Harford Mutual Insurance Group Announces Industry & Educational Achievements


Harford Mutual Insurance Group announces industry and educational achievements reached in 2020.

Harford Mutual’s Internship Program has quickly grown over the last eight years and is now one of the best in the insurance industry. The company was recently named a 2020 Winner for the Rising Insurance Star Executives (RISE) Elite 50 Internships, an annual program recognizing the top 50 insurance internship programs in the U.S.

Submissions were anonymous and judged in ten categories, including full-time employment opportunity, meaningful work assignments, diversity & inclusion and culture, training and mentoring, and program structure.

“In looking at our industry, it is vital to have an intern program in place. It provides a potential talent pipeline for a recruiting perspective while providing valuable insight to the students so they can apply real-life situations to what they are learning in the classroom,” said Patrick Gagen, Director of Human Resources.

Since 2013, more than 40 young professionals have interned in multiple departments at Harford Mutual, including Information Technology, Underwriting, Actuarial, Accounting, and Marketing. Harford Mutual’s Internship Program runs each year from June through early August. A total of 14 interns have become full-time employees. 

Additionally, in 2020, eight Harford Mutual employees received industry designations from The Institutes, the continuing education provider of the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU). As the leading provider of coursework for the insurance industry, certification from The Institutes is the most recognized identifier of subject knowledge mastery for the insurance community.

Director of Underwriting Operations Jennifer Berger, Senior Claims Examiner DJ Gargano, and Commercial Underwriter Jennilee Sobczak earned their Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designations.

Claims Examiners Brett DeMille and Matthew Stansburge earned their Associate in Claims (AC) designations. Loss Control Representative Meredith Johnson earned her Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation. Commercial Underwriter Brittany Stein earned her Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) designation. Marketing Communications Specialist Sandra Taylor earned her Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designation.

Accounting Manager Brigette Reed also passed the CPA exam and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in February 2020 by the state of Maryland.

About Harford Mutual Insurance Group

Harford Mutual Insurance Group, founded in 1842 in Harford County, Maryland, provides commercial property and casualty insurance products and services to a regional market. The company ended 2020 with over $261 million in direct written premium sold through nearly 500 independent agents in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington DC. Harford Mutual contributed more than $500,000 to over 90 charities in 2020. Harford Mutual is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best, the leading credit rating organization dedicated to serving the global insurance industry. For more information, visit www.HarfordMutual.com.

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