Karen Crouch Named Insurance Professional of the Year by Insurance Professionals of Greater New Orleans

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Associated Risk Managers (ARM) International is proud to announce that ARM South member, Karen Crouch has been named Insurance Professional of the Year by the Insurance Professionals of Greater New Orleans.

Karen Crouch with fellow GEB staffers

She is an insurance ‘lifer’ who is obviously respected by her peers. She has been very involved with the industry in so many ways over the years, always unselfishly giving of her time and talents.

Currently the marketing manager of the commercial lines division of long time ARM member Gillis, Ellis & Baker, Inc., a New Orleans-based insurance agency writing commercial, personal, and benefit business, Crouch is a veteran insurance professional whose career in the industry started in 1976. Her background includes 18 years in her previous position as a commercial underwriter for Reliance Insurance Company. She has worked for Gillis, Ellis & Baker since 1998.

“Not only was I surprised but so honored to be recognized by my friends and co-workers involved with The Insurance Professionals of Greater New Orleans,” says Crouch. “This is a people business, has been and will continue to be based on relationships. Being part of ARM further underscores the importance of relationships and the enrichment of our lives, both personal and professional, that develop over the years.”

The Insurance Professionals of Greater New Orleans is the local chapter of the International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP). IAIP serves its members by providing professional education, an environment in which to build business alliances, and the opportunity to make connections with people of differing career paths and levels of experience in the insurance industry.

“Karen is a most deserving recipient of this year’s award,” says Parke Ellis, chairman of Gillis, Ellis & Baker. “She is an insurance ‘lifer’ who is obviously respected by her peers. She has been very involved with the industry in so many ways over the years, always unselfishly giving of her time and talents.”

Founded in 1933, Gillis, Ellis & Baker, Inc. is a third-generation agency with 55 employees. Writing 75% commercial, 15% personal, and 10% benefits, the firm has been awarded several New Orleans-based 'Best Places to Work' designations. The agency was named 2012 Rough Notes National Agency of the Year.

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