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  • Employee Spotlight – Amanda O’Brien knows the importance of timing

    Amanda O’Brien, Sr. Underwriter for Velocity’s Large Commercial team, knows that timing is everything. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine, with a Psychology Degree, Amanda continued bartending during a difficult job market, until a friend at a party encouraged her to apply at Swiss Re. The job would take her from Southern California to San Francisco and would … Read More

  • If your 2020 vacation evolved into a staycation, take a few moments to record your treasures.

    With vacations cancelled due to COVID-19, you still have PTO to burn. Why not schedule a day to make sure you’re prepared in the event of a loss to your home? According to Insurance Information Institute, home fires occur about every 90 seconds in the U.S. We hope it never happens to us, but can you remember every item you … Read More

  • Employee Spotlight – Rob Rice takes 1,000 pieces of data and paints a beautiful picture

    Rob Rice is one of Velocity Risk Underwriter’s Senior Claims Data Analysts, and he loves data! If you enjoy the satisfaction of finishing a 1,000-piece puzzle, you’ll understand the thrill Rob feels when he can take complicated data and let it tell a story that anyone can understand.

    After Rob graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in … Read More

  • Are you prepared for extreme heat this summer?

    If it seems like we have to wake up earlier and earlier to get in our morning walk or run, it may be because 2020 is tied for the hottest year since 2016, according to NOAA. The data for January through May compares temperatures from the past 141 years.

    It’s important to understand the dangers of extreme heat on … Read More

  • Employee Spotlight – Velocity Risk Underwriters offers Siddharth Virkud an opportunity for adventure

    Few insurance professionals begin to think about a career in insurance as undergraduates. Siddharth Virkud was no different. He had an aptitude for math and science and plotted a course in civil engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It wasn’t long before he realized he didn’t want to spend his life designing roads and bridges but was drawn … Read More

  • Your fur babies want to know if you’re prepared to protect them during an emergency

    Some of us may struggle with the new normal of working from home and low social interactions with friends, family and co-workers, but our fur-covered family members are thrilled with these new arrangements. They get more walks and cuddles than ever before, and many animal shelters have empty cages due to a surge in adoptions.

    If you’re a seasoned pet … Read More

  • Welcome to Hurricane Season 2020

    2020 has unleashed catastrophes in historical fashion: COVID-19, murder hornets, Australian brushfires, earthquakes, floods and more. And now, an above-normal hurricane season is predicted. We are already two named storms into the list of 21 for the year: Arthur and Bertha, which thankfully were rain events and weakened before they were able to do widespread damage.

    Hurricane season officially starts … Read More

  • Keep cool this summer with DIY HVAC inspection

    Having no heat in winter or no cool air in summer makes for a miserable time. Learn how to do a basic HVAC inspection that could always help keep your system operational.

    You can stave off malfunctions and keep your HVAC system in good working condition by performing regular inspections.  Here are the steps to take when performing your very … Read More

  • A home health check to get your backyard ready for a socially safe summer

    Summer is right around the corner, and as we begin to safely socialize with friends and neighbors, it’s a perfect time to think about outdoor safety. As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to keep your guests safe on your property and reduce your liability exposure. You may have $100,000 or even $1,000,000 in liability coverage, but it’s always best to … Read More

  • Employee spotlight – Karla Naujokat is not a farm girl from Wisconsin, but she will bring the cheese(y)

    Karla Naujokat had a good laugh when she received a promotion early in her insurance career. She was raised by a strong-willed single mom from Wisconsin who instilled positive values and a sense of humor. Karla had moved to California, and her boss must have assumed that everyone from Wisconsin knows something about farms. Karla wound up handling all the … Read More