The “Best of” lists are yearly lists published by large cities and counties in Wisconsin, based on the votes from residents of that city. Sparks Insurance, a Vizance Company, and Chris Antonneau, Regional President at Vizance both won Hometown Favorites for their respective categories.
Each community nominates their favorite places in categories like dining out, professional services, arts & entertainment, and more. Only the top 5 businesses with the most votes from the nomination round make it to the final voting round. Then, the top three winners are announced as the best in their community.
With three agencies coming together in Kenosha, Vizance had a good chance of snagging a spot in the voting round for Best Insurance Agency. One of the Kenosha-area agencies, Sparks Insurance, joined Vizance in 2018, and is a true partner to the Kenosha community for their ongoing support and involvement. Sparks Insurance, a Vizance Company, took home the Hometown Favorite award.
Racine county participates in the “Best of” lists as well. Chris Antonneau, Regional President at Vizance, was nominated in the Best Insurance Agent category, and was awarded Hometown Favorite of Racine county. Chris was an agency principal at David Insurance, which became part of the Vizance family in early 2021, and they have been a valuable partner in the Racine area.
We are thankful to have the
Vizance is Voted a Milwaukee Business Journal Best Place to Work
The Milwaukee Business Journal published their annual list of the Best Places to Work, and Vizance is ranked in the medium-sized business category.
This award recognizes the region’s best workplaces. Winners are selected from the highest rankings based on surveys where associates rate their company on various topics through an online survey. All winning companies in different category sizes were recently featured in a special section of the Business Journal and honored at an awards event.
We are very proud to receive this award for the 7th year in a row. We would like to thank all of our associates for their participation and for being the reason behind this award!
Brandy Enger Receives BizTimes Media Notable Women in Insurance Award
The Milwaukee BizTimes published their list of 2021 Notable Women in Insurance, and Brandy Enger is on the list, along with her story.
The BizTimes regularly publishes lists of top executives and notable women for a multitude of industries, including HR, education, manufacturing, and more. This year, they created a new notable list for Women in Insurance, featuring women in the Milwaukee area that hold senior level positions at their agencies.
Brandy Enger, Vizance’s Director of Personal Lines, received recognition on the list. With over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, her accomplishments in elevating Vizance’s client experience and developing the next generation of leaders have catapulted the Personal Lines practice to new heights.
In addition to her Director role, Brandy regularly speaks to students about the benefits of careers in insurance, and serves at the Vice President of the Volunteer Service Club of Pewaukee, helping to raise funds and supporting organizations that help women and children.
Brandy is a valuable member of the Vizance team and we can’t thank her enough for her contributions in moving us forward.
Vizance Makes the Largest Wisconsin Employee Benefits Firms List – Again!
The Milwaukee Business Journal published their annual list of Largest Wisconsin Employee Benefits Firms. Vizance moved up from last year’s spot on the list.
In 2020, Vizance was recognized as the 13th Largest Employee Benefits Firm in Wisconsin. This year, Vizance moved up to be the 12th largest firm on the list, out of 22 total firms in the state. The rankings are established by the number of associates in the employee benefits division at each firm.
Click here to see the complete list from Milwaukee Business Journal.
Valeri Agency Joins Vizance
Vizance recently announced that Kenosha-based Valeri Agency, Inc. will join Vizance, Inc. effective July 1, 2021.
Valeri Agency has been a leader in the insurance industry since 1959, offering business insurance, employee benefits, and personal lines insurance to their valued clients. Valeri Agency believes that insurance is a profession as well as a business, so their associates are always on the leading edge of insurance trends and technology in order to provide the best service for their clients’ needs.
Jeff Valeri, an owner of Valeri Agency, said: “There were other routes we could have gone when deciding who to partner with, but we chose Vizance because of their alignment in philosophy and way of doing business. Vizance is a community agency, and over the past few years have become a great option for other community agencies to join with them. They realize the importance of continuing our presence in the Kenosha community, and look to support and grow the integral relationships we’ve built and developed over the years.”
Vizance, founded in 1978 and headquartered in Hartland, Wisconsin, is a privately-held independent agency offering a broad portfolio of insurance, including risk management, employee benefits, and financial service solutions for businesses and individuals. The agency has been named as one of the area’s “Top Workplaces,” “Fastest Growing Firms,” and “Best Places to Work” by local media sources. Vizance has joined with several
Matt Weimer Joins Vizance as Director of Employee Benefits
Vizance extends a warm welcome to Matt Weimer as our Director of Employee Benefits! Matt will be overseeing the strategic direction of the Employee Benefits team, while providing oversight and leadership to the group.
Matt comes with a wide range of experience from working in multiple positions at Diversified Insurance Solutions to being an Account Executive at Willis Towers Watson, working with companies that had anywhere from 6 – 6,000 associates. What motivates him is being able to solve his clients’ challenges and find the best solution for them based on their unique needs.
“The energy, openness, and opportunistic vibe at Vizance is apparent. Everyone I met with knew what the organization stood for and understood the direction going forward.”
We are excited to have Matt contribute to those Vizance vibes and look, think, and move forward together!
Vizance Recognized as Top Workplace and One of Area’s Largest Independent Insurance Agencies
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently released its annual list of Top Workplaces, and Vizance is listed as #18 on the “Small Companies” list. Vizance was one of a very small number of independent insurance agencies on the list.
Additionally, the Milwaukee Business Journal published its annual list of Largest Area Independent Insurance Agencies today. Vizance is number 6 on the list, up from number 7 last year. This list includes our locations in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Kenosha counties. Vizance was also recognized in the top five insurance agencies that have the most offices in the seven-county Milwaukee area.
Vizance Highlighted in Donegal Newsletter
Vizance was recently honored to be featured in Donegal's newsletter. Donegal is carrier partner of Vizance's, and the article highlights some of the key points in Vizance's history.
Donegal Article about Vizance
David Insurance Agency Joins Vizance
Vizance recently announced that Racine-based David Insurance Agency, Inc. will join Vizance effective January 1, 2021.
Founded in 1950, David Insurance has focused on providing businesses and individuals with exceptional service and expert advice for 70 years. The David Insurance team of associates will continue to operate under the David name from their offices in Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Sister Bay. Agency Principals Chris Antonneau, Jon Antonneau, Dan Antonneau, and Steve Chomeau will continue with the organization as partners in the new entity.
“By partnering with Vizance, we are joining an agency with the foundation of a firm built to last and committed to being leaders in associate loyalty and client relationships. As our team evaluated a partnership, it was extremely important that a partner not only brought additional resources for clients but was also singularly focused on and committed to the insurance business with an operating model of regional leadership. We are very excited that we are joining a firm incredibly well positioned for the future,” said David Insurance President Chris Antonneau.
Vizance has joined with several other Wisconsin-based independent agencies, including Valley Insurance Associates in 2017, Sparks Insurance in 2018, the Diedrich Agency in 2019, Hornick Insurance Services in 2020, and Risk Management, LLC in 2020.
“We have known and admired the team at David Insurance for many years, and we are excited about the prosp
COVID-19 Relief: Extension of COBRA Due Dates
Earlier this year, the Department of Labor and Treasury Department (the “Departments”) issued a Final Regulation extending certain due dates under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). The guidance, intended to provide relief for participants impacted by COVID-19, essentially suspends the COBRA election and payment deadlines during the declared National Emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance issued by the Departments and the administrative considerations for employers in complying with the extension of the COBRA due dates can be found here.