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A.M. BestTV: Veterans Bring ‘Unique Skill Set’ to Insurance Industry

January 22, 2014

OLDWICK, N.J. --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In this episode of A.M. BestTV, executives at insurance companies and brokers, notably USAA and Marsh & McLennan Cos., say they are hiring U.S. veterans because of their tremendous skills sets gained in the service gained in the service. Veterans in turn say the programs help support their transition. Jackie Purdy , assistant vice president, talent acquisition at USAA , and Eric Engquist , executive director of USAA’s military transitions program, discuss company initiatives, and say they’ve increased their annual goal to hire veterans and/or veterans' spouses to 30% from 25% of all yearly new hires. Peter Beshar , executive vice president and general counsel of Marsh & McLennan Cos., speaks about the company’s Veterans Talent Initiative, which focuses on helping veterans build successful civilian careers, noting that they fit in perfectly with their goal to attract the best talent to make their organization stronger. Jamilla Smith , who saw active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan , and now works for Marsh & McLennan, said traits such as team building, punctuality and attention to detail have been valuable in the workplace. Beshar agreed, saying "the ability to be selfless, and put the mission ahead of the individual interest," make veterans a perfect match in a corporate setting. Click on http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=veterans114 to view the video program. People who appear in this episode include: Peter Beshar , Executive Vice President, General Counsel , Marsh & McLennan Cos.; Jackie Purdy , Assistant Vice President, Talent Acquisition, USAA ; Eric Engquist , Executive Director, Military Transitions Program , USAA ; and Jamilla Smith , Human Resources Associate, Marsh & McLennan Cos.; U.S. Army veteran. A.M. BestTV covers exclusive A.M. Best information and reports, targeted topics and key developments in the (re)insurance industry every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Sign up for alerts of episodes at http://www.ambest.com/multimedia/ambtvsignup.html . View A.M. BestTV episodes at www.ambest.tv . A.M. Best Company is the world’s oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit www.ambest.com . Copyright © 2014 by A.M. Best Company, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. A.M. Best Company Jim Peavy Assistant Vice President, Public Relations (908) 439-2200, ext. 5644 james.peavy@ambest.com or Rachelle Morrow Senior Manager, Public Relations (908) 439-2200, ext. 5378 rachelle.morrow@ambest.com Source: A.M. Best Company


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