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Schaumburg, Ill. (Dec. 12, 2014) – Assurance is proud to bestow its coveted Employee of the Year accolade on Chicago resident Michele Fournier, an Elmhurst College graduate who serves as the company’s marketing and communications specialist.

“Simply put, she makes us all look really good,” said Assurance President Dan Klaras. “Both clients and internal audiences alike echo our opinion that Michele is a valuable member of our team who makes a difference in our organization daily.”

Fournier was chosen by select managers and leaders throughout the organization. She learned of the accolade at the company’s annual holiday party, which was held on Dec. 6 at Park West in Chicago. It’s the first time the company hosted a downtown soiree which was in honor of the opening of its Chicago office at 111 N. Canal.

“I’m excited to be a part of a growing, engaging company and have an amazing support system that stems all the way from my family, to the marketing team, executive team and the different practice groups at Assurance,” Fournier said. “To be recognized among my rock star peers is something I’ll never forget.”

Originally from Oak Lawn, Fournier graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary communications. She also played softball during her time at Elmhurst College, serving as the captain for two years while also holding the office of president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. In addition to this much-deserved accolade, Fournier is an active member of Assurance’s Wellness Committee and volunteers regularly through the Assurance Caring Together program.

Fournier is a member of the Insurance Marketing and Communications Association, Public Relations Society of America and American Marketing Association. She also has Property & Casualty, as well as Life & Health insurance licenses. 

Assurance has recognized its employees in this manner since 1993, with an expansion in 2010 to accommodate two employees annually as the agency grew. In addition to a cash bonus, employees’ names are engraved on a commemorative plaque that resides in Assurance’s Schaumburg headquarters. She is joined by Account Manager Melissa Folkes of Schaumburg who was also awarded this distinction.

About Assurance

Assurance is among the largest and most awarded independent insurance brokerages in the U.S.  A “Top 50” broker and repeated national “Best Place to Work” winner, Assurance creates value by minimizing risk and maximizing health for 6,000 businesses and individuals across the country. The company is headquartered in Schaumburg, IL with centralized office locations in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO. Visit Assurance at www.assuranceagency.com