Schaumburg, IL (April 7, 2014) - Assurance, located in Schaumburg, IL and St. Louis, MO, was named the fourth Best Place to Work in Chicago according to the 2014 Crain’s Chicago Business ranking. The independent insurance brokerage moved up three spots from last year’s list and received special recognition for its health care benefits, including 60 free onsite wellness initiatives and its 2013 corporate 5k Challenge. This is the sixth year Assurance finished in Crain’s top ten.

“We thank Crain’s for selecting Assurance as a Best Place to Work,” said Lisa Pinion, Senior Vice President, Human Resources. “We firmly believe happy employees equal happy clients and a happy bottom line. All of our programs and policies support that belief.”

Businesses in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties with more than 50 full-time employees as of Sept. 30, 2013, were eligible to participate. Buck Consultants, a global human resources consulting firm, developed two surveys, one each for the company and its employees. Through the survey, Assurance was found to have “good vibes” thanks to a combination of office celebrations, professional recognition and development, as well as a rich health benefits package.

“The culture here is something people want to be a part of,” said CEO Tony Chimino. “Just being a company that’s thankful, cordial and recognizes work well-done creates a really positive atmosphere.”

Assurance fuels that culture with happy hours in the office penthouse, a quarterly casino event where employees receive chances to win cash prizes and an annual Assurance Olympics, during which employees take part in everything from tricycle races to hula hoop competitions. The company also encourages sending digital high-fives to co-workers in recognition of great work, courteousness and understanding.

To help employees earn professional designations, Assurance offers an abundance of learning lunches. The convenience of the class schedule contributes to a 90 percent staff participation rate, which ensures Assurance clients are working with knowledgeable experts in the insurance field.

Enriching its benefits package and employee offerings has culminated in more than 60 awards for Assurance over the past five years. This includes 2013 accolades from Fortune, Business Insurance, The Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and the American Heart Association.

For the full Best Place to Work list, visit http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/best-places-to-work-2014.