
Arthur J. Gallagher, Glendale, Calif.
Entertainment

 

Brent Rieth, 31
Aon, San Francisco
Technology

 

Robert Rosenzweig, 31
Risk Strategies, New York
Technology

 

Galo Santana, 35
Aon, New York
Technology

 

John Selgrath, 36
Integro, San Francisco
Health Care

Ryan Shinkle, 33
Arthur J. Gallagher, Lafayette, La.
Construction

 

Kate Simons, 31
Aon, Chicago
Retail

 

Josh Thompson, 36
Aon, Little Rock, Ark.
Transportation

 

Emily Weiss, 30
DeWitt Stern, New York
Fine Arts

 

Jeremiah White, 39
Aon, Frederick, Md.
Transportation

 

Casey Wigglesworth, 38
Aon, Washington, D.C.
Fine Arts

 

Susan Young, 31
Marsh, Seattle
Retail

 

Eric Ziff, 32
Aon, New York
At Large

 

Fred Zutel, 30
Willis Towers Watson, Miami
Real Estate

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2017 Teddy Awards

The Era of Engagement

The very best workers’ compensation programs are the ones where workers aren’t just the subject of the program, they’re a part of it.
By: | November 1, 2017 • 5 min read

Employee engagement, employee advocacy, employee participation — these are common threads running through the programs we honor this year in the 2017 Theodore Roosevelt Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Awards, sponsored by PMA Companies.

A panel of judges — including workers’ comp executives who actively engage their own employees — selected this year’s winners on the basis of performance, sustainability, innovation and teamwork. The winners hail from different industries and regions, but all make people part of the solution to unique challenges.

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Valley Health System is all-too keenly aware of the risk of violence in health care settings, running the gamut from disruptive patients to grieving, overwrought family members to mentally unstable active shooters.

Valley Health employs a proactive and comprehensive plan to respond to violent scenarios, involving its Code Atlas Team — 50 members of the clinical staff and security departments who undergo specialized training. Valley Health drills regularly, including intense annual active shooter drills that involve participation from local law enforcement.

The drills are unnerving for many, but the program is making a difference — the health system cut its workplace violence injuries in half in the course of just one year.

“We’re looking at patient safety and employee safety like never before,” said Barbara Schultz, director of employee health and wellness.

At Rochester Regional Health’s five hospitals and six long-term care facilities, a key loss driver was slips and falls. The system’s mandatory safety shoe program saw only moderate take-up, but the reason wasn’t clear.

Rather than force managers to write up non-compliant employees, senior manager of workers’ compensation and employee safety Monica Manske got proactive, using a survey as well as one-on-one communication to suss out the obstacles. After making changes based on the feedback, shoe compliance shot up from 35 percent to 85 percent, contributing to a 42 percent reduction in lost-time claims and a 46 percent reduction in injuries.

For the shoe program, as well as every RRH safety initiative, Manske’s team takes the same approach: engaging employees to teach and encourage safe behaviors rather than punishing them for lapses.

For some of this year’s Teddy winners, success was born of the company’s willingness to make dramatic program changes.

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Delta Air Lines made two ambitious program changes since 2013. First it adopted an employee advocacy model for its disability and leave of absence programs. After tasting success, the company transitioned all lines including workers’ compensation to an integrated absence management program bundled under a single TPA.

While skeptics assume “employee advocacy” means more claims and higher costs, Delta answers with a reality that’s quite the opposite. A year after the transition, Delta reduced open claims from 3,479 to 1,367, with its total incurred amount decreased by $50.1 million — head and shoulders above its projected goals.

For the Massachusetts Port Authority, change meant ending the era of having a self-administered program and partnering with a TPA. It also meant switching from a guaranteed cost program to a self-insured program for a significant segment of its workforce.

Massport’s results make a great argument for embracing change: The organization saved $21 million over the past six years. Freeing up resources allowed Massport to increase focus on safety as well as medical management and chopped its medical costs per claim in half — even while allowing employees to choose their own health care providers.

Risk & Insurance® congratulates the 2017 Teddy Award winners and holds them in high esteem for their tireless commitment to a safe workforce that’s fully engaged in its own care. &

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More coverage of the 2017 Teddy Award Winners and Honorable Mentions:

Advocacy Takes Off: At Delta Air Lines, putting employees first is the right thing to do, for employees and employer alike.

 

Proactive Approach to Employee SafetyThe Valley Health System shifted its philosophy on workers’ compensation, putting employee and patient safety at the forefront.

 

Getting It Right: Better coordination of workers’ compensation risk management spelled success for the Massachusetts Port Authority.

 

Carrots: Not SticksAt Rochester Regional Health, the workers’ comp and safety team champion employee engagement and positive reinforcement.

 

Fit for Duty: Recognizing parallels between athletes and public safety officials, the city of Denver made tailored fitness training part of its safety plan.

 

Triage, Transparency and TeamworkWhen the City of Surprise, Ariz. got proactive about reining in its claims, it also took steps to get employees engaged in making things better for everyone.

A Lesson in Leadership: Shared responsibility, data analysis and a commitment to employees are the hallmarks of Benco Dental’s workers’ comp program.

 

Michelle Kerr is associate editor of Risk & Insurance. She can be reached at [email protected]