October 2013 – On October 21, Business Insurance recognized the 2013 Best Places to Work in Insurance. The top qualifying companies earned this distinction after an in-depth assessment of workplace benefits, policies and practices, and an evaluation of their employees' engagement and satisfaction. The companies were honored at a luncheon in Chicago on October 15 and ranked in order in the October 21 issue of Business Insurance. J. Smith Lanier & Co. was awarded # 7 in the medium sized agents/brokers.
Business Insurance engaged in this project in conjunction with Best Companies Group, an independent workplace excellence research firm that manages 35 other regional and industry programs in the United States and Canada. Best Companies Group oversaw the registration process, which was open to all publicly or privately held reinsurers, insurers, and third-party claims administrators with at least 25 employees working in the United States and serving the commercial lines market. BCG also conducted the surveys, evaluated the data and ultimately selected the firms that made the cut.
"All of the employees at J. Smith Lanier & Co. are thrilled that we were selected to Business Insurance's Best Places to Work in Insurance list for the fourth year in a row," said Chairman and CEO of J. Smith Lanier & Co., D. Gaines Lanier. “Our employees provide an unmatched commitment and responsiveness to everyone we serve and make J. Smith Lanier & Co. what it is today.”
The assessment was a two-part process. Part one – responsible for 75% of a company's score – involved a confidential 76-question Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey, which was used to evaluate employees' workplace experience and the company culture. The second part of the assessment – responsible for 25% of a company's score – was an employer questionnaire that collected information about each company's benefits, policies, practices and other general information. Using the two sets of data, BCG experts conducted an in-depth analysis of the strengths and opportunities at each company.
J. Smith Lanier & Co., headquartered in West Point, GA, is an employee-owned company founded in 1868 and has become one of the largest privately owned insurance brokers in the United States. Since 1868, the company has grown from a three-employee local agency to a major regional firm employing over 575 employees in eight divisions and 19 branch offices. J. Smith Lanier & Co. offers commercial and personal lines insurance, employee benefits, aviation insurance, surety, and risk control.