Distinguished Blog

Market insights and industry news.

Programmed to Please: Robot Waiters During the Labor Shortage

He glides up to your table carrying four trays of food, beaming an emoji-like grin — and he’s fast, often reacting within a fraction of a second. Meet Matradee, a robot waiter created by Richtech Robotics, and he’s what many restaurants need right now. In a time when restaurant labor is scarce these robots are…

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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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What You Missed in the Budget Bill—And How it Could Hurt You

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that federal penalties for workplace-safety violations increased for the first time since 1990, raising maximum fines for the most severe citations to $125,000 from $70,000 and for other serious violations to $12,500 from $7,000. While the change represents an 80 percent increase, it brings the fines more in line with…

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Coca-Cola, will.i.am, and W Hotels Partner to Offer Sheets Made of Recycled Plastic Bottles

An unlikely combination, but an interesting one. W Hotels will be changing the sheets on all of the beds in its North American hotels before the close of the year. The new sheets are made of polyester partially composed of recycled plastic, using about 31 recycled 20 oz. plastic bottles per king-size sheet set. That’s…

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From Strategy Sessions to Craft Brews, a Successful Summit for the Distinguished Speciality Team!

From Nov. 9 to 11, the newly minted Distinguished Specialty sales and program managers came together for the first time as a team for a sales summit. We spent time getting to know each other, learning about the various programs Distinguished Specialty has to offer—including new products that have been added to the fold with…

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How to Upscale Your Portfolio With Condo Investment

In our first blog Diversify Your Portfolio with Culture, we discussed cultural institution risks that present sizable opportunities for brokers interested in growing their business in urban areas. Another urban risk that could either diversify your portfolio, or make you the resident specialist, is likely right around the corner, and could lead you to a community…

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Week in China

Last week, Distinguished LLC CEO Jeremy Hitzig and Distinguished Specialty  President Brooks Chase spent the week in China visiting our colleagues at Resource Pro, a subsidiary of Distinguished that supports our retail and wholesale insurance business model through back office processing functions. After a highly productive week, Jeremy and Brooks got to spend some time…

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The 2015 Marsh Global Real Estate & Hospitality Conference

Distinguished Specialty was a proud sponsor of the 2015 Marsh Global Real Estate & Hospitality Conference in Chicago on October 27-28. CEOs, CFOs, risk managers, and other senior executives were among the 200 industry professionals who gathered to explore the latest risk management trends and learn how to manage uncertainty and risk to create growth. Catch some…

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Cocktails with Class

On Saturday, Nov. 7th, a group of Distinguished employees had the privilege of attending Cocktails with Class in Denver, Colorado. The event benefits the children of Morgridge Academy, a free, Colorado Department of Education-approved facility school that serves children in kindergarten through 8th grade who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness.

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