About Us | Why Sean McNamara is proud to be an ALIGNED Advocate
What does it mean to truly be different? From an insurance perspective, being different is something that each and every ALIGNED team member takes great personal pride in. To get more specific, there are actually 18 things that we do differently for our clients. Ultimately, what gives us the most pride is our ability to get better solutions and more value ALIGNED for each and every Canadian business we support. Our exclusive focus on commercial insurance is just one of the reasons why Canadian insurance professionals decide to become part of the ALIGNED team.
Sean McNamara recently joined our growing team. Sean is an Advocate and reports to our President and CEO Andrew Clark. He works from a home office in Bowmanville, Ontario and collaborates closely with ALIGNED colleagues across Canada.
Sean is proud to be part of the ALIGNED Insurance team. In his own words, here is what Sean has to say about ALIGNED.
Q. Why did you join ALIGNED?
Sean: Joining ALIGNED is the easiest decision I’ve made in my career. After conversations with Andrew Clark and other team members, it was evident that ALIGNED’s business philosophy and simple, straight-forward approach of putting clients first fit well with my core values.
It’s great to be working with a group of individuals who have all come together for the same purpose. I can clearly see that we all share a synergistic approach to providing holistic service to all our clients.
Q. How did you first hear about ALIGNED?
Sean: I’ve followed the ALIGNED story for years. I originally met Andrew at a Young Brokers event before he launched ALIGNED Insurance.
Q. In your opinion, what sets ALIGNED Insurance apart?
Sean: All members of the team are owners. Each person at ALIGNED shares the passion and desire to provide the best possible support to each and every client we serve.
Q. Why did you choose an insurance career?
Sean: My family experienced a tragic death due to a vehicle accident when I was just 13-years-old. We went through the full claims process which, at the time, had no true meaning for my future.
It was when I was choosing my course programs for college that I became more interested in taking the insurance program at Mohawk College. I knew that I wanted to go to Mohawk College because it was the school my father attended. When I saw the insurance program, it just seemed right. It has been 20 years, and so far, I believe the choice that I made two decades ago is still a great one!
Q. Tell us about your most recent professional designations.
Sean: I have my CAIB designation as well as an Insurance Diploma from Mohawk College.
Q. Which of ALIGNED’s 18 points of differentiation do you find the most personally meaningful and why?
Sean: Fiercely Independent – I am a big advocate of the independent broker channel. I like that I am working for a team that does not have financial ties to any insurance company.
Staff Standards – Here at ALIGNED, the standards are higher than the RIBO minimums. Setting higher standards for team members shows a deep commitment to ongoing learning as well as to providing better solutions to our clients.
Business Insurance Only – The day of being a specialized “Niche Product” broker are almost non-existent. Our business insurance focus means that we understand the nuances of commercial insurance risk exposures as well as the best available products.
Q. In your career to date, what are you most proud of?
Sean: I’m most proud of my work as a former President of the Young Brokers Council. I’ve also participated in political advocacy with the Brokers Association on both a provincial and national level.
Q. In your opinion, what’s the single most important service an insurance broker delivers to a client?
Sean: I’d have to say insurance knowledge. Our clients seek out professionals for all aspects of their business. When it comes to commercial insurance, ALIGNED advocates bring years of experience and knowledge to each and every client.
Meet more ALIGNED Insurance team members…
Learn about Robyn Selmes and what led her to join ALIGNED Insurance…
“I actually first heard about ALIGNED Insurance through a recruiter. She had such amazing things to say about ALIGNED that I quickly became interested in learning more about the brokerage. After researching ALIGNED through its very unique and client-centric website as well as social media channels, I knew this was where I wanted to take my next step in the industry.”Robyn Selmes, Advocate, ALIGNED Insurance
Discover why Kate Blanchard pivoted to a career with ALIGNED…
“I come from a very different industry where I felt unstable and that growth was limited. As a young professional, I carefully considered different avenues where I could offer my strengths and in return could grow and develop with stability. I knew insurance would provide the stability in life I was looking for, while being able to offer my skills and passion for helping others.”Kate Blanchard, Assistant Advocate, ALIGNED Insurance
CEO Andrew Clark talks about what makes ALIGNED an award-winning brokerage…
“At ALIGNED, everyone pitches in to do whatever’s needed. We’re all in this together and we get the job done. We all work extremely hard and everyone supports each other. It’s very personal and everyone’s contribution really makes a big difference.”Andrew Clark, President and CEO, ALIGNED Insurance
Interested in joining the ALIGNED team?
We are actively looking for entrepreneurial and growth focused people who are interested in joining our rapidly growing team.
Each and every day, our team members across Canada are proud to provide a different kind of insurance experience to each and every ALIGNED client. And while there are 18 things that we do differently for our clients, what gives us the most pride how we get better solutions and more value ALIGNED for each and every business we support.
Social responsibility is yet another way we deliver a different employee and client experience
It’s a privilege to handle our clients’ insurance needs across Canada. This is why helping others consistently, frequently and generously is so important to us.
Each year, we support two annual volunteering days for every employee. We are proud that ALIGNED Insurance team members partner with the organizations that they are passionate about helping.
Our Give Generously campaign connects our clients directly with our social responsibility work. Each year, a portion of ALIGNED Insurance profits are donated to a registered Canadian charity that is selected by our clients. Learn more about our Social Responsibility program.
We’re here to help you find the BEST commercial insurance…
Our team of insurance brokers is available to help answer any and all questions you might have about all of our commercial insurance products. If you have a question about business insurance, are uncertain about what a particular coverage term means, or simply want to find commercial insurance that directly aligns with your needs, don’t hesitate to call us toll-free at 1-866-287-0448.
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