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Ascension Named a “2016 Elite Agency” by IBA

The company has been honored by Insurance Business America as a “2016 Elite Agency.” The “Elite Agencies” report honors the top 50 independent agencies in the industry.

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Ascension Insurance, Inc. Welcomes New Talent in Elissa Sanchez

Ascension Insurance, Inc. is pleased to announce that Elissa Sanchez has joined the company as a Servicing Agent for Ascension’s Sundance Insurance business unit, effective immediately. Working out of the Yuma, AZ office, Elissa will be responsible for working with clients to develop strategies to prevent work-related illnesses and injuries, such as implementing OSHA Compliance Programs and conducting bilingual safety training sessions for managers, supervisors, and employees.

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Workers’ Compensation Bulletin: New Computation Rules in California for Experience Modifications Coming January 1, 2017

For the first time since 2010, the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) is changing the formula for calculating experience modifications, effective January 1, 2017. This could impact your workers' compensation premiums.

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Ascension Donates Nearly $9K & 3K lbs of Food

Ascension’s Bringing Hope to the Table campaign came to a close this month with the announcement that employees collected nearly $9,000 and 3,000 pounds of food at 16 office locations.

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Hector Corona Takes on New Leadership Role at Ascension Insurance, Inc

Hector Corona, an agribusiness insurance specialist, has rejoined the company’s Pan American Insurance Agency business unit as an Account Executive in the Sacramento office. He first joined the Pan American team in 2010, spending almost two years as a loss-control consultant.

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David Hicks Joins Ascension Insurance, Inc.

Ascension Insurance, Inc. announced today the addition of transportation industry specialist David Hicks as its Western Region Transportation Leader at its Sacramento office.

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Ascension Broadens Operations in the East

Strategic acquisition of four Greenpoint Insurance Group, Inc. locations further strengthens the company’s presence in North Carolina and expands Ascension’s footprint into Virginia.

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The Rotary Club of Santa Maria (Noontime) Joins Forces with Ascension in Food Drive Efforts

The Rotary Club of Santa Maria has joined forces with Ascension Insurance, Inc. in their Bringing Hope To The Table food drive.

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Life Happens Welcomes Michael Weintraub as Treasurer

Life Happens announced today that Ascension Insurance, Inc.’s Michael L. Weintraub will be joining its board of directors as its new treasurer effective January 1, 2017. Life Happens is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers take personal financial responsibility through the ownership of life insurance and related products.

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Sullivan Brokers Partners with Ascension Insurance, Inc. on Bringing Hope To The Table campaign

Sullivan Brokers, a wholesale insurance broker based out of L.A., has donated $500.00 to Feeding America as part of Ascension Insurance, Inc.’s Bringing Hope To The Table food drive.

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Ascension’s Ed Bray, Coauthors New Benefits Article for WorldatWork

Members of the WorldatWork Benefits Advisory Council (BAC) recently engaged in a dialogue about the role/needed skill sets practitioners need to be successful now and into the future. The members identified three main areas of focus: laws and regulations; strategic alignment and leadership and the communication and management of feedback while still doing his/her day job of managing total rewards programs. Click on read more to see the full article.

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Western Region Benefits President, Keri Lopez, Named “Elite Woman, 2016”, by Insurance Business America

This is the second year in a row Lopez has been named to the prestigious annual report, which recognizes the industry’s best and brightest female professionals.

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Ascension Insurance, Inc. Launches Food Drive Campaign

“Bringing Hope to the Table” will donate volunteer hours, food and cash to local food bank partners in the Feeding America network.

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Ascension Insurance Names Eve Cheaib Vice President, Compliance

Ascension Insurance, Inc. announced today that Eve Cheaib, JD, has joined the company as Vice President, Compliance, effective immediately. In this role, Eve will provide health & welfare compliance support to Ascension’s Employee Benefits Sales Executives and Client Service teams, with a primary focus on servicing the company’s East-Coast based clients. She will work from the regional headquarters office in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Mary Ann Romero Joins Ascension Insurance as Senior Claims Management Advocate

Mary Ann Romero, a licensed property and casualty professional, who previously worked in its Pan American business unit, has returned to the company as a Senior Claims Management Advocate. In this role, Mary Ann will work closely with managing principals and risk management teams to support the due diligence and advocacy resources Pan American provides its clients during the claims process.

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Ascension Named to Insurance Business America 2016 Specialty Broker List

Ascension has been named to Insurance Business America's first-ever compilation of agencies that have found their niche – and success. The list includes 148 agencies and brokers across the country who provide specialized services to insure their clients’ every need.

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Ascension Collegiate Solutions Hires Dr. James Yankech

Walnut Creek, Calif. – James Yankech, PhD, has joined the leadership team within Ascension Collegiate Solutions (ACS), in the role of Senior Vice President, Client Relations. Jim will be reporting to ACS President, Neil Majors. In his new role, Jim will be directing the account management team to strengthen relationships with clients by offering more consultative value and expertise.

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Ascension Insurance, Inc. Announces Senior Management Changes

Ascension Insurance, Inc., today announced two senior management changes, which took effect April 1, 2016. Keri Lopez has been promoted to President of Ascension’s Western Region Benefits division; she was previously Chief Operating Officer. Neil Majors, who has been Chief Operating Officer of Ascension’s Collegiate Solutions division since 2012, has been promoted to President of that division.

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First Cayman PIC Vehicle to Add Further Cells

As reported by Captive Review, California-based Ascension Insurance Services is expecting to add a second cell to its segregated portfolio company (SPC) in the Cayman Islands.

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Ascension Will Be At The CSLN Annual Leadership Conference 2016

Stop by and visit Ascension at the California Supported Living Annual Leadership Conference 2016 in San Diego, April 14th and 15th.

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Ascension Insurance, Inc. Promotes Ed Bray, JD to Employee Benefits Strategy & Execution Leader

Ascension Insurance, Inc. announced today that Ed Bray, JD, has been promoted to Employee Benefits Strategy & Execution Leader. In his new role, Ed will be responsible for developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining company-wide employee benefit solutions and initiatives for Ascension’s employee benefits division.

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Come visit Ascension Insurance, Inc. at HR West 2016!

Come see Ed Bray, SVP, Compliance, and Tuan Nguyen, AVP, present The 2016 ABC’s of Employee Benefits (annually published in Employee Benefit News) on Monday, March 7th from 1:50pm - 3:05pm where he will provide a checklist of employee benefit to-do's for 2016!

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Ascension Insurance, Inc. Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Pan American Business Unit

This month marks the beginning of 70th anniversary celebrations for Pan American Insurance Agency, Ascension Insurance, Inc.’s long established business unit.

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Upcoming Webinar – New Solution for Technology Companies Controlling Health Care Costs through a Captive

Join us for this free webinar to learn more about the timeline, opportunities, risks and rewards of funding your benefits through a Captive.

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Matt Veatch Joins Ascension Insurance as Vice President in its Collegiate Solutions Division

Walnut Creek, Calif., January 21, 2016 – Ascension Insurance, Inc. announced today that Matt Veatch has joined Ascension Collegiate Solutions as Vice President in its Overland Park office, effective January 19.

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Ascension Insurance, Inc. Expands Yuma, AZ Operations

Strategic acquisition of Sundance Insurance, Inc. broadens the footprint of Ascension’s Pan American business unit in Arizona and further strengthens the company’s presence in both Arizona and the Imperial Valley region of California.

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Julie Daly Joins Ascension Insurance as Senior Vice President and Technology Practice Leader for its Employee Benefits Practice

Ascension Insurance, Inc., today announced that Julie Daly has joined the Ascension Western Region Employee Benefits team as Senior Vice President and Technology Practice Leader in its Walnut Creek office, effective immediately.

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Ascension releases 2016 ABCs of Employee Benefits Report

Ed Bray, senior vice president of compliance with Ascension, provides the 2016 ABC’s of employee benefits, published in Employee Benefits News.

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Ascension Named to Insurance Business America’s Annual List of Elite Agencies

Insurance Business America’s second annual look at the country’s elite insurance agencies includes Ascension Insurance, Inc. This list provides a wide-ranging look at the agencies that are leading the way in terms of best practices, revenue, employee satisfaction and community service.

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Western Region Benefits COO, Keri Lopez, Named “Elite Woman, 2015”, by Insurance Business America

Publication's annual “Elite Women in Insurance” report recognizes the industry’s best and brightest female professionals.

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Josh Watney Joins Ascension Insurance as Vice President for its Agribusiness and Employee Benefits Practice in Fresno, California

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., October 1, 2015 – Ascension Insurance, Inc., announced today that Josh Watney has joined its Agribusiness and Employee Benefits team as Vice President in their Fresno office.

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Upcoming Free Seminar – Market Update: Creative Solutions for a Changing Market

In October, the Charlotte, NC Ascension office is offering a seminar and panel discussion focused on sharing ideas and expertise regarding creative risk transfer solutions and assessing new and growing exposures for middle- market companies.

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Ascension Insurance Holdings, LLC, Announces Changes to Senior Executive Team

Ed Page Promoted to President; Jamie Linden Promoted to Chief Financial Officer; Joe Tatum remains Chief Executive Officer.

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San Francisco Business Times Recognizes Benefits Consulting at Ascension Insurance, Inc.

San Francisco Business Times has named Ascension Insurance, Inc. to its list of the Largest Benefit Consulting Firms in the Bay Area.

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Daniel Mello joins Ascension as Vice President for its Property and Casualty Practice

Ascension Insurance, Inc., announced today that Daniel Mello has joined the Ascension property and casualty team as Vice President in its Stockton office, effective immediately.

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Steve Smith joins Ascension Insurance as Senior Vice President for its Corporate Retirement Practice

Ascension Insurance, Inc., is pleased to announce that Steve Smith has joined the Ascension Retirement team as Senior Vice President, Retirement Practice Leader, effective immediately.

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14 ways to Avoid Benefits Burnout

As open enrollment approaches, benefits professionals are feverishly working to ensure everything runs smoothly. Tips from industry experts, such as Ascension's Senior Vice President, Compliance, Ed Bray, help benefits pros keep their stress levels in check and avoid benefits burnout during this very busy time of year.

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Kelly Tonsing joins as Personal Lines Manager in North Carolina

Ascension Insurance, Inc., announced today that Kelly Tonsing has joined the Ascension North Carolina team as Personal Lines Manager in its Charlotte office

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Ascension Insurance adds Heather Simpson as Senior Account Manager for its Employee Benefits Practice

Ascension Insurance, Inc., announced today that Heather Simpson has joined the Pan American Western Region Benefits team as a Senior Account Manager in its Fresno office

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Sean Borchardt Joins Ascension as Vice President/Producer in Employee Benefits Practice

Ascension Insurance, Inc. is pleased to announce that Sean Borchardt has joined its Pan American Western Region Benefits team as Vice President and Producer in their Fresno office.

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Free Employee Benefits Webinar on Effective Cost-Saving Strategies

On June 10th, join Beth Ercolini, Vice President and Senior Advisor at Ascension as she shares market trends and solutions to manage future health care costs, including Consumer Directed Health Plans, Value Based Networks and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO).

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WorldatWork Profiles Senior Vice President, Compliance, Ed Bray

Senior Vice President, Compliance, Ed Bray is interviewed in the June 2015 edition of WorldatWork's Workspan magazine.

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Surviving Summer Blackouts

We all love summer, but long, hot days, coupled with potential heavy storms, hurricanes and the periodic heat waves, all tax the power grid and can lead to blackouts. Check out this handy checklist from our personal lines team for tips on surviving summer blackouts.

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Introducing New Monthly Health & Welfare Benefit Compliance Update Webinars

Given the complexities and continual release of new information from the government associated with H&W compliance, Ascension’s Compliance Department will host monthly complimentary webinars over the next few months for our clients and prospects.

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The Exchange Reality

Michael Babore, Executive Vice President, Ascension Collegiate Solutions, elaborates on the impacts of the ACA on the Collegiate Insurance marketplace.

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Ascension Further Expands California Operations

Strategic acquisition of Belvedere Pacific Insurance Services provides growth and additional capabilities to our employee benefits operation.

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Ed Bray, JD, MBA, Invited to Join WorldatWork Benefits Advisory Council

Effective today, Ed Bray, Senior Vice President, Compliance, at Ascension Insurance, Inc. will join the WorldatWork Benefits Advisory Council. WorldatWork and its affiliates provide comprehensive education, certification, research, advocacy and community, enhancing careers of professionals and, ultimately, achieving better results for the organizations they serve.

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A Proactive Risk Approach Can Help Stem Injuries

Steven J. Billings, MBA, is a risk advisor in Ascension’s waste management practice. In this article, which he co-authored for Waste360 with George H. Lucas of Schul + Baker Partners, he discusses ways to increase safety in the waste and recycling industry.

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Hail Storm Season Is Here, Are You Ready?

Depending on where you live, hail can be either a sporadic, mildly irritating event or a potentially devastating, destructive threat. Download this full checklist for how to look for hail damage, so you can be prepared when the skies get dark and grey.

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5th Annual ABCs of Employee Benefits

Your essential 2015 benefits “to do” list to keep your company compliant, competitive, and a cut above the rest!

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