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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Memory of the Month: Dance like there’s nobody watching

Dancing associatesEach month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to exercise your caption-writing skills.


Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, whose company owns GEICO, has said he enjoys his job so much that he tap-dances to work every day. That’s a feeling apparently shared by this group of GEICO employees.


Judging from the bell-bottoms, I’d be willing to bet that this photo was shot in the early 1970s, during a period of great growth and prosperity for the company. But if you put current styles in clothing and hair on these women, you’d have a picture that could have been shot last week. GEICO has been the fastest-growing auto insurer in the nation for most of this century, and we’re “cautiously optimistic,” as they say, about the future.


Heck, I’ve even seen some joyful dancing around here from time to time. But except for the odd Halloween costume, I’ve never seen outfits like some of these ladies are wearing.


What do you think they’d say today?






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Monday, August 25, 2014

Allstate Launches College Football Sweepstakes and Twitter Challenge in Celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of “Good Hands®” Field Goal Nets

Sweepstakes Winner to Receive $100,000, Trip to the Allstate® Sugar Bowl® and Inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship

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For ten years, Allstate Insurance Company has raised its “Good Hands®” Field Goal Nets at college football stadiums across the country. Representing the coverage that Allstate provides its customers nationwide, these iconic nets have become synonymous with field goals and extra points. Today, in honor of the tenth anniversary, Allstate announced the launch of the “It’s Good Sweepstakes” as part of a season-long celebration of college football and its loyal fans.


The Allstate “It’s Good Sweepstakes” will award one lucky grand prize winner and three friends with a trip to New Orleans for the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate® Sugar Bowl® before traveling to Arlington, Texas to watch the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship alongside ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit. The winner will also receive $100,000 as part of the grand prize package.


“To celebrate ten years of the “Good Hands®” Field Goal Nets, Allstate wanted to do something special for fans by giving them the chance to attend two of the biggest college football games of the year,” said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate. “Allstate shares its enthusiasm for college football with the millions of fans across the country, and the ‘It’s Good Sweepstakes’ is our way of celebrating the passion and loyalty they bring to the sport.”


Beginning August 25 through December 7, 2014, fans can enter the sweepstakes by visiting AllstateCFB.com, or by visiting the traveling Allstate Tailgate Tour at one of its game-day stops at “Good Hands®” Field Goal Net schools during the 2014 college football season. Fans who register for the sweepstakes at AllstateCFB.com also have the chance to win weekly prizes to enhance their college football game day experience. Prizes include flat screen TVs, cash gift cards, tailgate grills, chairs and gift certificates to CollegeFootballPlayoff.com.


To kick-off the sweepstakes, Allstate will raise a “Good Hands®” Field Goal Net in New York City’s Times Square on August 26 and give fans the chance to take part in a one-of-a-kind field goal kick contest and meet ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit. College football fans representing schools across the country will attempt to convert a successful field goal for premium prizes – not to mention, ultimate bragging rights.


Using social media to celebrate the universal spirit of school pride and competition, Allstate also kicked off the #ItsGood2Be social media challenge today in conjunction with the national sweepstakes launch. From August 25 to December 7, 2014, fans can show their school spirit by tweeting things such as why their college football program is the best using the #ItsGood2Be hashtag along with their school hashtag. Each week of the regular season, Allstate will reward the “Good Hands®” Field Goal Net school with the most fan conversation on Twitter with an additional $10,000 in scholarship donations. That’s 15 chances a Field Goal Net school could win up to $150,000 from Allstate.


At any point in the season, fans can see and track which schools are receiving the most engagement by checking out the #ItsGood2Be leaderboard on http://ift.tt/YUqjvf, where the winning schools will be announced each week.


For more information about the Allstate #ItsGood2Be challenge, please visit http://ift.tt/YUqjvf.


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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Contact:


Jessie Snider, Taylor

704-644-6928

jsnider@taylorstrategy.com


Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations

847-402-5600

Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com






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Monday, August 18, 2014

Allstate Announces Preferred Stock Dividends

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The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced dividends on its preferred stock.


The Allstate Corporation declared a dividend at an annual rate equal to 5.625% on the corporation’s series A preferred stock for the dividend period from July 15, 2014 through October 14, 2014. Accordingly, holders will receive $0.3515625 per depositary share. This series A preferred stock dividend will be payable in cash on October 15, 2014 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2014.


The Allstate Corporation declared a dividend at an annual rate equal to 6.75% on the corporation’s series C preferred stock for the dividend period from July 15, 2014 through October 14, 2014. Accordingly, holders will receive $0.421875 per depositary share. This series C preferred stock dividend will be payable in cash on October 15, 2014 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2014.


The Allstate Corporation declared a dividend at an annual rate equal to 6.625% on the corporation’s series D preferred stock for the dividend period from July 15, 2014 through October 14, 2014. Accordingly, holders will receive $0.4140625 per depositary share. This series D preferred stock dividend will be payable in cash on October 15, 2014 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2014.


The Allstate Corporation declared a dividend at an annual rate equal to 6.625% on the corporation’s series E preferred stock for the dividend period from July 15, 2014 through October 14, 2014. Accordingly, holders will receive $0.4140625 per depositary share. This series E preferred stock dividend will be payable in cash on October 15, 2014 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2014.


The Allstate Corporation declared a dividend at an annual rate equal to 6.25% on the corporation’s series F preferred stock for the dividend period from June 12, 2014 through October 14, 2014. Accordingly, holders will receive $0.5338541667 per depositary share. This series F preferred stock dividend will be payable in cash on October 15, 2014 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2014.


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 in the United States and Canada.


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Contact:


Maryellen Thielen

(847) 402-5600






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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Liberty Mutual Insurance Enhances Equipment Breakdown Capabilities

To better serve property brokers, agents and buyers, Liberty Mutual has enhanced its equipment breakdown operation by adding senior underwriting and technical engineering resources, and opening a San Francisco office.



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Monday, August 11, 2014

Stay cool and guard against auto theft and fraud this summer

By guest blogger Alex Danoff


steering wheel lockThere’s nothing I like better during the heat of summer than a trip to the beach or the lake to cool off. But it’s tough to take that weekend trip if car thieves have struck and left your driveway empty. Before you pack that bathing suit in your suitcase, GEICO and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recommend you do the following to protect your vehicle against theft:



  • Take basic, common-sense steps. Remove your keys from the ignition, lock your car doors, keep the windows raised and park in a well-lit area.

  • Consider installing an anti-theft device. A warning device, such as an alarm or steering wheel lock, can help dissuade a thief from targeting your vehicle. An immobilizing device, like a kill switch or a fuel pump disabler, will literally stop thieves in their tracks. A tracking device will help police find your vehicle once it has been taken.


In addition to protecting yourself from car theft, it’s important to also watch out for fraudsters on the road who stage accidents. These often organized criminal groups prey on innocent victims to defraud insurance companies. NICB recently re-created some of the brazen methods these criminals use in a series of demonstration videos:



For more information and resources on theft and fraud prevention, and to report if you’ve been a victim of a staged accident, go to www.nicb.org.






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TD Ameritrade Reports Monthly Metrics

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Allstate Agency Owners Tell Their Story of Business Success in National Advertising Campaign

Agency owners tell their stories to help recruit other entrepreneurs to Allstate

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One served his country as a marine before becoming an Allstate agency owner. Another balances motherhood and owning her own small business. Yet another opened her insurance agency two years after graduating from college. These real life stories help prospective candidates see themselves in the role of a successful Allstate agency owner in a new Allstate recruiting campaign.


"We want to attract people who have what it takes, so we’re featuring personal stories from actual agents" said Lisa Cochrane, senior vice president, Integrated Marketing Communications. "Their stories demonstrate the opportunities that come with being an Allstate agency owner—you can build a successful business and make a difference in people’s lives. This is a job that delivers it all: Allstate agency owners not only help others live a good life, they get to build one, too."


The campaign includes national and local print ads (magazine, newspaper and business journals), local radio, online advertising and a new website accessible via http://ift.tt/1gEArjm. All communications emphasize a simple yet powerful central message: Allstate agency ownership is the best small business opportunity in America.


The agency owners featured in the advertising campaign are as follows:



  • Alyson Sabatini, a two-year Allstate agency owner in Vestavia Hills, Ala., who bought her own agency two years after graduating from college. “Owning your own business means seeing your ideas come to life and getting to grow your agency the way you want it to grow it,” said Sabatini. “It’s you, an office and a phone and you get to make it work.”

  • Carly Hiteman, an eight-year Allstate agency owner in Naperville, Ill., is a business owner and working mom. “I wouldn’t want to work a nine-to-five job,” said Hiteman. “I couldn’t go to my daughter’s school to read. This is the best job for being a working mom.”

  • Damion Anglin, a seven-year agency owner in San Diego, Calif., served his country before joining Allstate. “I was in the Marine Corps, so I was keeping my country in good hands,” said Anglin. “I think it was fitting for me to come into this line of work.”

  • David Gonzalez, an 11-year Allstate agency owner in Norwalk, Conn., started as a licensed staff member in an Allstate agency before purchasing his own small business. “I worked for an Allstate agency for five years and when I was 25 I said ‘I can do this on my own,’” said Gonzalez. “It’s a great career. The opportunities are amazing. If you want to work hard, it’s going to pay off.”

  • Kent Schwab, a 37-year agency owner, has four Allstate agencies in Maryland. “I had a great start up with Allstate,” said Schwab. “I had a great run while I was building the businesses. I can’t describe a more perfect career.”


Allstate is growing the number of agencies across the U.S. by recruiting exclusive agency owners in areas where there are opportunities to serve new customers and achieve strong business growth. Allstate currently maintains a strong presence in local communities with 9,600 Allstate exclusive agency owners and 20,800 licensed sales professionals employed by Allstate agency owners across the U.S.


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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Contact:


April Eaton

(847) 402-5600

On Twitter @AllstateNews






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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

From the track to the troops

GEICO Motorcycle


By guest blogger Alex Danoff


Motorcycling has long been a hobby and passion for many members of our armed forces. There’s something about riding out on the open road (or off the road for that matter) with the wind in their face that calls out to servicemen and servicewomen when they’re away from the call of duty.


The thrill of riding is something GEICO Honda team road racers Jake Zemke and Chris Ulrich know all about as they take to the track to compete on the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Pro Racing circuit. They are also extremely well versed in the kinds of precautions and maneuvers that are critical to keeping them safe while riding.


To help spread the message of safety and spend some quality time with military members, Zemke and Ulrich recently took time away from their racing schedule to pay a special two-day visit to members of the California National Guard at Camp Roberts outside San Luis Obispo, California. The riders relished the chance to spend time with fellow riding enthusiasts who also proudly serve their country.


“Our military does so much for us that it’s always a pleasure to be able to give back to them,” Zemke said. “Being able to talk to them about something we have in common made for a very enjoyable couple of days. I’m so thankful to be able to share my passion for motorcycles with such a great group of servicemen and servicewomen.”






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Liberty Mutual Insurance Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

BOSTON, Mass., August 5, 2014 – Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively “LMHC” or the “Company”) today reported net income attributable to LMHC of $393 million and $665 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, decreases of $55 million and $101 million from the same periods in 2013. Including $5 million and $15 million of net losses attributable to non-controlling interest, consolidated net income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 was $388 million and $650 million, respectively.



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Monday, August 4, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Motorcycle fans revving up for some fun at Sturgis

By guest blogger Poojah Ganesh


GeckoSturgis1A city with fewer than 7,000 residents, Sturgis, South Dakota, sits amid serene mountains and rolling hills. For the most part, the winding roads that pass through this part of the state are quiet, with little traffic. But all of that changes during the first week of August each year, when more than 500,000 motorcyclists and RV owners descend upon the quiet town from all over the U.S., transforming the area into the ultimate biker’s paradise.


This year marks the 74th Annual Sturgis Bike Rally, one of the largest events of its kind, attracting throngs of motorcycle and RV enthusiasts and their families and friends.


The origins of the Sturgis Bike Rally can be traced back to August 1938 and Clarence “Pappy” Hoel, who envisioned a place where bikers from all over the U.S. could come and enjoy motorcycle camaraderie. A decade after the first such gathering (which drew a total of nine participants), Sturgis featured a 2-hour ceremony, blocking off the town’s Main Street. Over the next several decades, the event expanded into a seven-day rally featuring thousands of bikers from all walks of life.


At its height in 2000, more than 600,000 people participated in the rally, the most ever at a U.S. motorcycle event. Most recently, Sturgis has attracted bikers from places as far away as Germany, Japan and even Australia.


One of Sturgis’ most famous landmarks is Buffalo Chip. In 1981, Rod Woodruff established Buffalo Chip, which is now one of the biggest motorcycle hangouts in the nation. Buffalo Chip started out as a biker “party” where bikers could come, listen to great music and have fun. Today, Buffalo Chip activities include beauty pageants, games, activities, tattoo artists, food, performances from some of the greatest music legends. The Zac Brown Band, Train, Collective Soul and Alice Cooper will be performing at Buffalo Chip on the Wolfman Jack Stage.


Your favorite insurance company and mine will have a huge footprint at Buffalo Chip, serving as an exclusive partner. Visitors to the Buffalo Chip area will have a chance to meet the GEICO Gecko and enter Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson® & GEICO® Motorcycle Give-away Sweepstakes. GEICO is bringing along its impressive array of big-boy toys featuring the Miss GEICO boat, the Lucas Oil NHRA dragster, Paul Jr. Military Tribute Bike, and NASCAR driver Casey Mears’ #13 GEICO racecar. And on Aug. 5, there will be a special Military Appreciation Day, honoring the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces.


So get your motor runnin’, and head out on the highway … to Sturgis!






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