2018 is already well underway, and off to a great start. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t take a look back at the year that just ended. 2017 was a tremendous year for Wood, Gutmann & Bogart. We experienced positive growth, welcomed new members to our team, provided phenomenal service to our clients, and gave back to our community. Let’s take a moment to reflect on some of WGB’s brightest moments in 2017.
What if disaster strikes and you need to leave your home in a hurry; will you be ready? In WGB’s thirty years of shielding our customers from risk, we know there is one rule when it comes to disasters: no one is immune to the unexpected.
Thousands of people recently had to flee their homes in the wake of wildfires in California. Millions of people in Puerto Rico and the southern United States endured days, weeks, even months without electricity or running water after powerful hurricanes hit. Brutal east coast winter storms recently knocked power out for days as well, forcing residents to seek shelter elsewhere. Are you prepared to leave your home on a moment’s notice if one of these incidents occurs where you live?
Starting this year we wanted to share a little about some of our team members with a monthly employee spotlight. So to kickoff -- meet Debbie Rogister! Unfortunately, she will be leaving the WGB family in the next month or two to start some new adventures in retirement. As you can see in the photo, she has travel plans in her future. So, before she leaves we wanted to ask her a few questions to learn a little more about her.
Trust is everything in business. Returning customers spend up to 300 percent more on products and services than first-time customers, and you’re not going to get repeat business with a client who doesn’t trust you. So how do you earn a client’s trust? Here are four things you should consider.
Now is the time to talk about protecting wealth, from one generation to the next.
So your children have left the nest…or have they? This is not a trick question. But things can get tricky when it comes to understanding how, and when, liability exposure will transfer from parents to their children – from the college years and beyond.
Topics: Private Lines
Operating a motor vehicle safely requires concentration, focus, and awareness of constantly changing surroundings. Electronic devices such as cell phones and tablets can take your focus away from the road and increase the risk of accidents. On average, a driver is four times more likely to be in an accident when using an electronic device.
Managing Insurance Rate Increases
California food & beverage companies were hammered with Work Comp rate increases in the last 8 years. Many organizations that paid $80,000 for Work Comp in 2009 currently pay $200,000 or more without substantial increases to payroll. Food & beverage companies reacted to these increased costs by doubling down on workforce safety management to prevent new injuries and reduce the likelihood that employees will seek out personal injury attorneys.
OSHA is launching the Injury Tracking Application on August 1, 2017 to help employers who are affected by OSHA's rule requiring electronic submission of injury and illness data. The online form allows employers to electronically submit required data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. OSHA has extended the deadline for submitting 2016 Form 300A to December 1, 2017. All affected entities have enough time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system and to give the new administration an opportunity to review the electronic reporting requirements before they are implemented.
The advancement of information technology has made it easier than ever to run a small business, but your organization as well as your customers and their data may be at risk unless proper cybersecurity measures are in place.
Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers Welcomes Arnie Taylor
Wood Gutmann & Bogart is pleased to announce that Arnie Taylor has joined our team of professionals. Arnie brings several years of knowledge and experience to his role as Risk Advisor in the Private Client Services division.