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Welcoming Jeffrey Wood as our new Personal Lines Manager

We are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Wood is Warren G. Bender Co.’s new Personal Lines Manager.

He joins the team with 21 years’ experience in personal insurance from his prior role with a local Insurance agency. As the Personal Lines Manager for Warren G. Bender Co., Wood works closely with the Personal Lines Team to cultivate and service new and existing clients in the greater Sacramento region.

“I enjoy helping people protect their most valuable possessions,” said Wood. “I also believe we as insurance professionals must educate our clients on the policies and products we are offering to them”.

Wood is a Sacramento Native and U.S Army Veteran. After honorably serving in the military as a Non Commissioned Officer, Wood returned to his home town in 1997 and started his insurance career.

Wood is a Rotarian in his local community and the Chair of the 36th Annual “Spirit of Auburn BBQ”. He also volunteers as a guest speaker to educate high school seniors on automobile insurance at Placer High School.

He is an angler and enjoys fishing for trout in various lakes in the sierras. Wood lives in Placer County with his wife Kathryn and their two daughters: Maryellen and Madilyn.

Feel free to reach out to Jeffrey via email at jwood@wgbender.com or call him directly at 916-380-5339. He will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Filed under: Announcement,Personal Insurance — Jillian Bender-Cormier @ 11:02 pm September 12, 2018


Introducing Zix Encrypted Emails for Clients

As you are aware, email has become the preferred method for corporate communication. However, email is not a private conversation; unencrypted email messages can be intercepted and read.

To ensure the confidentiality of private information sent via email and comply with privacy and regulations such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), we are implementing a new email encryption service through Zix Corporation, the leader in email encryption services.

For both our employees and our customers, Zix Corporation makes encrypted communication easy. ZixCorp’s services allow us to send encrypted email messages to anyone, whether they are a ZixCorp customer or not. Secure messaging is not just a Government mandate; it is a practical way to conduct business.

Here are the steps you’ll need to know for setting up Zix for the first time…

When your Bender contact needs to send you an encrypted message, you’ll receive a notification email with instructions on how to open the message. The notification message arrives in your email Inbox. Select Open Message in the notification to go to the Secure Message Center and view your email.

At this point, you must go through a one-time registration process.

After you register and sign in to the Secure Message Center, your message opens and you can view the message details and reply.

That’s it! We hope you find this short setup to be a simple process. Please feel free to contact our office should you have questions! 916-380-5300

Filed under: Announcement — Jillian Bender-Cormier @ 10:52 pm


“I’m selling my home, I don’t need my homeowner’s insurance policy anymore!”

Seeing the prices of our homes hit these heights, puts the pressure on to get them on the market and see if we get a bite. In this blog we will cover some common insurance mistakes home sellers make.

Tip one, NEVER cancel your homeowner’s policy just because you plan on selling it soon. This has the potential to be the most crippling mistake you ever make. When you cancel your homeowner’s policy before escrow closes, you take on all the risks that you were previously insured for. The exposure to a loss is actually increased while you’re selling your home. Hypothetically, you are having an open house, someone trips over your garden hose and breaks their hip. Due to the cancellation of your homeowner’s policy, you have no insurance for a situation that ordinarily would be covered. It’s vital to keep your homeowner’s policy until escrow closes and the home is no longer in your name.

Secondly, ALWAYS consult your insurance agent. Let them know that you are selling and ask questions! For example, what does the insurance process look like when selling my current home and moving into my secondary residence? Inform your insurance agent if you are making upgrades or doing any home improvement before you sell (see our home improvement blog). Providing your agent with this information will help protect you, your home, and your property appropriately.

At Warren G. Bender, we have years of experience with our clients selling their homes. We proudly help our clients make strategic moves regarding insurance during their selling process. As you embrace the idea of selling your home, keep us in mind and give us a call. 916-380-5300

Filed under: Personal Insurance — Jillian Bender-Cormier @ 12:12 am September 3, 2018