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Distinguished Life

A Distinguishing Employee Benefit

At first glance, Distinguished doesn’t seem to share many similarities with companies like The Cheesecake Factory, REI, or General Mills. In fact, we are alike in one important way: We pay our employees to take vacation. Employees who have worked with Distinguished for seven years are eligible for a sabbatical—one month of paid leave to…

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Distinguished Faces: Meet Carla Vel

Having been with Distinguished from the very early years, Carla Vel has seen Distinguished through its many stages and transitions. In her current role as President and COO, Carla is responsible for strategy development and execution, building senior leadership talent, and overseeing Distinguished Group’s revenue and operating units. She’s a New York native that is well-traveled (fresh off her well-deserved sabbatical…

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Introducing Distinguished Cellars

We’re excited to launch a new event series this year called Distinguished Cellars. What might a national insurance program manager have to do with a wine cellar? Well, nothing. Other than the fact that we appreciate and enjoy great food, wine, and reverie. It all started when Distinguished Group CEO Jeremy Hitzig, a wine enthusiast,…

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A Distinguished Tribute to David Bowie, by our favorite in-house comedian, James Flynn

I am a huge David Bowie fan. Here are a few things I learned from the Thin White Duke along the way. Survival Skills – True Story: David Bowie hated Los Angeles. Because of this, he spent an entire year cooped up in his L.A. apartment suffering from visions of bodies falling past his window…

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Q&A with Shaun Sharp

Shaun Sharp is the Vice President of Service for Distinguished Programs. Since joining our team, Shaun has been instrumental in the development of our customer service center and the growth and new vision of our underwriting teams. He’s our champion in helping to understand and improve our clients’ experience. Shaun took a moment to catch up with us…

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Congratulations to our superstar, Renée McFadden!

We already knew she was amazing, but now she has the award to prove it. We couldn’t be more proud to share that our own Renée McFadden has been recognized as the Industry Professional of the Year by the Professional Insurance Agents of New York State (PIANY), a trade association representing professional, independent insurance agencies,…

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Q&A with Marc Kaye

As the director for operations for Distinguished, Marc Kaye is focused on embedding lean process, project management, and change management into the corporate culture. He also manages our employee learning and development program and the employee-run community service initiative, DPcares. Which basically means he keeps us running smoothly, efficiently, and happily—no small feat! Below, Marc…

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Happy Holidays

And, remember to be safe during the holidays. Claims tied to fires at homes increase 15 percent during the holiday season, according to Allstate. Here are some tips to help prevent any holiday mishaps: If you have a tree, water it regularly to keep it from drying out. Stay away from lights that are broken….

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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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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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