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What’s the good news, ladies? Happy anniversary edition!

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Happy anniversary, ladies!  This month’s column marks our one year anniversary of this series!  I can’t believe how fast it has gone!

I’m happy to report that my sister-in-law gave birth to a 7lb 1oz baby girl named Josephine on June 19th, and we are all so in love with the new addition to our family!  I’m already educating her on insurance and financial services and planting the seed of succession early.

This month, you’ll get to meet some great women from different corners of the U.S.  Click Here to feel inspired as you meet Alice, Kristin and Laurie!

 



Feature Friday: Susan L. Combs wins Broker of the Year

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University of Missouri-Columbia graduate Susan L. Combs is the latest winner — and the first female honoree — of the BenefitsPRO Broker of the Year award. Combs received the honor over hundreds of other nominees and four other finalists at an April 2017 awards ceremony in Indianapolis.

With its Broker of the Year award, leading industry publication BenefitsPRO honors one outstanding professional annually, for success in business-building, developing healthy corporate cultures, and growing the perception of the industry. Combs was selected for her forward-thinking work to bring women into the industry, her firm’s inventive support of small- and mid-sized businesses, and her expansive expertise with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Combs, a native of King City, Mo., opened a full-service insurance brokerage firm, Combs & Company, in New York City in 2005. The company grew from a one-woman operation to a team of eight, with a reputation for handling tricky coverage requests for entertainment businesses, food brands and international companies looking to enter the U.S. market.

“I love our industry, both because of the opportunities it offers and for how fast it changes,” Combs says. “After 12 years, we still work hard every day to innovate and stay relevant to our clients. That’s what makes this award so special, because it’s recognition from an industry authority that we respect so much. It’s still a bit overwhelming.”

Besides founding Combs & Company, Combs previously served as national president of Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS), the only national group dedicated to women’s success in those fields. She is the recipient of the University of Missouri Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Award, Advisor Today’s 4 Under Forty, and Corporate LiveWire’s Most Innovative Insurance Broker.

Combs regularly travels around the country for speaking engagements to champion gender balance in the workforce. In 2015, she launched an expert-witness consulting practice and is now one of the nation’s go-to consultants for ACA litigation, medical malpractice, workers’ comp, and personal injury cases.

About Combs & Company, LLC:  Combs & Company is a full-service insurance brokerage and consulting firm in New York City.  Founded in 2005, Combs & Co serves as an invaluable resource for small- and mid-sized businesses looking for health and business coverages in an increasingly complex marketplace.  The firm specializes in industries that don’t fit an insurance carriers’ typical profile, such as entertainment, food, and international companies opening U.S. operations.  Combs & Co also offers Affordable Care Act expert witness consulting services to defense firms handling medical malpractice, workers’ comp, and personal injury cases.

Click Here for the bio of Susan L. Combs.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Pisani, Combs & Company, LLC, 646-736-3737, jpisani@combsandco.com

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Thank You…

What a whirlwind the past few days have been!  I traveled to Indianapolis to attend the BrokerExpo put on by BenefitsPro Magazine.  In true traveling fashion, I hit a Diner’s Drive-Ins & Dives place for dinner called Tamale Place that was awesome!  The next morning I hit Orangetheory with my good friend David Contorno and then headed to the session where I was a part of the panel of the 5 finalist for the Broker of the Year!  At the end of the session they announced the winner and I was excited, shocked, humbled and in awe that I was selected as the 2017 Broker of the Year.

The outpouring of love I’ve received has been overwhelming, to say the least, I truly appreciate all that have reached out.  There is no possible way for me to thank everyone personally for the texts, calls, emails, comments on social media, re-posts, shout outs and shares that have been given on my behalf but I will always be eternally grateful.  To my family, my friends, my work family (Combs & Co, Capacity / EPIC and Savoy), my association family (WIFS, NAHU, NAIFA and Mizzou), my clients, my mentees, my mentors, my King City Crew, my industry peers and most of all my incredible husband – you have helped me to become the person I am today, thank you for believing in me more than I believe in myself sometimes.

Over the past couple of days, a JFK quote kept popping into my head, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  I hope I continue to live my life so that you all know how truly grateful I am for the love and support that you all have shown me and continue to pay it forward for others.

— Susan



What’s the good news, ladies? Even more women changing the industry.

3rd-installment

For our third installment highlighting women who are changing our industry, I’m going to introduce three more  three amazing ladies.  These three are rock star recruiters from Guardian, MassMutual and Penn Mutual.

(Be sure to read our first and second installment of the series.)

I met each of these women by being part of organizations like WIFS, NAIFA and GAMA.  I’ve found that when you connect with women who are involved with industry organizations, they mean business and are always looking to develop themselves and the people around them.

Click Here to see what Samantha, Cheryl and Evelyn are up to this year!



The Story Exchange

Story Exchange

The Story Exchange is a nonprofit media organization dedicated to telling the personal and professional stories of women business owners. They showcase the often-overlooked entrepreneurial women around the world who are contributing to their communities and collectively making an impact on the global economy. As an independent 501(c)(3) digital initiative, they aim to provide role models to other women who are pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams.  To learn more about The Story Exchange click here!  If you would like to visit Susan Combs’s Story Exchange page please click here!



Susan Combs Receives SmartCEO Brava! Award
July 1, 2014, 12:20 am
Filed under: Brava Awards, Exciting News, Motivational, SmartCEO, Susan L Combs

 

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New York SmartCEO Announces the 2014 Brava! Awards Winners

40 powerhouse female business leaders to be recognized in
SmartCEO’s Brava! Awards program

New York, NY (June 10, 2014) — New York SmartCEO and Title Sponsor WeiserMazars LLP are pleased to announce the 2014 Brava! Award winners. The Brava! Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of 40 of Greater New York’s top women business leaders. This year’s class collectively generates more than $1.2 billion in annual revenue and employ over 49,000 individuals. This year’s winners will be profiled in the September/October issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony on September 23, 2014 at Capitale.

Please see below for a complete list of winners and for program details. To share in the excitement leading up to the event, follow us @SmartCEO #BravaAwards.

“Brava winners possess the utmost qualities in a leader — vision, passion, compassion, dedication, perseverance. Every one of this year’s winners exhibits these qualities in running their business, their families and their philanthropic activities. They give 110 percent of themselves,” says Rick Crane, regional president of SmartCEO Media. “We are honored and humbled to recognize a group of women who are truly making a difference in the world.”

The winners will be celebrated at the New York Brava! Awards ceremony on September 23, 2014 at Capitale. An expected sell-out event, over 300 local C-level executives and guests will attend to celebrate their achievements. Past Brava! winners will also be in attendance to welcome the new class of winners and grow the community. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception followed by the awards ceremony and a final toast to the women leaders of Greater New York.

About SmartCEO
SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through its award-winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources. SmartCEO’s integrated media platforms reach decision makers in the Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas.

About the Brava! Awards
The Brava! Awards program celebrates female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava! Award winners are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities. They encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects winners based on the quality of applications submitted. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in the September/October issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at an awards reception in September.

Complete Program Information:
2014 Brava! Awards
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Capitale
130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
Attire: Business Cocktail

2014 New York Brava! Winners:
Wen Zhou, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Ann Gottlieb, Ann Gottlieb Associates
Dominique Debroux, Big Belli, LLC
Claudia Baricevic, Capitale
Susan L. Combs, PPACA, Combs & Co.
Elisabete Miranda, CQ fluency
Samantha DiGennaro, DiGennaro Communications
Cheryl Ann Lawrence McDaniel, Direct Success Inc.
Jennifer N. Nevins, DW Smith Associates, LLC
Susan Lindner, Emerging Media
Erika Weinstein, eTeam Executive Search LLC
Amanda Judge, Faire Collection
Hilda Polanco, Fiscal Management Associates
Stacy Francis, Francis Financial, Inc.
Maureen Henegan, Henegan Construction Co., Inc.
Marilyn Kane, Iridium Capital LLC
Julie B. Kampf, JBK Associates
Lynne S. Katzmann, Juniper Communities
Karen Gurl-Martell, KGM Consulting, Inc.
Gwen Whiting and Lindsey J. Boyd, The Laundress New York
Jil Larsen, Magic Mix Juicery
Robyn Streisand, The Mixx
Dr. Robin Smith, Neostem
Cheryl Biron, One Horn Transportation
Denise Mari, Organic Avenue and Mari Lifestyle
Joanna Phillips, Phillips Brokerage
Jill Scalisi, Scalisi Skincare
Jennifer Blumin, Skylight Group
Lori Leitgeb, Stack Builders
Mary Nittolo, The STUDIO
Sarah Endline, Sweet Riot
Leslie A. Firtell, Tower Legal Solutions
Liz Elting, TransPerfect
Nadine Cino, Tyga Box
Susan White Morrissey, White and Warren

Nonprofit Winners
Saranne Rothberg, ComedyCures Foundation
Gail A. Magaliff, FEGS Health & Human Services
Ruth Rathblott, Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF)
Carol Robles-Román, Legal Momentum
Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., Women Presidents’ Organization

To find out more about the 2015 Brava! Awards nomination process, email us at NYprograms@smartceo.com. For information about sponsorship opportunities, email us at NewYork@smartceo.com.

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Susan Combs named Best Rising Star 2014 by LifeHealthPro

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This year’s nominations for the National Underwriter Industry Elite Awards were stronger than ever, a who’s who of the best and brightest in the realms of market innovation, industry awareness, community outreach and young talent. Our winners and honorable mentions this year stand out for their leadership, drive and brilliance that only the Industry Elites can offer.​ It was an especially difficult selection process as each and every entry stood with great merit. But alas, only one can be chosen. With that, we present to you the 2014 National Underwriter Industry Elite Awards.

To read the full write up on the award, click here!