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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.

Reaching Future Insurance Professionals Virtually

February 26th, 2018

We were honored to collaborate with Gamma Iota Sigma, Insurance Careers Movement, MyPath, and the International Association of Black Actuaries on the Pipeline Virtual Career Fair on February 13, 2018. 

The IIRC hosted our own virtual booth from the comfort of our office desks to answer students’ questions about career paths and to provide advice about interviewing and pursuing great careers in insurance. Without having to lug our handouts and laptops to a facility and roll out our standup poster, we connected with students across the nation and throughout Ohio.

During the five-hour event, 717 students participated in about 1,400 interviews! That’s 717 students taking the critical step of exploring careers and companies, meeting new people and building their network, and gathering the data and information they need to land great careers in insurance!

As a partner for the Pipeline Virtual Career Fair, Insuring Ohio Futures was able to increase awareness of the coalition among college students by providing online materials and resources, answering student inquiries, and continuing our presence as a GIS event participant. Many IIRC members also hosted booths, including Hylant, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MAPFRE Insurance, Nationwide, Ohio Mutual Insurance Group and Westfield Insurance.

The Pipeline event served as a successful pilot for potential Insuring Ohio Futures virtual events in the future. The first Insuring Ohio Futures Career Fair (in-person) will be held on March 23 at Franklin University from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Students from Ohio’s 10 insurance education programs will have the opportunity to connect and engage with many of the IIRC’s insurance company partners.

Read more at: Gamma Iota Sigma Takes Recruiting into the Digital Space


Big things in the works for the IIRC!

The IIRC will be speaking at the Westerville Public Library as part of Governor Kasich’s final State of the State address events on March 6. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., IIRC members will speak to the history and accomplishments of the industry coalition since its inception in 2012.

At the end of February, the IIRC will begin its Insurance Innovators campaign: a video series featuring the many innovators in Ohio’s insurance industry. Don’t forget to check in to catch the first video with State Auto Insurance Companies CEO and President, Mike LaRocco!