Author: Rachel Bussey
SilverStone Group, the largest Nebraska-based insurance broker, recently announced that it was acquired by Hub International Limited (Hub), the fifth largest insurance broker worldwide. The transaction combines both entities’ shared expertise in employee benefits, risk management, retirement planning and wealth management, paving the way for greater localized service with a stronger global reach.
On November 4, 1915, a girl was born in Wisconsin without forearms or lower legs. Despite her enormous physical challenges, she grew into a strong young woman who was determined to achieve her dreams. She learned to swim, play baseball and participate in other games with childhood friends. She had tremendous support from her family who encouraged her to complete her education. Her father once told her, “…two arms and two legs missing aren’t as important as one head that’s present.” Those words lit a fire in Anne Carlsen. She embraced learning, sometimes completing two grade levels at a time. Despite a long hospitalization after surgery for her condition, she graduated high school at the age of 16.
Editor's Note: This is the third and final installment of our Jamestown Client Spotlight. We hope you've enjoyed learning more about these cornerstone businesses, as well as getting a bit more insight into Jamestown, North Dakota. This week's spotlight shines on the amazing Ann Carlsen Center, so read on!
With roots dating back to 1883 (a time before North Dakota was even a state), the University of Jamestown (UJ) has been a regional fixture for well over a century. It represents a historical significance that almost never came to be. During its infancy, the school was closed due to the Panic of 1893 (a depression that plagued the U.S. until 1897). That could have been the end of the University’s story, but a full economic recovery led to an educational void that begged for it to reopen. Jamestown College (as it was originally named) reopened on September 22, 1909, and the rest is history.
Editor's Note: This is the second installment of our Jamestown Client Spotlight.
Known as the “Pride of the Prairie,” Jamestown, North Dakota is a year-round vacation spot for tourists seeking rich frontier history, buffalo sightings and a variety of outdoor recreation – from fishing and hunting to golfing and cross-country skiing. What began as a small post by developers of the Northern Pacific Railroad is now home to nearly 16,000 people. Despite its modest size, this tight-knit community has a strong presence in the business, academic and philanthropic worlds. SilverStone Group has been fortunate enough to partner with three Jamestown organizations that represent these pillars of success. They have given us a unique look at the community, and we’d like to share that perspective with our readers.
Avera – a name derived from a Latin word meaning “to be well” – is synonymous with patient-focused holistic care. With a service footprint covering 72,000 square miles across 86 counties, Avera Health offers expert care in 60 medical specialties. Patients benefit from Avera’s innovative use of technology, as well as the emotional and spiritual emphasis woven into its care model.
Today’s competitive job market has been amplified by the nearly 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring daily.¹ Couple that with a record low 3.9% national unemployment rate and it’s not surprising
that applicant pools are looking rather thin. As the demand for qualified candidates increases, developing a strategic recruitment process is imperative.
On December 20, 2017, Congress enacted a far-reaching tax reform package called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“the Act”). The good news is that the current law permitting nonqualified deferred compensation plans (NQDCPs), including Code Sections 409A and 457, was preserved. Many of the Act’s provisions affecting individual taxes are not permanent and are scheduled to expire after December 31, 2025, unless a future Congress acts to extend those provisions.
After college and four years in the Navy, I returned to Nelson Insurance Agency in 1965. The Firm my father and mother started in 1945 had grown to 10 Associates. Those early years had been a struggle against established local competitors. My father’s education as an attorney had given him a technical mind, and that, coupled with his dynamic personality, allowed him to find unique solutions to clients’ insurance needs.