Posted on 22 Aug 2011
The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New York (IIABNY) is now offering its 1,750 agent-broker members preferred access to staffing services through an agreement with Work At Home Vintage Employees LLC (WAHVE). IIABNY members will enjoy an exclusive benefit of having setup fees waived upon purchasing WAHVE's services.
Under the agreement, New York City-based WAHVE will provide experienced insurance professionals to insurance agents and brokers throughout New York State on a contract basis.
"One problem that we have consistently heard from our members across the state is that they have a hard time finding, hiring and then training talented staff for their businesses," stated Lisa Lounsbury, CAE, AAI, IIABNY senior vice president. "Having experienced and knowledgeable workers to fulfill responsibilities to clients and support sales activity is vital to every insurance agency's success. WAHVE's domestic outsourcing services provide an additional workforce option to IIABNY members throughout the state of New York."
WAHVE, formed in 2010, provides domestic remote staffing services for more than 25 insurance firms throughout the United States.
"WAHVE gives insurance firms real-time access to experienced insurance professionals who can perform essential support services on a cost-effective, remote basis," explained Sharon Emek, president and CEO of WAHVE.
Insurance firms throughout the country are finding domestic outsourcing to be a viable, productive option for their staffing needs, she noted. "Throughout the U.S. but especially in New York State, agents and brokers face substantial human resources, benefits, technology and real estate costs when they add employees," said Emek, who has a background as an insurance agency producer and owner. "But agencies need to constrain costs--especially given the significant pricing pressures in the soft market for commercial lines of insurance and the current stage of slow economic growth."
IIABNY offers a number of member benefits in the categories of business services, insurance products, access to insurance markets and education.
About IIABNY: The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, Inc. has represented the common business interests of independent insurance professionals since 1882. More than 1,750 agencies and their 13,000 plus employees currently rely on the DeWitt, New York-based not-for-profit trade association for legislative advocacy, continuing education and other means of industry support. In addition, many IIABNY members proudly identify themselves as Trusted Choice® agents and brokers, a national consumer brand uniting more than 11,000 independent agencies across the United States. For more information, go to www.trustedchoice.com or www.iiabny.org.
About WAHVE: Work At Home Vintage Employees (WAHVE) is a unique, cost-saving, remote contract staffing solutions for the insurance industry. Using an innovative work-at-home model, WAHVE employs skilled insurance retirees located in the U.S. who understand the industry's technology, culture and language. By outsourcing to WAHVE, insurance firms can leverage these qualified, experienced, and technologically-savvy retirees to significantly lower costs and improve profitability.
Founded by executives with more than 30 years of insurance agency, technology and service-center experience, WAHVE is the only domestic alternative to offshore remote staffing for insurance firms (including agents/brokers, wholesalers, insurers, and vendors), providing back office and customer services on a full-time, part-time or temporary basis.