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Stephanie Katzfey

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Riley Enright Walks the Talk

Posted by Stephanie Katzfey

Riley EnrightR&R's own Riley Enright has a featured article in the Milwaukee Business Journal as a sales executive with an active and healthy lifestyle.

"I've always been considered a fairly energetic individual." Anyone who has worked with Riley know that truer words were never spoken! Riley's active lifestyle outside of the office has been a great example when speaking with clients about their own wellness initiatives: "to best explain it, to best understand it - live it."

After growing up in a family of 10, fitness and being active has always been a part of Riley's lifestyle.  As an adult, what had started as a few casual bike rides has now grown in to biking three days a week, with 50- to 60-mile weekend rides, plus running and adding tennis in to his regular routine.

Not only is Riley riding for his own well-being, but he also rides for charity.  The Firehouse 50 in Cable, WI is one of the largest and oldest citizen races in the Midwest and raises money for the Grand View Fire Department.  And in an effort to raise money for the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation, Riley rides from Door County to Milwaukee.

Great job, Riley! 

Topics: R&R Insurance, Employee Benefits, Riley Enright, Wellness, Active Lifestyle

Customer Service Week - Client Highlight: White Construction

Posted by Stephanie Katzfey

Thank you to Abe with White Construction for participating in our Customer Service Week t-shirt exchange!

On the left is Abe White with White Construction; on the right our very own Michelle Falkowski

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Topics: Customer Service, R&R Insurance, Customer Service Week, Business Insurance

Customer Service Week - Client Highlight: Safe Babies Healthy Families

Posted by Stephanie Katzfey

Safe Babies Healthy Families Inc is a merger of two Waukesha County organizations; Pregnancy Support Connection and Healthy Families of Waukesha.  Pregnancy Support Connection was a long standing client of R&R Insurance, when the merger took place in 2011.  The organization's focus is to break the cycle of child abuse, neglect and poverty within the community.  Safe Babies Healthy Families Inc provides case management, parenting programs, childbirth education, as well as safe housing & transitional living services.  Tammy Perez is the producer on the account, and Sarah Hillmer is the Customer Service Representative.

On the left Joan Lorenz, Operations Director with Safe Babies Healthy Families; on the right our very own Sarah Hillmer

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Topics: Customer Service, R&R Insurance, Customer Service Week, Business Insurance

Customer Service Week - Client Highlight: Green Valley Enterprises

Posted by Stephanie Katzfey

Green Valley Enterprises is our next client highlight for the week!  Thank you to Jack for participating in our t-shirt exchange!

From left to right: Rhonda Steiner, Jack Hankes with Green Valley Enterprises, and Michelle Falkowski

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Topics: Customer Service, R&R Insurance, Customer Service Week, Business Insurance

Customer Service Week - Client Highlight: YMCA of Dodge County

Posted by Stephanie Katzfey

Our next client that participated in the Customer Service t-shirt exchange: The YMCA of Dodge County

Jen Kruel, Executive Director at the YMCA took time to swap t-shirts with our own Michelle Falkowski

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Topics: Customer Service, R&R Insurance, Customer Service Week, Business Insurance

Customer Service Week - Client Highlight: Milwaukee Food Tours

Posted by Stephanie Katzfey

Milwaukee's original food tour has customers discovering the sights and flavors of Milwaukee's most delicious and historic neighborhoods has been a client of R&R since their inception in 2008.

Milwaukee Food Tours went above and beyond the ordinary office picture to take R&R Insurance with them around downtown Milwaukee!

On the left is Wade Nemetz, Official Taste Tester; on the right is Theresa Nemetz, Owner of Milwaukee Food Tours

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Topics: Customer Service, R&R Insurance, Customer Service Week, Milwaukee Food Tours, Business Insurance

Obesity Linked to Higher Workers Compensation Claims

Posted by Stephanie Katzfey

A study recently conducted by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) provides further proof of the emerging costs related to obesity in the workplace. Not only does it impact health insurance costs, but obesity has also been linked to higher workers compensation claims.

workers compensation claimsThe article provides further proof that proactive wellness programs in the workplace are more important than ever. Manufacturers are already finding it extremely difficult to find skilled employees to fill vacant positions, particularly as one generation of skilled employees nears retirement age – as noted in the Manpower Group survey.

Given all of those factors, it’s more important than ever to keep your current employees healthy, active, on the job and contributing their valuable knowledge to the organization. At R&R Insurance, we combine our extensive knowledge of how to reduce workers compensation claims with workplace wellness concepts to drive further reductions in insurance premiums that will positively affect the bottom line. 

Wisconsin businesses, for more information about workers compensation, wellness or any property casualty and employee benefits issues, contact knowledgebroker Mike Payne.

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Obese Workers Have 50% More Work Comp Claims

Topics: Obesity, R&R Insurance, Workers Compensation

Did you know ...

Posted by Stephanie Katzfey

  • The longest baseball game was between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago White Sox.
  • 300,000 to 1 is the chances that a fan can be hit by a baseball.
  • Nolan Ryan had the longest career in baseball history which lasted 27 years.
  • The first World Series was played between Pittsburgh and Boston in 1903.
  • Babe Ruth was the first player to hit 50 home runs in a season.
  • A regulation baseball has 108 stitches.
  • Baseball was invented by Alexander Cartwright.
  • The Met in New York houses the largest collection of baseball cards; 200,000.

Play ball!

All-American Celebrations: Freedom & Baseball

Posted by Stephanie Katzfey

As we head in to the 4th of July holiday, R&R employees share their All-American thoughts: their definition of freedom and their memories of a classic American sport, baseball.

Both videos are part of the July Personal Lines e-newsletter that is sent to all Personal Lines customers. 

Share with your family and friends:

What Freedom Means to Some R&R Employees:

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts: Brandy Enger, Bill Katzfey, Dan Wolfgram, Rianna Doll, Rhonda Steiner, Chris Rogers, Kathy Rector, Joyce Gott, Jack Riesch, and Kori Cumley.

Here's a cute story about how R&R employee Traci Catalano sang the Star-Spangled Banner to her daughters and tought them the real story behind the song.

Would you like to work with people like us?  Learn more about our Career Opportunities.

R&R is a great place to work!

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Topics: R&R Insurance, freedom, baseball, Personal Lines

R&R Employee Catches Taylor Green’s First Home Run

Posted by Stephanie Katzfey

With the numerous baseball fans at R&R, employees share their favorite baseball memories.

Taylor Green Homerun CatchKnowledgebroker Chris Kopp loves the Milwaukee Brewers and was featured in an OnMilwaukee article because of his lucky catch. He was attending the Brewer’s game on June 6th in which Taylor Green was rounding the bases for his first Major League home run. He was in just the right place in Miller Park because the home-run ball came so fast at Kopp he didn’t have time to react.

So what happens when you catch such a momentous ball? The key is getting the ball back to the player before it gets lost or stolen. Usually, the player likes to have the ball back as a keepsake so stadium staff needs to locate the fan and start negotiations.

“I knew I wanted him to have it, without a doubt,” Kopp said of the ball. “What it means to him is so much more.  I’d rather have him keep it.”

Kopp’s only negotiation was to hand the ball to Green himself; although he also walked away with a signed bat. “He’s a great guy,” Green said of Kopp. “I really appreciate him giving it back to me. I’d have never done it before, so I didn’t know [how he'd be]. You’ve heard stories but I’ve never been a part of anything like that. I haven’t been around for too many first home runs in the big leagues. You don’t really do that in the minors. I figured if I caught a ball I wouldn’t ask for anything but I’d want something, so I figured that would be the easiest way to go.”

“For Taylor to go out and get me a bat on his own and to even think to sign it, that was just great on his part,” Kopp said. “That’s something I’m going to keep. That’s never going to be on eBay or in anybody else’s hands. What he did there was create something super special for me that I can have forever and cherish just like he can cherish that ball. That was just incredible.”

Kopp’s attitude had an effect on all parties involved and we are proud to have him as a knowledgebroker. To congratulate him on this once-in-a-lifetime experience, contact Chris Kopp.

Topics: Milwaukee Brewers, Chris Kopp, R&R Insurance