From the field to the board room, our most important asset will always be people. People who make a collective difference for our customers and our communities.
"Diversity & Inclusion is an important part of our enterprise strategy, helping us bring our Communicate Openly value to life. An essential building block for our culture, D&I will help us evolve as individuals to form stronger, more high-performing teams."
In 2017, we introduced many new initiatives to invest in and listen to our most important resource: associates. By supporting our associates, we can create a more dynamic workplace and a higher performing company.
One example is our new Change Champions program. The Change Champions are 40 associates who complete change management training and provide feedback and ideas to leadership. We’ve also been developing ideas at our Innovation Bowls, where associates participate in day-long competitions to create the best solution to a known problem.
Through our Emerging Leaders and LeaderView programs, we invest in the professional development of high-potential talent as they cultivate new ideas for the enterprise. Another opportunity for professional growth last year was iLearn Week. The new, in-house technology conference consisted of more than 50 training sessions and leveraged the skills of both external and internal experts.
As we invest in our associates, we know it’s important to strengthen our focus on diversity and inclusion. In 2017, we held Inclusive Leadership training for all leaders and Inclusion training for all associates. We also launched a Diversity & Inclusion Team to further inspire these values within the organization. We continued to promote an inclusive, respectful and engaging workplace culture through our Grange Pride Partnership and Allies, Grange Women’s Group and Grange Young Professionals Associate Resource Groups.
These major initiatives strengthen our culture, as do smaller changes to our day-to-day routines. When walking into the home office, you may now see an associate wearing jeans or writing an idea on our innovation wall – in permanent marker. No matter how large or small, these changes strengthen our workplace culture, attract and retain top talent and, in return, propel our growth as an enterprise.
Christianna Wood • Thomas S. Stewart • David C. Wetmore, Chairman of the Board • John Ammendola, President & CEO • Terri J. Dalenta • M. Marnette Perry
Michael D. Fraizer • Glenn E. Corlett • Douglas P. Buth • Mark L. Boxer • Robert E. Hoyt
Pat Lamb, Select Insurance Services Agency, OH • Kevin Panter, Panter Insurance, Southeastern Network Agency, GA • Sandra Moody Dehan, Dehan Insurance, OH • Doug Erwin, Advanced Insurance Solutions, PA • Thomas Crosby, The Insurance Exchange, IL • Jay Harvill, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance LLC, TN • Mike Rice, American Heritage Insurance Group, OH • Diana Hunt, Mountain Valley Insurance, KY • Bill Wethington, Cornerstone Insurance, KY • Sam Crudo, CIA Financial Group, MI • Matt Trittschuh, Matt Trittschuh Agency, OH • Greg Trimble, Trimble Insurance Agency, OH.
Rob Strachan, Strachan Novak Insurance, OH • Doug Halpin, Elite Insurance, OH • Howard Friedman, Friedman Insurance, VA • Drew Monroe, Prosper Insurance Group, VA • Tom Davenport, Blue Marsh Insurance Group, PA • Peter Krause, J Smith Lanier & Company, GA • Chris Wiseman, Van Meter Insurance, KY • Patrick Baggett, Full Service Insurance, TN • Jim Wehar, Rodgers Insurance Group, PA • Mark Wenclewicz, Wenclewicz Insurance, IN • Steve Hopkins, United Group Alliance, OH • Jim Hynes, Old National Insurance, IN.
Mike Stansbury, Elite Insurance Solutions, TN • Travis Shrum, Shrum Insurance Services, TN • Rob Newman, Newman & Tucker, KY • Charlie Spencer, Spencer Insurance, PA • Ryan Atkinson, Atkinson Insurance, VA • Steve Maloof, Tanner, Ballew & Maloof, GA • Gary Rowland, Rowland Insurance Agency Inc, KY • Bruce Braselton, Winder Insurance, GA • Phil Carson, Carson Agency, IN.
Ken Jansen, Lake Michigan Insurance, MI • Jerry Thompson, MVP Insurance, IL.
Celebrating 16 years together in 2017, our affiliation with Integrity Insurance is stronger than ever. Combined, we offer financial stability and a strong market presence that provides more value to our Independent Agents and policyholders.
Today, more than 4,500 agents proudly partner with Grange and Integrity throughout our 13-state footprint. In 2017, Integrity grew premium at double the industry average and enjoyed its sixth straight year of profitability and growth. We will continue to bring our combined power to bear for the good of our policyholders, agents and associates.
We’re always searching for new ways to give back to the communities where we do business. So, in 2017, we launched Grange Insurance Gives, a donor-advised fund administered through The Columbus Foundation. The fund allows us to be more consistent in our charitable giving and have a greater impact on our community.
But our community relations program doesn’t stop there. With a record-setting number of volunteer hours and goal-exceeding United Way campaign, we’re continuing to support local non-profit organizations in their mission to transform lives, provide comfort and enrich the community.
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