We have amazing employees at California Casualty. The Employee Spotlight is a new series aiming to highlight those talented individuals that make up our successful company culture and community. From human resource recruiters and learning and development trainers to claims adjusters, marketers, customer support specialists, partner relations, sales representatives, and beyond; each week, we’ll highlight a new team member, so you can get to know us better and see how our employees make us who we are as a company.
This edition of the Employee Spotlight will feature our Senior Learning Instructor & Designer, Melinda Patton
Melinda, who is sporting her new CalCas mask below, has been with us for 23 years!! She is based in our Colorado office.
Let’s get to learn Melinda!
What made you want to work as a Learning Instructor at California Casualty?
When I was searching for a career, California Casualty was new to Colorado and offered many great job opportunities. I also really liked the idea of working for a family-owned company and not some giant corporation, so I was drawn to apply 23 years ago and here I am!
What is your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part about my job is working with the new employees and helping them learn all about the company and the jobs they will perform. The best part is watching them grow and become successful in their career with CalCas.
At California Casualty there is a strong sense of collaboration – we all share the same vision and are dedicated to the mission. I like to brainstorm and think outside the box – the company encourages employees to have an outward mindset. My job can be very challenging at times, but it pushes me and my senses to full potential. I have a great sense of pride working for this family-owned company that protects our AmeriCAN Heroes.
What have you learned in your position at California Casualty?
This company has graciously offered me the opportunity to move through various departments and increase my knowledge of the insurance industry.
In my 23 years, I have worked the following positions:
- 2 years as a Senior Underwriter
- 2 years as a Claims Adjuster
- 7 years in Partner Relations (2 years in CA and 5 years in CO)
- Almost 12 years in Learning & Development
What are your favorite activities to do outside of the office?
I love to travel – to date, I have been to 5 of the 7 continents.
I also love skiing, aside from locally, I meet up with friends from California at least once a year for a six-day ski trip – we have skied in CO many times, but also Canada, Nevada, Utah, and Montana. I even taught my 10-year-old niece, Stazja, how to ski this spring at a ski resort in New Mexico called “Ski Apache”.
My favorite summertime activities are golfing and hiking.
Anything else you would like the audience to know about you?
I love analyzing property contracts and endorsements.
My favorite trip has been an African photo safari.
My shortest job: one day at Taco Bell. (I quickly realized the fast food industry was not for me!)
If you want to learn more about Melinda or are interested in a career at California Casualty, connect with her on LinkedIn! Or visit our careers page at https://www.calcas.com/careers
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