Schaumburg, Ill. (Dec. 28, 2017) – Assurance’s annual theme this year was ‘The Power of Love’ – the theme song from the 80s movie Back to the Future. It was only appropriate to tie-in the film by surprising employees at the Annual Holiday Party with a real-life DeLorean, the time traveling car from the movie!

The party, which was hosted at Venue One on December 1, also had another surprise in store for Laura Koleno, an account manager at the Top 50 U.S. Brokerage. She pushed herself all year, and in turn, felt ‘The Power of Love’ by being named one of Assurance’s Employees of the Year.

Koleno, who resides in McHenry, Ill., accepted the award on stage in front of 500 co-workers and guests. She was chosen for the award by company managers and leaders.

“What we love about Laura is her strive for daily excellence,” said Liz Smith, president at Assurance. “Laura exemplifies what it takes to be a true partner, knowinhow to communicate with clients succinctly and in laymen’s terms.”

With over 20 years of experience, Laura focuses on clients in the public entity and education industries. She’s responsible for the preparation of proposals, invoices and correspondence to clients and carriers, as well as maintaining detailed information for each client. She is also part of the team that streamlines the renewal process in AssuranceEXP, an online platform to better service clients.

“I’m honored to be recognized as an Employee of the Year. I have the privilege of working with some amazing, hard-working, kind, thoughtful and caring people. It’s easy to be excited about coming to work, because I know that it’s going to be a team effort to get things accomplished,” said Koleno. 

Assurance has recognized its employees in this manner since 1993 with an expansion in 2010 to accommodate two employees annually. In addition to a cash bonus, employees’ names are engraved on a commemorative plaque that resides in Assurance’s Schaumburg headquarters. Koleno is joined by Daniella Pulikowski, a business process specialist who was also awarded this distinction.

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