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bp prFORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (February 17, 2017) - MHG Insurance Brokers has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in South Florida for the second year in a row. This program is conducted by the South Florida Business Journal, and honors the area’s leading employers that go above and beyond to create an enjoyable and meaningful work environment for employees.

Companies are judged based on the results of an employee survey which evaluates qualities such as retention, engagement, leadership and more. Results of the survey are then submitted to Quantum Workplace for analysis. Employees were encouraged to answer freely as all answers remain anonymous.

“Being named one of the Best Places to Work in South Florida is something that we love to be recognized for!” said Sheree Lynch, MHG Operations Director. “The greatest asset any company has is its staff and we work diligently to make the working culture of MHG a priority. We genuinely care about our team, so it’s very flattering to be recognized by such a prestigious publication with other top companies in our community.”

While many of the companies in attendance had similar benefits or characteristics that made them worthy of the honor of being a Best Places to Work in South Florida, there were some benefits that MHG offers that stood out from the rest. They include its family atmosphere, excellent health insurance that is 100% funded by the company, flexibility, 401k matching, and MHG’s entrepreneurial spirit which encourages employees to present new opportunities and initiatives for the company.

About MHG Insurance Brokers

Since 1991, MHG Insurance Brokers has been committed to providing expert insurance advice and innovative solutions for the marine, aviation, energy and related industries. Today, with over two decades of experience and relationships with some of the world’s top insurance markets, MHG has established an enviable reputation for providing quality advice, products and service for groups, businesses and individuals around the world. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida MHG has insurance specialists worldwide, with offices in Isle of Man, the Cote d’Azur and Hamburg. For more information, please visit mhginsurance.com

MHG Insurance Brokers has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in South Florida for the second year in a row.

CONOR 1 DSC_1296FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (February 21, 2017) – MHG Insurance Brokers announced today that Conor Hayes has joined the company’s Property & Casualty Division as a Senior Broker. He has the additional mandate of leading the company’s efforts to develop its existing book of ocean marine business. As MHG continues to expand upon its capabilities in these sectors of the insurance industry, Hayes possesses a wealth of experience, having worked as an insurance broker in the U.S., Caribbean, and U.K.

Hayes comes to MHG from a very technical background with numerous insurance-specific qualifications and brings particular expertise in blue water marine, commercial property and professional risks. Most recently, he was the Regional Vice President of a local insurance brokerage where he developed and managed a diverse book of business comprising of both marine and non-marine clients, which followed him to MHG.

“Conor has longstanding relationships with many important domestic P&C and Ocean Marine underwriters” said Andrew Dudzinski, MHG’s CEO. “With his addition to our existing P&C team, we look forward to using these relationships as a platform to write a lot more business by also taking advantage of MHG’s executive level connections in the cruise industry. We will be specifically targeting domestic manufacturing companies, the marine trades and tour & excursion operators, both in the Caribbean and worldwide.”

Hayes is also one of the founding members and current Vice President of the South Florida Irish American Chamber of Commerce (SFIACC). It is the first organization of its type in the region that is dedicated to promoting trade and commerce between the Irish communities in the tri-county area and with the island of Ireland.

About MHG Insurance Brokers

Established in 1991 in Miami, Florida, MHG Insurance Brokers is an independent, global, full service insurance brokerage and consultative facility. Through our extensive relationships with international underwriters, we offer a comprehensive suite of products including Employee Benefits, Risk Mitigation programs, Property & Casualty insurance and Financial Services all of which are supported by a client-focused approach. In the marine community, MHG is globally recognized for its expertise in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 and for developing bespoke MLC aligned insurance solutions for maritime employers. On the domestic front, we provide group and individual employee benefits along with expert advice on key federal statutes such as the Affordable Care Act. For more information about MHG Insurance Brokers and the wide array of services that our company offers, please visit www.mhginsurance.com

MHG Insurance Brokers announced today that Conor Hayes has joined the company’s Property & Casualty Division as a Senior Broker.

JEFF MARTIN 1It takes a special group of people to make insurance fun, which is why you should get to know us!

MHG Insurance Brokers has been serving the marine industry, businesses, and groups and individuals around the world since 1991. A lot goes into a business lasting more than 25 years. Even more goes into a business experiencing success and continuing to grow during that time. While much of it can be attributed to a company’s philosophy, structure, and culture, a business is nothing without the people who execute that philosophy and help create a one of a kind culture. Being in business for over 25 years is no small feat, and much of what is responsible for a business’s success are its people!

Here at MHG, we are an extremely diverse bunch. Many of us are from various countries, involved in several community organizations, and from different career backgrounds. Get to know us as we do some reflecting, and give insight to the history of MHG and its employees.

So, let’s get to know a member of MHG’s IT Team, Jeff Martin!

MHG Timeline

Jeff is a Programmer at MHG’s Fort Lauderdale office. In this role, he is constantly researching, exploring, and testing the different ways users interact with our internal Customer Relationship Management system, Client Portal, Broker Portal, and websites solutions.

He has also been in pursuit of creating elegant, efficient, intuitive, and innovative enterprise-grade software products that focus on making a human connection with the user’s needs. Through user-centric human interfaces, Jeff is in turn able to increase the productivity of our products and allow them to reflect the MHG brand.

Before MHG

Before joining MHG in 2014, Jeff spent the last 35 years of his career working on, with, and around computers. The fluctuating nature of technology kept him passionate about learning and integrating cutting edge technologies. He has built up a diverse set of skills that is necessary in today’s ever digital world, and has a background in the life insurance and automotive industries, and has also worked in Chicago and Southern California before coming to Fort Lauderdale.

Personal

One of Jeff’s personal passions is motorcycles. In his off time, he loves to ride in charity events that benefit diseases such a breast cancer. He has also participated in walks for the American Heart Association, and other organizations.

To hear some insurance advice from some of our employees, read our previous blog, “If You Could Give One Piece of Advice to Your Clients, What Would it be?” MHG is here to help and provide assistance with all of your insurance needs. Whether you are looking for marine crew insurance, health insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, expatriate insurance or insurance for your business, we have the experience and knowledge to help you find the right policy. Please contact us at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. Let our insurance specialists find you, your family, or group, the best insurance available for your budget.

Here at MHG, we are an extremely diverse bunch. It takes a special group of people to make insurance fun, which is why you should get to know us!

CATHY1The bottles are popping! The champagne is flowing! The confetti is falling! MHG is celebrating its 25thanniversary this year, which means it is time to get this party started!

MHG Insurance Brokers has been serving the marine industry, businesses, and groups and individuals around the world since 1991. Reaching this milestone is no small feat, and makes it a perfect time to look back and do some reflecting. What better way to do that than by giving some insight into the history of MHG and its employees?

A lot goes into a business lasting 25 years. Even more goes into a business experiencing success and continuing to grow during that time. While much of it can be attributed to a company’s philosophy, structure, and culture, a business is nothing without the people who execute that philosophy and help create a one of a kind culture. Here at MHG, we are an extremely diverse bunch. Many of us are from various countries, involved in several community organizations, and from different career backgrounds. It takes a special group of people to make insurance fun, which is why you should get to know us!

So, let’s get to know the person that runs the show in our Isle of Man office, Cathy Lane!

Before MHG

Growing up with a passion for the arts, Cathy originally went to an art college in London for theater design specializing in costumes and props. She later did freelance work for the Dutch Royal Ballet, Surrey Opera Company, Spitting Image and Chanel Four Films. Also, on weekends she worked at the world famous Madame Tussauds!

After making her way through the theater and film industry, Cathy moved back to the Isle of Man to pay off student debt by working in a shoe factory. She then moved back to London 2.5 years later to work for another footwear company progressing from a sewing machinist on the production line, to women’s footwear designer, and finally production manager before relocating to the Isle of Man again.

With the footwear trade in decline, and the Isle of Man being well known for its financial services industry, Cathy decided to make the transition and ended up as a financial adviser at a local IFA company. After 8 years, Cathy moved to another local broker to set up a life assurance department, and from there moved to MHG

MHG Timeline

Cathy was hired by MHG in January of 2011 as an Operations Manager, and was put in charge of building up and hiring a staff at MHG’s recent expansion office in the Isle of Man. She was a key part of successfully starting up MHG’s new branch and was promoted to Director, European Operations at the end of 2012, and still hold that position today.

Personal

Cathy is an avid reader, and loves fantasy and sci-fi books, films, television shows, etc. (She recently attended Star Wars Celebration in London).  Due to her background in theatre and costumes, Cathy also loves to design and make things. She can sew you anything from a wedding dress to curtains!

Community Involvement

Cathy is a supporter of numerous cancer research charities, either through taking part in events or sponsoring others who are close to her who take part in events! She also volunteered as a costume maker for a local children’s theatre group, and has been involved with the Isle of Man TT for 8 years, working with the TV company who film the races. Cathy and her husband have spent the past couple years renovating their house which was originally built in 1886!

To hear some insurance advice from some of our employees, read our previous blog, “If You Could Give One Piece of Advice to Your Clients, What Would it be?” MHG is here to help and provide assistance with all of your insurance needs. Whether you are looking for marine crew insurance, health insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, expatriate insurance or insurance for your business, we have the experience and knowledge to help you find the right policy. Please contact us at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. Let our insurance specialists find you, your family, or group, the best insurance available for your budget.

Let’s get to know the person that runs the show in our Isle of Man MHG Office, Cathy Lane!

KATHERINE PAJOR 1The bottles are popping! The champagne is flowing! The confetti is falling! MHG is celebrating its 25thanniversary this year, which means it is time to get this party started!

MHG Insurance Brokers has been serving the marine industry, businesses, and groups and individuals around the world since 1991. Reaching this milestone is no small feat, and makes it a perfect time to look back and do some reflecting. What better way to do that than by giving some insight into the history of MHG and its employees?

A lot goes into a business lasting 25 years. Even more goes into a business experiencing success and continuing to grow during that time. While much of it can be attributed to a company’s philosophy, structure, and culture, a business is nothing without the people who execute that philosophy and help create a one of a kind culture. Here at MHG, we are an extremely diverse bunch. Many of us are from various countries, involved in several community organizations, and from different career backgrounds. It takes a special group of people to make insurance fun, which is why you should get to know us!

So, let’s get to know Katherine Pajor!

Before MHG

Katherine was born in Budapest, Hungary.  At the age of 10, she, with her family, left then-communist Hungary to emigrate to the United States.  She sympathizes with refugees, since she herself was one for 6 months in an Italian refugee camp while awaiting her admittance to the US.  New York City became her new home during her formative years.

Katherine graduated from Baruch College of CUNY with a Bachelor’s in Accounting.  She has an extensive background in her field, with work experience in several different industries in companies both large and small.  These were in hospitality and travel, manufacturing and now insurance.

In addition to accounting, Katherine also has experience in real estate. While on a career leave to raise children, got a realtor’s license.

MHG Timeline

Katherine was hired in September of 2012 as a Senior Accountant. She was later promoted to Controller in August of 2014 which is the position she currently holds today. Since joining MHG, Katherine has been a key member of the company, and has helped MHG achieve numerous goals.

Personal

A mother of three, Katherine comes from a very close knit family who believe in integrity, personal accountability, and keeping it real, which coincides with one of her favorite sayings, “Say what you mean, and mean what you say.” She also loves humor and sarcasm. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys catching up on the latest TV shows such as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and Ray Donovan.

To hear some insurance advice from some of our employees, read our previous blog, “If You Could Give One Piece of Advice to Your Clients, What Would it be?” MHG is here to help and provide assistance with all of your insurance needs. Whether you are looking for marine crew insurance, health insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, expatriate insurance or insurance for your business, we have the experience and knowledge to help you find the right policy. Please contact us at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. Let our insurance specialists find you, your family, or group, the best insurance available for your budget.

Let's get to know MHG's Controller, Katherine Pajor!

MICHELLE ROLLINS 1FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (November 3, 2016) – MHG Insurance Brokers announced today that Michelle Rollins has joined the Business Insurance Division to provide administrative and customer service support for the company’s property and casualty clients in addition to quoting workers’ comp, errors & omissions, and general liability business.

Rollins has spent over 10 years in the business insurance market in South Florida working in various positions. Prior to joining MHG, Rollins worked at a brokerage as an Account Representative where she provided sales and customer service, policy renewals, late pays and rewrites for over 4,500 clients in addition to training new employees.

“Customer service is key at MHG and is what ultimately differentiates us from other insurance brokers.” said Sandra Heminger, Business Insurance Broker. “Michelle’s experience will allow us to process quotes, certificates, policies and renewal details faster than we have before which will be an advantage for clients.”

The Business Insurance Division specializes in hard to place insurance coverage for businesses with unusual or difficult risks, high losses, lapses in coverage or dangerous exposures. Most recently, the Insurance Specialists at MHG identified a potential liability risk for cruise line operators and designed a new liability plan to fill the gap in coverage.

ABOUT MHG INSURANCE BROKERS

Established in 1991 in Miami, Florida, MHG Insurance Brokers is an independent, global, full service insurance brokerage and consultative facility. Through its extensive relationships with international underwriting markets, MHG develops and provides a full range of employee benefits, risk mitigation programs, business insurance and financial services all supported by comprehensive attention to service support for all of our clients. In the marine community, MHG is well known for its expertise in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) and developing MLC-aligned crew insurance solutions. In the U.S., MHG provides group and individual employee benefits along with advice on federal regulations regarding Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act. For more information about MHG Insurance Brokers and the services we provide, please visit www.mhginsurance.com.

MHG Insurance Brokers announced today that Michelle Rollins has joined the Business Insurance Division.

MHG 25 Logo FinalIn case you haven’t heard, MHG is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! Can you remember when you turned 25? You probably felt like time had flown by, and yet you were still ready to take on the world, which is exactly how we feel! A lot goes into a business achieving and maintaining success, so this year we are toasting to 25 years of excellence. Reaching this milestone is no small feat, so join us for a stroll down memory lane as we remember how MHG first began, where we are today, and the next 25 years. After all, you can’t know where you are going until you recall where you have been.

Company History

MHG was launched in 1991 in Miami, Florida when founders Andrew Dudzinski and John Haagensen saw that due to industry growth and ensuing competitive pressures, cruise lines needed new ways to attract and retain their officers and crew. Andrew, with particular expertise in expatriate insurance programs and John, a former seafarer and practicing insurance agent, saw the solution in creating and providing customized marine employee benefit plans. Andrew and John combined their extensive experience and contacts to convince the industry that marine crew are better motivated, remain more loyal, and work more safely when a benefit plan is provided as part of an employment package. While hesitant at first, the cruise lines listened and soon benefit plans were implemented by many lines and in due course by other marine industry sectors, such as luxury yachts and commercial shipping. As a result, a growing number of marine crew and their families are now able to enjoy the benefits of health, disability and life insurance plans and at the same time, marine industry employers have gained new and valuable attraction and retention incentives.

MHG Insurance Brokers is now recognized in the marine industry as a unique resource for developing innovative crew insurance programs for the world’s leading cruise lines, prestigious luxury yachts and other shipping and marine businesses around the globe. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, MHG has offices and representation in the Isle of Man, London, Hamburg, Monaco and Houston to better serve clients and support the continued development, acquisition and servicing of marine clients on both sides of the Atlantic.

Throughout the years, MHG has seen fit to expand its portfolio of products outside the marine industry but has always remained focused on its core business in providing crew insurance advice and solutions for vessel owners, operators, management companies, captains and crew worldwide. Today, MHG counts as its clients a total of 18 cruise lines, representing some 40% of the most prominent lines and more than 450 luxury yachts, including 20% of the world’s 200 largest yachts.

The Next 25 Years

While MHG has successfully introduced and encouraged the industry to adopt customized benefits for people working at sea, our work is not done. MHG will continue to be at the forefront of developing and implementing a full range of innovative benefit and welfare incentives and risk management solutions, all designed specifically for the marine industry and making the industry a better place to work and live.

Let’s raise a glass to the next 25!

Here at MHG Insurance Brokers, we offer a variety of different insurance solutions for many areas of business. From yacht crew insurance, to general liability and marine general liability coverage, individual and group health insurance, even life insurance, we offer a number of products to cover you, your family, or business. To see some advice directly from our team of insurance professionals, read our previous blog, “If You Could Give One Piece of Advice to Your Clients, What Would It Be?” If you are interested in purchasing marine crew insurance, contact us at mhginsurance.com or call us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668. Our insurance specialists have the knowledge and experience to guide you to the best coverage for your budget, and can also assist you with any insurance questions you may have.

In case you haven’t heard, MHG is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! Can you remember when you turned 25 years old?

SHEREE LYNCHThe bottles are popping! The champagne is flowing! The confetti is falling! MHG is celebrating its 25thanniversary this year, which means it is time to get this party started!

MHG Insurance Brokers has been serving the marine industry, businesses, and groups and individuals around the world since 1991. Reaching this milestone is no small feat, and makes it a perfect time to look back and do some reflecting. What better way to do that than by giving some insight into the history of MHG and its employees?

A lot goes into a business lasting 25 years. Even more goes into a business experiencing success and continuing to grow during that time. While much of it can be attributed to a company’s philosophy, structure, and culture, a business is nothing without the people who execute that philosophy and help create a one of a kind culture. Here at MHG, we are an extremely diverse bunch. Many of us are from various countries, involved in several community organizations, and from different career backgrounds. It takes a special group of people to make insurance fun, which is why you should get to know us!

So, let’s get to know the person that runs the show at our Fort Lauderdale office, Sheree Lynch!

Before MHG

Sheree worked in the cruise industry for many years before joining MHG. She served on board ships and was one of the first few female Hotel Directors on board Princess Cruises vessels.  After finishing her career at sea, Sheree began shore side management for two cruise lines where she was responsible for the onboard hotel operation.

At one point Sheree also was the co-owner and co-proprietor of The Manor Hotel. The Manor Hotel was a sixteenth century manor house, situated in West Bexington which is a small village about 400m from the most western point of Chesil Beach in Dorset. Chesil Beach is part of the 95 English mile coastline known as the Jurassic Coast.  Abbotsbury is a neighbouring village to West Bexington and world famous for its swannery which supplies quills to Lloyds of London.

MHG Timeline

Sheree joined MHG in 2006 as Director, Cruise Division. Due to her extensive and illustrious career in the cruise industry, this position was perfectly suited for her. She played a key part the growth of MHG’s Cruise Division, and held that title until April 2014 when she was promoted to Director, Operations which is the position she currently holds today.

Interests

Sheree enjoys working out in her off time by doing Pilates, TRX and walking on Fort Lauderdale beach. Originally from England, she is also a keen rugby supporter and a huge fan of Harlequins and the England National rugby team. Sheree also supports various veterans, children’s, and animal charities such as ASPCA.

To hear some insurance advice from some of our employees, read our previous blog, “If You Could Give One Piece of Advice to Your Clients, What Would it be?” MHG is here to help and provide assistance with all of your insurance needs. Whether you are looking for marine crew insurance, health insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, expatriate insurance or insurance for your business, we have the experience and knowledge to help you find the right policy. Please contact us at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. Let our insurance specialists find you, your family, or group, the best insurance available for your budget.

It's time for you to get to know the people that make MHG Insurance Brokers so great!

Emma-1DOUGLAS, ISLE OF MAN (September 15, 2016) – MHG Insurance Brokers announced today that Emma Bell has joined the company’s European office as Underwriting and Claims Assistant, reducing response times for new proposals and claims enquiries.

Bell joins MHG with an extensive background in the insurance and financial industries, having worked for various insurance companies in a number of different positions. Most recently, Bell worked as an Underwriting Support Technician where she performed risk management assignments, maintained records, and supported upper level management with allocation of tasks.

“We are lucky to have someone of Emma’s experience and skillset to join our team.” said Cathy Lane, Director of European Operations for MHG’s Isle of Man office. “Emma’s career in the insurance industry is what we need in order to expand our business and offer more support for our clients. We are eager for her to hit the ground running, and we are certain that she will be a perfect fit for the company.”

MHG’s Isle of Man office opened in 2009 with a remit to capitalise on opportunities from within the yacht sector as well as increasing the licensing reach of MHG globally. To date, the Isle of Man office is responsible for obtaining and administering over 35% of all business for the company’s Yacht Division.

About MHG Insurance Brokers

Established in 1991 in Miami, Florida, MHG Insurance Brokers is an independent, global, full service insurance brokerage and consultative facility. Through its extensive relationships with international underwriting markets, MHG develops and provides a full range of employee benefits, risk mitigation programs, business insurance and financial services all supported by comprehensive attention to service support for all of our clients. In the marine community, MHG is well known for its expertise in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) and developing MLC-aligned crew insurance solutions. In the U.S., MHG provides group and individual employee benefits along with advice on federal regulations regarding the Affordable Care Act. For more information about MHG Insurance Brokers and the services we provide, please visit mhginsurance.com

MHG Insurance Brokers announced today that Emma Bell has joined the company’s European office as Underwriting and Claims Assistant.

SANDRA HEMINGER 2The bottles are popping! The champagne is flowing! The confetti is falling! MHG is celebrating its 25thanniversary this year, which means it is time to get this party started!

MHG Insurance Brokers has been serving the marine industry, businesses, and groups and individuals around the world since 1991. Reaching this milestone is no small feat, and makes it a perfect time to look back and do some reflecting. What better way to do that than by giving some insight into the history of MHG and its employees?

A lot goes into a business lasting 25 years. Even more goes into a business experiencing success and continuing to grow during that time. While much of it can be attributed to a company’s philosophy, structure, and culture, a business is nothing without the people who execute that philosophy and help create a one of a kind culture. Here at MHG, we are an extremely diverse bunch. Many of us are from various countries, involved in several community organizations, and from different career backgrounds. It takes a special group of people to make insurance fun, which is why you should get to know us!

So, let’s get to know Sandra Heminger!

Before MHG

Prior to working for MHG, Sandra was the Personal Lines Manager for Bateman, Gordon and Sands, and prior to that was the Agency Operation Manager for People’s Trust. Her prior work experience in commercial and personal lines sales and underwriting made her a top candidate for MHG.

Sandra’s MHG Timeline

Sandra started at MHG in June of 2015 as an Account Executive in the Property and Casualty Division, and did not take long to become a key member of the MHG team. In September she was promoted to Broker which is her current title. When asked about her favorite part of the job, her response was, “My favorite part of my job is showing people different ways to manage their business’s risk exposures.  I like helping them find solutions and helping them solve problems.”

Community Involvement

Sandra has always been involved in rescuing animals, and has rescued three Thoroughbred horses this year alone. She is very dedicated to bringing awareness to the abuse of animals, especially in the South Florida area. She also volunteers with Abandoned Dogs Project in the Redlands which helps to feed and rescue dogs that are dumped there by their owners. She and her husband also volunteer as foster parents for A Way For A Stray, which is a local rescue that takes on some of the most difficult dogs that need medical and behavioral rehab. Lastly, Sandra is also a big supporter of HiCaliber Horse Rescue, who save horse from being shipped to slaughter in Mexico.

Personal Interests

Outside of work, Sandra mainly spends time with her family and their seven horses. She has been rescuing horses with her sister since they were kids. She and her husband also enjoy boating and fishing.

To hear some insurance advice from some of our employees, read our previous blog, “If You Could Give One Piece of Advice to Your Clients, What Would it be?” MHG is here to help and provide assistance with all of your insurance needs. Whether you are looking for marine crew insurance, health insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, expatriate insurance or insurance for your business, we have the experience and knowledge to help you find the right policy. Please contact us at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com. Let our insurance specialists find you, your family, or group, the best insurance available for your budget.

It's MHG's 25 th Anniversary, which means you should get to know us!