How many states have you lived and worked in? How many countries? For Sandy Farris, Underwriting Manager at OneBeacon Entertainment, the answer is 3 and 2 (plus an entire continent as a territory). Now after 41 years in the insurance industry and a career spanning the globe and several twists and turns, Sandy retires this week. And will promptly return to globetrotting, with a trip to Australia planned in January.
“I’m excited about what the future holds,” Sandy says. “I’ve lived several different lives in my career and now I’m ready to take on the world in a different way.”
But before we look forward, let’s look back, to Cleveland, Ohio where Sandy began her career in childcare. She worked as a Grades 1-4 school teacher and then as the manager of one of only 5 co-op daycares in the entire country. In the late 1960’s she participated in a panel on Women and Childcare, where she met Gloria Steinman.
“I remember I was late to the panel because my childcare for the day had fallen through and so I showed up to the event, son in tow, and used it as a point of example during my address,” Sandy remembers.
Shortly after, Sandy decided to move back home to New York to be closer to family, and also decided to make a career change, entering the Chubb Trainee Program. She eventually became a property-casualty underwriter and worked her way up at Chubb in various departments, including the marine group, before eventually landing in the Chubb Custom Market (CCM) department where she focused on entertainment.
After 20 years with the company, in 1994 she decided to make another move, this time to London when she was hired by a managing general agent, Aon. In London, Sandy’s territory was Europe, and she spent the next 7 years traveling the continent and accumulating stories—she came across Javier Bardem before he was THE Javier Bardem when he broke his arm during a project and filed a claim—and even credits on various Spanish and European television shows.
“Moving to London was the highlight of my career,” says Sandy. “It was scary, doing it by myself, but it opened up the world to me and for me.”
In 2001 she decided to come back to the U.S. to be closer to her family and settled in Florida, where she worked for a year as a broker.
“It was abysmal for me,” said Sandy. “My mindset definitely prefers working as an underwriter. I think it was the first job I was ever fired from! That is when I joined EBI.”
Sandy managed an office for Entertainment Brokers International (EBI) in Florida for four years before the company was acquired by OneBeacon and her office closed. But it wasn’t long before EBI, now OneBeacon Entertainment offered her a job in the Los Angeles office in 2009, so she relocated once more and the rest, as they say, was history.
When asked if there was any constant to her work in insurance, across state, countries, language and market she responds with sincerity, “Relationships.”
“Relationships mean everything—broker, colleague and people in general. I’ve worked with brokers and met and knew their spouses and children, and then worked with those children when they became brokers. Relationships drive business. It is what will get you through, whether you succeed or not.”
Congratulations, Sandy, on your many years of success and service at OneBeacon. We wish you well in retirement and future travels!
When you think about how a Hollywood film gets made, most people immediately think about the most publicized players in the process- the actors, directors, producers and film studios involved. And while they are all vital to the process (including the crews and technical experts who contribute their talents), did you know that none of it could actually happen without insurance?
We are proud to be the behind-the-scenes players, experts and consultants who can weigh in on everything from actor and location selection to stunt coordination and special effects.
As the industry gears up for its most anticipated award ceremony, the 90th Academy Awards, we would like to take a moment to congratulate the nominated films we have been very proud to support this year – “I, Tonya”, “All the Money in the World”, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” and “The Shape of Water.”
All of us at OneBeacon Entertainment congratulate you on your achievements and wish you the best of luck on Sunday!
TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC) today announced that it has completed its C$2.3 billion (US$1.7 billion) acquisition of U.S. specialty insurer OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd. (OneBeacon). The acquisition makes IFC a leading provider of specialty insurance in North America with over C$2 billion in combined annual premiums focusing on small to midsize businesses.
"The completion of this transaction represents a defining milestone in our history and our journey to build a world-class P&C insurer by combining Intact's leading commercial lines track record and deep data, claims and digital expertise with OneBeacon's high caliber team and specialty lines capabilities," said Charles Brindamour, Chief Executive Officer of Intact Financial Corporation.
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Monday, June 5 marked the beginning of the 2017 Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) “AICP Week”. As part of the week of events, OneBeacon Entertainment was a sponsor of the “AICP Business Affairs Boot Camp: Emerging Platforms,” which featured a variety of speakers and panels addressing emerging issues and platform trends in the industry.
Founded in 1972, by a small group of television commercial production companies concerned with a single issue, today’s AICP has grown to represent exclusively, the interests of companies that specialize in producing commercials on various media – film, video, digital – for advertisers and agencies.
For more information on the event or the AICP, visit their website at aicp.com.
This holiday season, our team at OneBeacon Entertainment was proud to participate in SoCal Firefighters and Marie Corps Reserve Spark of Love Toy Drive. Over the past two decades, Spark of Love has successfully collected over 8 million new toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties.
Here we are with our donation!