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Christie Belue Agent, Acceptance Auto Insurance With just four years in the industry, Christie Belue is still a relative newcomer to the insurance game – but she’s already made her mark. Starting as a CSR, Belue was quickly promoted to agent. In less than a year, she had increased her book of business by 35 percent. Belue was also placed in charge of training many of the service reps, managers and agents in her region. Belue received Acceptance’s JumpinOut Award from the company’s senior vice-president of agency operations and has been nominated for the National Leadership Conference and the President’s Council. “I have worked with Christie for a little over a year and a half now,” says colleague Christy Cornelius. “She is by far one of the most dedicated agents I have ever seen. She goes above and beyond in every aspect. Christie doesn’t just do her job – she takes care of her customers and her business.”
Susan Preston Owner/president, Professional Program Insurance Brokerage Susan Preston is an innovator in crafting insurance programs for emerging industries. She’s designed coverage programs for businesses as diverse as medispas, laser centers, tattoo shops and medical marijuana centers. Preston has also worked with government bodies to develop regulations for tattooing, body piercing, permanent cosmetics and laser services, as well as co-founding the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, an organization that set international standards for the industry. Preston’s knowledge of emerging industries has brought her company, Professional Program Insurance Brokerage, to the forefront of niche market insurance. The agency experienced 50 percent premium growth last year, and is on track for another 30 percent in 2014. Her expertise has also made her a sought-after speaker, both at insurance events and in the industries PPIB insures. Preston has spoken at permanent makeup conferences, tattoo conventions and laser training programs, as well as appearing on panels at insurance industry events.
Erin Calvey EVP of small and medium enterprises, Ironshore Thirteen-year industry veteran Erin Calvey began her career at Ironshore as the head of global broker relations. She singlehandedly started the company’s Strategic Broker Relations Group and oversaw the hiring and training of a team that provides strategic and analytic support to Ironshore’s top executives. She’s also launched and managed a company-wide sales training program. In her new role as executive vice-president of small and medium enterprises, Calvey is spearheading the drive to develop a technology-driven platform and expanding Ironshore’s footprint in the small and medium enterprise space. Calvey also mentors many Ironshore employees, along with members of the NY RIMS Young Risk Professional Mentoring Program. She’s also a leading voice for women’s issues in the company, successfully proposing the creation of a company budget for women’s executive initiatives. So far this year, the initiative has sent more than 80 women from Ironshore across the country to attend conferences, leadership programs and networking events.
Sharone Menzcel VP of special risk, Ironshore A tax lawyer by training, Sharone Menzcel created and built out Ironshore’s mergers and acquisitions practice. Joining the company’s Special Risk Unit in 2013, Menzcel led the industry in creating tax credit recapture insurance, a product that helps investors in low-income housing, commercial ventures and renewable energy projects protect the value of their investments. Menzcel also actively mentors junior women at Ironshore, providing career guidance and advice on maintaining a healthy worklife balance. “Additionally, Sharone joined several other women at Ironshore in advocating for changes to Ironshore’s maternity and parental leave policies, which resulted in significant improvements,” says Ironshore COO Joe Boren. “I highly recommend this accomplished woman.” JULY/AUGUST 2014 | 39
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