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IOA adds Walsh in employee benefits division in Binghamton

By Journal Staff


BINGHAMTON — The Robert J. Hanafin division of the Insurance Office of America (IOA) recently added an experienced professional in its employee benefits division in Binghamton.

Karen Walsh has joined the division as a senior account executive. She will handle sales and service all employee-benefit lines including medical, dental, vision, life/ accidental death and dismemberment, short and long-term disability, accident, critical illness, hospital insurance and Medicare, the insurance agency announced.

Walsh comes to IOA with more than eight years of experience as a health-care and employee-benefits professional. 

“Working closely with business owners, executives, and key employees, Karen takes the time to gain a full understanding of company goals and employee culture to match a benefit strategy to the client’s specific needs,” the insurance agency said in a news release. She helps companies of all sizes navigate the impacts of health-care reform and ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) compliance as well as any day-to-day questions that arise.

Walsh most recently worked for The Partners Insurance and Financial Services Agency in its Vestal office, as an employee-benefits coordinator, according to Marianne McCormick, IOA’s branch operations manager in Binghamton.

The Robert J. Hanafin division of IOA now has 19 employees in the Binghamton office, located at 31 Lewis St., and four employees in its Syracuse office, located at 126 N Salina St., for a total of 23, McCormick tells CNYBJ.

The insurance agency moved into its 7,000-square-foot Binghamton office in the Kilmer Building in April 2016, after previously being located in Endicott. The agency’s clients include construction companies, developers, and other business customers, as well as consumers for homeowners’ and auto-insurance policies

IOA says it has more than 50 locations nationwide, over 1,000 employees, more than $200 million in revenue, and in excess of 80,000 clients, according to its website.

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