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The Long Haul of COVID-19

By: Jamie Holowka June 28, 2021
Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19. These terms come up all the time now in the industry and in our daily lives – so much so that they can sound normal, and it can feel like this virus has been around forever. But then I remember that it’s only been a little over a year since the pandemic really started. And in science, one year really isn’t very long at all. It is, however, long enough to see both a light at the end of the tunnel – and the potential for lasting effects.
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Assessing Your Game

By: Mark Lawrence June 28, 2021
The NCAA Women’s College World Series is one of my favorite sporting events of the year. While I lived in New Jersey, I was lucky enough to be the volunteer assistant coach for the Rutgers University women’s softball team for 10 years. During that time, we were never a great team, but I enjoyed being around the players because of their enthusiasm for the game and the joy they brought with them – to the games, to the practice field and even to lifting, study hall and team meetings. (Okay, that last one was a stretch…) As usual, this year the softball at the Women’s College World Series was fun to watch – with some surprises – but the best team (at least in my opinion) prevailed. Oklahoma had a murderers’ row for a batting line-up and a deep and talented pitching staff that wasn’t terrific but good enough to keep them in close games where their offense could really do some damage. As I watched the games on TV, I was reminded of my time coaching and playing and some of the good times I had with my teammates, fellow coaches and student athletes. I’m a believer that sports do translate to the business world, so I’d like to share three stories and how they apply to the work we’re doing today.
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Embracing eServices Makes It Easier to Do Business with HM

By: LeeAnn Burgunder June 10, 2021
Technology has created an expectation for instant information and immediate responses, but insurance intricacies require thoroughness in communication, appropriate detail and mindfulness of the highly regulated information-sharing guidances set by regulators. Striking the right balance between the demands of both of these can be a challenge, but we’re working to deliver easily accessible, essential information to our clients in a secure environment with our eServices platform, making it easier to do business with us.
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Retirement Reflections

By: Dom Palmieri May 25, 2021
With my retirement close at hand, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my 24 years at HM Insurance Group (HM) and offer my sincere appreciation to all the great people I’ve met along the way. There has not been a boring moment during my career with HM. I started with the company when it was primarily offering life and disability products and participated in its evolution to a leading Stop Loss carrier. We’ve gone through several divestitures, acquisitions and partnerships during the past two decades, and our efforts have led us to the elite status that we’ve achieved in this industry. It’s been an exciting journey, and I am thankful for all the people who have joined us along the way.
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Eight Months into Coronavirus – What Have We Learned, Where Are We Going?

By: Mark Lawrence December 4, 2020
I went home from my office at 501 Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA, around noon on March 18, 2020, after making sure one of our new employees had the computer equipment she needed to work from home. During my commute, I listened to a President Trump news conference on CNBC radio discussing the Coronavirus. At the time, I thought we would be home for six to eight weeks, and then we would be back in the office and things would return to normal. Well, a lot has happened since then.
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