Susan Bailey Named Investment AdministratorDecember 15, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is excited to announce the addition of Susan Bailey to the Wealth Transfer division.
As an Investment Administrator, Susan will assist in the design, implementation and administration of client investment accounts. She will also help in the preparation of periodic client reviews, record maintenance reports and perform administrative client account changes and updates.
Susan has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently with a well known wealth management firm. She has obtained the Series 7 and Series 63 licenses, and also holds the Nebraska state insurance license. Susan’s prior experience has equipped her with the knowledge and efficiency to excel in her role at SilverStone Group.Registered Representative offering securities through M Holdings Securities, Inc., A Registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Silverstone Group is independently owned and operated.
SilverStone Group Achieves a Gold Well Workplace AwardDecember 12, 2011
Omaha, NE | For the fifth time since 2000, SilverStone Group has been awarded with the Gold Well Workplace Award by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA).
In order to qualify for the designation, an organization must show its commitment to protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of their employees. Earning the Well Workplace award is a rigorous process, including an examination of seven benchmark areas, all of which demonstrate a company’s dedication to maximizing wellness.
“SilverStone Group is proud to be nationally recognized in our wellness efforts,” stated Michelle Hansen, co-chair person on SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group (WAG). “WAG is committed to improving our employees’ lives through our wellness activities and functions.”
The WAG committee strives to provide a healthy work environment for SilverStone Group Associates through promoting well-being, quality performance and community involvement. The WAG program offers educational and fitness activities for both our employees and their families.
SilverStone Group first received the Gold Well Workplace Award in 2000 and then again in 2003, 2006 and 2008. The Gold level recognizes those organizations that have developed comprehensive programs that 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 more than 65 years of dedicated service. The company’s 195 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 and West Des Moines, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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Jeff Jorth of SilverStone Group Named 2011 “40 Under 40”...December 2, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce that the Midlands Business Journal has honored Jeff Jorth, Principal in our Group Benefits Division, with the 2011 “40 Under 40” award.
The annual "40 Under 40" list recognizes 40 outstanding young entrepreneurs, business owners, managers and professionals, each of whom are under the age of 40. The winners are chosen based on their contributions to their business and community, and will be recognized at an awards breakfast on December 2, 2011 at the Embassy Suites La Vista. “We at SilverStone Group are very proud in congratulating Jeff on this much deserved award. He is a proven leader in the community and an asset to our organization,” said Grant Matthies, Principal at SilverStone Group.
Mikaela Walker Joins Property & Casualty TeamNovember 29, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Mikaela Walker as Claims Assistant in the Property & Casualty Department
Mikaela has two years of experience in her field which will allow her to quickly settle in to her new position at SilverStone Group. She worked as a claims assistant at her previous place of employment, fulfilling a number of responsibilities for both the claims and administrative departments. She also received recognition for facilitating the transition to a paperless environment in both departments. In her new role at SilverStone Group, Mikaela will be assisting the Property & Casualty team with various duties, including in-depth work in ImageRight and AMS databases.
Jeff Sharp Receives "2011 Nebraska NABCAP Premier...November 28, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group would like to congratulate Jeff Sharp on receiving the 2011 Premium Advisor Award from the National Association of Board-Certified Advisory Practices (NABCAP) for the second year in a row.
NABCAP, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and its board of directors created an unaffiliated evaluation procedure in which 20 categories of practice management are evaluated. Advisors are asked (and/or nominated) to partake, and then a multi-step confirmation process uses independent resources to assess the accuracy and truthfulness of the information submitted by participating practices. Rather than merely winning a popularity contest, the financial experts on this list have met an objective standard of excellence.
Jeff has more than 25 years of experience providing comprehensive wealth management, retirement and wealth transfer solutions for individuals and their families. He helps individuals identify strategies to accomplish their unique wealth accumulation, conservation and distribution objectives.
Shelly Lang Joins SilverStone Group's Risk Management TeamNovember 23, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Shelly Lang to the Risk Management department.
With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Shelly has joined the Risk Management Team as Senior Marketing Consultant. She will work with clients to find suitable programs for their needs, while also providing coverage review and pricing. Shelly has held numerous titles in the past, including Account Manager, Account Executive and Assistant Vice President. She has also been involved in a wide range of industries, including retail, manufacturing, social services and construction.
Shelly’s professional titles include Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).
SilverStone Group's Accounting Team Adds Angela MohrNovember 22, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is excited to announce the addition of Angela Mohr to the Accounting department.
With over 15 years of experience in accounting and payroll, Angela will join the Accounting team as a staff accountant. More specifically, she will process the company’s payroll and commissions, as well as serve as a backup for Accounts Payable, along with various special projects as needed. Angela has an Accredited Resident Manager designation and is working towards her bachelor’s degree in business. Angela is excited to grow with SilverStone Group and share her expertise with co-workers in Accounting.
Katelyn Eggert Joins Property & CasualtyNovember 18, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Katelyn Eggert as Account Administrator Trainee in the Property-Casualty Department
Katelyn has spent the past two years as an Associate Account Manager in St. Paul, MN. She will be assisting the Property Casualty team while enhancing her skills in the industry to become a proficient account administrator.
Lori Ruzicka Joins Property & CasualtyNovember 7, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group Welcomes Lori Ruzicka as Account Administrator in the Proper
ty and Casualty Department
Lori has five years of experience managing commercial property and casualty insurance accounts. She is a Certified Insurance Service Representative and is currently pursuing her Accredited Advisor in Insurance title. Lori is a member of Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska (IIAN) and serves as a co-chair for Young Agents of Omaha. In addition, she was recently awarded the 2011 Young Agent of the Year at the IIAN annual convention.
Property & Casualty Team Adds April WalkerNovember 7, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group Welcomes April Walker as Account Administrator in the Property and Casualty Department
April Walker has acquired over four years of experience as an Account Specialist. Her previous position allowed her to focus on small business accounts, making her transition to SilverStone Group a smooth one. Prior, April held the title of Financial Analyst in the Air Force. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Peru State and her MBA at Bellevue University. April serves as co-chair for the Young Agents of Omaha and is a Certified Insurance Service Representative, as well as an Accredited Advisor in Insurance.
Tom Von Riesen Receives "Outstanding CPA in Business &...November 4, 2011
Omaha, NE, November 4, 2011 – The Nebraska Society of CPA’s has awarded Tom Von Riesen of SilverStone Group with the “Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry Award”
Tom Von Riesen, Principal for SilverStone Group’s Executive Benefits Division, was recently awarded for his significant contribution to the growth and success of SilverStone Group throughout the years. The award also recognizes Tom for his contribution to the enhancement of the accounting profession. SilverStone Group is grateful to have Tom’s “Wisdom at Work” in the Executive Benefits industry.
John P. Nelson, Chairman and CEO of SilverStone Group commented, “Tom is an outstanding Principal Shareholder with SilverStone Group. While his specific expertise is developing strategies for individuals and companies to defer current income and maximize their retirement benefits, his contribution in the building of the overall span of SilverStone Group has been essential to our growth. We are proud of him and his acknowledgement with this honor.”
In order to be eligible for the “Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry Award," the nominee must be a CPA employed in business, industry or government and a current or former member of the Nebraska Society of CPAs. The society’s selection committee considered the nominees' involvement in (a) the growth and success of his or her employer; (b) notable entrepreneurial achievement; and (c) his or her service to organizations at the local, state and national level which contribute to the overall strength of the accounting profession.
Julie Rush Promoted to Senior Service SpecialistOctober 24, 2011
Omaha, NE | Julie Rush has been promoted to Senior Service Specialist in the Group Benefits division.
“Julie provides an outstanding level of customer service to her clients, and we are extremely proud to have her on our team,” commented Brett Sesker, Principal at SilverStone Group.
Julie has more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry, specializing in complexplan design, self-funded medical plan implementation, funding options, acquisitions and other client requirements.
Julie is the contact for clients and their carriers with regard to benefits, services and employeerelations. She assists clients with the administration of employee benefit plans, including regulatory compliance, claim issues, leave administration and enrollment, as well as billing and claims. With her extensive benefits background, Julie is able to provide accurate and detailed-oriented service to meet her client’s expectations.
She is a licensed Nebraska Life & Health Insurance Agent and holds the professional designations of Registered Health Underwriter and Registered Employee Benefit Consultant.
Matt Guthrie Promoted to Senior Account AdministratorOctober 24, 2011
Omaha, NE | Matt Guthrie has been promoted to Senior Account Administrator in the Group Benefits department at SilverStone Group.
“Matt’s organization and prioritization skills are extremely strong, which allows him to provide great service to the many important clients he serves for SilverStone Group” said Brett Sesker, Principal.
Matt has 12 years of experience in plan design, implementation and administration in the employee benefits field. He specializes in analyzing renewals and benefit plan changes, negotiating with carriers and coordinating the implementation of new plans.
Matt holds the designation of Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS).
SilverStone Group Receives Governor's Excellence in...October 19, 2011
Omaha, NE, October 19, 2011 – For the second consecutive year, SilverStone Group has been honored with the State of Nebraska’s Large Company Grower Award, a distinction given to organizations with more than 50 employees that ‘grow the seed of wellness’ for employees. The award was presented to SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group (WAG) co-chair’s Merle Riepe and Michelle Hansen at the Workwell banquet in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 18.
In order to qualify for the merit, a company must have a team or individual designated to administer wellness programs, senior management must support the wellness initiatives, employee health data and feedback must be collected, the company must participate in philanthropic events and provide benefits that support wellness.
“SilverStone Group is proud to be recognized by Governor Heineman and his staff,” stated Riepe. “Wellness is an important platform in Nebraska, and we are committed to making our employees lives richer through our wellness programs.”
The WAG committee leads SilverStone Group’s wellness initiatives by promoting well-being through events such as The F.A.S.T. Program for weight loss, Lunch and Learns, promoting and supporting fitness activities and more. SilverStone Group also supplies healthy snacks for employees, follows a healthy food policy for catered lunches and reimburses a portion of gym membership fees for all Associates.
SilverStone Group received the Governor’s Excellence in Wellness Award in 2008, its inaugural year. Only 39 companies in Nebraska have been honored with this award since then. The designation is valid for three years.
Joe Schaffner to Attend 'Right at Home' Event in Las VegasOctober 12, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group’s Joe Schaffner will be representing SilverStone Group at Right at Home’s annual Home Improvement meeting in Las Vegas, NV. The event will take place October 18 through October 20 at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Over 241 franchisees and staff members are expected to attend.
Joe is the Director of SilverStone Group’s National In-Home Care Division. His expertise helps both independent and franchise owners navigate the complexities of their insurance program. Joe understands the unique exposures specific to the In-Home Care industry and provides the appropriate coverage in order to protect the assets of the franchise. Joe is widely recognized as a leader in the In-Home Care Industry.
About Right at Home
Right at Home is an in-home care company that offers assistance for seniors and disabled adults. The company formulates specialized care programs for each individual and strives to provide the best possible care by constructing a Custom Care Plan and custom caregiver matching.
Kelly Ryan Joins Accounting TeamOctober 10, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Kelly Ryan to the Accounting department.
With over 15 years of experience in various accounting positions, Kelly will work in accounts payable as an Accounting Processor at SilverStone Group. Her background as a corporate accounts payable position, bookkeeper and also an office manager for a family-owned business has created stepping stones to her career at SilverStone Group. Kelly’s strong organizational and technical skills make her a priceless asset to SilverStone Group’s Associates and clients. More specifically, Kelly will assist in accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger and human resources. She is excited about the opportunity to grow with the SilverStone Group and share her expertise with co-workers in Accounting.
Jackie Schulte Named Imaging System AdministratorOctober 7, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Jackie Schulte to the IT department.
For the past 13 years, Jackie has served as a Staff Accountant with SilverStone Group’s Accounting Team, demonstrating exemplary service to numerous areas of the company. In her new position, Jackie will assist the IT department, providing day-to-day support for all end-users, system maintenance and coordinating updates, as well as application support and implementing workflow to increase staff efficiency.
Tim Kiteley, Chief Information Officer at SilverStone Group, commented, “We are very pleased to have Jackie join the IT Team. Her knowledge of the imaging and workflow systems, combined with her teaching background, will be a valuable tool for creating greater efficiency at SilverStone Group.”
Jackie is excited for the opportunity to work with SilverStone Group Associates in a new role. She has experience working with the Vertafore Users Group and is also a member of the Wellness Activities Group at SilverStone Group.
Accounting Team Adds Jeff KayeOctober 6, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Kaye to the Accounting department.
With over 10 years of experience in the accounting industry, Jeff will work in accounts payable as an Accounts Payable and Billing Technician. More specifically, Jeff will assist in processing invoices, employee expense reimbursements and vendor checks. His strong communication and organizational skills make him a valuable asset to SilverStone Group’s Associates and clients. Originally from Green Bay, Jeff moved to Nebraska in 2005 and is now a Husker fan. He is excited to be a part of SilverStone Group and looks forward to the years to come.
Tammy Rogers Promoted to Accounting SupervisorOctober 4, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce that Tammy Rogers has been promoted to Accounting Supervisor.
Tammy’s expertise in supervising all corporate accounting and reviewing all accounting processes will ensure that her department’s work is completed in an accurate and timely manner.
Todd Rogge, Chief Financial Officer at SilverStone Group, commented “For the past 15 years, Tammy has demonstrated tremendous dedication to her role in processing commissions and payroll for SilverStone Group. Her ability to perform her job accurately, confidently and timely over an extended period of time is a testament to her strong work ethic. This character trait is one of the many qualities that will make Tammy a trusted supervisor over our Accounting Team."
Tammy is also excited about all the new opportunities that have opened up with her promotion, sharing “There are a lot of changes coming up within the Accounting Department and I am happy to be one of the driving factors implementing these changes.”
Tammy has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of Payroll, Accounts Payable and General Ledger functions, with an emphasis in the insurance/financial industry. She possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation.
SilverStone Group Receives Workplace Wellness AwardSeptember 29, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group has been announced as a recipient of the 2011 Governor’s Workplace Wellness Award.
Governor Dave Heineman’s Workplace Wellness Award honors employers who promote a healthy work environment by offering programs that encourage employees to lead a healthy lifestyle. The 28 employers honored this year have actively worked towards employee weight loss and increased physical activity.
Silverstone Group has a Wellness Activities Group (WAG) that is comprised of Associates from all departments. The committee strives to promote workplace wellness by catering healthy lunches, hosting group fitness activities and providing a healthy work environment. The company also reimburses a portion employee gym memberships.
“Leading a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge. At SilverStone Group, we make it a priority to create an office environment that supports healthy choices,” said Michelle Hansen, co-chairperson of WAG.
SilverStone Group has previously been honored for their health efforts, receiving the Gold Well Workplace award from the Wellness Council of America, as well as the Governor's Excellence in Wellness Award at the grower's level.
SilverStone Group Recognzied as "Diamond" MemberSeptember 26, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group has been recognized as a 50-Year “Diamond” Member by the Better Business Bureau.
The Better Business Bureau recognized SilverStone Group as a 2011 “Diamond” Member, a distinction awarded to only five businesses. The title recognizes companies who have consistently shown commitment and integrity in their actions and emphasize the significance of trust throughout their corporation.
The Better Business Bureau evaluates and accredits businesses by setting high standards based on trust and overall treatment of clients, and then compares companies to those guidelines.
SilverStone Group Named 2011 Best Places to WorkSeptember 22, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group has been announced as a multi-year honoree of the Best Places to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance magazine and Best Companies Group.
The Best Places to Work in Insurance award
recognizes places of employment that are leading the way in defining the employee experience in the insurance industry. The 50 companies recognized this year include an influential group of employers that have created high value workplaces that enable employees to succeed in an enjoyable work environment. Each company on the list had to demonstrate a minimum standard of excellence and undergo a comparative analysis performed by Best Companies Group.
“One of the great privileges in life is to work in an environment of mutual respect with people you enjoy spending time with. Work becomes a pleasure rather than drudgery. Our culture is collegial internally and client-centered externally,” said John P. Nelson, Chairman & CEO of SilverStone Group.
This is the third year for the Best Places to Work in Insurance program. SilverStone Group was also recognized in 2010. The companies selected in 2011 range in size from 25 to 8,778 employees.
SilverStone Group Ranked 7th Largest U.S. Benefit Specialist...August 30, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group ranks 7th on the Business Insurance list of Largest U.S. Benefit Specialists. The rankings were released in the July 18 issue and were based on benefits brokers who derive 50% or more of 2010 gross revenues from benefits business.
“We continually provide a high level of service and we will continue to grow our market presence by delivering specialized solutions for employers and their employees,” said John P. Nelson, Chairman & CEO.
SilverStone Group was also ranked 73rd among the 100 largest brokers of U.S. business in the July 18 issue of Business Insurance. The rankings were based on 2010 brokerage revenues generated by U.S.-based clients.
Tiffany Donahoe Named Account AdministratorAugust 30, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Tiffany Donahoe as Account Administrator in the Group Benefits department.
For the past six years, Tiffany has served as a staff accountant with SilverStone Group’s accounting team, demonstrating exemplary service to numerous areas of the company. In her new position, Tiffany will assist the Service Specialists and Benefit Analysts in our Group Benefits department, providing support and service in the areas of healthcare management and retention for employers.
SilverStone Group Named Top 100 Privately Owned...August 29, 2011
Omaha, NE | For the second year in a row, SilverStone Group has been named a Top 100 Privately-Held Property/Casualty Agency by Insurance Journal.
The Top 100 award identifies and recognizes places of employment that are leading the way in the Property & Casualty industry. Property & Casualty percentages fell 28% among the privately-owned agencies and brokerages on Insurance Journal’s Top 100 list. That is an improvement from the 37% of agencies that showed declines in 2009. SilverStone Group’s business volume is primarily retail and serves as one of the nation’s top agencies.
“At SilverStone Group, we understand that our record of past success is just that.” said John P. Nelson, Chairman and CEO.
Insurance Journal is considered the most widely read national Property & Casualty publication for independent insurance agents and brokers.
SilverStone Group Associates Swing for CharitiesAugust 25, 2011
Omaha, NE | Over the past few months, SilverStone Group Associates have been swinging, lifting, snatching and squatting kettlebells for a good cause. Their swinging raised $690 for Child Saving Institute in June, and $250 was raised for Cystic Fibrosis in August.
SilverStone Group’s Wellness Activities Group (WAG) partnered with SG Human Performance for a Corporate Challenge event in both the spring and summer of 2011. The challenges combined kettlebell workouts with other high intensity lifting and cardio exercises, as well as a strict nutrition plan. Associates and their spouses were divided into teams and competed against other SilverStone Group teams for bragging rights. Points were accumulated based on their workout frequency, nutrition compliancy and measurements, which were taken throughout the challenge. The participants paid a fee to work out with SG Human Performance trainers Mark and Nikki Snow, and 50% of those fees were donated to the winning team’s charity of choice.
At the beginning, Associates set measurable goals, such as weight loss or swinging a heavier kettlebell, and in the end were monetarily rewarded if they met their goal. The winning team, along with the highest point earner from each team, was treated to a celebratory lunch. Not only did the charities benefit from this friendly competition, but 71 SilverStone Group Associates and their spouses / significant others lost a total of 205 lbs. of body fat during the spring competition, and 27 Associates and their spouses / significant others lost a total of 50 lbs. of body fat during the summer competition.
“Our participants really enjoyed this unique program,” said Michelle Hansen, WAG Co-Chairman. “Associates of all fitness levels could participate, and almost everyone could see and feel a positive difference in their body after the six-week competition was finished. It also was a great opportunity for Associates to socialize with each other on a different platform.”
Through programs like the Corporate Challenge, WAG strives to provide a healthy work environment that promotes the overall well-being of Associates and their families. SilverStone Group and the WAG committee are dedicated to providing a workplace where mind and body wellness is a priority.
SilverStone Group is an employee-owned firm with more than 65 years of dedicated service. The company’s 185 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 and West Des Moines, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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SilverStone Group Donates Money to Flood VictimsAugust 19, 2011
Omaha, NE | The Heartland Flood of 2011 has devastated the Midwest, destroying a large number of homes and farmland. SilverStone Group would like to extend condolences to the flood victims and offer assistance to those impacted by this disaster.
Associates at SilverStone Group recently pooled their resources during a company-wide fundraiser, collecting over $4,000 to donate towards relief efforts for those afflicted by the flooding. In addition, the Nelson Family Foundation matched the amount raised by the Associates. The donation went to the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.
“Everyone chipped in to give something to help out our neighbors. I like to think our Associates try to throw a starfish back into the ocean every day,” commented John H. Nelson, SilverStone Group’s President.
SilverStone Group Associates were thanked for their efforts with a “Black Top Beach Bash Barbeque” party in the company parking lot, which included food, beverages and a half day off from work.
Business Insurance Ranks SilverStone Group #73 on 100...August 18, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group has climbed 5 spots from last year’s ranking to #73 on Business Insurance magazine’s list of “100 Largest Brokers in U.S. Business,” which is compiled using 2010 brokerage revenues generated by U.S. based clients.
The annual Business Insurance Agent/Broker Profiles issue is considered the authoritative source of information on insurance brokering. To qualify, agents and brokers must deal directly with corporate or institutional policyholders and generate at least $500,000 in gross revenues from commercial retail insurance brokerage business.
SilverStone Group Unveils Rebranding Including New WebsiteAugust 8, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to introduce their modernized brand with the launch of their newly designed website: www.silverstonegroup.com. SilverStone Group partnered with David Day | Associates for their brand refresh and new website, which showcase innovative technological features.
“We knew our previous site needed a face-lift both visually and functionally,” stated Michelle Hansen, SilverStone Group’s Director of Marketing & Communications. “We wanted the new site to represent our spirit of innovation and our wealth of wisdom. This easy-to-use design is right on target with our brand and Firm initiatives.”
Users of the new website are greeted on the homepage by SilverStone Group’s sophisticated design incorporating a bold color scheme and geometric pattern. Classic meets modern in the usage of the Firm’s "original invention illustrations" that represent SilverStone Group’s thought philosophy – the inventions started much the same way SilverStone Group works: researched, invented, presented and implemented. The focus was improved readability, easier navigation and broader site search capabilities to streamline the end-user's experience. Photos loop and boxes expand, bringing an element of forward movement and user-friendly interactivity to the site.
Clients and prospects can explore SilverStone Group’s wisdom through each division's page including industry specific news, important announcements, FAQs and glossaries of terms. Notably, the site focuses on SilverStone Group’s source of wisdom – it’s Associates. With just a click of the mouse, users have the chance to meet SilverStone Group’s service teams and also read division specific SilverLink articles written by those Associates.
“In everything we do, our people make the difference,” commented John P. Nelson, SilverStone Group’s Chairman & CEO. “We wanted to showcase our best assets and let visitors see who we really are.”
Along with unveiling the new website, the Firm also moves forward in the social media landscape. Users now have the option to share the Firm’s website pages and articles with Facebook and Twitter users as well as through e-mail. People who follow @SilverStoneGrp on Twitter can expect to receive updates on breaking industry news, evolving trends and pertinent information of interest to SilverStone Group clients. The Firm's Wellness Activities Group (WAG) mascot, Sergeant Silver, has also leaped into the social media arena with a Twitter account, @SgtSilver_WAG. Unlike the previous website, the new site is also compatible with Apple’s iPad.
Not only has SilverStone Group updated its website and jumped into the world of social media, it has also refreshed its logo and brand identity. The new, modern look, which can be found in all marketing materials, including stationery, brochures, invitations and the upcoming Fall edition of the Firm's SilverLink magazine, conveys the Firm as a full-service, encompassing resource.
Businesses Adding Farmer's Market to Employee PerksJuly 29, 2011
Omaha, NE | Two Omaha business parks are offering employees access to their own weekly farmer's market.
At 132nd and West Dodge Road, C&A Industries, First National Bank, Home Instead Senior Care and Lutz & Co. employees can now access a small farmer's market with produce from local grower Wenninghoff's every Wednesday through Aug. 31.
Another farmer's market in Miracle Hills at 120th and Dodge streets will provide fresh, local produce to Tenaska, SilverStone Group, AON and Visiting Nurse Association employees beginning Aug. 4 in the Tenaska parking lot, according to Linda Kenedy, community trainer for Partners for a Healthy City and the Wellness Council for the Midlands.
The programs are set up through Partners for a Healthy City, which provides a grant that allows employees of participating businesses to pay $5 for coupons that can be redeemed for $6 worth of produce, Kenedy said. While the businesses themselves organize the market, Partners for a Healthy City provides procedures and guidance for choosing a producer.
First National employees have had a very positive response to the new program since it began earlier this summer, said Kelly Parr, Wellness and Worklife Coordinator for First National Bank.
"It makes it easy and convenient for participants to get healthy produce to take home," Parr said.
Other businesses that are interested in setting up a farmer's market for their employees can find more information about the program at the Partners for a Healthy City website.
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In-Home Care Team Adds Allison DahmkeJuly 21, 2011
Omaha, NE | Due to its extensive growth, SilverStone Group’s Property & Casualty In-Home Care division has added Allison Dahmke as Account Administrator.
Allison will assist the In-Home Care Team while enhancing her skills in the industry to become a proficient account administrator. Majoring in accounting and management, the Omaha native graduated from Drake University in 2011. Her strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills make her an invaluable asset to SilverStone Group’s In-Home Care clients.
Jessica Conlin Named Account AdministratorJuly 5, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Conlin as Account Administrator for Qualified Plan Investments.
Jessica started in the Qualified Plan Investments area as an intern in 2008 while attending the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She graduated in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing.
Jessica specializes in day-to-day administration of clients by organizing and updating client files, as well as scheduling and preparing for meetings. She also assists in updating a third-party investment analytic database to prepare various reports for current and prospective clients. Jessica’s interpersonal and organizational skills combined with her attention to detail allow her to handle client needs in an efficient and timely manner.
Jeanette Hergenroder Joins In-Home Care TeamJune 14, 2011
Omaha, NE | Due to its extensive growth, SilverStone Group’s In-Home Care Risk Services division has added Jeanette Hergenroder as Account Administrator.
As an account administrator, Jeanette will assist the account managers in day-to-day administration for In-Home Care clients’ needs. She will also be involved with the quoting, processing and issuing of workers’ compensation policies. With more than 20 years of experience, Jeanette’s knowledge of the industry will benefit the In-Home Care team and its clients. She has a strong commitment to clients and the innate ability to provide solutions in a timely manner.
Jeanette received her Associates degree in business management from Metropolitan Community College.
Matt Hickey Named Wealth AdvisorMay 23, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Matt Hickey as a Wealth Advisor in the Private Client Services department.
Matt brings 6 years of experience providing comprehensive wealth management solutions for individuals and their families. He has experience working with executives, medical professionals, business owners and professional athletes. As a wealth advisor, he will spend time with clients in order to develop a comprehensive plan to help them reach both short- and long-term goals.
Matt attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.
Bob Keefe Named Human Resource DirectorMay 13, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Bob Keefe as Director of Human Resources in the Corporate Services department.
Bob brings over 20 years of experience as a Human Resource Generalist and Manager. He has experience in retail, information technology and the insurance industry. As Director, Bob will spend time managing the day-to-day functions and planning of Human Resource initiatives for SilverStone Group.
Bob attended the University of Iowa at Iowa City earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
Paula Peacher Promoted to PrincipalMay 12, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce that Paula Peacher has been promoted to Principal in Human Capital Consulting.
Paula has more than 25 years of experience in human resource professional and leadership positions. She provides professional advice and support that allows smaller organizations to staff their human resource functions at an administrative level. Paula assists clients with total reward strategies, competitive market analysis, human resource compliance (including Affirmative Action Plans), policies and procedures, leave management and human resource system deployments and conversions.
Virginia Collins, Managing Principal of SilverStone Group’s Human Capital division, praised Paula for her accomplishment, sharing “Paula came to SilverStone Group with extensive experience in compensation, having worked for many major Omaha companies. In less than 2 years, Paula has demonstrated a unique ability to lead her team in successful client engagements. I’m confident when Paula takes on a project that it will be handled at the highest level possible. Paula is a professional and brings her knowledge and experience to every client she partners with.”
Paula possesses both the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) designations. She is active with the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Association of the Midlands. She is also a member of World at Work.
Tanya Mulder Named Worksite Marketing SpecialistMay 10, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Tanya Mulder as a Worksite Marketing Specialist.
Tanya brings more than 4 years of experience in the insurance industry to SilverStone Group and will specialize in voluntary employee benefits. Her responsibilities will include reviewing specific plan designs, rates, summaries, proposals, implementation of plans and enrollment. In addition, Tanya will handle or coordinate underwriting, determine eligibility and work with carriers to develop rate quotes.
Tanya attended Doane College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Her previous experience consisted of starting her own enrollment firm, which afforded her the opportunity to work with several voluntary benefits carriers and brokers.
SilverStone Group Recognized for Red Cross Blood...April 20, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group Associates answered the call during the American Red Cross 2011 Recovery Program with a record number of Associates donating blood during the winter campaign; 27 Associates participated in the January collection that drew 22 pints of blood.
“We usually host two blood drives each year, but when the Red Cross told us they were in dire need for blood, we held an extra blood drive to do our part to help,” stated Pat Spieler, Defined Benefits Plan Administrator and Wellness Activities Group (WAG) blood drive chairperson.
Due to the severe winter weather during 2010 and 2011, more than 14,000 blood and platelet donation drives were cancelled, bringing the blood supply to dangerously low levels. SilverStone Group’s efforts in recruiting additional donors to help build the blood supply were recognized in the March 17th edition of USA Today.
The WAG Committee, comprised of volunteer Associates from many departments, spearheads SilverStone Group’s wellness initiatives. The team strives to provide a healthy work environment by promoting well-being, quality performance and community involvement. These initiatives have earned SilverStone Group numerous awards including the Wellness Council of America’s Gold Well Workplace and the Governor’s Excellence Award at the Grower’s level.
About American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supplies nearly half of the nation's blood, teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.
SilverStone Group Distinguished as Top Giver...April 19, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group was recently recognized as a FAB 45 company in the United Way of the Midlands drive. The announcement was made at the United Way chapter’s annual meeting. During the month-long campaign, SilverStone Group Associates raised more than $50,000 for the charity.
“The United Way is an organization that our company likes to support because their goals align with our philanthropy initiatives,” said John P. Nelson, Chairman and CEO of SilverStone Group. “This year, we had 100% of our Associates participate in the drive and we are honored to be considered one of the top philanthropic companies in the Midlands to donate to the United Way.”
The 2010 fall fundraising drive raised a total of $21,165,000. More than 80,000 people, companies, foundations, labor unions and nonprofits donated to the cause. United Way of the Midlands will use the money to benefit the people who live and work in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties.
About United Way
United Way is a worldwide network in 40 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. For more information about United Way, please visit LIVEUNITED.org.
Home Instead Senior Care International Convention...April 4, 2011
Omaha, NE | Associates from SilverStone Group’s In-Home Care team are scheduled to attend the Home Instead Senior Care International Convention on April 13 – 16.
The annual show, held at the Qwest Center Omaha and Hilton Omaha, will feature a Vendor Showcase, various roundtable discussions and speakers that will further develop the Home Instead franchises. A SilverStone Group sponsored breakfast will take place on April 14.
As a Home Instead Senior Care preferred insurance provider, SilverStone Group offers general and professional liability, workers’ compensation, crime and theft and non-owned auto coverage. SilverStone Group’s carriers, Philadelphia and Travelers Insurance Companies, are A Rated or better. SilverStone Group representatives Dan Burke and Tim Huber, along with Philadelphia Insurance Companies' associates John Bearman and Brett Hines, and Travelers Insurance associate Scott Shattuck will be available to discuss insurance and risk management issues and solutions. Please visit SilverStone Group’s booth to visit with these In-Home Care experts and learn more about their comprehensive insurance program.
About Home Instead Senior Care
Founded in 1994, Home Instead Senior Care has been one of the fastest growing In-Home Care franchises in the world. Currently, the company has more than 900 franchises in 16 countries. As a leader in the industry, Home Instead Senior Care’s mission is to enable seniors to live happy, healthy and independent lives in their homes. In 2007, founder Paul Hogan was recognized as the International Franchise Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year. The American Society on Aging has also recognized Home Instead, Inc. as its 2003 Small Business of the Year for its exclusive CAREGiver training program.
Julie Theisen Named Account Administrator, Small GroupMarch 31, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group would like to announce the addition of Julie Theisen as Account Administrator for the Small Group Division.
Julie brings more than 25 years of insurance experience to her position at SilverStone Group. As an account administrator, Julie will assist the account managers in day-to-day administration for Small Group client needs. She will also help with small business accounts, specializing in employer groups with less than 10 employees and individual insurance policies. Some of her daily responsibilities include the preparation of new or renewal informational data for presentation and analysis, as well as ensuring a seamless transition of benefits for the client.
Julie’s strong focus on customer service ensures her clients are a top priority. She believes it is critical to build a strong relationship with clients in order to gain a true understanding of their needs.
SilverStone Group to Attend Comfort Keepers® Annual...March 30, 2011
Omaha. NE | SilverStone Group representatives are scheduled to attend the Comfort Keepers Annual Conference April 7 – 9 at the Renaissance Hotel & Spa in Glendale, Arizona.
In addition to hosting a booth exhibit, SilverStone Group (a Comfort Keepers preferred provider) is also a sponsor of the Caregiver of the Year Awards. These awards honor eight caregivers who go above and beyond to care for their clients.
On April 8 at 10:30am, SilverStone Group’s Mark Hirschfeld, a Principal in their Human Capital division, will present a breakout session titled “Managing the Risk You Can’t Insure: Building a More Engaged Workplace.” In this session, Hirschfeld will offer unique insights into leadership and people management practices that can increase employee productivity and reduce employee-related business risks.
SilverStone Group’s In-Home Care risk management representatives Joe Schaffner and Tim Huber will be available at their booth throughout the conference to discuss insurance issues and solutions. Please stop by to speak with Joe and Tim or to learn more about SilverStone Group and its comprehensive insurance offerings.
About Comfort Keepers
Comfort Keepers is a leading provider of in-home care for seniors and other clients requiring help with daily living activities. Comfort Keepers has more than 600 franchised offices in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The company has been named one of the fastest growing franchise systems in the U.S. by INC. Magazine, was rated as a “World Class Franchise” by the Franchise Research Institute in May 2009 and was also listed in the “Top 200” list by Franchise Times in October 2009.
SilverStone Group to Sponsor Homewatch CareGivers...March 28, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group In-Home Care expert Joe Schaffner will be attending the 8th Annual Homewatch CareGivers Franchise Partner Conference.
The convention will be held April 6 – 10 at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Englewood, Colorado. SilverStone Group is a Capital sponsor of the event.
As a Homewatch CareGivers preferred insurance provider, SilverStone Group offers general and professional liability, workers’ compensation, crime and theft and non-owned auto coverage. SilverStone Group’s carriers, Philadelphia and Travelers Insurance Companies, are A Rated or better. Schaffner will be available at the Welcome Expo on April 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. to discuss insurance issues and solutions. Please visit SilverStone Group’s booth to visit with Joe and learn more about their comprehensive insurance program.
About Homewatch CareGivers
Since 1980, Homewatch CareGivers has been providing customized in-home care for people of all ages. Its 181 locally owned franchised offices are located throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Panama and Guatemala. In 2011, the company was ranked #183 of the Top 500 Franchise Companies by Entrepreneur, and in 2008 and 2009, Homewatch CareGivers made the Top 50 in Franchise Satisfaction list by Franchise Business Review.
Linda Vick Named Account Administrator, Small GroupMarch 27, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group would like to announce the addition of Linda Vick as Account Administrator for the Small Group Division.
Linda brings more than 19 years of insurance experience to her position at SilverStone Group. As an account administrator, Linda will assist the account managers in day-to-day administration for Small Group client needs. Some of her daily responsibilities include the preparation of new or renewal informational data for presentation and analysis, and ensuring seamless transition of benefits for the client.
Linda has strong interpersonal and communication skills supporting a high level of professionalism, integrity and enthusiasm, all of which lend themselves to building strong business and professional relationships. In addition, her expertise has been focused on data analysis, implementation, decision-making and problem-solving, all of which contribute to a successful partner in business administration.
Linda attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also received the Group Benefits Disability Specialist (GBDS) designation in September 2009.
Shelli Hulsing Earns HIA DesignationMarch 14, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group congratulates Shelli Hulsing on earning the Health Insurance Associate (HIA) designation.
By earning the HIA designation, she has connected with the industry's leaders; just over 20,000 professionals have mastered this thorough program. Shelli has gained a comprehensive knowledge of the marketing, administration and evaluation procedures pertaining to various kinds of coverage. With this designation she now understands cost management, pricing, claims administration, policy issue and renewal, government regulation and fraud.
Shelli is a Senior Service Specialist in the Group Benefits department, possessing more than 30 years of experience in the group benefit insurance industry. Specializing in day-to-day administration, she coordinates the communication of program implementation and changes to employers and employees. Shelli also handles all billing, claims and eligibility issues, researches legislative questions and facilitates ERISA document preparation.
SilverStone Group Among the Best of B2BMarch 12, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group has been voted the #1 Employee Benefit Company in the 2010 Best of B2B® contest. The Best of B2B® Quarterly magazine awards are based on the Best of Omaha® program, which originated in 1992. B2B® Quarterly magazine contacts readers annually from 18,000 local organizations, asking them to vote for their favorite “businesses who serve other businesses.” SilverStone Group is honored to have received first place in this category in both 2009 and 2008, as well as second place in 2007.
SilverStone Group Receives 7th Consecutive PAR...March 11, 2011
Omaha, NE | The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "par excellence" as "being the best of a kind; preeminent." For the 7th year in a row, Assurex Global has recognized SilverStone Group with the PAR Excellence Award.
This distinction is granted to a select group of agents and brokers in acknowledgment of their employees' total commitment to excellence in client service and quality management.
"The PAR Quality Management Program and SilverStone Group have a great partnership. Our mutual goal is to achieve excellence in everything we do," said Barb Dale, Principal. Assurex Global, a worldwide network of insurance brokers, sponsors the PAR Quality Management Program and the annual quality award.
Our Chairman and CEO, John P. Nelson said it best, "In everything we do, our people make the difference."
Grace Spomer Named Account Administrator TraineeFebruary 3, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Grace Spomer as Account Administrator Trainee for our Healthcare Risk Services division.
She will be assisting the healthcare team while enhancing her skills in the industry to become a proficient account administrator. She will also be actively working towards her Property & Casualty Insurance license. Grace received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration Economics from the University of North Dakota.
Jeremy Sample Named Client Relationship ManagerJanuary 20, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group announces the addition of Jeremy Sample as an Client Relationship Manger in the Group Benefits department.
Jeremy brings more than 5 years of experience in Group Insurance to his position at SilverStone Group. He possesses an array of expertise in ancillary coverages, including claims and case implementation. At SilverStone Group he will be managing small business accounts, specializing in employer groups with less than 10 employees and individual insurance policies.
Jeremy attended the University of South Dakota earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He has also received the Health Insurance Associate (HIA), the Disability Income Associate (DIA) and the Disability Healthcare Professional (DHP) designations.
Joe Freeman Promoted to Safety Engineering ManagerJanuary 17, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce that Joe Freeman has been promoted to Safety Engineering Manager.
Joe's expertise in reviewing safety programs to identify missing elements in their composition enables him to provide his clients with proactive training programs that greatly enhance their results.
Joe has more than five years of experience in the areas of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance audits, manufacturing safety, loss control and training program development, with an emphasis on safety and environmental concerns. He possesses both the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate Safety Professional (ASP) designations.
Tim Richards Named Worksite Marketing / Elective...January 13, 2011
Omaha, NE | SilverStone Group is pleased to announce the addition of Tim Richards as Manager of Worksite Marketing / Elective Benefits.
Tim brings a unique set of skills to SilverStone Group with more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. His role allows him to work with all of the Sales Teams at SilverStone Group to determine the best product mix and enrollment strategy to offer to our clients. He is also responsible for the overall management of the Worksite Marketing Team and its strategic planning to attain revenue goals.
Tim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Bellevue University. His previous experience has provided a firm understanding of benefit communication and enrollment, the worksite marketing process, the carriers in the market and the products they offer. He has worked with small groups, as well as groups in excess of 10,000 lives.
Workplace Wellness through City-Wide Initiative...January 10, 2011
Omaha, NE | To continue its efforts in creating a healthier work environment, SilverStone Group has partnered with Live Well Omaha: Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work.
The goal of this initiative is to help make Omaha a healthier city to live, work, play and raise children. As a Live Well Omaha partner, SilverStone Group has already committed by offering free, healthy snacks in its break room, as well as healthy food options for catered lunches. In addition, SilverStone Group reimburses a portion of gym membership fees for all Associates.
"We are committed to providing a workplace where mind and body wellness is a priority because a healthy staff is important to the success of our organization," stated Michelle Hansen, co-chairperson of SilverStone Group's Wellness Activities Group (WAG). "Being healthy is a lifestyle decision, and we want to create an environment that supports it."
The WAG committee spearheads SilverStone Group's wellness initiatives, promoting well-being through events such as The F.A.S.T. Program for weight loss, Lunch and Learns, promoting and supporting fitness activities and more. Because of these initiatives, SilverStone Group has won numerous awards for its wellness campaign. In 2008, SilverStone Group was awarded a Gold Well Workplace award by the Wellness Council of America. The company also won the Governor's Excellence in Wellness Award at the Grower's level, a prestigious award earned by only 27 Nebraska employers.
Live Well Omaha is a community-wide effort committed to reducing and eliminating barriers preventing healthy living. The Centers for Disease Control recently evaluated the health of 182 US cities and Omaha ranked 142 (with 1 being the healthiest). The disappointing ranking was due to a high prevalence of risk factors contributing to obesity, poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity, as well as frequent smoking and binge drinking.