Canadian insurance firm Desjardins Financial Holding Inc. has launched Omni — a new mobile application that assists plan members in handling their group benefits and retirement savings plans, Insurance Business reported. Desjardins’ Omni app enables group benefits plan members to access telemedicine service or the wellness platform, manage healthcare professionals list, review claims history, and much more.
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The Business Insurance Women to Watch Awards is the only recognition program that celebrates leading women from every facet of the commercial insurance industry. Since its start as a recognition program in 2006, it has grown into an educational program aimed at the advancement of women in commercial insurance, risk management and related fields. A professional development and networking conference was added to the Business Insurance Women to Watch recognition program in 2011 to address the advantages of achieving greater gender diversity in leadership roles.
2020 nominations are now closed.
Winners will be featured in the special Business Insurance Insurtech issue in September and recognized at an online awards event in September. More details to Celebrating its 11th year, the Business Insurance Innovation Awards recognizes leadership, inventiveness and ingenuity in products and services designed for risk management professionals. 2020 Innovation Award winners will be featured on businessinsurance.com and in the bonus Insurtech September 2020 print issue of Business Insurance. Winners will be recognized during an online awards event in September. Stay tuned for more details! follow on the virtual event soon!
The Business Insurance U.S. Insurance Awards recognize excellence in the commercial insurance and risk management sector while also raising money to address the industry’s talent crisis.
Celebrating Today — U.S. Insurance Awards
Launched last year, the awards program highlights exceptional work by insurance professionals working at companies across the commercial insurance industry – from retail brokers to TPAs, insurers, reinsurers and more. Recognizing that major achievements are seldom the work of individuals working in isolation, the awards honor teams of professionals working on specific projects.
Creating Tomorrow — BI Scholarship
Up to 400,000 insurance jobs will be unfilled in the near future as the current workforce ages. The U.S. Insurance Awards were created to address the industry’s talent crisis by funding the Business Insurance Scholarship. This endowment, administered by the Spencer Educational Foundation, will open new opportunities to provide scholarships to risk management and insurance students, as well as grants to support risk management and insurance programs, and to develop programming at universities without risk management degree programs, including HBCUs.
2020 U.S. Insurance Awards winners will be announced live at the virtual awards event on September 10, 2020. The 2020 Business Insurance Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented during the online the event.
A new report from Gallagher offers insights to help organizations emerge stronger.
Berkshire Hathaway-sponsored Business Insurance Risk Perspective
July 02, 2020
NAME: Jason R. Fathallah
NEW JOB TITLE: Milwaukee-based partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
PREVIOUS POSITION: Milwaukee-based partner and section co-chair, von Briesen & Roper SC
INDUSTRY OUTLOOK: The outlook is strong on a macro level because the demand for insurance will remain high. On a micro level, technology will continue to disrupt the industry, both in terms of the key players in the market and the risks they insure. Well-capitalized startups are leveraging technology and low overhead to compete with established companies. One critique of this business model is that it compromises personal customer service. The marketplace will ultimately determine the right balance between cheaper premiums and personal customer service, but there is no doubt that newer companies are making their presence felt, particularly in personal lines. In terms of insurable risks, technology has reshaped our lives, introducing new risks along the way. We’ve already seen it with the massive data breach cases. Soon, our cars will drive themselves, drones will deliver packages and facial recognition will replace passwords — and that’s the near future.
GOALS FOR NEW POSITION: I want to continue evolving my practice by providing clients with something more than letter-of-the-law advice. I partner with many of my clients to help grow their business, and the team I’m joining at Husch Blackwell is aligned with that approach. We have assembled a really exciting blend of litigation, regulatory, legal operations and project management professionals that is driving bottom-line results for clients.
CHALLENGES FACING THE INDUSTRY: COVID-19 business interruption litigation presents an immediate challenge to a large segment of the industry. Policyholders across the country have begun filing individual claims and class actions, and some have requested multidistrict litigation. Most insurers contend these claims are not covered, and some experts have argued that pandemic losses are inherently uninsurable because insurance is not designed to respond to global events with simultaneous impact on policyholders. However it unfolds, the impact will be significant. Another challenge relates to risks associated with rising temperatures. I am not a global warming or natural disasters expert, but one cannot disregard the growing incidence of wildfires, floods and other natural disaster events.
FIRST EXPERIENCE IN THE INDUSTRY JOB MARKET: My first experience occurred as a new lawyer defending large claims as insurance defense counsel. I have since expanded my practice to represent insurers in many other facets of dispute resolution, including complex insurance coverage, claims management consulting, class actions and commercial litigation.
ADVICE: It’s a complex industry that offers many career paths. Work hard and take your time to learn as much about the industry as you can. You will eventually find a path that matches your interests and skillset. I would also advise a newcomer to appreciate the smart, genuine, cerebral professionals you’ll meet along the way. Insurance is not an industry where you get ahead by faking it.
OUTSIDE THE INDUSTRY, A DREAM JOB: General manager of an NFL franchise. I had an offer to become an NFL agent out of law school, but saw firsthand it’s a tough lifestyle — brutal travel schedule and dealing with the players’ friends and family could be challenging.
COLLEGE MAJOR: I double majored at the University of Michigan in sociology (with an emphasis in race, gender and ethnicity) and psychology.
LOOKING FORWARD TO: I look forward to leveraging the depth and breadth of Husch Blackwell’s national platform, particularly in its insurance practice. The firm has grown that practice substantially in the past few years and has developed a unique and holistic approach to the industry, partnering with client legal departments and business units in novel ways to achieve lower legal spends and better outcomes.
FAVORITE MEAL: Bone-in ribeye (medium rare), Caesar salad, single malt.
BOOK: “Miracle in the Andes,” by Nando Parrado, and “Into Thin Air,” by John Krakauer. Two motivating stories about survival and perseverance under unimaginable circumstances.
HOBBIES: Golfing, traveling, reading and cooking. I’m excited to have recently joined the food and wine society Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.
TV SHOW: “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad”
ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Spending time with my wife and three kids. If the weather cooperates, we’re at the pool, golf course or taking a hike. And, if it’s fall, college football is on.
June 25, 2020
Phoenix-based senior market strategy lead, environmental health and safety, Origami Risk
Phoenix-based vice president, business development, RegScan Inc.
The environmental health and safety function is playing an increasingly critical role in many enterprises, driving demand for versatile software solutions that offer automation, facilitate enhanced collaboration, greater transparency and streamlined workflows.
Along with my team, I will be working closely with clients to build on Origami’s current environmental health and safety portfolio to develop new solutions, features and innovations to help organizations ensure compliance and achieve operational excellence. We will strive to set new standards for EHS-related technology in innovation, usability, customer satisfaction, usage and overall functionality.
Organizations are constantly evolving and in many cases becoming more complex in terms of their operational structure. In response, the roles and responsibilities of the environmental health and safety profession have become more diversified. EHS professionals must constantly evaluate risk, ensure compliance and safety while aligning their initiatives with evolving organizational goals and objectives. Equipped with the right technology, EHS professionals will have the tools they need to drive continuous improvement, satisfy compliance requirements, address employee safety and well-being, and make steady gains in operational excellence.
My first experience in environmental health and safety was attending a summer research experience at Auburn University. I had the opportunity to conduct advanced ergonomics and human factors research at major automotive companies and national distribution centers. Later, I went on to pursue an advanced degree in the field and worked in government and the private sector in the aerospace and semiconductor industries.
Environmental health and safety professionals must wear many hats. Be ready to take on projects once considered the purview of other disciplines. While maintaining responsibility for health, safety and compliance, you may need to take on assignments in risk control, data science, sustainability, quality and overall operations.
Formula 1 driver. From an early age, I’ve always been fascinated by the automotive industry and car culture. If the considerable requisite resources were available and I had a team backing, there would be nothing more satisfying than racing around Monte Carlo in Formula 1. The only question is, which team?
Working with my team and colleagues at Origami and collaborating with our clients to develop innovative solutions that make them more successful. Origami has a unique culture and incredibly talented people who truly care about customer satisfaction. Our team has the passion, commitment and knowledge to elevate EHS software to new levels of innovation and deliver greater value for our customers.
I’d have to go with chicken parmesan from the local restaurant here in Scottsdale. Lots of protein, carbs and, of course, cheese!
As someone who spent his formative years growing up working in several restaurants as a cook, sous chef, food runner, busboy, dishwasher and waiter, I’d have to go with “Kitchen Confidential,” by Anthony Bourdain.
Although a little older now, I used to be a pretty fast runner in the state of Connecticut. Since then, I’ve transitioned to weekly sessions on my Peloton. I also enjoy golf, basketball, snowboarding, hiking, car shows, photography and traveling (especially Europe).
“Ozark,” on Netflix. When is Season 4 coming out?
Lately, I’ve been doing house projects and landscaping, but when college football season is back, I’ll be watching Auburn football.