Employee Spotlight Dan O’Donnell

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!

Employee Spotlight Amy Pasho

This month’s employee spotlight is on the fabulous Amy Pasho.  Amy is a busy bee who goes non-stop with our employee benefits customers.  She started in insurance 30 years ago, working her way from receptionist, to doing Motion Picture coverage, to life and 401k investments, and finally settling on employee benefits.

When not running around for work, Amy likes to watch classic movies (mostly black and white film noir), going to wine tastings, and listening to Motown.  She says her favorite thing to do while driving is singing at the top of her lungs to 70s and 80s one hit wonders.  Her other main interest is the history of King Henry VIII and his 6 wives (a self proclaimed “Tudorphile”).   Her dream is to rent a villa in Tuscany where she can cook, drink wine, explore Florence, and learn the history of the renaissance.

Amy has such a fun and quirky energy, and we just love having her on our team!

Trampolines

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?

Darrell Dacus Carlozzi Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight Darrell Dacus

This month’s employee spotlight is on our fantastic Darrell Dacus-Carlozzi.  Darrell is one of our commercial lines account managers and has been in the insurance industry for 24 years.

Darrell is originally from Colorado, but has lived a few other places throughout his life.  After joining the Air Force, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and then in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  After having met his future lifetime partner, Jimmy, he packed up and moved to Albuquerque.  And while Darrell is a huge fan of both red and green chile, he and Jimmy returned to his hometown of Colorado Springs in 2017.  Now he telecommutes to the office, but we still get to chat with him at our weekly meetings.

When not working, Darrell enjoys biking around neighborhood paths and renovating his home with Jimmy.  He says that he is an avid fan of gardening and fixing anything that poses a challenge.  Darrell and Jimmy also have three dogs that keep them on their toes—an elderly Sheltie, an oversized miniature Doberman, and a rambunctious Golden Retriever.

Darrell’s unique sense of humor and ability to find an answer to anything we throw at him makes him such a great asset to our team.  He is wonderful and we just love having him in our Brown & Brown family!

Employee Spotlight Sarah Rhoades

This month’s employee spotlight is on our magnificent Sarah Rhoades.  Sarah is a producer and CSR in our personal lines department.  She has been in insurance for 18 years and with Brown & Brown for almost 8 of those years.  She’s worked with all kinds of agencies, but says she likes the independent side because we can find a fit for almost anything.

When she’s not at work, Sarah spends most of her time taking care of her family.  Sarah and Cory have 4 kids from 11 to 18 that keep her on her toes.  Taking care of teenagers is not an easy task!  But when they need a break, they like to go for adventures on their Harley, even when it’s pretty cold out.

Sarah is one of the kindest people around, and we love her to death in our little personal lines department.  She is such an important part of our Brown & Brown family.