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HF&C Ranks in Top 100 Insurance Agencies Again This Year!

Business Insurance announces Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. has once again been selected as one of the “100 LARGEST BROKERS OF U.S. BUSINESS. The rankings are based on 2015 brokerage revenue generated by U.S.-based clients. According to James D. Freyer, Chairman & CEO, “This is quite an honor for us. It validates that our constant efforts towards providing insurance and risk management solutions with distinctive and exceptional service are paying off. We are very proud to once again be included in this years recognition”. Haylor, Freyer & Coon Inc. is an Employee Owned Company with 190 Professional Advisors servicing our diverse client base. Headquartered in Syracuse NY since 1928, HF&C also has several branch locations across Central & Upstate New York. For more information www.haylor.com or 800-289-1501. Insuring All You Value

George D. Mahoney Joins HF&C

Haylor, Freyer & Coon Inc. is pleased to announce their expansion into The Capital District. Heading up this operation is George D. Mahoney, Risk Management Advisor and long time Albany business executive. According to Robert Rayo, Sr. Vice President, “George brings a unique skill set and 30+ years of executive level experience to HF&C. He is well versed in all facets of running a major corporation; George understands the complexities and importance of creating a solid risk management program as part of any successful corporate strategy.” Prior to joining HF&C, George held the position of CFO giving him the executive level view of the financial impact risk management has on a corporation. He was able to reduce insurance expenditures in workers’ compensation, general liability, auto and healthcare through carefully crafted safety and wellness programs. In addition, his analytical mindset allowed him to develop a competitive bid process that factored price and coverage limits. His “out of the box” thinking led to an in-house self-insured program for healthcare and workers compensation that shared the risk while reducing overall expense to the company. Additional experience in the NYS Governor’s Regulatory Reform Office gives George acute awareness of Insurance Department regulations. A native of the Albany area, George is involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The Albany Academy. He received his Masters of Business Administration from The College of Saint Rose and has extensive course work in Labor Law from Albany Law School. Haylor, Freyer & Coon Inc. ranked in the top 100 agencies in the country, provides its clients with total risk management and insurance solutions. Utilizing agency services and expertise, they are able to provide such risk management services as: policy reviews, coverage gap analysis, risk transfer support, guaranteed cost options and alternative programs such as captives. According to Rayo, “The goal is to ensure that the customer has proper coverage, and that the terms & conditions meet the requirements for their specific business.   Our focus is on protecting the assets with strategic competitively priced programs”. Partnering with Assurex Global provides us the capability to collaborate and communicate globally while providing precise and localized service. Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. has seven upstate locations, staffed with 190 long term Employee Owners. George can be reached at Haylor, Freyer & Coon Inc. 518-928-6664 or gmahoney@haylor.com

Tony Procopio shares his experience with SUNY Oswego Students

Know Your Business, Alumnus Tells Students As vice president for the Syracuse-based company Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Tony Procopio Jr. ’85 navigates the intricacies of a complex insurance industry with precision, thanks to his Oswego roots. He returned to campus in April through the Oswego Alumni Association’s Alumni-In-Residence program to present in several School of Business classes. Procopio highlighted his formative experiences with the students. “I was a kid from the City of Syracuse, one of seven children,” he said. “I considered a trade, like cabinet making. I attended and graduated from community college, but SUNY Oswego was the place where things came together.” He started at Oswego as a computer science major, spending countless hours in the computer lab. He eventually switched to become management major, but the mathematics and computer science education came in handy in his professional work. “I was able to gain entry as an underwriter, handling a large book of commercial business,” Procopio said. “That experience has proved invaluable in sales. I can provide clients with total insurance solutions.” Procopio emphasized that whatever career path the students choose to pursue, they need to “know their business.” He said to learn everything they can about it, even if it initially seems unrelated to their specific job responsibilities. Procopio graduated from Oswego with deep campus connections and lifelong friendships, including his wife, Julie Feck Procopio ’92, whose father, Donald Feck, is a retired emeritus professor of technology. “I never thought I would be back, 30 years later, to speak in front of students,” Procopio said. “It’s an honor.” In conjunction with Procopio’s return, Tom Sharkey, vice president for human resources at Haylor, Freyer & Coon, engaged with students, hoping to create future opportunities, particularly for students in Oswego’s Risk Management program. Procopio placed his colleague’s attendance in context, proudly trumpeting Haylor, Freyer & Coon and its commitment to “training and nurturing” new employees. –Jerry Jaworski

Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. Appointed to The Hanover’s President’s Club

The Hanover Insurance Group, a leading provider of property and casualty insurance products and services nationwide, recently honored Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. with an appointment to its President’s Club, an elite group of independent insurance agencies from across the country. President’s Club agencies meet the highest level of standards with regard to the agency’s ability to deliver value to customers through strong insurance expertise and responsive service. The Hanover partners with only 2,200 out of a total of 35,000 total independent agents in the country. Across The Hanover’s agents, an elite group of only 125 are honored in its President’s Club each year as the company’s top performers “The Hanover has always partnered with the best independent agents in the country who provide real value and outstanding service for their customers,” said Frederick H. Eppinger, president and chief executive officer of The Hanover. Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. exemplifies what it means to be a truly professional independent agent, providing expert insurance advice, dedicated service and a broad range of products to meet the needs of its customers.” The agency will be formally recognized for its President’s Club achievement at a national business conference sponsored by The Hanover. “We are proud to have earned the honor of The Hanover’s President’s Club again this year,” said Jim Freyer, Chairman & CEO at Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc “This achievement is a reflection of the successful partnership we have developed with The Hanover, through which we offer specialized and innovative insurance products to meet our customers’ unique needs. We are very pleased that The Hanover has once again recognized our team for its excellent work and dedication on behalf of our customers.” Haylor, Freyer & Coon, headquartered in Syracuse, NY, marks its 87th anniversary as an industry leader in providing clients with state-of-the-art, customized insurance programs and risk management consultation. Over the last century, the agency has steadily grown and expanded its services into what is now recognized as a nationwide Top-100 insurance provider, with 200 employee owners and 7 corporate offices throughout the state. The agency’s mission to provide quality insurance protection with distinctive and exceptional service is the cornerstone of the Agencies success.

Free Compliance Webinar: HIPAA Privacy & Security in the Age of Data Breaches

April 30 , 2015 3 – 4:30pm Eastern Reserve your seat EARLY to ensure you receive advance webinar materials. > Register for this Webinar Please be sure to list the name of the firm that invited you when completing your webinar registration. Register at least 24 hours prior to receive advance webinar materials. Recent large scale data breaches at a number of health insurance companies have brought employer responsibilities under the HIPAA privacy and security rules back into the limelight. An employer’s HIPAA obligations in these cases depends on a number of factors, including whether the employer’s plan is fully-insured or self-funded, and the specific language of any business associate agreement in place with the vendor. This webinar will provide a refresher on employer HIPAA privacy and security rules, as well as discuss appropriate employer responses to vendor security breaches.

HF&C Recognized for Excellence in Claims Handling

I just wanted to send an email to thank you for your help in handling my accident claim on November 7, 2014. At a time that was really stressful for me, you were so comforting and helpful. Your professionalism and support were so wonderful. When I couldn’t get answers from the insurance company you were my advocate and got me in touch with the right people. I am so grateful for your support and kindness through the whole process. You are great at your job! I am so lucky to have had you in my corner. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Kimberly & Eric Bird

Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. Launches Employee-Benefits Collaborative Private Exchange

Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc., an Assurex Global Partner, announced a unique private exchange platform that provides employers wide ranging flexibility of administrative and employee health benefit options.   This program is a collaborative initiative through the international network of partner agencies associated with Assurex Global. According to Chairman & CEO, James D. Freyer, “There is nothing like this in the market today,” “Our platform gives employers and their employees maximum choice in designing a benefits plan that works for them.” The marketplace platform, in collaboration with employee-benefits outsourcing partner Businessolver®, provides the widest range of administrative flexibility available to employers, no matter what benefit decisions they make in response to new provisions of the Affordable Care Act in 2014. These changes include the creation of insurance exchanges, which Freyer said have caused widespread confusion. Through this program, our product allows employers the flexibility to keep their current benefits program or choose from a wide variety of networks, plans and contribution strategies – including defined contribution strategies that limit employer costs. The Assurex Global marketplace platform allows employers to maintain a competitive advantage by offering best-in-industry benefits while removing the heavy lifting of benefits administration. Among the key advantages are: The ability to choose either a defined contribution or a defined benefits plan A prepackaged set of medical and ancillary benefits for employers and their employees Support for Affordable Care Act record keeping responsibilities A single-source administrative package Marketplace business data integration Flexible decision support tools that make employee choice easier Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. is ranked one of the top 100 insurance agencies in the country, and is headquartered in Syracuse, NY.  Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. is one of a select group of independent agencies partnered with Assurex Global. Assurex Global, the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee-benefits brokerage group, expects to begin adding employers to the marketplace platform by the second quarter of 2013.      

Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. Named One Of The 2014 Best Companies To Work For In New York State

Syracuse, NY – Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc., a full service Insurance/Risk Management Agency, has been named one of the Best Companies to work for in New York State for 2014. Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. celebrated its 85th anniversary in September, 2013 and has been a thriving New York State business since 1928. According to Jim Freyer, Chairman, “We are truly honored to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in NY State. As part of Haylor, Freyer & Coon’s corporate vision, creating a positive work environment along with a strong commitment to the communities where we work and live is the cornerstone of our corporate culture. As an employee owned company, we all feel a sense of pride in our work environment, all the while delivering quality insurance protection with distinctive and exceptional service to our clients”. Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. will be honored at a public awards dinner to be held at the Albany Marriott on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. During the event, Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. will learn their rank among 32 companies in the category for small- and medium-sized employers with 15 to 249 U.S. employees. In addition, a special publication profiling all 60 winning organizations and their unique employment perks will be produced for distribution to event attendees, higher education institutions, as well as thousands of human resources professionals and organizations across New York State Created in 2007, these celebrated annual awards are a distinctive program that evaluates and ranks the best places of employment based on employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as workplace practices and policies. To be considered for participation, companies had to enter into a two-part survey process and fulfill the following eligibility requirements: Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity Be a publicly or privately held business Have at least one facility in the state of New York Have a minimum of 15 employees working in the state of New York Be in business a minimum of 1 year The 2014 Best Companies to Work for in New York State Awards is a partnership of the New York State Society for Human Resource Management (NYS-SHRM), The Business Council of New York, Best Companies Group and Journal Multimedia Corporation. The program is sponsored by Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan; Jackson Lewis, LLP; Acorda Therapeutics; Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP; DigitasLBi; MBMS, Inc. and WellnessRebates, LLC.

Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. is Recognized in The Hanover’s President’s Club

The Hanover Insurance Group, a leading provider of property and casualty insurance products and services nationwide, recently honored Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. with an appointment to its President’s Club, an elite group of independent insurance agents & brokers from across the country. President’s Club agencies meet the highest level of professionalism with regard to their ability to deliver value to customers through strong insurance expertise and responsive service. The Hanover distributes through a selective group of about 2,500 agents, who represent the best agents out of the 35,000 independent insurance agents in the country. Of the Hanover agent group, only the top 5% of its partner agents are honored in the President’s Club each year. This is the 10th consecutive year Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. has been honored with its selection. “The Hanover works with a select group of the very best independent agents and brokers in the country – those that provide real value and outstanding service for their customers.” said Frederick H. Eppinger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hanover. Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. exemplifies what it means to be a truly professional independent agent, providing expert insurance advice, dedicated service and a broad range of products to meet the needs of its customers.” Recently, the agency was formally recognized for its President’s Club achievement at a national business conference sponsored by The Hanover. “We are proud to have earned the honor of The Hanover’s President’s Club,” said Jim Freyer, Chairman & CEO . “This achievement is a reflection of the successful partnership we have developed with The Hanover, through which we offer specialized and innovative insurance products to meet our customers’ unique needs. We are very pleased that The Hanover has recognized our team for its excellent work and dedication on behalf of our customers.” Founded in 1928, Haylor, Freyer & Coon is a full service insurance agency offering risk management consultation in Business, Public Entities, Employee Benefits as well as Personal Insurance. Haylor, Freyer & Coon, is ranked one of the top 100 Brokers in the US, is ISO 9001 Certified and is a partner of Assurex Global. Haylor, Freyer & Coon, is proud to be named the 29th best company to work for in New York State for 2014.

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