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Marsh Broker Jodie DeVries Recognized as a 2019 Agriculture Power Broker

Topics: Agriculture

Jodie DeVries, Senior Vice President, Marsh

Jodie DeVries, CIC
Senior Vice President
Marsh, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Power Brokers distinguish themselves by being more than insurance salespeople; they are true client advocates whose work enables companies to achieve their goals.

When Graceland Fruit made an acquisition early in 2018, for example, the company had enough pieces of the puzzle to fit together on the operational side without having to also worry about the impact to its insurance program.

Marsh’s Jodie DeVries was able to take this piece off their plate, combining the two programs to achieve a savings of roughly $100,000 along with stable premiums, while maintaining full coverage. This all while her team was short-staffed.

“She lost one of her right-hand team members this past year, but it was almost seamless how she was able to pull together the right resources to keep servicing clients,” said Laura Reznich, director of finance, Graceland Fruit.

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When another client suffered a big loss, DeVries stepped in to ensure the claim process was as painless as possible.

“For a risk manager, this is really the moment of truth. We bound the coverage, we paid the premiums and now it is time for the insurance carrier to deliver and pay the claim,” said Cheryl Schmandt, director of credit and risk management, Michigan Milk Producers.

“Jodie organized and monitored a team of Marsh professionals working on our behalf to successfully resolve the large and complicated claim.”

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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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