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Gallagher Broker Byron Given Recognized as a 2019 Education Power Broker

Topics: Education

Byron Given
Area Vice President
Gallagher, Rolling Meadows, Ill.

Byron Given, Area Vice President, Gallagher

Tom Akers, superintendent of Cambridge School District #227, said that although his school district is small, Byron Given understands what it needs.

“That small-school understanding is so big for us. Recently, Byron was big on getting us violent and malicious acts coverage. School safety is in the news every day; if anything happens, now we know we have that coverage.”

“Byron is a go-getter. We call him the ‘Insurance Guy,’ ” said Clint Schutte, assistant superintendent of business, Haysville Unified School District #261 of Kansas. “He gets excited when he gets going on insurance.”

When Schutte started working with the Gallagher team, Kansas had limited experience with insurance pools. Given met with the state’s insurance commissioner to help explain and educate on what a pool would entail. “He really took the time to educate our people in the insurance world. And once you educate someone, you’re able to talk about different insurance possibilities.”

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Charles LeMoine, pool attorney, Collective Liability Insurance Cooperative, said that board members trust Given and his team to do what’s right by them.

“He had a pool member who was concerned about how his claim was handled. So Byron gave him an opportunity to attend a board meeting and explain why he was frustrated. Byron started an investigation on both sides to see where there might have been a mistake.

“These little things can become big things, and Byron handled it in an extremely professional and objective way,” said LeMoine.

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What is a Power Broker?

A Risk & Insurance Power Broker® is an individual who stands out among their peers for the exceptional client work they delivered over the past year. While brokers play many key roles in the insurance industry and risk profession, a Power Broker® award recognizes problem solving, customer service and industry knowledge.

Our goal is to broadly recognize and promote outstanding risk management and customer service among the brokerage community.

Who selects the winners?

Power Brokers are selected by Risk Managers based on the strength of the testimonials they provide to a team of 15 Risk & Insurance editors and writers.

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