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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Allstate Teams With Innovative Illinois Startups

Program matches major corporations with startup companies to fuel innovation.
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Allstate Insurance becomes the first company to commit to a second Corporate-Startup Challenge from The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, which matches large corporations with startups and emerging technology firms across Illinois. Allstate will host selected companies, provide feedback on their pitches and, ultimately, could engage the startups in future business endeavors.

Allstate was part of the first class of the Corporate-Startup Challenge in the summer of 2013. In that class, 22 companies were referred to Allstate’s portfolio, and 13 were selected to present for further evaluation. After the demonstration day, six companies were identified for additional diligence and one became an approved Allstate preferred vendor.

“As a pilot member of the Corporate-Startup Challenge, Allstate recognized the opportunity Illinois entrepreneurs provide,” said Allstate Claims Vice President Shawn Broadfield. “We are always thinking about new ways to deliver on our promise to our customers and the Corporate Startup Challenge is a great way to do that by connecting with promising entrepreneurs in our home state.”

Allstate’s latest participation in the Corporate-Startup Challenge will be specifically geared toward its Claims department. Allstate is interested in connecting with aspiring companies that can solve challenges and streamline efficiencies related to all aspects of the claims process, including an interest in digital customer experience, data analytics, and sensor/Internet of Things technologies.

“The Corporate-Startup Challenge is all about connecting entrepreneurs and innovators across the state with large corporations for mutual benefit, providing startups with vital access and partnership opportunities, while helping corporations innovate and stay competitive,” ISTC President and CEO Mark Harris said. “We are thrilled to be working again with Allstate to help cultivate meaningful matches with the state’s thriving entrepreneurial community as the company continues to advance innovative solutions for its customers.”

The matchmaking process will take place over the next five months. Corporate partners identify innovation areas for potential collaboration and review selected startups curated by the ISTC through a network of more than 55 referral partners statewide that includes universities, incubators/accelerators, and associations/non-profits (view full list). This culminates in private demo day showcases where corporations connect with promising entrepreneurs. 

Corporations and startups interested in learning more about the Corporate-Startup Challenge are encouraged to visit http://ift.tt/1DLERLu.

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 auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. 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 the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.

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Contact:
Justin Herndon
Justin.Herndon@allstate.com
727-512-8314



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Monday, July 27, 2015

TD Ameritrade Launches Trade Finder Feature in Trade Architect

Thursday, July 23, 2015

New National Survey of Drivers Reveals Top Travel Fear: Breaking Down and Waiting for Help on the Side of the Road

Allstate Roadside Services launches new, innovative mobile app and website to help drivers in need of roadside rescues
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We’ve all been there. You’re on the road just a few hours from your destination. The kids are peacefully asleep in the backseat. Soon, you’ll be in summer vacation bliss. Then it happens – the car engine sputters and shuts off. You’re stranded on the side of the road in an unfamiliar area.

A recent survey commissioned by Allstate Roadside Services found that among drivers who have experienced problems on the road, 47 percent felt overwhelmed and helpless, 62 percent admitted they became anxious, 52 percent got angry, and 36 percent said they were scared. A total of 40 percent said their first instinct was to immediately call a tow truck or roadside assistance service for help.

Allstate Roadside Services is introducing a new digital solution to make it easier for stranded motorists to get the help they need. The Good Hands RescueSM mobile app and website enables drivers to easily request roadside assistance anywhere in America through their smartphones – and you don’t have to be an Allstate customer to use it.

“Allstate is leading the way in the digital evolution of the roadside industry,” said Pam Dufour, president, Allstate Roadside Services. “Mobile devices are part of most Americans’ everyday lives. The Good Hands Rescue mobile app and website leverage technology to connect people with roadside services using their smartphones. We’re making it easy for people to do business with us anytime, anywhere and in any way.”

Once service is requested, a provider is dispatched and the motorist gets an estimated time of arrival, service cost and the ability to track the provider’s en route status. You can find the Good Hands Rescue mobile website at http://ift.tt/1CXqIQo or download the Good Hands Rescue app from Google Play and iTunes.

“Allstate Roadside Services has provided roadside assistance for more than 50 years,” continued Dufour. “Innovation is a critical element of our effort to provide a complete customer experience that emphasizes service, connectedness, safety and preparedness. Now, motorists have a new digital way to connect with Allstate for roadside assistance.”

The survey also revealed:

  • A majority or 95 percent of drivers across the United States have experienced a disabled or un-drivable vehicle on at least one occasion.
  • At 74 percent, flat tires were the most common cause of roadside breakdowns.
  • Forty-five percent of people surveyed blamed a mechanical breakdown for their travel woes.
  • Younger drivers aged 18-29 are the most likely group to have experienced an incident within the past year (73 percent). 

Planning before a trip matters. Allstate Roadside Services offers the following tips to help keep drivers safe and prepared:

  • Make sure your car is road-ready. Before your trip, have a mechanic give your vehicle the once-over, including preventive maintenance such as an oil change, tire check, new wipers or filter replacement.
  • Pack an emergency car kit. A well-equipped kit can fit in the trunk and might include a flashlight, hand sanitizer, water and energy bars.
  • Know who to contact for help. Keep your smartphone fully charged, your roadside assistance contact information handy, or the Good Hands Rescue app loaded on your smartphone.

Allstate Roadside Services administers roadside assistance through Allstate Motor Club. Each year, Allstate responds to about five million requests for roadside assistance. More than 40 million vehicles are covered through Allstate Roadside Services.

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 auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. 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 the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.

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Survey results are based on a national, online survey of adults conducted July 1-6, 2015 on behalf of Allstate by FTI Consulting. This survey focused on the respondent’s experiences and needs during times when roadside assistance is necessary. The online survey was conducted among a sample of 1,000 adults age 18 and older living across the United States

Contact:
April Eaton
(847) 402-5600
On Twitter @AllstateNews



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Allstate and Dominique Wilkins Announce 2015 Champions for Good

Annual program nationally recognizes community heroes for their dedication to giving back
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Today, Allstate Insurance Company announced the recipients of its third annual Champions for Good award. The national campaign highlights stories of ‘good’ in a world where bad news tends to take center stage. Allstate hopes that sharing stories of these inspiring individuals will encourage others to give back and become Champions for Good in their own communities.

“When Allstate launched this program three years ago, our goal was to shine a spotlight on the random acts of kindness and 'pay it forward moments’ that we see every day in communities across the country,” said Georgina Flores, vice president of marketing for Allstate. “Since then, we have been overwhelmed by the positive stories we have uncovered and shared, and the stories of this year’s Champions for Good are no exception.”

To help announce the 2015 Champions for Good, Allstate teamed up with basketball legend and philanthropist, Dominique Wilkins. Wilkins, a nine-time NBA All-Star and Basketball Hall of Famer, is active in a variety of charities on both a local and national level. Currently serving as the vice president of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks, Wilkins dedicates his free time to making a positive impact in the Atlanta community and beyond.

“Volunteering my time to make an impact on those around me has always been a priority, so when Allstate approached me with the opportunity to help celebrate others for doing the same, I knew I couldn’t pass it up,” said Wilkins. “I hope the stories of this year’s Champions for Good and the positive change they have brought to their communities inspires others to make volunteering part of their lives as well.”

The 2015 Champions for Good award winners will be recognized at the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando over Labor Day weekend (September 3-7, 2015), where they will encourage others to spread the good and lead attendees in a special service project benefitting youth in the Orlando community.

The 2015 Allstate Champions for Good are:

Rhonda Wilson - Gainesville, Fla.
A huge supporter of the arts, Rhonda Wilson founded the Star Center Theater in Gainesville over fifteen years ago as a way to provide a safe activity for local youth and exposure to arts education. Although many of the children who attend the theater are from underserved areas of the community, Wilson personally provides scholarships and transportation to ensure that every student is able to participate. Wilson’s ultimate goal is to give youth and their families the opportunity to learn, grow and enjoy the beauty of the arts.

Yvette and Kofi Moyo - Chicago, Ill.
Yvette and Kofi Moyo founded the Real Men Cook event in 1990 as a way to strengthen the universal institution of family and encourage dads to put family first. Over the years, it has become one of the largest family celebrations in the country, occurring annually on Father’s Day. Each year, men give up Father’s Day pampering and roll up their sleeves to cook for their communities to raise money and show their commitment to their families.

Kerri Pruitt - Birmingham, Ala.
Kerri Pruitt and her husband founded The Dannon Project in 1999 after a family member was killed by a person that had been recently released from prison on a non-violent offense. Pruitt believes this young man may have made better choices if he had a strong support system after his release. The Dannon Project was established to help ex-offenders with reentering society.

Allstate urges everyone to make time to volunteer this summer, and asks individuals to share their personal stories, photos and videos of good on social media using #GiveItUpForGood. For more stories of good and volunteer motivation, follow @GiveItUpForGood on Twitter.

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 auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. 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 the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.

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Contact:

Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations
(847) 402-5600
Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com

Taryn Parker, Taylor
(312) 577-7618
Tparker@taylorstrategy.com



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Monday, July 20, 2015

Liberty International Underwriters Appoints Jane McCarthy To Lead Global Crisis Management Unit Worldwide

Liberty International Underwriters has appointed Jane McCarthy as global senior vice president of its Global Crisis Management unit which includes Kidnap, Ransom and Extortion; Contaminated Products; and Product Recall coverage worldwide.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

GEICO interns fill some big shoes in San Diego

RedShoeFor many, the first step on the path to a successful career is a summer internship. And while some internships amount to little more than fetching coffee and making copies, that’s not the case with GEICO’s summer internship program. GEICO’s summer interns gain hands-on experience in business and insurance, and they also get the opportunity to get out into their communities to support local charitable causes.

GEICO’s interns in the company’s San Diego regional office recently did just that when they hit the streets for Red Shoe Day, a fundraiser supporting their local Ronald McDonald House. The interns were joined by the GEICO Gecko as they encouraged members of the community to donate their spare change into the size-14 red shoes of the charity’s famous namesake. After three hours of cheering and sign twirling, the group had raised close to $600 in donations.



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Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange Invites Diverse Businesses to Connect

2015 Program Expands to 75 Companies
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Allstate Insurance Company recently opened its online application for diverse businesses to register for the company’s 2015 Supplier Diversity Exchange. The Exchange, now in its 8th year, brings diverse businesses together to build relationships with Allstate and its suppliers. The application is available through this link.

“We foster an environment where diverse small business owners can build relationships with Allstate and we’re excited to invite more potential suppliers to this year’s event than ever before,” said Cheryl Harris, Allstate’s senior vice president of Sourcing & Procurement Solutions. “We have a commitment to building diversity within our business as well as with our suppliers to help support the needs of our customers.”

The Exchange is designed to provide diverse businesses the opportunity to network with Allstate business leaders as well as with some Allstate suppliers.

Applications are being accepted through July 24, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than August 7, 2015.

The 2015 Exchange will be held on October 2 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Allstate’s Northbrook, Illinois headquarters. The number of participants is being expanded this year to a maximum of 75 companies; a significant increase from the 14 diverse supplier businesses selected to participate in 2014.

Initial plans for the event include a keynote speaker and a variety of educational sessions to focus on the specific needs of diverse business leaders. More detail on specific programming will be made available closer to the event. Each company will also have an opportunity to pitch its business to Allstate.

Diverse businesses that apply to attend the Exchange will be asked to include an informal, 60 second video that demonstrates why their company should be selected to attend the Exchange. In addition, submissions are required to include proof of diversity certification. Diverse certified companies are defined as minority, woman, veteran, and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)-owned business.

Since 2008, the program has been aligned with the Rainbow Push Coalition and provides businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans and members of the LGBT community a forum for guidance, networking and personal one-on-one time with key influencers involved in purchasing products and services. While attendance at this event does not guarantee business, more than 120 attending suppliers have had the opportunity to compete for contracts.

More information on the Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange is available on the Allstate supplier diversity website.

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 auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. 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 the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.

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Contact:
Chris Bauer
(847) 402-5600
@Allstatenews



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Liberty Mutual Appoints Dan Feige Division Underwriting Manager for Inland Marine

To help meet the inland marine needs of brokers and risk managers, Liberty Mutual’s National Insurance Property operation has appointed Dan Feige division underwriting manager for its Inland Marine division.

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Allstate Announces June and Second Quarter Catastrophe Loss Estimate

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The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced estimated catastrophe losses for the month of June 2015 of $346 million, pre-tax ($225 million after-tax). Catastrophe losses occurring in June comprised 19 events at an estimated cost of $310 million, pre-tax, plus increased reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses. The increased reserve reestimates in the month of June primarily relate to reestimates of April and May 2015 events.

Allstate previously announced $451 million, pre-tax ($293 million after-tax), in estimated catastrophe losses for the months of April and May 2015, bringing estimated catastrophe losses for second quarter 2015 to $797 million, pre-tax ($518 million after-tax). Catastrophe losses can be higher in the second quarter of the year due to the number of wind and hail events.

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 auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. 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.

Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on http://ift.tt/1kdfBpc.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” that anticipate results based on our estimates, assumptions and plans that are subject to uncertainty. These statements are made subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and may be identified by their use of words like “plans,” “seeks,” “expects,” “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “believes,” “likely,” “targets” and other words with similar meanings. We believe these statements are based on reasonable estimates, assumptions and plans. However, if the estimates, assumptions or plans underlying the forward-looking statements prove inaccurate or if other risks or uncertainties arise, actual results could differ materially from those communicated in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements may be found in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

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Contacts:

Greg Burns
Media Relations
(847) 402-5600

Pat Macellaro
Investor Relations
(847) 402-2800



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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Record 197 Nominees for 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®

College football’s preeminent community service award recognizes student-athletes for off the field achievements
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Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced an all-time high 197 nominees for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, the most esteemed off the field honor in college football. For 24 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has recognized college football players from across the country who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism.

Since its inception in 1992, the award highlights the “good” taking place off the football field. The select group of student-athletes nominated for this award by their respective colleges and universities are able to balance academics and athletics while remaining committed to helping others and bettering their communities.

“For the third year in a row, we have received a record-breaking number of Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees, an indication that the bar continues to be raised for the character on display in college football,” said Jim Haskins, Executive Vice President, Allstate Brand Distribution and a member of the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “Allstate is proud to join the AFCA in recognizing this amazing group of student-athletes for the positive impact they are making on their communities.”

While remarkable on the field performances are praised each weekend, these individuals’ off the field accomplishments far exceed touchdowns and tackles. From traveling overseas to support third-world countries to raising thousands of dollars for kidney cancer research, these remarkable student-athletes have utilized their minimal free time in an impactful way, earning them national recognition.

“It’s very rewarding to see another record-setting year of nominees for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®,” AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. “With Allstate’s help, this has become one of the most prestigious awards in college football, and one of the most important because it highlights some of the best student-athletes in the country who not only excel on the football field, but in their community service as well.”

Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select the 2015 Good Works Team.®

The 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports),  Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, Executive Vice President, Allstate Brand Distribution.

Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.

In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team ®.

Football Bowl Subdivision

Arizona State University – James Johnson
Arkansas State University – Fredi Knighten
Auburn University – Jonathan Wallace
Ball State University – Jacob Richard
Boise State University – Shane Williams-Rhodes
Brigham Young University – Bronson Kaufusi
California State University, Fresno – Justin Northern
Central Michigan University – Nick Beamish
Clemson University – Eric Mac Lain
Colorado State University – Trent Matthews
Duke University – Kelby Brown
Georgia Institute of Technology – D.J. White
Georgia Southern University – Matt Dobson
Georgia State University – Keith Rucker
Indiana University – Nate Sudfeld
Iowa State University – Levi Peters
Kansas State University – Stanton Weber
Kent State University – Jordan Italiano
Louisiana State University – Jamie Keehn
Marshall University – Tyler Williams
Michigan State University – Josiah Price
University of Alabama – O.J. Howard
University of Arizona – Casey Skowron
University of California – Stefan McClure
University of California Los Angeles – Jake Brendel
University of Connecticut – Andreas Knappe
University of Georgia – Malcolm Mitchell
University of Houston – Adrian McDonald
University of Iowa – Jordan Lomax
University of Kentucky – Landon Foster
University of Louisville – James Burgess
University of Maryland – Andrew Zeller
University of Massachusetts – Blake Frohnapfel
University of Memphis – Wynton McManis
University of Miami – Deon Bush
University of Michigan – Joe Bolden
University of Minnesota – Peter Mortell
University of Mississippi – Evan Engram
University of Nebraska – Sam Burtch
University of New Mexico – Garrett Adcock
University of North Carolina – Shakeel Rashad

Middle Tennessee State University – Darius Johnson
Mississippi State University – Taveze Calhoun
North Carolina State University – Mike Rose
Northern Illinois University – Cameron Clinton-Earl
Northwestern University – Max Chapman
Ohio State University – Joshua Perry
Old Dominion University – Tyler Compton
Penn State University – Ben Kline
Rice University – Driphus Jackson
Rutgers University – Quentin Gause
Southern Methodist University – Cameron Smith
Stanford University – Dallas Lloyd
Syracuse University – Hernz Laguerre
Temple University – Hershey Walton
Texas A&M University – Julien Obioha
Texas Christian University – Joey Hunt
Texas Tech University – Justis Nelson
Tulane University – Richard Carthon
U.S. Naval Academy (Navy) – Myer Krah
University of Akron – Christian Allen
University of Notre Dame – Corey Robinson
University of Oklahoma – Nila Kasitati
University of Pittsburgh – James Conner
University of South Alabama – Terrance Timmons
University of South Carolina – Elliott Fry
University of South Florida – Sean Price
University of Southern California – Cody Kessler
University of Tennessee – Joshua Dobbs
University of Texas at El Paso – Aaron Jones
University of Toledo – Alex Zmolik
University of Utah – Kenneth Scott
University of Virginia – Demetrious Nicholson
University of Wisconsin – Vince Biegel
Wake Forest University – Ryan Janvion
Washington State University – Jeremiah Allison
West Virginia University – Karl Joseph

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

Alma College – Brent Luplow
Angelo State University – Kyle Washington
Aurora University – Billy Baker
Azusa Pacific University – Andrew Elffers
Berry College – Matt Farinella
Bethany College (Kan.) – Brett Crome
Bethel University (Minn.) – Matt Mehlhorn
Butler University – Matt Shiltz
Carson-Newman University – De'Andre Thomas
Catawba College – Mike Sheehan
Central College – Jacob Wassenaar
Colorado School of Mines – Stephen Candelaria
Cornell University (N.Y.) – Luke Hagy
Dakota State University – Bobby Tisch
Davidson College – Christopher Woods Jr.
Defiance College – Cody Lee
Denison University – Lucas Romick
Dickinson State University – Meyer Bohn
Drake University – John Hugunin
East Stroudsburg University – Jon Schnaars
Eastern Kentucky University – Avery Pitt
Ferris State University – Jason Vander Laan
Florida A&M University – Akil Blount
Marist College – Zach Quarles
McDaniel College – Mike Oliveto
Mississippi College – Seth McDonald
Mississippi Valley State University – Sean Brown
Moravian College – Anthony Orlando
Morgan State University – Andrew King
Morningside College – Ethan Stofferan
North Carolina Central University – Tre Smith
North Carolina Wesleyan College – Dustin Midgett
Northern Arizona University – Dejzon Walker
Northern State University – Joseph Parsley
Northwest Missouri State University – Shane Smith
Ohio Dominican University – Paul Wesselhoeft
Ohio Wesleyan University – Tim Shadoan
Peru State College – Logan Paben
Pittsburg State University – Deron Washington
Presentation College – Garret Fraser
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Austin Amery
Rhodes College – Jonathan Wiener
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Tyler Rockwood
Rowan University – Withler Marcelin
Sacred Heart University – Nick Bartoli
Saint Augustine’s University – Roderick Davenport
Saint Francis University (Pa.) – Khairi Dickson
Saint John’s University (Minn.) – Ben Brown
Saint Vincent College – Andrew Geisler
Salve Regina University – Mike McNamara
Samford University – Gunnar Bromelow
Shepherd University – Octavius Thomas
South Dakota State University – Cam Jones
Southeast Missouri State University – Paul McRoberts
Southeastern Oklahoma State University – Kaymon Farmer
Southern Arkansas University – John Miller
St. Cloud State University – Jameson Parsons
Stephen F. Austin State University – Aaron Thomas
Stonehill College – Nick Chiocco

Florida Institute of Technology – Manny Abad
Fordham University – George Dawson
Franklin College– Austin Carlton
Frostburg State University – Josh Burch
Gannon University – Liam Nadler
Gardner-Webb University – Chad Geter
Grand Valley State University – Alton Voss
Harding University – De'Onte Garrett
Heidelberg University – Ryan Finck
Hillsdale College – Daniel Drummond
Hope College – Robert Kish
Idaho State University – Cody Sorensen
Illinois State University – Kyle Avaloy
Indiana State University – Mark Sewall
Jackson State University – Teddrick Terrell
Jacksonville State University – Dalton Screws
John Carroll University – David Porter
Lenoir-Rhyne University – Jacob Slagle
Liberty University – Chima Uzowihe
Lindenwood University (Mo.) – Connor Harris
Macalester College – Forest Redlin
Malone University – Jon Zimmerly
Manchester University – Logan Haston
Sul Ross State University – Sterling Jones
Texas A&M University-Kingsville – Christian Garcia
Texas Lutheran University – Dominick Stives
The Citadel – Joe Crochet
Towson University – Jon Desir
Trinity International University – Riley Schussler
Trinity University (Texas) – Brad Hood
Tufts University – Corey Burns
University of Central Oklahoma – Seth Hiddink
University of Chicago – Vincent Beltrano
University of Dayton – Patrick Nuzzolese
University of Dubuque – Blaine Snitker
University of Maine – Trevor Bates
University of Mary – Zach Roberson
University of North Alabama – Lee Mayhall
University of North Dakota – Dayo Idowu
University of Northern Iowa – Isaac Ales
University of Northwestern (Minn.) – Nathan Van Zee
University of Puget Sound – Misha Gordon
University of Rochester – Matthew Pisano
University of San Diego – Devyn Bryant
University of Sioux Falls – John Tidwell
University of St. Thomas – David Simmet
University of Tennessee at Martin – Taino Fears-Perez
University of the Cumberlands – Randy Maynard
University of the Incarnate Word – Padyn Giebler
University of Wisconsin-Platteville – Alex Johnson
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Taylor Lucas
Wartburg College – Robbie Anstoetter
Washburn University – Michael Miller
Washington University in St. Louis – Jonathan Way
Wayne State University (Mich.) – Carl Roscoe
Western Illinois University – Jordan Veloz
Westminster College – Justin Dahl
William Penn University – Kramer Patterson
Wingate University – Mathu Gibson
Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Jake Brown
Yale University – Sebastian Little

About Allstate
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 auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. 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 the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.

About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams® were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.

The SEC leads all conferences with 62 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 47 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 29 selections. Georgia is in first place with 15 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.® The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska with 14 honorees. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams®, respectively.

About AFCA
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.”

Contact:

Jennifer Knoeppel, Taylor
212-714-5732
jknoeppel@taylorstrategy.com

Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations
847-402-5600
Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com

Vince Thompson, AFCA Media Relations
254-754-9900
vince@afca.com



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Allstate Announces Common Stock Dividend

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The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced a quarterly dividend of 30 cents on each outstanding share of the corporation’s common stock, payable in cash on October 1, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on August 31, 2015.

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 auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. 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.

Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on http://ift.tt/1kdfBpc.

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Contact:

Greg Burns
(847) 402-5600



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Monday, July 13, 2015

Liberty International expands its presence in Chile by agreeing to acquire Penta Security S.A

Liberty International Holdings Inc, member of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, one of the largest property and casualty insurers in the world, today announced the expansion of its presence in Chile by agreeing to acquire an additional insurance company, Compañia de Seguros Generales Penta Security S.A., the fourth largest non-life insurer in Chile.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

TD Ameritrade Hosts Free Investor Education Day; Make New Discoveries About Options and Futures

So you think you can text and drive? Guess again.

Driving Simulator“They’ll see you before you see them.” “Keep your head out of your apps.” Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” “It can wait.”

Every day, we’re bombarded by anti-drunk driving and anti-distracted driving messages like the ones above — to the point where we may feel overloaded. But I recently got to see why the consequences of driving drunk or distracted can be so dire, thanks to UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour.

The tour made a stop recently at our headquarters outside Washington, D.C., with their driving simulator, which was loaded with techno-wizardry. There was an actual vehicle (a Jeep Patriot) hooked up to a computer, which fed inputs from the car to a virtual reality headset.

I climbed into the Jeep, got myself situated, and started my first test, which was to drive with a simulated blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.12 percent, which is 50 percent more than the legal limit. And … things didn’t go so well.

I don’t think I made it more than a few hundred feet, and after swerving out of my lane too many times to count … WHAM … a direct hit into a parked car. Game. Set. Match. I would have been booked on the spot in real life. Driving impaired like this felt like the car was part of a Tilt-A-Whirl carnival ride, and you have to somehow keep the car straight — virtually impossible.

For the next test, I pulled out my phone. I started driving again – this time without the .12 percent BAC – and this time I was instructed to compose a text: “I’m on my way home from work. Do you need anything from the store?”

This challenge went a little better. I did get the message composed correctly, but I slowed to 10 mph below the speed limit and wandered from my lane. Even though I didn’t cause an accident, I would have still been a major hazard to other cars because I was texting and driving.

The final takeaway here is simple. It’s time to stop imagining you can multi-task behind the wheel, and start realizing that it’s actually task-switching. And when you switch off of driving, bad things can happen in less than an instant.



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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Allstate Named Official Protector of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup™ Trophy

Gold Cup Trophy to be Shared with Fans and Protected by Allstate as it Visits Matches Across the Country
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The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that Allstate Insurance Company will be the Official Protector of the Gold Cup™ trophy as it makes its way to some of the biggest soccer matches across the country. The seven-city Gold Cup Trophy tour scheduled for this month, gives soccer fans across the United States the chance to interact with the Cup awarded to the winner of the region’s preeminent men’s national team soccer tournament.

Allstate, an official sponsor of the Gold Cup, will kick off the trophy tour today in Dallas ahead of the opening match at Toyota Stadium, during which defending 2013 champion United States takes on Honduras as part of a double header, also featuring 2013 runner-up Panama versus Haiti.

“As Protector of the Cup, CONCACAF is confident Allstate can protect one of our most precious symbols – the Gold Cup Trophy,” said CONCACAF Acting General Secretary Ted Howard. “The end result has yielded a great opportunity for fans at this summer’s Gold Cup – the chance to get up close and personal with the trophy and truly enhance their experience.”

The month-long trophy tour culminates at the final matches in Philadelphia, July 24-26. At each stop along the tour, the Gold Cup Trophy will be displayed at Allstate-organized community events benefiting local youth soccer leagues and at the Allstate Fan Zone – a fun and interactive experience where fans can take part in family-friendly activities and meet soccer legends Adolfo Rios or Brian McBride before heading into the match.

“Soccer has some of the most loyal and passionate fans in sports. There’s no better way to celebrate them than to provide exclusive access to the coveted Gold Cup Trophy,” said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company. “It’s a natural fit for Allstate to protect the Cup, just like we keep our customers in good hands, protecting them from life’s uncertainties.”

As part of the trophy tour, the Gold Cup will visit Dallas, Chicago, Kansas City, Charlotte, Baltimore, Atlanta and Philadelphia, in that order. The full schedule is as follows:

July 6 - July 7 – Dallas, Texas and Toyota Stadium (July 7)
July 8 - July 9 – Chicago, Illinois and Soldier Field (July 9)
July 12 - July 13 – Kansas City, Kansas and Sporting Park (July 13)
July 14 - July 15 – Charlotte, North Carolina and Bank of America Stadium (July 15)
July 16 - July 18 – Baltimore, Maryland and M&T Bank Stadium (July 18)
July 21 - July 22 – Atlanta, Georgia and the Georgia Dome (July 22)
July 24 - July 26 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and PPL Park/Lincoln Financial Field (July 26)

This year marks the first time Allstate has joined CONCACAF as a sponsor of the Gold Cup. The company has a well-established history of supporting soccer events in North America, including Major League Soccer and the Mexican National team, and is committed to aiding grassroots community initiatives to help the next generation of soccer fans and players. 

The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be played from July 7-26, involving 12 teams from the region. Qualifying countries for this year’s tournament are in alphabetical order: Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.

The Gold Cup will take place in 13 cities across the United States and Canada. Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Toronto will all host group stage double-headers. Atlanta, Baltimore, New York/New Jersey and Philadelphia have been slated for knockout round matches, with the final match schedules set to be announced later this summer.

The winning team will qualify for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team will participate in the Confederations Cup – a competition ahead of the World Cup which features the champion from each region of the world, as well as the host nation and the defending World Cup champion. Since clinching the Gold Cup in 2013, the United States has already qualified for the playoff, so a repeat performance this summer will automatically confirm its place in the Confederations Cup.

Taking place every two years, the Gold Cup has established itself as the region’s most popular national team tournament, routinely drawing capacity crowds and millions of viewers across the region. The Gold Cup has been played 12 times since the inaugural edition in 1991.

About CONCACAF
CONCACAF – the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football – is one of six continental confederations of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and serves as the governing body of football in this part of the world. It is comprised of 41 national associations, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in the south. Please visit www.concacaf.com for more information.

About Allstate
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 auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. 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 the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.

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Contact:

Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations
847-402-5600
Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com

Jessie Snider, Taylor
704-644-6928
jsnider@taylorstrategy.com



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TD Ameritrade to Host Earnings Conference Call

Thursday, July 2, 2015

College Home Run Derby Crowns a New Champion: Jeff Campbell, University of North Dakota

Play it safe and keep July Fourth fun

July 4 graphic Independence Day: For many it’s the pinnacle of the summer season. Perhaps you tie it into a vacation, use the day to host a barbecue, or take a trip to a city festival. And, the holiday certainly wouldn’t be complete without catching a fireworks display.

If you plan on hosting a picnic or attending one, perhaps you’ll enjoy an adult beverage or two. Remember to make responsible decisions if you consume alcoholic beverages:

  • Find a form of public transportation, a cab or a ride-hailing service to get you to and from your party, or assign a designated driver. If a friend serves in that role this time, consider returning the favor on Labor Day.
  • Enjoy some food with that drink. Have a burger and a dog, and why not double down on all the other fixings?
  • If you’re hosting a party, offer non-alcoholic beverage options like soda and water.

For those who will pick up the tongs and don their favorite apron to master the grill, we have a couple tips. A burnt burger isn’t the end of the world, but singed eyebrows … not so good.

  • First and foremost, never leave your grill unattended and keep it far away from your house, deck or other structures that could catch fire.
  • If you use a charcoal grill, wait until the coals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.
  • Clean off excess fat left over from food and remember to replace your grease tray. This will prevent a grease fire from starting on your grill, which is often tough to extinguish.

Have a happy Fourth of July and enjoy the red, white and blue. And if you want to celebrate your independence from high insurance prices, visit geico.com to see if you could save some green.



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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Blog Post: ELP Interviews

GEICO’s highly selective Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is comprised of graduates from top schools and offers two distinct career tracks: Operations Management and Information Technology. I had the pleasure of speaking with two previous Emerging Leaders, Carolyn who went through GEICO’s Information Technology track and Anna who proceeded through the Operations Management track. Both have made an impact within GEICO are very well known for their work ethic and drive to succeed. Within this blog post, you will learn about their experience while in the Emerging Leaders Program and where they are now.

Carolyn photoCarolyn has been with GEICO for 4 ½ years and has a very fulfilling career path. During her time in the Emerging Leaders program Carolyn worked on many projects that customer’s use today including the iPad app, mobile app and mobile website. She also worked with the GEICO.com Team and made changes to the website using CMS, came up with requirements to implement new product initiatives with landing pages and internal pages and conducted research and analysis for building an enterprise customer-facing text messaging system. After she completed the EL program, Carolyn was a Lead Systems Analyst position on the GEICO Mobile team. After working on that team for a little over 6 months, she went to be a UX/UI Team Lead on the newly formed Digital Experience team, which is where she is today.

Anna PhotoAnna has been with GEICO for 8 ½ years and during her time in the Emerging Leaders Program she developed guidelines to make processes better, planned Warren Buffett’s visit to the Fredericksburg Office, created the CU Maryland Training Manual, Analyzed and reported the Associate Opinion Survey for all of the Fredericksburg Office and Created and supervised the 2007 Fredericksburg Summer Intern Program which received a 2008 Corporate Quality Award Nomination. After the Emerging Leaders Program she held a variety of positions including Claims Manager and TCR Manager in Virginia Beach, TCR2 Manager in San Diego and now she is in the Lakeland, FL office in her current role as the Liability Director. In her current position, she oversees 800 associates and a variety of claims, liability and theft departments.

After talking to Carolyn and Anna about their experience in the program, I dug a little deeper into their feelings toward the Emerging leaders Program and GEICO.

How did the program help you get to your current role?

Carolyn: “The EL program gave me the opportunity to network and build relationships with different members of management who helped mentor me while I was in the program and thereafter. It also provided me the opportunity to work in different departments to learn different technologies and team dynamics. The rotational aspect of the program is great to get a breadth of experience in the different departments and to build a strong network of resources.”

Would you recommend the Emerging Leaders Program to current college seniors?

Anna: “Absolutely, the insurance industry is one of the most stable industries to consider. GEICO is growing and we have a lot of potential for millennials and the young work force. The development is very special, you get assigned a mentor and you will understand all aspects of the position. The structure and mentoring is top notch”

If you knew a college senior that was debating on taking the Emerging Leaders Position or a different IT position at a different company, what would you say about the program to persuade them to come to GEICO?

Carolyn: “What I love the most about GEICO is all of the career growth and development opportunities available. GEICO’s organization is very flat and the culture is like one big family. The EL program gave me the opportunity to network and build relationships with different members of management who helped mentor me while I was in the program and thereafter. GEICO’s internal job posting provides myself and others with the opportunity and flexibility to work within the same company but in different positions.”

If you want to learn, be mentored and grow within a great company that offers many career paths, check out GEICO’s career site for more information.



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