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Believing in Our Values.

What does it mean to be out front of our clients? Very simply it means understanding and solving their risk problems before they derail their businesses or organizations. It means serving them with excellence and respect, and bringing innovation to an industry that often relies on what has worked for decades without imagining what could be better. 

Believing in Our People.

A risk management firm encouraging risk-taking among its young producers might seem counterintuitive, but that’s what is required when you strive for innovation in service and leadership. After all, you can’t expect to grow while maintaining the status quo and you can’t punish failure when its aim is improving our ability to serve clients.

Cobbs Allen Celebrates International Womens’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In recognition of this day, I sat down with six of Cobbs Allen’s female leaders to talk about their careers, what it means to be a woman in leadership today and how they balance it all.

Cobbs Allen Hires Cody Forehand, Growing Tulsa, OK Location

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In recognition of this day, I sat down with six of Cobbs Allen’s female leaders to talk about their careers, what it means to be a woman in leadership today and how they balance it all.

Cobbs Allen Welcomes Terri, Elizabeth, and Justin

Always Out Front Cobbs Allen is excited to welcome three new associates at the start of the new year—Terri Rouse, Elizabeth Sturgeon, and Justin Moseley. Terri Rouse comes to Cobbs Allen as an Analytics Consultant to the Employee Benefits department. Terri...

Cobbs Allen Continues to Grow

Always Out Front Cobbs Allen has welcomed several new associates over the past few months – we are excited to have each one of them on our team and look forward to all they will achieve. Please join us in welcoming Jack Meikle, Jim Cooley, Melanie...

Cobbs Allen Welcomes Phil Lukefahr

Phil comes to Cobbs Allen with more than 10 years’ experience in the energy insurance industry—most recently serving as Senior Vice President and E&P Sales Leader at Aon in Houston. Throughout his career, he has represented clients in the upstream, midstream, and oilfield services sectors, with clientele spanning from small- and middle-market all the way to publicly traded oil and gas companies.

November Client Spotlight: Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In recognition of this day, I sat down with six of Cobbs Allen’s female leaders to talk about their careers, what it means to be a woman in leadership today and how they balance it all.

Marc Escalona: Young Guns 2018

We’re proud to share that Marc Escalona, Cobbs Allen Vice President of Captive Practice, was named to Insurance Business America’s Young Guns 2018. Each year IBA puts together this list of insurance professionals, all of whom are 35-years-old or younger, who are contributing to the industry in big ways.

Margaret Ann Pyburn, EVP Named Elite Women in Insurance Business America

The newly elected secretary/treasurer for the Alabama Independent Insurance Association, Pyburn is also a past president of the Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents Association, has served on the Safeco Agents Advisory Council and the Travelers National Producer Council, and has been recognized twice as Travelers’ Agent of the Year.

Cobbs Allen Announces New Office Opening in Columbus, Ohio

Cobbs Allen is pleased to announce its further expansion with a new office in Columbus, OH. The new office will be the company’s seventh location and will be led by Ted Allen and Sean Cogan. This expansion represents the continued success of the firm. Similar to its other locations, Cobbs Allen Columbus will utilize the proprietary guideline process to help organizations lower their costs while introducing more risk-based decision-making alternatives.

Finding New Geographies

Cobbs Allen President Bruce Denson Jr. outlines how his agency has remained relevant for more than 130 years by targeting key demographics and geographies. 

Cobbs Allen Opens Tulsa, OK office and appoints Tim Kelley as VP

Cobbs Allen expanded its national presence with the opening of a Tulsa, Oklahoma location on November 27, 2017. In addition, Cobbs Allen is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Kelley as the head of the new Tulsa office. Tim will lead and service the energy infrastructure and construction practices which will span the greater Oklahoma market including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and associated field offices.

Cobbs Allen in the News: Insurance & Financial Advisor

Teneo Holdings, the New York City-based global CEO advisory firm, announced that its investment banking division Teneo Capital has entered a strategic partnership with Cobbs Allen, a risk management firm providing structured solutions, commercial insurance, employee benefits, and alternative risk financing services.

November Client Spotlight: Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In recognition of this day, I sat down with six of Cobbs Allen’s female leaders to talk about their careers, what it means to be a woman in leadership today and how they balance it all.

Drones: Making Claims Smarter, Not Harder

Travelers is one of many insurance companies now using drones to survey and photograph roofs and other difficult to see areas. This eliminates the need for adjusters to climb on ladders and walk-in precarious places. Not only is this a safer method for the adjusters, but it saves time for the home-owner, as well. For Carol, the whole process only took about 20 minutes!

Employee Benefits Brokers Taking Matters into Their Own Hands

Brandon Scarborough, Cobbs Allen Kansas City Senior Vice President and BenefitsPRO advisory board member, shared a few thoughts with Scott Woolridge for the article Your Move. Brandon said that brokers already have the necessary tools to help organizations contain costs.

Strong Safety Management Systems Can Help You See a Reduction in Your Workers’ Compensation Claims

When a company experiences significant increases in workers’ compensation costs, it usually triggers internal activities aimed at reducing insurance costs and spending. The key to spending fewer dollars is more than the absence of accidents; it is having a sound safety management system designed to continuously reduce the impact of operational failure. This is where a safety management system can bring about compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and yield significant savings by reducing injuries and illnesses, saving workers’ compensation dollars.

Commodity Price Fluctuations: Managing the Uncontrollable

Volatile commodity prices can affect the value of a company’s assets and liabilities, but most importantly, this risk can seriously impact operating profit. Historically, the only option to mitigate the pricing risk was through traditional hedging programs, using derivatives.  This process is complicated and expensive.

Broker v. Consultant: Who Can Drive Down Insurance Costs?

Brandon Scarborough, Cobbs Allen Kansas City Senior Vice President and BenefitsPRO advisory board member, shared a few thoughts with Scott Woolridge for the article Your Move. Brandon said that brokers already have the necessary tools to help organizations contain costs.

Health FSA Limit will Increase for 2019

For taxable years beginning in 2019, the IRS dollar limit for employee health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contributions is increased to $2,700. The health FSA dollar limit is on an employee basis; therefore, each employee may only elect up to $2,700 regardless of any additional family members who may benefit from the use of health FSA funds.

Medicare Part D: Creditable Coverage Disclosure Notices Due Before October 15

Employers who sponsor group health plans must notify Medicare-eligible plan participants whether a plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable, i.e., pays on average as much as standard Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. This disclosure is due annually before October 15th as well as other times throughout the year.

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Cobbs Allen Celebrates International Womens’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In recognition of this day, I sat down with six of Cobbs Allen’s female leaders to talk about their careers, what it means to be a woman in leadership today and how they balance it all.

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Cobbs Allen Hires Cody Forehand, Growing Tulsa, OK Location

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In recognition of this day, I sat down with six of Cobbs Allen’s female leaders to talk about their careers, what it means to be a woman in leadership today and how they balance it all.

read more

Cobbs Allen Continues to Grow

Always Out Front Cobbs Allen has welcomed several new associates over the past few months – we are excited to have each one of them on our team and look forward to all they will achieve. Please join us in welcoming Jack Meikle, Jim Cooley, Melanie...

read more

Cobbs Allen Welcomes Phil Lukefahr

Phil comes to Cobbs Allen with more than 10 years’ experience in the energy insurance industry—most recently serving as Senior Vice President and E&P Sales Leader at Aon in Houston. Throughout his career, he has represented clients in the upstream, midstream, and oilfield services sectors, with clientele spanning from small- and middle-market all the way to publicly traded oil and gas companies.

read more

November Client Spotlight: Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In recognition of this day, I sat down with six of Cobbs Allen’s female leaders to talk about their careers, what it means to be a woman in leadership today and how they balance it all.

read more

Health FSA Limit will Increase for 2019

For taxable years beginning in 2019, the IRS dollar limit for employee health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contributions is increased to $2,700. The health FSA dollar limit is on an employee basis; therefore, each employee may only elect up to $2,700 regardless of any additional family members who may benefit from the use of health FSA funds.

read more

Marc Escalona: Young Guns 2018

We’re proud to share that Marc Escalona, Cobbs Allen Vice President of Captive Practice, was named to Insurance Business America’s Young Guns 2018. Each year IBA puts together this list of insurance professionals, all of whom are 35-years-old or younger, who are contributing to the industry in big ways.

read more

 

Cobbs Allen is a national independent agency focused on enterprise risk management in niche practice groups. We deliver commercial insurance, employee benefits, personal insurance, and alternative risk financing services to our clients. Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, the firm is ranked in the top 100 of privately held brokerage firms and the top 100 of all U.S. brokerage firms.

 

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