ALIGNED AVP Laura Van Vliet Is Profiled By Insurance People
Since 1996, Insurance People has made a mark as “an independent, award-winning bi-monthly magazine that has grown from its western base to become a coast-to-coast national magazine, offering personality and corporate profiles, select insurance-related articles and “StreetTalk” for insurers, brokers, adjusters and the many trades and suppliers servicing the Canadian property casualty sector.”1
In the newest issue, none other than ALIGNED AVP Laura Van Vliet, CIP, CRM, CPIB is profiled in an article entitled “Simply Exceptional” by Laurie Jones.
After less than a year with ALIGNED Insurance, Laura Van Vliet’s appointment as AVP is just one reason why the publication featured this Canadian insurance leader. Jones notes, “It’s not every day a young woman can claim to have helped build a home for a family in Thailand, raised over $25,000 for cancer in honour of a late friend, moved half way across the country temporarily to manage a new branch, and won a 2016 National Emerging Leader award from the CIP Society – all in her first five years in the insurance industry.”2
From Business Diploma To Insurance Career
After completing a two-year general business program Van Vliet was considering her next career step. A summer job as a data entry clerk at a brokerage was what piqued her interest in insurance. “Van Vliet decided to further her education. She took advantage of credits from her general business program diploma to complete the two-year insurance course in one year.”3
Glenn Planert, coordinator of insurance programs at Conestoga College has this to say about Van Vliet as a student, “She just stood out – keen, driven, direct and focused. Laura has served as an industry representative on our Program Advisory Committee and has given her time and talents to the program whenever she can. She is simply exceptional and well deserving of the Emerging Leader award.”4
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18 Points Of Differentiation Led Van Vliet To ALIGNED Insurance
Van Vliet joined ALIGNED Insurance in March 2015 and was appointed AVP less than a year later. She notes, “ALIGNED’s 18 Points of Differentiation drew me in, as well as their Corporate Social Responsibility program. I’m very happy with my decision.”5
Andrew Clark, President and CEO comments, “It was Laura’s sincerity and honesty that struck me most when we first met, and those are still her biggest strengths and best qualities. She is passionate about increasing her own knowledge and understanding things like technical insurance skills, soft skills and her clients’ business operations. I feel fortunate and honoured to have her as part of our team as she makes me, and everyone around her, strive to be better every day.”6
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Sources: 1,2,3,4,5,6 Insurance People “Simply Exceptional” by Laurie Jones for Insurance People InsuranceInstitute.ca Career Connections – InsuranceInstutite.ca Canadian Underwriter – Master Builder InsuranceInstitute.ca/Conestoga