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Market insights and industry news.

A Closer Look…New York Brick & Brownstones

New York City is known for its beautiful brownstones – from Queens to Manhattan’s Upper Westside to some of Brooklyn neighborhoods including Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Green, Cobble Hill, and Prospect Heights. Insuring these owner- and tenant-occupied properties requires understanding their unique risks and having a program available that can address them. Let’s…

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Q&A with Rich Kearns

Responsible for overall technology strategy at Distinguished Group, Rich Kearns brings more than 20 years of experience implementing and managing technology in the insurance industry. Rich plays a vital role making sure our systems and technology keep us running efficiently—we simply couldn’t operate without him! Hear directly from Rich on what he values most about…

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Snow Shoveling Tips: The $15,000 Reason to Shovel Your Sidewalk

If you live in a location where you’re prone to having cold winters (is anyone right now?!), then you’re aware of the risks winter weather can bring. Snow and ice create lovely landscapes and prime ice-skating conditions—but they also can lead to unfortunate falls. And multiple incidents can add up, leaving property owners liable for…

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What is a Brownstone Home?

If you were hip enough to appreciate the hipster influence on urban vacations in part 3 of our Urban Risk series, Boutique Hotels, you’ll really love this fourth and final risk class from the urban landscape, Brownstones and City Homes.

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Q&A with Andre Piazza

With more than 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, and human resources in both public and private organizations, Andre Piazza lives and breathes numbers. And, as one of Distinguished’s veteran employees, Andre has watched and helped our organization grow from a startup trying to find its niche to one of the leading national insurance…

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What We’re Reading

A collection of some of the interesting articles, interviews, and stories we’ve been reading lately. Hotel sustainability: What is and isn’t working November 9, 2015 “Research into whether or not guests are willing to pay more for environmentally-friendly hospitality remains inconclusive. What is clear, according to Ricaurte, is that hotels are getting the messaging of…

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Sustainability Spotlight: Marriott

We are always on the lookout for major brands that are setting the standard in green building practices. When it comes to hotels, Marriott is undeniably a leader in the field. In 2005, Marriott became the first major hotel company in the U.S. to design and construct a LEED-certified hotel according to U.S. Green Building…

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Liven Up Your Portfolio With Luxury

In our last blog “How to Upscale Your Portfolio With Condos”, we talked about luxury condominiums and how they’re taking over the urban habitational landscape one unit at a time. Next up is one of our new favorites, Boutique Hotels.

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Laundry List of Mistakes

As hotels aim to strike a balance between ensuring their sheets and towels are perfectly clean for guests while also being economically and environmentally sound, even some of the best hotels can fall short. Unfortunately, these mistakes may result in high operational costs or the loss of customers, in addition to having a negative impact…

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Q&A with Helen English

Helen English is President of Distinguished’s Express Division, which focuses on fast, accurate online processing of real estate and hospitality accounts. As one of the company’s veteran employees, Helen’s experience across all areas of our business, along with her leadership, enthusiasm, and thirst for knowledge are truly inspiring to her team and have helped shape…

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A Thanksgiving Reader

We were so grateful to have Seth Godin join us for our Culture Week this year, as his program offered us so many insights and new ways to approach the things that we do. And we’re grateful to follow Seth this Thanksgiving, as his Thanksgiving reader is a wonderful reminder of all of the beauty…

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