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R&R Insurance Retains IIABA’s 2020 Best Practices Status

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Thu, Nov 05, 2020 @ 11:11 AM

20BPA-webR&R Insurance Services, Inc. retains its Best Practices status, once again becoming a part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States. This status comes by participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Best Practices Study group. The annual survey and Study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of the “best” agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.

Since 1993, the Big “I” and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, have join forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process and awarded a “Best Practices Agency” designation. The agency was nominated by either an IIABA affiliated state association or an insurance company and qualified based on its operational excellence.

The selected Best Practices agencies retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive financial and operational data for review each year. This is the second year of the current three-year study cycle, where over 1,000 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study in 2019, but only 262 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the 35-45 top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories.

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Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing more than 25,000 agency locations united under the Trusted Choice brand. Trusted Choice independent agents offer consumers all types of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products—from a variety of insurance companies.

Topics: Awards

American Heart Association Recognizes R&R Insurance Services for Workplace Health Achievement

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Wed, Oct 28, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

DS-16481 WHAI 2020 Digital_SILVERThe results of the American Heart Association 2020 Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced today and R&R Insurance Services achieved national Silver Level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. R&R Insurance is one of 776 organizations that completed the Index assessment this year, evaluating the time period of July 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Of the organizations that completed the Index assessment, 35% received gold recognition, the highest percentage to date, 29% silver and 25% bronze.

The American Heart Association has defined best practices for employers to use to build a culture of health for their employees in the workplace. The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index measures the extent to which the company has implemented those workplace health best practices. Companies recognized at the Silver level have achieved an Index score of 130 - 174 out of a maximum 217 points.

R&R Insurance consistently strives for a healthier work environment for employees.  From additional healthy vending options to physical activity challenges to onsite nutritional workshops, we are proud to offer a variety of options to increase employees' wellbeing.

The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives, created the Index with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of more than 45 members from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index is a web-based scorecard that looks at organizational best practices and aggregates employee health data to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of workplace health programs. Studies show that worksites with a culture of health with comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs, and senior leadership support are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive workforce.

"We are extremely proud of our employees for taking the time to make their health a priority.  It is through organizations like the AHA that we can support healthy habits in making us a more productive workforce.  Life can change in an instant and we want to ensure our employees are in the best health they can be." states Jack Riesch, Owner & Executive Vice President R&R Insurance Services

A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data through Life’s Simple 7®, the American Heart Association’s definition of ideal cardiovascular health based on seven risk factors. Life’s Simple 7® includes smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition.

 

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

 

Topics: Wellness, Awards

R&R Welcomes Nicki Johnson as New HR Director

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Wed, Aug 05, 2020 @ 12:08 PM

Nicole Johnson directoryWaukesha, WI - R&R Insurance Services welcomes Nicki Johnson, SPHR as the Human Resources Director.

Nicki comes to R&R with 13 years of experience managing the full spectrum of Human Resources programs and services.  Her experience ranges from recruiting to employee relations, compensation and benefits, training and development, performance management, regulatory compliance and more. 

"Through Nicki's leadership, we're taking the employee experience to the next level and improving efficiencies. With her diverse background, we're excited about what she brings to the table" states Michael Franz, Chief Operating Officer.

Most recently, Nicki was employed with Mayville Engineering Company, Inc., where she worked as the Director of Human Resources.  Previous to this, Nicki worked as the Director of HR for Spacesaver Corporation, and she also spent time as the HR Manager for E.K. Machine Company, Inc. 

Nicki is also the acting Chairman of the Board for the Beaver Dam Chamber.  This comes after two years as Director.

Learn more about Nicki

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, bonding, employee benefits, workers compensation, liability, life & health, wealth management, Medicare, home & auto. R&R is also a shareholder with Assurex Global, a worldwide network of leading independent insurance agencies. For more information, visit www.myknowledgebroker.com.

R&R Named Top Workplace 2020

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Fri, Jul 24, 2020 @ 08:07 AM

RR logo TWP_Milwaukee_Portrait_2020_AWWaukesha, WI - R&R Insurance Services has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This annual list showcases 150 businesses who are measured by the excellence they exhibit and impact they have on the community.  Based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey, R&R Insurance garnered a 90% response rate! The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

"We believe we hire the best people in the business and receiving this award showcases that!  We're proud that we can offer employees not just a career, but a way of life." Jack Riesch, Owner & Executive Vice President.  "We are honored to be recognized on the same level as our peer winners."

Between a beautiful new office building in May 2019, a dress-for-your-day policy, an onsite workout facility, continuing education opportunities, and United Way activities, R&R Insurance truly is a ‘Top Workplace’!

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, bonding, employee benefits, workers compensation, liability, life & health, wealth management, Medicare, home & auto. R&R is also a shareholder with Assurex Global, a worldwide network of leading independent insurance agencies. For more information, visit www.myknowledgebroker.com.

Topics: Awards

Jenna Moehrke - Wisconsin's 2020 Outstanding CSR of the Year

Posted by Ryan Nowicki

Tue, Jul 07, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Jenna MoehrkeWe are very proud to announce that Jenna Moehrke has been selected by the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (PIAW) as Wisconsin’s 2020 Outstanding CSR of the Year!

This prestigious award, created in 1991 by the Societies of CISR and CIC, recognizes the important role the Customer Service Agent plays in the care and service of the customer.  The award honors the service agent who demonstrates through dedication and performance, the highest level of personal and professional achievement.  The PIA Board of Directors and the Education Committee use a comprehensive process to select the Wisconsin recipient.

Jenna was selected based on her experience, peer recommendations, a written essay and overall commitment to the insurance industry.  She will be presented with her award by the PIA in October, and then advance to the national competition.

Congratulations, Jenna, for an honor well-deserved!

Topics: Personal Insurance, Awards

R&R Insurance Services Welcomes Ryan Nowicki

Posted by the knowledge brokers

Fri, May 22, 2020 @ 14:05 PM

Ryan Nowicki DirectoryWaukesha, WI - R&R Insurance Services welcomes Ryan Nowicki as the Director of Personal Lines.

Ryan comes to R&R with a broad agency background, including over 10 years of insurance industry experience, focusing on both Personal Lines and Commercial Lines. Most recently, Ryan spent time with the Lundstrom Insurance Agency, Inc. rising up from a Sales Account Executive to the Manager of Commercial Line Operations. He is enthusiastic about sharing ideas, thinking outside of the box and serving others. According to Ryan, “there is no task too big or too small; no process that cannot be improved, and no problem that doesn’t deserve a thoughtful and creative solution.”

“We look forward to mutually focusing on our growth objectives and customer innovation strategies for our Personal Lines department and R&R as a whole.” states Michael Franz, Chief Operating Officer.

Click here to learn more about Ryan.

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, bonding, employee benefits, workers compensation, liability, life & health, Medicare, home & auto. R&R is also a shareholder with Assurex Global, a worldwide network of leading independent insurance agencies. For more information, visit www.myknowledgebroker.com.

Go Red for American Heart Month

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Tue, Feb 04, 2020 @ 15:02 PM

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Every 40 seconds someone succumbs to heart disease and stroke – that’s 62,640 lives this February.

The American Heart Association is on a mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  R&R Insurance is a proud sponsor of the AHA's 2020 Heart and Stroke Ball taking place on February 15.  Leading the charge as this year's Chairman is R&R Owner, Jack Riesch. It's a personal mission for Jack to honor his late grandfather who passed from a heart attack and other life events proving that life can change in an instant - read more about Jack's mission.  

Wear Red, Tune In, and Donate

New this year, the WTMJ 620AM Community Cares program is highlighting stories of local people the American Heart Association has helped in recent years.  Tune in to hear "Stories of the Heart".

Culminating on February 7, national "Go Red Day", is a radiothon to raise money for the American Heart Association.  Hosted by Gene Mueller and special guest, Jack Riesch. 

The goal: raise $640,000 for research, programming, and services to help save lives and improve patient care.

100% of donations stay local to support those affected by heart disease or stroke.  Join us in giving hope with lifesaving dollars.

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Jack Riesch to Chair the 2020 Heart and Stroke Ball

Posted by the knowledge brokers

Mon, Nov 04, 2019 @ 13:11 PM

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Every 40 seconds someone succumbs to heart disease and stroke. 

 

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While we’ve witnessed major medical and scientific advances, we cannot continue to allow this to be a trend.  Not for ourselves.  Not for our children.

R&R Insurance Owner, Jack Riesch, literally takes this to heart with a grandfather who passed away from a heart attack.  For him, the risk is real.  An accident left a younger brother a quadriplegic; his youngest brother passed away at 29 from esophageal cancer, and his brother-in-law who didn't make it home from Afghanistan. Jack knows all too well that life can change in an instant.  He is now passionate about providing resources for everyone to make improvements today for better tomorrows.

Why the American Heart Association?  "Walking my daughter down the aisle is WHY. Seeing my son get his diploma is WHY. Celebrating my next wedding anniversary is WHY.", reflects Riesch.

Paying closer attention to his own health in recent years with a regular exercise routine and eating a healthy diet, Jack is walking-the-walk already.  And now it's time to pay it forward by advocating for others to change their health outcomes.  Not only helping others to add more years to their life, but more life in their years.

By partnering with the American Heart Association, together we are able to support a culture of health:

  1. Improving quality of life
  2. Ensuring health environments
  3. Strengthening the economy
  4. Elevating care
  5. Changing policy

What is your WHY?  Join Jack in supporting the cause:  click for more information.

 

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Michelle Froehlke Named to Board of Directors for Progress Lakeshore

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Tue, Oct 22, 2019 @ 10:10 AM

Michelle FroehlkeWith a unanimous vote, R&R's Michelle Froehlke was voted to a position on Progress Lakeshore's Board of Directors.  "We anticipate [Michelle's] skills and experience will be an asset to our Board", Executive Director Peter Wills.

R&R Insurance continues bringing resources to Northeast Wisconsin.  "The appointment of Michelle speaks to our continued expansion and engagement in the Northeast.  As an active member for many years, we are excited for Michelle to continue making a difference in the local community!", David Lancaster, Executive Vice President - Employee Benefits at R&R Insurance.

Progress Lakeshore is an organization providing technical assistance to existing businesses and entrepreneurs in the area on how to start up, expand and grow; in turn, growing our economy.  For the past 15 years, Progress Lakeshore has been helping businesses navigate unknown territories and come out successful - improving our area's overall economy in the process.

 

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R&R Insurance Services Welcomes Todd Townsend

Posted by Steph Schreiber

Mon, Aug 05, 2019 @ 09:08 AM

Todd Townsend BioR&R Insurance Services welcomes Todd Townsend as a Commercial Insurance Consultant. 

With a background in collegiate coaching and recruitment, as well as program management and operations, Todd brings unique experiences and knowledge to R&R.  With a Bachelor’s Degree from Marquette University, Todd has a passion for cultivating relationships and providing solutions.

“We are incredibly excited to have Todd join our Commercial Division at R&R Insurance,” states Jack Riesch, Owner & Executive Vice President. “His determination and unique background make him a valuable asset, and we look forward to the new opportunities he will bring to R&R.”

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, bonding, employee benefits, workers compensation, liability, life & health, Medicare, home & auto. R&R is also a shareholder with Assurex Global, a worldwide network of leading independent insurance agencies.

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