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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? What we’re thankful for.

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I know many of us are working hard to close out the year with a bang!  I continue to get some amazing emails from women who are sharing their good news with me; you are all truly inspiring to me!

So let’s get to it, shall we?  This month, you’re going to hear about a couple of colleagues I have known for a number of years and a couple of ladies who were recommended to me after their friends read about other women in this series and wanted to help them toot their own horns!

Click Here to read about Sally, Angela, Sally and Colleen!



Who is a Beneficiary?

Check out our quick video on Who is a Beneficiary!

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More women who are changing the insurance industry.

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I’ve enjoyed all the positive feedback on this new series, “What’s the good news, ladies? Women who are changing the industry.” It really has been fun!  For our second installment, I wanted you to hear from four women who come to the industry from entirely different backgrounds.

Juli McNeely, who took over her father’s practice and helped bring it to the next level; Kristin Alfheim, an award-winning financial advisor who runs a successful practice in Green Bay; Meghan Wilke, who took her production experience to the home office level for Mutual of Omaha; and Julie Yunker, who is thriving under a big transition that happened earlier this year with MetLife.

Now sit back, relax and get ready to be inspired by some astounding and accomplished women as they share some of their high points from this year.

Click Here to read all about these amazing women!



What’s the good news, ladies? Women who are changing the industry.

Series1-WTGNLWith so much negativity in the world these days, I often find myself actively searching for the “good stuff” and celebrating those who share this information with me.  I recently caught up with my friend and colleague, Emily Viner, VP of Agency Growth & Development for Guardian, and we were discussing Guardian’s study on closing the gender gap in sales and how they are working hard to change the landscape for women in the industry.

According to Viner, “Our industry struggles to recruit women into sales roles, but the issue is much broader than us. The study provides a clearer picture of how to position a career in sales as a satisfying and successful venture for those who are interested in a new opportunity. We now have a roadmap showing how to best highlight career benefits to women and address concerns they may have. We need to start sharing that message with young women and girls as well as experienced women looking for their next career move.”

I get excited any time I hear of a company working on a new strategy to get more women into the industry.  I often hear that women in our industry account for about 14 percent of the production positions, and the percentage is even smaller in management roles. But I feel like we’re on the brink of something big here. Over the next several months, you are going to be wowed over and over again with a new series called “What’s the good news, ladies?”  I know I have some amazing rock star women in my life who are getting it done, so I reached out to some of them to share with you some of their high points from this year.  Buckle up and Click Here to read all about them!



The Best Way to Prospect

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So I have the pleasure of writing for the Succession Initiative for LifeHealthPro and they come to me with questions from their readers and I get to respond to them!  Here is the latest one:

The Challenge…

How can I make appointments effectively?

Meeting The Challenge…

Hi Terry,

First off, I basically equate that to a mother not teaching her son how to cook and do laundry because she knows he’ll find a wife to do it for him! Learning how to prospect is a life skill in sales. You have to get it down pat in order to be successful in this career. Being handed leads are the reward after you have proven yourself, you know?

OK … now to get off of my soapbox and offer a solution.

Network.

Network with everyone and anyone if you are starting out. Book lunches, coffees and drinks with other salespeople and business professionals in different fields. Get your elevator pitch down and be specific about who you want to be introduced to that are good lead sources for you (CPAs, attorneys, etc.) Be specific about your ideal client, too; if you say “business owners,” they are going to hear Charlie Brown’s parents talking and you’ll go nowhere.  Click here to read more!