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Associate Spotlight: Kaslin Green

By Brian McMann, Recuirtment Manager

clock May 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Each quarter, Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) recognizes employees who were caught delivering more than expected. Meet Kaslin Green, a Property + Casualty Claims Analyst in our Commercial Division in San Diego and learn more about why associates who go the distance decide to do so with MMA.

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Making the Math Work: Inside the Head of CFO Steve Berk

By Erin Swain, Corporate Communications Director

clock February 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Marsh & McLennan Agency Western Region CFO, Steve Berk, has spent the last three decades (and counting) with the same company. If words like “predictable” or “uneventful” come to mind when you hear about his long-term tenure with the firm, you don’t know Steve very well. We recently sat down with him to discuss his CFO journey, an unexpected detour into sales, and what he sees as the most important business opportunities CFOs need to navigate today.

After starting his career as a CPA with Deloitte & Touche, Steve joined Marsh where he held various finance roles, ultimately becoming Western Regional CFO in 1992. He enjoyed his years in finance but after the heartbreaking loss of a number of his colleagues in the World Trade Center in 2001 and growing weary of ongoing travel, in 2005, Steve declared a need for a change.

Unwilling to lose a dynamic leader, Marsh asked Steve to run the sales division in Portland. The request seemed unconventional at first, but with his experience as CFO, Steve knew exactly what kept prospects up at night. With his CFO insider knowledge and extroverted personality, Steve proved to be the perfect candidate to reenergize sales. Soon, Steve was made head of sales for Marsh’s Western Region.

Fast forward to Steve’s relocation to San Diego in 2009, his career would soon come full circle. In 2014, Marsh & McLennan Agency acquired Barney & Barney and folded in much of Steve’s Marsh office a year later. With CEO Paul Hering and COO/President Hal Dunning’s roles expanding, Steve was the perfect addition to the team – once again as CFO.

We sat down with Steve to get some insight on his experience as CFO.

How does your sales experience help you in your role as CFO?

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Topics: Inside B&B, Associate Spotlight, Culture

Associate Spotlight: Andrew Mendoza

By Daniela Posada, Corporate Recruiter

clock November 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Meet Andrew Mendoza, a Client Manager in the Property + Casualty division in our San Diego office. As Client Manager, Andrew serves as the day-to-day contact for his clients - answering their questions, providing them with certificates of insurance, and taking care anything else they may need.

Why MMA?

“I was initially attracted to the insurance industry due to the fact that several of my family members were involved in insurance. Marsh & McLennan Agency has a great reputation; I heard a lot of positive things about the work environment and the opportunities for professional growth.  When I learned that MMA offers classes to obtain insurance designations, I was excited that they encourage their employees to continue to expand their industry knowledge.”

Achieving Career Goals

“Since joining MMA, I have taken numerous professional development courses, obtained designations, and am now working toward my CPCU designation. Our Organizational Learning team helped me create a Personal Excellence Plan (PEP) to help me reach my goals and has been supporting me throughout the process to ensure my success.”

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Associate Spotlight: Angelica Amico

By Daniela Posada, Corporate Recruiter

clock August 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Angelica Amico first heard of Marsh & McLennan Agency through a longtime family friend. After spending time as a stay-at-home mom and then working at a small broker in San Clemente, Angelica jumped into her first role at MMA as a Benefit Analyst. Through informal mentoring, Angelica learned a lot and learned quickly. Joining MMA has helped her gain confidence to progress in her role and career.

Originally from Venezuela, Angelica and her family moved to Massachusetts when she was ten.  Angelica and her husband met in college and moved to California after they married.  She now lives in San Clemente with her husband and two children.  Her daughter will be starting freshmen year at the University of Rhode Island and her son starting San Clemente High School in the fall.

Why MMA

In her role as Client Manager II, Angelica works with 11 different clients with around 100 - 3,000 employees each. She loves going to open enrollment meetings and getting to know everyone on a personal level. Spanish fluency allows her provide additional aid to Spanish speaking individuals.

Angelica loves working in the Orange County office because everyone is very helpful and easy-going. “During crunch time so many things have to come together. I’m amazed how the people here support each other.”

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Associate Spotlight: Nadine Varga

By Daniela Posada, Corporate Recruiter

clock June 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Each quarter, Marsh & McLennan Agency recognizes employees who were caught delivering more than expected. Meet Nadine Varga, the Contract Administrator and Corporate Paralegal in our Support Division and learn more about why associates who go the distance decide to do so with Marsh & McLennan Agency.

Originally from New Jersey, Nadine Varga earned degrees in English and Political Science, which eventually spurred her career as a paralegal in Washington D.C. During her time in D.C., 9/11 struck the city and hit very close to home for her. After an emotionally intense time during the aftermath, Nadine began searching for jobs in California. She eventually moved out to Orange County where she learned litigation and fell in love with it.

While Nadine was searching for a role in an in-house legal department, she stumbled on B&B right at the perfect moment. Two weeks after she was hired, Nadine began working on due diligence for the MMA acquisition that took place in February 2014...and we couldn’t have done it without her! As our Contract Administrator and Corporate Paralegal, Nadine Varga now works closely with MMA Corporate Compliance.

Why MMA

Working at Marsh & McLennan Agency is a refreshing change for Nadine after working so many years at law firms that were driven solely by the bottom line. “I feel this company truly cares about their associates.  It is like working for a company with a heart.  With MMA,  there is more of an even exchange, where one nourishes the other. It is truly a living testament to this nourishment when you are surrounded by co-workers who have worked at Barney & Barney for 10, 20, 30, 40+ years.  This company is obviously doing something very right!”

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Associate Spotlight: Mary Simpson

By Daniela Posada, Corporate Recruiter

clock January 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM

After working in a variety of positions at many different companies, Mary wanted to find a company where she could stay until retirement, so she decided to be picky. Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) matched each of her criteria for the perfect company—MMA offers opportunities to work with positive-minded people, a challenging environment, and is a place where people are genuinely happy to come to work each day. “Management places trust in us, so we feel that we have the authority to serve and support our clients, which is empowering.”

Mary loves the mixture of ages at the firm. “There are 20-somethings and 40-somethings which make it really exciting. I have people with more experience than me to learn from and I also see the excitement the new people bring.” She also values the importance MMA places on work-life balance. “Personal life comes first here, since it’s about a long term path not a short term burn out. If you need anything, MMA is there, which is tremendously important.”

What You Didn’t Know About Mary

During grad school, Mary joined a rock-n-roll cover band as the lead singer. She was with them for 18 months, playing gigs all over the Bay Area. “Covering Pat Benatar was always fun”.

With the push from her active husband and daughter, Mary has become a bit of an adventurist in the past 5 years. So far, she’s gone ice climbing and kayaking near glaciers in Alaska, and zip lining, bungee jumping and waterfall rappelling in Costa Rica. Although she wouldn’t have put these on her bucket list, her family keeps her on her toes with trips all over the world. What’s up next? A hardcore kayaking expedition in Canada and a family trip to Europe so her husband can fulfill his dream of picking up a new BMW from Germany.

Read more about Mary HERE.

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Associate Spotlight: Chris Wilson

By Daniela Posada, Corporate Recruiter

clock October 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Ohio Native Comes to California

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Chris Wilson followed his high school sweetheart to West Virginia University and finally out to California, where they married in 2010. During college summers, he interned at a family friends’ insurance brokerage in Ohio in the employee benefits department doing marketing and account management, which is when he realized he wanted to get into insurance sales.

After moving out to California a couple years after graduation and working at two different brokerages, Chris was referred to Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) through recommendations from the carriers he did business with. Driven by the reputation of MMA and his desire to dive deeper into sales, Chris used LinkedIn connections to get in touch with one of MMA's principals. Chris compares MMA to his company in Ohio, with its great leadership and mentors, but thinks MMA “completely surpasses that with its culture, leadership and work environment”.

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Associate Spotlight: Melissa Houghtailing

By Daniela Posada, Corporate Recruiter

clock July 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Opportunity for Growth

“Whatever department you choose, there are opportunities to grow. I saw an opportunity, picked it up, and ran with it. I didn’t know anything about insurance, but having support and encouragement from mentors allowed me to learn. I love helping others. I treat their situations like I would my own—like I’m talking to my mom or my sister, because they don’t know, just like I didn’t know anything about insurance coming into MMA.”

G.R.O.W.

“Not only does Marsh & McLennan Agency want growth for everyone, they also take the time to promote growth for women in a male-dominated industry. The leadership in the G.R.O.W. and Inspire mentor programs is great and it puts a smile on my face to see this happening. I look at these women and think, ‘They’re people. They did it. So can I’.”

Company Culture

“I call us the Brady Bunch. Everyone is unique and fun. I strive to smile or laugh once a day at work and in my personal life. At the end of the day you have to be able to laugh.”

Read more about Melissa HERE.

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Associate Spotlight: Jaymee Kelso

By Daniela Posada, Corporate Recruiter

clock May 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Like many associates here at Marsh & McLennan Agency, Jaymee was referred to her position by a former colleague, who is now a MMA principal. After working in the Property & Casualty side for many years, Jaymee made the move to Employee Benefits in 2006. Unlike most, Jaymee has seen both sides, but found her passion working with clients in the Employee Benefits Division.

Growth & Opportunity

“The growth opportunity attracted me to Marsh & McLennan Agency”. With MMA's Premier Partnership with Brandman University, Jaymee was able to take advantage of the opportunity and go back to school for her Master’s Degree in business.  “I have always played with the thought of going back to school for my Master’s Degree but financially could not take on the risk.  When the opportunity came knocking at my door as an employee at MMA, I knew I could not pass it up.  I will be graduating in the Fall of 2015 with my MBA degree with an emphasis and certificate in Organizational Leadership.”

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Topics: Associate Spotlight, Culture

Associate Spotlight: Mary Jones

By Daniela Posada, Corporate Recruiter

clock March 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

MMA values continuing education and gives everyone the opportunity for advancement through these achievements.  Since starting with MMA, Mary has earned AIS and CISR designations.  “I feel very fortunate to say that I look forward to coming to work every day, knowing that my contribution is appreciated and that I am well compensated for my efforts.”

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Topics: Associate Spotlight, Careers

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