Supporting Our Troops

February 28, 2014

Insuring Ohio Futures was front-and-center during Monday’s Ohio Department of Veterans Services Veterans Resource Fair in Medina, an event designed to match military veterans with good jobs in Ohio’s insurance industry.

The timing and locale couldn’t have been better for the resource fair, which was held in conjunction with Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech across town that evening addressing, in part, the need for veteran assistance programs.

Insuring Ohio Futures met with hundreds of veterans during the four-hour event, which was held at the Medina Army National Guard Armory. The event included a pair of breakout sessions featuring Insurance Industry Resource Council (IIRC) member organizations Westfield Insurance and Wayne Mutual Insurance Company. Westfield Insurance is Medina County’s largest employer and run by Jim Clay, IIRC Co-Chair and Westfield Group Leader and CEO. Tod Carmony, President and CEO of Wayne Mutual and a former general in the Army National Guard, spoke one-on-one with military veterans interested in making the transition to a career in insurance.

Col. Timothy Gorrell, Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services – a main sponsor of the event – lauded the Insuring Ohio Futures awareness program, which aims to educate veterans, students and career-changers about the stable, good paying and diverse jobs that exist in the Ohio insurance industry. An estimated 17,000 skilled workers are needed by 2018 to fill a looming job gap.

In addition to the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, Ohio Adjutant General Major General Deborah Ashenhurst and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services sponsored the resource fair, which connected veterans with a total of 60 federal, state and local government and business resources.

Insuring Ohio Futures continues to tour Ohio to promote the awareness program and recruit skilled workers. Earlier this month, program representatives joined forces with the Ohio Air National Guard Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, presenting valuable information to approximately 100 transitioning service members and their spouses. The Columbus-presentation offered insurance-based career and education advice to attendees.

Insuring Ohio Futures will release updated workforce data later in 2014 and will continue to partner with state organizations and key industry stakeholders to recruit the next generation of the insurance industry.