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Distinguished Programs’ Carla Vel Recognized As One of IBA’s “Elite Women 2016”

Carla Vel, President and COO of Distinguished Programs, has recently been named among the “Elite Women 2016” by Insurance Business America (IBA) magazine. IBA’s Elite Women 2016 recognizes 144 women whose impressive personal and professional achievements have earned them a place among the insurance industry’s best. From CEOs of major corporations to innovative startup founders,…

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Distinguished’s Albert Leung Named 2016 IBANY’s Emerging Leader of the Year

The Insurance Brokers’ Association of the State of New York (IBANY) celebrated our industry’s rising stars last Thursday evening, June 16th, at Battery Gardens, NYC. We are proud to announce that Albert Leung, CPCU, CLU, and Customer Care Manager and Senior Program Underwriter at Distinguished Programs, was named IBANY’s Emerging Leader of 2016 in the…

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A Sustainable Culture

Culture week. An opportunity for an organization to get together to share, learn, and grow to build a deeper connection to the core mission and values. We had ours last week, and it was great. Two full days of employee-led sessions on everything from stress management, communication, conflict resolution, to personal finance. We celebrated and…

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What We’re Reading

A collection of some of the interesting articles, interviews, and stories we’ve been reading lately. How to Involve Residents in Sustainable Efforts April 20, 2016 “With price-conscious renters, multifamily operators are often successful engaging residents with sustainability when the program in question directly impacts the resident’s pocketbook.” —Multi-Housing News Four Trends Driving the NYC Office…

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The Kids Visit Distinguished

Do you remember that part in the beginning of the movie “City Slickers” when Billy Crystal is at career day at his son’s school, and has to admit to the class that his job is, in it’s most practical form, “selling air?” (I can hear the thump of his son’s head hitting the desk.) As…

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Why We Spend Our Time Making Movies Around the Office: The Value of Soft Skills

You can be the smartest, most accurate underwriting wizard, or the Bruce Lee of risk management, but if “playing well with others” is your Achilles’ heel, you might never have a chance to be heard. We work hard on our underwriting, risk management, and program management skills, as they are the backbone of our business….

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What We’re Reading

A collection of some of the interesting articles, interviews, and stories we’ve been reading lately. Insurance helps protect against data breach fallout March 7, 2016 “When looking for different cyber-insurance policies, Gold said, it’s important to keep in mind all the potential scenarios as some have provisions that exclude what hoteliers might need and think…

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Does Your Organization Benefit From Strong Female Leadership?

Of all the areas in which Distinguished Programs excels, our deep bench of female leadership is one that makes us particularly proud. In an industry that lags behind others in gender-inclusiveness, our fantastic track record sets us apart from many of our competitors.Now that we are at the end of Women’s History Month, it seemed…

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Distinguished Cellars: Discussing Millennials in Denver

Last week, U.S. News & World Report issued its 2016 report on the best places to live. Out of the 100 metro areas that were analyzed, Denver, Colorado was placed at the very top of the list. Denver’s high quality of life and strong job market have made it an attractive destination for all ages,…

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The Not-So-Hidden Value of Excellent Customer Service

Pretty striking numbers, aren’t they? The reality of customer service is this: There’s a danger of falling into a trap where customer service representatives view each interaction as only a task that needs to be completed. At Distinguished, we believe in treating each customer interaction as a chance to strengthen our relationship. 

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