Schaumburg, Ill. (Dec. 15, 2015) – An hour into Assurance’s annual “winter wonderland” themed holiday party, Leslie Kaderavek (nee Rufo), a claims supervisor, set a new favorite professional accomplishment – being named Assurance’s 2015 Employee of the Year. Kaderavek, who resides in Gilberts, Ill., was brought on stage Dec. 4 at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows to accept the award in front of more than 500 employees and guests. She was chosen as Employee of the Year by company managers and leaders. 

“2015 is the year we brought to life our passion for ‘minimizing risk and maximizing health’ in a big way. We’d be hard pressed to find anyone that exhibits this passion more than Leslie,” said Jackie Gould, chief operating officer at Assurance. “Leslie’s the type of person that inspired us when we defined our core passion; her approach to claims management not only helps the clients she touches directly, but raises the bar for her team and Assurance overall.” 

Kaderavek graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Northern Illinois University and grew up in Hometown Canton, Conn. She is currently a claims supervisor. Her day-to-day consists of answering claim questions, facilitating appropriate claim handling, coordinating preferred counsel assignments and conducting claim reviews.

“I’m honored to be named Employee of the Year. I was never good at sports so awards – outside of participation – are a foreign concept to me,” Kaderavek said. “All kidding aside, I consider myself very fortunate to work with some of the best people in the industry who challenge me and act as a guiding force in my career.”

Assurance has recognized its employees in this manner since 1993, with an expansion in 2010 to accommodate two employees annually as the agency grew. In addition to a cash bonus, employees’ names are engraved on a commemorative plaque that resides in Assurance’s Schaumburg headquarters. Kaderavek is joined by senior client service representative Lexi Bueno who was also awarded this distinction.

About Assurance

Assurance is among the largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages in the U.S.  A “Top 50” broker and repeated national “Best Place to Work” winner, Assurance creates value by minimizing risk and maximizing health for 6,000 businesses and individuals across the country. The company is headquartered in Schaumburg, IL with centralized office locations in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO. Visit Assurance at www.assuranceagency.com.