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For over a decade, Susan L. Combs, partner at The Capacity Group, an EPIC company, has been a leading example in the employee benefits market. From serving as the youngest national president of Women in Insurance & Financial Services in the 81 year history of the organization, to helping forge the national advocacy relationship between WIFS and NAIFA, Combs continues to push her achievements forward—including being selected as one of EBA’s 2017 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising.

To select this year’s honorees, EBA editors asked readers to submit the names of thought leaders who are making their mark on the benefit business through their unique approaches to client relations, benefits technology and/or mentoring other women. From the dozens of submissions received, the editors chose 30 benefit advisers to recognize for their outstanding achievements.

Click here to read the full article on the Employee Benefit Advisor website!



What’s the good news, Ladies? August Edition

August BlogI can’t believe that the summer is coming to a close! So true what they say: The older you get, the quicker it goes! I know our industry has seemed like a tennis match this summer with the various proposals on health care, so I’m sure you all need a break if you haven’t had one already. I’ve never watched so much C-Span in my life.

Since open enrollment will soon be upon us again, I hope you have all had some R&R time to unplug yourselves and your business. I find it is so important to recharge and come back to work with a fresh mindset! This month, I’m excited to introduce you to three women I admire and have had the pleasure of working with either through associations or my practice. Click here to feel inspired as you meet Brittany, Denise and Susan!



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!

 



What’s the Good News, Ladies? June Edition

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The year is flying by! I can’t believe it’s already June, and I’m super excited because my brother and sister-in-law are going to be welcoming my new niece into the world in a few short weeks. Maybe I can get her into the industry early! This project has been hugely rewarding for me as a way to spread the good news about women in our industry and the incredible things they are doing! This month, you’ll get to meet some great women who were introduced to me by other great women. I’m sure you’ll have fun getting to know Sheryl, Ande and Stacey a little better. I know I did!

Click Here to read all about these fantastic women!



Feature Friday: What’s the good news, ladies? May Edition!

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So, first things first …I won! I’m still in shock over winning the BenefitsPRO Broker of the Year Award!  This was the award that I told you about last month. Internally, they call it the BOY Award, so it was extra gratifying for this GIRL to take the crown!  The BenefitsPRO BrokerExpo conference in Indianapolis was incredible, and I was honored to be recognized by my peers in the industry — truly a highlight in my career thus far.

This month, I’m excited to introduce you to Cornelia, Joan and ShirleyAnn.  Cornelia has been a longtime advocate for our industry and for women as well, and I feel very fortunate that I met her through her national involvement in WIFS.  Joan has made a huge impact on my career by showing me the value of education and how crucial is is in our industry. She is my go-to resource for anything concerning our industry’s legislative landscape. And finally, ShirleyAnn. I don’t even know where to begin — to know ShirleyAnn is to experience her. She has an exuberance that just makes you want to strive for greatness in our industry.  I am honored to introduce you to these incredible women, and I know you’ll enjoy getting to know them a little better and hearing about the great things they are doing in our industry!

Click here to read all about Cornelia, Joan and ShirleyAnn!



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