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SilverStone Group Continues Steady Growth and Announces New Location in Scottsdale

SilverStone Group Is Well Positioned to Grow as It Continues to Enter New Markets and Add New Capabilities

OMAHA, NE |  SilverStone Group, a resource management organization, announced today that it will open a fifth location in Scottsdale, AZ.

“SilverStone Group’s strong, steady growth and our expanding national footprint are a real tribute to the talent of our people,” says John P. Nelson, Chairman and CEO of SilverStone Group. “Our associates have an exceptional ability to work with clients and generate great value. In everything we do, our people make the difference.”

Nelson believes the organization, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, is well positioned to continue growing: “The current environment within our industry has provided us a great opportunity to leverage our talents and expand our service offerings.” In addition, each new office brings fresh opportunities.

“Scottsdale is an important step toward realizing our 2018 strategic plan and growth goals,” said Merle Riepe, who will be leading the efforts in Scottsdale as SilverStone Group’s Regional Director. “The Phoenix market will benefit from the combination of our in-depth insurance knowledge and the people expertise our Human Capital Consulting Team provides – a risk you can’t protect through insurance coverage.”

For more information, please visit silverstonegroup.com or contact Merle Riepe at mriepe@ssgi.com.

About SilverStone Group

SilverStone Group’s 200 highly qualified Associates provide human capital consulting, property and casualty coverage, risk management, employee benefits, business insurance and financial planning services to employers and individuals. Business Insurance ranks SilverStone Group as the 67th Largest Broker of U.S. Business. Business Insurance has honored SilverStone Group from 2010-2014 as a Best Places to Work in Insurance. SilverStone Group is recognized by the Wellness Council of America as a Gold Well Workplace.

SilverStone Group Achieves Gold Well Workplace Award

Omaha, NE, February 20, 2015 – SilverStone Group has been recognized with the Gold Well Workplace Award by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) for 2014.

In order to qualify for the award, an organization must demonstrate its commitment to protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of its employees. WELCOA reviewers must examine workplace wellness efforts in seven different areas. By receiving the gold award, SilverStone Group has successfully met the requirements to achieve this designation.

“SilverStone Group is proud to be nationally recognized in our wellness efforts,” said Michelle Miller, Director of Marketing & Communications and co-chairperson of SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group (WAG). “WAG is committed to improving our employees’ lives through our education, wellness activities and functions.”

SilverStone Group Chief Operating Officer and co-chairperson of WAG Mark Matthes added, “It is rewarding for SilverStone Group to be recognized by WELCOA as we strive to build programs that challenge our team members to be the best they can be."

The WAG Committee aims to provide a healthy work environment that encourages growth by fostering exceptional programs and services for Associates that effectively promote well-being, quality performance and community involvement.

The award must be applied for every three years to keep in good standing. SilverStone Group first received the Gold Well Workplace Award in 2000 and then again in 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2011. The Gold level recognizes organizations that have developed comprehensive programs which produce results for their employees. Organizations of all kinds compete to be recognized as one of America’s healthiest companies.

SilverStone Group is an employee-owned firm with 70 years of dedicated service. The company’s more than 200 highly qualified Associates provide human capital consulting, property and casualty, risk management, employee benefits, business insurance and financial planning services to employers and individuals. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, SilverStone Group has additional offices in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Portland, Oregon.

For more information on SilverStone Group or to schedule an interview, please contact the Marketing Department at publicrelations@ssgi.com or visit www.silverstonegroup.com.

Stephanie Sands Joins SilverStone Group Human Capital Consulting Team

Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group welcomes Stephanie Sands as a Consulting Associate in the Human Capital Consulting department.

As a Consulting Associate, Stephanie will provide support on employee selection and engagement projects, team building and leadership development initiatives, as well as conduct research on best practices in the field of Human Capital Consulting. She is currently working toward her master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and expects to graduate in May of this year. Stephanie has experience with leadership development, facilitation, selection and performance management. She has also completed extensive research on creative problem solving, meeting effectiveness, team learning and group dynamics.

SilverStone Group is an employee-owned firm with 70 years of dedicated service. The company’s more than 200 highly qualified Associates provide human capital consulting, property and casualty coverage, risk management, employee benefits, business insurance and financial planning services to employers and individuals.

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, SilverStone Group has additional offices in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Portland, Oregon.

For more information on SilverStone Group or to schedule an interview, please contact the Marketing Department at publicrelations@ssgi.com.

Roberto Castro Plays for Iowa and Nebraska Charities

rcOmaha, NE | Birdies 4 Charity – SilverStone Group and Roberto and Katie Castro have joined forces again to benefit three regional philanthropies: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands and TeamMates. Last year, the partnership raised over $32,000 for Camp Twin Lakes.

SilverStone Group has been sponsoring Mr. Castro, the former Georgia Tech All-American, since he earned his PGA Tour card. For every birdie and eagle that Castro makes during the 2015 season on the PGA Tour, the company will donate $100 and $200, respectively. The charities will divide the proceeds at the end of the season. Birdies 4 Charity will be keeping a running total at www.birdies4charity.com and you can follow the action at @Birdies4Kids on Twitter and “liking” Birdies 4 Charity on Facebook.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Changing perspectives. Changing lives. For more than 55 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As part of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 18, in the Omaha/Council Bluffs community. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Visit www.bbbs.org for more information.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands provides programs that create happy and healthy children today, while building a foundation of success for tomorrow – impact for a better future. This begins with the imperative to provide a safe environment that keeps kids engaged, active and happy in the hours after school, during vacation periods and throughout the summer months. Research shows that during periods of idleness and boredom, kids are vulnerable to peer pressure, violence and other risky activities. The risks are even higher for children from disadvantaged circumstances. BGCM minimizes those risks by engaging young people in activities with positive adult role models and peers, enabling them to learn powerful life skills. Visit www.bgca.org for additional information.

TeamMates
Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet one hour per week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor. Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision. The TeamMates Mentoring Program currently provides a mentor for over 7,000 youth across Nebraska and Iowa. For more information, visit www.teammates.org

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, SilverStone Group is a privately held, employee-owned firm that provides risk management, employee benefits, human capital consulting and financial planning services to employers and individuals throughout the United States.

For more information on SilverStone Group or to schedule an interview, please contact the Marketing Department at publicrelations@ssgi.com.

Jen Jacobsen Joins SilverStone Group Risk Management & Regulatory Affairs Team

Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group welcomes Jen Jacobsen as an Advisor in the Professional Risk Services Division.

As an Advisor, Jen Jacobsen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Professional Risk Services Team. At SilverStone Group, Jen will use her business and legal background, as well as her experience in the healthcare industry to provide risk management consulting to bridge the gap with other advisors who work with our clients. This is especially important for emerging risks that are uninsurable or where an understanding of increased regulation and human capital risk can help organizations reduce costs or develop a competitive advantage. Jen will focus on industries within our property and casualty division that have significant professional liability exposure. Those industries include healthcare, education, law firms and technology companies. Jen will also be involved in research and development of new consulting and the use of data analytics to help clients identify and quantify exposures to loss.

Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Jen ran a skilled nursing facility for a national senior care organization. During this time, she gained invaluable experience in strategic and operational risks that affect the kinds of clients she will work with at SilverStone Group. Jen received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor (JD) at Creighton University School of Law.

SilverStone Group is an employee-owned firm with 70 years of dedicated service. The company’s more than 200 highly qualified Associates provide human capital consulting, property and casualty coverage, risk management, employee benefits, business insurance and financial planning services to employers and individuals.

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, SilverStone Group has additional offices in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Portland, Oregon.

For more information on SilverStone Group or to schedule an interview, please contact the Marketing Department at publicrelations@ssgi.com.