Hays Companies ranked as a Top 20 Broker in the U.S.

Hays Companies is honored to be included in Business Insurance Magazine’s list of 100 largest U.S. brokers once again.  The rise in our ranking from 19th to 18th place is a testament to the hard work and dedication Hays Companies’ 700+ employees provide to each of our clients.  Spread across 35 U.S. offices, Hays Companies has steadily grown into one of the most influentially creative and dynamic insurance brokers in the country.

Since its founding in 1994, Hays Companies has continued to effectively and energetically react to an ever evolving marketplace, providing unparalleled customer service and attention to detail.  Hays Companies is proud to have been ranked among the Top 25 Brokers for the last nine years and the Top 40 for over a decade.

While this and past rankings are tremendous achievements, we would be remiss not to express our gratitude and appreciation for our clients, who give us the opportunity to serve them every day.

We look forward to achieving future success for and with our clients and partners through creativity and dedication to excellent service.

Hays Companies Celebrates 20 Years

August 4th, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Hays Companies.

Hays Companies started with seven people, and today, we are 700+ strong. We’re proud to be the 18th largest insurance brokerage in North America and the 9th largest privately-held brokerage in the nation.

More importantly, we’re thankful for all of our clients, vendors, employees and friends and their continued commitment to Hays Companies.

Cheers to another 20 fantastic years!

All. Together. Giving.

Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  Hays Companies is putting this thought into action through our hard work and support of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable shelter, eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide. For the past five years, the Hays Volunteer Team has built safe shelters for families in need and worked in partnership with other businesses on the Entrepreneurs House. Mik Gusenius, Chair of the Entrepreneurs House Committee shared, “Since Hays has become a part of the program, the House has had its best fundraising years, raising more than $500,000 and contributing more than 2,000 volunteer build days. Hays has been an integral part of the continued growth.”

During the all-day build, Hays volunteers guided by experts, landscaped, framed pre-assembled walls, shingled roofs and installed flooring. At the end, when the houses were completed, volunteers had the opportunity to greet the future homeowners.

Hays Director of Claims Management, Robert Rangel said, “It was an inspiring day and a great way to bond with coworkers and learn new skills.”

At Hays we know that a strong, vibrant community doesn’t just happen.  CEO, Jim Hays stated it simply: “We believe at Hays that it’s absolutely necessary to give back to the communities in which we live. We encourage employees to find projects and organizations that they care about and we support participation at all levels. Our community initiatives give our employees great purpose which helps build a positive culture.”

On January 28th, Habitat for Humanity held the dedication ceremony for the 2013 Entrepreneurs House. We are honored to be a part of this organization.

Some of the 2013 Hays Habitat for Humanity volunteers

Some of the Hays Habitat for Humanity volunteers

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Hays Volunteer Team assembling walls of the house.

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Hays Graphics Specialist, Dennis Shogren and Senior Claims Analyst, Allison Robshaw work together to secure flooring.

Hays Companies Named 19th Largest Broker

Hays Companies is honored to be named the 19th largest broker in U.S. business by Business Insurance magazine. Hays jumped to 19th after being ranked 21st in last year’s edition of the rankings, which are based on revenue. Business Insurance is an industry leading publication that has been publishing the rankings for 42 years. The rankings provide insight into trends shaping the insurance industry and also displays a clear benchmark for peers to compare themselves to. For eight years Hays has ranked among Top 25 Brokers and ranked in Top 40 for over a decade.

Hays is a privately held firm that is one of the fastest growing insurance, risk management, and employee benefits advisors in the country. We represent a dynamic, entrepreneurial assembly of the best and brightest insurance consultants in the industry. In 1994 Hays was founded to fill the void of customer service and creative ideas left untouched in the marketplace, and remains focused on fulfilling the needs of our customers, not the needs of Wall Street. Hays is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN with 700+ employees in more than 35 offices across the United States.

Hays Vice President Wins Top Honors

At Hays, we only hire the best and brightest. We’re proud to recognize Jodie Braner, Vice President of Hays Companies of Georgia, who recently received two prestigious awards from the National Association of Health Underwriters. Jodie was awarded the highest honor, the Patty Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award, to recognize her career achievement, professional stature and civic, cultural, and humanitarian involvement.  Jodie also accepted the Distinguished Service Award for her significant contributions to volunteer service at the local, state and national level. In addition, she has been named President Elect to the Executive Committee Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Health Underwriters, effective 2013-2014.

Jodie’s expertise in the insurance field has brought her significant attention and positioned her as a thought-leader.  Most recently, she was a featured guest on “The Doctors Roundtable” radio segment discussing the Affordable Healthcare Act and the effect it will have on consumers and employers.  You can hear the segment here.

Jodie continues to exemplify leadership and provide top-notch service to Hays clients. “It is her dedication to help clients live healthier that allows us to partner and grow our business,” Mr. Grant Norwood, Practice Leader for Hays Companies of Georgia, had to say.

Hays Companies partners with businesses to help solve their highly complex benefits issues. Jodie and the Hays team provide unrivaled expertise, with a devoted commitment to client well-being and the community. This is what helps make the Hays client experience altogether different from other brokers.

Congratulations Jodie!

Hays Team Recognized With Prestigious Industry Award

Congratulations to Hays team members Bruce Lyon and Bruce Hollcroft! They recently received first place honors at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) 2013 Professional Paper Awards Competition.

Their article, “Risk Assessments: Top 10 Pitfalls & Tips for Improvement” competed in the Technical Writing Category and was published in the December 2012 issue of Professional Safety magazine.

Mr. Lyon and Mr. Hollcroft will attend the Safety 2013 Conference in Las Vegas this summer to be recognized among their peers and receive their award.

Read the award-winning article Risk Assessments: Top 10 Pitfalls & Tips for Improvement