Employee Spotlight: Rebecca Stumpf

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 Strategic Account Manager, Rebecca Stumpf

Rebecca “Becky” has been with us for 16 years and works in the field for our Partner Relations team.

Let’s get to know Becky!

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What made you want to work as a Field Marketing Manager for California Casualty?

To get the Field Marketing Manager position for Missouri I went through four interviews, each time I was able to get a better understanding of the California Casualty culture. I quickly came to the conclusion that the company offered more than insurance. This was a place where each employee I encountered cared about my well-being and about those they served. It felt like a perfect fit for me!

 

What is your favorite part about your job?

I just recently moved into a new role that has expanded my responsibilities as an account manager into states that are new to me. I’m excited to better understand the groups in those states and get to know the leadership.

I’m also working on projects that afford me the opportunity to work with more people within the Partner Relationships department, and with people from other departments within the company. We have so many amazing people working for our company, I’m excited to be in a position to get to know and learn from more of them!

I love my job for a number of reasons: my co-workers, the family feel of our company, the groups we serve – our American Heroes, the friends I have made because of this job, working from home and traveling across the country (during non-covid times).

 

What have you learned in your position at California Casualty?

I’m not sure there’s enough space for me to list all the useful information I’ve learned during my tenure!

Probably the most useful information I have learned is to never stop looking for opportunities to learn and grow and to create learning opportunities for those around me.

 

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

My favorite activities are reading, gardening, hiking with my daughter, camping, and traveling with my family.

 

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

My husband and I met when we were 18 and 16 respectively; we became good friends and remained that way for 7 years before we realized that we were meant for each other. We’ve now been married for 17 years and have two kids; Calvin, who will be 14 at the end of the year, and Hazel who will be 12 in May.

Both our Moms live within one mile of us, and spend a lot of time with us hanging out at home and traveling.

We have a very loving and needy eleven-year-old German Shepard named Lily, who pretends to fiercely protect us, but is a big baby at her core.

 

If you want to learn more about Becky 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

20 Holiday Traditions for Your Family

20 Holiday Traditions for Your Family

Does your family have any holiday traditions?

Many families traditionally gather with friends and loved ones on or around the holidays and much like all other plans, those get-togethers have been interrupted and/or canceled by COVID-19.

So, to help those families who aren’t sure what to do this seaons, we’ve gathered up a list of traditions that you can still do with your family to keep the holidays merry and bright.

Stay in and stay safe t by trying some of these traditions with your family!

    1. Bake cookies
    2. Get dressed up in your ugly sweaters
    3. Host a gingerbread house building competition
    4. Decorate your stockings
    5. Everyone opens one present
    6. Watch a movie
    7. Make homemade hot chocolate
    8. Get family PJs (they even make them for pets!)
    9. Have a family white elephant gift party
    10. Search for the Pickle
    11. Read a Holiday Story
    12. Play a holiday-themed game
    13. Sing carols
    14. Watch the Santa Tracker
    15. Attend an online church service
    16. Try a virtual holiday escape room
    17. Light your fireplace and tell stories
    18. Wrap presents as a family
    19. Choose a charity to donate to online
    20. Write letters to Santa

And if you do decide to go out, try some of these socially distant activities:

    • Drive around and look at lights
    • Drive-by Caroling
    • Ding-Dong-Ditch friends and family members with presents
    • Order curbside holiday pick up from a local restaurant or bakery
    • Drop off donated presents to a charity or animal shelter

Although the holidays may look a little different this year, you and your family don’t have to miss out on all of the fun. Try celebrating at home with friends and family by setting up your own virtual holiday party! Click here to learn more.

Have a safe and happy holiday seaon!

 

 

This article is furnished by California Casualty. We specialize in 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: Charlene Rowens

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 Senior Field Marketing Manager, Charlene Rowens.

Charlene has been with us for almost 8 years (her anniversary is next week!) and works remotely for our Partner Relations team.

Let’s get to know Charlene!

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What made you want to work as a Field Marketing Manager for California Casualty?

I have an insurance career background, so for me, it was like coming home.

I was also impressed that CalCas worked with American Heroes: educators, law enforcement, firefighters, and nurses. That definitely appealed to me so I applied right away.

 

What is your favorite part about your job?

 I love helping American Heroes save money and use exclusive benefits that are solely for them (auto and home insurance).  Our groups work so hard every day to educate our future, keep us safe and healthy, they deserve to be treated special. 

I also like that no day is the same. Before Covid, I was somewhere different every day. I could be working in a teacher’s lounge, police briefing, fire station, or a conference. My territory includes Riverside, Pomona, Corona, Norco, San Bernardino, and the high desert as far as Bartow.  So, I am usually a road warrior, but that’s fine by me. I love to network and talk about California Casualty Benefits. We really take care of our policyholders.

 

What have you learned in your position at California Casualty?

Time management; to make sure I give our affinity groups equal attention because it is part of their member benefits and I want to give all an opportunity to use their member benefits.

 

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

I enjoy the beach, walking, traveling, reading self-help books, and enjoying time with my family!

 

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

I am from the same place as Michael Jackson, Denise Williams, Ernest Lee Thomas, Fred Williamson, Glenn Robinson, Frank Borman, and others I may be forgetting. That city is Gary, Indiana! 

I married my college sweetheart!  We just celebrated our Silver anniversary and have known each other for 30 years. I have a son 22-years-old just graduated from DePaul University, a double major in Finance and Economics, and a son Senior in high school.

 

 

If you want to learn more about Charlene 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

20 Virtual Holiday Gifts Everyone Will Love

20 Virtual Holiday Gifts Everyone Will Love

Although many of us won’t be able to visit friends, family, or loved ones this holiday season, that doesn’t mean we can’t still bring them joy or spread the Yuletide cheer!

Check out these 20 great holiday gift ideas for everyone in your life – no matter where they are.

1. Printable Coupons – Flex your creative muscles by making personalized coupons that can be printed out and redeemed later – for hugs, virtual family time, happy hour or anything, really! For a handmade touch, draw or paint them and send via snail mail or a digital photo.

2. Streaming Service Subscription – These days, there is no shortage of streaming service choices. Would anyone on your list like a subscription for movies, shows or music?

3. Gaming Subscription – Gamers can never get enough gaming time. Make sure you know which app or platform the gamer in your life uses before purchasing.

4. Audiobook Membership – Audiobooks are a great gift for book lovers for several reasons: they can “read” on the go, listen to master storytellers bring books to life, and have access to unlimited audiobooks (for most subscription platforms).

5. Donation – For those who have everything, donating to a cause you know they care about will give them some extra good feels for the holidays.

6. Museum Pass – Many people assume museums are closed, but in fact many have done a ton of work to go virtual. Get your favorite art lover a pass and help them get their art groove on.

7. Online Grocery Shopping Service – Help loved ones stay safe and give them some extra time in their day by gifting a subscription to their favorite grocer.

8. Food Delivery – Go one step beyond groceries and send a subscription for a food delivery service in their area. No dishes to clean, and a hot cooked meal delivered straight to their door? – yes, please!

9. Meal Delivery Kit – Halfway between groceries and food delivery, meal kits take the guesswork out of dinner prep, and will be much appreciated by any home chef.

10. Wine Subscription – Wine lovers on your list will look forward to new arrivals all year long. For those who aren’t partial to wine, check out subscriptions for beer, cheese, olive oil or other specialty foods.

11. Coffee or Tea Subscription – Broaden your favorite coffee or tea drinker’s horizon by getting them something new for their morning ritual.

12. Magazine or Publication Subscription – There’s a publication for everyone – all depending on their interests. Have a friend or family member who’s been wanting a digital newspaper subscription? How about a magazine all about one of their hobbies or interests? A google search for “online newsstand” should spark a ton of ideas.

13. Virtual Yoga or Gym Membership – Taking care of our own health is often last on the to-do list. Keep your loved ones healthy and help them lower their stress by getting them the gift of health.

14. Meditation App – Who couldn’t use a little calm and peace right now? Check out the many meditation apps available and find the perfect ones for your favorite people.

15. Online Learning Subscription – Have any curious, knowledge-thirsty folks in your circle? Send them a subscription for language courses, higher education classes or another online learning opportunity.

16. Subscription For Creative Arts – Creative projects can help keep us inspired and motivated during the long winter months. For the creatives in your life, look into crafting subscriptions, online painting classes, virtual music lessons, and other right-brain endeavors.

17. Virtual Scrapbook – Send friends or family a reminder of great times together (pre-Covid!) by assembling a virtual scrapbook of favorite memories. The great thing about an online versus paper version is that you can include videos in the mix of photos.

18. Makeup or Beauty Subscription – Someday we’ll have a reason to go out again, but in the meantime, receiving a regular beauty box can give a boost to those on your holiday list.

19. Membership – There’s an association or club for just about every passion, hobby or interest. Birding? Definitely. Fishing? Yep. Quilting, classic cars, sculpture? – there’s a club for that!

20. Professional Membership – Give a loved one a career boost by getting them a membership to a professional association in their field.

No doubt – this holiday season looks different than all the years past. But with some flexibility and creativity, we can still connect and celebrate with our loved ones. And surprise them with the perfect gifts! Happy holidays to all!

 

 

This article is furnished by California Casualty. We specialize in 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: Jeff Myers

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 Field Marketing Team Manager, Jeff Myers.

Jeff has been with us for a whopping 25 years and works remotely for our Partner Relations team.

Let’s get to know Jeff!

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What made you want to work as a Field Marketing Team Manager for California Casualty?

Back in 1993, my uncle worked for CalCas. I went to dinner with him one night, along with two other guys that had worked for over 25 years with CalCas. They talked so well about this company that I told my uncle I had to work there.

I applied and started with the company in the newly formed Retention Unit

 

What is your favorite part about your job?

There isn’t just one thing. Knowing that the company has the back of whom we insure, the graciousness they treat the employees with, the family feel- every CEO I have worked for knows the names of employees and their spouse- it’s amazing.

I’ve had a few jobs at CalCas, Retention Specialist, Sales, Field Marketing Manager, Sr. Field Marketing Manager, and now Team Manager.  Each of those positions has involved working with great people and managers. They all have been fun jobs, but the best thing is who we serve, public safety, educators, nurses, and others. To see how we service them is so satisfying.

 

What have you learned in your position at California Casualty?

How to lead others well using the “Outward Mindset” philosophy.

 

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

We spend a lot of time at our church service in the local community. My wife directs the foyer ministry and I oversee the Security Detail. I also lead a men’s group, Elders, and Married Life groups. I also serve as a Chaplin for the Riverside Sheriff’s Department.

My wife and I love to camp in the wilderness. We’ve slept in tents, Class-A motorhomes, and in cabins.  When we travel we love to take our jeep and find new places we have never seen before, and return to some of our favorite places we discovered.

I like to fish but my wife sits there and reads. (No worms for her haha).

We’ve also traveled to Israel and are looking forward to going back soon!

 

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

I have two dreams that may never come true, but I never stop dreaming or thinking about them.

1.In my younger years, I was an actor- on stage from the age of 5. My best role was playing the lead role of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. I actually was the only lead role that ever received an outstanding review by a local newspaper. So my dream is to be in a movie one day, preferably a western.

2. I grew up off-roading with my family. We belonged to a Jeep Club and would be out bouncing around in my dad’s 1963 International Scout. I learned to drive at age 10. As an adult, I have owned a few off-road vehicles and became a proficient driver. At one point I almost won a Baja Bug at an off-road show drawing. My friend and I would have used that to race in the Baja 1000. I still have that dream of racing an off-road vehicle, either in Mexico at the Baja 1000 or a race here in California called “The King of the Hammers”.

Another interesting fact, I was on a NASCAR race team with my brother. I was invited to help with their pit stops at the California and Las Vegas Speedways.

 

 

If you want to learn more about Jeff 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: Jackie Jones

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 Field Marketing Manager, Jackie Jones.

Jackie has been with us for 4 years and works remotely covering territories in Virginia and Maryland for our Partner Relations team.

Let’s get to know Jackie!

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What made you want to work as a Field Marketing Manager for California Casualty?

I was stuck at a desk job, I typed in the word “field” to Indeed and CalCas popped up! As soon as I read who we cater to, I wanted in!

 

What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part about my job is the ability to make connections and long-lasting friendships with those who I work with in the field

I love the freedom of working in the field! Being stuck in the house (COVID-19) definitely created its challenges, but it sparked a whole new mindset and I feel as if I have thrived from it.

 

What have you learned in your position at California Casualty?

The most useful information…I am not entirely sure. I know that I was horrible at and dreaded making small talk. I’d just never learned to be comfortable with it throughout my life. This job has taught me how to effortlessly make small talk, and then turn it into a great opportunity!

 

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

My favorite activities used to be in-person NEO’s, it was such a rush! Now, my favorite activity is social media mass marketing! Seeing how many people have actually looked at the post or took the time to like/comment on it is a rush!  

 

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

Let’s see…

I met my fiancé on Bumble almost 4 years ago. (swiping right works! Haha!)

I am a rescue dog mom of 3. Luna – lab border collie mix, Vince – pit plott house mix, and Archie – whippet Chihuahua mix. I have 4 beta fish, Rick and Morty (from the TV show), and Bucky and Zippy (for the Buckeyes and Akron). I also have an angelfish and a catfish. My family calls me Dr.Dolittle!

I am a First Team All-American lacrosse player.

I am the head coach of a high school Varsity Girl’s lacrosse team

I have become a Cricut fanatic, making personalized cups! I also learned how to etch glass!

I am a plant mom! I have over 30 plants in my house!

  

 

 

If you want to learn more about Jackie 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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