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  • Avoid Risk by Avoiding Promises: An E&O Best Practice

    Avoid Risk by Avoiding Promises: An E&O Best Practice

    A real estate agent marketed a commercial property that included street-level retail and residential units on the upper two floors. The residential units were producing a steady stream of revenue,…

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  • Denise Gibson—Remote Joy

    Denise Gibson—Remote Joy

    Though many of our employees are still operating from home after transitioning to remote work in 2020, a few people have been contributing virtually for much longer. You may think…

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  • American Heart Month—Show Your Heart Some Love

    American Heart Month—Show Your Heart Some Love

    From heart-shaped chocolates to heart-shaped pizza, February has no shortage of goodies to remind us it's the month of love. But Valentine's Day isn’t the only heart-related event this month—February…

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  • The High Cost of Low Coverage

    The High Cost of Low Coverage

    Money is tight for many of us with limited relief coming anytime soon. The thought of saving a bit wherever you can is very tempting—but choose wisely. When you consider…

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  • Scott Simons—An Attitude of Gratitude

    Scott Simons—An Attitude of Gratitude

    Growing up, Scott Simons never imagined working in insurance. What started as a part-time job to make a little extra cash in college turned into a 14-year (and counting!) career…

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  • Don't Skip a Rung in Ladder Safety

    Don’t Skip a Rung in Ladder Safety

    If you're like many other homeowners, you probably have a DIY project in some stage of construction in your backyard, basement, or even attic. Or perhaps you're one of the…

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  • Heather Guillory—Exemplary Service with a Dash of Sparkle

    Heather Guillory—Exemplary Service with a Dash of Sparkle

    If you’ve worked with Heather Guillory, you know she offers the utmost in service. Maybe you’re even among those who call her “Hill” (more on that later). As a member…

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  • Melt the Blues Away

    Melt the Blues Away

    Feeling down this winter? If so, you’re not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of recurring depression that an estimated 5% of the population experience during the months…

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  • Insurance 101 for Small Business Owners

    Insurance 101 for Small Business Owners

    Operating a small business in the current climate is incredibly challenging. For some, it has sadly been impossible. For many, staying afloat has meant pivoting to other lines of business…

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  • Top Five Winter Safety Tips for Your Car

    Your personal vehicle is likely well-prepared for the clear roads and blue skies of summer, but it might not be ready to tackle winter's heavy snowfalls, icy streets, and decreased…

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  • Brad Smith—Mastering the Machine

    Brad Smith—Mastering the Machine

    Though many of our employees specialize in one area of work and stick to it, there are a few people of Pearl who work different jobs throughout their career… enriching…

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  • The Stories Behind 5 of Our Favorite Christmas Songs

    The Stories Behind 5 of Our Favorite Christmas Songs

    Christmas music is a cornerstone of the holiday season, and we all know at least one Christmas aficionado who had seasonal playlists looping long before the Thanksgiving turkey was cooked.…

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  • Business Owners Should Take a Few Extra Precautions During the Colder Months

    Business Owners Should Take a Few Extra Precautions During the Colder Months

    Every season comes with its own risks, and winter is no different. The common elements of cold, snow, and ice may hit some areas of the country harder than others,…

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  • Sheneka Leggison—Family, Faith, and Gratitude

    Sheneka Leggison—Family, Faith, and Gratitude

    Sheneka Leggison, senior underwriter for Pearl's real estate errors and omissions program, never expected a career in insurance. When she was younger, she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. "Anybody who…

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  • Protect Your Home from These Holiday Hazards

    Protect Your Home from These Holiday Hazards

    The holiday season is officially upon us, and unfortunately, many of our seasonal traditions present a special set of risks for homeowners each year. As you gear up for the…

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  • Tracey Blumenshine—Going with the Flow

    Tracey Blumenshine—Going with the Flow

    For Tracey Blumenshine, her team and family—sprinkled with laughter and love—keep her going. As Business Insurance Operations Supervisor, Tracey oversees a team of service center technicians at Pearl's Peoria Heights…

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  • Civic Engagement Doesn’t End After an Election

    Civic Engagement Doesn’t End After an Election

    Congratulations! You made it through another nasty political cycle. But the problems facing America—and the world at large—won’t ever be solved in a single election. 2020 has been a historic…

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  • Change of Season Brings New Claims Risks

    Change of Season Brings New Claims Risks

    With daylight savings time and cooler temperatures marking the change of season for much of the country, weather remains a concern for business owners. Not only do you have the…

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  • Cheryl Staller – A Balanced Approach

    Cheryl Staller – A Balanced Approach

    When her high school accounting teacher told Cheryl Staller she should go into accounting, Cheryl scoffed and thought, no way! After getting her degree in business management and working in…

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  • Navigating a Tricky 2020 Halloween

    Navigating a Tricky 2020 Halloween

    Adding to an already scary year is the idea that we may have to give up some of the classic traditions tied to one of our beloved holidays—Halloween. But just…

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  • Justin McGhee—The (Nick) Name Says it All

    Justin McGhee—The (Nick) Name Says it All

    Justin McGhee is fondly referred to as "Bleader" by his coworkers at Pearl. While many of us may have garnered office nicknames, Justin's carries a particularly inspiring meaning. "'Bleader' actually…

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  • Is It Time for a Social Media Detox?

    Is It Time for a Social Media Detox?

    There’s no doubt social media has the power to bring people together in a powerful way. But it also has the ability to do the opposite. And because the pandemic…

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  • Sam Daugherty—The Candy Man Cometh

    Sam Daugherty—The Candy Man Cometh

    Variety is the spice of life, and Sam Daugherty—one of our digital marketing strategists—adds an undeniable zest to the Pearl family mix. Just like the sweets he loves so much,…

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  • How to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

    How to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

    A slip and fall accident may be amusing in slapstick comedy, but in reality, it's no joke. Slips and falls account for a significant number of injuries to customers and…

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  • 6 Essential Fall Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

    6 Essential Fall Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

    There are probably a lot of activities on your fall to-do list, like picking apples, drinking pumpkin-spiced lattés, and taking hikes to enjoy the fall foliage. While you're enjoying autumn's…

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  • People of Pearl Insurance: Saurabh Shah

    Saurabh Shah—Family Keeps Me Going

    If you ask Saurabh Shah—Shah to his coworkers—what gets him up in the morning and helps him stay focused at work, it's one in the same: family. Shah's wife and two…

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  • How to Support Teachers During the Pandemic

    How to Support Teachers During the Pandemic

    In a recent survey, teachers were asked to describe in their own words how they were feeling about the school year during the pandemic. The response? Anxious, fearful, worried, overwhelmed,…

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  • Are Your Employees Using Their Personal Vehicles for Work?

    Are Your Employees Using Their Personal Vehicles for Work?

    If you answered "yes" to this question, then you may want to check your insurance coverage to see if you're protected from possible claims. Even with a commercial auto policy…

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  • Vanessa Ray—A Heart for Helping Others

    Vanessa Ray—A Heart for Helping Others

    For assistant data marketing analyst Vanessa Ray, there's nothing more important in life than caring for others. "I'm extremely motivated by helping people," says Vanessa. "I want to feel like…

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  • Jack Pearl—The Start of It All

    Jack Pearl—The Start of It All

    Today, we have a very special edition of People of Pearl. We are focusing on the one man who started it all—our founder, Jack Pearl. Without his big dreams and…

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