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

NEW YORK, April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ Cover - BOY Award


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.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Pisani, Combs & Company, LLC, 646-736-3737,

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ALBANY, NY (11/06/2014)(readMedia)– At the 2014 Annual Conference held in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Women in Insurance & Financial Services elected its 2014-2015 Slate of Officers and Directors.

Named to the board were:

President – Susan Combs (Combs & Company) of New York, NY

President-Elect – Susan Glass (New York Life) of Atlanta, GA

Secretary – Evelyn Gellar (Empire Wealth Strategies, an agency of Penn Mutual) of West Islip, NY

Treasurer – Lisa Lettenmaier (Health Source NW) of Tigarrd, OR

Immediate Past President – Angelia Shay (New York Life, Path Strategies) of Ashland, VA


• Stacia DeWitt (Thrivent Financial) of Little Rock, AR

• Louise Frances (Independent) of Latham, NY

• Monica Jones (AAA Life Insurance) of Chula Vista, CA

• Lisa Pilgrim (Barley, McNamara & Wild, CPA’s) of Jacksonville, FL

• Angie Ribuffo (First Command) of Anchorage, AK

• Tashawana Rodwell (SB Media) of Parker, CO

• Nancy Wolfe-Smith (State Farm) of Plantation, FL

• Julie Yunker (MetLife) of Elba, NY

About WIFS

For over 75 years, Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) has served as the preeminent professional organization for women in the industry. Over 1,000 members and 24 local chapters are active nationally. WIFS is dedicated to attracting accomplished women to the financial services sector, developing their talents and advancing them toward success. Benefits include educational webinars, mentorship programming, coaching services, e-newsletters, peer connection and more.

For more information about WIFS, visit or contact Deborah Duffy, Executive Director at 866.264.9437