Quaker Special Risk Chairman Named One of Worcester’s Outstanding Women in Business

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Karin Branscombe Recognized for Leadership, Advancing Causes of Women and Mentoring

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We are proud of Karin’s contributions to our company and to the Worcester community,”- Thomas Prokop, President of Quaker Special Risk’s New England office

Quaker Special Risk, a Jencap company, is proud to announce Karin Branscombe, Chairwoman and former CEO of its Massachusetts office, was recognized as one of seven Outstanding Women in Business. Seven winners were chosen out of the 40 nominees for their roles in advancing the causes of women in the workplace, through direct mentoring, leading by example, and breaking through the glass ceiling previously holding half of the workforce back.

“We are proud of Karin’s contributions to our company and to the Worcester community,” says Thomas Prokop, President of Quaker Special Risk’s New England office, “She is a model for our employees and an inspiration for many in the community.”

Branscombe was born in Germany, is grateful for the opportunity she found in America to run a successful business and immerse herself in the local community. In addition to her longtime role as founder and CEO of the Quaker Special Risk New England office, Branscombe makes time to serve in areas of passions for her, including as a trustee at the Worcester Art Museum and on the Worcester Country Club board, where in 2019 she was named the club’s first female president.

Branscombe has worked to mentor both men and women, and made it a priority to value workers as she would have wanted to earlier in her career. She is known for her intelligence, thoroughness, and work ethic as a leader at Quaker Special Risk, attracting and retaining employees since 1981. The average tenure of an employee at Quaker's Worcester office is 20 years largely due to Branscombe’s leadership approach.

About Quaker Special Risk
Quaker Special Risk, a Jencap company, is a Commercial and Personal Lines Wholesaler, Managing General Agent (MGA), and Program Manager that helps insurance agents and brokers develop specialized insurance coverage solutions for their clients. Since 1960, Quaker has been a pioneer and a leader in the excess and surplus (E&S) lines market by helping insurance agents and brokers throughout the United States craft unique insurance coverage for the specific needs of their clients. With five of its own office locations and access to the countrywide presence of parent company, Jencap, Quaker prides itself on its dedication to personalized service, which remains the foundation on which its long-term partnerships are built.

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