The Light Head. Silhouette of young woman on sky background with sun in her head.To say that the past couple of months have been stressful would be an understatement. With what is currently going on in the world, stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues have been affecting seemingly everyone to an extent. Fear of the unknown and what tomorrow may hold, loss of jobs and income, closing of schools, and being forced to stay indoors are all factors in what is likely affecting most people. Unfortunately, we are no experts on the trajectory of this pandemic, so we can’t say when or if things will be getting back to normal, but when it comes to your mental health, don’t wait for when or if, do it now!

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and with so many factors that may be affecting it out of your control, it is incredibly important to take control of your situation and make the best of it. There are several things you can be doing every day to help you stay strong mentally and keep from experiencing common issues such as anxiety and depression. Now, these tips should not be used instead of prescribed medication, and it is important to mention that if you are finding that nothing is helping you with your issues, to seek medical advice about how you can help yourself.

Meditate

Hands of young beautiful woman practicing yoga at homeI know what you are thinking, not everyone can sit in a quiet room for an extended time with the kids home from school and having to help them with their online studies, but it is important for you to be able to be alone with your thoughts. According to Everyday Health, “research suggests even brief meditation sessions can make a difference in managing stress” Try to take some time for yourself, relax, focus on your breathing, and clear your mind, you will be amazed at how good feel after the fact.

 

Exercise

Shot of a fit young woman doing yoga at homeWhile most people think of the physical benefits that exercising can have on your body, not many think of the mental benefits too! When you exercise, your body naturally releases hormones that make you feel good. In addition to the natural feeling, exercising will make you feel better about yourself, whether accomplishing a goal, looking better in the mirror, or just feeling better overall, having daily physical activity is crucial to your overall mental health. Exercise can directly impact depression and anxiety, as stated in this article from the Help Guide, a good place to visit for tips and help with mental wellness.

 

Sleep

Cropped shot of an attractive young woman wearing a sleep mask while lying in bedSleep is something that most people don’t get enough of. How many hours do you sleep every night? Did you know that during sleep is when your body recovers and heals itself? Maybe if you thought of it that way, you would make sure you got a full night! In fact, this recent Harvard study talks about how sleep deprivation and sleep disruption can negatively impact your mental health.

 

 

Go Outside

outdoorsMany of us are stuck at home and forced to stay indoors, but if you are able to go outside, take advantage! Vitamin D is great for your overall health! Take a walk around your neighborhood or relax in the backyard. Catch some rays and let nature help brighten you up. Research even shows the positive impact of outdoor activity on your overall mental health. Read more about it here!

 

 

Stay Busy

Young student watching lesson online and studying from home. Young woman taking notes while looking at computer screen following professor doing math on video call. Latin girl student studying from home and watching teacher explaining math formula on video chat.If you are staying home through all of this, and find yourself bored, find something to do to keep yourself busy! Whether reading books, working on home projects, doing some spring cleaning, or taking this time to work on you, it is important to stay busy, and keep your focus on something.

 

Mental Health and Wellness is important for everyone, especially if you are a seafarer who may not have access to the help and assistance programs that those who aren’t at sea do. If you are a seafarer and need some help, check out SeafarerHelp, a free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families, available 24 hours per dya, 365 days per year!

With the spread of COVID-19 causing global concern, rest assured that all of us at MHG are here and ready to answer your insurance questions and concerns relating to the virus. For specific information on how COVID-19 affects your insurance coverage, please call us or visit your insurance carrier’s website.

Unfortunately, we are no experts on the trajectory of this pandemic, so we can’t say when or if things will be getting back to normal, but when it comes to your mental health, don’t wait for when or if, do it now!

Cropped shot of an unrecognizable young man stretching at homeWith so many of us stuck in our homes, or indoors in general, it can be hard to find the motivation, or even the tools to get a good workout in. For those of us looking to maintain our figure, or even drop some pounds while we are quarantining, it is important to try to stay active. Better yet, it is important for everyone to stay active, as exercising can help with stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental challenges associated with what is currently going on.

Calisthenics are a great way to get into or stay in shape. In fact, many people use calisthenics as their normal exercise routine. By using different exercises to target each muscle group, you can have a full body workout without leaving your home or your yard, in a short amount of time.

1. Upward and Downward Facing Dog- This is a common yoga exercise and is a great way to get your body warmed up before a workout or cooled down following one. Lay flat on the ground face down. Take a deep breath, push your hands against the ground to push your chest up while keeping your legs flat on the ground. Hold the pose for several breathes. On the last exhale, lift your bottom up to form a 90-degree angle with your body while keeping your feet and hands flat on the ground and your head between your arms. Stay in that pose for several breathes. On the last exhale, bend your knees to the floor so that your knees are under your hips and your hands are under your shoulders.

2. Planks- Planks are one of the best exercises you can do to work out your core. Lay face down on the floor. Prop yourself up with your forearms and keep your elbows directly below your shoulder. Remember to keep your body straight. For beginners, try using a straight arm with your hands directly underneath your shoulders.

3. Wall Sits- This is a great way to focus on your lower body as well as your core. Find a wall, then squat down into a sitting position with your back against the wall and your legs in 90-degree angles.

4. Mountain Climbers- Ready to get your heart rate pumping? Mountain climbers are a unique exercise that can get your heart rate up and work out your entire body without needing machinery or a large space to move around. Start in a push-up position and alternate bringing your knees to your chest.

5. Push-ups- This classic exercise focuses on your upper body strength and your core. To work out different muscles doing this exercise, try doing them on an incline and decline as well.

6. Sit-ups/ Crunches- This is another classic exercise that targets your abdominals. To increase difficulty try doing them with your legs up at a 90-degree angle. Or you could try air bike crunches where you alternate touching opposite elbows to knees.

7. Squats and Lunges- This exercise really targets your thighs and your gluteal muscles. Remember to keep your feet shoulder width apart and keep your heels flat on the ground when squatting.

For lunges, step forward with one leg lowering your hips until both legs are bend at 90-degree angles. Make sure your front knee is directly above your ankle and your back knee doesn’t touch the floor. Rotate legs.

8. Leg Lifts- As you may have already noticed, many of these workouts focus on your core, and leg lifts are one of the best ones you can do. Lay flat on your back and lift your feet 6 inches off the ground. For a change you could also try switching your feet from opened to closed every 10 seconds.

9. Burpees- Burpees are a great exercise that workout the whole body and even gets your heart rate up! Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, then bend your knees and lower your body into a squat. Place your hands on the floor and shift your weight onto them, then jump your feet back and get yourself into a plank or pushup positions. Then jump your feet back to land just behind your hands and rise up to jump explosively in the air. Repeat!

10. Tables- Sit down with your hands and feet on the floor. With your arms behind you, prop yourself up by lifting your hips as high as you can, and squeezing your glutes and shoulder blades as hard as you can.

There are several different ways to approach these exercises, you could try doing each one until exhaustion, breaking them up into different repetitions and sets, or a mixture of both. There are a ton of other non-weight exercises you can do; however, everyone is different, and some may find other exercises more successful than others. Try looking up other exercises and make a workout guide that fits you and your needs best.

With the spread of COVID-19 causing global concern, rest assured that all of us at MHG are here and ready to answer your insurance questions and concerns relating to the virus. For specific information on how COVID-19 affects your insurance coverage, please call us or visit your insurance carrier’s website.

By using different exercises to target each muscle group, you can have a full body workout without leaving your home or your yard, in a short amount of time.

Working mother with baby daughter communicating on mobile phone while reading an e-mail on the computer.As you may have heard, we are currently experiencing a global pandemic from COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Across the world, countries and cities are being locked down to help prevent the spread of this virus, forcing many to be laid off or have to work from home, if their job allows. If you are one of the fortunate ones who are able to work from home and are staying home in these unprecedented times, you are doing your community a great service by doing your part to help stop the spread.

Many may think that working from home is easy, however, there are several challenges and issues that can arise, especially when working from home for an extended period, which looks to be the case for many. The following are some tips to better help develop a routine to make the most of your time, and to help limit distractions when working from home.

Get Ready in the Morning

Yes, one of the many benefits people may think of when working from home is that you get to stay in your pajamas all day. While everyone loves to have a lazy day, it is recommended to develop a routine. Try getting ready in the morning as if you were heading into the office. Take a hot shower, brew a cup of joe, or catch up on the latest news. Whatever your routine was before, try to mimic it the best you can.

Dedicate a Space

In addition to developing a solid and healthy routine, it’s important to create a dedicated space for your work. Set up your computer or lap tap, office phone, and whatever other supplies you need in order to creative an effective “home office”. Also, pick some place that will limit distractions, perhaps set up at the dining room table rather than in the living room? Whatever space works best for you, and will help you feel like you are clocking in.

Take Breaks

A lot of people don’t realize how many breaks they take at work, and while many supervisors may not want to hear it, frequent breaks are proven to be imperative for efficient work. Getting up from your desk and going to chat with a colleague or gathering around the water jug is something that you won’t have to opportunity to do. Make a note to take a break every so often. Pick a few times throughout the day to get up and walk around the house. If you have a dog, I’m sure they won’t let you forget to go on a walk.

Keep the Kids Busy

As the majority of schools are closing, you may be working from home with a few added responsibilities. Kids, especially younger ones, require a ton of attention, and it can be hard to get anything done if you are constantly having to keep them occupied and entertained. Try to come up with some activities that will keep them busy and inspire them to entertain themselves. Whether it’s putting on a movie, reading a book, or playing some board games, try to come up with some ideas to help keep them engaged.

Exercise

Last but certainly not least, being stuck inside all day can cause some mental challenges. Ever hear of cabin fever? Depending on where you are and what rules are being instituted in your country or city, go outside for a walk or run and get some physical activity. If you can’t leave your home, come up with an exercise routine for you to do every day. Exercise and physical activity is a great way to help battle the depression or other issues that may arise from being isolated and quarantined, and not to mention, it will only help you and your health!

With the spread of COVID-19 causing global concern, rest assured that all of us at MHG are here and ready to answer your insurance questions and concerns relating to the virus. For specific information on how COVID-19 affects your insurance coverage, please call us or visit your insurance carrier’s website.

Many may think that working from home is easy, however, there are several challenges and issues that can arise, especially when working from home for an extended period, which looks to be the case for many.

KEVIN KNORR 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 the Director of our IT Division, Kevin Knorr!

Before MHG

Kevin grew up in Philadelphia Pennsylvania where he attended a technical college and pursued a degree in Electrical Technology. In high school, he worked for the Rose Tree Summer Festival which was his summer job. After graduating from trade school, he got a full-time job working as an electrician for the Parks Department of Delaware County, where he also held a summer job while in high school working on the Rose Tree Summer Festival. Later he worked for Wescott Electrical as a Project and Purchasing Manager. After gaining some experience, Kevin started his own telecommunications equipment company that he sold within five years of founding it! After selling his company, Kevin was the IT Director for a leading provider of software solutions and services. Kevin moved from Pennsylvania to South Florida in 2006.

MHG Timeline

Kevin joined MHG in 2006 after almost two decades of valuable IT and Telecommunications experience. He was hired as the IT Director and still holds that position today. In this role, he oversees all IT Operations for all MHG offices worldwide.

Community

Kevin is thoroughly involved in the community, as he has held several positions within the city he currently resides in. He is currently the Vice President for the Wilton Manors Development Alliance, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of Wilton Manors. He also serves as a Board Member on the Wilton Manors Entertainment Group, which is a nonprofit dedicated to entertainment and events within Wilton Manors. He has also been involved with the Community Affairs Advisory Board, which provides a vehicle to maintain a high quality of life through greater citizen participation by providing a conduit for cooperation.

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 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. To learn some of the benefits of using an insurance broker, click here! 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!

DSC_1334It 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 our Claims Specialist, Kelly Morris!

Before MHG

Kelly grew up on the west side of Indianapolis, Indiana, in a town called Plainfield. Her family lived in an old farm house that was built in 1892! Before MHG, she worked for a local insurance company in Indianapolis for over 12 years. She started in international insurance at the age of 23 as clerical support and quickly worked her way up to the VP of Claims Administrative Assistant.

Kelly attended Indiana Business College in 2004 to further her career and moved into a claims processing role.  With that came the opportunity to move on and add to her knowledge in many other departments within the company. All that hard work culminated in a position assisting the company’s largest brokers in the Missionary and Marine lines of business. 

MHG Timeline

Due to her background in the insurance industry and extensive experience handling claims, Kelly was a perfect candidate for a position within MHG. She joined MHG in July 2015, working remotely from Indianapolis as a Claims Specialist working with the Isle of Man office. Since then, she has transitioned to the Cruise Division where she still works today.

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In her spare time, Kelly enjoys photography, baking and being outdoors. She also loves traveling, which she says works out well living in Indianapolis and working in Fort Lauderdale. One of her absolute favorite places to go is a little town in southwest Colorado called Ouray. She loves to visit there with friends to camp and hike. She also enjoys volunteering at a local animal shelter with her daughter. 

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 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. To learn some of the benefits of using an insurance broker, click here! 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, which is why you should get to know us!

Emma-2It 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 someone from MHG’s Isle of Man team, Emma Bell!

Before MHG

Emma is originally from Essex, United Kingdom, and has only been living in the Isle of Man for nearly two years and she is “loving it”. Prior to joining MHG, she worked within Commercial Insurance working for QBE Insurance Europe Ltd for seven years, and Royal and SunAlliance for three years before that. During her time at QBE Insurance Europe Ltd, Emma passed the London Market Certificate of Insurance and received her LM1 and LM2 licenses.

MHG Timeline

Due to her extensive background in the insurance industry, Emma was a desirably candidate for MHG’s growing Isle of Man office. She joined Emma joined MHG in 2016 as an Underwriting and Claims Assistant, and has been excelling ever since. Some of her responsibilities include quoting, inception, assisting with claims administration, and invoicing.

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Emma has four dogs that keep her busy, one being a very bouncy rescue puppy from Manx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ManxSPCA). Emma also recently turned 30 years old, but considers herself an old lady at heart who enjoys crafts such as knitting and crocheting.

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 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. To learn some of the benefits of using an insurance broker, click here! 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. So, let’s get to know someone from MHG’s Isle of Man team, Emma Bell!

SHERRY WERTZ 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 Cruise Division, Sherry Wertz!

Before MHG

Sherry is originally from Roanoke, a small town in southwestern Virginia. She attended Virginia Tech University where she graduated with a degree in Communications. Soon after finishing college, Sherry went to work on ships with Norwegian Cruise Lines as a Gift Shop Sales Associate. She only planned to stay in the cruise industry for a year or two, and 30 years later she has stayed within the industry in one way or another, holding managerial positions for different cruise lines, concessionaries and various companies supporting the cruise industry.

MHG Timeline

Due to Sherry’s extensive background within the cruise industry, she became a perfect candidate to join MHG’s cruise division as her most recent experience was with cruise line Shore Excursions. She joined the company in June of 2016 as a Manager within the Cruise Division. Working at MHG allows her to apply her cruise industry experience, as she can recognize the needs of cruise lines as well as the officers and crew members onboard, and ensuring both receive the best service possible.

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Growing up, Sherry studied all types of dance, piano, and singing. One way she can connect with her passions is by taking Jazzercise classes. She believes keeping music in her life is important, even if it’s just taking an exercise class. She also enjoys going to live events whether they are individual singers, bands, and Broadway performances.

Sherry’s background within the marine industry is something that makes MHG renowned for their service. Many of our employees have experience in the fields they are working in, and are able to address needs and recognize areas in need of service due to their experience. With MHG’s employees having well versed backgrounds, whether it be from a different country or different industry, we see it as an advantage in assisting and offering advice to our clients. 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 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. To learn some of the benefits of using an insurance broker, click here! 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 here at MHG!

LEANDRO LEON1It 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 Accounting Department, Leandro Leon!

Before MHG

Before moving to the United States, Leandro was a full-time student in Venezuela. He attended “Universidad Tecnologica del Centro” where he graduated in 2012 obtaining two bachelor degrees, one in Accounting and the other in Human Resources Management.

MHG Timeline

Soon after finishing school, Leandro got the opportunity to intern with MHG in the Accounting Department. He started in September 2012, and didn’t take long to fit in. He was eventually hired on to a full-time position and has been working with MHG for almost 4 years. He is currently a staff accountant, and works remotely in Orlando, Florida.

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Leandro is originally from Venezuela and is fluent in two languages, Spanish and English. Before working for MHG, he had only been to the United States one time. Leandro is also a black belt in Karate, and used to teach classes in college. In his free time, Leandro enjoys working out, salsa dancing, and is very close to his family.

Leandro’s diverse background is just one of many employees at MHG, which is why the company prides itself a very internationally diverse business. With MHG’s employees having well versed backgrounds, whether it be from a different country or different industry, we see it as an advantage in assisting and offering advice to our clients. 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 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. To learn some of the benefits of using an insurance broker, click here! 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 us as we do some reflecting, and give insight to the history of MHG and its employees.

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.

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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.

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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!

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