Julie Welch, licensed insurance broker, for Eastern Shore Associates Insurance (ESA), Fulton, recently earned the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) certification, it was announced by Robert K. Wallace, agency president and CEO.
“We are very proud of Julie’s work to earn this certification and we congratulate her for this achievement, ” Wallace said. “It also demonstrates both her and our commitment to providing the best services and risk assessment advice to the construction industry.
“Continuing education is just one of the benefits our agency offers its employees. The people who work here are dedicated to the continued success of the agency and demonstrate it by taking advantage of our Educational Incentive Program to add to their professional standing.”
Welch and her husband, William, reside in Baldwinsville. She has been with ESA for three years and has served a total of ten years as an insurance professional.
“To earn the CRIS certification, each participant must complete five specialized courses on construction risks and insurance,” Wallace said. “The courses are conducted by the Institutional Risk Management Institute (IRMI), which celebrates its 28th anniversary this year. IRMI’s mission is to be the premier authority in providing practical strategies for risk management, insurance and legal professionals.”
According to IRMI’s web site (www.cris-ce.com): “The insurance needs of contractors are quite complex, and insurance generalists frequently make errors in designing programs for their clients. Thus, the CRIS program was developed by IRMI in response to concerns expressed by many contractors about the difficulty of determining whether their insurance agents, brokers, and other risk advisers had the specialized knowledge necessary to properly design and arrange their insurance programs. Completing the CRIS curriculum will assure that the agent, broker, consultant, or in-house risk manager or insurance purchaser understands the most important insurance needs of contractors.
The program also establishes the individual’s commitment to the construction industry with a mandatory continuing education component focusing on construction risk and insurance. When dealing with a holder of the CRIS certification, a contractor will know that this person possesses at least a basic-to-intermediate understanding of construction exposures, insurance, and risk management techniques, and that the person is making an effort to stay on top of insurance industry changes and trends affecting contractors.”
Headquartered in Fulton, Eastern Shore Associates is a Trusted ChoiceÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® agency and ESOP (employee stock owned) company. ESA offers a full range of business and personal insurance, including property, liability, automobile, boats, farms, recreational vehicles workers compensation, and bonds. In addition, they offer financial planning and risk management services.
“Our agency roots date back to 1846,” said Wallace. “And we have more than 100 years of continuous representation with some of our insurance companies. 2008 is our 22nd year as Eastern Shore Associates Insurance.
“Other services include commercial risk analysis, loss control, and employee benefits. We also meet the insurance needs of many New York municipalities, schools, and emergency services.”
Eastern Shore Associates Insurance is an independent agency with offices in Fulton, Camillus, Oswego, Pulaski, Hannibal, Phoenix, Camden, Syracuse, Rochester, Walworth and Felt Mills. ESA’s main office is in Fulton at 598-6000 and on-line at www.esainsurance.com.