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The Prewitt Group, a trusted name in risk management since 1974, has grown into one of the largest insurance firms in the Southeast. Our service and dedication to our clients remain steadfast. We uphold our brand promise in everything we do – to shield our clients from danger, risks or unpleasant experiences by using the strength and expertise of our firm. As we continue to dedicate our vision and values to our clients, we are happy to announce that we are growing again.  We are thrilled to announce  the following members that have joined our team: 

Diana Kelly — Marketing Rep: 

Diana works closely with producers, account managers, clients and carriers to get insurance coverage for new and renewal business.

Melissa Williams — Personal Lines Account Manager: 

With 22 years of experience as a Personal Lines Account Manager, Melissa is responsible for quoting new and existing business, helping with policy changes,  assisting clients with billing and with any issues they may have with their policy to ensure that the client is properly covering their assets. 

Amy Price — Commercial Lines Account Manager: 

Amy offers clients professional services to help them with their day-to-day insurance needs as well as handles the Professional Liability Book of Business. 

Mallory Phillips— Junior Account Manager: 

Mallory is responsible for providing in-house customer service assistance to account managers. She assists with answering emails, uploading policies, attaching and sharing policy endorsements, documenting dialog through emails and phone calls, completing any request of the senior account manager and keeping all documents organized for easy access to account managers.

Ella Perry — Client Concierge/ Accounting Assistant:

Ella assists with meeting the needs of clients and daily tasks around the office as well as assisting the accounting department. In addition, she manages content and assists with The Prewitt Group’s social media accounts on various platforms.

We’re excited about our growth and look forward to offering the best client service, now and in the future.

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For more than 48 years, The Prewitt Group has been a trusted risk management firm locally and nationally. As we continue to grow, our mission remains steadfast in our commitment to providing the best possible service for a better tomorrow. As we thrive on our commitment to excellence, we are happy to announce the new members who have joined our team:

Bryndi-Alyn Ward (Bryn) has joined our team as Receptionist and Accounting Assistant.  With her vast experience in website and office administration, Bryn is most looking forward to learning more about the accounting side of business as she endeavors to get her master’s degree in accounting.  Bryn loves spending time with her family and painting.

Sonya Maddox has come aboard as a Commercial Lines Jr. Account Manager.  Sonya brings with her over 10 years of experience in the legal field. She also has P&C insurance experience and obtained her CISR designation in 2017. Sonya said she is most looking forward to enjoying growth with a great company full of friendly associates and clients. Outside of work, Sonya enjoys making good memories with her family and friends.

Our newest Account Manager is Teresa Coats.  Coming to us with an extensive insurance background and a CISR designation, Teresa is excited to not only get to work with The Prewitt Group Team, but also getting to know our clients. Most of Teresa’s free time used to be on the golf course, but now she prefers spending precious time with her grandchildren.

We welcome them and are delighted they are here to serve and provide you with their expertise in meeting all of your insurance needs whether they are personal or professional.

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As our firm continues to experience ongoing growth and in keeping with our focus on client relationship management, The Prewitt Group is pleased to announce that Scott Campbell has joined our team of risk management advisors as Personal Lines Department Manager and Risk Consultant.

Scott joins The Prewitt Group having several years of insurance experience in the Southeast market and has proven success and tenure in the risk management industry. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Insurance.

Scott specializes in building relationships with successful individuals and families while helping craft insurance programs to best protect their most valuable assets. He places great importance on developing strong partnerships with wealth advisors, mortgage companies, and other centers of influence to help ensure his clients’ needs are properly met.

As we look to the future and an ever-expanding client base, Scott’s role as Personal Lines Department Manager supports our long-term vision of providing our clients, whether personal or professional, the most excellent experience along with an unmatched portfolio of customized insurance products. When not in the office, Scott can be found outside on the golf course or fishing.

National Insurance Awareness Day

It’s National Insurance Awareness Day and there’s no better time than now to review your policies and make sure your business has the right coverage.  You need protection to reduce your risks against property damage caused by theft, natural disasters, loss of income, liability claims, and more. Insurance policies are the most common way to transfer risk and protect everything from employees to assets to operations. To recognize this day, we’ve included three steps business owners can follow to ensure you have the right coverage in place.

1. Set up a meeting with your risk advisor:

Sitting down with your insurance advisor and reviewing your policies is a great way to make sure you have the appropriate coverage. In-depth reviews can shed light on where possible gaps in your coverage may lie or at least prove you have adequate coverage limits. It also gives you a chance to go over things that may require a modification to your policies like new hires, products, or services.

2. Ensure employees are familiar with safe workplace practices:

Workplace injuries can amount to thousands or even millions of dollars as well as slowing down your workforce and business’s production. Worker’s compensation insurance is designed to protect your business and employees, but the ideal situation is to avoid injuries altogether. A helpful way to do this is scheduling time with your associates to review best practices for safety in your workplace.

3. Make sure the proper cyber security policies are in place.

A fast-growing problem in this modern business landscape is the risks posed by cyber security. It’s important to realize anyone can be targeted by cybercriminals and no account or business is too small to protect from a cyber-attack. The best course of action is to know what actions to take if a breach occurs; secure the business, have a plan in place, and ensure all workers know the proper corresponding protocols for preventing and responding to a breach.

These few simple steps can give you peace of mind and can help you ensure that your business has the right coverage where it counts. For any questions you may have about your business insurance coverage and to learn more about our full line of risk management solutions, please contact our team of advisors at The Prewitt Group.

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In 1999, Walter Barnett joined The Prewitt Group after a 39-year stint with the IRS. During his 22 years as an agency controller, he not only continued to acquire but also apply an immense knowledge of accounting and legal expertise. While Barnett was incredibly skilled at his job, he also exemplified what it meant to be a team player and was always happy to lend a helping hand at work, earning himself the nickname “Mr. Fix-it” around The Prewitt Group office. It is this mix of expertise, friendliness, leadership, and professionalism that lead us to rename our employee of the year award to The Walter Barnett Employee of the Year Award, upon his retirement from The Prewitt Group, and in honor of his many contributions to our agency and his friendship to us all.

The Walter Barnett Employee of the Year Award honors the achievements and celebrates associates who exemplify the wonderful qualities that Walter possesses. Kim Hayward has been a sterling example of these qualities, which is why we have chosen her to be the inaugural recipient of this award.

Since 2007, Kim has been working with The Prewitt Group carrier’s online rating platforms, rating client accounts with major carriers and working with the Core Business Unit as well as handling the Certificate of Insurance requests. She helps team leaders and account managers make sure their requests are processed as efficiently as possible while also leading the implementation of a new processing program. Kim is not only a skilled employee, but she is also someone who knows the value of being a team player. She works hard daily for both our team and clients alike. Kim does whatever it takes to get the job done and does it with such a cheerful outlook.

We are very pleased to recognize Kim Hayward as the first Walter Barnett Employee of the Year recipient. She is more than deserving of this honor. Congratulations, Kim.

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Please join us in welcoming Ashleigh Calvert, Scott Campbell, and Tracy Rathje to the Prewitt Group Family!

Ashleigh Calvert is coming aboard as The Prewitt Group’s newest marketing representative. For the past 7 years, she’s spent her career honing her skills in both the retail and wholesale side of commercial account management. Calvert is motivated by others and excited to work with her fellow Prewitt Group associates. Outside of work, Calvert enjoys hanging out with friends and family or enjoying the nearby lakes and beaches.

Scott Campbell is our newest personal lines manager/risk consultant. His experience is grounded in operations, which he gained while leading both personal lines and small business departments. He’s excited to not only get to know the Prewitt Team but also all the clients. In his spare time, you’ll find Campbell either enjoying time with his family or playing golf.

We welcome Tracy Rathje as our newest commercial lines assistant. For the past 21 years, she’s been sharpening her skills in the commercial insurance industry, spending equal time between both the retail and wholesale side of operations. Having worked with The Prewitt Group in the past, she is excited and ready to get back to helping others in her work family. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, reading, cooking, and being around friends and family.

We are excited to welcome these three risk management professionals and are looking forward to what their future at the Prewitt Group holds.

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Hurricane season is in full swing and while it may be easy to overlook the importance of evacuation/preparedness details due to the current pandemic, it’s even more imperative not to be caught unprepared. Before, during, and after a hurricane can be an incredibly stressful and frantic time. According to the CDC, it’s important to know how the Covid-19 pandemic can affect disaster preparedness and recovery, and what you can do to keep yourself and others safe.

Below are some tips on how you can prepare, evacuate, and shelter during severe storms while remaining safe from the coronavirus.

Prepare

  • Given the current state of the coronavirus, it may take more time than it would have prior to prepare your emergency food, water, and medical supplies. While some do not have the option to have their supplies delivered, it is the safest route. If delivery is not an option, follow steps to protect yourself and other’s health when running essential errands.
  • Updated plans regarding shelters (including shelters for your pets) and evacuation are important to monitor.
  • COVID-19 vaccines help to protect you from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19.

Evacuate

  • Preparing a “go kit” with personal items that are necessary in case of evacuation is a good idea. Items should include alcohol hand sanitizer, bar or liquid soap, disinfectant wipes (if available), and multiple, clean masks for those older than 2 years of age.
  • Make sure you have several ways to get weather alerts. The National Weather Service cell phone alerts external icon, or (@NWS) Twitter alerts are great resources.
  • It’s important to check if your area’s local public shelter is open if you need to evacuate your house. It’s also important to keep in mind that your designated shelter may have changed this year due to COVID-19.

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For those residing outside of their household with family or friends to avoid the storm:

  • Check-in with those you plan to stay with to ensure the proper precautions are taken to protect against COVID-19.
  • If your households include someone with a higher risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19, make sure everyone knows how to keep them protected.
  • It’s important to continue practicing everyday preventive actions, like covering coughs and sneezes, washing your hands often, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. It may even be necessary to take extra precautions for people living in close quarters.

As always, your Prewitt Group team is in place to provide guidance, manage claims that may occur, and most importantly, protect you and your family as if you are our own.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/covid-19/prepare-for-hurricane.html

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Cyber security attacks continue to occur at an alarming rate. Do you have defensive steps in place to protect you and your business?

Recently, the White House warned American businesses to take urgent security measures to protect against ransomware attacks, as hackers shift their tactics from stealing data to disrupting critical infrastructure https://nyti.ms/3cGS2YE

This heightened warning follows a string of escalating ransomware attacks – from stealing data to disrupting operations. For example, we all witnessed the Colonial Pipeline event last month when they were hit with a ransomware attack. Their business records were frozen by a criminal group, forcing the company to suspend operations.

Without securing a dedicated cyber policy, most businesses likely do not have adequate insurance coverage following a data breach. Cyber insurance helps your company recover after a data breach, with costs that can include business disruption, revenue loss, equipment damages, legal fees, public relations expenses, forensic analysis, and costs associated with legally mandated notifications.

Our team of risk management specialists are in place to advise you on a cyber risk assessment. Please email Jack Prewitt, a risk management advisor specializing in cyber coverage, at jackprewitt@prewitt.group to discuss how we can put our power to mitigate risk to work for you.

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From texting and scrolling through social media to driving while fatigued or under the influence, there are countless distractions that take our minds and eyes away from the road.  Each day in the United States, approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

April is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. All of the “it was just a glance” or “it was just one drink” or “I needed to reply” excuses for taking your attention from the road are not worth the risks and consequences of a car accident.

Here are 7 ways to cut distractions from your commute and just drive:

  1. Turn off your phone, put it out of reach, or use the “do not disturb” setting: Taking these measures will help you avoid interruptions from any notifications and the temptation to check your phone. You can also block out driving time on your calendar or set automatic responses to let people know you’ll be driving.
  2. Program your route before you leave: Need directions? Enter the address into your GPS before hitting the road. Be sure to turn the volume on and position the device where you can easily see it without taking your eyes off the road.
  3. Stop using your hands-free device: While using a hands-free device keeps your hands on the wheel, studies show that talking on the phone reduces your field of vision and your ability to process moving imagery. If you need to take or make a call, find a safe place to pull over.
  4. Pullover to eat: Eating and driving can be just as dangerous as texting and driving. Make a pit stop at a rest area or restaurant if you need a bite to eat.
  5. Turn down your music: Keep the stereo volume low enough to be aware of your surroundings. Loud music can cause you to lose focus on the road or miss other potential warning signs of an accident.
  6. Don’t drive fatigued: Driving while fatigued raises your chance of a crash by increasing reaction time and impairing your ability to make quick decisions. Be sure you are well-rested before hitting the road.
  7. Get ready at home: Doing your hair or makeup while driving might save you a few minutes in the morning, but it could cost you your life. Finish getting ready at home or at your workplace.

Join The Prewitt Group as we raise awareness of these distracted driving dangers, make adjustments to your driving routine, and pledge to drive free from distractions today.

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Ms. Gasque brings a wealth of insurance industry knowledge and relationship building to her new role with The Prewitt Group. Her successes in the industry are evident as her tenure with New York Life produced two successive years of award-winning work. She is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and serves as a local ambassador to the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America. She also serves as the vice president of the Kiwanis Club of Mountain Brook/Homewood. Originally from Utah, Ms. Gasque is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University.

Please join us in welcoming Deb to the Prewitt Group family as an Employee Benefits Advisor!