Distinguished Blog

Market insights and industry news.

Hotels and Resorts are Welcoming Guests Back Safely

People are traveling again, taking long-awaited trips after a year of stay-at-home guidelines. The spike in travel was evident over the holidays in December and then again during winter and spring breaks, and the rise in bookings for this summer. Americans are back on the move with hotels and resorts rolling out the welcome mat…

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Personal friends. Professional rivals. Now official partners.

Welcome Fulcrum employees! And happy birthday to Distinguished Specialty! As reported in the Insurance Journal, we are thrilled to announce that holding company Distinguished LLC has finalized its acquisition of Washington-based Fulcrum Insurance Programs, giving birth to the new Distinguished Speciality division.  This new business will harness the best of each company to offer an…

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A F(RIGHT)ening Claim Story

In honor of Halloween week, we’re sharing one of the claims that came in to our City Homes program that really gave the insured a fright. And while it didn’t include any zombies or ghouls, it definitely rattled a few chains! On a cold, dark night in early November,

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A New Product for Cyber Liability Coverage

We recently sat down with Distinguished Specialty’s Chief Operating Officer, James Flynn, to talk about a brand new insurance product on the Distinguished Speciality menu: Cyber Liability. For those keeping up with the news, you’ve read the headlines: data breaches, network hacks, business interruption by criminals seeking proprietary or confidential information. The risk of a…

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Distinguished Gets Glammed Up to Support Outdoors for All

On Saturday October 24th, a group of Distinguished Specialty employees had the privilege of attending the 14th Annual Ski Ball Gala benefiting Outdoors for All. Dusty Rowland, Distinguished Specialty Chairman, serves as a board member for Outdoors for All. Each year he captains a table (or two) to enjoy the evening’s festivities which include silent…

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Experience the Upgraded Broker Portal

As you may have noticed earlier this month, we launched a new version of our Broker Portal, our online platform that’s used to quote and bind business. It’s chock full of upgrades, requested by folks like you! To help you better understand how to use the portal, we’ve scheduled several quick online sessions to show…

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Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk

On Saturday, October 17th, Distinguished Specialty employee Kalie Wimmer participated in the Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk with her friends and family.  “My Grandmother passed away recently and she had Afib. This year we walked in honor of her.  We also walked for two of our family friends, both who passed away in 2012 from heart…

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Meet JRH

At the helm of Distinguished Group is the brilliant but funny Jeremy Hitzig . Although he’s based in Manhattan, Jeremy has a special place in his heart for Seattle! #distinguishedlife #seattle    

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Looking to the Future

In late August, we announced the acquisition of Fulcrum Insurance Programs by Distinguished Programs and the formation of a new company to be rebranded asDistinguished Specialty. Over the years, together with your continued support, we have developed and expanded our programs and services in the niche markets we serve. We want to thank you for…

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3 Convincing Reasons to Offer Builders Risk Insurance

If small business is referred to as the heartbeat of America, then the more than 500,000 specialty contractors in the United States might just serve as the blood running through its veins. With new housing starts up more than 10% year-over-year, and 16% growth seen specifically in the construction of multi-family units – defined as…

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#31 of the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in WA

Fulcrum Insurance Programs was honored to be a part of the Puget Sound Business Journals 100 fastest growing private companies event Thursday October 9. The 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Washington state are honored at this award event where the list rankings are revealed in a countdown from 100 to one. Fulcrum was excited to…

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