News from Rand Insurance
New Team Members at Rand Insurance
ROBERTA HARDY JOINS THE RAND TEAM IN NEW CANAAN
Roberta Hardy recently joined Rand Insurance and will be an account manager based in the New Canaan office. Roberta has her BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University and her MBA from Fordham University. She has been associated with the Young Women’s League of New Canaan, The National Charity League and President of the Pender Keady Irish Arts Foundation. Roberta previously worked at a law firm in Stamford and most was with a local insurance agency as an account manager. She has been living in New Canaan for 22 years and is so happy to be part of the Rand Insurance family. We welcome Roberta!
DAVIS “BUCK” MARGOLD JOINS RAND INSURANCE
Rand Insurance, Inc. is very pleased to announce that Davis “Buck” Margold has joined our sales team in the Personal Insurance High Net Worth market segment. Buck is fully licensed by the State of Connecticut and has taken several advanced educational courses to work towards becoming a highly knowledgeable advisor in this specialized insurance segment.
Buck is a “local” guy having attended St Luke’s School in New Canaan, then Duke University. Early in his career Buck became the “go to” person in the local marine business as a yacht broker and specialist. His commitment to being the best in field has been evident ever since those early days.
He moved on to the world of finance as a Member of the New York Stock Exchange for thirty five years. Buck is very involved in the New York Yacht Club holding various positions including as a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Chairman of the House Committee. Buck and his wife Linda are longtime residents of Darien and Rowayton.
Looking for his next challenge Buck has joined the Rand team and will use his wide circle of contacts to offer Personal Insurance expertise with the depth that he has applied to his past business endeavors.
MARKETING PRO JOINS RAND INSURANCE
Rand Insurance has appointed Meredith Bach as Director of Marketing and Business Development.
Meredith is a Rowayton resident who grew up in New Canaan, CT and will play a key role in developing and executing strategic marketing plans for Rand Insurance as the company continues to grow and provide superior customer service to their clients.
Meredith has extensive luxury brands and sports marketing experience with Ralph Lauren, American Express, the United States Tennis Association and the PGA of America. She brings with her the capability to manage multiple projects and initiatives, along with a deep working knowledge of what it takes to enhance the luxury customer experience and boost brand recognition.
Having grown up in a family business, The Melba Inn in New Canaan, Meredith knows first-hand the importance of strong customer service and will bring that expertise to her role at Rand.
Meet Our New Team Members
We are pleased to welcome Cindy Smith and Cate Breslin as new employees of Rand Insurance. Cindy (above left) has joined the Commercial Lines Team as an Account Manager in our Riverside office. She makes a great addition to Rand Insurance, and we are thrilled to have her on board. She brings with her years of commercial insurance related business experience, having previously worked at the agency level, as well as the carrier level with Travelers. Cate (above right) is a new member of Rand Insurance's Personal Lines Team. Cate brings years of Personal Lines experience, having worked from a smaller agency in New Canaan for the past decade. Additionally, Cate spent numerous years in the legal arena, working as a paralegal and senior staff attorney. Cate will work out of the New Canaan office, where her knowledge and relationships are welcome attributes. We welcome both Cindy and Cate to the Rand Insurance team.
Welcome Brendan O'Brien
Rand Insurance is pleased to announce the hiring of Brendan O'Brien in a sales/business development role. Brendan has deep roots in Fairfield County and will work out of and utilize all three of our local offices. He is a great addition to the Rand Insurance team and, needless to say, we are excited to have him on board.
Brendan comes to Rand with an extensive background in the executive recruiting world where he, as a partner, successfully built and managed his own company. Prior to his career as an executive recruiter, Brendan spent five years working on the Futures Exchange in London. He currently lives in Rowayton, CT with his wife and daughter.
Please welcome Brendan to the Rand insurance team!
Welcome Judith Allegrini
October 2015: We are pleased to announce the addition of Judith Allegrini to the Rand Insurance team. Judith will serve as a Personal Account Manager in our Riverside office. She makes a great addition to Rand Insurance, and we are thrilled to have her on board. "I'm delighted to join Rand Insurance", says Judith. She brings with her years of business experience and local knowledge, having lived in Greenwich her entire life. Judith's practical awareness of the local community and its surroundings make her an invaluable resource to Rand.
Combining Education and Service
March 2015: Rand's President, Barbara Stevens (front row, fourth from right), takes time out from an insurance technology conference to volunteer at a food bank.
Happy Holidays 2014
December 2014: Enjoy this Holiday Season with Family and Friends and remember to keep those in harms way in your thoughts and prayers.
Happy Holidays from All of Us at Rand Insurance. Best wishes for a prosperous and healthy New Year!
Rand Insurance and Chubb Support AmeriCares
Gary Leeds, VP of Finance (far right) and Holly Donaldson, Development Team Member at AmeriCares accept a check for $7,000 from David Lindsay and Chip Olney (far left) of Rand Insurance. The donation resulted from Rand's participation in the Chubb Charity Challenge, an annual nationwide charity golf event run by Chubb. All proceeds from the event go to the participating agencies' charity of choice. Rand Insurance, through their partnership with Chubb and the Charity Challenge, has been able to donate over $30,000 to AmeriCares' outstanding relief efforts worldwide.
14 Holiday Service Project
December 2014: This holiday season Rand Insurance held a food drive in both our Riverside and New Canaan offices. Through donations by Rand employees, as well as outside donations, we were able to once again support
The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County in Stamford with much needed food. Pictured above with a representative from
The Food Bank (center) are Rand employees (l-r) Carter McGuckin, Lindsay McGuckin, Laura Bartone, and Barbara Stevens.
Welcome Catherine Yamson
November 2014: We are pleased to announce the addition of Catherine Yamson to the Rand Insurance team. Catherine joins us from UBS where she handled day to day operations for the bank's Private Wealth Management division. Catherine will be involved in administration and account management for our personal insurance department.
October 2014: Congratulations to Sandy Rand on the birth of his 7th grandchild. Sandy's son, Peter, and his daughter-in-law, Rachel, welcome a baby girl into the Rand family. Mother and daughter are doing fine.
Kids in Crisis Golf Outing
August 2014: Rand continues the tradition of supporting local charities. Barbara Stevens, President, attends the Golf Outing at Wee Burn Country Club to support Kids in Crisis. Also in attendance from Rand were Ryan Garrity, Lindsay Rand McGuckin and Carter McGuckin. A great time was had by all for a very worthwhile cause.
Claim Check Presentation
August 2014: Rand Insurance client, Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company, is presented a claim check from Sal Provenzano, Business Development at Rand Insurance (left) and Jeff Rudzavice, Sr. Account Executive with VFIS Insurance Company (right). The check covered damages incurred to one of their vehicles and buildings as a result of water damage during a storm. Accepting the check is RHVFC Lieutenant Sharon Strain (center).
Welcome to Carter McGuckin
June 2014: We are pleased to announce the addition of Carter McGuckin to the Rand Insurance team. Carter joins Rand after a 13 year career in finance and will be involved in all aspects of the agency focusing on Operations and Administration. He hopes to bring over a decade's worth of knowledge and experience from the financial services industry and believes the "service" side of any business is the key to its success. Carter is married to Lindsay Rand McGuckin and they live with their two children in Darien.
May 2014: Exciting News At Rand Insurance!
As you may or may not know, we just celebrated our 75th Anniversary last year. We are fortunate to live and work in and around the communities that we serve and hope to continue to provide insurance services for many years to come. It is our goal to provide information and education about insurance products and cost saving strategies to best meet your needs. As an aside, but equally important, is our responsibility to donate both our time and money to worthwhile causes, from local organizations to those outside of our region as needs arise. Being an active participant in our communities has and continues to be a corporate goal.
I am pleased to announce two senior level positional changes at Rand Insurance. Barbara Stevens, currently Senior Vice President, will become President and Chief Operating Officer. I will assume the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Barb has been with Rand Insurance for 32 years and a Senior Vice President over 10 years. Her broad experience in all facets of the company and industry make her well suited to take on this further leadership position.
This month we are also announcing that two of our long term valued employees are retiring: David Beaty, Vice President Personal Insurance, and Margaret "Maggie" Kolb, Personal Insurance Account Manager. We will miss them both as they have been here 36 and 32 years respectively and have been excellent contributors to our success.. Of course we wish them well, as these retirements are well deserved.
To round out our staff, in the past few months we have hired Ryan Garrity as an Account Executive and Matthew Rand as an Account Manager in Personal Insurance. Starting June 1st, we are welcoming Carter McGuckin to the organization. Carter will be involved in all aspects of the agency focusing on Operations and Administration, so perhaps your path may cross with his at some point.
In our commitment to provide customer service at a high level, we are also looking to hire an additional staff member, and are asking our clients and friends to spread the word. At this time we have an opening in our Personal Lines Department. The candidate would have to be inquisitive, analytical, a good communicator, excellent at customer service, and efficient with computers and data entry. Insurance knowledge is not required, as we are willing to train, but certainly we would also welcome candidates with insurance experience. Click here for a copy of the job description and if you or anyone you know might be interested, please have them send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Meet Our New Team Member
October 2013: We are pleased to welcome Matthew Rand as new employees of Rand Insurance. Matt has joined the Personal Lines Team as a large account Personal Account Manager. Matt is Sandy's youngest brother's son and comes to us with experience in commercial lines underwriting. He is recently married and lives in Stamford. Matt is proud of his family's legacy and hopes to continue to provide insurance solutions with the utmost integrity.
The Mikey Czech Foundation Honored
November 2013: Steve and Jennifer Czech (above) founders of The Mikey Czech Foundation, and long-time clients of Rand Insurance, were recently recognized as one of the 2013 Light A Fire Honorees. Click here to read more.
Another Way to Celebrate our 75th Anniversary
September 9, 2013: Barbara Stevens, Rand's Senior Vice President, attends a golf outing at Wee Burn Country Club to benefit Kids In Crisis. Rand Insurance is proud to support local charities and will continue to do so for years to come.
Rand Employee Named to the Jets Blog Hall of Fame
July, 2013: Randy Rasmussen, Rand's Vice President-Financial Services and former NY Jets player, was recently named to the Jets Blog Hall of Fame. To read more, click here
Benefit for New Canaan Library
May 21, 2013: Rand Insurance's Dale Carbonier is pictured above with Committee Chairs Alicia Wyckoff (left) and Holly Parmelee (right) promoting "Books Blues & BBQ", this year's event to benefit the New Canaan Library.
Health Care Seminar
May 9, 2013: Rand Insurance sponsored a Healthcare "Play or Pay" Seminar at Innis Arden which focused on building awareness and strategies for the compliance under the new Health Care Law. Our guest speaker, Bob Noonan, attorney and founder of Robert Noonan and Associates, LLC (pictured standing, above) provided a host of important information, and was well received by many Rand clients and local businesses. Several Rand employees were also in attendance and/or helped organize this event. Hosting informational seminars is one of the ways that Rand Insurance educates and supports the business sector we serve.
Back to School Food Drive for Person-to-Person
September 24, 2012: Rand employees donated food to help restock the food pantry at Person-to-Person in Darien. In addition to providing emergency food, Person-to-Person offers families in our area clothing, financial assistance, and budget counseling. (Above: Lindsay Rand McGuckin, Pati Salvatore, Maria Clark, Katie Bues, and Maggie Kolb help P2P volunteers load the van)
Rand Insurance and Chubb Support AmeriCares
August 23, 2012: Above, Curt Welling, President and CEO of AmeriCares accepts a check for $3,000 from Jeff Updyke, SVP/Branch Manager of Chubb New Haven, and David Lindsay of Rand Insurance. The donation resulted from Rand's participation in the Chubb Charity Challenge, an annual nationwide charity golf event run by Chubb. All proceeds from the event go to the participating agencies' choice of charity. Rand Insurance, through their partnership with Chubb and the Charity Challenge has been able to donate $20,000 to AmeriCares' wonderful efforts over the past six years.
Employee Continues Rand's Commitment to Community Service
June 18, 2012: Randy Rasmussen (above, right), Rand's VP of Financial Services and former NY Jet, attended the NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter's Sixth Annual Charity Golf Clasic in Darien.
In Memory of Betty Ann Cookney
January 14, 2012: With sadness we share that Betty Ann Cookney, a 25 year veteran of the Rand Insurance team, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, following a brief illness. To read more click here
October 1, 2011: Katie Bell became Katie Bues when the Personal Lines Account Manager married her college sweetheart, Alex Bues. To read more click here
Philadelphia Insurance Companies Donate to AmeriCares
(left to right, Chip Olney, Elizabeth Buccheri, Carol Shattuck, David Lindsay, Kate Sears)
September 1, 2011: Philadelphia Insurance Comanies' (PHLY) Elizabeth Buccheri and Rand Insurance's David Lindsay and Chip Olney presented a check for $5,484 to Carol Shattuck and Kate Sears from AmeriCares. PHLY made this contribution as a part of the company's Jean Day Program for the month of May. Through the Jean Day Program, employees from PHLY's 46 offices across the country paid $1 to wear jeans on Fridays and voted on the charity to receive the month's funds. Through AmeriCare's ability to leverage every dollar donated by approximately 35 times, the PHLY donation to AmeriCares will help the organization provide close to $200,000 in aid to those in need worldwide.
Riverside Run 2011
May 7, 2011: For the 28th year, Rand Insurance sponsored the Riverside School’s “Riverside Run”. This great community-based event organized by the Riverside School PTA brought out runners (and walkers!) of all ages to enjoy the 3 mile loop along the streets of Riverside, beginning and ending at the elementary school. (Above center: Rand Insurance's Paul Mercado, Vice President-Commercial Insurance and Lindsay Rand McGuckin, Vice President)
Kathy Giusti Honored by Time Magazine
Apr, 2011: Kathy Giusti, Founder and CEO of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. MMRF is a long-term client of Rand Insurance. MMRF, headed by Kathy Giusti, “relentlessly pursues innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure”. All of us at Rand Insurance are proud of our affiliation to this organization. To learn more or to make a donation to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, click here
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief
Mar 28, 2011: Rand Insurance's employees, along with a match from Rand Insurance, donated $3,000 to AmeriCares to benefit the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan. AmeriCares is a non-profit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs around the world. (Pictured above from left: Rand Insurance's Lindsay Rand McGuckin, Vice President and AmeriCares' Carol Shattuck, Chief of Staff & SVP, Communications & Marketing)
2010 Holiday Food Drive
Dec, 2010: For our 2010 holiday service project, Rand Insurance held a food drive in both our Riverside and New Canaan offices. Through food given by Rand employees, as well as outside donations, we were able to fill a van full of much needed goods to benefit the The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, located in Stamford. (Pictured above are Rand employees on the day of the food delivery from left: photo 1-Katie Bell, David Lindsay, and Dale Carbonier; photo 2-Lindsay Rand McGuckin, Maria Clark, Carolyn Donnelly, and Laura Bartone; photo 3-Dale Carbonier and David Lindsay, loading the van.)
Rand Supports Greenwich Emergency Medical Service
Sep 15, 2009: Pictured above, Rand Insurance, Inc. presenting a $5,000 Fireman's Fund Heritage Grant to the Greenwich Emergency Medical Service, Inc. (GEMS) for the purchase of 11 new personal carbon monoxide detectors.