Thank you to our associates who have again made us a Best Place to Work! The Milwaukee Business Journal has named Vizance to the Best Places to Work list again this year.
Mike Lappin Joins Valley Insurance Associates, a Vizance Company, as Partner and President
We are pleased to announce that Mike Lappin is joining Valley Insurance Associates, a Vizance Company, as Partner and President, effective July 11, 2017.
Since 1999, Lappin has been employed with Motorists Insurance Group, most recently serving as President of Wilson Mutual since 2013. Under Lappin's direction, Wilson Mutual experienced increased revenue, while also improving a number of internal departments, furthering Wilson's position as a leader in the insurance industry. At Valley Insurance Associates, Lappin plans to add additional associates to the team, and will also be exploring further opportunities for mergers and acquisitions.
"I am delighted to partner with the team at Valley Insurance Associates and Vizance," said Lappin. "This is a dynamic organization that has successfully evolved to meet the needs of an ever-changing business environment, and the values and vision of this company are in complete alignment with mine. This role provides the ideal leadership opportunity to merge my passion for insurance with my track record of robust business growth."
Jeff Cardenas, President of Vizance, echoed Lappin's thoughts: "We are thrilled to welcome Mike to the team. His outstanding character and values, combined with his proven success in helping Wilson Mutual grow over time, indicate that he will provide the leadership that is needed to sustain our rapid organic growth rate. We will also continue to look at opportunities to acquire agencies that fit with our
COBRA Webinar Scheduled for July 18th
The complex requirements of COBRA leave many employers anxious and concerned about their liability and possible penalties from the IRS and Department of Labor. Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, July 18th at 1:30 pm when Beth Ward, Vizance’s Compliance Attorney, will address your COBRA concerns, helping you to become compliant.
In this webinar we will discuss:
> Triggering rules for COBRA
> Notices that must be provided
> Penalties for noncompliance
> Difference between Federal COBRA rules and State Continuation
RSVP to Joanna Baisch at (262) 563 5457 or email@example.com
Vizance on Fastest Growing Firms List
The Milwaukee Business Journal recently released the 2017 list of Fastest Growing Firms, and Vizance was honored to be part of the list. The companies named to the list are those with the highest percentages of growth for the past three years.
Are You Prepared for a DOL Audit?
Although the future of the Affordable Care Act may be uncertain, the Department of Labor has not reduced its enforcement efforts. Rather, the DOL has increased the number of audits and has stated that it will continue to focus its resources on compliance.
Beth Ward, Vizance's Compliance Attorney, recently presented a seminar regarding this topic. Beth has actively assisted numerous employers with DOL and IRS audits, along with pre-audit corrective actions.
Future webinars and seminars will again cover this topic. If you're interested in attending, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vizance Makes Future 50 List for the Second Time
Vizance made the Future 50 list for the second time. This program, run by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and Council of Small Business Executives, recognizes companies in the seven-county Milwaukee Region that have shown rapid growth.
Vizance Named to Top Workplaces List; Wins Ethics Award
Vizance is honored to have been named a Top Workplace by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, placing 4th in our category. We are also the proud recipient of the Ethics Award, which indicates that our associates firmly believe that our company operates by strong values and ethics. Thank you to our associates for providing feedback and for making Vizance a Top Workplace!
Vizance Continues Its Growth With Addition of Insurance Agency Serving Fox Valley Area
Vizance continues its growth with the addition of Valley Insurance Associates. The combined organization gives Vizance a geographic market stretching from Southeastern Wisconsin up through Northeastern Wisconsin, encompassing the entire Fox Valley.
“We recently changed our name from RC Insurance Services to Vizance, to help position our agency for accelerated growth,” explained Jeff Cardenas, President of Vizance. “This partnership follows our intent to grow Vizance strategically, and we are excited by the capacity that Valley Insurance Associates adds to our outstanding team.”
“The cultures among Vizance and Valley Insurance Associates are a perfect fit, and that’s what attracted us to Valley,” Vizance Vice President Dimas Ocampo said. “We succeed by our culture. We want to create the very best workplace for our associates and be the very best partner for our clients’ financial security.”
Founded in 1990, Valley Insurance Associates offers business insurance, home and auto insurance, employee benefits and individual health insurance, including Medicare. Valley Insurance Associates will continue to operate under that name from its office locations in Appleton, Oshkosh, Green Bay and Kaukauna.
More information is available here.
2016 Food Drive
It was our best year yet for the annual food drive.
Vizance ended the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive last Friday. With a little friendly office competition, we graciously collected 26,058 food items, $9,197 in monetary donations and 755 requested women's shelter items. Thanks to all who participated and made this year's food drive such a success! We could not have reached the level of success we did without the teamwork, compassionate hearts and generous donations of our contributors.
Vizance Named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” List for 2nd Time
The Milwaukee Business Journal recently released their "Best Places to Work" winners list, and Vizance is honored to be among the winners.
According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, "44 southeastern Wisconsin companies are being honored for having the best culture and leadership and where employees feel the most engaged by their jobs and management. Nearly 160 Milwaukee-area firms were nominated for the awards and the winners were determined based on scores from a survey that employees filled out. Each company that was nominated was ranked according to the 10 core areas of engagement: teamwork, retention, alignment with goals, trust with co-workers, individual contribution, manager effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, job satisfaction and benefits."
Additional information, including rankings, will be published later this year.