2019 Partner Relations Recognition Ceremony

2019 Partner Relations Recognition Ceremony

Each summer, for nearly 40 years, California Casualty Partner Relations Field Marketing Managers from across the nation have gathered in one central location to celebrate their achievements from the previous year.

This year, to keep our employees safe and healthy, the ceremony was held virtually with over 70 participants- including California Casualty President and CEO, Joe Volponi.

21 awards were given in total for 2019 including, 1 Rookie of the Year Award, 4 Honors Club Awards, 15 Pinnacle Club Awards, and 1 Partner Relations Advocate Award. Below is a list of our 2019 recipients.

 

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Congratulations to our 2019 winners!

Thank you for all that you do for California Casualty and our customers, you are greatly appreciated.

 

 

Employee Spotlight: Emmett Hughes

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 Personal Insurance Consultant, Emmett Hughes.

Emmett has been with us for six and a half years and is based in our Kansas office.

Let’s get to learn Emmett!

employee spotlight: emmett hughes

 

What made you want to work as an Insurance Consultant at California Casualty?

I was exhausted from working in the HVAC industry, so I thought I would try my hand in the insurance business here at CalCas.

 

What is your favorite part about your job?

I have awesome co-workers and management!

I also like that I get to do the majority of my work remotely from home with my family.

I get to work with some very creative and helpful people. The work environment is extremely welcoming- even if I’m having a bad day my job still rocks!

 

What have you learned in your position at California Casualty?

I have learned the true reality of the sacrifices that public safety employees and educators/support staff make for their communities. Most of the time it’s a thankless job, but I get the opportunity to express our gratitude.

 

What are your favorite activities to do outside of the office?

Going on family bike rides and walks with our two dogs.

Spending quality time with my 5 and 9-year-old children.

Exploring interesting things to do in our local community.

 

Anything else you would like the audience to know about you?

I once met the Nature Boy, Rick Flair, in Tulsa, OK and got his autograph! WOOOOO! (only real fans know)

I’m extremely interested in anthropology and am fascinated by the idea of human origins.

I enjoy watching UFC.

I’m Midwest, born and raised, but I cannot stand to listen to Country music. I ’m a fan of ’80s, ’90s, and 2000’s Rock and Alternative.

I would love to visit Stonehenge, The Pyramids, and Machu Picchu

 

 

If you want to learn more about Emmett or are interested in a career at California Casualty, connect with him on LinkedIn! Or visit our careers page at https://www.calcas.com/careers

Employee Spotlight: Nathaniel Smith

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 Sales Representative, Nathaniel Smith

Kevin is a newer employee at CalCas, he’s been with us for a year and is based in our Colorado office.

Let’s get to learn Nathaniel!

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What made you want to work as a Sales Representative at California Casualty?

I was looking for a job that would utilize my sales experience, but also have a welcoming, open culture. My parents, who are teachers and members of California Casualty, recommended I look into CalCas.

 

What is your favorite part about your job?

The people! Whether they are customers or employees, the people of California Casualty are friendly, open, and fun.

I really love working with my team and fellow Cal Cas employees. The management is very encouraging and development focused. My fellow team members are also very willing to help each other succeed, and encourage each other to do their best. There is also a sense of friendly competition, though most just focus on being the best form of themselves.

 

What have you learned in your position at California Casualty?

I have learned a great deal about the other side of insurance and how it’s ran as a business.

 

What are your favorite activities to do outside of the office?

My hobbies include playing video games with my friends online, hanging out with my two daughters, and creating fun costumes of my favorite fictional characters to wear to conventions like ComiCon.

I also enjoy camping and being outside with my dog, family, and friends.

 

Anything else you would like the audience to know about you?

I am a single father of two amazing little girls.

I am trying to go back to school to finish my degree in Business.

I design and make costumes and costume accessories/props for others and hope to build it into a side business one day.

I own a 3D Printer and enjoy making fun things with it.

 

 

If you want to learn more about Nathaniel or are interested in a career at California Casualty, connect with him on LinkedIn! Or visit our careers page at https://www.calcas.com/careers

Be a Good Neighbor this July 4th

Be a Good Neighbor this July 4th

Every year, Independence Day is an opportunity for neighbors to come together to share a meal, catch up, enjoy each other’s company, and celebrate America’s independence. And for many, the evening wouldn’t be complete without fireworks.

A flipside of these celebrations can be disputes between neighbors — usually relating to fireworks and noise levels. Here are some ways to keep the peace and preserve your neighborhood’s sense of community this July 4th.

Whether you’re hosting at home, going to a neighbor’s house, or joining a block party, remember that neighborly respect, courtesy and kindness are key to preventing issues.

 

  • Communicate with Your Neighbors

If you’ll be hosting a get-together, give your neighbors a heads up so they’re not taken by surprise. Remember to let them know when the party will end so they can know when to expect some quiet. If you and your family are the ones being kept awake by loud noise or neighbors past a reasonable hour, reach out in person instead of immediately calling the police. They may have lost track of the time or be unaware of how much the noise is carrying. The soft approach is often the best approach.

 

  • Extend an Invitation

If you’re hosting a casual gathering, consider inviting your neighbors to stop by. A low-pressure, informal party is a perfect opportunity to get to know neighbors a little better — especially those whom you’ve only exchanged waves with while taking in the trash cans. Hanging out in the front yard or co-hosting a block party is another option to encourage visits and conversation.

 

  • Honor the Noise Curfew

Check out your city’s noise ordinance and do your best to abide by it. Many people work on July 5th and/or have young kids who need sleep, etc. so wrapping up parties and noise by the curfew will be greatly appreciated.

 

  • Practice Fireworks Safety

If you’re thinking of purchasing fireworks, check your city or county government’s website first. Some areas, for reasons such as wildfire risk, ban all fireworks outright (even those that are legal in other cities). If you are in the clear, find a space that you can designate to light them. This area should be far away from anything that could quickly catch fire (i.e., yours and your neighbors’ houses, wooden fences, trees, and shrubs). Before the festivities start, be sure to read up on these firework safety practices.

 

  • Clean Up After Yourself

If you had fireworks at your home, be sure to clean up all lit or unlit fireworks. For one, they are toxic to pets and animals; and two, many leave behind sharp fragments that can injure a barefoot or puncture a tire. If your family attended a block party in the neighborhood or went to a neighbor’s home to celebrate, stay a few minutes afterward and help clean up.

 

If we’ve learned anything during the pandemic, it’s that we’re not islands unto ourselves. We’re part of communities, neighborhoods, work families, and friend networks. Being considerate and inclusive of our neighbors this holiday is one more way to celebrate the American spirit.

 

 

This article is furnished by California Casualty, providing auto and home insurance to educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and nurses. Get a quote at 1.866.704.8614 or www.calcas.com.

Tips to Lower Your Cooling Costs

Tips to Lower Your Cooling Costs

High summer temperatures usually translate to high energy bills. But there are plenty of ways to stay cool and comfortable this summer while saving money.

Try adopting some or all of the 9 tips below. They’re good for your budget, the planet, and local power grids.

 

1. Plant Trees For Shade

Shady trees around your house can greatly reduce a “greenhouse effect” in your home by limiting the direct sunlight coming in through windows and beating down on the roof. Also, having shade over your air conditioning unit can increase its energy efficiency.

 

2. Be Thermostat-Smart

Some best practices: set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible (78 degrees is recommended) and raise it a bit when you’re away. Better yet, install a programmable thermostat for even more time- and energy-efficiency.

 

3. Lights Out!

Daytime lights give off heat, which accumulates over the day. Incandescent lights are the least efficient, with 90 percent of their energy given off as heat. Try gradually switching to more efficient lighting and consider lighting controls such as sensors and timers. In the meantime, turning off lights whenever leaving a room is always a good rule of thumb.

 

4. Check Your Filters

Clean or replace air conditioning filters at least once per month. This is one of the quickest ways to lower your energy bill, as a clean AC system uses less energy and has a longer life span.

 

5. Draw the Shades

Drawing your windows’ shades, blinds or curtains keeps direct sunlight — a concentrated heat source — out. Make it a habit to do this when you’re out of the house. Even when you’re home, drawing the shades in rooms that stay empty or aren’t used often will make a difference.

 

6. Use Fans

Whether ceiling, table, floor, or wall-mounted, fans create a wind-chill effect that can lower the “real feel” of air temps by 6-7 degrees. No need to leave them on in empty rooms though, as fans cool people, not the air itself.

 

7. Seal Those Leaks

They’re invisible but can wreak havoc on your energy bill. Check throughout your home for gaps and leaks and repair them with caulking or weather stripping to keep cool air from escaping and hot air from entering. While you’re at it, check your ducts — according to the U.S. Department of Energy, air loss through ducts accounts for about 30 percent of an AC unit’s energy consumption.

 

8. Maintain Your AC

Besides changing the filters, have a professional do regular maintenance annually, which can more than pay for itself in terms of long-term energy savings.

 

9. Be Mindful of Appliances

Running your appliances (oven, dryer, stove, dishwasher) can build up a lot of heat in the house and send your AC into overdrive. Try to stagger appliance use and see which you can run at night. If you’re due to replace any of them, check out Energy Star-qualified products. Consider air-drying clothes and dishes, and cook on the grill rather than on the stove to reduce in-home heat.

 

With a few simple hacks and a new habit or two, you can be well on your way to staying cool while saving some cash this summer.

 

 

This article is furnished by California Casualty, providing auto and home insurance to educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and nurses. Get a quote at 1.866.704.8614 or www.calcas.com.

Employee Spotlight: Kevin DeSousa

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 Inbound Sales Representative, Kevin DeSousa

Kevin is a newer employee at CalCas, he’s almost been with us for a year and is based in our Colorado office.

Let’s get to learn Kevin!

employee spotlight: Kevin Desousa

 

What made you want to work as a Sales Representative at California Casualty?

I really just enjoy talking to people. It especially it feels great when you’re also assisting a customer with a necessity such as insurance.

California Casualty has a high customer satisfaction rating, and when you are training for Sales, it really shows. You start off learning that when you are on the phone with a customer you care about every single one of them and their needs, not just as customers, but as people.

 

What is your favorite part about your job?

Besides knowing that we’re helping our teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and nurses!  I enjoy really getting to know our customers, I talk to each person on the phone like I’m talking to one of my family members.  I don’t want to under-insure my family and I also don’t want to over-insure my family; I want to make sure that everyone is paying for what they need to help take the best care of themselves as possible.

 

What have you learned in your position at California Casualty?

I have learned so much. Since getting hired on, I have a completely newfound respect for the insurance industry. Before it was just thinking that my car/house is covered from damage if something were to happen. But now, it’s much more than that, knowing what all the numbers mean and why certain people need certain coverages -not everyone needs the same coverage. Literally, within my first month here, I went home and redid my own insurance and made sure that I was covered correctly.

 

What are your favorite activities to do outside of the office?

I enjoy my family and my church family. Anytime we can all get together that is a good day! 

I love going camping and enjoying the wilderness, I would say I go fishing, but I have yet to catch anything this season, so we’ll just skip that….

I have also enjoy working on updating my house and working in my yard with my small farm.

 

Anything else you would like the audience to know about you?

Been married 10yrs in August; we have an 8-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl.

I am originally from New Hampshire and a HUGE Patriots Fan

I own a lot of animals on my small farm I have: 2 Dogs (1 Grand Pyrenees and 1 Husky), 7 Chickens, 3 Ducks, 1 Bearded Dragon, 2 Hermit Crabs, and 2 Guinea Pigs.

I am 100% Portuguese; for my childhood summer vacation most kids would go to Disney; I would go to the Azores and I LOVED it.

 

 

If you want to learn more about Kevin or are interested in a career at California Casualty, connect with him on LinkedIn! Or visit our careers page at https://www.calcas.com/careers

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