Blog2018-12-07T13:54:47-05:00

Hotchkiss News

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What are the Facts?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What are the Facts? For many women, having a mammogram is one of the most daunting things they’ll do all year. And understandably so; according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Service, 1 in 8 women could likely develop the disease. It's also estimated that in 2019, more than 265,000 new diagnoses were [...]

Seven Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

7 Tips to Help You Avoid Distracted Driving Life is filled with distractions. Especially today when we find life changing rapidly. You have more demands on your time. It’s tempting to eat on the run. And then there is the constant bombardment by technology. Phone calls. Text messages. Traffic updates. Breaking news. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, nearly [...]

Beat the Heat: Heat Safety Tips

Beat the Heat: Heat Safety for your Employees While idyllic images of summer — swimming, sipping a glass of lemonade, and grilling — might be nice, the reality of summer can be brutal for those who find themselves working outside during a heat wave. In Texas, we know to expect heat waves even long after summer has officially ended. According [...]

Hotchkiss Helps Supports Soldiers’ Angels with $33,040 Donation

After supporting Soldiers' Angels through various fundraising efforts in 2019, including cornhole tournaments in Dallas and Houston offices, raffles and volunteer time, Hotchkiss Helps, the charitable arm of Hotchkiss Insurance, made a $33,040 donation to the nonprofit. Each year, Hotchkiss Helps partners with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation to support worthy nonprofits, having given over $100,000 to multiple nonprofits since [...]

No One is Immune from a Cyber Attack: Best Practices

It’s generally a great thing that so many aspects of business are moving online, and we’re able to store more information in digital formats. But along with progress also comes increased exposure to cyber risk. It’s safe to say that in 2020, no one will be protected to the level that they don’t need cyber risk coverage as part of [...]

Labor Less with Insurance Technology Trends

What companies come to mind when you think about technological advances? Apple? Amazon? Google?  Insurance may not be an industry that automatically comes to mind. However, the wind is changing! Insurance carriers are more receptive than ever before to adopt technology to improve the services they offer. Below are some examples of how the insurance industry is utilizing technology. Drones- [...]

Risk Management Fundamentals: “Blocking and Tackling”

I’m not sure at this point if this familiar phrase has been used more of the years by corporate gurus or my high school football coach, but it seems to summarize a great point. That is, in any business or competitive enterprise for that matter, if you want to succeed in the long run you have to take care of [...]

Do I Need an Employee Handbook?

Employee handbooks serve as a road map and guide for your employees – no matter what size your organization is. In keeping with current best practices, we recommend that companies of every size maintain a handbook that clearly conveys their policies and protects you from litigation. Rick Montgomery, JD, senior legal editor for ThinkHR Corporation, highlights three major benefits to [...]

Learn from the June Bug: Do You Need a Cyber Insurance Policy?

“Oh sure, I have heard of cyber attacks but that’s not going to happen to me. I have my data protected. I don’t need a cyber policy. I am already paying plenty of premiums for all my other polices!” As a senior claims advocate, I see the number of cyber attacks increasing every week as more clients call in to [...]

Risk Management for the Construction Industry: Tips from the Middle Ages

No, this isn’t the latest abode of a wealthy energy executive in North DFW ... it’s a picture that represents a very important principle. It’s not the foreboding, protective nature of these walls that I’m most impressed with. It’s what a would-be assailant would encounter prior to the walls, that illustrates my point. By definition, a moat is a deep, [...]

Hotchkiss Insurance Appointed to The Hanover’s President’s Club

Hotchkiss Insurance Recognized for Exceptional Customer Commitment and Service Agency selected for The Hanover’s President’s Club   Hotchkiss Insurance was recently selected for The Hanover Insurance Group’s President’s Club, an elite group of independent insurance agencies from across the country. The Hanover’s President’s Club agencies are recognized for delivering outstanding value to their customers through their insurance expertise and responsive service. [...]

May the Fourth be with You: Beneficial Uses of Holograms

What if you could be in multiple places at once or duplicate yourself and teleport to another location in another dimension? Well, I have good news. You can with holograms! Although some may think holograms are just for science fiction and movies, they are actually being used today in a variety of ways.  Below are a few industries utilizing holograms [...]

Don’t be Fooled: Cloud Computing and Cyber Security

First, it was your data is in “The Cloud”. Now, the hype is cloud computing! Sounds like a storm is brewing. Well, many of you already know these are not weather terminologies, but rather technological. In simple terms, “the cloud” denotes services and software which do not necessarily require your physical computer but rather rely on access to the internet. [...]

Uh Hail No! Minimizing Damage After a Hail Storm

It’s that time of the year again!  Although some of you may be thinking baseball season and spring picnics, I am actually referring to hail season. While we have no control over when or where a hail storm strikes, you can still be proactive to mitigate your damages.  Below are a few links to insurance carriers’ recommendations on how to be [...]

Builders Risk Insurance: New Builds and Renovations

If Chip and Joanna have inspired you to finally tackle that home renovation project this year, listen up! Before you begin, you should be prepared to ask your agent a few questions about your current coverage. Some background on builders risk coverage will help you make the right decision for you and your project. Builders Risk Insurance Builders risk is [...]

Hotchkiss Helps with a Thanksgiving Feast

Our San Antonio office has a yearly tradition of partnering with the Greater San Antonio Builders Association (GSABA) to surprise trainees from the Lackland Air Force Base with a Thanksgiving meal. Hotchkiss Helps is proud to supply the turkeys for this important event. This year, a few first timers from Houston joined in to show appreciation and support. Maryana breaks [...]

Swinging into Fall with Playground Safety Tips

When the temperatures finally drop a bit in Texas, we swing into the best playground weather for little ones. There are many reasons why outdoor play is important (and fun!), but unfortunately, playgrounds can be dangerous too. From 1990 to 2012, an estimated 5,025,440 children were treated in U.S. emergency departments for playground-related injuries, averaging 218,497 children annually. With such staggering [...]

Hotchkiss Insurance Joins The Council

Hotchkiss Insurance is excited to begin the year by accepting an invitation to join The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers. The Council provides education, resources and advocacy to its members, in the form of email communications, conferences, working groups, lobbying and webinars. Through their constant monitoring of and advocating for the important issues of our industry, they’re able to [...]