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Monday, June 30, 2014

Liberty Mutual Insurance Unveils New Advertising and Brand Campaign to "See Car Insurance in a Whole New Light"

Liberty Mutual Insurance unveiled today a new, fully integrated advertising campaign to invite consumers to “See Car Insurance in a Whole New Light.”

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Contestants Named for the 2014 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

United We Innovate: TD Ameritrade Hosts Meeting of Minds to Build Better RIA Technology

TD Ameritrade Institutional recently hosted its 5th Annual Veo® Open Access Technology Summit, a one-of-a-kind event that gathers executives from the RIA industry’s leading technology providers to share their expertise with TD Ameritrade to help integrate and develop innovative new solutions for investment advisors.

For two days, competing vendors of customer management, financial planning and other critical software came together to collaborate on some of the industry’s toughest technology challenges, such as managing wealth across an entire household.

The meetings build on TD Ameritrade Institutional’s open architecture approach to technology development, which gives advisors maximum flexibility when it comes to choosing their software providers. Open access has allowed TD Ameritrade Institutional to integrate more than 66 third-party solutions with its Veo platform. Integration now is fueling further innovation, such as TD Ameritrade’s plan to develop a central “dashboard” that consolidates multiple applications into a single-sign-on platform.

As part of the event, TD Ameritrade Institutional announced its first-ever Veo Integrated Awards, to recognize technology companies that have done the most to maximize the integration of their software with Veo. The Innovation Award went to Orion Advisor Services and Redtail Technology, while AdvisoryWorld and Morningstar Office won Newcomers of the Year. Junxure and MoneyGuidePro won the Advisor Satisfaction Award, based on a survey of investment advisors.

“We value the feedback we get from vendors and we update them on our plans for the next couple of years,” said Jon Patullo, managing director of technology product development at TD Ameritrade Institutional. “This gives us a great opportunity to collaborate with the vendors, to make sure were delivering the right solution to advisors.”

See the Special Report about the Veo Open Access Technology Summit at, where you can hear project updates from top TD Ameritrade executives and see leading technology firm executives share their views on the future of advisor technology.

Access to the Veo platform’s open access capabilities is provided as a service to independent advisors using the brokerage, execution and custody services of TD Ameritrade. Veo open access is an indication of potential programming compatibility. It does not imply any TD Ameritrade, Inc. recommendation of, endorsement of, warranty of, or fitness for use of any third party’s products or services. TD Ameritrade is not responsible for information, opinions or services provided by a third party. Since TD Ameritrade must ensure that all vendors meet security requirements, integration with new vendors is not immediate and cannot be guaranteed.

TD Ameritrade is separate from and not affiliated with Communications Inc., and not responsible for their series, policies, or content.

Brokerage services provided exclusively by TD Ameritrade, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC/NFA.

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Le Moyne's Pat Wiese Wins 2014 TD Ameritrade Fan's Choice Award

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Becoming the GEICO Gecko

APgeckoEver wonder what it’s like to be advertising icon the GEICO Gecko? Our D.C. office held a Gecko Appreciation Lunch to honor past and present Gecko costume wearers, and I was honored to participate in the Gecko auditions!

Fun fact: you can’t see your feet! At each event, the Gecko has a full-time handler who makes sure they don’t miss a step and go for a tumble or whack people with the tail.

Lucky wearers of the Gecko costume attend special company occasions as well as community events sponsored by GEICO. Whether handing out high fives to fans or cheering on charity runs, the Gecko is a busy lizard!

So what does it take to be GEICO’s biggest celebrity? Michelle Kelley has been donning the costume for seven years! From sporting events to flash mob dances with the Girl Scouts, here are four reasons she loves being the Gecko:

  • GeckoTrialMeeting all kinds of people from kids to grandparents

  • Taking pictures with the Gecko’s enthusiastic fans

  • Going to walks to cheer on the tired participants who get the extra push from seeing the Gecko

  • Riding the metro and making the riders’ day

The Gecko first appeared on TV late in 1999 and, over the last 14 years, the Gecko has become the most recognizable and beloved spokescreature in America. Want to learn more about the Gecko? Check out his book, You’re Only Human, which includes bits of wisdom and musings he’s gathered over the years!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Memory of the Month: Miles of files

Files During my career, now in its fourth decade, I’ve seen a lot of things change here at GEICO. But there have also been some constants; for example, we’ve always been a data-intensive company. When I started here in 1984, our IT operations were more or less in their infancy. We were converting paper policy records to computer storage, but still had long rows of filing cabinets in many areas of the building.

That’s not the case now. Most of our data is digital and stored electronically these days, and rows of filing cabinets like the one in this 1970s photo are few and far between. This photo also shows another thing to which we can’t really relate around here anymore, but you have to look closely to see it. Look at the guy in the background. That black spot near his mouth is a pipe; he’s enjoying a bowl of tobacco while scouring the files for whatever he’s seeking.

GEICO went smoke-free a couple of years after I joined the company in 1984. I don’t know whether this chap was still with GEICO or not, but as a reformed smoker myself, I imagine he wouldn’t have been too happy when he couldn’t smoke in the office anymore. We now have spaces for our smokers outside, and I hope the brutal winter we just had helped some of them to quit!

GEICO wants us to be healthy, which I appreciate. The company now offers help and incentives to employees who DO want to quit smoking. I’m guessing the fellow in this photo didn’t see that coming.

So what sort of caption would you write for this photo?

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

10,000 families across the country to build disaster preparedness kits

The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light engage in multi-city tour to educate communities on catastrophes and what they can do to be ready

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What do you think constitutes a disaster? Certainly, people think of hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. However, disasters also include events like extended power blackouts, house fires or floods. Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, with little or no warning, but it’s possible to be better prepared. Research from the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that 85 percent of Americans are not prepared for potential disasters, which inspired The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, to bring an in-person emergency preparedness program to communities across the country.

The Allstate Foundation is giving people access to 10,000 disaster preparedness kits during a multi-city tour that kicked off last month in Colorado and Georgia. During each kit-building event, attendees build their own starter kit and receive information from organizations like the Red Cross. Each of the kits includes a hand-crank flashlight, rain poncho, water bottle, dust mask, garbage bags, whistle and hand sanitizer.

Additionally, volunteers from Points of Light’s Hands On Network and local Allstate agency owners are present to answer questions and provide additional tips on ways local residents can get prepared for disasters.

"It doesn’t matter what disaster you might be faced with, you can be prepared with just a few simple actions," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "Having a plan, building a kit, and talking to your family can make all the difference during a disaster. We owe ourselves and our families’ peace of mind, and building a disaster kit this summer is one way to do that."

Disaster preparedness events are planned for the following cities:

Indianapolis, Ind.

Tampa, Fla.

Baton Rouge, La.

Portland, Ore.

Springfield Township, N.J.

Houston, Texas

Portland, Maine

Baltimore, Md.

Long Island, N.Y.

Los Angeles, Calif.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Milwaukee, Wis.

In addition to the kit-building events, The Allstate Foundation is a founding partner of the Good & Ready program. It provides important safety information to help people be aware of the risks in their lives and protect themselves and their loved ones. To learn more about this unique online program, visit

For information on the kit-building events and ways to get prepared, visit

The Allstate Foundation offers the following three steps to help your family prepare for a disaster:

Step 1 : Build your disaster preparedness kit

If disaster strikes, you’ll want to have supplies to help you and your family (including your pets) survive for at least three days. Your disaster preparedness kit should contain these basic supplies:

  • Water (one gallon per person, per day)

  • Ready-to-eat, nonperishable food (for family members and pets)

  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

  • Battery-powered or hand-crank flashlight

  • First-aid kit

  • Whistle (to signal for help)

  • Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape

  • Hand sanitizers

  • Plastic garbage bags with ties

  • Wrench or pliers

  • Local maps (to locate emergency services and shelters)

  • Extra batteries

For a complete list, visit

Step 2: Create your household emergency plan
A household emergency plan should include the following information:

  • Emergency contact names and numbers – mobile and landline (As an extra precaution, everyone in your family should program “In Case of Emergency,” or ICE, contacts in their mobile phones so emergency personnel can contact them if needed)

  • Family meeting place in your neighborhood and an alternative meeting place in the region

  • Personal details for each family member (date of birth, important medical information, recent photos)

  • Addresses and phone numbers of the places family members frequent on a regular basis (work, school)

  • Contact information for medical providers (doctors, pharmacist, veterinarian)

  • Important medical and insurance information, including prescription drugs and photocopies of your medical insurance card(s)

For a fill-in-the-blank household emergency plan and cards to download, print and keep close at hand, visit

Step 3 : Help your community get ready for a disaster
The strength of a community comes from each person who lives in it. By raising your hand to help your community prepare for a potential disaster, you can help people respond to and recover from an emergency situation.

Visit, go to the “Resources” page, and then click “Get Trained” to find a disaster volunteer team near you.

About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Virginia Beach associates are up to the task

By guest blogger Alex Danoff, public relations

Task Force AttackEver since GEICO opened its doors in 1936, our company has had a strong bond to the military. That connection was recently reinforced when associates in GEICO’s Virginia Beach office showed their commitment to military members by organizing a care package drive.

The beneficiaries of this effort were the members of Task Force Attack, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, which is stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and currently deployed to Forward Operating Base Fenty in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Virginia Beach associates Olivia Jenkins, whose son is a member of Task Force Attack, and Ashley McGrath began collecting items to send to the troops, and the donations eventually began to pour in from associates throughout the office. Items collected included everyday necessities like razors, wet wipes and deodorant as well as snacks and treats like beef jerky, chips and dip, protein bars, granola bars, drink mixes, coffee and homemade cookies and pastries.

Also included in the shipment was a poster drawn by Virginia Beach associate Larissa Loomans that saluted the unit for its service and was signed by associates who took part in the collection drive.

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TD Ameritrade's Investor Movement Index: IMX Holds Steady Heading into Summer

The Allstate Foundation Announces New Nonprofit Leadership Program with Northwestern University's Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management

Participants will hone skills to lead the changing nonprofit sector

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Today, The Allstate Foundation announced a unique program to develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders called Greater Good. Sixteen nonprofit leaders joined the program as a part of a year-long professional development opportunity that kicked off at Northwestern University’s Chicago campus with a three-day development and training session.

Greater Good is a partnership between The Allstate Foundation and Northwestern University’s Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management. The participants represent a diverse set of nonprofit organizations from across Chicago and the country. Each of the participants has more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and has been identified a leader within their organization.

"Having met the Greater Good participants, I’ve seen the passion they have for creating social change," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "The Allstate Foundation firmly believes serving the nonprofit sector is not merely about making grants to organizations, but taking a holistic approach to create impact. By providing Allstate volunteers, board members, strategic counsel and opportunities like this one; we hope to positively affect our community partners and the people they serve."

Greater Good participants will receive access to leadership coaches and development opportunities specifically tailored to their needs, and receive a stipend to attend opportunities above and beyond those offered through the program. Each participant will go through a 360-degree leadership assessment to create their individual professional development plan and identify skill gaps.

"The Allstate Foundation is one of only a handful of corporate funders providing intensive development opportunities for nonprofit leaders," Liz Livingston Howard, director of nonprofit executive education. "Greater Good aligns perfectly with the Center’s mission to create opportunity and greater capacity for nonprofits. From supporting domestic violence survivors to education on money management, it’s exciting to see such a diverse pool of leaders joining this new program."

Additionally, the program will expose participants to experts in the fields of management, communication, technology and fundraising. In total, twelve in-person workshops will be facilitated by professors, faculty and experts affiliated with Northwestern University and Kellogg Executive Education during the program.

Participants in the first Greater Good class include:

Adrian Chavira

Center Against Family Violence Inc.

El Paso


Daisy Feidt

Access Living Of Metropolitan Chicago



Yolanda Fields

Breakthrough Urban Ministries Inc.



Ashlee Graham

Nashville Young Women’s Christian Association



Derek Kellogg

Junior Achievement Of Georgia Inc.



Christopher Mannelli

Victory Gardens Theater



Monica McLaughlin

National Network To End Domestic Violence Inc.



Michelle Palmer

Harbor House



Dana Paull

Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence



Brian Pinero

National Domestic Violence Hotline



Kalyn Risker

Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment



Ilene Shehan

Hope House Inc.

Lee’s Summit


Lydia Stazen- Michael

Women Employed Institute



Amila Tanovic-Muslic

Friendship Home of Lincoln



Julie Walther

Center On Halsted



Cheryl Wisniewski

Mujeres Latinas en Accion (Latin Women In Action)



About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Crampton enjoys May’s firsts – a daughter and a victory

Richie CramptonBy guest blogger Kurt Wirth, marketing

The past couple of weeks have been exciting times for GEICO-sponsored Top Fuel driver Richie Crampton. After his daughter, Emma, was born on May 20, Crampton approached the upcoming Toyota NHRA Summernationals with a renewed vigor. In his rookie season, he notched his first career Top Fuel victory at the event on Sunday and hits the record books as just the second-ever Australian-born pro winner in NHRA history.

Crampton’s win came at an opportune time. His father, Al, was in town visiting due to Emma’s birth and standing on the starting line to witness the big win. “The timing was perfect,” Richie gushed. “I had a really tearful moment with Dad at the top end when he arrived down there. He’s the reason I’m racing. The sacrifices him and my mum made taking me to go-kart races and the drags back home when I was a boy, all the encouragement – I simply wouldn’t be here without them.”

The battle to victory wasn’t an easy one. The final round came down to a .029-point and .009-second difference against points leader Doug Kalitta. “I’m absolutely over the moon with this win,” Crampton said. “I already know I’m the luckiest guy in the pit and now we’ve proven it. This is beyond anything I could have ever imagined.”

Crampton was a member of the pit crew for GEICO-sponsored driver Morgan Lucas before getting the opportunity to replace Lucas behind the wheel last year. We’ll keep you updated as Crampton’s push for Rookie of the Year honors progresses.

I love a good underdog story; don’t you?

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Safe Boating Keeps Focus on Fun

Allstate highlights ways to stay safe and what to do in case of an accident

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Even safe boaters encounter mishaps on the water. Allstate national data shows the most common boat claims are striking a submerged object and collision with another boat.

With increasing boating activity on the water during the early summer, Allstate reminds boaters that it is a good time to refresh their boating safety knowledge, assess local water levels and to review boating regulations.

Allstate recently created a video to share tips on boating safety. These recommendations include:

  • Be considerate of your fellow boaters

  • Let someone know where you’re going and how long you expect to be away

  • Always have a life preserver for everyone on board and one throwable flotation device

  • Carry a working VHF radio that is monitored by U.S. Coast Guard and all maritime law enforcement

  • Have a navigation system such as a GPS and carry a backup paper chart

"While having fun is a priority on the water, these simple tips can help boaters stay safe," said Katie Boyle, Allstate boat line manager. "In addition to keeping you safe, there may also be a discount on your boat insurance for completing a boating education course."

Allstate has a PDF link on its boating website, understanding boat insurance, which offers a checklist for what to do in case of an accident. Some of these actions to follow are:

  • Stay calm

  • Determine the extent of any injuries or damage and, if needed, obtain medical assistance

  • Call the police to file an accident report

  • Don’t leave the accident scene unless your physical safety is at risk

  • Get the facts and essential details at the scene – (See checklist for full list of accident information essentials)

Staying safe and protecting your investment is something Allstate knows a lot about. Talk to an Allstate agent near you for help choosing a policy that meets your needs.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

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Chris Bauer

(847) 402-5600

On Twitter @AllstateNews

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TD Ameritrade Launches New Investor Education Center

A sneak peak at your new mobile experience

GEICO App screenshotMobile apps are supposed to make your life easier, and the new GEICO Mobile app will do just that! Our mobile team knows what you want and has listened to all your feedback. As an avid GEICO app user, I can vouch that the all-new app is all about you with updates that meet your insurance needs where ever you are!

Coming later this month, GEICO Mobile will offer new self-service features previously only available on the desktop. You can update your address, add or remove drivers and vehicles, and change coverage. We’ve also enhanced and added more claims features such as assistance in case of an accident, repair tracking and real-time roadside help.

You’ll even get a personalized experience—whether it’s an upcoming bill or a new set of ID cards, the most important information is easy to find.

Keep checking back or head to for updates as we put the final touches on our stunning new mobile experience!

Watch the promo video below to learn more about the all-new app.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Survey Identifies Decline of Sportsmanship in Youth Sports, According to Parents and Coaches

Actor Chris O’Donnell Helps Liberty Mutual Insurance Shine a Light on the Need for Parents to Lead Sportsmanship Discussion

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Insurance is really a necessary expense in everyday activities; one we apply to homes, our businesses and in many cases our well-being.

When it pertains to transporting horses, there are endless ways in which the scenario can make a mistake, which is why insurance is essential.

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