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Schaumburg, IL (May 29, 2013) - Assurance, an independent insurance brokerage with offices in Chicago and St. Louis, was named the fifth Best Place to Work in Illinois according to the 2013 Daily Herald Business Ledger. This is the fourth consecutive year Assurance has finished in The Daily Herald's top five, but the first year Assurance has been classified in the large company category with over 250 employees.

The ranking was announced on Thursday, May 16, at an awards ceremony held at Meridian Banquets in Rolling Meadows, where more than 60 companies competed for the honor of Best Places to Work in Illinois.

The Best Places to Work in Illinois is a combination survey, study and awards ceremony to identify the top place of employment in Illinois and places heavy emphasis on employee engagement. The top-rated companies receive statewide recognition, and a special feature profiling the winners to be published on June 24. All participating companies (whether ranked or not) receive detailed data identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their workplace according to what their employees had to say.

Top ranked Assurance prides itself on a unique corporate culture that encourages its employees to be insurance Rock Stars. Each year, a company theme –usually set to a bad 80's tune – sets the tone for various programs designed to increase employee engagement. The company has kept up morale and engagement through on-site chair massages, catered breakfast and luncheons, company happy hours and a number of other fun activities.

Additionally, Assurance provides its employees with ways to get involved and work together while inspiring a sense of pride in their organization. A number of wellness focused initiatives are promoted throughout the year, including free fitness classes, an on-site gym, Assurance Olympics and even an accredited company 5K that gives every employee a bonus just for participating. The company also has an extensive employee-run program for giving back to the community aptly titled Assurance Caring Together (ACT). Through ACT, employees can donate money and time to deserving organizations and are also provided one paid day off each year to volunteer.

"We thank The Daily Herald for selecting Assurance as a Best Place to Work for the fourth year in a row,” said Lisa Pinion, Senior Vice President, Human Resources. "We firmly believe happy, engaged employees influence every aspect of Assurance including our bottom line; our various programs and policies support this belief.”

The Assurance commitment to employee engagement is apparent in the more than 30 awards received for their corporate culture, including 2012 accolades from Fortune, Business Insurance, The Chicago Tribune and the American Heart Association.

Due in large part to these efforts, Assurance has catapulted itself to become the second largest independent insurance brokerage in Illinois with over 16.11% growth and $60 million in revenue. The Daily Herald Business Ledger is a welcomed addition for 2013 and further exemplifies the power employee engagement can have in the success of a company.