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Insurance: It's Not What You Expected

April 3rd, 2018

Just a few weeks ago students from Canal Winchester High School (CWHS) visited the offices of Motorists Insurance Group. One of the students turned to Crystal Dortch, his teacher, and exclaimed, “This isn’t at all what I expected! I expected to see rows and rows of people at desks on phones.” 


This is what the business of insurance looks like at Motorists, and it’s not so different from other insurance companies in Ohio. 

The students visited Motorists Insurance Group as part of their courses in the Risk Management Technician Pathway, a two-year program at CWHS. As Dortch describes it, "Ohio Dominican University, in collaboration with Motorists Insurance, is providing CWHS students with a unique, exclusive and fully funded opportunity to propel their careers.  Whether students plan to work immediately after high school, attend college, or join the military, the field of insurance provides enough flexibility to accommodate any and all of these pursuits, while providing income and advancement opportunities."

What else has changed in the insurance industry? The IIRC asked its leaders to describe their industry. These are the words they used:


Do you know students who are searching for great, exciting careers? Be sure to let them know that insurance may not be at all what they expected!


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Are You In?

March 6th, 2018


             Welcome to the Insurance Innovators project!


What's an Insurance Innovator?

In the first of our video series, Mike LaRocco, President and CEO of State Auto Insurance Companies, relates how he has established a foundation and culture at State Auto that focuses on respect, flexibility, social responsibility and constant learning to fuel the company’s journey to the future. He notes that State Auto’s “digital journey has only just begun” and that “speed is absolutely essential in the world we are entering.”

Check back frequently to see innovations at work and the exciting opportunities in the world of insurance. 

Our Stories: A Celebration

March 6th, 2018

Yesterday, we celebrated the story of the Insurance Industry Resource Council and Ohio's insurance industry at the OII/IIRC/Ohio Department of Insurance State of the State event at Westerville Public Library. Thank you to ODI Director Jillian Froment, Mark Russell with Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, Kathy Gentil with Westfield Insurance, Erin Hamm with Nationwide, Jason Terrell with The Institutes and OII president, Dean Fadel, for sharing your stories about the many great opportunities in insurance!

Here are some highlights:

“This is an industry that touches our community and shapes our lives. . . . It is an amazingly close network of friends and competitors who actively donate their time and money to our communities.”

—Jillian Froment, Director, Ohio Department of Insurance

“We promote what insurance careers actually are – stable, rewarding, limitless and meaningful. . . .  Insurance is critical to Ohio’s economy. We, as a coalition, have accepted the future of Ohio and the insurance industry as our mission. We are laying the groundwork for success. And it’s working.”

—Mark Russell, President and CEO of Ohio Mutual Insurance Group and IIRC Co-Chair


We also heard the inspiring stories of Kathy Gentil and Erin Hamm.

Kathy, a graduate of the Columbus State Community College insurance certificate program, had been a stay-at-home mom for 15 years. After learning about and earning her insurance certificate, she joined the industry at Westfield Insurance and continues to invest in her career with continuing studies.

Erin Hamm is a graduate of Ohio Dominican University. Erin now works at Nationwide Insurance as a Senior Business Analyst. As her career accelerates, she stays involved in the Gamma Iota Sigma chapter to mentor and guide students as they begin their careers in this great industry.

Both women are shining examples of the limitless opportunities and career growth in Ohio’s insurance industry.