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R&R Insurance Services Welcomes Steve King as Risk Management Consultant

Posted by Molly Niklasch

Steve_King_directory.jpgWaukesha, WI – R&R Insurance Services, Inc. welcomes Steve King as Risk Management Consultant.

Steve has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, including strategic planning, territorial management, underwriting and risk management. His greatest satisfaction is solving problems for clients. As a member of R&R’s Professional Service Division, Steve will be developing and implementing quantifiable risk service plans, and providing risk management stewardship and client advocacy with carriers.

 “Steve is incredibly passionate and brings a great deal of knowledge to R&R,” states Ken Riesch, President of R&R Insurance Services. “We look forward to adding his experience to our Professional Service team and are excited about the continued growth of R&R.”

Click to learn more about Steve.

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 Supports Fox 6 Condella’s Coats for Kids

Posted by Molly Niklasch

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 child goes without a warm coat this winter.

R&R Insurance will be collecting clean, gently used warm coats at each of their office locations. With a mission to collect gently used warm coats for local children, Condella’s Coats for Kids is 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 any of the locations below, Monday – Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm through October 9th. 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 Fox 6 Condella’s Coats for Kids.

Drop Off Locations:

  • Beaver Dam:130 Park Avenue
  • Menomonee Falls: N80 W14824 Appleton Avenue
  • Oconomowoc: 100 S. Main Street
  • Waukesha: 1581 E. Racine Avenue
  • West Bend: 2021 S. 18th Street, Suite 202

For more information about Condella’s Coats for Kids, visit http://fox6now.com/2015/09/13/condellas-coats-for-kids-how-you-can-donate-get-involved-in-the-collection/. Or join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #CoatsForKids.

Topics: R&R Insurance, R&R Insurance Services

R&R: One Step Ahead of Secura in WELCOA Challenge

Posted by Molly Niklasch

Winners_LosersLiving a healthy lifestyle is a conversation we often have with our clients. Whether it’s encouraging a family to practice safe driving skills or educating an organization about the benefits of being active, R&R has a passion for wellness.

Recently, R&R employees participated in the WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) Top 100 Active Companies Challenge. To participate in the Challenge, companies needed 30% of their employees engaged throughout the 12-week program. Aimed to combat sedentary behavior, the Challenge triggered positive habit changes which made people continuously active throughout their daily life. The results from our challenge were outstanding.

Not only did R&R beat Secura Insurance in a friendly competition, but we gained great feedback from our employees about the impact the Challenge had on their everyday lives. Here are just a few of the many examples:

  • “One of the great things about working at R&R is all of the programs we have in place to better our health. While these sometimes seem like a necessity to balance out our love of food days, it really does give motivation to get out and exercise when we are doing it not just for ourselves, but for the team as a whole.”
  •  “Thanks to the various incentives that our employer provides, I decided to take action and get serious about my health and wellness, i.e. “walk the walk”. Now, I make it a part of my everyday life - eating right, exercising and, practicing what we preach. My test results have proven that it works. At my last exam, the doctor advised me that my lipid panels are normal, my weight is healthy, and even my bone density improved. Improved, how could that be? Why didn’t I figure this out long ago!? I sure appreciate everything R&R does to encourage wellness.”
  •   “Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a wellness fanatic. I dislike exercise, having to watch what I eat and worrying about all that ‘health stuff’. When I joined the WELCOA challenge, I really did not expect much. Ten weeks into the Challenge, I found myself not only thinking about exercise more often, but actually doing something about it! I am not yet a full convert and will probably never run a marathon, but I am thinking about exercise vs. health more than before and moving a more than I was before.”

We hope some of these examples inspire you to get up and MOVE throughout your day!

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Michael Franz Named CFO of the Year by the Milwaukee Business Journal

Posted by Molly Niklasch

FranzMichael_6076R&R Insurance is incredibly proud to announce that Michael Franz was recently named CFO of the Year by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

As in years past, the winners were nominated by colleagues and friends based on their wide range of experience, commitment, character and value to their organizations. The Milwaukee Business Journal's group of judges pored over dozens of nominations, narrowing the field to the final 14 winners. All winners will be profiled in the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Oct. 9 print edition and will be honored the same day at an awards luncheon in downtown Milwaukee.

Click here to read the full article.




Topics: R&R Insurance, R&R Insurance Services

R&R Proudly Insures Wisconsin for 40 Years - Milwaukee Business Journal Feature

Posted by Molly Niklasch

AnniversaryStarted in 1975, R&R Insurance Services has organically grown into one of the largest independently owned insurance agencies in the country.

Headquartered in Waukesha, R&R serves clients from its six offices throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. With three children by his side as equal owners, President Ken Riesch’s vision for the future continues to be the inspiration for growth and expansion into additional communities throughout the Midwest.

With the unique combination of resources and experiences typically found in larger consulting firms, R&R has delivered the professional services, commitment, flexibility, and personal touch of a smaller firm for the last 40 years. Bringing a local, face-to-face presence with a tremendous amount of knowledge and innovation, we continue to pride ourselves on providing exceptional service to both our clients and the community.

“I am incredibly proud of our organization and all those who have helped us grow over the last four decades,” says Ken. “We are continually investing in our professional services and the communities in which we live and work, and are excited about the future more than ever before.”

As R&R celebrates this milestone, we cannot help but look forward. The energy and excitement that stems from our associates is what drives us to dream big. We extend our sincere appreciation to those who have worked for us, worked with us, and been our partners through the years.

We look forward to growing our family and business alongside yours for the next 40 years and beyond.

Click here to see our feature in the Milwaukee Business Journal.

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An Intern’s Take on the World of R&R Insurance

Posted by Emily Curtis

When I first applied to become an HR Intern at R&R Insurance, I hoped I would be considered for the position. When I interviewed a few weeks later, the position looked even more promising. As I walked through the office halls to my interview, I immediately felt the cohesive vibe, and was anxious to become a part of this organization. The office aura flowed with productivity and friendliness.

As I sat in the lobby prior to my interview, I noticed R&R had many accolades decorating their walls, and I was astounded. I always knew it seemed like a great place to work, but these awards showed that the employees here thought so too. It wasn’t until after I got home from my first day of work that I fully understood why this company had achieved so many awards. R&R employs quality people who care for each other and the company they work for. If employees are happy and devoted to the work they do, then the company will flourish from the inside out, just as R&R has done successfully for many years.

On my short drive to the office for my first day, I didn’t feel as nervous as I expected I might, and looking back, I think it was because the members of R&R are so compassionate and welcoming. Although I undoubtedly wandered around looking like a lost puppy, the other people in the office – my new co-workers – wasted no time in coming up to me and introducing themselves. Their smiles made me feel comforted in this new environment.

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to intern at R&R because it provides me with a view into the internal workings of a prosperous and lively company. Since I have only just finished my first year at UW-Madison, I have never been on the inside of a company before. I am so thankful my first experience in the working world has been in a place where I don’t feel like a lowly intern, but instead a valued employee. All of the employees I’ve met so far have included me on the little things, like a discussion at lunch or snacks for a retirement celebration. Each one of these actions demonstrates the inclusiveness that I’m sure every employee feels when they become a part of the R&R family.

I have learned so much more than I expected I would, and my time here is not over. I have learned that each employee is a part of the bigger picture and is necessary to guarantee that the company runs smoothly. No job is irrelevant, and each employee is valued. I have learned that working hard doesn’t always mean working quickly, but rather diligently to make sure that the tiny details are correct. Lastly, I have learned that the character of the company is a reflection of the employees working within, and that the entire company needs to have an atmosphere that is simultaneously friendly and productive. The leaders and managers of a company are only as strong as the people they employ. I can confidently say that I have witnessed a cohesive connection between all employees here and I know that R&R will continue on their path to even more success in the future.  

About the author: Emily is an R&R Insurance intern learning about the insurance industry through HR and Marketing experiences.


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R&R Insurance Services Merges with Snyder Insurance Agency

Posted by Steph Schreiber

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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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Topics: Mergers and Acquisitions, John Snyder, R&R Insurance, R&R Insurance Services, Ken Reisch, Snyder Insurance

Home Insurance Policy Rates Skyrocket - But not at R&R

Posted by the knowledge brokers

WISN_Footage_Rising Rates for American Family InsuranceKent Wainscott of WISN12 reported on September 4th that local home owners have been seeing huge increases in their home insurance policy rates - especially those placed with direct writers such as American Family Insurance, Allstate and State Farm. Direct writers like these have national exposures like huge forest fires, Tornado Alley or hurricanes. They only represent themselves, and therefore generally pass on the hardship to everyone in their book of business.

Here in Wisconsin, we have many options to combat this huge increase in home insurance premiums by direct writers like American Family Insurance. The major difference with an independent agent like R&R Insurance is that we are not a “one size fit’s all”. We have numerous carriers with local or regional exposure - thus less risk for the carrier and less costly for you. get-a-quote-button

At R&R Insurance we'll find the best combination of coverage and the best value for your insurance dollar. Wisconsin residents, if you are seeing increases in your home and auto policies that are too heavy to bare, we can help! Click on the Get a Quote button, fill out a few fields and you're on your way to better prices for your home and auto policy.

If you prefer to talk on the phone, we can have a knowledgebroker give you a call - just click on the Start A Call button to let us know. We'll be there with affordable coverage that most likely is better than what you were getting with the direct writer.Start-A-Call-Button

Topics: R&R Insurance, allstate rate increases, direct writers for home and auto insurance, Business Insurance, american family insurance rate increases, Chris Hull, WISN12 Kent Wainscott

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