Best Places to Work - The Journal Record 2018 - Page 19

#8 Large Employer Website: Twitter Handle: @INSURICA U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Oklahoma City Industry: Insurance Status: Private U.S. Employees: 544 Oklahoma Employees: 186 Year Founded: 1959 Company Leader: Mike Ross, president/ CEO; Bill Durrett, chairman I nsurica’s customer pledge is “we specialize in you,” and its company values are integrity, attitude and purpose. That focus on serving clients also extends to its employees. Kevin Wellfare, Insurica’s vice president of marketing and communi- cations, has heard often that employees feel valued for their talents and expertise. “We have a very, very strong culture within our organization,” Wellfare said. “It’s intentional and it starts with our president and CEO, Mike Ross.” With 30 offices across six states, Insurica said it is one of the 50 largest insurance brokers in the United States and is the 23rd-largest private- ly held independent agency in the country. The Oklahoma City-based company specializes in core industries and business disciplines and offers clients coverage and risk management expertise across industries like construction, energy, education, health care, education and more. Insurica believes in developing and investing in what it considers its most valuable asset – employees. Insurica rewards colleague excellence with competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefit package, and strives to offer a fun and enjoyable work atmosphere. “Laughing is required,” Wellfare said. “If you’re not having fun at your organization, you’re not going to produce the work we’re looking for.” Employees said they enjoy the work-life benefits that include wellness The Journal Record incentives, telecommuting, generous paid time off, colleague recognition measures, an annual bonus opportunity, the Colleague Council that plans fun employee events throughout the year and others. Other perks include once-a-month chair massages and a company-sponsored Toastmasters Club. Employees also contribute to the community through the UServe pro- gram by giving money and time to local organizations. Insurica offers paid time for volunteering. “Philanthropy is important to our organization,” Wellfare said. In addition to Insurica making the list of Best Places to Work in Oklaho- ma multiple times, it has been named as a Best Practices Agency by the Independent Insurance Agents of America and Reagan Consulting; one of the Best of Business honorees by; and more. Insurica colleagues receive recognition through an online platform called RAVE that allows them to receive awards and badges that coordi- nate with various achievements, the Mackey Award recognizing a particu- lar colleague for customer service and an anniversary awards reception. “The company also recognizes milestone sales achievements by giving winning team members the opportunity to spin a wheel for a prize, while a second spin earns a separate prize for the entire office as a way to en- courage growth and demonstrate that everybody’s part of our successes,” Wellfare said. 2018 Best Places to Work 19