August 15, 2017

The Voice on the Other End of the Line: VAST’s Emergency Claims Phone


It’s 7 PM on a Saturday and you discover a major leak in your roof following a storm.  After taking care of the immediate needs of the situation, can you call your insurance agency at this time of day and week to notify them of the damage?  If you’re a client of VAST’s, the answer is YES! Other insurance agencies may be only available to take information on a claim during regular business days and hours.  VAST has an option for our clients, who have an after-hours emergency to call and receive help. Our job is to advise you to … Continue reading

August 11, 2017

Effectively Filing a Claim


Insurance is there to protect you in the event of a loss, and help alleviate the financial burden.  In the event of a property claim, you want to quickly restore your property and move forward with life. Below are some important tips to navigate filing a claim: Know what you have insured: It’s best to be proactive and keep a list of your personal property. In the event of a total loss, it’s hard to recall everything you own. An easy way to keep track is to take photos or videos of each room. Be sure to keep these documents … Continue reading

August 7, 2017

Being Active with an Office Job


Getting enough exercise daily can be challenging for anyone.  The recommended amount of exercise is at least 150 minutes a week at a moderate, aerobic level, or 75 minutes a week at a vigorous level according to the American Heart Association.  That breaks down to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise.  With hectic, busy lives filled with 8+ hours at a job, family life, house work and prepping meals, it’s hard to imagine that there’s even time to sleep!  But exercise is so important – not only for physical health, but also for mental health … Continue reading

July 25, 2017

Drones In Business


Chances are you have seen or used a drone at some point. Drone usage is on the rise and is expected to continue to climb.  If you use a drone in your business, you could be at risk. A drone is an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and most insurance policies exclude them at this point in time. Drones are a new exposure that most insurance companies are still trying to figure out how to handle. If you use a drone in your business, let your insurance agent know, as some carriers are able to remove the exclusion of coverage. Otherwise, … Continue reading

July 17, 2017

5500 Time


July 31st is the time that 5500’s are due to be submitted if you have calendar year plans. A few facts on 5500’s: The 5500 is the annual return for the Employee Benefit Plan. This generally applies to your life and health and some other employee benefits. You generally only file if you have more than 100 participants at the beginning of the plan year. The 5500 must be filed electronically. Penalties can be assessed if you do not file your 5500 on time. If you have not filed in the past but should have, there are some delinquent filing … Continue reading

July 14, 2017

Employee Spotlight- Corey “Coco” Hanycz


Have you found how different a conversation can be once you’ve put ‘a face to a name’? We love connecting with our clients, whether it’s in the office, out in our community or even through our social media. Today’s post is just another way we want to connect with you and let you know a little bit more about us. We’re putting the spotlight on some of our employees and giving you an inside look! Corey Hanycz | Personal Lines Account Manager | 5 Years with VAST What is your favorite thing about working at VAST? My team. Are you … Continue reading

July 11, 2017

Summer Health Tips


The nice weather has finally reached us, and that means it’s time to dust off that outdoor sporting equipment, get outside, and enjoy this weather with a little outdoor exercise.  Marquette provides no shortage of ways to stay active in the summer. Here are a few simple reminders to help you stay safe and healthy while out and enjoying the season! Stay Cool and Hydrated While biking, walking, running, kayaking or whatever activity you choose, it’s important to stay hydrated. When you are dehydrated, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through your body. This can be especially … Continue reading

July 5, 2017

Why We Are Blue


Blue is our culture here at VAST. Being blue means we embody our 9 core values: communication, empowered, fun, relationships, results, team, innovative, healthy and integrity. It is what we live and breathe on a daily basis, so I wanted to reflect on a few events we have had in our office so far this year that embrace our blue culture. Every January at our annual meeting our Zen Committee announces a 12 week wellness challenge to all employees. This year we “climbed” Mount Everest. For every 120 minutes of exercise you moved your climber up the mountain. If you … Continue reading

June 28, 2017

Insurance Awareness Day


I bet you didn’t even know there was such a day, but June 28, 2017 is Insurance Awareness Day. It may not be as exciting as national peanut butter cookie day that we recently celebrated here in our office, but it is a lot more important. The purpose of insurance is to help put your life back together again if an unfortunate event happens.  Insurance Awareness Day is meant to be a reminder to check-in with your agent to be sure you are properly covered for your life, car, home, business, and more. According to Wikipedia, property insurance can be … Continue reading

June 27, 2017

Employee Spotlight – Amber Rude


Have you found how different a conversation can be once you’ve put ‘a face to a name’? We love connecting with our clients, whether it’s in the office, out in our community or even through our social media. Today’s post is just another way we want to connect with you and let you know a little bit more about us. We’re putting the spotlight on some of our employees and giving you an inside look! Amber Rude | Commerical Lines Account Manager | 2 Years [in August!] with VAST What is your favorite thing about working at VAST? My coworkers. … Continue reading

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