Another great organization that received a grant check from Heffernan Foundation this year is Progress Foundation. Above is a shot of Janice Berthold from our Menlo Park office delivering the check to Dave Chenok.
Aligned with our efforts to help provide shelter to those in need within our local communities, Progress Foundation offers community-based residential treatment and supported housing programs as alternatives to institutional treatment for individuals with mental disabilities. The programs work with adults, 18 and older. Services are specifically targeted to respond to the needs of individuals who are considered severely disabled due to mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse.
Interested in how you, too, can help this organization? Click here.
Our New York office is growing, slowly but surely. We recently hired Brian Leidelle as Vice President, Professional Lines Practice.
Brian brings significant experience within the global insurance industry to serve the brokerage community. He holds a strong international academic background, including a LL.M. in International Business Law from University College London, a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law, a Certificate in European Law from Tulane Paris Institute for European Legal Studies, a M.A. in International Relations from the University of New South Wales, and a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech. He was most recently practicing insurance law for an international firm, where he also acted as a business developer for the London and Bermuda (re)insurance markets. He is familiar with the diverse, complex issues associated with professional risks and addresses them with a global perspective.
Now that you have enough acronyms and information to write a resume for him, let us tell you about Brian outside of the office. He’s an avid runner, partaking in charity races, and enjoys playing the piano. He loves to travel and serves as a mentor for graduating students and young professionals. We think he will fit right in here at Heffernan.
We hope he will be the engine to grow our professional liability practice in Manhattan and we look forward to expanding our presence in the tri-state.
Brian shared that even for companies seeing very little or no claim action, premiums are increasing by nearly 8 percent. As you may know, last September Senate Bill 863 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. This bill attempts to curb the rising costs on premiums with a number of different solutions, but Brian believes that the best solution at this point for employers is to minimize their claims and to take a good look to fully understand what is driving their claims
At The Crossroads is one of our very worthy recipients of the 84 grants we awarded this year through the Heffernan Foundation.
Chris Dewey of our Menlo Park office took a trip out to deliver the check personally to this great group of individuals. The mission of At The Crossroads is to reach out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and work with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. They do this through a combination of nighttime street outreach and one-on-one counseling, and collaboration with other service providers. They walk the streets of the Mission and Downtown San Francisco at nighttime, bringing help to their clients, rather than making them come to them.
Finally! Our St. Louis office was recently named a Best Places to Work Finalist for 2013 by the St. Louis Business Journal. Many of our California offices have been named a Best Place to Work, but we are very excited that the distinction has gone back east.
As you may remember that office recently expanded by merging with Benefits Solution Group and will soon be moving to a larger location. We can’t wait to see what more is to come for our Midwest counterparts in 2013. Stay tuned for an update on March 14th when out official ranking is announced.
Connect with the Heffernan St. Louis Facebook Page to see how they are bettering their community!
Upward Roots is a Bay Area based nonprofit organization that develops leadership and empowers youth from disadvantaged communities through community service. Founded in 2010, Upward Roots engages youth in a dynamic curriculum based on education, leadership, and service learning, promoting the idea that each and every young person can be a positive change-maker within their community. By providing the training and mentorship needed to successfully plan and execute community service projects of their own design, Upward Roots helps young people develop into emerging leaders, while also improving self-confidence, academic progress, personal development, and civic attitudes.
If you’d like to learn more about to how to become involved in their programs, please click here.
We’re proud to be supporting such a great organization. Keep up the good work!