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!

SHERRY WERTZ 1FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (September 8, 2016) – MHG Insurance Brokers announced today that Sherry Wertz has joined the company’s Cruise Division as Administration Manager. Wertz will provide administrative and customer service support to cruise clients while working closely with the Division Manager and Claims Specialist, further developing business relations.

Wertz joins MHG with a tremendous amount of cruise industry experience having worked in various positions both ashore and on board. Most recently, Wertz worked as Senior HR Manager for a staffing company handling crew appointments for some of the world’s leading cruise lines.

“We have been looking for someone of Sherry’s caliber for quite some time to fill this newly created position.” said Edward “Mole” Telfer, MHG’s Cruise Division Director. “Sherry’s career in the cruise industry combined with her management background are exactly what we need to further the capabilities of the cruise division. I’m very happy to welcome her to the team.”

As MHG celebrates its 25th anniversary, the company continues to be at the forefront of developing insurance solutions and products to meet the changing needs of the cruise industry, businesses, and individuals around the world. Most recently, the Insurance Specialists at MHG identified a potential liability risk for cruise line operators and designed a 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 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 Sherry Wertz has joined the company’s Cruise Division as Administration Manager.

JW HAAGENSEN 1The bottles are popping! The champagne is flowing! The confetti is falling! MHG is celebrating its 25th anniversary 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 one of MHG’s longest tenured employees, JW Haagensen!

Before MHG

Prior to working at MHG, JW worked at a turbine engine part manufacturing facility while waiting to attend motorcycle mechanic school. After September 11th, there were cutbacks and he was eventually laid off. Just around that time JW’s father, John Haagensen, founder and MHG President, asked JW to come and work for him. Thirteen years later, JW is one of MHG’s most experienced sales associates.

JW’s MHG Timeline

JW started at MHG on January 1st, 2003. His first position was Sales and Marketing Associate. At that time, there wasn’t a Marketing Department or the Sales Team that MHG currently has, so in essence JW was a one man show before the company grew and expanded into new ventures requiring them to bolster their staff. Over the years JW has changed titles several times however he has been doing individual sales for the past 13+ years. His current title is Account Executive, Inside Sales. He is in charge of MHG’s inside sales and works with yacht captains, crew members, contractors, concessionaires, individuals, and families.

Personal Interests

JW has several hobbies including boating, cars, and of course motorcycles. He loves being out on the water and cruising around town. He is also an animal lover and regularly helps an animal farm and orphanage in South Miami with his girlfriend, Jeannie.

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 our 25th anniversary, which makes it a perfect time for you to get to know the MHG team!

jeremy1The 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 Jeremy Scarlett, Marketing Associate!

Jeremy’s MHG Timeline

Jeremy has been with MHG for 2 years. Hired in September 2014 fresh out of the University of Central Florida, he started out as an intern in our marketing department. As a recent graduate, Jeremy quickly became a valuable member to the MHG team due to his ambition, work ethic, and fresh knowledge and thus was offered a permanent position which is the title he holds today. Some of his responsibilities include managing MHG’s online presence including our social media pages, assisting in event planning, and is involved in a number of marketing projects. Although his career is young, the future looks bright for Jeremy, and we look forward to being a part of it!

Community Involvement

Community service has been important to Jeremy dating back to his college days, as he was a regular volunteer at Junior Achievement of Central Florida where he taught business classes to middle schoolers, and the Young Men’s Leadership Program where he was a student mentor. Today he is involved with Kids in Distress, Inc. (KID) and the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center (CDTC) which are two organizations that are important to many of MHG’s employees.

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.

Get to know our Marketing Associate, Jeremy Scarlett.

kriss2The 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 Operations Assistant in our Isle of Man office, Kriss Lane.

Before Joining MHG

Before joining MHG, Kriss had various jobs, most recently a department manager at Tesco Supermarket. Prior to being a department manager, Kriss spent seven years as an office manager at a financial advisor institution.

Kriss’s MHG Timeline

Kriss joined MHG in 2014 as an Operations Assistant. His experience as a manager, especially within the finance sector, helped him in making the transition to insurance and made it easy to understand the industry since the finance and insurance industries are quite similar. When asked about working for MHG, Kriss responded saying “I enjoy my time in the office working for MHG. We have a great, friendly team here and our relationship with the Hamburg and Florida offices is quite unique, in the best way possible.”

Interesting Facts

Kriss moved to the Isle of Man in 2000 with his wife Cathy, who is also our Director of Operations in the Isle of Man office. He is an avid fan of music and film and has some experience behind the camera as a make-up effects artist, which came about from his love of all things Sci-Fi & horror. Another very cool nugget about Kriss is that he plays guitar in a local cover band named Fugue State, which was inspired by the hit TV show Breaking Bad.

Community Involvement

Kriss has participated in various charity events around the island, the most recent being during this year’s Isle of Man T.T. Festival where he along with others took part in an all day concert that raised over £10,000 for local charities.

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 Operations Assistant in our Isle of Man office, Kriss Lane.

StaffPhotos-ClaytonThe bottles are popping! The champagne is flowing! The confetti is falling! MHG is celebrating its 25th anniversary 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 someone who is always out and about. Clayton Swart, Manager, Business Development!

Prior to Joining MHG

Originally from Durban, South Africa, Clayton attended Varsity College where he studied marketing. Upon completing his studies, Clayton moved across the Atlantic Ocean to sunny South Florida in 2001 where he began working on yachts. After a short and fulfilling career as being a yacht crew member, Clayton decided it was time to transition to a position on shore and put his marketing background to good use as he began selling yachts for a top yacht broker.

Clayton’s MHG Timeline

Clayton joined MHG in March 2013 as a Business Development Manager for the Luxury Yacht Division. Clayton’s extensive first-hand experience in the yachting industry helps him to decipher what exactly yacht crew members need in an insurance plan. Today, Clayton continues to sell yacht crew insurance in addition to U.S. life and health insurance.

Interesting Facts

Working onboard a yacht, Clayton has sailed around the world, catered to a number of celebrities, and even met his wife Aran. He is always out and about visiting clients, traveling to boat shows, or attending local events. He is famous for his colorful pant collection which are often the talk of any event he is attending. Also, being from South Africa, he is a die-hard rugby fan and huge Springbok supporter.

Community Involvement

Clayton is currently a board member of the U.S. Superyacht Association, and was an integral part of developing USSA’s SET Plan. He is also a supporter and regularly attends events for the Marine Industry Cares Foundation (MICF) and the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center (CDTC).

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 takes a special group of people to make insurance fun, which is why you should get to know us! Meet Clayton Swart, Manager, Business Development!

Joanna1The 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 Joanna Drysdale, Manager, Underwriting Services.

Before MHG

Before joining MHG, Joanna worked at a local general insurance broker for eight years where she learned the skills of patience and diplomacy.

Joanna’s MHG Timeline

Joanna joined MHG in 2011 as International Insurance Specialist. [JD2] She claims that working for MHG has changed her life and helped her to learn how important it is to have a happy work culture. Joanna now holds the position of Manager, Underwriting Services and when asked how she now feels about her employer, her response was “I genuinely love our team and MHG’s corporate ethos!”

Interests

Joanna is a vegan, and loves to cook and discover new cuisines, however her favourite right now happens to be Lebanese and other Middle Eastern dishes. Joanna loves walking her dog on the beautiful Isle of Man beaches, reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. Joanna also happens to play the flute in the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra. She spends quite a bit of time reading up on current affairs and politics and loves listening to non-fiction podcasts like Radiolab and the BBC’s “From Our Own Correspondent”. Oh, and if you are curious to know what kind of music she likes, she loves Ben Folds, the Dixie Chicks, and Stevie Wonder!

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.

MHG is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, which means it's a perfect time to reflect. What better way to do that then getting to know our team!

PrintFORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (May 3, 2016) - MHG Insurance Brokers, a full-service insurance brokerage serving the marine industry, businesses, and groups and individuals around the world, has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal, a program that celebrates excellence and employee satisfaction in the workplace.

Results were based on a survey evaluating ten areas of engagement, including employee benefits and recognition, leadership, turnover, employee and leadership management and more. Results of the survey were submitted to Quantum Workplace for analysis. Employees were encouraged to answer freely as all answers remain anonymous.

“What an honor to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in South Florida!” said Andrew Dudzinski, Chairman and CEO of MHG Insurance Brokers. “John (Haagensen, President of MHG) and I have made the working culture of MHG a priority for a long time, so it’s very flattering to be recognized by such a prestigious publication with other top companies in our community.”

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. Some characteristics that made MHG stand out are its family atmosphere, excellent benefits that are 100% funded by the company, flexibility, 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 Houston, Isle of Man, the Cote d’Azur and Hamburg. For more information, please visit mhginsurance.com MHG Ocean Benefits Limited, trading as MHG Ocean Benefits, MHG Insurance Brokers and MHG Underwriting Services, is registered with the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority as an insurance intermediary in respect of General Business. Registered in the Isle of Man, company number: 120885C.

Since 1991, MHG Insurance Brokers has been committed to providing expert insurance advice and innovative solutions for the marine, aviation, energy and related industries.