GREENVILLE, SC / ACCESSWIRE / October 12, 2020 / World Finance, a people-focused finance company that provides personal installment loan solutions and personal tax preparation services, today announced that it has been honored as a 2020 Top Workplace …

GREENVILLE, SC / ACCESSWIRE / October 12, 2020 / World Finance, a people-focused finance company that provides personal installment loan solutions and personal tax preparation services, today announced that it has been honored as a 2020 Top Workplace …

GREENVILLE, SC / ACCESSWIRE / October 12, 2020 / World Finance, a people-focused finance company that provides personal installment loan solutions and personal tax preparation services, today announced that it has been honored as a 2020 Top Workplace in states and cities across the country, including in New Mexico, South Carolina and, most recently, San Antonio, Texas.

The independent awards were presented by local media publishers across three states in partnership with Energage, and were based on scientific, anonymous surveys of employees measuring 15 drivers of company culture. In South Carolina, where World Finance is headquartered, the company was ranked as a Top 5 Large Company and also received a special award in Communication, based on standout scores in that category.

“We are honored by these recognitions, especially since they are based on our employees’ experiences across the country,” said Chad Prashad, president and CEO of World Finance. “We know how hard our employees work to further our mission of helping customers get back to the good in life, and we want to foster a culture that makes staff proud to be a part of our team.”

In 2016, World Finance launched a concerted employee engagement effort to ensure culture and communication were core functions of the company. Efforts stemming from that initiative have included the establishment of the

ELLSWORTH — Brown, Holmes & Milliken Agency is pleased to announce that Melanie Wyman recently completed and passed all required courses and exams to become a Charted Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). The CPCU designation is widely considered the most distinguished designation in the insurance industry. Achieving the designation requires completion of eight courses covering topics such as risk management, insurance operations, business law, finance and accounting, property insurance and liability insurance.  CPCU designation holders are also bound by a Professional Code of Ethics and must satisfy educational and experience requirements.

A native of Gray, Melanie graduated from the University of Southern Maine with an associate degree in business management. She has worked in the insurance business since 2001 and joined the Dwight Brown Agency in 2011. She holds additional designations including AIS (Associate in Insurance Services), API (Associate in Personal Insurance) and AINS (Associate in General Insurance). She has served as secretary, treasurer, and president of Insurance Professionals of Downeast Maine and is a Leadership Hancock County graduate.   

Melanie has family ties to Waltham, enjoying summer visits there and raking blueberries in her youth and has called Hancock County home since 2010. She now lives in Franklin, with her husband Anthony. She loves the satisfaction she gets from knowing that she has given people peace of mind and helped them to create security for the future. Melanie can be reached at 207-667-2516 or melaniew@bhm-ins.com. 

Brown, Holmes & Milliken Agency is a full-service Independent Insurance Agency, owned by Patrick Maguire and Paul Tracy, offering personal, business, life and health insurance from a variety of carriers. The agency has deep roots in the communities it serves in downeast Maine:  The J.C. Milliken Agency (est. 1864), The Dwight Brown Agency (est. 1941) and The Holmes Agency (est. 1868). Milliken and Brown merged in

DENHAM SPRINGS — Property owners in Denham Springs who subscribe to federal flood insurance policies will see a 10% discount in their insurance premiums after Oct. 1, following a recent positive verification of the city’s Community Rating System field verification.

Mayor Gerard Landry was notified Sept. 17 that the National Flood Insurance Program had reviewed its earlier findings based on a five-year verification system and that the results were the lowering of the flood insurance premiums.

The notification read in part, “Congratulations! The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, has determined that the City of Denham Springs will increase to a Class 8 in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System. The floodplain management activities implemented by your community qualify it for a 10 percent discount on flood insurance premiums for NFIP policies issued or renewed in special Flood Hazard Areas on or after Oct. 1.”

The communication continued, “This savings is a tangible result of the flood mitigation activities your community implements to protect lives and reduce property damage.”

Landry said evaluations by the NFIP is an ongoing process, and the city has expended considerable effort to earn the Class 8 level of NFIP ratings.

“Our staff has to work with a huge manual of instructions on how to deal with the problems associated with potential flooding,” Landry said. “This is a complicated process that involves flood elevations, drainage systems, requirements in the building codes, flood remediation efforts and a host of other things that we do to mitigate the possible effects of flooding. It is a tribute to our staff that we have earned the Class 8 level of flood insurance premiums,” Landry said.

Landry said, after the flood of August 2016, Denham Springs was elevated to a Class 9 rating. But through the city’s