Archive for January, 2015

An Educational Seminar on Drones

Join us via webcast on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM CT for our seminar on “Drones: The Future is Now.”

In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act was signed, which included a requirement that the FAA develop regulations for the licensing of commercial drones by September 2015. While licensing is still underway, drones are already being used non-commercially by governmental entities for border surveillance, scientific and university research and public safety, etc.

Why Should You Attend:
The commercial drone market is on the horizon. If commercial drone use is approved; the FAA projects that 30,000 drones could be operational as early as 2020. This is a hot-button topic for the aviation industry, as well as a wide array of businesses seeking advantages of drone technology. The commercial use of drones presents traditional and non-traditional exposures for companies.

Highly-respected, veteran aviation attorney, Donald Chance Mark, Hays Companies Aviation Team, as well as Mark Plummer of Allianz who will provide market insight.

You may register for the complimentary seminar here. Limited seats remain.


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The Hidden Costs of Terrorism.

Terrorism. It could easily be the most alarming word in the English language. In our first issue of FOCUS, we tackle the hidden costs of terrorism and what it takes to manage the risk today.  We also showcase our new analytical resource that provides valauble information on market performance and trends.

Read more here.

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Steve Topel Joins Hays Companies

Hays Companies announced Steve Topel has joined its Chicago operations as President of Property and Casualty. He will be responsible for spearheading new business development, overall office leadership, and recruiting great people.

“We are delighted to have Steve on board at Hays. His knowledge and experience will add significant depth to our property and casualty and employee benefits capabilities,” said Jim Hays, CEO of Hays Companies. Topel is known for spurring rapid organic growth and developing talented rising stars in the industry.

Topel joins Hays Companies with extensive leadership experience. He served as the President and Chief Sales Officer of The Horton Group, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of JMB Insurance for seven years. He has successfully run operations in the Illinois marketplace, along with Indiana, Wisconsin and Tennessee. In addition, Topel is active as a Board Director for The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, a premier association for the top commercial insurance and employee benefits intermediaries worldwide. He is also involved on the Board of Directors for the Sinai Health System, working to assist populations who have limited access to healthcare.

Topel’s addition to the organization is another example of how Hays Companies is committed to designing a team of the best and brightest who can provide the highest quality products and services to our clients.

Hays Companies is one of the fastest growing, privately-held risk management, insurance and employee benefits advisors in the country. Our philosophy of delivering the highest-quality, customer-focused service has led to significant growth for 20 years. Today the company includes 700+ experienced professionals in more than 35 locations throughout the United States. For more information contact Andrea Trombley (