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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Danielle Schoonmaker—A Happy Warrior

    Danielle Schoonmaker—A Happy Warrior

    One of our key missions at Pearl Insurance is to help people get back on track amidst a difficult situation. As it turns out, Danielle Schoonmaker—one of Pearl's marketing coordinators…

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  • Ways to Stay Connected While Apart

    Ways to Stay Connected While Apart

    There's no denying it… a pandemic can take a toll on physical relationships and mental health. So during a time where tensions are high and physical contact is low, we…

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  • Brandon Morgan–Kansas City Has It All!

    Brandon Morgan–Kansas City Has It All!

    If you ask Brandon Morgan the best thing about working in Pearl's Kansas City office, he has one answer. "It's the Chiefs, of course!" he laughs. "Seriously though, KC is…

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  • Emily Carpenter—Life Is What You Make It

    Emily Carpenter—Life Is What You Make It

    Like many of us at Pearl, senior insurance representative Emily Carpenter didn't grow up dreaming of working in the insurance industry. "I originally wanted to work in law enforcement," Emily…

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  • Ingrid McKay—Service, Faith, Family

    Ingrid McKay—Service, Faith, Family

    It only takes a few moments to discern what's most important to Ingrid McKay. As a customer care representative for Pearl Insurance in New York, Ingrid enjoys assisting customers with…

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  • Meet the People of Pearl Insurance: Mahita Kolli

    Mahita Kolli—Family Is My Prized Possession

    If you ask Mahita (Mahi) Kolli what makes her smile and what brings joy to her day, she has an answer quick as can be­—her family. "I know it sounds…

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  • Meet the People of Pearl Insurance: Vicki Holcomb

    Vicki Holcomb—A Welcome Smile and a Friendly Hello

    If you've visited Pearl Insurance in Peoria Heights or contacted us by phone, you've probably had a conversation with Vicki. Vicki Holcomb is our senior switchboard operator at Pearl. "I…

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  • Five Overlooked Women in History

    Five Overlooked Women in History

    Today, there are still many battles we are fighting to overcome. And gender equality is still near the top. The sad truth is it took women over 100 years to…

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  • People of Pearl: Erika Scheirer

    Erika Scheirer—A Nurturing Heart

    Among all of the wonderful people at Pearl Insurance, some are universally recognized for their compassion and understanding. Erika Scheirer, the copywriter team lead within our marketing department, is one…

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  • The Ultimate Debate: The Origins of Valentine's Day

    The Ultimate Debate: The Origins of Valentine’s Day

    The history of Valentine's Day is pretty muddy. Many believe Valentine's Day was created solely to drive sales for cards, flowers, and gifts—a so-called Hallmark creation. Some claim its roots…

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  • Experience: The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift

    Tired of Giving Boring Gifts? Try an Experience Instead.

    Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and it’s no secret that most are scrambling to find the perfect gift for their sweetie. Not to scare you, but nationwide, $9.5…

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  • Jake Pearl, It Takes a Team

    Jake Pearl inherited more from his grandfather than the family name and legacy. He exhibits the same drive his grandfather, Jack Pearl, exercised over 65 years ago when he began…

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  • Michele's Floral Events & Decorative Accessories
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    Floral Designs Inspired by a Deep Love of the Natural World

    Michele Birkner, owner of Michele's Floral Events & Decorative Accessories, credits her success to the influence of her parents. "My mother was creative and artistic, and my dad worked hard…

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  • Christi Monroe, Pearl Insurance
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    Christi Monroe, Our Favorite Morale Booster

    "I wear a lot of hats in my department," says Christi, "but I take den mother and chief optimist seriously!" Among her coworkers, Christi is the one who makes sure…

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  • Corey Smith, Pearl Insurance
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    Meet Corey Smith: The King of Halloween

    Our offices are filled with a host of wild and wonderful characters. And while they all shine brightly year-round, sometimes—like a man howling at the full moon as lycanthropy courses…

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