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Schaumburg, IL (April 8, 2013) - Assurance, headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, was named the seventh Best Place to Work in Chicago according to the 2013 Crain's Chicago Business ranking. This is the fifth year Assurance has finished in Crain's top ten.

"We thank Crain's for selecting Assurance as a Best Place to Work," said Lisa Pinion, senior vice president, Human Resources. "We firmly believe happy employees equals happy clients equals happy bottom line, and all our programs and policies support this belief."

In determining rankings, Crain's placed great emphasis on employee involvement and commitment which is better described as employee engagement. Assurance demonstrated this notion through its 2012 annual theme song, "Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto," and the unveiling of its new and improved company intranet called 'A' Street. Rich and varied content includes blogs from senior leaders, a monthly financial update, videos of employee success stories, an online suggestion box and personalized employee profiles.

"'A' Street is just one of many new benefits and enhancements Assurance added to its roster of creative ideas for 2012," Pinion said. "It's especially meaningful to be recognized for these ideas that drive employee involvement.”

Assurance refers to its employees as "learning-lunching, guitar-playing, green friendly, fitness addicted, volunteering, wang-chunging, iPod-lovin', award-winning independent insurance brokers."

In this spirit, the management team strives to take one of the un-coolest professions on the planet and give employees true rock star status. Being an awesome place to work was one of the few competitive advantages left in the insurance industry, and Assurance took the concept and ran with it.

In fact, the best place to work concept has culminated in more than 30 awards for Assurance including 2012 accolades from Fortune, Business Insurance, The Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and the American Heart Association. Financially, Assurance catapulted itself to become the second largest independent insurance brokerage in Illinois with over 16.11% growth and $60 million in revenue.

Crain's Chicago Business is a welcomed addition for 2013 and further exemplifies the power employee engagement can have in the success of a company.