This week we want to celebrate one of our favorite personal insurance agents, Melissa Martin! Melissa was the recipient of Safeco’s 2018 Award of Excellence. Less than 5% of agents across the country who work with Safeco receive this prestigious honor. Melissa has shown superior underwriting skills while making sure her clients get the best coverage at the best price. We asked her what her secret to being so awesome is, and she said, “I aim to promote strong relationships with my insureds on a professional and personal level, and really try to take the time to explain coverages and be an advisor.” She says that she is a bit of an insurance nerd and likes that she’s always learning something new in this ever changing business.
We are so proud that Melissa has been given this award, as she has worked so hard to earn it. Congrats Melle!
This month’s employee spotlight is on the lovely Lora Dominguez. Lora does both commercial and personal lines in our Santa Fe office. She has been working in insurance for 13 years and 6 of those have been with Brown & Brown.
When not at work, Lora says she likes going on adventures with her husband, either doing something they have never done before or something they have never done together. She also loves spending time with her grandma. Lora says she is one feisty lady and most of the time they are laughing until they cry. Lora is also the proud dog mom of three Shih Tzu’s: Harley, Bane, and Bear.
Lora is one of the hardest workers we have, and we just love having her on our team!
This month’s employee spotlight is on Dan O’Donnell. Dan is part of our employee benefits team and has a wacky sense of humor that we have all grown to know and love.
Dan has been in the insurance industry for six years, and he really knows his stuff. He was born and raised in Delaware County, PA and even has a dog named Philly. When not at work, Dan likes to try and cook all different kinds of food with his wife and plays in a big band here in Albuquerque. He also claims that he has way too many Lord of the Rings books, but really you can never have too many.
Dan was quiet when he first joined us, but now he’s just a part of our crazy family. We love having him here!
Trampolines…. An Insurance Company’s Worst Nightmare
So you have a trampoline. That’s great. But you wonder why your insurance company cares and why they charge you extra for having it, even with a net. As both an insurance agent and a fan of trampolines, I am here to explain.
Your homeowner’s insurance covers you for liability, including damage that you cause that you are legally obligated to pay for. If it is your trampoline doing the damage, it is on you.
First, and perhaps most obvious, is the chance of harm to the people using the trampoline. Even with a net (which really is incredibly important), it’s easy to get hurt on a trampoline. I have a friend who was 24 years old and broke his leg on a trampoline from landing wrong, so it really can happen to both kids and adults. If the damage is severe and the kid is not yours, you may be on the hook for some pretty hefty medical bills.
Second, and less obvious, is the property damage trampolines can do. Let’s face it, New Mexico winds are not something to be taken lightly. And they definitely can get strong enough to pick up a trampoline and throw it into the next house over (trust me, I’ve seen it happen). The fence it knocks over, the window it breaks, the car it dents? All on you. Or rather, all on your insurance.
So when you see the surcharge on your policy, these are just some of the reasons. Hopefully nothing ever happens and no one ever gets hurt. But that’s what you have the insurance for, right?
This month’s employee spotlight is on one of our new employees, Vanessa Villegas. Although she has only been around for about 5 months, we love having her here! This is what Vanessa had to say:
I have been in this industry for over 15 years. I am fairly new to B&B going on 5 months and I absolutely love it here. The environment is awesome and I love my co-workers to pieces. I am currently an Account Manager in the middle market department and may I say my team is the BEST. They are what make this place fun!
I am single mother of 2 beautiful kids, my son John Jr is 10 and my daughter, Jazmine is 7 going on 16! They keep my personal life pretty busy; if I am not running around taking to soccer practice or gymnastics we are at home watching movies. Our fav movie that we can watch all time is Avengers and Thor! When I have spare time I love to crochet– I am not a pro but I am getting the hang of it. I am very family oriented and that is one thing I can’t live without; they are my rock.