After time working in big insurance firms in big cities, Jennifer Hill came to Montgomery. When she looked for a job, she found a small company and worried it wouldn’t be a good fit. More than 20 years later, she now calls joining Harmon Dennis Bradshaw, where she’s a shareholder and Vice President, “her best career decision.”
When did you start working at Harmon Dennis Bradshaw? In 1999, two weeks after arriving in Montgomery. There was only one global insurance broker that had an office in the city, and it was small compared to the major global brokerages in Orlando and New York City I had worked at. I have always been career-driven so I was wary to take a job at an independently owned agency. I was convinced that larger insurance brokerage firms were better. What convinced me to try HDB was their vision for the firm and the knowledge and integrity of the partners.
What all does your job entail? I lead the design and development of property and liability insurance programs for our business clients. This entails diving into a client’s business to really understand their needs, then leveraging our strong relationships with insurance companies to customize a risk solution that fits. I also work closely with HDB’s President, David Dennis, in developing and implementing HDB’s long-term strategic initiatives, and I sit in on two insurance carrier agent advisory boards.
What are HDB’s primary services? Providing all insurance products for businesses including property, liability, auto, workers compensation, management liability, group employee life, health, vision and dental. We also provide HR services such as employee handbook review and complimentary HR compliance guidelines as well as free access to labor law experts. Additionally, we offer loss control assistance from a former Assistant Area Director for OSHA. Our claims team is headed up by an attorney who has more than 20 years of experience in insurance and contract litigation who will advocate on our clients’ behalf.
What is your favorite thing about your job? Being able to help protect businesses and their employees. I am curious, business-minded and a problem solver, so I love digging in and learning about clients’ businesses. It’s fascinating and makes insurance the opposite of boring. I also love the people aspect of my work.
It Runs in the Family
Jennifer Hill is a shareholder in HDB, but Hill noted how that doesn’t make her unique in her house. “We’re a family of business owners. Brad [her husband] has his own side IT business, and Isabella [her daughter] has her own Etsy business, where she just surpassed 300 sales.”