This month’s employee spotlight is on the absolutely wonderful Kim Haines. Kim is an account manager in our middle market commercial department. She has been in the insurance industry for almost 17 years, starting as a receptionist, moving up to a tech and then to account manager. She’s been with us at Brown & Brown for a year and a half.
Kim is originally from New Jersey, but moved to New Mexico 7 years ago. When she isn’t working hard on insurance, she’s playing hard. She plays and coaches a women’s flat track roller derby team. Apart from that, she loves cooking, craft beer and reading. And like many of us, she has two fur babies that she loves—2 English Bulldogs named Lulu and Suzi.
Kim is just fantastic and a great person to work with. We love having her as part of our crazy Brown & Brown family.
This month’s employee spotlight is on our wonderful Loan Nguyen. Loan is in our accounting department and has been with Brown & Brown since 2011. Her hectic job is what keeps our office running smoothly.
Loan is originally from New Jersey, but has lived in New Mexico since 2007. She loves to run, doing as many half marathons as she can. She also is into photography and absolutely loves eating Pho. Loan also spends a lot of her time crafting with her daughter Emily and taking care of their dog, Susie.
Loan says she loves working with her coworkers, and we love working with her! We couldn’t imagine Brown & Brown without her!
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!
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?