Schaumburg, IL (November 25, 2013) - Assurance, an independent insurance brokerage with offices near Chicago and St. Louis, was named for the second consecutive year one of the nation's "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). The announcement comes just three months after winning the Chicago area's 101 Best and Brightest competition.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition identifies and honors organizations throughout the nation that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. The winning companies were assessed by an independent research firm, which reviewed a number of key measures relative to other nationally recognized winners. Through this competition, the NABR has identified numerous best HR practices and provides benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards.

Assurance was honored for its compensation and benefits package, community initiatives, shared vision, work-life balance, employee achievement recognition, education opportunities and development programs, among others. Here is just a sampling of the some of the benefits Assurance integrates into its best place to work culture:

  • Paid day off for your birthday and to volunteer
  • Community involvement opportunities through Assurance Caring Together
  • Shared success profit sharing
  • Telecommuting days
  • Virtual high-fives and balloons for achievements
  • In-house learning lunches and tuition reimbursement

"We thank The National Association for Business Resources for selecting Assurance as a Best and Brightest company for the second year in a row,” said Lisa Pinion, senior vice president, human resources. "We firmly believe that rewarding employees for their hard work and dedication is essential to maintaining a happy, engaged and successful workplace culture.”

Assurance's commitment to employee engagement and achievement is apparent in the more than 60 awards received for corporate culture, including 2013 accolades from Fortune, Business Insurance, The Chicago Tribune and the American Heart Association. Due in large part to these efforts, Assurance has catapulted itself to the second largest independent insurance brokerage in Illinois with a 14 percent average organic growth rate the past ten years and $60 million in revenue last year.

The selected companies will be featured in the December 5 online edition of Corp! Magazine and receive additional recognition as a national winner at a local Best and Brightest Companies to Work For awards symposium and gala.