Lisa Bellis appointed Certified Praesidium Guardian™

Bellis 4869 Web 214x300 - Lisa Bellis appointed Certified Praesidium Guardian™Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley is proud to announce the appointment of Lisa Bellis as a Certified Praesidium Guardian™ and the rollout of our exclusive RAAMP it Up!™ Abuse Prevention Program. Lisa, senior vice president, risk management & loss control services, completed an intensive workshop with Praesidium in November 2020, where she developed the RAAMP it Up!™ program as part of her final Impact Project with Praesidium.

This program, based upon resources provided by abuse prevention specialists at Praesidium, is designed to dovetail our services with theirs, through gathering information and examining an organization’s current abuse prevention practices. Based upon the assessment results, Brown & Brown, in partnership with Praesidium, will develop actionable items designed to strengthen identified areas of weakness. This program involves on-going progress checks and accountability.

“Praesidium is proud of Lisa and her contributions to enhancing the culture of safety for customers at Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley through the creation of a process to gather customers’ abuse prevention practices and subsequently deliver an action plan for the next steps. We look forward to her continued growth as a Certified Praesidium Guardian,” stated Candace Collins, director of strategic alliances, Praesidum.

Mat Burt, president, Brown & Brown Lehigh Valley, said, “The Certified Praesidium Guardian designation acquired by Lisa Bellis will help us better serve our clients and the Youth Services Community.  Lisa and our teams are dedicated to serving and educating these groups and their most vulnerable populations.”

Brown & Brown and Praesidium are proud to congratulate Lisa on her accomplishments and recognize her achievement as a Certified Praesidium Guardian.

About Praesidium

Praesidium specializes in preventing sexual abuse in organizations that serve youth and vulnerable adults. Over a period in excess of 30 years, the company has reviewed over 4,000 cases of abuse within organizations to determine the root causes of sexual abuse within organizational settings. The company has served over 5,000 clients with a broad range of products and services to aid organizations in preventing abuse, including online and instructor‐led trainings; organizational risk assessments; model policies and incident investigations. Having trained more than one million people online and hundreds of thousands in person, Praesidium is the largest and most comprehensive sexual abuse risk management firm globally.

Lisa Bellis Promoted to Senior Vice President, Risk Management & Loss Control

Bellis 4869 Web 214x300 - Lisa Bellis Promoted to Senior Vice President, Risk Management & Loss ControlBrown & Brown of Lehigh Valley has promoted Lisa Bellis to senior vice president of risk management and loss control Services. Lisa joined the Brown & Brown team in September 2014 and has over 32 years of experience in commercial property and casualty insurance. Her extensive industry experience across all property and casualty insurance and risk management has improved customers’ financial and legal positions with their subcontractors, suppliers, and vendors.

Lisa holds the following insurance designations and certifications – Associate in Risk Management, Certified Safety Manager, Certified Insurance Counselor, Construction Risk & Insurance Specialist and many others, including  Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor, Certified Forklift Instructor and National Safety Council Defensive Driving Instructor, and is currently pursuing the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters designation.

She recently received the Certified Praesidium Guardian designation. During the certification process, she was required to develop an Impact Project.  Lisa utilized the foundational model established by Praesidium’s Safety Equation® to develop RAAMP it UP™ (Raising Awareness on Abuse & Molestation Prevention). RAAMP it Up!™ is an exclusive program used to gather information on an organization’s existing abuse prevention practices to uncover deficiencies.  The program is based on strategies requiring accountability, actionable items, and a pledge of commitment.

“Lisa Bellis is a valuable member of the Lehigh Valley office, especially with our Health & Human Services customers. The Certified Praesidium Guardian designation she acquired will help us to serve these customers and their vulnerable populations at the highest level. Lisa’s attention to detail is unsurpassed, and this promotion is well deserved,” said Mat Burtt, president, Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Albright College, an Associate degree in Business Management from Lehigh Carbon Community College, and will graduate with her MBA from Moravian University in December 2021. She is a long-time resident of the Lehigh Valley where she remains active in the community.

Patrick Dugan named 2021 Forty Under 40 honoree with Lehigh Valley Business

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“The 2021 Forty Under 40 honorees are an accomplished group of leaders who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and to the Greater Lehigh Valley community,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, senior group publisher of Lehigh Valley Business. “They are making headlines in their fields and beyond, and Lehigh Valley Business is pleased to celebrate their accomplishments.”

“Pat joined the Brown & Brown team in 2016 and enthusiastically stepped into many roles inside and outside of our organization. We look forward to his long tenure as a teammate with the Lehigh Valley office,” said Mat Burtt, president, Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley.

This year’s honorees will be celebrated on September 8th during an online event and an in-person VIP Happy Hour. The print and digital publications will be available on September 13th.

In the News: Donald G. Blood

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Donald G. Blood, CIC, CRM, TRIP

Donald G. Blood, Vice President for Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley was interviewed for the March 2021 issue of Tow Times:  Captives: Tackling the Cost of Towing Insurance.  Mr. Blood has been with Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley for over 25 years and focuses on Towing, Travel Plazas, and Petroleum and Environmental accounts.  “There is a lot more movement toward captives across the insurance market”…Read more about captives and the full article here.

 

The Latest Trend in Vehicle Thefts

In Search of Catalytic Converters:  The Latest Trend in Vehicle Thefts

Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise again around the country, primarily due to the value of metals.  Thieves target mostly newer, lightweight vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius, but are also destroying passenger vans and vehicles owned by businesses, in order to sell the metal at scrapyards.  For more information and safeguarding suggestions, read the full article here.

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Lisa A. Bellis, ARM, CSM, CIC, CRIS, Director of Risk Management & Loss Control

Client SPOTLight – CTC Manufacturing

 

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Client SPOTlight: CTC Manufacturing – Meet Chrissy Mayernik, CEO and her team as they talk about what they do at CTC Manufacturing.

CTC Manufacturing is a 501 c (3) nonprofit providing job training and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities who want to work. They serve the Tri-County area (Carbon, Southern Luzerne and Northern Schuylkill Counties) with a Business Center in Beaver Meadows, PA. CTC was recently awarded a grant from the Carbon County Community Foundation – “20/20 Circle Annual Meeting & Grant Program.”

To learn more about CTC, visit them today at ctcmanufacturing.com, and watch their video here.

Takeaways & Lessons Learned During COVID-19

Lisa A. Bellis, ARM CSM, CIC, CRIS, Director of Risk Management & Loss Control at Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley regularly contributes to New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies newsletter. In the Fall 2020 issue you will find “Takeaways & Lessons, Lessons Learned During COVID-19” – a great read for all organizations.  Click here to read the full article.

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Lisa A. Bellis, ARM, CSM, CIC, CRIS, Director of Risk Management & Loss Control

B&B of Lehigh Valley & Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley

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Erica Ford & Vicki Coyle, CEO, Meals on Wheels

Erica Ford, CIC with Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley, along with the generosity of the Cincinnati Insurance Company, presented our client – Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley with a check to recognize and thank them for their unwavering commitment to our community.

Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley chose our local Meals on Wheels to be the recipient for their ongoing commitment to provide homebound senior citizens and disabled adults with home-delivery of meals, grocery shopping, and other services. 

Please join us in supporting this vital community organization by visiting their website and find out how to donate and/or volunteer.

Website:  Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley

 

October 9th Live Stream: The Truth of the Matter

You are invited to the next Brown & Brown Live Stream:  The Truth of the Matter – COVID-19 Vaccine, Plus the Importance of a Healthy Mind & Body

Friday, October 9th at 2pm (11am PT)

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Please join teammates from across Brown & Brown Insurance and our team of companies for the next informative COVID-19 live stream on Friday, October 9th at 2pm (11am PT).  To register, view previous live streams, and for additional resources, visit covid19.bbinsurance.com

Please be advised that any and all information, comments, analysis, and/or recommendations set forth above relative to the possible impact of COVID-19 on potential insurance coverage or other policy implications are intended solely for informational purposes and should not be relied upon as legal advice. As an insurance broker, we have no authority to make coverage decisions as that ability rests solely with the issuing carrier. Therefore, all claims should be submitted to the carrier for evaluation. The positions expressed herein are opinions only and are not to be construed as any form of guarantee or warranty. Finally, given the extremely dynamic and rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, comments above do not take into account any applicable pending or future legislation introduced with the intent to override, alter or amend current policy language.

 


 

September 25th Live Stream: Checking in On COVID

You are invited to the next Brown & Brown Live Stream:  Checking in On COVID – Hospitality & Event Industry Response to a Pandemic

Friday, September 25th at 2pm (11am PT)

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Please join teammates from across Brown & Brown Insurance and our team of companies for the next informative COVID-19 live stream on Friday, September 25th at 2pm (11am PT).  To register, view previous live streams, and for additional resources, visit covid19.bbinsurance.com

Please be advised that any and all information, comments, analysis, and/or recommendations set forth above relative to the possible impact of COVID-19 on potential insurance coverage or other policy implications are intended solely for informational purposes and should not be relied upon as legal advice. As an insurance broker, we have no authority to make coverage decisions as that ability rests solely with the issuing carrier. Therefore, all claims should be submitted to the carrier for evaluation. The positions expressed herein are opinions only and are not to be construed as any form of guarantee or warranty. Finally, given the extremely dynamic and rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, comments above do not take into account any applicable pending or future legislation introduced with the intent to override, alter or amend current policy language.