Our Storm Team is Here for You During Hurricane Florence

Dear Clients, With Hurricane Florence gaining in strength and intensity and due to hit the East Coast in a matter of hours, we urge all of you to make sure you have a plan in place and are prepared for the worst-case scenario, even if you or your business are in an inland county. Your … Continued

10 Tips to Make Your Incentive Program OSHA Compliant & More Effective

By Steven J. Billings, Michael Williams, and Travis Vance Safety incentive programs have long been used by organizations to promote safe working environments and to encourage safety in the workplace. But a recent memorandum from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  states that “Section 11(c) of the OSH Act prohibits an employer from discriminating against an … Continued

What’s Inflating Agribusiness Insurance Costs?

By Joe Dunn, Angel Mendez, and Scott W. Dunn   Agribusiness clients are acutely aware of the high premiums they pay for workers’ compensation, premises liability, health insurance and the steps they can take to mitigate those costs. On the other hand, automobile liability has historically been a low-cost, low-visibility afterthought. Not anymore. The risk … Continued

A New Era: Ascension is now Relation Insurance Services

  Written by Joe Tatum, CEO Today we announced to the world that we’ve changed our name from Ascension Insurance to Relation Insurance Services. I’m personally thrilled about this new name–it speaks to who we are and the legendary service we strive to deliver, every day. Our clients have always faced a wide array of … Continued

Self-Driving Vehicles: Who’s Behind the Wheel? Two Ways Autonomous Vehicles Are Impacting Auto Insurance & Driver Liability

Technological breakthroughs in self-driving—AKA autonomous—vehicles are dramatically changing life on the highway. The transition to machine-led driving is affecting how consumers and the auto and insurance industries view auto coverage. As this market continues to develop, the Ascension Transportation Practice is monitoring developments and sharing our take and the observations of others, with you. We … Continued

Ascension Senior Loss-Control Consultant Dan Castillo Shares Harvest Safety Expertise in “Wines & Vines” Magazine

In July, The Lodi District Grape Growers Association and the Lodi Winegrape Commission held a grape harvest safety seminar for vineyard workers and supervisors to help prepare them for a safe 2017 harvest. Dan Castillo, senior loss-control consultant at Pan American, an Ascension Insurance company, presented and shared his expertise on safety-procedures for night harvesting. Click here … Continued

I’m Part of the Ascension Family. Will You Be Too?

Written by Kayla Berscheidt Talent & Organizational Development Specialist at Ascension If you are considering making a career move to Ascension Insurance, Inc. (and I hope you are!), allow me to offer you the insider’s perspective from someone who has six months under her belt. First, a little bit about me. Like most millennials, I … Continued

A Tale of Two Bags and Legendary Service

Written by Ed Page More than twenty years ago, when I completed business school, my parents gifted me a Coach briefcase as a graduation present. It was beautiful and it was also very expensive—more than $500 at the time. I loved this briefcase, both because it was beautiful and because it came from my parents, … Continued

It’s All About The People

by Natalie Zensius Vice President of Marketing and Communications I recently made the decision to leave a successful marketing communications consulting practice to join Ascension, full time. It wasn’t triggered by a desire or need for a career change. I was comfortable where I was, and doing what I loved. Almost a decade’s experience, consulting … Continued

Nuts to You (Not the Thieves!): A 360° Approach to Nut-Theft Risk Management

By Greg Merrill & Andy Sharpe Nut theft is no joking matter—it’s a significant and growing threat to California’s $9 billion+ nut-tree business. With more than 30 nut-theft events in 2015 compared to just one in 2009 and four in 2014, what once warranted only local agricultural area media coverage now garners national mainstream attention. … Continued