Marvin Kelly, the head of the CPCU Society, wants to promote diversity in the insurance business, in particular, attracting younger people to the business. (See our Web article from Aug. 6, "CPCU Society Preview: First Things First.")
Does he recognize the irony of his remarks? He is championing younger folks' entry into the business and notes that "80 percent of those in the business are 45-50 years old," and says, "If you don't have people coming in to replace them and you don't have new ideas coming in, how do you come up with new products and ideas?"
So he thinks that those of us in middle age don't have any new ideas?
As a risk manager for a major corporation, I bemoan the cost cutting aimed at older and middle-aged workers that is so prevalent in our industry. We are losing such valuable technical knowledge and experience.
I cringe when brokers put their latest cocky Generation X, Y or Z star in front of me, who may be full of enthusiasm, which is a useful problem-solving trait perhaps, but lacks the depth of experience I require.
The mindset implicit in Mr. Kelly's comments reveals a blatant prejudice against older workers. Rather than sanctioning the replacement of middle-aged and older workers, the heads of our trade organizations and educational societies should be filled with outrage.
Risk Management & Insurance
WEST COAST FORGOTTEN?
While it was a nice idea to have the Benefits Power BrokerTM story (Risk & Insurance®, June 1, 2009), I noticed that, with the exception of one broker from California, all of the brokers were from the East Coast or central United States.
We have some dynamite brokers on the West Coast too.I have worked for small and large companies and have had good and bad experiences with my brokers.
I found one who comes up with truly creative solutions for our benefits challenges that mesh with our business strategy:Peter Carpenter, managing director of ClearPoint, in Seattle.
He works closely with us to design benefit plans that meet our particular situation, and develops creative communication pieces for our employees to create value.
Peter responds immediately to all of my requests and provides complimentary services that other brokers would charge for.ClearPoint also provides regular educational sessions at no cost to their clients.
How about taking a look at the West Coast next year?
SVP, Human Resources Director
September 15, 2009
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