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2014: The Year of Giving

 

"Success is to be shared."

These are the words of R&R Insurance Owner Ken Riesch.  Each and every year R&R Insurance and it's employees dedicate their time and resources to helping the local community.  2014 was no different - below is a sampling of charitable events throughout the year:

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Coat drive
Working with One Warm Coat to benefit the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, nearly 2,000lbs of coats were collected from employees, family, & friends

 

 

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#IceBucketChallengeALS
Owner Jack Riesch celebrates over 30 employees stepping up to the challenge by getting drenched in ice cold water! R&R Insurance donated $500 to the Wisconsin chapter

 

 

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United Way
Record setting year with employees raising over $44,000!  Each year the total is then matched dollar-for-dollar by R&R Insurance!

 

 

...and the list goes on!   Follow us on Facebook to see what happens in 2015!

 

Farewell 2014 - Here's to 2015!

 

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What a year here at R&R Insurance!  Our family grew by one, that would be one additional location we added in Oconomowoc this year (see announcement).  That gives us 5 great locations in Southeast Wisconsin!

 
I wanted to personally thank all of you for choosing to do business with our agency.   We know you have so many choices for your insurance dollar, yet you remain loyal to R&R Insurance and the many great insurance companies we are fortunate enough to represent. 

I wanted to take a few moments to share with you some things that you may or may not be aware of.  As usual, please feel free to contact us here should you have any questions or need help in any way.  We are always just a phone call, email, or visit away.

  • In 2014, Wisconsin, and the Midwest in general, had one of the most severe weather years in quite some time.  From a longer winter (which meant quite a few ice dam claims) to severe hail storms (which meant quite a few roof and siding claims) to our early winter, insurance companies paid out record amounts in home claims.  The good news is auto insurance claims were about average.  What does this mean to you?  Even with all of this, if you are insured with us, your rates should remain relatively stable in 2015.
  • Yes, we are totally into social media stuff!  Our Facebook presence continues to grow.  It’s really a great way to get to know our employees.  Please take 10 seconds and "Like" R&R Insurance on Facebook.  
  • Last, take a look around our website.  We recently won a national award for our site.  It’s packed with great information on what is happening here and a lot of useful information.  While you are at it, mark it as a “favorite” and check back with us once in a while.

Thanks again for your loyalty - we enjoy the opportunity to serve you!

Best Regards,

Dan Wolfgram

True Blue Challenge Stocks Shelves for the Oconomowoc Food Pantry

 

Oconomowoc Food PantryOconomowoc, WI – Snyder Insurance Agency, a division of R&R Insurance Services, Inc. has once again hosted the annual “True Blue Challenge” to area businesses this year.  The “True Blue Challenge” invitation is sent out each year in early November and challenges local employers and businesses to allow their employees to wear blue jeans to work in exchange for a monetary or food donation to benefit the Oconomowoc Food Pantry.

This “True Blue Challenge” is timed to boost the Food Pantry’s shelves before the big rush for the holidays, which the Food Pantry experiences each year at this time.  Local businesses arose to the occasion again, donating non-perishable food items and monetary donations.  Each business makes this event their own, coming up with their own competitions and ideas on how to engage their employees and clients to join in on the spirit of giving.

Pictured above is Bill Jackson of the Oconomowoc Food Pantry, with just some of the donations collected from the 2014 event. 

A great big THANK YOU goes out to this year’s participants who made the 2014 “True Blue Challenge” a success:

  • City of Oconomowoc
  • MSI General
  • First Bank Financial Centre
  • Ixonia Bank
  • Shorehaven/Lutheran Homes
  • Lake Area Free Clinic
  • Silgan Containers (2 locations)
  • Sweet P’s Pantry
  • Roehl Corporation
  • Oliver Construction
  • Dousman Family Dentistry
  • Snyder Insurance, a division of R&R Insurance Services

R&R Insurance Services, Inc. has served the insurance needs of southeastern Wisconsin since 1975. Today, R&R is Wisconsin’s largest singly owned independent insurance agency offering businesses and individuals a full range of insurance products including property casualty, employee benefits, workers compensation, liability, life, dental and home/auto. R&R is also a shareholder with Assurex Global, a worldwide network of leading independent insurance agencies.

Coat Drive Helps Local People in Need Stay Warm

 

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R&R Insurance and One Warm Coat®,
warming communities…one coat at a time
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Waukesha, WI – While the need for warm coats has never been greater, it has also never been easier to meet this vital need in our community. R&R Insurance invites you to join them in an effort to ensure that no one goes without a warm coat this winter.

R&R Insurance will be collecting clean, gently used warm coats at each of their five office locations. One Warm Coat is dedicated to collecting and distributing gently used warm coats--free of charge and without discrimination--directly to local children and adults in the local area. The coat drive program provides an easy way for individuals and families to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors by simply passing along coats and jackets that are no longer needed.

R&R Insurance invites you to bring your clean, gently used coats and jackets to an R&R office.  The process is simple: you drop off your extra coat and R&R takes care of the rest!  All donated coats will be given to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission for distribution to local people in need.  If you do not have a coat to donate, you can help provide a warmer winter by texting “WARM” to 80100 to donate $10 to One Warm Coat.

Drop off locations through November 21, 2014:

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

BEAVER DAM: 130 Park Avenue

MENOMONEE FALLS: N80 W14824 Appleton Avenue

OCONOMOWOC: 100 South Main Street

WAUKESHA: 1581 E. Racine Avenue

WEST BEND: 2021 S. 18th Avenue

“So many of our neighbors need help these days.  We are proud to work with and support each one of our coat drive organizers and donors.  The time, resources and energy they give to help their neighbors proves that we can warm communities one coat at a time,” commented Jennifer Stockard, President and Chief Executive Officer of One Warm Coat.

One Warm Coat is national non-profit organization that supports and encourages coat drives. It helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute the coats free to people in need. More than four million coats have been provided to those in need at no cost since its inception in 1992.  For more information about One Warm Coat, visit www.onewarmcoat.org.       

R&R Insurance Services, Inc. has served the insurance needs of southeastern Wisconsin since 1975. Today, R&R is Wisconsin’s largest singly owned independent insurance agency offering businesses and individuals a full range of insurance products including property casualty, employee benefits, workers compensation, liability, life, dental and home/auto. R&R is also a shareholder with Assurex Global, a worldwide network of leading independent insurance agencies. For information about R&R Insurance Services, visit R&R online at www.myknowledgebroker.com/

R&R Insurance Services Merges with Snyder Insurance Agency

 

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Waukesha, WI – R&R Insurance Services announced the merger of Snyder Insurance Agency, an independent insurance agency based in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.  The blending of these two well-established agencies in Waukesha County allows for a greater breadth of resources to clients.

“We anticipate a seamless transition and are excited to work with a great partner like R&R Insurance.  Their reputable business practices and vast resources assure us that our clients are in good hands”, comments John Snyder III, Owner of Snyder Insurance Agency.  Snyder’s customers will gain access to R&R services such as seminars, claims management, safety consulting, and risk management expertise.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for all involved and we at R&R are lucky to be in this great position.  It reinforces our commitment to do business in southeastern Wisconsin”, said Ken Riesch, President and Owner of R&R Insurance.  

R&R Insurance will be celebrating 40 years of service in southeastern Wisconsin next year and has been named one of the top 100 Property & Casualty agencies nationally by Insurance Journal.  Locally owned and operated, R&R is committed to personal service, quick claim response, and the highest level of knowledge and expertise.


R&R Insurance Services, Inc. has served the insurance needs of southeastern Wisconsin since 1975. Today, R&R is Wisconsin’s largest singly owned independent insurance agency offering businesses and individuals a full range of insurance products including property casualty, employee benefits, workers compensation, liability, life, dental and home/auto. R&R is also a shareholder with Assurex Global, a worldwide network of leading independent insurance agencies.

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R&R Insurance Services, Inc. Honored with Well Workplace Award by Wellness Councils of America

 

WWP Award GoldWaukesha, WI -- The Wellness Council of America, (WELCOA), with local affiliate Wellness Council of Wisconsin, recently presented its coveted Gold Well Workplace to R&R Insurance Services. R&R Insurance Services has 4 locations and more than 160 employees. The Gold Well Workplace Award recognizes an organization for its commitment to the health and well-being of their employees.

By achieving the Gold Well Workplace Award, R&R Insurance Services has made a long-lasting commitment to the health and well-being of its employees. As stated by WELCOA President David Hunnicutt, “There is an art and science to designing a results-oriented workplace wellness program. R&R Insurance Services has mastered this art and science by demonstrating its program has advanced employee health, reduced health care costs, and improved productivity and morale. Great companies know that by improving their employees’ health, they can reduce health care costs.”

R&R Insurance Services has been promoting wellness in the workplace for both their employees and their clients well before wellness in the workplace was popular. R&R’s historical progression of improving the health, welfare and lives of their employees has proven to have a direct impact on the company’s health insurance premiums. R&R has a well-established Wellness Committee, weekly wellness activities, and strong commitment from every level of management within the company.

“R&R Insurance Services has truly earned the distinction of America’s Healthiest Companies. R&R’s commitment to improve the quality of life of its employees has placed them in the elite ranks of the state of Wisconsin’s healthiest companies,” states Jessica Raddemann, Wellness Council of Wisconsin Executive Director. 

More information about wellness programs with R&R Insurance.

R&R Insurance Services, Inc. has served the insurance needs of southeastern Wisconsin since 1975. Today, R&R is Wisconsin’s largest singly owned independent insurance agency offering businesses and individuals a full range of insurance products including property casualty, employee benefits, workers compensation, liability, life, dental and home/auto. R&R is also a shareholder with Assurex Global, a worldwide network of leading independent insurance agencies. For information about R&R Insurance Services, visit R&R online at www.myknowledgebroker.com.

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R&R Insurance Services, Inc. Welcomes Josh Timm as Account Executive

 

Josh TimmWaukesha, WI -- R&R Insurance Services, Inc. welcomes Josh Timm as Account Executive. Timm has more than ten years of insurance industry experience.

Timm has held multiple sales, marketing and service positions with various insurance carriers including Wausau, Philadelphia Insurance Companies and Sentry Insurance. Most recently, Timm was with The Hanover Insurance Group as a Small Commercial Sales Manager responsible for working closely with Wisconsin agencies to enhance their service offerings and grow their business.

Timm will be concentrating on building a book of business within the technology and manufacturing arenas – specifically in the South and Central part of the state of Wisconsin. “Josh’s background strength in technological risks will bode well for customers with significant exposure in this area.”, “Cyber Liability, Data Breaches, Cyber Extortion and Electronic Data Liability are just a few of the ever-increasing risks businesses face today, and Josh’s experience in this realm will be a true asset for R&R and for businesses in Wisconsin.” states Frank Maurer, Executive Vice President of Commercial Lines for R&R Insurance Services. “We are excited to have Josh on board and look forward to increasing our book of business in Southeastern and Central Wisconsin.”

Timm holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Originally from Oregon, Wisconsin, Timm lives in Oregon and is an active member of the Middleton Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Oregon Youth Athletics.

R&R Insurance Services, Inc. has served the insurance needs of southeastern Wisconsin since 1975. Today, R&R is Wisconsin’s largest singly owned independent insurance agency offering businesses and individuals a full range of insurance products including property casualty, employee benefits, workers compensation, liability, life, dental and home/auto. R&R is also a shareholder with Assurex Global, a worldwide network of leading independent insurance agencies.

R&R Recognized as United Way Pacesetter in Washington County

 

R&R Insurance has proudly suO  All Marketing Blog Content images UW   W.B. Daily News resized 600pported the United Way for many years.  Our West Bend office is one of seven Washington County organizations recognized as pacesetters.  Collectively those seven organizations have raised over $201,000 in 2013!  The ad on the right was in the West Bend Daily News.

R&R West Bend has raised money through various activities such as a candy fundraiser, Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, hosting 3 office lunches, and basket raffles to name a few.  One of this year's highlights was participating in the United Way's Kickoff Campaign where 61,048 macaroni meals were packaged by 528 volunteers ... in 1.5 hours!  This was enough to help 6 food pantries in Washington County!

R&R Insurance Representatives:

  • Jerry Aman & Kori Cumley are Co-Executive leaders for Washington County
  • Cindy Pitz - R&R West Bend office representative

The Washington County United Way County campaign runs until December 31, 2013.  Click here to make a donationto help support 33 local programs improving lives and changing community conditions.

Ken Riesch Honored as Potawatomi Area Council Boy Scouts' 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award Recipient

 

Ken Riesch, Owner of R&R Insurance Services, was honored with the 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award by the Potawatomi Area Council Boy Scouts. The award banquet was held on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Country Springs Hotel in Delafield, WI.Ken Riesch and Family

Troop 5 Boy Scouts of the First Presbyterian Church in Waukesha were on hand for the color guard and Pledge of Allegiance, with Joanne Blaesing of Marine Bank as MC. Friends, family and R&R employees were present to acknowledge Ken's tremendous commitment to the community and the honor code of The Boy Scouts, and to celebrate this great achievement.

Kevin Steiner of West Bend Mutual Insurance, and Jack Riesch of R&R Insurance Services gave heartfelt tributes to Ken, calling out his leadership and commitment to family as key components of Ken's admirable character.

Dan Vrakas and Ken RieschDan Vrakas, Waukesha County Executive, presented Ken with the Distinguished Citizen Award, citing additional acknowledgment of Ken's achievements by Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker.

Congratulations to Ken Riesch for this wonderful achievement. We are all so proud to have you as our leader, and are humbled by your commitment and generosity to the community and the families of R&R Insurance Services.

 

Drive Safer Around Motorcycles: Harley Davidson's 110th Anniversary Celebration

 

Motorcycle Road TripThis weekend is the 110th Anniversary of Harley Davidson - and what a celebration weekend it will be for Milwaukeeans.

There will be thousands of motorcycles converging on Milwaukee, so it's good to know the rules of the road for motorcycles and how to drive safer around motorcycles. Here are a few key points from this great article by Mike Rodgers:

  • When making left turns, look for traffic...then look AGAIN for bikers
  • Let them swerve
  • Stay back
  • Make a conscious note

Have fun and be CAREFUL out there this weekend!

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