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  • SLA Says Goodbye As Laura Danoff Retires

    Jun 01, 2017
    Laura Danoff

    On June 1, the SLA said goodbye to Laura Danoff, Assistant Vice President, Education and Compliance, who retired after 11 years with the association. Laura started at the SLA in September, 2006, after more than 20 years as a surplus lines broker and seven years as an independent insurance educator, teaching a number of CE courses for the SLA and the Insurance Educational Association as well as for the SLA staff. She is currently on the IEA’s Board of Directors. She has served on the boards of Golden Gate CPCU and Santa Clara Valley Chapters. A writer, Laura has been published in American Agent and Broker and several issues of Society of CPCU about analyzing surplus lines policies. Her “Hot Fudge Diet” article was published in Weight Watchers Magazine in 1987.

    After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Laura started her career as an English teacher in the Midwest and eventually made her way into surplus lines. “I was working as a clerk-typist at a small insurance company in Palo Alto, as I didn’t want to be a substitute teacher.  A female underwriter (rare back than) encouraged me to take insurance classes towards the CPCU designation. The company went out of business and a recruiter sent me to a small surplus line broker in San Jose, where I learned the broking business and the importance of honesty and ethics. When the owner died, the firm was acquired by a large national firm. I was promoted to broker and transferred to their San Francisco office at 50 California, and obtained my CPCU designation in 1981.”

    Laura is grateful for the opportunity to have worked with her SLA colleagues for more than a decade, and she will miss their friendship, as well as making them sing Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song.

    In retirement, Laura plans to sleep in, continue to sing backup in her synagogue’s rock band, travel with her husband Gordon, do some serious selling on eBay, and lots of writing.

    “I’ve enjoyed the opportunities to teach and to assist our brokers with their questions. The work that the SLA does is important, and it’s an honor to have been a part of it.”

  • SLA welcomes Pamela Boyes, VP Human Resources

    Aug 11, 2015

    Pamela BoyesThe SLA welcomes Pamela Boyes as its new vice president, Human Resources. Pamela has more than 15 years of experience in her field, with certifications in human resources management (SPHR and SHRM-CP) and most recently worked at PS Print in Emeryville, where her responsibilities included staffing, training, benefits and safety, as well as an advisory role to all staff. Pamela is a graduate of Michigan State University.

  • Linda Cheng, SLA Finance Manager retires April 30, 2015

    May 01, 2015
    Linda Cheng headshotThe SLA would like to thank Linda Cheng for her 25 years of service to SLA and the broker community, and give her our best wishes on her retirement. 
  • Benjamin McKay and Hank Haldeman meet with U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas

    Jun 12, 2015
    SLA Legislative Committee Chair Hank Haldeman (fifth from right) and SLA Executive Director Benjamin McKay (third from right) met with U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas (center) in his Washington, D.C. office during the NAPSLO Legislative Fly-In held in May, 2014.
  • Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Women in Insurance Global Conference

    Aug 13, 2013
    Joy at IICF ConferenceSLA Director Joy Erven recently joined more than 425 professionals from eight nations at the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Women in Insurance Global Conference in New York. The forum served as an opportunity for key female industry leaders to address the topic of gender diversity, a top priority both for IICF and SLA. The conference's key themes included the corporate value of women; work/life balance; and the rising millennial generation. The event's speakers also addressed the ongoing challenges and misconceptions women face in the workplace.