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ABD Named Finalist in Two Categories for U.S. Insurance Awards’ Broker Team of the Year and Risk Management Team of the Year

SAN MATEO, CA – ABD is excited to announce that we are two-time finalists for Business Insurance’s 2019 U.S. Insurance Awards in the categories for Broker Team of the Year and Risk Management Team of the Year. The U.S. Insurance Awards honors teams demonstrating exemplary service in the commercial insurance and risk management sector.

The first of our teams to be named finalists is our Property and Casualty Team for the Risk Management Team of the Year Award. Our P&C Team, led by Rod Sockolov, is consistent in their ability to find creative, cost-efficient solutions to risk management for some of our largest clients. In 2018, the team was able to present a broader and more effective program structure for a large, rapidly growing e-commerce company that resulted in over $2.2M in savings.  We offered solutions to help the client control their total cost of risk through a variety of strategies, including Property and Workers Compensation loss control and safety programs.  We’re proud of this team’s ingenuity and commitment to be a trusted risk advisor and want to extend a special congratulations to Rod Sockolov, Tracy Tenorio, Robin Hendrickson, Fern Kao, Timothy Guzman, Kurtis Rupe and Adriana Tonelli.

Our Life Science Team, also a part of ABD’s Property and Casualty Practice, is a finalist for the Broker Team of the Year Award. Last year, the Life Science Team, led by Cristina Varner, worked closely with ABD’s CIO Brent Rineck to launch a more efficient update to their proprietary, cloud-based global clinical trials portal. The online portal enables the team to easily coordinate with their clients to satisfy global insurance requirements and played a key role in winning the business of a $1.5+B international pharmaceutical company during the last year. We want to thank and congratulate Cristina Varner, Brent Rineck, Dana George, and Patrick Chan for this important work.

We are honored to be recognized alongside some of our most esteemed peers in the industry. In the coming weeks, a panel of risk managers will assess the finalists and the winning teams will be announced at an awards event in New York on March 21.


About ABD

ABD is an employee-owned and client-centered business-to-business professional services firm. We provide leading-edge risk management, insurance brokerage, employee benefits, human resources and retirement consulting services. Our advisors offer deep expertise and craft innovative solutions for clients and industries that are driving regional economic growth.

With headquarters in San Mateo, ABD has offices in Seattle and throughout the Northern California region including San Francisco, San Rafael, San Jose, Walnut Creek, Lodi, and Roseville; serving clients across the United States and globally.  To learn more, visit:

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