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A and H Insurance Merges with Advanced Benefit Consultants Agency

A and H Insurance Merges with Advanced Benefit Consultants Agency

RENO, NEVADA — September 7, 2018 — We are very pleased to announce the merger of Advanced Benefit Consultants Agency with A and H Insurance, Inc. This merger will bring exciting new opportunities for our clients through expanded access to multiple companies, lines of commercial and personal insurance, as well as broadened account service resources. The transition should be seamless for clients as Tammi Desideri and Sandy Schopp will continue managing existing accounts, with support from additional team members in the A and H Benefits Department. As of October…
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Blind Dog: A Coffee Company with a Vision

Blind Dog: A Coffee Company with a Vision

When Mark Berry began losing his eyesight in 2005 at the age of 48, coffee was the last thing on his mind. He had retinoblastoma, a degenerative form of eye cancer that left him with a bleak prognosis. As his vision deteriorated over the following year, a new vision emerged. A park ranger friend of Mark's introduced him to the world of quality coffee, and thus began a new chapter in his life. Today, Mark Berry is retired from the successful company he started 11 years ago—Blind Dog…
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What is Flow and How Do You Access It?

What is Flow and How Do You Access It?

Have you ever had the experience of being so absorbed in a task, so hyperfocused that you lose track of time and your actions become almost effortless? If so, you may have experienced what is known as “flow.” Flow theory was developed in 1975 by Hungarian psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. More familiarly known as being “in the zone,” flow is a state of heightened awareness, concentration and proficiency while completing a task. Whether you’re in the grueling sixth hour of a Wimbledon match or tackling the colossal project of…
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Narcissism Goes to Work: The Double-Edged Sword of Difficult Leaders

Narcissism Goes to Work: The Double-Edged Sword of Difficult Leaders

From Alexander the Great to some Silicon Valley CEOs, many powerful leaders throughout history were thought to have been high in “narcissistic” traits. These days, it is common to slap the narcissistic tag on anyone we perceive as arrogant, dominant, or vain, but experts believe that narcissism is a trait that more or less exists in everyone. What is Narcissism Derived from the Greek myth of Narcissus, who famously fell in love with his own image in a reflecting pool, narcissism is a personality trait characterized by excessive…
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5 Reasons We Don’t Want to Work

5 Reasons We Don’t Want to Work

We've all had the experience of work dread. The repeated tap of the snooze button, the “case of the Mondays,” the “I’m leaving early to beat traffic.” While technological advances have changed the physical location of our snooze buttons, the desire to delay our morning trudge to work is likely to remain a cliché in our culture. The fact is, the whole work day is filled with instances of wanting to put off an undesirable task. Microsoft Outlook even has a “snooze” feature to postpone reminders of events…
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Why We Buy: Sales Wisdom from Glengarry Glen Ross and Jerry Maguire

Why We Buy: Sales Wisdom from Glengarry Glen Ross and Jerry Maguire

In a legendary scene from the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross, Alec Baldwin’s character delivers a browbeating sales sermon to a downtrodden group of real estate hucksters. When one of the salesmen, played brilliantly by Jack Lemon, gets up and pours himself a cup of coffee, Baldwin famously exclaims, “Put that coffee down! Coffee’s for closers.” The film captures the struggle to survive in the Darwinian business of real estate sales, depicting the desperate (and deceitful) measures taken by salespeople to close a deal. Al Pacino plays smooth-talking agent…
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The End of Face-to-Face Communication in Business?

The End of Face-to-Face Communication in Business?

Just the other day I was in the drive-thru of a popular fast food restaurant. When I pulled up to the window to pay and get my food, I was greeted by a peppy manager who addressed me by my first name and thanked me for stopping by. I eat fast food fairly often and my encounters are mostly unremarkable. When they are memorable, it’s usually not for a good reason. What I appreciated about this gentleman was his effort to make my experience in the drive-thru line…
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A and H Insurance Merges with O’Keefe Insurance Agency in Yerington, NV

RENO, NEVADA — May 11, 2018 — We are pleased to announce that O’Keefe Insurance Agency in Yerington, NV is merging with A and H Insurance, Inc., effective May 15, 2018. The merger will bring exciting opportunities for clients through access to an expanded network of insurance companies and broadened account service resources. “George and Diane O’Keefe started their agency in Yerington in 1973 and, along with Gay Lynn Smith, have passionately served their community ever since,” said Jeff Shaffer, A and H Insurance President. “We want to…
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A and H Insurance Selected as Finalist for NNHRA’s Annual Best Places to Work

A and H Insurance was recognized as a finalist during the 11th Annual Greater Reno-Tahoe Best Places to Work Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Quantum Workplace, a company that evaluates employee satisfaction, conducted surveys of the employees of all participating businesses to determine the Best Places to Work finalists and winners. ​A and H Insurance was selected because it met the employee participation threshold for the survey and it scored over 80% in employee favorability ratings. A and H Insurance is proud of this distinction because it…
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What’s Driving Auto Insurance Rates Up?

What’s Driving Auto Insurance Rates Up?

Come July 1, 2018, the State of Nevada will raise the required basic minimum limits for auto insurance, resulting in premium hikes for roughly a third of Nevada drivers. If you are unsure of how this new law might affect you, reach out to your insurance agent or read the Nevada Division of Insurance FAQs here. Some industry professionals have opined that the Silver State’s 24-hour cities pose increased risk as a result of higher incidence of drunk driving and auto accidents, but the data does not support this.…
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