Feed http://allstatenewsroom.com en-US Copyright 2015 40 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:27:52 -0600 Raymond James 36th Annual Institutional Investors Conference <strong>This release contains: 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Steven Shebik<br />Chief Financial Officer<br /><span>The Allstate Corporation</span>&nbsp;</p> <p>March 3, 2015<br /><span>9:15 a.m. Eastern time</span><br /><span>Orlando, Fla.</span>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:42:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0b6ceb12-57a5-4d6d-8066-bf98698d4e6f http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0b6ceb12-57a5-4d6d-8066-bf98698d4e6f Raymond James 36th Annual Institutional Investors Conference <strong>This release contains: 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Steven Shebik<br />Chief Financial Officer<br /><span>The Allstate Corporation</span>&nbsp;</p> <p>March 3, 2015<br /><span>9:15 a.m. Eastern time</span><br /><span>Orlando, Fla.</span>&nbsp;</p> As the Winter Thaw Begins, Prevent Ice Damming and Roof Damage to Your Home Allstate provides New Yorkers with tips to minimize ice damming and roof damage<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Worn out by the winter weather? We all are. But don't let your guard down just yet. Now that the snow and ice are beginning to melt, turn your attention to your roof.</p> <p>Following harsh winters like the one we've experienced this season, it's not uncommon for ice dams to form on roof tops and cause damage inside and outside a home. Ice dams are lumps of ice that form on gutters, eaves and valleys, and prevent melting snow from running down. As the snow melts, the water backs up, seeps under shingles or tiles and can eventually leaks into the home.</p> <p>"We know many New York residents are still feeling the effects of the winter blast," said Allstate New York Spokesperson Jaclyn Darrohn. "However, we want people who have been hammered by the bitter cold conditions to know what to look for and take precautions if it's safe to do so."</p> <p><strong>Minimize Ice Dam Formation on Your Roof</strong><strong> </strong><br /> For personal safety, avoid getting on the roof or working from a ladder to remove large amounts of snow and ice. Here are other tips from Allstate to help safely minimize potential ice damming damage:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>If it's safe to do so, use a snow rake or soft broom to clear fresh snowfall from gutters. </li> <li>Avoid using any sharp tools or ice picks to remove ice as this can cause more damage. </li> <li>Consider calling a licensed expert to remove the snow and ice dams. </li> <li>Watch inside your home for unexpected water leakage on walls or ceilings </li> <li>Identify areas of heat loss in your attic and then properly insulate those areas.</li> <li>Wrap or insulate heating ductwork in order to reduce heat loss through the attic.</li> <li>Ensure there is proper ventilation by installing soffit vents that move air upward to a ridge vent or other venting near the roof ridge.</li> <li>Seal all openings to the attic (e.g. light fixtures)</li> <li>Prior to snow falling, keep gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and natural debris.</li> </ul> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Snow: How much can your roof withstand? </strong><em>How much does snow weigh?</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Fresh Snow, 10-12 inches</em></td> <td align="center"><em>5 lbs/foot2</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Packed Snow, 3-5 inches</em></td> <td align="center"><em>5 lbs/foot2</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Ice, 1 inch</em></td> <td align="center"><em>5 lbs/foot2</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you have any idea how much snow weight your roof can support? Most people don't. According to the IBHS, unless there is damage or decay, most residential roofs should be able to hold about 20 pounds per square foot before becoming overly stressed.</p> <p>If the snow on your roof is approaching the "danger zone" of 20 PSF, you may want to consider having the snow removed to prevent possible damage/collapse. One of the safest ways to do this is with a snow rake, with a long extension arm that allows you to do this from the ground. Another safe option is to hire a licensed professional.</p> <p>Policyholders may want to review their policy or contact their agent if they have any questions. By protecting your home using the winter weather tips above, homeowners may avoid experiencing potential damage. Find other ways to protect your home from ice damming at Allstate's Be Aware and Prepare website: <a href="http://www.allstate.com/catastrophe/ice-dam.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.allstate.com/catastrophe/ice-dam.aspx</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/AllstateNewYork" target="_blank">@AllstateNewYork</a></p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:43:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0f91f573-0d50-4b83-9ba1-2f573724bb00 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0f91f573-0d50-4b83-9ba1-2f573724bb00 As the Winter Thaw Begins, Prevent Ice Damming and Roof Damage to Your Home Allstate provides New Yorkers with tips to minimize ice damming and roof damage<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Worn out by the winter weather? We all are. But don't let your guard down just yet. Now that the snow and ice are beginning to melt, turn your attention to your roof.</p> <p>Following harsh winters like the one we've experienced this season, it's not uncommon for ice dams to form on roof tops and cause damage inside and outside a home. Ice dams are lumps of ice that form on gutters, eaves and valleys, and prevent melting snow from running down. As the snow melts, the water backs up, seeps under shingles or tiles and can eventually leaks into the home.</p> <p>"We know many New York residents are still feeling the effects of the winter blast," said Allstate New York Spokesperson Jaclyn Darrohn. "However, we want people who have been hammered by the bitter cold conditions to know what to look for and take precautions if it's safe to do so."</p> <p><strong>Minimize Ice Dam Formation on Your Roof</strong><strong> </strong><br /> For personal safety, avoid getting on the roof or working from a ladder to remove large amounts of snow and ice. Here are other tips from Allstate to help safely minimize potential ice damming damage:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>If it's safe to do so, use a snow rake or soft broom to clear fresh snowfall from gutters. </li> <li>Avoid using any sharp tools or ice picks to remove ice as this can cause more damage. </li> <li>Consider calling a licensed expert to remove the snow and ice dams. </li> <li>Watch inside your home for unexpected water leakage on walls or ceilings </li> <li>Identify areas of heat loss in your attic and then properly insulate those areas.</li> <li>Wrap or insulate heating ductwork in order to reduce heat loss through the attic.</li> <li>Ensure there is proper ventilation by installing soffit vents that move air upward to a ridge vent or other venting near the roof ridge.</li> <li>Seal all openings to the attic (e.g. light fixtures)</li> <li>Prior to snow falling, keep gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and natural debris.</li> </ul> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Snow: How much can your roof withstand? </strong><em>How much does snow weigh?</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Fresh Snow, 10-12 inches</em></td> <td align="center"><em>5 lbs/foot2</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Packed Snow, 3-5 inches</em></td> <td align="center"><em>5 lbs/foot2</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Ice, 1 inch</em></td> <td align="center"><em>5 lbs/foot2</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you have any idea how much snow weight your roof can support? Most people don't. According to the IBHS, unless there is damage or decay, most residential roofs should be able to hold about 20 pounds per square foot before becoming overly stressed.</p> <p>If the snow on your roof is approaching the "danger zone" of 20 PSF, you may want to consider having the snow removed to prevent possible damage/collapse. One of the safest ways to do this is with a snow rake, with a long extension arm that allows you to do this from the ground. Another safe option is to hire a licensed professional.</p> <p>Policyholders may want to review their policy or contact their agent if they have any questions. By protecting your home using the winter weather tips above, homeowners may avoid experiencing potential damage. Find other ways to protect your home from ice damming at Allstate's Be Aware and Prepare website: <a href="http://www.allstate.com/catastrophe/ice-dam.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.allstate.com/catastrophe/ice-dam.aspx</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/AllstateNewYork" target="_blank">@AllstateNewYork</a></p> Allstate and Allstate Agencies Seek to Bring Nearly 500 Jobs to Texas Allstate Seeks 130 New Agency Owners in Texas This Year; Agency Owners Projected To Hire More Than 300 Sales Professionals<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company is launching a recruitment campaign to appoint 130 new agency owners in Texas this year. Allstate agency owners are also actively searching for qualified candidates to fill more than 300 sales professional positions in agencies across the state.</p> <p>Continued population growth in Texas is a significant factor fueling Allstate's agency growth strategy.</p> <p>"Texas continues to see population expansion in cities across the state, which presents opportunities for small business owners to protect and serve families in those communities," said David Campbell, Allstate's Texas Strategic Deployment Leader.</p> <p>Allstate is seeking qualified mid-career, mid-level managers who want to own* and operate their own business in Texas.</p> <p>"Candidates don't need an insurance background. We'll provide them with comprehensive education and the resources to help them get off to a solid start," Campbell said. "They do need a strong entrepreneurial drive and passion to help others and their community. The ideal candidate wants to build a legacy they can pass down for generations."</p> <p>Allstate agent Matthew Golden opened his agency in the Houston area last fall and has already seen tremendous profit and growth. Golden was drawn to Allstate because of the support provided to business owners from the very beginning.</p> <p>"This opportunity has allowed me to go after my dreams," Golden said. "I always wanted to be a business owner and Allstate provided the tools for me to grow my business quickly and provide my staff the best training in the business."</p> <p>Allstate's Texas agency owner recruiting goals for 2015 are segmented by area across the state:</p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Approximate Goals</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex</td> <td align="center">40 Exclusive Agents</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Houston/Valley</td> <td align="center">44 Exclusive Agents</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Central Texas (San Antonio-Austin)</td> <td align="center">20 Exclusive Agents</td> </tr> <tr> <td>East Texas</td> <td align="center">12 Exclusive Agents</td> </tr> <tr> <td>West Texas</td> <td align="center">14 Exclusive Agents</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Texas Allstate Agency Owners Projected To Hire 300 Sales Professionals </strong><br /> Newly appointed Allstate agency owners, along with current agents, could help generate 300 additional jobs in their communities across the state as they typically hire licensed sales staff to help them run their small businesses.</p> <p>Licensed sales professionals help Allstate agencies grow, working side by side with agency owners to assist customers to help them meet their insurance needs. That's why Allstate encourages more than 1,000 agency owners to hire top notch staff.</p> <p><strong>Learn More about Becoming an Allstate Agent or Licensed Sales Professional</strong><br /> Allstate agency owner candidates need a minimum of $50,000 of liquid capital to invest in their agency. This money does not go to Allstate; it is to help ensure the agency can successfully fund the day-to-day costs associated with opening and running a small business.</p> <p>Allstate also offers a $1,000 award to anyone who refers a qualified candidate to Allstate.&nbsp; The referral award is payable upon the appointment of the candidate as an Allstate agency owner. To refer candidates, please call 1-877-711-1006.</p> <p>Interested candidates can learn more about becoming an Allstate agency owner by logging on to <a href="http://www.allstate.com" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a> or by calling 1-877-711-1006.</p> <p>For more information about becoming an Allstate licensed sales professional, email resumes to a recruitment team member at <a href="mailto:txrecruiting@allstate.com">txrecruiting@allstate.com</a>. Candidates can also call (877) 711-1015 to speak to a recruiter or can call their local Allstate agent. Interested candidates should have exceptional selling and customer service skills, a high school diploma and the ability to obtain or begin the process of obtaining a Property and Casualty license at the time of hiring.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>*Subject to the terms and conditions of the R3001 Exclusive Agency Program.</p> <p># # #</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> (972) 871-6460</p> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:00:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/c4683baf-9572-45a8-9f8b-0e010832e90a http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/c4683baf-9572-45a8-9f8b-0e010832e90a Allstate and Allstate Agencies Seek to Bring Nearly 500 Jobs to Texas Allstate Seeks 130 New Agency Owners in Texas This Year; Agency Owners Projected To Hire More Than 300 Sales Professionals<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company is launching a recruitment campaign to appoint 130 new agency owners in Texas this year. Allstate agency owners are also actively searching for qualified candidates to fill more than 300 sales professional positions in agencies across the state.</p> <p>Continued population growth in Texas is a significant factor fueling Allstate's agency growth strategy.</p> <p>"Texas continues to see population expansion in cities across the state, which presents opportunities for small business owners to protect and serve families in those communities," said David Campbell, Allstate's Texas Strategic Deployment Leader.</p> <p>Allstate is seeking qualified mid-career, mid-level managers who want to own* and operate their own business in Texas.</p> <p>"Candidates don't need an insurance background. We'll provide them with comprehensive education and the resources to help them get off to a solid start," Campbell said. "They do need a strong entrepreneurial drive and passion to help others and their community. The ideal candidate wants to build a legacy they can pass down for generations."</p> <p>Allstate agent Matthew Golden opened his agency in the Houston area last fall and has already seen tremendous profit and growth. Golden was drawn to Allstate because of the support provided to business owners from the very beginning.</p> <p>"This opportunity has allowed me to go after my dreams," Golden said. "I always wanted to be a business owner and Allstate provided the tools for me to grow my business quickly and provide my staff the best training in the business."</p> <p>Allstate's Texas agency owner recruiting goals for 2015 are segmented by area across the state:</p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"><strong>City</strong></td> <td align="center"><strong>Approximate Goals</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex</td> <td align="center">40 Exclusive Agents</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Houston/Valley</td> <td align="center">44 Exclusive Agents</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Central Texas (San Antonio-Austin)</td> <td align="center">20 Exclusive Agents</td> </tr> <tr> <td>East Texas</td> <td align="center">12 Exclusive Agents</td> </tr> <tr> <td>West Texas</td> <td align="center">14 Exclusive Agents</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Texas Allstate Agency Owners Projected To Hire 300 Sales Professionals </strong><br /> Newly appointed Allstate agency owners, along with current agents, could help generate 300 additional jobs in their communities across the state as they typically hire licensed sales staff to help them run their small businesses.</p> <p>Licensed sales professionals help Allstate agencies grow, working side by side with agency owners to assist customers to help them meet their insurance needs. That's why Allstate encourages more than 1,000 agency owners to hire top notch staff.</p> <p><strong>Learn More about Becoming an Allstate Agent or Licensed Sales Professional</strong><br /> Allstate agency owner candidates need a minimum of $50,000 of liquid capital to invest in their agency. This money does not go to Allstate; it is to help ensure the agency can successfully fund the day-to-day costs associated with opening and running a small business.</p> <p>Allstate also offers a $1,000 award to anyone who refers a qualified candidate to Allstate.&nbsp; The referral award is payable upon the appointment of the candidate as an Allstate agency owner. To refer candidates, please call 1-877-711-1006.</p> <p>Interested candidates can learn more about becoming an Allstate agency owner by logging on to <a href="http://www.allstate.com" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a> or by calling 1-877-711-1006.</p> <p>For more information about becoming an Allstate licensed sales professional, email resumes to a recruitment team member at <a href="mailto:txrecruiting@allstate.com">txrecruiting@allstate.com</a>. Candidates can also call (877) 711-1015 to speak to a recruiter or can call their local Allstate agent. Interested candidates should have exceptional selling and customer service skills, a high school diploma and the ability to obtain or begin the process of obtaining a Property and Casualty license at the time of hiring.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>*Subject to the terms and conditions of the R3001 Exclusive Agency Program.</p> <p># # #</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> (972) 871-6460</p> Allstate to Present at Raymond James 36th Annual Institutional Investors Conference <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL), the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, announced that Steven E. Shebik, its chief financial officer, will present at the Raymond James 36th Annual Institutional Investors Conference at 9:15 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 3. The conference is being held at JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.</p> <p>A webcast of the presentation can be accessed at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. For those unable to hear the live event, a replay will be posted on the investor relations and <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/channels/leadership-executive-speeches/releases">executive speeches</a> sections of the company's website shortly after the presentation ends.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp;#&nbsp;#</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:40:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/18310f73-cf6c-493f-90bf-acd9f0590219 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/18310f73-cf6c-493f-90bf-acd9f0590219 Allstate to Present at Raymond James 36th Annual Institutional Investors Conference <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL), the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, announced that Steven E. Shebik, its chief financial officer, will present at the Raymond James 36th Annual Institutional Investors Conference at 9:15 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 3. The conference is being held at JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.</p> <p>A webcast of the presentation can be accessed at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. For those unable to hear the live event, a replay will be posted on the investor relations and <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/channels/leadership-executive-speeches/releases">executive speeches</a> sections of the company's website shortly after the presentation ends.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p>#&nbsp;#&nbsp;#</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> It's the Most Dreaded Time of Year: Pothole Season What You Can Do to Protect Your Vehicle from Pothole Damage<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Pothole season is officially underway, which means drivers are navigating roads filled with hazards. But a few tips from Allstate may help drivers avoid flats, crashes, and enjoy a much smoother ride.</p> <p>Here's what you can do to avoid pothole damage to your car:</p> <ul> <li>Make sure your tires are properly inflated.</li> <li>Leave plenty of room in front of your vehicle so you have time to safely swerve to avoid potholes and crashes.</li> <li>If you cannot avoid hitting a pothole, slow down instead of braking as you approach a pothole. Braking actually causes more damage in a pothole situation. </li> <li>When driving over a pothole, hold the steering wheel firmly to maintain control of your vehicle. </li> <li>Use caution and drive slowly when driving over a puddle or through the snow, which may be hiding deep potholes.</li> </ul> <p>"As soon as the current frigid temperatures give way to warmer weather, our roads will become pitted with potholes damaging our cars and even causing crashes," said Pam Dufour, president of Allstate Roadside Services. "A properly inflated tire is your best defense against potholes. With a little caution and proper vehicle maintenance, drivers can keep their cars in good condition this pothole season."</p> <p>If you do experience pothole damage to your vehicle, contact your insurance agent to determine if you are covered under your current policy. Most damage or crashes caused by driving over potholes are covered under traditional collision insurance. Many U.S. cities also offer reimbursement for pothole-related damage, so drivers should check with their local governments to determine if their cities offer coverage. Drivers should also alert their local government to dangerous potholes, so they can be fixed.</p> <p>Allstate wants every driver to be safe on the road and offers a suite of roadside services plans to suit a variety of coverage needs. Whether it's a pothole or another issue that leaves you stranded, Allstate can help drivers at their time of need. To learn more about roadside assistance options, visit <a href="https://www.allstate.com/auto-roadside-services/good-hands-roadside.aspx">https://www.allstate.com/auto-roadside-services/good-hands-roadside.aspx</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.Donash@Allstate.com">Kyle.Donash@Allstate.com</a><br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:45:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/907ab1ad-2895-417e-8fcc-25e0b9293337 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/907ab1ad-2895-417e-8fcc-25e0b9293337 It's the Most Dreaded Time of Year: Pothole Season What You Can Do to Protect Your Vehicle from Pothole Damage<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Pothole season is officially underway, which means drivers are navigating roads filled with hazards. But a few tips from Allstate may help drivers avoid flats, crashes, and enjoy a much smoother ride.</p> <p>Here's what you can do to avoid pothole damage to your car:</p> <ul> <li>Make sure your tires are properly inflated.</li> <li>Leave plenty of room in front of your vehicle so you have time to safely swerve to avoid potholes and crashes.</li> <li>If you cannot avoid hitting a pothole, slow down instead of braking as you approach a pothole. Braking actually causes more damage in a pothole situation. </li> <li>When driving over a pothole, hold the steering wheel firmly to maintain control of your vehicle. </li> <li>Use caution and drive slowly when driving over a puddle or through the snow, which may be hiding deep potholes.</li> </ul> <p>"As soon as the current frigid temperatures give way to warmer weather, our roads will become pitted with potholes damaging our cars and even causing crashes," said Pam Dufour, president of Allstate Roadside Services. "A properly inflated tire is your best defense against potholes. With a little caution and proper vehicle maintenance, drivers can keep their cars in good condition this pothole season."</p> <p>If you do experience pothole damage to your vehicle, contact your insurance agent to determine if you are covered under your current policy. Most damage or crashes caused by driving over potholes are covered under traditional collision insurance. Many U.S. cities also offer reimbursement for pothole-related damage, so drivers should check with their local governments to determine if their cities offer coverage. Drivers should also alert their local government to dangerous potholes, so they can be fixed.</p> <p>Allstate wants every driver to be safe on the road and offers a suite of roadside services plans to suit a variety of coverage needs. Whether it's a pothole or another issue that leaves you stranded, Allstate can help drivers at their time of need. To learn more about roadside assistance options, visit <a href="https://www.allstate.com/auto-roadside-services/good-hands-roadside.aspx">https://www.allstate.com/auto-roadside-services/good-hands-roadside.aspx</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.Donash@Allstate.com">Kyle.Donash@Allstate.com</a><br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Allstate Chairman and CEO Tom Wilson Honored by International Organization of CEOs for Commitment to Social Good <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate's Chairman and CEO, Tom Wilson, was honored today by his peers with the prestigious Collaboration Force for Good Award from CECP. Wilson was recognized for his leadership in rallying fellow CEOs to protect and empower youth and domestic abuse victims.</p> <p>CECP, a coalition of 150 CEOs who believe that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance, presented the award to Wilson at the annual CECP Board of Boards gathering in New York.</p> <p>"This is a distinct honor from my peers, and one that completely aligns with Allstate's mission to be a force for good. American businesses have an opportunity to use their resources and influence to make a positive difference in their communities," said Wilson. "As leaders, we must produce both short-term performance and sustainable change. We have the responsibility to rise up, get involved and take action."</p> <p>This is the second year that CECP's Board of Directors has presented the Force for Good Awards. The CECP Board selects individual CEO recipients based on their leadership in changing the dialogue on the role of business in society, and who are a force for good in their communities.</p> <p>Wilson was honored for co-founding Get In Chicago, a private/public partnership started in 2013 to address youth violence in Chicago. He has been instrumental in engaging fellow business leaders in the organization and in raising nearly $50 million to support research-based strategies to prevent violence, and improve safety in neighborhoods across the city. Wilson is also active in expanding We Act across America which enables students to support local and international social causes.</p> <p>Wilson was also recognized for addressing domestic violence, an issue that only recently has become part of the national discourse. Ten years ago, Wilson called on The Allstate Foundation to commit to helping end domestic violence through financial empowerment of survivors. In partnership with The National Network to End Domestic Violence, The Allstate Foundation has provided more than 580,000 survivors with financial skills and resources to help break free from abuse, and invested more than $43 million in financial empowerment services.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Pam Morris<br /> <a href="mailto:Pmorx@allstate.com">Pmorx@allstate.com</a><br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:24:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6818a458-58be-41fa-ac97-5a267830f059 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/6818a458-58be-41fa-ac97-5a267830f059 Allstate Chairman and CEO Tom Wilson Honored by International Organization of CEOs for Commitment to Social Good <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate's Chairman and CEO, Tom Wilson, was honored today by his peers with the prestigious Collaboration Force for Good Award from CECP. Wilson was recognized for his leadership in rallying fellow CEOs to protect and empower youth and domestic abuse victims.</p> <p>CECP, a coalition of 150 CEOs who believe that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance, presented the award to Wilson at the annual CECP Board of Boards gathering in New York.</p> <p>"This is a distinct honor from my peers, and one that completely aligns with Allstate's mission to be a force for good. American businesses have an opportunity to use their resources and influence to make a positive difference in their communities," said Wilson. "As leaders, we must produce both short-term performance and sustainable change. We have the responsibility to rise up, get involved and take action."</p> <p>This is the second year that CECP's Board of Directors has presented the Force for Good Awards. The CECP Board selects individual CEO recipients based on their leadership in changing the dialogue on the role of business in society, and who are a force for good in their communities.</p> <p>Wilson was honored for co-founding Get In Chicago, a private/public partnership started in 2013 to address youth violence in Chicago. He has been instrumental in engaging fellow business leaders in the organization and in raising nearly $50 million to support research-based strategies to prevent violence, and improve safety in neighborhoods across the city. Wilson is also active in expanding We Act across America which enables students to support local and international social causes.</p> <p>Wilson was also recognized for addressing domestic violence, an issue that only recently has become part of the national discourse. Ten years ago, Wilson called on The Allstate Foundation to commit to helping end domestic violence through financial empowerment of survivors. In partnership with The National Network to End Domestic Violence, The Allstate Foundation has provided more than 580,000 survivors with financial skills and resources to help break free from abuse, and invested more than $43 million in financial empowerment services.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Pam Morris<br /> <a href="mailto:Pmorx@allstate.com">Pmorx@allstate.com</a><br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Allstate CEO Tom Wilson volunteers during the company’s annual Week of Service <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/0ebf/8339/0ebf8339-4256-4110-97c8-e51d8b3f9e83-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate CEO Tom Wilson volunteers during the company’s annual Week of Service Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:21:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-ceo-tom-wilson-volunteers-during-the-company-s-annual http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-ceo-tom-wilson-volunteers-during-the-company-s-annual Allstate CEO Tom Wilson volunteers during the company’s annual Week of Service <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/0ebf/8339/0ebf8339-4256-4110-97c8-e51d8b3f9e83-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate CEO Tom Wilson volunteers during the company’s annual Week of Service Allstate Announces Preferred Stock Dividends <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today declared approximately $29.1 million in aggregate dividends on five series of preferred stock for the dividend period from January 15, 2015 through April 14, 2015. All the preferred dividends are payable in cash on April 15, 2015 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 31, 2015, as follows:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"><br /><strong>Series</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Annual </strong><br /><strong>Dividend Rate</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Quarterly Amount </strong><br /><strong>Per Depositary Share</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top">Series A</td> <td align="center" valign="top">5.625%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">$0.3515625</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top">Series C</td> <td align="center" valign="top">6.75%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">$0.421875</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top">Series D</td> <td align="center" valign="top">6.625%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">$0.4140625</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top">Series E</td> <td align="center" valign="top">6.625%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">$0.4140625</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top">Series F</td> <td align="center" valign="top">6.25%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">$0.390625</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:38:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/67b19489-8e4e-4e1d-ab74-5fdc13906aad http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/67b19489-8e4e-4e1d-ab74-5fdc13906aad Allstate Announces Preferred Stock Dividends <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today declared approximately $29.1 million in aggregate dividends on five series of preferred stock for the dividend period from January 15, 2015 through April 14, 2015. All the preferred dividends are payable in cash on April 15, 2015 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 31, 2015, as follows:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"><br /><strong>Series</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Annual </strong><br /><strong>Dividend Rate</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><strong>Quarterly Amount </strong><br /><strong>Per Depositary Share</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top">Series A</td> <td align="center" valign="top">5.625%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">$0.3515625</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top">Series C</td> <td align="center" valign="top">6.75%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">$0.421875</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top">Series D</td> <td align="center" valign="top">6.625%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">$0.4140625</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top">Series E</td> <td align="center" valign="top">6.625%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">$0.4140625</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top">Series F</td> <td align="center" valign="top">6.25%</td> <td align="center" valign="top">$0.390625</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> The Allstate Foundation's Leadership Program Takes Nonprofit Professionals from Good to Great <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Nonprofit professionals looking to put their careers in high gear are invited to apply for the Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program from The Allstate Foundation and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. The program is designed to prepare highly motivated individuals to confidently take on expanded leadership roles, and to use their newfound knowledge to transform their organizations and communities.</p> <p>Greater Good, which began in 2014, offers program participants a combination of cohort-based formal instruction and individual development opportunities outside the classroom. Leaders also receive access to leadership coaches and a stipend to attend additional training outside the program, such as conferences in their fields or additional academic or professional development courses.</p> <p>"Nonprofits do such important work to make our communities healthier and more vibrant," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility, Allstate. "Through Greater Good, we're providing passionate individuals the tools they need to strengthen their organizations and to create positive change."</p> <p>According to a <a href="http://www.effectivephilanthropy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/NonprofitChallenges.pdf" target="_blank">2014 study</a> from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, an estimated 73 percent of nonprofit leaders felt they lacked sufficient resources and opportunities to develop their skills.</p> <p>"Greater Good is helping give nonprofit professionals permission to grow, and the sector is stronger because of this program," said Liz Howard, director of nonprofit executive education at Kellogg's Center for Nonprofit Management. "The comprehensive approach of this program enables nonprofit leaders to grow their capacity and have a greater impact on the sector."</p> <p>Applications will be received from Feb.15 to March 30, 2015. The 2016 class, which starts in Sept. 2015, will be comprised of 25 emerging nonprofit leaders. The program is open to nonprofit leaders from around the country whose professional experience and organization profiles meet the eligibility criteria for the Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program.</p> <p>In keeping with the goals of the Greater Good Program, The Allstate Foundation offers these tips for nonprofit professionals seeking to grow their careers:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Give yourself permission to develop.<br /> </strong>Setting aside time and attention to focus on your professional development might seem impossible given the competing priorities you face as a nonprofit leader. However, taking time each day to focus on your goals and to seek out opportunities will help you manage and grow your career and ensure the successful future of your organization.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Identify your strengths and skill gaps.<br /> </strong>Take steps to identify and fill in these gaps through formal or informal education opportunities. Utilize self-assessment tools to help chart out your strengths and opportunities, and gather feedback from your teams.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Create your own "Board of Directors."<br /> </strong>Emerging leaders should think about creating a personal board of directors. Identify mentors or sponsors who can shape your development in different aspects of your life and career, and provide resources for your growth.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Join or establish a nonprofit networking group.<br /> </strong>Seek out opportunities for networking with like-minded peers on social media or in person. You will learn to collaborate with nonprofit peers &mdash; a skill you will need when you lead a nonprofit in the future. </li> </ul> <p>To determine if you are eligible to apply to the 2016 Greater Good program, visit <a href="http://allstatefoundation.org/greater_good.html" target="_blank">http://www.allstatefoundation.org/greater_good</a>.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash <br /> 847-402-7893<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:16:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/c64fdfbd-096c-4d6b-8257-8bee8ccf496d http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/c64fdfbd-096c-4d6b-8257-8bee8ccf496d The Allstate Foundation's Leadership Program Takes Nonprofit Professionals from Good to Great <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Nonprofit professionals looking to put their careers in high gear are invited to apply for the Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program from The Allstate Foundation and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. The program is designed to prepare highly motivated individuals to confidently take on expanded leadership roles, and to use their newfound knowledge to transform their organizations and communities.</p> <p>Greater Good, which began in 2014, offers program participants a combination of cohort-based formal instruction and individual development opportunities outside the classroom. Leaders also receive access to leadership coaches and a stipend to attend additional training outside the program, such as conferences in their fields or additional academic or professional development courses.</p> <p>"Nonprofits do such important work to make our communities healthier and more vibrant," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility, Allstate. "Through Greater Good, we're providing passionate individuals the tools they need to strengthen their organizations and to create positive change."</p> <p>According to a <a href="http://www.effectivephilanthropy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/NonprofitChallenges.pdf" target="_blank">2014 study</a> from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, an estimated 73 percent of nonprofit leaders felt they lacked sufficient resources and opportunities to develop their skills.</p> <p>"Greater Good is helping give nonprofit professionals permission to grow, and the sector is stronger because of this program," said Liz Howard, director of nonprofit executive education at Kellogg's Center for Nonprofit Management. "The comprehensive approach of this program enables nonprofit leaders to grow their capacity and have a greater impact on the sector."</p> <p>Applications will be received from Feb.15 to March 30, 2015. The 2016 class, which starts in Sept. 2015, will be comprised of 25 emerging nonprofit leaders. The program is open to nonprofit leaders from around the country whose professional experience and organization profiles meet the eligibility criteria for the Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program.</p> <p>In keeping with the goals of the Greater Good Program, The Allstate Foundation offers these tips for nonprofit professionals seeking to grow their careers:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Give yourself permission to develop.<br /> </strong>Setting aside time and attention to focus on your professional development might seem impossible given the competing priorities you face as a nonprofit leader. However, taking time each day to focus on your goals and to seek out opportunities will help you manage and grow your career and ensure the successful future of your organization.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Identify your strengths and skill gaps.<br /> </strong>Take steps to identify and fill in these gaps through formal or informal education opportunities. Utilize self-assessment tools to help chart out your strengths and opportunities, and gather feedback from your teams.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Create your own "Board of Directors."<br /> </strong>Emerging leaders should think about creating a personal board of directors. Identify mentors or sponsors who can shape your development in different aspects of your life and career, and provide resources for your growth.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Join or establish a nonprofit networking group.<br /> </strong>Seek out opportunities for networking with like-minded peers on social media or in person. You will learn to collaborate with nonprofit peers &mdash; a skill you will need when you lead a nonprofit in the future. </li> </ul> <p>To determine if you are eligible to apply to the 2016 Greater Good program, visit <a href="http://allstatefoundation.org/greater_good.html" target="_blank">http://www.allstatefoundation.org/greater_good</a>.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash <br /> 847-402-7893<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Bank of America/Merrill Lynch 2015 Insurance Conference <strong>This release contains: 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Presenter:</p> <p>Thomas Wilson<br />Chairman and CEO<br />The Allstate Corporation&nbsp;</p> <p>Date: February 12, 2015<br />Location: New York<br />Time: 8:35 a.m. eastern time</p> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:50:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/94e19a96-4365-49a2-8c2b-75e728b4c40d http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/94e19a96-4365-49a2-8c2b-75e728b4c40d Bank of America/Merrill Lynch 2015 Insurance Conference <strong>This release contains: 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Presenter:</p> <p>Thomas Wilson<br />Chairman and CEO<br />The Allstate Corporation&nbsp;</p> <p>Date: February 12, 2015<br />Location: New York<br />Time: 8:35 a.m. eastern time</p> National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Allstate Name 20 College Basketball Players to 2015 Good Works Teams® College basketball's distinguished community service award honors student-athletes for their off-the-court achievements<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 20 student-athletes named to the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg;. For the third year, this prestigious award pays tribute to college basketball players at all levels for their impressive commitment to giving back to their communities and positively impacting the lives of those around them. From improving environmental sustainability on college campuses to helping impoverished communities overseas, the service accomplishments of this year's team are some of the most impressive to date.</p> <p>The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg; are each comprised of 10 student-athletes; five from NCAA&reg; Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Nominations were submitted by sports information directors and coaches at colleges and universities across the country, and a record total of 158 nominees from the NABC and 93 nominees from the WBCA were announced in early December 2014.</p> <p>Distinguished voting panels comprised of former coaches, college basketball legends and media members narrowed down the outstanding submissions to the final two teams. Leading the voting panels for their respective teams were former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill and WNBA basketball star and University of Tennessee legend Tamika Catchings.</p> <p>"Community service and giving back are an integral part of Allstate's core values, and recognizing the NABC and WBCA Good Works Team&reg; for their commitment in this area is one of the efforts we are most proud of," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2015 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg; selection panels. "In our third year partnering with the NABC and WBCA, we could not be more honored to have a role in recognizing truly deserving young athletes who encourage all of us to make a positive impact on those around us."</p> <p>The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg;&nbsp; have made it their mission to protect the integrity of the sport by highlighting the "good works'" that occur after the final buzzer. In addition to being college athletes and full-time students, these 20 young men and women have dedicated their invaluable free time to making a difference in the world around them. They each boast a long list of remarkable accolades that serve to inspire fans and communities across the nation.</p> <p>"The WBCA is extremely excited to continue its partnership with Allstate in showing appreciation for these student-athletes who take time to invest in and further their respective communities," said WBCA executive director Danielle Donehew. "Congratulations to these outstanding 10 student-athletes who have helped make a difference and will continue to be leaders on and off the basketball court."</p> <p>Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg; will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four&reg; in Indianapolis, where they will participate in a community project benefitting the host city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg; will be recognized during the 2015 WBCA Convention and at the 2015 NCAA Women's Final Four&reg; in Tampa, and will also participate in a local community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.</p> <p>"The NABC is proud to partner with Allstate as we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of the men and women selected for the 2015 Good Works Teams," said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. "This group represents the best of the best of more than 250 student-athletes nominated this year. Each has made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in our world today."</p> <p>The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg;:</p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>NCAA Division I</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Name</strong></td> <td><strong>Cl.</strong></td> <td><strong>Pos.</strong></td> <td><strong>School</strong></td> <td><strong>Hometown</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kevin Alter</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>U.S. Naval Academy</td> <td>Rumson, N.J.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Malcolm Brogdon</td> <td>Jr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>University of Virginia</td> <td>Atlanta, Ga.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jordan Green</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Texas A&amp;M University</td> <td>Flower Mound, Texas</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Michael Obacha</td> <td>Jr.</td> <td>Forward</td> <td>Appalachian State University</td> <td>Edo State, Nigeria</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dominic Romeo</td> <td>Graduate</td> <td>Forward</td> <td>Santa Clara University</td> <td>Turlock, Calif.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Name</strong></td> <td><strong>Cl.</strong></td> <td><strong>Pos.</strong></td> <td><strong>School</strong></td> <td><strong>Hometown</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Rob Anderson</td> <td>Jr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>California Institute of Technology</td> <td>Orono, Minn.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Karl Barkley</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Swarthmore College</td> <td>Davidson, N.C.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Justin Kuhlman</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Belmont Abbey College</td> <td>Ponte Vedra, Fla.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sam Pugh</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Pittsburg State University</td> <td>Branson, Mo.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Joel Redfoot</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Forward</td> <td>Penn State Altoona</td> <td>Hollidaysburg, Pa.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg;:</p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>NCAA Division I</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Name</strong></td> <td><strong>Cl.</strong></td> <td><strong>Pos.</strong></td> <td><strong>School</strong></td> <td><strong>Hometown</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kyndal Clark</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Drake University</td> <td>Webb City, Mo.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Alex Cohen</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Forward/Ctr</td> <td>Northwestern University</td> <td>Bayside, Wis.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Bria Goss</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>University of Kentucky</td> <td>Indianapolis, Ind.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Stephanie Leon</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Center</td> <td>University of Delaware</td> <td>Northport, N.Y.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Devon Roeper</td> <td>Soph.</td> <td>Forward</td> <td>Columbia University</td> <td>San Diego, Calif.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Name</strong></td> <td><strong>Cl.</strong></td> <td><strong>Pos.</strong></td> <td><strong>School</strong></td> <td><strong>Hometown</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kathryn Clark</td> <td>Jr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Johns Hopkins University</td> <td>Murrieta, Calif.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jasmine DeBerry</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Wingate University</td> <td>Charlotte, N.C.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Megan Whittaker</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Loyola University New Orleans</td> <td>Cumming, Ga.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Shanteona Keys</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard/Fwd</td> <td>Georgia College &amp; State University</td> <td>Roswell, Ga.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lea Sobieraski</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Forward</td> <td>State University of New York at Geneseo</td> <td>Lockport, N.Y.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to Hollander, Hill and Catchings, the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg; selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) and Alana Beard (Duke); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O'Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX).</p> <p>Since 2008, Allstate has worked with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;, which shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities. Through an arrangement with the AFCA, NABC and WBCA, Allstate is able to expand the Good Works Team&reg; to also recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to making a difference off the court.</p> <p>More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg; and the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg; is available at <a href="http://www.nabc.org/" target="_blank">www.nabc.org</a> and <a href="http://www.wbca.org" target="_blank">www.wbca.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the National Association of Basketball Coaches</strong><br /> Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at <a href="http://www.nabc.org" target="_blank">www.nabc.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Women's Basketball Coaches Association</strong><br /> Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit <a href="http://www.wbca.org/" target="_blank">www.wbca.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the NCAA</strong><br /> The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 460,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit <a href="http://www.ncaa.org" target="_blank">www.ncaa.org</a> and <a href="http://www.ncaa.com" target="_blank">www.ncaa.com</a> for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.</p> <p><strong>About the AFCA</strong> <br /> The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>About Allstate&reg;</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>NCAA, Final Four and Women's Final Four are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.&nbsp;All other licenses or trademarks are property of their respective holders.</p> <p>#&nbsp;#&nbsp;#</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Rick Leddy, NABC<br /> 203-815-2437<br /> <a href="mailto:ricknabc@gmail.com">ricknabc@gmail.com</a></p> <p>Jack Watford, WBCA<br /> 770-279-8027 ext. 112<br /> <a href="mailto:jwatford@wbca.org">jwatford@wbca.org</a></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6928<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:31:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a34b38f4-7e82-4f3a-a3a0-135415d95df1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a34b38f4-7e82-4f3a-a3a0-135415d95df1 National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Allstate Name 20 College Basketball Players to 2015 Good Works Teams® College basketball's distinguished community service award honors student-athletes for their off-the-court achievements<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 20 student-athletes named to the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg;. For the third year, this prestigious award pays tribute to college basketball players at all levels for their impressive commitment to giving back to their communities and positively impacting the lives of those around them. From improving environmental sustainability on college campuses to helping impoverished communities overseas, the service accomplishments of this year's team are some of the most impressive to date.</p> <p>The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg; are each comprised of 10 student-athletes; five from NCAA&reg; Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Nominations were submitted by sports information directors and coaches at colleges and universities across the country, and a record total of 158 nominees from the NABC and 93 nominees from the WBCA were announced in early December 2014.</p> <p>Distinguished voting panels comprised of former coaches, college basketball legends and media members narrowed down the outstanding submissions to the final two teams. Leading the voting panels for their respective teams were former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill and WNBA basketball star and University of Tennessee legend Tamika Catchings.</p> <p>"Community service and giving back are an integral part of Allstate's core values, and recognizing the NABC and WBCA Good Works Team&reg; for their commitment in this area is one of the efforts we are most proud of," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2015 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg; selection panels. "In our third year partnering with the NABC and WBCA, we could not be more honored to have a role in recognizing truly deserving young athletes who encourage all of us to make a positive impact on those around us."</p> <p>The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg;&nbsp; have made it their mission to protect the integrity of the sport by highlighting the "good works'" that occur after the final buzzer. In addition to being college athletes and full-time students, these 20 young men and women have dedicated their invaluable free time to making a difference in the world around them. They each boast a long list of remarkable accolades that serve to inspire fans and communities across the nation.</p> <p>"The WBCA is extremely excited to continue its partnership with Allstate in showing appreciation for these student-athletes who take time to invest in and further their respective communities," said WBCA executive director Danielle Donehew. "Congratulations to these outstanding 10 student-athletes who have helped make a difference and will continue to be leaders on and off the basketball court."</p> <p>Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg; will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four&reg; in Indianapolis, where they will participate in a community project benefitting the host city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg; will be recognized during the 2015 WBCA Convention and at the 2015 NCAA Women's Final Four&reg; in Tampa, and will also participate in a local community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.</p> <p>"The NABC is proud to partner with Allstate as we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of the men and women selected for the 2015 Good Works Teams," said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. "This group represents the best of the best of more than 250 student-athletes nominated this year. Each has made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in our world today."</p> <p>The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg;:</p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>NCAA Division I</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Name</strong></td> <td><strong>Cl.</strong></td> <td><strong>Pos.</strong></td> <td><strong>School</strong></td> <td><strong>Hometown</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kevin Alter</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>U.S. Naval Academy</td> <td>Rumson, N.J.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Malcolm Brogdon</td> <td>Jr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>University of Virginia</td> <td>Atlanta, Ga.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jordan Green</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Texas A&amp;M University</td> <td>Flower Mound, Texas</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Michael Obacha</td> <td>Jr.</td> <td>Forward</td> <td>Appalachian State University</td> <td>Edo State, Nigeria</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dominic Romeo</td> <td>Graduate</td> <td>Forward</td> <td>Santa Clara University</td> <td>Turlock, Calif.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Name</strong></td> <td><strong>Cl.</strong></td> <td><strong>Pos.</strong></td> <td><strong>School</strong></td> <td><strong>Hometown</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Rob Anderson</td> <td>Jr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>California Institute of Technology</td> <td>Orono, Minn.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Karl Barkley</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Swarthmore College</td> <td>Davidson, N.C.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Justin Kuhlman</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Belmont Abbey College</td> <td>Ponte Vedra, Fla.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sam Pugh</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Pittsburg State University</td> <td>Branson, Mo.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Joel Redfoot</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Forward</td> <td>Penn State Altoona</td> <td>Hollidaysburg, Pa.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg;:</p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>NCAA Division I</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Name</strong></td> <td><strong>Cl.</strong></td> <td><strong>Pos.</strong></td> <td><strong>School</strong></td> <td><strong>Hometown</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kyndal Clark</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Drake University</td> <td>Webb City, Mo.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Alex Cohen</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Forward/Ctr</td> <td>Northwestern University</td> <td>Bayside, Wis.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Bria Goss</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>University of Kentucky</td> <td>Indianapolis, Ind.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Stephanie Leon</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Center</td> <td>University of Delaware</td> <td>Northport, N.Y.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Devon Roeper</td> <td>Soph.</td> <td>Forward</td> <td>Columbia University</td> <td>San Diego, Calif.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="5"><strong>NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Name</strong></td> <td><strong>Cl.</strong></td> <td><strong>Pos.</strong></td> <td><strong>School</strong></td> <td><strong>Hometown</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kathryn Clark</td> <td>Jr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Johns Hopkins University</td> <td>Murrieta, Calif.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jasmine DeBerry</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Wingate University</td> <td>Charlotte, N.C.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Megan Whittaker</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard</td> <td>Loyola University New Orleans</td> <td>Cumming, Ga.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Shanteona Keys</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Guard/Fwd</td> <td>Georgia College &amp; State University</td> <td>Roswell, Ga.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lea Sobieraski</td> <td>Sr.</td> <td>Forward</td> <td>State University of New York at Geneseo</td> <td>Lockport, N.Y.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to Hollander, Hill and Catchings, the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg; selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) and Alana Beard (Duke); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O'Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX).</p> <p>Since 2008, Allstate has worked with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;, which shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities. Through an arrangement with the AFCA, NABC and WBCA, Allstate is able to expand the Good Works Team&reg; to also recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to making a difference off the court.</p> <p>More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg; and the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg; is available at <a href="http://www.nabc.org/" target="_blank">www.nabc.org</a> and <a href="http://www.wbca.org" target="_blank">www.wbca.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the National Association of Basketball Coaches</strong><br /> Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at <a href="http://www.nabc.org" target="_blank">www.nabc.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Women's Basketball Coaches Association</strong><br /> Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit <a href="http://www.wbca.org/" target="_blank">www.wbca.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the NCAA</strong><br /> The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 460,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit <a href="http://www.ncaa.org" target="_blank">www.ncaa.org</a> and <a href="http://www.ncaa.com" target="_blank">www.ncaa.com</a> for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.</p> <p><strong>About the AFCA</strong> <br /> The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>About Allstate&reg;</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>NCAA, Final Four and Women's Final Four are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.&nbsp;All other licenses or trademarks are property of their respective holders.</p> <p>#&nbsp;#&nbsp;#</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Rick Leddy, NABC<br /> 203-815-2437<br /> <a href="mailto:ricknabc@gmail.com">ricknabc@gmail.com</a></p> <p>Jack Watford, WBCA<br /> 770-279-8027 ext. 112<br /> <a href="mailto:jwatford@wbca.org">jwatford@wbca.org</a></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6928<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> Heartland Health Centers Volunteer Steve Rosemurgy Honored as Allstate's Employee Volunteer of the Year More than 100,000 hours of service volunteered by Allstate employees last year<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate employee Steve Rosemurgy has dedicated thousands of hours over the past seven years to helping increase accessibility and affordability of healthcare services for families on Chicago's far Northside. Rosemurgy, a volunteer and the current board chair at Heartland Health Centers, has been recognized by his colleagues as Allstate's Employee Volunteer of the Year because of his service to the local community.</p> <p>"When I started volunteering with Heartland Health Centers, I could have never imagined how sorely needed healthcare services were in the neighborhood," said Rosemurgy, Allstate's Volunteer of the Year. "I'm so tremendously appreciative of this award and the services we are providing to tens of thousands of Chicagoans each year. It's my hope that I've helped make a difference in people's lives."</p> <p>Heartland Health Centers provides high quality and comprehensive health and dental services to the most vulnerable populations on Chicago's north side. Rosemurgy has served in a number of leadership roles during his seven years as a volunteer. He first served as a member of the marketing and communications committee and then rose to become vice-chair and now serves as board chairman.</p> <p>"Steve gives his time, talent and a great dose of energy to our organization," said Gwenn Rausch, chief executive officer at Heartland Health Centers. "He's helped guide our organization through a period of incredible growth from 10,000 patient visits in 2007 to more than 70,000 today. It's a testament to Steve's leadership that Heartland Health Centers has been able to expand its services in the community. Many people will be forever grateful for his service."</p> <p>"Volunteerism is part of our DNA at Allstate and Steve is an exemplary role model," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "The commitment to giving back that Steve and all our outstanding volunteers demonstrate is core to our company values and strengthens the way we do business. I am personally inspired by their service and offer my heartfelt appreciation for all they do."</p> <p>Allstate's Employee Volunteer of the Year Program acknowledges company volunteers who embody the spirit of giving back to the communities where they live and work. The honors are awarded annually to Allstate's top volunteers across the company. The overall winner receives a $5,000 donation to the nonprofit of their choice. Rosemurgy is directing his award to Heartland Health Centers.</p> <p>Allstate awarded more than 450 grants last year to nonprofit organizations where employees volunteer as a part of its Helping Hands Recognition Program. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation granted nearly $230,000 to nonprofit organizations across the country where Allstate employees delivered more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service.</p> <p>Allstate's regional outstanding volunteers for 2014 include:</p> <ul> <li>Betty Arcangel, Raleigh, North Carolina</li> <li>Connie Bertoldi, Bridgewater, New Jersey</li> <li>Caroline Carter, Roanoke, Virginia</li> <li>Misty Champagne, Lincoln, Nebraska</li> <li>Nancy Crawford, Chubbuck, Idaho</li> <li>Renee Criger, Tempe, Arizona</li> <li>Sandra Ellinger, Doral, Florida</li> <li>Shelley Fox, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania</li> <li>Maryse Gregoire, Northbrook, Illinois</li> <li>Lenore Haus, Markham, Ontario, Canada</li> <li>Neil Jordan, Belfast, Ireland</li> <li>Pradhan Murthy Muniswamy, Bangalore, India</li> <li>Mary Pomeroy, Nashville, Tennessee</li> <li>Beverly Rideaux, Houston, Texas</li> <li>Joy Rouse, Bridgewater, New Jersey</li> <li>Sue Snyder, Hudson, Ohio</li> <li>Jennifer Webster, Glenn Falls, New York</li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.Donash@allstate.com">Kyle.Donash@allstate.com</a></p> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:19:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3a014af1-a9d4-426d-bed9-ee418ceb981b http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3a014af1-a9d4-426d-bed9-ee418ceb981b Heartland Health Centers Volunteer Steve Rosemurgy Honored as Allstate's Employee Volunteer of the Year More than 100,000 hours of service volunteered by Allstate employees last year<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate employee Steve Rosemurgy has dedicated thousands of hours over the past seven years to helping increase accessibility and affordability of healthcare services for families on Chicago's far Northside. Rosemurgy, a volunteer and the current board chair at Heartland Health Centers, has been recognized by his colleagues as Allstate's Employee Volunteer of the Year because of his service to the local community.</p> <p>"When I started volunteering with Heartland Health Centers, I could have never imagined how sorely needed healthcare services were in the neighborhood," said Rosemurgy, Allstate's Volunteer of the Year. "I'm so tremendously appreciative of this award and the services we are providing to tens of thousands of Chicagoans each year. It's my hope that I've helped make a difference in people's lives."</p> <p>Heartland Health Centers provides high quality and comprehensive health and dental services to the most vulnerable populations on Chicago's north side. Rosemurgy has served in a number of leadership roles during his seven years as a volunteer. He first served as a member of the marketing and communications committee and then rose to become vice-chair and now serves as board chairman.</p> <p>"Steve gives his time, talent and a great dose of energy to our organization," said Gwenn Rausch, chief executive officer at Heartland Health Centers. "He's helped guide our organization through a period of incredible growth from 10,000 patient visits in 2007 to more than 70,000 today. It's a testament to Steve's leadership that Heartland Health Centers has been able to expand its services in the community. Many people will be forever grateful for his service."</p> <p>"Volunteerism is part of our DNA at Allstate and Steve is an exemplary role model," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "The commitment to giving back that Steve and all our outstanding volunteers demonstrate is core to our company values and strengthens the way we do business. I am personally inspired by their service and offer my heartfelt appreciation for all they do."</p> <p>Allstate's Employee Volunteer of the Year Program acknowledges company volunteers who embody the spirit of giving back to the communities where they live and work. The honors are awarded annually to Allstate's top volunteers across the company. The overall winner receives a $5,000 donation to the nonprofit of their choice. Rosemurgy is directing his award to Heartland Health Centers.</p> <p>Allstate awarded more than 450 grants last year to nonprofit organizations where employees volunteer as a part of its Helping Hands Recognition Program. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation granted nearly $230,000 to nonprofit organizations across the country where Allstate employees delivered more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service.</p> <p>Allstate's regional outstanding volunteers for 2014 include:</p> <ul> <li>Betty Arcangel, Raleigh, North Carolina</li> <li>Connie Bertoldi, Bridgewater, New Jersey</li> <li>Caroline Carter, Roanoke, Virginia</li> <li>Misty Champagne, Lincoln, Nebraska</li> <li>Nancy Crawford, Chubbuck, Idaho</li> <li>Renee Criger, Tempe, Arizona</li> <li>Sandra Ellinger, Doral, Florida</li> <li>Shelley Fox, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania</li> <li>Maryse Gregoire, Northbrook, Illinois</li> <li>Lenore Haus, Markham, Ontario, Canada</li> <li>Neil Jordan, Belfast, Ireland</li> <li>Pradhan Murthy Muniswamy, Bangalore, India</li> <li>Mary Pomeroy, Nashville, Tennessee</li> <li>Beverly Rideaux, Houston, Texas</li> <li>Joy Rouse, Bridgewater, New Jersey</li> <li>Sue Snyder, Hudson, Ohio</li> <li>Jennifer Webster, Glenn Falls, New York</li> </ul> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.Donash@allstate.com">Kyle.Donash@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate's Volunteer of the Year Steve Rosemurgy <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/1a2a/b1ee/1a2ab1ee-2ff1-487b-ba59-dc48a6e840e3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate's Volunteer of the Year Steve Rosemurgy Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:17:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-s-volunteer-of-the-year-steve-rosemurgy http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-s-volunteer-of-the-year-steve-rosemurgy Allstate's Volunteer of the Year Steve Rosemurgy <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/1a2a/b1ee/1a2ab1ee-2ff1-487b-ba59-dc48a6e840e3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate's Volunteer of the Year Steve Rosemurgy Allstate Sustains Growth and Profitability Increases Quarterly Dividend 7%, Announces $3 Billion Common Stock Repurchase Plan<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93125&amp;p=irol-qii2014" target="_blank">http://www.allstateinvestors.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93125&amp;p=irol-qii2014</a></p> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:12:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3c724602-e53c-4540-8d3e-a0f41fc12a13 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/3c724602-e53c-4540-8d3e-a0f41fc12a13 Allstate Sustains Growth and Profitability Increases Quarterly Dividend 7%, Announces $3 Billion Common Stock Repurchase Plan<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93125&amp;p=irol-qii2014" target="_blank">http://www.allstateinvestors.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93125&amp;p=irol-qii2014</a></p> Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/e3a3/9054/e3a39054-6312-4237-a918-54ed490fce12-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:01:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-unveils-fastest-claims-payment-in-the-industry-2 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-unveils-fastest-claims-payment-in-the-industry-2 Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/e3a3/9054/e3a39054-6312-4237-a918-54ed490fce12-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry Insurer introduces Fast Mobile e-Payment℠, a same-day payment method in the Allstate ExpressPay℠ network<br /><strong>This release contains: 3 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>With just an email address or mobile phone number, consumers can now get an Allstate claim payment made directly to their bank account in a single day with Fast Mobile e-Payment, one payment method now available in the new Allstate ExpressPay portfolio. Working with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Allstate becomes the first U.S. company to use the new digital disbursement method.</p> <p>"When you have a claim, you want to receive your payment quickly," says Allstate President Matt Winter. "Fast Mobile e-Payment simplifies and accelerates the payment process. It's another good example of how Allstate is innovating on behalf of customers."</p> <p>Fast Mobile e-Payment eliminates delays that can occur with snail mail and lost checks by requiring only an e-mail address or mobile phone number in order to process a payment. The new solution &ndash; which can be faster than all existing payment methods, including Electronic Funds Transfer &ndash; is immediately available across the U.S. and works with any bank to handle all Allstate auto and property insurance claims that have a single payee.</p> <p>Here's how the service works:</p> <ul> <li>A consumer confirms he/she is willing to be paid utilizing Fast Mobile e-Payment.</li> <li>Allstate gathers email address or mobile phone number from the consumer and sends information to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.</li> <li>Consumer gets an email or text message with instructions on how to receive payment.</li> <li>A one-time registration process is performed by the consumer that will register their email address or mobile phone number in order to receive payment.</li> <li>Once registered, consumer automatically receives the payment into his/her account.</li> </ul> <p>"We are proud to be one of the first banks to offer this electronic business-to-consumer payment solution," says Bank of America Merrill Lynch Head of Global Payments Ather Williams. "Allstate and their customers may benefit greatly from the speed and convenience this solution provides."</p> <p>Fast Mobile e-Payment is the latest, customer-friendly advance in Allstate's overall claims experience that delivers fast, fair and easy service. Allstate ExpressPay is the complete suite of streamlined payment solutions Allstate offers consumers. The company's customers already enjoy innovations at their fingertips like Digital Locker&reg; to inventory all their valuables and belongings and QuickFoto Claim&reg; that enables customers to file an auto claim by submitting pictures through a smartphone app.</p> <p>"Consumers are more connected than ever, and they expect companies to offer the technology to do business simply, instantaneously and on-the-go," says Suren Gupta, executive vice president of Allstate Technology &amp; Strategic Ventures. "We're committed to innovation and we'll add more features like Fast Mobile e-Payment to Allstate ExpressPay soon."</p> <p><strong>About Allstate Corporation:</strong></p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a><br /> 727-512-8314</p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:00:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/65dbe17a-0b5e-4aa3-a9e4-61f333bc1857 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/65dbe17a-0b5e-4aa3-a9e4-61f333bc1857 Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry Insurer introduces Fast Mobile e-Payment℠, a same-day payment method in the Allstate ExpressPay℠ network<br /><strong>This release contains: 3 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>With just an email address or mobile phone number, consumers can now get an Allstate claim payment made directly to their bank account in a single day with Fast Mobile e-Payment, one payment method now available in the new Allstate ExpressPay portfolio. Working with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Allstate becomes the first U.S. company to use the new digital disbursement method.</p> <p>"When you have a claim, you want to receive your payment quickly," says Allstate President Matt Winter. "Fast Mobile e-Payment simplifies and accelerates the payment process. It's another good example of how Allstate is innovating on behalf of customers."</p> <p>Fast Mobile e-Payment eliminates delays that can occur with snail mail and lost checks by requiring only an e-mail address or mobile phone number in order to process a payment. The new solution &ndash; which can be faster than all existing payment methods, including Electronic Funds Transfer &ndash; is immediately available across the U.S. and works with any bank to handle all Allstate auto and property insurance claims that have a single payee.</p> <p>Here's how the service works:</p> <ul> <li>A consumer confirms he/she is willing to be paid utilizing Fast Mobile e-Payment.</li> <li>Allstate gathers email address or mobile phone number from the consumer and sends information to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.</li> <li>Consumer gets an email or text message with instructions on how to receive payment.</li> <li>A one-time registration process is performed by the consumer that will register their email address or mobile phone number in order to receive payment.</li> <li>Once registered, consumer automatically receives the payment into his/her account.</li> </ul> <p>"We are proud to be one of the first banks to offer this electronic business-to-consumer payment solution," says Bank of America Merrill Lynch Head of Global Payments Ather Williams. "Allstate and their customers may benefit greatly from the speed and convenience this solution provides."</p> <p>Fast Mobile e-Payment is the latest, customer-friendly advance in Allstate's overall claims experience that delivers fast, fair and easy service. Allstate ExpressPay is the complete suite of streamlined payment solutions Allstate offers consumers. The company's customers already enjoy innovations at their fingertips like Digital Locker&reg; to inventory all their valuables and belongings and QuickFoto Claim&reg; that enables customers to file an auto claim by submitting pictures through a smartphone app.</p> <p>"Consumers are more connected than ever, and they expect companies to offer the technology to do business simply, instantaneously and on-the-go," says Suren Gupta, executive vice president of Allstate Technology &amp; Strategic Ventures. "We're committed to innovation and we'll add more features like Fast Mobile e-Payment to Allstate ExpressPay soon."</p> <p><strong>About Allstate Corporation:</strong></p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $34 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a><br /> 727-512-8314</p> Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/d0a1/76a9/d0a176a9-dfec-49a5-87f1-59534f13f0ae-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:00:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-unveils-fastest-claims-payment-in-the-industry-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-unveils-fastest-claims-payment-in-the-industry-1 Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/d0a1/76a9/d0a176a9-dfec-49a5-87f1-59534f13f0ae-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/84bb/1298/84bb1298-bf5d-451d-a196-45501800c8d8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:00:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-unveils-fastest-claims-payment-in-the-industry http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-unveils-fastest-claims-payment-in-the-industry Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/84bb/1298/84bb1298-bf5d-451d-a196-45501800c8d8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Unveils Fastest Claims Payment in the Industry Liability On the Line At Football Watch Parties Allstate Insurance provides tips to New Yorkers to build a good defense against liability risks when having people over to watch the big game.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Mayhem likes more than just college football games &ndash; it can show up in many forms when someone hosts a watch party for the big game. So, if you're planning to have a party for the big game this year, you'll want to have the following tips from Allstate and the Insurance Information Institute in your playbook:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Make <strong>sure you understand your state laws.</strong>&nbsp;</strong>Before sending out party invitations, familiarize yourself with your state's "social host liability" laws. These laws vary widely from state to state. Some states do not impose any liability on social hosts. Others limit liability to injuries that occur on the host's premises. Some extend the host's liability to injuries that occur anywhere a guest who has consumed alcohol goes. Many states have laws that pertain specifically to furnishing alcohol to minors.</li> <li><strong>Consider venues other than your home for the party.</strong>&nbsp;Hosting your party at a restaurant or bar with a liquor license, rather than at your home, will help reduce liquor liability risks.</li> <li><strong>Encourage guests to pick a designated driver</strong>&nbsp;who will refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages so that he or she can drive other guests home.</li> <li><strong>Be a responsible host/hostess</strong>. Limit your own alcohol intake so that you will be better able to judge your guests' sobriety.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Offer non-alcoholic beverages and always serve food</strong>. Eating and drinking plenty of water, or other non-alcoholic beverages, can help counter the effects of alcohol.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>If guests drink too much or seem too tired to drive home, call a cab</strong>, arrange a ride with a sober guest or have them sleep at your home.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Encourage all your guests to wear seatbelts as they drive home</strong>. Studies show that seatbelts save lives.</li> <li><strong>Speak with your insurance agent or company representative</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong>about your homeowners coverage and any exclusions, conditions or limitations your policy might have for this kind of risk. </li> </ul> <p>Keeping these tips in mind as you plan for a party can help you make better decisions before the big game. Whether the party is large or small, any host will want to act responsibly to protect friends and family enjoying one the biggest sporting events of the year.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate Corporation</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a>&nbsp;(NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as the web via <a href="http://www.allstate.com" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a>&nbsp;and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to&nbsp;support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a><br /> 631-233-6048</p> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:03:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f88ff75d-3486-4b48-ae04-432393e3155d http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f88ff75d-3486-4b48-ae04-432393e3155d Liability On the Line At Football Watch Parties Allstate Insurance provides tips to New Yorkers to build a good defense against liability risks when having people over to watch the big game.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Mayhem likes more than just college football games &ndash; it can show up in many forms when someone hosts a watch party for the big game. So, if you're planning to have a party for the big game this year, you'll want to have the following tips from Allstate and the Insurance Information Institute in your playbook:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Make <strong>sure you understand your state laws.</strong>&nbsp;</strong>Before sending out party invitations, familiarize yourself with your state's "social host liability" laws. These laws vary widely from state to state. Some states do not impose any liability on social hosts. Others limit liability to injuries that occur on the host's premises. Some extend the host's liability to injuries that occur anywhere a guest who has consumed alcohol goes. Many states have laws that pertain specifically to furnishing alcohol to minors.</li> <li><strong>Consider venues other than your home for the party.</strong>&nbsp;Hosting your party at a restaurant or bar with a liquor license, rather than at your home, will help reduce liquor liability risks.</li> <li><strong>Encourage guests to pick a designated driver</strong>&nbsp;who will refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages so that he or she can drive other guests home.</li> <li><strong>Be a responsible host/hostess</strong>. Limit your own alcohol intake so that you will be better able to judge your guests' sobriety.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Offer non-alcoholic beverages and always serve food</strong>. Eating and drinking plenty of water, or other non-alcoholic beverages, can help counter the effects of alcohol.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>If guests drink too much or seem too tired to drive home, call a cab</strong>, arrange a ride with a sober guest or have them sleep at your home.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Encourage all your guests to wear seatbelts as they drive home</strong>. Studies show that seatbelts save lives.</li> <li><strong>Speak with your insurance agent or company representative</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong>about your homeowners coverage and any exclusions, conditions or limitations your policy might have for this kind of risk. </li> </ul> <p>Keeping these tips in mind as you plan for a party can help you make better decisions before the big game. Whether the party is large or small, any host will want to act responsibly to protect friends and family enjoying one the biggest sporting events of the year.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate Corporation</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a>&nbsp;(NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as the web via <a href="http://www.allstate.com" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a>&nbsp;and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to&nbsp;support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a><br /> 631-233-6048</p> Liability On the Line At Football Watch Parties Allstate Insurance provides tips to build a good defense against liability risks when having people over to watch the big game.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Mayhem likes more than just college football games &ndash; it can show up in many forms when someone hosts a watch party for the big game. So, if you're planning to have a party for the big game this year, you'll want to have the following tips from Allstate and the Insurance Information Institute in your playbook:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Make <strong>sure you understand your state laws.</strong> </strong>Before sending out party invitations, familiarize yourself with your state's "social host liability" laws. These laws vary widely from state to state. Some states do not impose any liability on social hosts. Others limit liability to injuries that occur on the host's premises. Some extend the host's liability to injuries that occur anywhere a guest who has consumed alcohol goes. Many states have laws that pertain specifically to furnishing alcohol to minors.</li> <li><strong>Consider venues other than your home for the party.</strong> Hosting your party at a restaurant or bar with a liquor license, rather than at your home, will help reduce liquor liability risks.</li> <li><strong>Encourage guests to pick a designated driver</strong> who will refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages so that he or she can drive other guests home.</li> <li><strong>Be a responsible host/hostess</strong>. Limit your own alcohol intake so that you will be better able to judge your guests' sobriety. </li> <li><strong>Offer non-alcoholic beverages and always serve food</strong>. Eating and drinking plenty of water, or other non-alcoholic beverages, can help counter the effects of alcohol. </li> <li><strong>If guests drink too much or seem too tired to drive home, call a cab</strong>, arrange a ride with a sober guest or have them sleep at your home. </li> <li><strong>Encourage all your guests to wear seatbelts as they drive home</strong>. Studies show that seatbelts save lives.</li> <li><strong>Speak with your insurance agent or company representative</strong><strong> </strong>about your homeowners coverage and any exclusions, conditions or limitations your policy might have for this kind of risk. </li> </ul> <p>Keeping these tips in mind as you plan for a party can help you make better decisions before the big game. Whether the party is large or small, any host will want to act responsibly to protect friends and family enjoying one the biggest sporting events of the year.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate Corporation</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as the web via <a href="http://www.allstate.com" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a><a href="http://www.allstate.com"></a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a><a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial"></a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Justin Herndon<br /> 727-512-8314</p> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:00:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/738c8a87-0fa7-4518-97ff-7f517293e49c http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/738c8a87-0fa7-4518-97ff-7f517293e49c Liability On the Line At Football Watch Parties Allstate Insurance provides tips to build a good defense against liability risks when having people over to watch the big game.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Mayhem likes more than just college football games &ndash; it can show up in many forms when someone hosts a watch party for the big game. So, if you're planning to have a party for the big game this year, you'll want to have the following tips from Allstate and the Insurance Information Institute in your playbook:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Make <strong>sure you understand your state laws.</strong> </strong>Before sending out party invitations, familiarize yourself with your state's "social host liability" laws. These laws vary widely from state to state. Some states do not impose any liability on social hosts. Others limit liability to injuries that occur on the host's premises. Some extend the host's liability to injuries that occur anywhere a guest who has consumed alcohol goes. Many states have laws that pertain specifically to furnishing alcohol to minors.</li> <li><strong>Consider venues other than your home for the party.</strong> Hosting your party at a restaurant or bar with a liquor license, rather than at your home, will help reduce liquor liability risks.</li> <li><strong>Encourage guests to pick a designated driver</strong> who will refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages so that he or she can drive other guests home.</li> <li><strong>Be a responsible host/hostess</strong>. Limit your own alcohol intake so that you will be better able to judge your guests' sobriety. </li> <li><strong>Offer non-alcoholic beverages and always serve food</strong>. Eating and drinking plenty of water, or other non-alcoholic beverages, can help counter the effects of alcohol. </li> <li><strong>If guests drink too much or seem too tired to drive home, call a cab</strong>, arrange a ride with a sober guest or have them sleep at your home. </li> <li><strong>Encourage all your guests to wear seatbelts as they drive home</strong>. Studies show that seatbelts save lives.</li> <li><strong>Speak with your insurance agent or company representative</strong><strong> </strong>about your homeowners coverage and any exclusions, conditions or limitations your policy might have for this kind of risk. </li> </ul> <p>Keeping these tips in mind as you plan for a party can help you make better decisions before the big game. Whether the party is large or small, any host will want to act responsibly to protect friends and family enjoying one the biggest sporting events of the year.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate Corporation</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as the web via <a href="http://www.allstate.com" target="_blank">www.allstate.com</a><a href="http://www.allstate.com"></a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial</a><a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial"></a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to <a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Justin Herndon<br /> 727-512-8314</p> Liability On the Line At Football Watch Parties <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/0cd2/b948/0cd2b948-a5fe-4292-a299-f2916caec231-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Liability On the Line At Football Watch Parties Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:00:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/liability-on-the-line-at-football-watch-parties http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/liability-on-the-line-at-football-watch-parties Liability On the Line At Football Watch Parties <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/0cd2/b948/0cd2b948-a5fe-4292-a299-f2916caec231-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Liability On the Line At Football Watch Parties Allstate Suggests Five Steps to Improve Your Financial Health in 2015 <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>'Tis the season for New Year's resolutions. As we ring in 2015, many will vow to lose weight, get organized or learn something new, and according to <a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/">StatisticBrain.com</a>, the third most popular resolution is to spend less and save more. This year, Allstate is encouraging its customers to stick to their resolutions and take the time to tone up their finances.</p> <p>"Committing to spending less and saving more in the New Year is often easier said than done," said Lilla Wright, a Texas agency owner. "Evaluating priorities, setting realistic goals and sticking to them can make your New Year's resolution a reality. Developing a comprehensive game plan and seeking advice from a financial professional can help you stick to your goals for years to come."</p> <p>Based on the conversations Allstate agency owners and staff have with customers, Wright offered five tips to improve your financial future:</p> <p><strong><em>1. Do Your Homework. </em></strong>There is a wealth of valuable, and <em>free</em>, information about managing your personal finances available on websites, in books, newspapers and seminars. A financial professional can assist you in understanding how this information relates to your personal situation and suggest products and services you can consider to help you achieve those goals. Referrals from friends or family, and organizations such as the National Association of Personal Financial Planners (<a href="http://www.napfa.org">www.napfa.org</a>) or the Financial Planning Association (<a href="http://www.fpanet.org">www.fpanet.org</a>), can assist you in finding fee-only or commission-based financial advisors. For information about specific products, such as life insurance, ask for a referral from professionals you currently deal with and trust &ndash; such as your auto/home insurance agent.</p> <p><strong><em>2. Set Goals. </em></strong>As with any New Year's resolution, it's helpful to set specific goals and a timetable to achieve them. Rather than trying to make progress on everything at once, prioritize your goals every year so you can focus on the two or three most important. For example, make a date once a year for an annual life insurance checkup to double check that the amount and type of coverage is right for your current situation.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><em>3. Think Long Term. </em></strong>Retirement may or may not seem far off, but a happy, well-funded retirement won't happen without long-term preparation &ndash; and many people today retire earlier than expected and without adequate savings. If your retirement savings efforts are falling short, consider consulting with a financial professional who can review with you your current financial and insurance needs and recommend actions you can consider to help you reach your goals.</p> <p><strong><em>4. Find Small Savings.</em></strong> Identifying small opportunities for money-saving in your normal habits can be beneficial when trying to save cash for a financial emergency or find money to invest. Small changes, such as packing your lunch rather than eating out, skipping the coffee shop and brewing your own, or cutting back on premium cable channels can add up to substantial monthly savings. Stow your extra dollars into a savings or money market account as an emergency nest egg, or "dollar cost average" by putting a set amount of money each month into a stock or bond fund. In addition, routinely save some or all of your financial windfalls: tax refunds, birthday gifts and bonuses. The money, interest and dividends will add up over time.</p> <p><strong><em>5. Tackle Credit Card Debt. </em></strong>Few things in life are more stressful than a pile of credit card bills you can't pay off. Danger signs include habitual late payments and trouble making the minimum payments. Many resources can help you develop a plan to reduce or eliminate your expensive credit card debt. Government websites, such as the National Foundation of Credit Counseling (<a href="http://www.debtadvice.org">www.debtadvice.org</a>) and informational websites, such as <a href="http://www.debtorsunite.org/">DebtorsUnite.org</a>, offer helpful information. Beware of "get out of debt quick" companies that make promises that are too good to be true. Try to avoid over-using your cards by storing them far away from your wallet, phone and computer so that you're less likely to make impulsive credit card purchases. Better yet, carry cash instead of cards because you're less likely to overspend if you're handing over cold, hard cash.</p> <p>"Preparing for your financial future can be a daunting task, but following these simple tips can make a big difference. The best way to improve your financial health and be prepared for the future is to start today," Wright said.</p> <p>For more information or to receive a professional consultation from Allstate, contact a personal financial representative near you: <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance.aspx">www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance.aspx</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis <br /> (469) 585-1109<br /> On Twitter @allstatetx</p> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:40:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0802ecce-8b87-45a6-9131-1444a8894057 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0802ecce-8b87-45a6-9131-1444a8894057 Allstate Suggests Five Steps to Improve Your Financial Health in 2015 <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>'Tis the season for New Year's resolutions. As we ring in 2015, many will vow to lose weight, get organized or learn something new, and according to <a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/">StatisticBrain.com</a>, the third most popular resolution is to spend less and save more. This year, Allstate is encouraging its customers to stick to their resolutions and take the time to tone up their finances.</p> <p>"Committing to spending less and saving more in the New Year is often easier said than done," said Lilla Wright, a Texas agency owner. "Evaluating priorities, setting realistic goals and sticking to them can make your New Year's resolution a reality. Developing a comprehensive game plan and seeking advice from a financial professional can help you stick to your goals for years to come."</p> <p>Based on the conversations Allstate agency owners and staff have with customers, Wright offered five tips to improve your financial future:</p> <p><strong><em>1. Do Your Homework. </em></strong>There is a wealth of valuable, and <em>free</em>, information about managing your personal finances available on websites, in books, newspapers and seminars. A financial professional can assist you in understanding how this information relates to your personal situation and suggest products and services you can consider to help you achieve those goals. Referrals from friends or family, and organizations such as the National Association of Personal Financial Planners (<a href="http://www.napfa.org">www.napfa.org</a>) or the Financial Planning Association (<a href="http://www.fpanet.org">www.fpanet.org</a>), can assist you in finding fee-only or commission-based financial advisors. For information about specific products, such as life insurance, ask for a referral from professionals you currently deal with and trust &ndash; such as your auto/home insurance agent.</p> <p><strong><em>2. Set Goals. </em></strong>As with any New Year's resolution, it's helpful to set specific goals and a timetable to achieve them. Rather than trying to make progress on everything at once, prioritize your goals every year so you can focus on the two or three most important. For example, make a date once a year for an annual life insurance checkup to double check that the amount and type of coverage is right for your current situation.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><em>3. Think Long Term. </em></strong>Retirement may or may not seem far off, but a happy, well-funded retirement won't happen without long-term preparation &ndash; and many people today retire earlier than expected and without adequate savings. If your retirement savings efforts are falling short, consider consulting with a financial professional who can review with you your current financial and insurance needs and recommend actions you can consider to help you reach your goals.</p> <p><strong><em>4. Find Small Savings.</em></strong> Identifying small opportunities for money-saving in your normal habits can be beneficial when trying to save cash for a financial emergency or find money to invest. Small changes, such as packing your lunch rather than eating out, skipping the coffee shop and brewing your own, or cutting back on premium cable channels can add up to substantial monthly savings. Stow your extra dollars into a savings or money market account as an emergency nest egg, or "dollar cost average" by putting a set amount of money each month into a stock or bond fund. In addition, routinely save some or all of your financial windfalls: tax refunds, birthday gifts and bonuses. The money, interest and dividends will add up over time.</p> <p><strong><em>5. Tackle Credit Card Debt. </em></strong>Few things in life are more stressful than a pile of credit card bills you can't pay off. Danger signs include habitual late payments and trouble making the minimum payments. Many resources can help you develop a plan to reduce or eliminate your expensive credit card debt. Government websites, such as the National Foundation of Credit Counseling (<a href="http://www.debtadvice.org">www.debtadvice.org</a>) and informational websites, such as <a href="http://www.debtorsunite.org/">DebtorsUnite.org</a>, offer helpful information. Beware of "get out of debt quick" companies that make promises that are too good to be true. Try to avoid over-using your cards by storing them far away from your wallet, phone and computer so that you're less likely to make impulsive credit card purchases. Better yet, carry cash instead of cards because you're less likely to overspend if you're handing over cold, hard cash.</p> <p>"Preparing for your financial future can be a daunting task, but following these simple tips can make a big difference. The best way to improve your financial health and be prepared for the future is to start today," Wright said.</p> <p>For more information or to receive a professional consultation from Allstate, contact a personal financial representative near you: <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance.aspx">www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance.aspx</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis <br /> (469) 585-1109<br /> On Twitter @allstatetx</p> $50,000 Grant Helps Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan to Promote and Celebrate Diversity <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Foundation has awarded the Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan a $50,000 grant for their Youth for Unity program, which helps children ages 6-12 better understand cultural diversity. The program teaches them to become increasingly tolerant and accepting of others and prevents attitudes that can lead young people towards acts of bullying. It was developed exclusively for Boys &amp; Girls Clubs with support from The Allstate Foundation.</p> <p>"The Youth for Unity program serves as a vehicle through which Boys &amp; Girls Clubs can encourage young people to appreciate diversity and respect other people from all walks of life," said Len Krichko, Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan's president and CEO. "In today's increasingly diverse world, it's important that children learn to get along with other people regardless of their race, religion or background."</p> <p>Youth for Unity has several different focus areas with activities that help the students understand more about diversity. They include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Seeing themselves as unique and special individuals.</strong> Activities related to this theme help youth recognize their own personal individuality, discover others perceptions of themselves and explore others unique traits. When young people know who they are, they can begin to see others more clearly as being like them and appreciate the similarities and differences among all people. They also begin to develop a positive self-identity based on who they are as unique individuals.</li> <li><strong>Understanding society's diversity</strong>. Activities for this theme give youth a sense of the depth and breadth of diversity, help them appreciate it and give them a chance to connect with different groups or individuals. As the students begin to see the great variety of people in their communities and neighborhoods, they understand that diversity is what makes the world an interesting and exciting place to live. </li> <li><strong>Recognizing bias and unfairness</strong>. Club members engage in activities that help them trace the roots of bias and recognize bias in themselves and in society. By exploring the faulty beliefs behind biased attitudes and becoming aware of the ways in which we use words to hurt others, youth learn to identify and change assumptions that lead to bias and stereotypes.</li> <li><strong>Taking personal leadership in confronting bias</strong>. Activities related to this theme help young people understand leadership and teach them to confront bias on a personal level and to confront bias in society.</li> </ul> <p>"Bullying affects millions of youth in our country and preventing it is an incredibly important undertaking, and it's something that Youth for Unity does well," said Chris Markey, Allstate regional sales leader and Boys &amp; Girls Clubs board member. "We believe it's our responsibility and in our best interest to build partnerships to support the communities where we work and live."</p> <p>The $50,000 grant brings the Allstate Foundation's total contribution to the Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan to $400,050 since 2006.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a title="http://www.allstate.com/foundation" href="http://www.allstate.com/foundation">www.allstate.com/foundation</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan</strong><br /> Since 1926, Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (originally the Boys' Club of Detroit) has provided high quality youth development programs, sporting activities, events and a safe haven for children from all walks of life. In addition, the Clubs have been credited with "saving lives" of children who often have no one to turn to in times of family problems, poverty, failing grades and other difficult situations. The Clubs &ndash; directors, professional staff and volunteers &ndash; are here to help children ages 6-18 (grades 1-12) grow into responsible, self-reliant and caring individuals. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.bgcsm.org/">http://www.bgcsm.org/</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan Cass<strong>&nbsp;</strong><br /> <a href="mailto:Meghan.Cass@allstate.com">Meghan.Cass@allstate.com</a><br /> 248-994-9394</p> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:07:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ea8b2560-9d3b-4f13-9eac-9429d424fae5 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ea8b2560-9d3b-4f13-9eac-9429d424fae5 $50,000 Grant Helps Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan to Promote and Celebrate Diversity <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Foundation has awarded the Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan a $50,000 grant for their Youth for Unity program, which helps children ages 6-12 better understand cultural diversity. The program teaches them to become increasingly tolerant and accepting of others and prevents attitudes that can lead young people towards acts of bullying. It was developed exclusively for Boys &amp; Girls Clubs with support from The Allstate Foundation.</p> <p>"The Youth for Unity program serves as a vehicle through which Boys &amp; Girls Clubs can encourage young people to appreciate diversity and respect other people from all walks of life," said Len Krichko, Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan's president and CEO. "In today's increasingly diverse world, it's important that children learn to get along with other people regardless of their race, religion or background."</p> <p>Youth for Unity has several different focus areas with activities that help the students understand more about diversity. They include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Seeing themselves as unique and special individuals.</strong> Activities related to this theme help youth recognize their own personal individuality, discover others perceptions of themselves and explore others unique traits. When young people know who they are, they can begin to see others more clearly as being like them and appreciate the similarities and differences among all people. They also begin to develop a positive self-identity based on who they are as unique individuals.</li> <li><strong>Understanding society's diversity</strong>. Activities for this theme give youth a sense of the depth and breadth of diversity, help them appreciate it and give them a chance to connect with different groups or individuals. As the students begin to see the great variety of people in their communities and neighborhoods, they understand that diversity is what makes the world an interesting and exciting place to live. </li> <li><strong>Recognizing bias and unfairness</strong>. Club members engage in activities that help them trace the roots of bias and recognize bias in themselves and in society. By exploring the faulty beliefs behind biased attitudes and becoming aware of the ways in which we use words to hurt others, youth learn to identify and change assumptions that lead to bias and stereotypes.</li> <li><strong>Taking personal leadership in confronting bias</strong>. Activities related to this theme help young people understand leadership and teach them to confront bias on a personal level and to confront bias in society.</li> </ul> <p>"Bullying affects millions of youth in our country and preventing it is an incredibly important undertaking, and it's something that Youth for Unity does well," said Chris Markey, Allstate regional sales leader and Boys &amp; Girls Clubs board member. "We believe it's our responsibility and in our best interest to build partnerships to support the communities where we work and live."</p> <p>The $50,000 grant brings the Allstate Foundation's total contribution to the Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan to $400,050 since 2006.</p> <p><strong>About The Allstate Foundation</strong><br /> Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit <a title="http://www.allstate.com/foundation" href="http://www.allstate.com/foundation">www.allstate.com/foundation</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan</strong><br /> Since 1926, Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (originally the Boys' Club of Detroit) has provided high quality youth development programs, sporting activities, events and a safe haven for children from all walks of life. In addition, the Clubs have been credited with "saving lives" of children who often have no one to turn to in times of family problems, poverty, failing grades and other difficult situations. The Clubs &ndash; directors, professional staff and volunteers &ndash; are here to help children ages 6-18 (grades 1-12) grow into responsible, self-reliant and caring individuals. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.bgcsm.org/">http://www.bgcsm.org/</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meghan Cass<strong>&nbsp;</strong><br /> <a href="mailto:Meghan.Cass@allstate.com">Meghan.Cass@allstate.com</a><br /> 248-994-9394</p> How The Allstate Foundation Gives Back <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/d4f9/5262/d4f95262-7b87-4492-a369-9591834ea587-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> How The Allstate Foundation Gives Back Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:06:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/how-the-allstate-foundation-gives-back http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/how-the-allstate-foundation-gives-back How The Allstate Foundation Gives Back <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/d4f9/5262/d4f95262-7b87-4492-a369-9591834ea587-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> How The Allstate Foundation Gives Back Allstate to Discuss Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings With Investors <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) will conduct a conference call and webcast at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, February 5 to discuss fourth quarter 2014 earnings. The company will issue a news release announcing quarterly results at or after 4:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 4.</p> <p>Allstate intends to publish its investor supplement on its website, <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>, shortly after issuing its earnings announcement. The company's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K will be filed later in February.</p> <p>The investor webcast also can be accessed at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. For those unable to participate in the live event, a webcast replay and downloadable MP3 file will be posted on the company's website shortly after the event ends.</p> <p>To receive email alerts about Allstate, you can enroll your email address by visiting the "Email Alerts" section of <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. In addition, you may enroll to automatically receive email alerts when news releases are posted to the Allstate Newsroom by clicking the "follow us" button at <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com">www.allstatenewsroom.com</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<strong><br /> </strong>(847) 402-5600</p> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:33:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fee8b1da-ba36-4cc3-9f12-62772c69a447 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fee8b1da-ba36-4cc3-9f12-62772c69a447 Allstate to Discuss Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings With Investors <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) will conduct a conference call and webcast at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, February 5 to discuss fourth quarter 2014 earnings. The company will issue a news release announcing quarterly results at or after 4:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 4.</p> <p>Allstate intends to publish its investor supplement on its website, <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>, shortly after issuing its earnings announcement. The company's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K will be filed later in February.</p> <p>The investor webcast also can be accessed at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. For those unable to participate in the live event, a webcast replay and downloadable MP3 file will be posted on the company's website shortly after the event ends.</p> <p>To receive email alerts about Allstate, you can enroll your email address by visiting the "Email Alerts" section of <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>. In addition, you may enroll to automatically receive email alerts when news releases are posted to the Allstate Newsroom by clicking the "follow us" button at <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com">www.allstatenewsroom.com</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services in the United States and Canada.</p> <p>Financial information, including material announcements about The Allstate Corporation, is routinely posted on <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Maryellen Thielen<strong><br /> </strong>(847) 402-5600</p> Allstate Suggests Five Steps to Improve Your Financial Health in 2015 <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>'Tis the season for New Year's resolutions. As we ring in 2015, many will vow to lose weight, get organized or learn something new, and according to <a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/" target="_blank">StatisticBrain.com</a>, the third most popular resolution is to spend less and save more. This year, Allstate is encouraging its customers to stick to their resolutions and take the time to tone up their finances.</p> <p>"Committing to spending less and saving more in the New Year is often easier said than done," said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate New York spokesperson "Evaluating priorities, setting realistic goals and sticking to them can make your New Year's resolution a reality. Developing a comprehensive game plan and seeking advice from a financial professional can help you stick to your goals for years to come."</p> <p>Based on the conversations Allstate agency owners and staff have with customers, Allstate offered five tips to improve New Yorkers' financial future:</p> <p><strong><em>1. Do Your Homework. </em></strong>There is a wealth of valuable, and <em>free</em>, information about managing your personal finances available on websites, in books, newspapers and seminars. A financial professional can assist you in understanding how this information relates to your personal situation and suggest products and services you can consider to help you achieve those goals. Referrals from friends or family, and organizations such as the National Association of Personal Financial Planners (<a href="http://www.napfa.org" target="_blank">www.napfa.org</a>) or the Financial Planning Association (<a href="http://www.fpanet.org" target="_blank">www.fpanet.org</a>), can assist you in finding fee-only or commission-based financial advisors. For information about specific products, such as life insurance, ask for a referral from professionals you currently deal with and trust &ndash; such as your auto/home insurance agent.</p> <p><strong><em>2. Set Goals. </em></strong>As with any New Year's resolution, it's helpful to set specific goals and a timetable to achieve them. Rather than trying to make progress on everything at once, prioritize your goals every year so you can focus on the two or three most important. For example, make a date once a year for an annual life insurance checkup to double check that the amount and type of coverage is right for your current situation.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>3. Think Long Term. </em></strong>Retirement may or may not seem far off, but a happy, well-funded retirement won't happen without long-term preparation &ndash; and many people today retire earlier than expected and without adequate savings. If your retirement savings efforts are falling short, consider consulting with a financial professional who can review with you your current financial and insurance needs and recommend actions you can consider to help you reach your goals.</p> <p><strong><em>4. Find Small Savings.</em></strong> Identifying small opportunities for money-saving in your normal habits can be beneficial when trying to save cash for a financial emergency or find money to invest. Small changes, such as packing your lunch rather than eating out, skipping the coffee shop and brewing your own, or cutting back on premium cable channels can add up to substantial monthly savings. Stow your extra dollars into a savings or money market account as an emergency nest egg, or "dollar cost average" by putting a set amount of money each month into a stock or bond fund. In addition, routinely save some or all of your financial windfalls: tax refunds, birthday gifts and bonuses. The money, interest and dividends will add up over time.</p> <p><strong><em>5. Tackle Credit Card Debt. </em></strong>Few things in life are more stressful than a pile of credit card bills you can't pay off. Danger signs include habitual late payments and trouble making the minimum payments. Many resources can help you develop a plan to reduce or eliminate your expensive credit card debt. Government websites, such as the National Foundation of Credit Counseling (<a href="http://www.debtadvice.org" target="_blank">www.debtadvice.org</a>) and informational websites, such as <a href="http://www.debtorsunite.org/" target="_blank">DebtorsUnite.org</a>, offer helpful information. Beware of "get out of debt quick" companies that make promises that are too good to be true. Try to avoid over-using your cards by storing them far away from your wallet, phone and computer so that you're less likely to make impulsive credit card purchases. Better yet, carry cash instead of cards because you're less likely to overspend if you're handing over cold, hard cash.</p> <p>"Preparing for your financial future can be a daunting task, but following these simple tips can make a big difference. The best way to improve your financial health and be prepared for the future is to start today," Darrohn said.</p> <p>For more information or to receive a professional consultation from Allstate, contact a personal financial representative near you: <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance.aspx" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance.aspx</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNewYork</p> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 11:19:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a4bb7ea8-4d33-47bd-b782-8b4029407aff http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a4bb7ea8-4d33-47bd-b782-8b4029407aff Allstate Suggests Five Steps to Improve Your Financial Health in 2015 <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>'Tis the season for New Year's resolutions. As we ring in 2015, many will vow to lose weight, get organized or learn something new, and according to <a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/" target="_blank">StatisticBrain.com</a>, the third most popular resolution is to spend less and save more. This year, Allstate is encouraging its customers to stick to their resolutions and take the time to tone up their finances.</p> <p>"Committing to spending less and saving more in the New Year is often easier said than done," said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate New York spokesperson "Evaluating priorities, setting realistic goals and sticking to them can make your New Year's resolution a reality. Developing a comprehensive game plan and seeking advice from a financial professional can help you stick to your goals for years to come."</p> <p>Based on the conversations Allstate agency owners and staff have with customers, Allstate offered five tips to improve New Yorkers' financial future:</p> <p><strong><em>1. Do Your Homework. </em></strong>There is a wealth of valuable, and <em>free</em>, information about managing your personal finances available on websites, in books, newspapers and seminars. A financial professional can assist you in understanding how this information relates to your personal situation and suggest products and services you can consider to help you achieve those goals. Referrals from friends or family, and organizations such as the National Association of Personal Financial Planners (<a href="http://www.napfa.org" target="_blank">www.napfa.org</a>) or the Financial Planning Association (<a href="http://www.fpanet.org" target="_blank">www.fpanet.org</a>), can assist you in finding fee-only or commission-based financial advisors. For information about specific products, such as life insurance, ask for a referral from professionals you currently deal with and trust &ndash; such as your auto/home insurance agent.</p> <p><strong><em>2. Set Goals. </em></strong>As with any New Year's resolution, it's helpful to set specific goals and a timetable to achieve them. Rather than trying to make progress on everything at once, prioritize your goals every year so you can focus on the two or three most important. For example, make a date once a year for an annual life insurance checkup to double check that the amount and type of coverage is right for your current situation.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>3. Think Long Term. </em></strong>Retirement may or may not seem far off, but a happy, well-funded retirement won't happen without long-term preparation &ndash; and many people today retire earlier than expected and without adequate savings. If your retirement savings efforts are falling short, consider consulting with a financial professional who can review with you your current financial and insurance needs and recommend actions you can consider to help you reach your goals.</p> <p><strong><em>4. Find Small Savings.</em></strong> Identifying small opportunities for money-saving in your normal habits can be beneficial when trying to save cash for a financial emergency or find money to invest. Small changes, such as packing your lunch rather than eating out, skipping the coffee shop and brewing your own, or cutting back on premium cable channels can add up to substantial monthly savings. Stow your extra dollars into a savings or money market account as an emergency nest egg, or "dollar cost average" by putting a set amount of money each month into a stock or bond fund. In addition, routinely save some or all of your financial windfalls: tax refunds, birthday gifts and bonuses. The money, interest and dividends will add up over time.</p> <p><strong><em>5. Tackle Credit Card Debt. </em></strong>Few things in life are more stressful than a pile of credit card bills you can't pay off. Danger signs include habitual late payments and trouble making the minimum payments. Many resources can help you develop a plan to reduce or eliminate your expensive credit card debt. Government websites, such as the National Foundation of Credit Counseling (<a href="http://www.debtadvice.org" target="_blank">www.debtadvice.org</a>) and informational websites, such as <a href="http://www.debtorsunite.org/" target="_blank">DebtorsUnite.org</a>, offer helpful information. Beware of "get out of debt quick" companies that make promises that are too good to be true. Try to avoid over-using your cards by storing them far away from your wallet, phone and computer so that you're less likely to make impulsive credit card purchases. Better yet, carry cash instead of cards because you're less likely to overspend if you're handing over cold, hard cash.</p> <p>"Preparing for your financial future can be a daunting task, but following these simple tips can make a big difference. The best way to improve your financial health and be prepared for the future is to start today," Darrohn said.</p> <p>For more information or to receive a professional consultation from Allstate, contact a personal financial representative near you: <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance.aspx" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance.aspx</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNewYork</p> Improve Your Financial Health in 2015 <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/c14f/745d/c14f745d-9038-491f-9601-f113eb5ffb06-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Improve Your Financial Health in 2015 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 10:47:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/improve-your-financial-health-in-2015-allstate http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/improve-your-financial-health-in-2015-allstate Improve Your Financial Health in 2015 <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/c14f/745d/c14f745d-9038-491f-9601-f113eb5ffb06-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Improve Your Financial Health in 2015 Allstate Suggests Five Steps to Improve Your Financial Health in 2015 <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>'Tis the season for New Year's resolutions. As we ring in 2015, many will vow to lose weight, get organized or learn something new, and according to <a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/" target="_blank">StatisticBrain.com</a>, the third most popular resolution is to spend less and save more. This year, Allstate is encouraging its customers to stick to their resolutions and take the time to tone up their finances.</p> <p>"In order to spend less and save more, Americans need to evaluate their priorities, set goals and stick to them," said Bill Kavanaugh, senior vice president, Allstate Financial, and CFP&reg; CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER&trade;. "Remaining diligent throughout the year, not just immediately following the New Year, may mean you should seek advice from a financial professional who can help you develop a comprehensive annual game plan."</p> <p>Based on the conversations Allstate agency owners and staff have with customers, Kavanaugh offered five tips to improve your financial future:</p> <p><strong><em>1. Do Your Homework. </em></strong>There is a wealth of valuable, and <em>free</em>, information about managing your personal finances available on websites, in books, newspapers and seminars. A financial professional can assist you in understanding how this information relates to your personal situation and suggest products and services you can consider to help you achieve those goals. Referrals from friends or family, and organizations such as the National Association of Personal Financial Planners (<a href="http://www.napfa.org" target="_blank">www.napfa.org</a>) or the Financial Planning Association (<a href="http://www.fpanet.org" target="_blank">www.fpanet.org</a>), can assist you in finding fee-only or commission-based financial advisors. For information about specific products, such as life insurance, ask for a referral from professionals you currently deal with and trust &ndash; such as your auto/home insurance agent.</p> <p><strong><em>2. Set Goals. </em></strong>As with any New Year's resolution, it's helpful to set specific goals and a timetable to achieve them. Rather than trying to make progress on everything at once, prioritize your goals every year so you can focus on the two or three most important. For example, make a date once a year for an annual life insurance checkup to double check that the amount and type of coverage is right for your current situation.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>3. Think Long Term. </em></strong>Retirement may or may not seem far off, but a happy, well-funded retirement won't happen without long-term preparation &ndash; and many people today retire earlier than expected and without adequate savings. If your retirement savings efforts are falling short, consider consulting with a financial professional who can review with you your current financial and insurance needs and recommend actions you can consider to help you reach your goals.</p> <p><strong><em>4. Find Small Savings.</em></strong> Identifying small opportunities for money-saving in your normal habits can be beneficial when trying to save cash for a financial emergency or find money to invest. Small changes, such as packing your lunch rather than eating out, skipping the coffee shop and brewing your own, or cutting back on premium cable channels can add up to substantial monthly savings. Stow your extra dollars into a savings or money market account as an emergency nest egg, or "dollar cost average" by putting a set amount of money each month into a stock or bond fund. In addition, routinely save some or all of your financial windfalls: tax refunds, birthday gifts and bonuses. The money, interest and dividends will add up over time.</p> <p><strong><em>5. Tackle Credit Card Debt. </em></strong>Few things in life are more stressful than a pile of credit card bills you can't pay off. Danger signs include habitual late payments and trouble making the minimum payments. Many resources can help you develop a plan to reduce or eliminate your expensive credit card debt. Government websites, such as the National Foundation of Credit Counseling (<a href="http://www.debtadvice.org" target="_blank">www.debtadvice.org</a>), and informational websites, such as <a href="http://www.debtorsunite.org/" target="_blank">DebtorsUnite.org</a>, offer helpful information. Beware of "get out of debt quick" companies that make promises that are too good to be true. Try to avoid over-using your cards by storing them far away from your wallet, phone and computer so that you're less likely to make impulsive credit card purchases. Better yet, carry cash instead of cards because you're less likely to overspend if you're handing over cold, hard cash.</p> <p>"Preparing for your financial future can be a daunting task, but following these simple tips can make a big difference. The best way to improve your financial health and be prepared for the future is to start today," Kavanaugh said.</p> <p>For more information or to receive a professional consultation from Allstate, contact a personal financial representative near you: <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance.aspx" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance.aspx</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Amy Hirth <br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 10:47:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/b50cc832-7cc7-4437-865b-907c082e9ade http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/b50cc832-7cc7-4437-865b-907c082e9ade Allstate Suggests Five Steps to Improve Your Financial Health in 2015 <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>'Tis the season for New Year's resolutions. As we ring in 2015, many will vow to lose weight, get organized or learn something new, and according to <a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/" target="_blank">StatisticBrain.com</a>, the third most popular resolution is to spend less and save more. This year, Allstate is encouraging its customers to stick to their resolutions and take the time to tone up their finances.</p> <p>"In order to spend less and save more, Americans need to evaluate their priorities, set goals and stick to them," said Bill Kavanaugh, senior vice president, Allstate Financial, and CFP&reg; CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER&trade;. "Remaining diligent throughout the year, not just immediately following the New Year, may mean you should seek advice from a financial professional who can help you develop a comprehensive annual game plan."</p> <p>Based on the conversations Allstate agency owners and staff have with customers, Kavanaugh offered five tips to improve your financial future:</p> <p><strong><em>1. Do Your Homework. </em></strong>There is a wealth of valuable, and <em>free</em>, information about managing your personal finances available on websites, in books, newspapers and seminars. A financial professional can assist you in understanding how this information relates to your personal situation and suggest products and services you can consider to help you achieve those goals. Referrals from friends or family, and organizations such as the National Association of Personal Financial Planners (<a href="http://www.napfa.org" target="_blank">www.napfa.org</a>) or the Financial Planning Association (<a href="http://www.fpanet.org" target="_blank">www.fpanet.org</a>), can assist you in finding fee-only or commission-based financial advisors. For information about specific products, such as life insurance, ask for a referral from professionals you currently deal with and trust &ndash; such as your auto/home insurance agent.</p> <p><strong><em>2. Set Goals. </em></strong>As with any New Year's resolution, it's helpful to set specific goals and a timetable to achieve them. Rather than trying to make progress on everything at once, prioritize your goals every year so you can focus on the two or three most important. For example, make a date once a year for an annual life insurance checkup to double check that the amount and type of coverage is right for your current situation.<strong></strong></p> <p><strong><em>3. Think Long Term. </em></strong>Retirement may or may not seem far off, but a happy, well-funded retirement won't happen without long-term preparation &ndash; and many people today retire earlier than expected and without adequate savings. If your retirement savings efforts are falling short, consider consulting with a financial professional who can review with you your current financial and insurance needs and recommend actions you can consider to help you reach your goals.</p> <p><strong><em>4. Find Small Savings.</em></strong> Identifying small opportunities for money-saving in your normal habits can be beneficial when trying to save cash for a financial emergency or find money to invest. Small changes, such as packing your lunch rather than eating out, skipping the coffee shop and brewing your own, or cutting back on premium cable channels can add up to substantial monthly savings. Stow your extra dollars into a savings or money market account as an emergency nest egg, or "dollar cost average" by putting a set amount of money each month into a stock or bond fund. In addition, routinely save some or all of your financial windfalls: tax refunds, birthday gifts and bonuses. The money, interest and dividends will add up over time.</p> <p><strong><em>5. Tackle Credit Card Debt. </em></strong>Few things in life are more stressful than a pile of credit card bills you can't pay off. Danger signs include habitual late payments and trouble making the minimum payments. Many resources can help you develop a plan to reduce or eliminate your expensive credit card debt. Government websites, such as the National Foundation of Credit Counseling (<a href="http://www.debtadvice.org" target="_blank">www.debtadvice.org</a>), and informational websites, such as <a href="http://www.debtorsunite.org/" target="_blank">DebtorsUnite.org</a>, offer helpful information. Beware of "get out of debt quick" companies that make promises that are too good to be true. Try to avoid over-using your cards by storing them far away from your wallet, phone and computer so that you're less likely to make impulsive credit card purchases. Better yet, carry cash instead of cards because you're less likely to overspend if you're handing over cold, hard cash.</p> <p>"Preparing for your financial future can be a daunting task, but following these simple tips can make a big difference. The best way to improve your financial health and be prepared for the future is to start today," Kavanaugh said.</p> <p>For more information or to receive a professional consultation from Allstate, contact a personal financial representative near you: <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance.aspx" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance.aspx</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial" target="_blank">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Amy Hirth <br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Allstate launches campaign encouraging Americans to share wisely via social media <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/dcee/8d4e/dcee8d4e-45ee-4d1d-a621-42d2dbcad6b5-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate launches campaign encouraging Americans to share wisely via social media Fri, 02 Jan 2015 08:00:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-launches-campaign-encouraging-americans-to-share-wisely http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-launches-campaign-encouraging-americans-to-share-wisely Allstate launches campaign encouraging Americans to share wisely via social media <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/dcee/8d4e/dcee8d4e-45ee-4d1d-a621-42d2dbcad6b5-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate launches campaign encouraging Americans to share wisely via social media Allstate Launches Aware Share Campaign Encouraging Americans to Share Wisely via Social Media Burglars Monitoring Posts on Popular Social Sites to Identify Victims<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Matt and Shannon, a young 20-something couple, were living their lives like many people do: Graduating from college, getting married, moving into their first home, taking vacations &hellip;and proudly sharing every aspect of these events across social media. What Matt and Shannon did not realize was that by posting details about vacations and business trips while they were not at home, as well as photos of the belongings in their new home, they were exposing themselves to theft and burglary and potentially contributing to the more than $16 billion lost in property crimes each year.</p> <p>Thankfully, their social media sharing habits did not cause them to become victims of a burglary, but instead, the inspiration for Allstate Insurance Company's launch of Project Aware Share which educates consumers about sharing safely and emphasizes the importance of having the right home protection.</p> <p>"We were surprised to find out that our social media habits were opening us up to be potentially targeted by burglars," Shannon said. "We were even more surprised that our habits inspired an advertising campaign. Being part of this project has helped educate us about the potential risks of oversharing on social media. Partnering with Allstate to raise awareness about the importance of safe sharing practices makes complete sense; we've learned a lot and had fun along the way. Moving forward we will continue to share, but we will make sure our privacy settings are properly set. It could not have worked out any better for Matt and me."</p> <p>More and more burglars are turning to social media to find their next target. Recently, a small study of convicted burglars revealed that seventy-eight percent of robbers use social media to do just that. Thirty-five percent of Americans ages 18-34 socially share their location, while one-in-five people still do not use privacy settings on social media.</p> <p>"With the advent of more social networks and more people using them, sharing online&ndash;including personal information&ndash;has increased dramatically," said Sanjay Gupta, executive vice president of marketing, innovation and corporate relations, at Allstate Insurance Company. "As our world and technology change, so do people's vulnerabilities. Allstate saw an important opportunity to educate consumers about safe sharing practices so they can enjoy the benefits of social media but also better protect themselves and their property."</p> <p>Allstate's Project Aware Share features a chronologically-unveiled series of Mayhem ads that portray mayhem in a most creative and unusual way during the broadcast of the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg;. In the ads, Mayhem lets himself into a home left vacant by a couple, inspired by Matt and Shannon, who posted on social media that they are out of town attending the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg; in New Orleans.</p> <p>Mayhem then puts many of the couple's household items for sale at bargain mayhem pricing on <a href="http://www.MayhemSale.com">www.MayhemSale.com</a>, which went live during the broadcast of the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg; . Items for sale were replicas of Matt and Shannon's real-life possessions, including their flat screen television, appliances and other belongings, and all but one item, the "family car," were purchased quickly by consumers. Those who follow Mayhem on Twitter and checked back after the game on <a href="http://www.MayhemSale.com">www.MayhemSale.com</a> were the first to know when the car was for sale at the bargain price of $200.</p> <p>"Mayhem helps us highlight relevant vulnerabilities that consumers may or may not realize they face. With many people traveling over the holidays&mdash;and posting their whereabouts online&mdash;the timing was perfect for this message," Gupta said. "Part of helping people live a good life every day is keeping them educated about and protected from potential modern-day risks, like oversharing on social media."</p> <p>Consumers looking for tips about safe sharing on social media and information on protecting your property can find helpful resources at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/AwareShare">www.allstate.com/AwareShare</a>. The site includes access to tools like Allstate's Digital Locker, a digital application that assists consumers with cataloging belongings and corresponding values in case of loss. Also available are links to privacy guidelines on social media sites.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong></p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> (704) 957-8934<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 08:00:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5bb8356e-f7ee-4af5-961e-5f91907546e1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5bb8356e-f7ee-4af5-961e-5f91907546e1 Allstate Launches Aware Share Campaign Encouraging Americans to Share Wisely via Social Media Burglars Monitoring Posts on Popular Social Sites to Identify Victims<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Matt and Shannon, a young 20-something couple, were living their lives like many people do: Graduating from college, getting married, moving into their first home, taking vacations &hellip;and proudly sharing every aspect of these events across social media. What Matt and Shannon did not realize was that by posting details about vacations and business trips while they were not at home, as well as photos of the belongings in their new home, they were exposing themselves to theft and burglary and potentially contributing to the more than $16 billion lost in property crimes each year.</p> <p>Thankfully, their social media sharing habits did not cause them to become victims of a burglary, but instead, the inspiration for Allstate Insurance Company's launch of Project Aware Share which educates consumers about sharing safely and emphasizes the importance of having the right home protection.</p> <p>"We were surprised to find out that our social media habits were opening us up to be potentially targeted by burglars," Shannon said. "We were even more surprised that our habits inspired an advertising campaign. Being part of this project has helped educate us about the potential risks of oversharing on social media. Partnering with Allstate to raise awareness about the importance of safe sharing practices makes complete sense; we've learned a lot and had fun along the way. Moving forward we will continue to share, but we will make sure our privacy settings are properly set. It could not have worked out any better for Matt and me."</p> <p>More and more burglars are turning to social media to find their next target. Recently, a small study of convicted burglars revealed that seventy-eight percent of robbers use social media to do just that. Thirty-five percent of Americans ages 18-34 socially share their location, while one-in-five people still do not use privacy settings on social media.</p> <p>"With the advent of more social networks and more people using them, sharing online&ndash;including personal information&ndash;has increased dramatically," said Sanjay Gupta, executive vice president of marketing, innovation and corporate relations, at Allstate Insurance Company. "As our world and technology change, so do people's vulnerabilities. Allstate saw an important opportunity to educate consumers about safe sharing practices so they can enjoy the benefits of social media but also better protect themselves and their property."</p> <p>Allstate's Project Aware Share features a chronologically-unveiled series of Mayhem ads that portray mayhem in a most creative and unusual way during the broadcast of the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg;. In the ads, Mayhem lets himself into a home left vacant by a couple, inspired by Matt and Shannon, who posted on social media that they are out of town attending the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg; in New Orleans.</p> <p>Mayhem then puts many of the couple's household items for sale at bargain mayhem pricing on <a href="http://www.MayhemSale.com">www.MayhemSale.com</a>, which went live during the broadcast of the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg; . Items for sale were replicas of Matt and Shannon's real-life possessions, including their flat screen television, appliances and other belongings, and all but one item, the "family car," were purchased quickly by consumers. Those who follow Mayhem on Twitter and checked back after the game on <a href="http://www.MayhemSale.com">www.MayhemSale.com</a> were the first to know when the car was for sale at the bargain price of $200.</p> <p>"Mayhem helps us highlight relevant vulnerabilities that consumers may or may not realize they face. With many people traveling over the holidays&mdash;and posting their whereabouts online&mdash;the timing was perfect for this message," Gupta said. "Part of helping people live a good life every day is keeping them educated about and protected from potential modern-day risks, like oversharing on social media."</p> <p>Consumers looking for tips about safe sharing on social media and information on protecting your property can find helpful resources at <a href="http://www.allstate.com/AwareShare">www.allstate.com/AwareShare</a>. The site includes access to tools like Allstate's Digital Locker, a digital application that assists consumers with cataloging belongings and corresponding values in case of loss. Also available are links to privacy guidelines on social media sites.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong></p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> (704) 957-8934<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Ole Miss linebacker Deterrian Shackelford elected as the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® captain <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/6a54/73de/6a5473de-40c1-4c2d-a7a6-529a333f3087-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Ole Miss linebacker Deterrian Shackelford elected as the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® captain Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:53:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/ole-miss-linebacker-deterrian-shackelford-elected-as-the-2014-al http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/ole-miss-linebacker-deterrian-shackelford-elected-as-the-2014-al Ole Miss linebacker Deterrian Shackelford elected as the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® captain <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/6a54/73de/6a5473de-40c1-4c2d-a7a6-529a333f3087-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Ole Miss linebacker Deterrian Shackelford elected as the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® captain Allstate® Fan Fest Returns to New Orleans for the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate® Sugar Bowl® Multi-platinum rock band Train to headline free concert performance leading up to the first-ever College Football Playoff Semifinal on Jan. 1<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>History is being made this college football season as fans gather in New Orleans to watch Alabama take on Ohio State in the highly anticipated 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the 81st Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg;. In celebration of the momentous occasion, the Allstate&reg; Fan Fest returns to the Crescent City for the ninth consecutive year offering college football fans and local residents a mix of interactive activities and musical performances leading up to the game.</p> <p>In the heart of the French Quarter, free concerts by music sensations will pump fans up before they take in one of the premier events in college football. Adding to the excitement, supporters of both Allstate&reg; and Sugar Bowl&reg; teams can show off their school spirit during high energy pep rallies featuring marching bands, mascots and cheerleaders for the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes the day before the game.</p> <p>Three-time Grammy Award-winning rock sensation Train will headline the festivities and help ring in the New Year on Dec. 31, while Billboard-topping indie pop band Fitz and the Tantrums will take the main stage on Dec. 30.</p> <p>The Allstate&reg; Fan Fest will also feature football-themed activities, including an opportunity to kick a field goal into the iconic Allstate "Good Hands&reg;" Field Goal Net. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the program, which provides general scholarship donations to its more than 80 partner schools. College football fans will be encouraged to get in on the action throughout the week by tweeting using #AllstateFanFest.</p> <p>College football fans who visit the Allstate&reg; Fan Fest will also have the opportunity to register for a chance to win an Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg; fan pack, which includes an autographed helmet from their respective Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg; team.&nbsp; In addition, the Allstate Combine will give aspiring athletes an opportunity to participate in football-related activities and drills leading up to the big game.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse will make its first appearance at Fan Fest this year to help raise awareness of domestic violence and financial abuse. Attendees are encouraged to lend their support to survivors of domestic violence by making a donation to the National Network to End Domestic Violence at the giant purple purse within the Fest. The Allstate Foundation will match all donations made at the Fest up to $50,000</p> <p>In addition to celebrating the action that takes place on the field, a spotlight will be placed on the good deeds that happen off the field when members of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college sports, are recognized during a special introduction on the Allstate&reg; Fan Fest main stage and at halftime of the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg;. For the seventh consecutive year, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; members will make a positive impact on the New Orleans community by hosting a special football clinic for local YMCA children.</p> <p>Highlights for this year's Allstate&reg; Fan Fest include:</p> <p>Tuesday, Dec. 30</p> <ul> <li>Fitz and the Tantrums Concert &ndash; 6:15 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>Wednesday, Dec. 31</p> <ul> <li>Alabama Crimson Tide Pep Rally &ndash; 3:00 p.m.</li> <li>Ohio State Buckeyes Pep Rally &ndash; 4:00 p.m. </li> <li>Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; Introduction &ndash; 6:00-6:15 p.m. </li> <li>Train Concert &ndash; 6:15 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>The Allstate&reg; Fan Fest is free to the public from 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 31.&nbsp; Fan Fest is located at Jackson Square in the Jax Brewery parking lot off Decatur Street.</p> <p>Allstate will celebrate its ninth year as the title sponsor of the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg; held in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Jan. 1, 2015. The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. CST.</p> <p>*Times subject to change</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong> <br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-957-8934<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:36:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ffde942e-6603-4fc0-9aba-7054e2aac856 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ffde942e-6603-4fc0-9aba-7054e2aac856 Allstate® Fan Fest Returns to New Orleans for the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate® Sugar Bowl® Multi-platinum rock band Train to headline free concert performance leading up to the first-ever College Football Playoff Semifinal on Jan. 1<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>History is being made this college football season as fans gather in New Orleans to watch Alabama take on Ohio State in the highly anticipated 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the 81st Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg;. In celebration of the momentous occasion, the Allstate&reg; Fan Fest returns to the Crescent City for the ninth consecutive year offering college football fans and local residents a mix of interactive activities and musical performances leading up to the game.</p> <p>In the heart of the French Quarter, free concerts by music sensations will pump fans up before they take in one of the premier events in college football. Adding to the excitement, supporters of both Allstate&reg; and Sugar Bowl&reg; teams can show off their school spirit during high energy pep rallies featuring marching bands, mascots and cheerleaders for the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes the day before the game.</p> <p>Three-time Grammy Award-winning rock sensation Train will headline the festivities and help ring in the New Year on Dec. 31, while Billboard-topping indie pop band Fitz and the Tantrums will take the main stage on Dec. 30.</p> <p>The Allstate&reg; Fan Fest will also feature football-themed activities, including an opportunity to kick a field goal into the iconic Allstate "Good Hands&reg;" Field Goal Net. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the program, which provides general scholarship donations to its more than 80 partner schools. College football fans will be encouraged to get in on the action throughout the week by tweeting using #AllstateFanFest.</p> <p>College football fans who visit the Allstate&reg; Fan Fest will also have the opportunity to register for a chance to win an Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg; fan pack, which includes an autographed helmet from their respective Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg; team.&nbsp; In addition, the Allstate Combine will give aspiring athletes an opportunity to participate in football-related activities and drills leading up to the big game.</p> <p>The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse will make its first appearance at Fan Fest this year to help raise awareness of domestic violence and financial abuse. Attendees are encouraged to lend their support to survivors of domestic violence by making a donation to the National Network to End Domestic Violence at the giant purple purse within the Fest. The Allstate Foundation will match all donations made at the Fest up to $50,000</p> <p>In addition to celebrating the action that takes place on the field, a spotlight will be placed on the good deeds that happen off the field when members of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college sports, are recognized during a special introduction on the Allstate&reg; Fan Fest main stage and at halftime of the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg;. For the seventh consecutive year, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; members will make a positive impact on the New Orleans community by hosting a special football clinic for local YMCA children.</p> <p>Highlights for this year's Allstate&reg; Fan Fest include:</p> <p>Tuesday, Dec. 30</p> <ul> <li>Fitz and the Tantrums Concert &ndash; 6:15 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>Wednesday, Dec. 31</p> <ul> <li>Alabama Crimson Tide Pep Rally &ndash; 3:00 p.m.</li> <li>Ohio State Buckeyes Pep Rally &ndash; 4:00 p.m. </li> <li>Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; Introduction &ndash; 6:00-6:15 p.m. </li> <li>Train Concert &ndash; 6:15 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>The Allstate&reg; Fan Fest is free to the public from 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 31.&nbsp; Fan Fest is located at Jackson Square in the Jax Brewery parking lot off Decatur Street.</p> <p>Allstate will celebrate its ninth year as the title sponsor of the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg; held in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Jan. 1, 2015. The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. CST.</p> <p>*Times subject to change</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong> <br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact</strong></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-957-8934<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Allstate Announces New Leadership Structure to Enhance Customer-Focused Strategy <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced organizational and leadership changes to align with its customer-focused strategy, improve operational effectiveness and leverage management talent.</p> <p>"These changes will help us build the next-generation corporation which delivers strong business results as a purpose-driven organization that improves the lives of people and communities," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Allstate Corporation. "We will better serve customers, accelerate innovation and continue to set the pace of change for the competition."</p> <p>The following changes are effective January 5, 2015:</p> <p><strong>Matt Winter Named Allstate President</strong></p> <p>Matt Winter is being promoted to president of The Allstate Corporation and chief executive officer of Allstate Life Insurance Company, from his current role as president, Allstate Personal Lines. Winter retains responsibility for the Allstate branded property-casualty business and will integrate Allstate's life insurance operations into Allstate Personal Lines. He will continue to report to Wilson, who remains chairman and chief executive officer. Winter joined Allstate in 2009 as president and CEO of Allstate Financial and has held senior leadership positions with American International Group, Massachusetts Mutual Life and Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.</p> <p>"Matt is an exceptional leader. He has been a key to our success in positioning Allstate agencies for profitable growth," Wilson said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to continue working together to further improve our competitive position."</p> <p>To better serve customers, Allstate brand distribution will be organized to enhance the trusted advisor role of Allstate agencies. Western Territory President James A. Haskins will be promoted to executive vice president, Allstate Brand Distribution. Haskins has more than two decades of transformational leadership in the insurance industry. To modernize the operating model, a number of operating activities will be consolidated into one unit, which will be led by Jim DeVries as executive vice president, Allstate Brand Operations. DeVries has successfully led many organizational changes and is currently Allstate's chief administrative officer.</p> <p>"I am grateful to be a part of Allstate's longstanding tradition of providing customers the best overall value in the marketplace through the finest agency system in the industry," Winter said. "And I am excited to partner with Tom and the rest of our associates in that mission."</p> <p><strong>Emerging Businesses</strong></p> <p>Businesses that serve multiple customer segments and markets will make up the Emerging Businesses organization, which will be led by Don Civgin as president, Emerging Businesses, reporting to Wilson. This organization will include Business-to-Business, Esurance, Answer Financial, annuities and the company's connected car initiatives. The Business-to-Business organization includes Encompass, Ivantage, Allstate Dealer Services, Allstate Business Insurance, Allstate Roadside Services and Allstate Benefits, and will continue to be successfully led by Kathy Mabe. Civgin is currently president and chief executive officer of Allstate Financial and oversees Esurance. He previously was Allstate's chief financial officer.</p> <p>"Allstate has a vast array of growth opportunities, in addition to those available through Allstate agencies. Leveraging their combined strength while maintaining highly focused independent operations will best meet the needs of customers and shareholders," said Wilson.</p> <p><strong>Enterprise Technology and Strategic Ventures</strong></p> <p>Suren Gupta, executive vice president, Allstate Technology &amp; Operations, will take on the role of executive vice president, Enterprise Technology and Strategic Ventures. He will lead the global technology organization and oversee Allstate's investments in companies that advance its technology-driven customer-focused strategy. Gupta will continue reporting to Wilson.</p> <p><strong>Harriet Harty to Lead Human Resources </strong></p> <p>Harriet Harty is being promoted to executive vice president, Human Resources, reporting to Tom Wilson. She has had great success in a wide range of responsibilities within Human Resources in nearly 20 years with Allstate.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Brian Faith<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:32:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/977451f5-339e-434e-b4c0-05da494fa2c6 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/977451f5-339e-434e-b4c0-05da494fa2c6 Allstate Announces New Leadership Structure to Enhance Customer-Focused Strategy <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced organizational and leadership changes to align with its customer-focused strategy, improve operational effectiveness and leverage management talent.</p> <p>"These changes will help us build the next-generation corporation which delivers strong business results as a purpose-driven organization that improves the lives of people and communities," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Allstate Corporation. "We will better serve customers, accelerate innovation and continue to set the pace of change for the competition."</p> <p>The following changes are effective January 5, 2015:</p> <p><strong>Matt Winter Named Allstate President</strong></p> <p>Matt Winter is being promoted to president of The Allstate Corporation and chief executive officer of Allstate Life Insurance Company, from his current role as president, Allstate Personal Lines. Winter retains responsibility for the Allstate branded property-casualty business and will integrate Allstate's life insurance operations into Allstate Personal Lines. He will continue to report to Wilson, who remains chairman and chief executive officer. Winter joined Allstate in 2009 as president and CEO of Allstate Financial and has held senior leadership positions with American International Group, Massachusetts Mutual Life and Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.</p> <p>"Matt is an exceptional leader. He has been a key to our success in positioning Allstate agencies for profitable growth," Wilson said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to continue working together to further improve our competitive position."</p> <p>To better serve customers, Allstate brand distribution will be organized to enhance the trusted advisor role of Allstate agencies. Western Territory President James A. Haskins will be promoted to executive vice president, Allstate Brand Distribution. Haskins has more than two decades of transformational leadership in the insurance industry. To modernize the operating model, a number of operating activities will be consolidated into one unit, which will be led by Jim DeVries as executive vice president, Allstate Brand Operations. DeVries has successfully led many organizational changes and is currently Allstate's chief administrative officer.</p> <p>"I am grateful to be a part of Allstate's longstanding tradition of providing customers the best overall value in the marketplace through the finest agency system in the industry," Winter said. "And I am excited to partner with Tom and the rest of our associates in that mission."</p> <p><strong>Emerging Businesses</strong></p> <p>Businesses that serve multiple customer segments and markets will make up the Emerging Businesses organization, which will be led by Don Civgin as president, Emerging Businesses, reporting to Wilson. This organization will include Business-to-Business, Esurance, Answer Financial, annuities and the company's connected car initiatives. The Business-to-Business organization includes Encompass, Ivantage, Allstate Dealer Services, Allstate Business Insurance, Allstate Roadside Services and Allstate Benefits, and will continue to be successfully led by Kathy Mabe. Civgin is currently president and chief executive officer of Allstate Financial and oversees Esurance. He previously was Allstate's chief financial officer.</p> <p>"Allstate has a vast array of growth opportunities, in addition to those available through Allstate agencies. Leveraging their combined strength while maintaining highly focused independent operations will best meet the needs of customers and shareholders," said Wilson.</p> <p><strong>Enterprise Technology and Strategic Ventures</strong></p> <p>Suren Gupta, executive vice president, Allstate Technology &amp; Operations, will take on the role of executive vice president, Enterprise Technology and Strategic Ventures. He will lead the global technology organization and oversee Allstate's investments in companies that advance its technology-driven customer-focused strategy. Gupta will continue reporting to Wilson.</p> <p><strong>Harriet Harty to Lead Human Resources </strong></p> <p>Harriet Harty is being promoted to executive vice president, Human Resources, reporting to Tom Wilson. She has had great success in a wide range of responsibilities within Human Resources in nearly 20 years with Allstate.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Brian Faith<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Sweaters Aren't the Only Things That Can Get Ugly During the Holidays Top Wisconsin Holiday Claims Revealed with New Allstate Poll on American Holiday Party Hosting<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Video, 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Holiday "ugly" sweaters have grown in popularity in Wisconsin and will likely make an appearance with the 83 percent of Americans who plan to party this season. A new Allstate poll indicates 54 percent of Americans will host holiday parties in their homes, and the large majority who attend parties say they take place at someone else's home. While Wisconsin residents celebrate, Allstate provides reminders of historical holiday home hazard outcomes, such as kitchen fires, decorative fires and theft, and helpful hints for customers and consumers who host parties this season.</p> <p>"If there's one thing Wisconsin residents like to do, it's hosting holiday gatherings with friends and family," said Andrew McCabe, a Milwaukee, Wis., Allstate agent. "It's important to remember that staying aware of potential hazards before the next 'ugly sweater' or other holiday party will help protect your family and friends from costly home damages."</p> <p>Allstate is reminding Wisconsin residents to use extra caution, especially for claims that prevail in the local area. In Wisconsin, the top three most common holiday-related claims are:</p> <ol> <li>Burglary</li> <li>Theft From Locked Vehicle</li> <li>Jewelry Missing From Home</li> </ol> <p>Allstate's Holiday Home Hazards poll found the vast majority (91 percent) of Americans agree they can reduce risks associated to fires, accidents or theft during the holiday season through their own attention and action. Most Americans believe both fire and theft risks increase during the holidays, but a majority (63 percent or more) say aren't paying any more attention to these risks which could result in trouble during a busy time of cooking, decorating and hosting a holiday gathering.</p> <p><strong>Hosting Hazards:</strong><br /> Hosts should be aware that the likelihood of theft can increase over the holidays. It's wise to protect against unfortunate disappearances of valuables.</p> <ul> <li>Just one in five (22 percent) say they put away valuables before hosting a party.</li> <li>Nearly half (48%) say they have left a door unlocked for a friend or family member.</li> <li>Forty-six percent say they have hidden a key to their home for a friend or family member, a behavior. Hiding keys leaves the home too easily accessible for burglaries</li> <li>Nearly half (48 percent) say they've hidden valuables such as gifts in their car. Leaving valuables in a car can create an enticing opportunity for thieves to break-in.</li> <li>Seventeen percent of Americans say they've experienced a stolen or missing valuable when attending a holiday party</li> </ul> <p>Protecting valuables is especially important during the holiday season given some of the most common precious items are also small in size and could go unnoticed:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"><strong>Missing Jewelry Theft Claims<sup>ii</sup></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$26,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$1,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$11,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$25,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Burglaries</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$125,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$3,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$34,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$81,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Property Missing After a Party</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$6,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$1,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$29,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$6,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Hasty Hors d'oeuvres:<br /> </strong>Food is the centerpiece of many holiday gatherings as hosts prepare decadent spreads for their guests, but remaining diligent in the kitchen will help prevent mishaps.</p> <ul> <li>Eighty-seven percent of holiday party hosts plan to do "lots of cooking" to prepare for their gatherings.</li> <li>Nearly half (44 percent) of survey respondents have left a stove or oven unattended during the holiday season. Unattended cooking could become dangerous without the host knowing.</li> <li>Another 44 percent of Americans don't keep fire extinguishers in their home to put out a fire when it erupts.</li> <li>More than a quarter of Americans have hosted or attended a party that resulted in a burnt or ruined meal.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate claims data shows hasty cooking during the holiday season is among factors that could lead to unfortunate outcomes for homeowners, condo owners, and renters:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Kitchen Fires (non-grease)<sup>i</sup></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$762,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$118,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$349,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Grease Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$614,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$13,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$65,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Kitchen Smoke Damage Claims</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$140,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$7,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$27,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br />Deck the Halls:</strong><br /> Hosting a holiday party often comes with festive home touches. Make sure to take proper safety precautions to avoid potentially costly and dangerous outcomes.</p> <ul> <li>In fact, about one-third (31 percent) of Americans light candles and one in five will light a fire in their fireplace (21 percent) during a holiday party hosted at their home.</li> <li>More than half (53 percent) say they haven't checked or changed their smoke detectors recently. Unchecked smoke detectors can cause people to miss important alarms when fire breaks out in a home.</li> <li>Forty-four percent of Americans with gas fireplaces haven't had it inspected within the last three years. Faulty gas lines and fireplace build-up can cause dangerous outcomes.</li> <li>Forty-three percent of Americans admit to plugging in too many lights into one outlet. This can lead to electrical malfunctions and even fires.</li> <li>About one-third (34 percent) have left candles and 17 percent have left fires unattended. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate data indicates fires due to candles, fireplace and electrical mishaps are often significant losses:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"><strong>Candle Fires<sup>ii</sup></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$515,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$9,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$55,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$71,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fireplace Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$1,600,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$9,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$66,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$35,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Electrical Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$2,440,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$18,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$149,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$72,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Helpful Hints:<br /> </strong>Advance planning and precaution can help Wisconsin residents protect their homes and help make the holidays hazard-free. Allstate offers these tips to secure your home during the holidays:</p> <p><strong><em>Holiday Cooking</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Before the holidays, install new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure that family members can locate and operate fire extinguishers. Test all fire prevention devices to make sure they function properly. </li> <li>Be careful in the kitchen. The incorrect disposal of cooking grease, overuse of garbage disposals and improper or excessive disposal of waste can result in clogged drains and can cause sewer problems during this time of year.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Holiday Decorating </em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Never leave burning candles unattended, and always place them out of reach of children. Make it a part of your routine to check that all candles are extinguished before you go to bed each night.</li> <li>Make a smart tree purchase. If buying a natural tree, make sure it's fresh so it will be less of a fire hazard. Artificial trees should be labeled as fire resistant. Keep your tree away from heat sources, and trim trees with flame‐resistant materials. Never use lit candles to decorate trees.</li> <li>Check your holiday lights, throwing away any that are broken and don't overload the outlets. Only lights and extension cords specified for outdoor use should be used outside.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Holiday Security</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>When shopping, don't leave purchases in the passenger compartment of your unattended vehicle. Store them out of sight, in the trunk.</li> <li>When in plain view, gifts and valuables serve as an invitation to thieves. Close the shades or drapes if you're away. And put your valuables away before hosting people at your home.</li> <li>Don't advertise shopping trips or gift purchases on social media. Whether it's "check-ins" using geo-location services, travel plan updates, or even photos uploaded while at a holiday party, people may be unknowingly giving today's "digital thieves" greater insight into the contents of your car's trunk, times you're away from home and even the holiday gifts hiding in your closet.</li> </ul> <p>See how holiday hazards can hit close to home and get more tips by visiting Allstate's Holiday Decorator, at <a href="http://www.allstate.com">www.allstate.com</a>/<a href="http://www.allstate.com/holidaydecorator">holidaydecorator</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The survey of 1,036 American adults age 18+ was conducted November 2-5, 2014 via an online survey using a sample reflective of the American population. The survey was conducted by FTI Consulting, Inc. (FTI) for Allstate.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on Allstate claims data that was analyzed over the same three-year period, November 15 through January 15, 2011-2014.</p> <p><sup>ii</sup> Based on Allstate claims data that was analyzed over the same three-year period, November 15 through January 15, 2011-2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meegan Sims <br /> 847-402-9308<br /> @AllstateMidwest</p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:19:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/46318cf6-8244-48a7-936a-2f61f3bfb571 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/46318cf6-8244-48a7-936a-2f61f3bfb571 Sweaters Aren't the Only Things That Can Get Ugly During the Holidays Top Wisconsin Holiday Claims Revealed with New Allstate Poll on American Holiday Party Hosting<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Video, 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Holiday "ugly" sweaters have grown in popularity in Wisconsin and will likely make an appearance with the 83 percent of Americans who plan to party this season. A new Allstate poll indicates 54 percent of Americans will host holiday parties in their homes, and the large majority who attend parties say they take place at someone else's home. While Wisconsin residents celebrate, Allstate provides reminders of historical holiday home hazard outcomes, such as kitchen fires, decorative fires and theft, and helpful hints for customers and consumers who host parties this season.</p> <p>"If there's one thing Wisconsin residents like to do, it's hosting holiday gatherings with friends and family," said Andrew McCabe, a Milwaukee, Wis., Allstate agent. "It's important to remember that staying aware of potential hazards before the next 'ugly sweater' or other holiday party will help protect your family and friends from costly home damages."</p> <p>Allstate is reminding Wisconsin residents to use extra caution, especially for claims that prevail in the local area. In Wisconsin, the top three most common holiday-related claims are:</p> <ol> <li>Burglary</li> <li>Theft From Locked Vehicle</li> <li>Jewelry Missing From Home</li> </ol> <p>Allstate's Holiday Home Hazards poll found the vast majority (91 percent) of Americans agree they can reduce risks associated to fires, accidents or theft during the holiday season through their own attention and action. Most Americans believe both fire and theft risks increase during the holidays, but a majority (63 percent or more) say aren't paying any more attention to these risks which could result in trouble during a busy time of cooking, decorating and hosting a holiday gathering.</p> <p><strong>Hosting Hazards:</strong><br /> Hosts should be aware that the likelihood of theft can increase over the holidays. It's wise to protect against unfortunate disappearances of valuables.</p> <ul> <li>Just one in five (22 percent) say they put away valuables before hosting a party.</li> <li>Nearly half (48%) say they have left a door unlocked for a friend or family member.</li> <li>Forty-six percent say they have hidden a key to their home for a friend or family member, a behavior. Hiding keys leaves the home too easily accessible for burglaries</li> <li>Nearly half (48 percent) say they've hidden valuables such as gifts in their car. Leaving valuables in a car can create an enticing opportunity for thieves to break-in.</li> <li>Seventeen percent of Americans say they've experienced a stolen or missing valuable when attending a holiday party</li> </ul> <p>Protecting valuables is especially important during the holiday season given some of the most common precious items are also small in size and could go unnoticed:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"><strong>Missing Jewelry Theft Claims<sup>ii</sup></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$26,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$1,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$11,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$25,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Burglaries</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$125,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$3,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$34,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$81,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Property Missing After a Party</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$6,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$1,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$29,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$6,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Hasty Hors d'oeuvres:<br /> </strong>Food is the centerpiece of many holiday gatherings as hosts prepare decadent spreads for their guests, but remaining diligent in the kitchen will help prevent mishaps.</p> <ul> <li>Eighty-seven percent of holiday party hosts plan to do "lots of cooking" to prepare for their gatherings.</li> <li>Nearly half (44 percent) of survey respondents have left a stove or oven unattended during the holiday season. Unattended cooking could become dangerous without the host knowing.</li> <li>Another 44 percent of Americans don't keep fire extinguishers in their home to put out a fire when it erupts.</li> <li>More than a quarter of Americans have hosted or attended a party that resulted in a burnt or ruined meal.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate claims data shows hasty cooking during the holiday season is among factors that could lead to unfortunate outcomes for homeowners, condo owners, and renters:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Kitchen Fires (non-grease)<sup>i</sup></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$762,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$118,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$349,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Grease Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$614,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$13,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$65,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Kitchen Smoke Damage Claims</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$140,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$7,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$27,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br />Deck the Halls:</strong><br /> Hosting a holiday party often comes with festive home touches. Make sure to take proper safety precautions to avoid potentially costly and dangerous outcomes.</p> <ul> <li>In fact, about one-third (31 percent) of Americans light candles and one in five will light a fire in their fireplace (21 percent) during a holiday party hosted at their home.</li> <li>More than half (53 percent) say they haven't checked or changed their smoke detectors recently. Unchecked smoke detectors can cause people to miss important alarms when fire breaks out in a home.</li> <li>Forty-four percent of Americans with gas fireplaces haven't had it inspected within the last three years. Faulty gas lines and fireplace build-up can cause dangerous outcomes.</li> <li>Forty-three percent of Americans admit to plugging in too many lights into one outlet. This can lead to electrical malfunctions and even fires.</li> <li>About one-third (34 percent) have left candles and 17 percent have left fires unattended. </li> </ul> <p>Allstate data indicates fires due to candles, fireplace and electrical mishaps are often significant losses:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"><strong>Candle Fires<sup>ii</sup></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$515,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$9,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$55,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$71,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fireplace Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$1,600,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$9,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$66,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$35,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Electrical Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$2,440,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$18,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$149,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$72,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Helpful Hints:<br /> </strong>Advance planning and precaution can help Wisconsin residents protect their homes and help make the holidays hazard-free. Allstate offers these tips to secure your home during the holidays:</p> <p><strong><em>Holiday Cooking</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Before the holidays, install new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure that family members can locate and operate fire extinguishers. Test all fire prevention devices to make sure they function properly. </li> <li>Be careful in the kitchen. The incorrect disposal of cooking grease, overuse of garbage disposals and improper or excessive disposal of waste can result in clogged drains and can cause sewer problems during this time of year.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Holiday Decorating </em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Never leave burning candles unattended, and always place them out of reach of children. Make it a part of your routine to check that all candles are extinguished before you go to bed each night.</li> <li>Make a smart tree purchase. If buying a natural tree, make sure it's fresh so it will be less of a fire hazard. Artificial trees should be labeled as fire resistant. Keep your tree away from heat sources, and trim trees with flame‐resistant materials. Never use lit candles to decorate trees.</li> <li>Check your holiday lights, throwing away any that are broken and don't overload the outlets. Only lights and extension cords specified for outdoor use should be used outside.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Holiday Security</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>When shopping, don't leave purchases in the passenger compartment of your unattended vehicle. Store them out of sight, in the trunk.</li> <li>When in plain view, gifts and valuables serve as an invitation to thieves. Close the shades or drapes if you're away. And put your valuables away before hosting people at your home.</li> <li>Don't advertise shopping trips or gift purchases on social media. Whether it's "check-ins" using geo-location services, travel plan updates, or even photos uploaded while at a holiday party, people may be unknowingly giving today's "digital thieves" greater insight into the contents of your car's trunk, times you're away from home and even the holiday gifts hiding in your closet.</li> </ul> <p>See how holiday hazards can hit close to home and get more tips by visiting Allstate's Holiday Decorator, at <a href="http://www.allstate.com">www.allstate.com</a>/<a href="http://www.allstate.com/holidaydecorator">holidaydecorator</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The survey of 1,036 American adults age 18+ was conducted November 2-5, 2014 via an online survey using a sample reflective of the American population. The survey was conducted by FTI Consulting, Inc. (FTI) for Allstate.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on Allstate claims data that was analyzed over the same three-year period, November 15 through January 15, 2011-2014.</p> <p><sup>ii</sup> Based on Allstate claims data that was analyzed over the same three-year period, November 15 through January 15, 2011-2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meegan Sims <br /> 847-402-9308<br /> @AllstateMidwest</p> Sweaters Aren't the Only Things That Can Get Ugly During the Holidays Top Minnesota Holiday Claims Revealed with New Allstate Poll on American Holiday Party Hosting<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Video, 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Holiday "ugly" sweaters have grown in popularity in Minnesota and will likely make an appearance with the 83 percent of Americans who plan to party this season. A new Allstate poll indicates 54 percent of Americans will host holiday parties in their homes, and the large majority who attend parties say they take place at someone else's home. While Minnesota residents celebrate, Allstate provides reminders of historical holiday home hazard outcomes, such as kitchen fires, decorative fires and theft, and helpful hints for customers and consumers who host parties this season.</p> <p>"If there's one thing Minnesota residents like to do, it's hosting holiday gatherings with friends and family," said September Kruse, an Apple Valley, Minn., Allstate agent. "It's important to remember that staying aware of potential hazards before the next 'ugly sweater' or other holiday party will help protect your family and friends from costly home damages."</p> <p>Allstate is reminding Minnesota residents to use extra caution, especially for claims that prevail in the local area. In Minnesota, the top three most common holiday-related claims are:</p> <ol> <li>Burglary</li> <li>Theft From Locked Vehicle</li> <li>Electrical Fire/Short</li> </ol> <p>Allstate's Holiday Home Hazards poll found the vast majority (91 percent) of Americans agree they can reduce risks associated to fires, accidents or theft during the holiday season through their own attention and action. Most Americans believe both fire and theft risks increase during the holidays, but a majority (63 percent or more) say aren't paying any more attention to these risks which could result in trouble during a busy time of cooking, decorating and hosting a holiday gathering.</p> <p><strong>Hosting Hazards:</strong><br /> Hosts should be aware that the likelihood of theft can increase over the holidays. It's wise to protect against unfortunate disappearances of valuables.</p> <ul> <li>Just one in five (22 percent) say they put away valuables before hosting a party.</li> <li>Nearly half (48%) say they have left a door unlocked for a friend or family member.</li> <li>Forty-six percent say they have hidden a key to their home for a friend or family member, a behavior. Hiding keys leaves the home too easily accessible for burglaries</li> <li>Nearly half (48 percent) say they've hidden valuables such as gifts in their car. Leaving valuables in a car can create an enticing opportunity for thieves to break-in.</li> <li>Seventeen percent of Americans say they've experienced a stolen or missing valuable when attending a holiday party</li> </ul> <p>Protecting valuables is especially important during the holiday season given some of the most common precious items are also small in size and could go unnoticed:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"><strong>Missing Jewelry Theft Claims<sup>ii</sup></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$26,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$1,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$11,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$25,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Burglaries</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$125,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$3,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$34,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$81,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Property Missing After a Party</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$6,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$1,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$29,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$6,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Hasty Hors d'oeuvres</strong><strong>:&nbsp; <br /> </strong>Food is the centerpiece of many holiday gatherings as hosts prepare decadent spreads for their guests, but remaining diligent in the kitchen will help prevent mishaps.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Eighty-seven percent of holiday party hosts plan to do "lots of cooking" to prepare for their gatherings.</li> <li>Nearly half (44 percent) of survey respondents have left a stove or oven unattended during the holiday season. Unattended cooking could become dangerous without the host knowing.</li> <li>Another 44 percent of Americans don't keep fire extinguishers in their home to put out a fire when it erupts.</li> <li>More than a quarter of Americans have hosted or attended a party that resulted in a burnt or ruined meal.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate claims data shows hasty cooking during the holiday season is among factors that could lead to unfortunate outcomes for homeowners, condo owners, and renters:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Kitchen Fires (non-grease)<sup>i</sup></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$762,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$118,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$349,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Grease Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$614,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$13,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$65,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Kitchen Smoke Damage Claims</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$140,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$7,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$27,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Deck the Halls:</strong><br /> Hosting a holiday party often comes with festive home touches. Make sure to take proper safety precautions to avoid potentially costly and dangerous outcomes.</p> <ul> <li>In fact, about one-third (31 percent) of Americans light candles and one in five will light a fire in their fireplace (21 percent) during a holiday party hosted at their home.</li> <li>More than half (53 percent) say they haven't checked or changed their smoke detectors recently. Unchecked smoke detectors can cause people to miss important alarms when fire breaks out in a home.</li> <li>Forty-four percent of Americans with gas fireplaces haven't had it inspected within the last three years. Faulty gas lines and fireplace build-up can cause dangerous outcomes.</li> <li>Forty-three percent of Americans admit to plugging in too many lights into one outlet. This can lead to electrical malfunctions and even fires.</li> <li>About one-third (34 percent) have left candles and 17 percent have left fires unattended.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate data indicates fires due to candles, fireplace and electrical mishaps are often significant losses:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"><strong>Candle Fires<sup>ii</sup></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$515,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$9,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$55,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$71,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fireplace Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$1,600,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$9,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$66,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$35,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Electrical Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$2,440,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$18,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$149,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$72,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Helpful Hints:<br /> </strong>Advance planning and precaution can help Minnesota residents protect their homes and help make the holidays hazard-free. Allstate offers these tips to secure your home during the holidays:<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Holiday Cooking</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Before the holidays, install new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure that family members can locate and operate fire extinguishers. Test all fire prevention devices to make sure they function properly. </li> <li>Be careful in the kitchen. The incorrect disposal of cooking grease, overuse of garbage disposals and improper or excessive disposal of waste can result in clogged drains and can cause sewer problems during this time of year.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Holiday Decorating </em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Never leave burning candles unattended, and always place them out of reach of children. Make it a part of your routine to check that all candles are extinguished before you go to bed each night. </li> <li>Make a smart tree purchase. If buying a natural tree, make sure it's fresh so it will be less of a fire hazard. Artificial trees should be labeled as fire resistant. Keep your tree away from heat sources, and trim trees with flame‐resistant materials. Never use lit candles to decorate trees.</li> <li>Check your holiday lights, throwing away any that are broken and don't overload the outlets. Only lights and extension cords specified for outdoor use should be used outside. </li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Holiday Security</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>When shopping, don't leave purchases in the passenger compartment of your unattended vehicle. Store them out of sight, in the trunk. </li> <li>When in plain view, gifts and valuables serve as an invitation to thieves. Close the shades or drapes if you're away. And put your valuables away before hosting people at your home.</li> <li>Don't advertise shopping trips or gift purchases on social media. Whether it's "check-ins" using geo-location services, travel plan updates, or even photos uploaded while at a holiday party, people may be unknowingly giving today's "digital thieves" greater insight into the contents of your car's trunk, times you're away from home and even the holiday gifts hiding in your closet.</li> </ul> <p>See how holiday hazards can hit close to home and get more tips by visiting Allstate's Holiday Decorator, at <a href="http://www.allstate.com">www.allstate.com</a>/<a href="http://www.allstate.com/holidaydecorator">holidaydecorator</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The survey of 1,036 American adults age 18+ was conducted November 2-5, 2014 via an online survey using a sample reflective of the American population. The survey was conducted by FTI Consulting, Inc. (FTI) for Allstate.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><sup>i</sup> Based on Allstate claims data that was analyzed over the same three-year period, November 15 through January 15, 2011-2014.</p> <p><sup>ii</sup> Based on Allstate claims data that was analyzed over the same three-year period, November 15 through January 15, 2011-2014.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meegan Sims<br /> 847-402-9308<br /> @AllstateMidwest</p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:09:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/55a71051-2d78-4ab1-922c-1439c5243975 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/55a71051-2d78-4ab1-922c-1439c5243975 Sweaters Aren't the Only Things That Can Get Ugly During the Holidays Top Minnesota Holiday Claims Revealed with New Allstate Poll on American Holiday Party Hosting<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Video, 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Holiday "ugly" sweaters have grown in popularity in Minnesota and will likely make an appearance with the 83 percent of Americans who plan to party this season. A new Allstate poll indicates 54 percent of Americans will host holiday parties in their homes, and the large majority who attend parties say they take place at someone else's home. While Minnesota residents celebrate, Allstate provides reminders of historical holiday home hazard outcomes, such as kitchen fires, decorative fires and theft, and helpful hints for customers and consumers who host parties this season.</p> <p>"If there's one thing Minnesota residents like to do, it's hosting holiday gatherings with friends and family," said September Kruse, an Apple Valley, Minn., Allstate agent. "It's important to remember that staying aware of potential hazards before the next 'ugly sweater' or other holiday party will help protect your family and friends from costly home damages."</p> <p>Allstate is reminding Minnesota residents to use extra caution, especially for claims that prevail in the local area. In Minnesota, the top three most common holiday-related claims are:</p> <ol> <li>Burglary</li> <li>Theft From Locked Vehicle</li> <li>Electrical Fire/Short</li> </ol> <p>Allstate's Holiday Home Hazards poll found the vast majority (91 percent) of Americans agree they can reduce risks associated to fires, accidents or theft during the holiday season through their own attention and action. Most Americans believe both fire and theft risks increase during the holidays, but a majority (63 percent or more) say aren't paying any more attention to these risks which could result in trouble during a busy time of cooking, decorating and hosting a holiday gathering.</p> <p><strong>Hosting Hazards:</strong><br /> Hosts should be aware that the likelihood of theft can increase over the holidays. It's wise to protect against unfortunate disappearances of valuables.</p> <ul> <li>Just one in five (22 percent) say they put away valuables before hosting a party.</li> <li>Nearly half (48%) say they have left a door unlocked for a friend or family member.</li> <li>Forty-six percent say they have hidden a key to their home for a friend or family member, a behavior. Hiding keys leaves the home too easily accessible for burglaries</li> <li>Nearly half (48 percent) say they've hidden valuables such as gifts in their car. Leaving valuables in a car can create an enticing opportunity for thieves to break-in.</li> <li>Seventeen percent of Americans say they've experienced a stolen or missing valuable when attending a holiday party</li> </ul> <p>Protecting valuables is especially important during the holiday season given some of the most common precious items are also small in size and could go unnoticed:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"><strong>Missing Jewelry Theft Claims<sup>ii</sup></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$26,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$1,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$11,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$25,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Burglaries</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$125,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$3,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$34,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$81,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Property Missing After a Party</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$6,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$1,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$29,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$6,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Hasty Hors d'oeuvres</strong><strong>:&nbsp; <br /> </strong>Food is the centerpiece of many holiday gatherings as hosts prepare decadent spreads for their guests, but remaining diligent in the kitchen will help prevent mishaps.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Eighty-seven percent of holiday party hosts plan to do "lots of cooking" to prepare for their gatherings.</li> <li>Nearly half (44 percent) of survey respondents have left a stove or oven unattended during the holiday season. Unattended cooking could become dangerous without the host knowing.</li> <li>Another 44 percent of Americans don't keep fire extinguishers in their home to put out a fire when it erupts.</li> <li>More than a quarter of Americans have hosted or attended a party that resulted in a burnt or ruined meal.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate claims data shows hasty cooking during the holiday season is among factors that could lead to unfortunate outcomes for homeowners, condo owners, and renters:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Kitchen Fires (non-grease)<sup>i</sup></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$762,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$118,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$349,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Grease Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$614,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$13,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$65,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Kitchen Smoke Damage Claims</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$140,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$7,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$27,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Deck the Halls:</strong><br /> Hosting a holiday party often comes with festive home touches. Make sure to take proper safety precautions to avoid potentially costly and dangerous outcomes.</p> <ul> <li>In fact, about one-third (31 percent) of Americans light candles and one in five will light a fire in their fireplace (21 percent) during a holiday party hosted at their home.</li> <li>More than half (53 percent) say they haven't checked or changed their smoke detectors recently. Unchecked smoke detectors can cause people to miss important alarms when fire breaks out in a home.</li> <li>Forty-four percent of Americans with gas fireplaces haven't had it inspected within the last three years. Faulty gas lines and fireplace build-up can cause dangerous outcomes.</li> <li>Forty-three percent of Americans admit to plugging in too many lights into one outlet. This can lead to electrical malfunctions and even fires.</li> <li>About one-third (34 percent) have left candles and 17 percent have left fires unattended.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate data indicates fires due to candles, fireplace and electrical mishaps are often significant losses:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"><strong>Candle Fires<sup>ii</sup></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$515,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$9,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$55,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$71,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fireplace Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$1,600,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$9,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$66,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$35,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Electrical Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$2,440,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$18,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$149,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$72,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Helpful Hints:<br /> </strong>Advance planning and precaution can help Minnesota residents protect their homes and help make the holidays hazard-free. Allstate offers these tips to secure your home during the holidays:<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Holiday Cooking</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Before the holidays, install new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure that family members can locate and operate fire extinguishers. Test all fire prevention devices to make sure they function properly. </li> <li>Be careful in the kitchen. The incorrect disposal of cooking grease, overuse of garbage disposals and improper or excessive disposal of waste can result in clogged drains and can cause sewer problems during this time of year.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Holiday Decorating </em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Never leave burning candles unattended, and always place them out of reach of children. Make it a part of your routine to check that all candles are extinguished before you go to bed each night. </li> <li>Make a smart tree purchase. If buying a natural tree, make sure it's fresh so it will be less of a fire hazard. Artificial trees should be labeled as fire resistant. Keep your tree away from heat sources, and trim trees with flame‐resistant materials. Never use lit candles to decorate trees.</li> <li>Check your holiday lights, throwing away any that are broken and don't overload the outlets. Only lights and extension cords specified for outdoor use should be used outside. </li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Holiday Security</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>When shopping, don't leave purchases in the passenger compartment of your unattended vehicle. Store them out of sight, in the trunk. </li> <li>When in plain view, gifts and valuables serve as an invitation to thieves. Close the shades or drapes if you're away. And put your valuables away before hosting people at your home.</li> <li>Don't advertise shopping trips or gift purchases on social media. Whether it's "check-ins" using geo-location services, travel plan updates, or even photos uploaded while at a holiday party, people may be unknowingly giving today's "digital thieves" greater insight into the contents of your car's trunk, times you're away from home and even the holiday gifts hiding in your closet.</li> </ul> <p>See how holiday hazards can hit close to home and get more tips by visiting Allstate's Holiday Decorator, at <a href="http://www.allstate.com">www.allstate.com</a>/<a href="http://www.allstate.com/holidaydecorator">holidaydecorator</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The survey of 1,036 American adults age 18+ was conducted November 2-5, 2014 via an online survey using a sample reflective of the American population. The survey was conducted by FTI Consulting, Inc. (FTI) for Allstate.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><sup>i</sup> Based on Allstate claims data that was analyzed over the same three-year period, November 15 through January 15, 2011-2014.</p> <p><sup>ii</sup> Based on Allstate claims data that was analyzed over the same three-year period, November 15 through January 15, 2011-2014.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meegan Sims<br /> 847-402-9308<br /> @AllstateMidwest</p> College Football Fans Vote Ole Miss' Deterrian Shackelford as 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain Rebels' linebacker receives community service honor during Home Depot College Football Awards<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>College football fans across the country have cast their votes and elected Ole Miss linebacker Deterrian Shackelford as the 2014 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team&reg; captain for his community service and off-the-field contributions. Allstate Insurance Company and the AFCA made the announcement during the Dec. 11 Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.</p> <p>The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;, one of the most prestigious honors in college football, recognizes players at all levels of the sport for their inspiring acts of service and commitment to helping others. Shackelford was unveiled as the fifth team captain named in the 23-year history of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; determined by college football fan voters on ESPN.com/Allstate.</p> <p>"While many might know Deterrian as the starting linebacker for one of the top-ranked defenses in college football, his positive contributions extend far beyond the football field," said Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory and a member of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel. "It is dedicated student-athletes like Deterrian who set an example for future generations, and Allstate is thrilled to see Good Works Team captain added to his long list of achievements."</p> <p>When he's not making tackles on the gridiron, Shackelford is making a difference in the community with visits to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children to spend time with patients and their families. Earning a masters degree in higher education this summer, the Decatur, Ala., native also dedicates his time to mentoring local high school students, volunteering at nursing homes and distributing groceries at the Oxford Food Pantry. Determined to make a global impact, Shackelford has also helped lead mission trips abroad to Haiti and Panama. It's because of these and a long list of other achievements that have made Shackelford the first-ever two-time winner of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award, which goes to the Rebels' most deserving defensive player each year.</p> <p>Shackelford and his fellow Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; members have been invited to New Orleans to participate in a special youth football clinic prior to the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg; where they will be honored on-the-field at halftime during the nationally televised broadcast on Jan. 1, 2015.</p> <p>The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; is comprised of 22 players, including 11 competing in the NCAA&reg; Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players representing the NCAA&reg; Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To learn more about this year's team members and their charitable achievements, fans can visit ESPN.com/Allstate.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong> <br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team</strong>&reg;<br /> The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams&reg; were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.</p> <p>With Chris Conley's selection in 2014, Georgia moves into first place with 15 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;. The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska at 14 and St. Thomas (Minn.) with 13 honorees. The SEC leads all conferences with 62 selections to the Good Works Team&reg; since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 42 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 29 selections. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams&reg;, respectively.</p> <p><strong>About AFCA</strong><br /> The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6928<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> <p>Vince Thompson, AFCA Media Relations<br /> 254-754-9900<br /> <a href="mailto:vince@afca.com">vince@afca.com</a></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:58:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a6d8591d-c217-41a4-b816-bcccd209de21 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a6d8591d-c217-41a4-b816-bcccd209de21 College Football Fans Vote Ole Miss' Deterrian Shackelford as 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain Rebels' linebacker receives community service honor during Home Depot College Football Awards<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>College football fans across the country have cast their votes and elected Ole Miss linebacker Deterrian Shackelford as the 2014 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team&reg; captain for his community service and off-the-field contributions. Allstate Insurance Company and the AFCA made the announcement during the Dec. 11 Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.</p> <p>The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;, one of the most prestigious honors in college football, recognizes players at all levels of the sport for their inspiring acts of service and commitment to helping others. Shackelford was unveiled as the fifth team captain named in the 23-year history of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; determined by college football fan voters on ESPN.com/Allstate.</p> <p>"While many might know Deterrian as the starting linebacker for one of the top-ranked defenses in college football, his positive contributions extend far beyond the football field," said Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory and a member of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; voting panel. "It is dedicated student-athletes like Deterrian who set an example for future generations, and Allstate is thrilled to see Good Works Team captain added to his long list of achievements."</p> <p>When he's not making tackles on the gridiron, Shackelford is making a difference in the community with visits to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children to spend time with patients and their families. Earning a masters degree in higher education this summer, the Decatur, Ala., native also dedicates his time to mentoring local high school students, volunteering at nursing homes and distributing groceries at the Oxford Food Pantry. Determined to make a global impact, Shackelford has also helped lead mission trips abroad to Haiti and Panama. It's because of these and a long list of other achievements that have made Shackelford the first-ever two-time winner of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award, which goes to the Rebels' most deserving defensive player each year.</p> <p>Shackelford and his fellow Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; members have been invited to New Orleans to participate in a special youth football clinic prior to the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate&reg; Sugar Bowl&reg; where they will be honored on-the-field at halftime during the nationally televised broadcast on Jan. 1, 2015.</p> <p>The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg; is comprised of 22 players, including 11 competing in the NCAA&reg; Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players representing the NCAA&reg; Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To learn more about this year's team members and their charitable achievements, fans can visit ESPN.com/Allstate.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong> <br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team</strong>&reg;<br /> The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams&reg; were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.</p> <p>With Chris Conley's selection in 2014, Georgia moves into first place with 15 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;. The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska at 14 and St. Thomas (Minn.) with 13 honorees. The SEC leads all conferences with 62 selections to the Good Works Team&reg; since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 42 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 29 selections. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams&reg;, respectively.</p> <p><strong>About AFCA</strong><br /> The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6928<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> <p>Vince Thompson, AFCA Media Relations<br /> 254-754-9900<br /> <a href="mailto:vince@afca.com">vince@afca.com</a></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> Goldman Sachs US Financial Services Conference 2014 <strong>This release contains: 2 Related Documents</strong><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Presenter:</p> <p>Tom Wilson, Chairman, President, and CEO<br /> The Allstate Corporation</p> <p>Date:&nbsp; Tuesday, December 9<br /> Time:&nbsp; 10:50 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Eastern time</p> <p>Place:&nbsp; Conrad New York<br /> New York, New York</p> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:35:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/149fcd69-a7f3-475e-805c-eea3a0bb2f06 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/149fcd69-a7f3-475e-805c-eea3a0bb2f06 Goldman Sachs US Financial Services Conference 2014 <strong>This release contains: 2 Related Documents</strong><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Presenter:</p> <p>Tom Wilson, Chairman, President, and CEO<br /> The Allstate Corporation</p> <p>Date:&nbsp; Tuesday, December 9<br /> Time:&nbsp; 10:50 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Eastern time</p> <p>Place:&nbsp; Conrad New York<br /> New York, New York</p> Allstate to Join Consortium Researching Benefits of Using Drones Insurer hopes to use drones to improve customer experience with property claims, especially after catastrophes<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>In an effort to learn more about how unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, can improve the property claims process, Allstate Insurance Company will join a consortium dedicated to the research and development of drones.</p> <p>Drones used for property insurance can potentially create much faster inspections of homes both for underwriting and claims adjustment. Ultimately, drones used in the claims process could provide faster payments to customers, especially in an area where widespread damage occurs quickly.</p> <p>In the event of a catastrophe, for example, where physical access to a neighborhood might be restricted by local authorities, a drone could potentially help claims professionals serve customers in spite of those restrictions. Ongoing weather could also affect physical inspections of property where a drone might be able to work without any delay.</p> <p>"We still have a lot of work to do before introducing drones into our property claims service, but the potential for their use could change the industry in a big way," says Allstate's Claims Vice President Shawn Broadfield. "Continuing this research puts us on the leading edge of product and service innovation in our industry and beyond."</p> <p>Allstate and several other companies, including commercial roofing groups, shingle manufacturers and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), were invited to join a property drone consortium by EagleView Technology Corporation, a leading technology provider of aerial imagery, data analytics and geographic information system solutions. EagleView will lead the group with a focus on property drone research and development.</p> <p>In addition to research and development, Allstate expects to work with the consortium to gain regulatory approval for the use of drones in the insurance and construction industries as well as refine the way data is collected for property conditions and damage assessments.</p> <p>Allstate has previously tested the use of drones to obtain information about battery life and picture resolution but the consortium promises a much wider scope of research with a larger, dedicated budget to enable it to find software and hardware solutions and gain regulatory approvals.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate Corporation</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as the web via <a href="http://www.allstate.com">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a><br /> 727-512-8314</p> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:04:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d16e3f6b-d1f1-4a66-ae94-62ef8e2c2c80 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d16e3f6b-d1f1-4a66-ae94-62ef8e2c2c80 Allstate to Join Consortium Researching Benefits of Using Drones Insurer hopes to use drones to improve customer experience with property claims, especially after catastrophes<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>In an effort to learn more about how unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, can improve the property claims process, Allstate Insurance Company will join a consortium dedicated to the research and development of drones.</p> <p>Drones used for property insurance can potentially create much faster inspections of homes both for underwriting and claims adjustment. Ultimately, drones used in the claims process could provide faster payments to customers, especially in an area where widespread damage occurs quickly.</p> <p>In the event of a catastrophe, for example, where physical access to a neighborhood might be restricted by local authorities, a drone could potentially help claims professionals serve customers in spite of those restrictions. Ongoing weather could also affect physical inspections of property where a drone might be able to work without any delay.</p> <p>"We still have a lot of work to do before introducing drones into our property claims service, but the potential for their use could change the industry in a big way," says Allstate's Claims Vice President Shawn Broadfield. "Continuing this research puts us on the leading edge of product and service innovation in our industry and beyond."</p> <p>Allstate and several other companies, including commercial roofing groups, shingle manufacturers and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), were invited to join a property drone consortium by EagleView Technology Corporation, a leading technology provider of aerial imagery, data analytics and geographic information system solutions. EagleView will lead the group with a focus on property drone research and development.</p> <p>In addition to research and development, Allstate expects to work with the consortium to gain regulatory approval for the use of drones in the insurance and construction industries as well as refine the way data is collected for property conditions and damage assessments.</p> <p>Allstate has previously tested the use of drones to obtain information about battery life and picture resolution but the consortium promises a much wider scope of research with a larger, dedicated budget to enable it to find software and hardware solutions and gain regulatory approvals.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate Corporation</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as the web via <a href="http://www.allstate.com">www.allstate.com</a>, <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">www.allstate.com/financial</a> and 1-800 Allstate&reg;, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Justin Herndon<br /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a><br /> 727-512-8314</p> Sweaters Aren't the Only Things That Can Get Ugly During the Holidays Top New Jersey Holiday Claims Revealed with New Allstate Poll on American Holiday Party Hosting<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Video, 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Holiday "ugly" sweaters have grown in popularity in New Jersey and will likely make an appearance with the 83 percent of Americans who plan to party this season. A new Allstate poll indicates 54 percent of Americans will host holiday parties in their homes, and the large majority who attend parties say they take place at someone else's home. While New Jerseyans celebrate, Allstate provides reminders of historical holiday home hazard outcomes, such as kitchen fires, decorative fires and theft, and helpful hints for customers and consumers who host parties this season.</p> <p>"If there's one thing residents of the Garden State like to do, it's hosting holiday gatherings with friends and family," said Rich Crist, President of Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company. "It's important to remember that staying aware of potential hazards before the next 'ugly sweater' or other holiday party will help protect your family and friends from costly home damages."</p> <p>Allstate is reminding New Jersey residents to use extra caution, especially for claims that prevail in the local area. In New Jersey, the top three most common holiday-related claims are:</p> <ol> <li>Burglary</li> <li>Theft from a locked vehicle</li> <li>Kitchen fires</li> </ol> <p>Allstate's Holiday Home Hazards poll found the vast majority (91 percent) of Americans agree they can reduce risks associated to fires, accidents or theft during the holiday season through their own attention and action. In New Jersey, fire claims increase by 10 percent during the holiday season<sup>i</sup>. Most Americans believe both fire and theft risks increase during the holidays, but a majority (63 percent or more) say aren't paying any more attention to these risks which could result in trouble during a busy time of cooking, decorating and hosting a holiday gathering.</p> <p><strong>Hosting Hazards:</strong><br /> Hosts should be aware that the likelihood of theft can increase over the holidays. It's wise to protect against unfortunate disappearances of valuables.</p> <ul> <li>Just one in five (22 percent) say they put away valuables before hosting a party.</li> <li>Nearly half (48%) say they have left a door unlocked for a friend or family member.</li> <li>Forty-six percent say they have hidden a key to their home for a friend or family member. Hiding keys leaves the home too easily accessible for burglaries</li> <li>Nearly half (48 percent) say they've hidden valuables such as gifts in their car. Leaving valuables in a car can create an enticing opportunity for thieves to break-in.</li> <li>Seventeen percent of Americans say they've experienced a stolen or missing valuable when attending a holiday party</li> </ul> <p>Protecting valuables is especially important during the holiday season given some of the most common precious items are also small in size and could go unnoticed:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"><strong>Missing Jewelry Theft Claims<sup>ii</sup></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$26,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$1,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$11,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$25,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Burglaries</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$125,00</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$3,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$34,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$81,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Property Missing After a Party</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$6,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$1,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$29,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$6,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Hasty Hors d'oeuvres</strong>:<br /> Food is the centerpiece of many holiday gatherings as hosts prepare spreads for their guests, but remaining diligent in the kitchen will help prevent mishaps.</p> <ul> <li>Eighty-seven percent of holiday party hosts plan to do "lots of cooking" to prepare for their gatherings.</li> <li>Nearly half (44 percent) of survey respondents have left a stove or oven unattended during the holiday season. Unattended cooking could become dangerous without the host knowing.</li> <li>Another 44 percent of Americans don't keep fire extinguishers in their home to put out a fire when it erupts.</li> <li>More than a quarter of Americans have hosted or attended a party that resulted in a burnt or ruined meal.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate claims data shows hasty cooking during the holiday season is among factors that could lead to unfortunate outcomes for homeowners, condo owners, and renters:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Kitchen Fires (non-grease)<sup>ii</sup></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$762,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$118,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$349,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Grease Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$614,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$13,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$65,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Kitchen Smoke Damage Claims</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$140,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$7,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$27,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Deck the Halls:</strong><br /> Hosting a holiday party often comes with festive home touches. Make sure to take proper safety precautions to avoid potentially costly and dangerous outcomes.</p> <ul> <li>In fact, about one-third (31 percent) of Americans light candles and one in five will light a fire in their fireplace (21 percent) during a holiday party hosted at their home.</li> <li>More than half (53 percent) say they haven't checked or changed their smoke detectors recently. Unchecked smoke detectors can cause people to miss important alarms when fire breaks out in a home.</li> <li>Forty-four percent of Americans with gas fireplaces haven't had it inspected within the last three years. Faulty gas lines and fireplace build-up can cause dangerous outcomes.</li> <li>Forty-three percent of Americans admit to plugging in too many lights into one outlet. This can lead to electrical malfunctions and even fires.</li> <li>About one-third (34 percent) have left candles inadequately controlled and 17 percent have left candle fires unattended.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate data indicates fires due to candles, fireplace and electrical mishaps are often significant losses:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"><strong>Candle Fires<sup>ii</sup></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$515,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$9,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$55,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$71,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fireplace Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$1,600,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$9,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$66,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$35,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Electrical Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$2,440,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$18,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$149,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$72,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Helpful Hints:<br /> </strong>Advance planning and precaution can help New Jerseyans protect their homes and help make the holidays hazard-free. Allstate offers these tips to secure your home during the holidays:</p> <p><strong><em>Holiday Cooking</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Before the holidays, install new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure that family members can locate and operate fire extinguishers. Test all fire prevention devices to make sure they function properly. </li> <li>Be careful in the kitchen. The incorrect disposal of cooking grease, overuse of garbage disposals and improper or excessive disposal of waste can result in clogged drains and can cause sewer problems during this time of year.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Holiday Decorating </em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Never leave burning candles unattended, and always place them out of reach of children. Make it a part of your routine to check that all candles are extinguished before you go to bed each night. </li> <li>Make a smart tree purchase. If buying a natural tree, make sure it's fresh so it will be less of a fire hazard. Artificial trees should be labeled as fire resistant. Keep your tree away from heat sources, and trim trees with flame‐resistant materials. Never use lit candles to decorate trees.</li> <li>Check your holiday lights, throwing away any that are broken and don't overload the outlets. Only lights and extension cords specified for outdoor use should be used outside.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Holiday Security</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>When shopping, don't leave purchases in the passenger compartment of your unattended vehicle. Store them out of sight, in the trunk. </li> <li>When in plain view, gifts and valuables serve as an invitation to thieves. Close the shades or drapes if you're away. And put your valuables away before hosting people at your home.</li> <li>Don't advertise shopping trips or gift purchases on social media. Whether it's "check-ins" using geo-location services, travel plan updates, or even photos uploaded while at a holiday party, people may be unknowingly giving today's "digital thieves" greater insight into the contents of your car's trunk, times you're away from home and even the holiday gifts hiding in your closet.</li> </ul> <p>See how holiday hazards can hit close to home and get more tips by visiting Allstate's Holiday Decorator, at <a href="http://www.allstate.com">www.allstate.com</a>/<a href="http://www.allstate.com/holidaydecorator">holidaydecorator</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The survey of 1,036 American adults age 18+ was conducted November 2-5, 2014 via an online survey using a sample reflective of the American population. The survey was conducted by FTI Consulting, Inc. (FTI) for Allstate.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company</strong><br /> Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company services more than 450,000 households throughout New Jersey. Widely known by its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;," Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate New Jersey agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives. As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, and the corporation provided more than $370,000 in 2013 to local nonprofit organizations across New Jersey.</p> <p><sup>i</sup> Percentage increase in claims during the holiday season versus non-holiday season over a three-year period, November 15 through January 15, 2011-2014.</p> <p><sup>ii</sup> Based on Allstate claims data that was analyzed over the same three-year period, November 15 through January 15, 2011-2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp;# #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Danny Jovic <br /> 908-252-5164</p> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:56:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fe4ae36f-a5e3-461c-88f4-45b1de2ba195 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fe4ae36f-a5e3-461c-88f4-45b1de2ba195 Sweaters Aren't the Only Things That Can Get Ugly During the Holidays Top New Jersey Holiday Claims Revealed with New Allstate Poll on American Holiday Party Hosting<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Video, 2 Related Documents</strong><p>Holiday "ugly" sweaters have grown in popularity in New Jersey and will likely make an appearance with the 83 percent of Americans who plan to party this season. A new Allstate poll indicates 54 percent of Americans will host holiday parties in their homes, and the large majority who attend parties say they take place at someone else's home. While New Jerseyans celebrate, Allstate provides reminders of historical holiday home hazard outcomes, such as kitchen fires, decorative fires and theft, and helpful hints for customers and consumers who host parties this season.</p> <p>"If there's one thing residents of the Garden State like to do, it's hosting holiday gatherings with friends and family," said Rich Crist, President of Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company. "It's important to remember that staying aware of potential hazards before the next 'ugly sweater' or other holiday party will help protect your family and friends from costly home damages."</p> <p>Allstate is reminding New Jersey residents to use extra caution, especially for claims that prevail in the local area. In New Jersey, the top three most common holiday-related claims are:</p> <ol> <li>Burglary</li> <li>Theft from a locked vehicle</li> <li>Kitchen fires</li> </ol> <p>Allstate's Holiday Home Hazards poll found the vast majority (91 percent) of Americans agree they can reduce risks associated to fires, accidents or theft during the holiday season through their own attention and action. In New Jersey, fire claims increase by 10 percent during the holiday season<sup>i</sup>. Most Americans believe both fire and theft risks increase during the holidays, but a majority (63 percent or more) say aren't paying any more attention to these risks which could result in trouble during a busy time of cooking, decorating and hosting a holiday gathering.</p> <p><strong>Hosting Hazards:</strong><br /> Hosts should be aware that the likelihood of theft can increase over the holidays. It's wise to protect against unfortunate disappearances of valuables.</p> <ul> <li>Just one in five (22 percent) say they put away valuables before hosting a party.</li> <li>Nearly half (48%) say they have left a door unlocked for a friend or family member.</li> <li>Forty-six percent say they have hidden a key to their home for a friend or family member. Hiding keys leaves the home too easily accessible for burglaries</li> <li>Nearly half (48 percent) say they've hidden valuables such as gifts in their car. Leaving valuables in a car can create an enticing opportunity for thieves to break-in.</li> <li>Seventeen percent of Americans say they've experienced a stolen or missing valuable when attending a holiday party</li> </ul> <p>Protecting valuables is especially important during the holiday season given some of the most common precious items are also small in size and could go unnoticed:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"><strong>Missing Jewelry Theft Claims<sup>ii</sup></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$26,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$1,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$11,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$25,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Burglaries</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$125,00</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$3,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$34,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$81,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Property Missing After a Party</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$6,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$1,500</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$29,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$6,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Hasty Hors d'oeuvres</strong>:<br /> Food is the centerpiece of many holiday gatherings as hosts prepare spreads for their guests, but remaining diligent in the kitchen will help prevent mishaps.</p> <ul> <li>Eighty-seven percent of holiday party hosts plan to do "lots of cooking" to prepare for their gatherings.</li> <li>Nearly half (44 percent) of survey respondents have left a stove or oven unattended during the holiday season. Unattended cooking could become dangerous without the host knowing.</li> <li>Another 44 percent of Americans don't keep fire extinguishers in their home to put out a fire when it erupts.</li> <li>More than a quarter of Americans have hosted or attended a party that resulted in a burnt or ruined meal.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate claims data shows hasty cooking during the holiday season is among factors that could lead to unfortunate outcomes for homeowners, condo owners, and renters:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Kitchen Fires (non-grease)<sup>ii</sup></strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$762,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$10,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$118,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$349,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Grease Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$614,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$13,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$65,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Kitchen Smoke Damage Claims</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$140,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$7,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$43,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$27,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Deck the Halls:</strong><br /> Hosting a holiday party often comes with festive home touches. Make sure to take proper safety precautions to avoid potentially costly and dangerous outcomes.</p> <ul> <li>In fact, about one-third (31 percent) of Americans light candles and one in five will light a fire in their fireplace (21 percent) during a holiday party hosted at their home.</li> <li>More than half (53 percent) say they haven't checked or changed their smoke detectors recently. Unchecked smoke detectors can cause people to miss important alarms when fire breaks out in a home.</li> <li>Forty-four percent of Americans with gas fireplaces haven't had it inspected within the last three years. Faulty gas lines and fireplace build-up can cause dangerous outcomes.</li> <li>Forty-three percent of Americans admit to plugging in too many lights into one outlet. This can lead to electrical malfunctions and even fires.</li> <li>About one-third (34 percent) have left candles inadequately controlled and 17 percent have left candle fires unattended.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate data indicates fires due to candles, fireplace and electrical mishaps are often significant losses:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"><strong>Candle Fires<sup>ii</sup></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$515,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$9,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$55,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$71,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Fireplace Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$1,600,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$9,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$66,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$35,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Electrical Fires</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Insurance Policy Type</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Most Costly Claim</strong></p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Median Cost of Claim</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Homeowners</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$2,440,000</p> </td> <td rowspan="3" align="center"> <p>$18,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Condo</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$149,000</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>Renters</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>$72,000</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong><br /> Helpful Hints:<br /> </strong>Advance planning and precaution can help New Jerseyans protect their homes and help make the holidays hazard-free. Allstate offers these tips to secure your home during the holidays:</p> <p><strong><em>Holiday Cooking</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Before the holidays, install new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure that family members can locate and operate fire extinguishers. Test all fire prevention devices to make sure they function properly. </li> <li>Be careful in the kitchen. The incorrect disposal of cooking grease, overuse of garbage disposals and improper or excessive disposal of waste can result in clogged drains and can cause sewer problems during this time of year.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Holiday Decorating </em></strong></p> <ul> <li>Never leave burning candles unattended, and always place them out of reach of children. Make it a part of your routine to check that all candles are extinguished before you go to bed each night. </li> <li>Make a smart tree purchase. If buying a natural tree, make sure it's fresh so it will be less of a fire hazard. Artificial trees should be labeled as fire resistant. Keep your tree away from heat sources, and trim trees with flame‐resistant materials. Never use lit candles to decorate trees.</li> <li>Check your holiday lights, throwing away any that are broken and don't overload the outlets. Only lights and extension cords specified for outdoor use should be used outside.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Holiday Security</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>When shopping, don't leave purchases in the passenger compartment of your unattended vehicle. Store them out of sight, in the trunk. </li> <li>When in plain view, gifts and valuables serve as an invitation to thieves. Close the shades or drapes if you're away. And put your valuables away before hosting people at your home.</li> <li>Don't advertise shopping trips or gift purchases on social media. Whether it's "check-ins" using geo-location services, travel plan updates, or even photos uploaded while at a holiday party, people may be unknowingly giving today's "digital thieves" greater insight into the contents of your car's trunk, times you're away from home and even the holiday gifts hiding in your closet.</li> </ul> <p>See how holiday hazards can hit close to home and get more tips by visiting Allstate's Holiday Decorator, at <a href="http://www.allstate.com">www.allstate.com</a>/<a href="http://www.allstate.com/holidaydecorator">holidaydecorator</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> The survey of 1,036 American adults age 18+ was conducted November 2-5, 2014 via an online survey using a sample reflective of the American population. The survey was conducted by FTI Consulting, Inc. (FTI) for Allstate.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company</strong><br /> Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company services more than 450,000 households throughout New Jersey. Widely known by its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;," Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate New Jersey agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives. As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, and the corporation provided more than $370,000 in 2013 to local nonprofit organizations across New Jersey.</p> <p><sup>i</sup> Percentage increase in claims during the holiday season versus non-holiday season over a three-year period, November 15 through January 15, 2011-2014.</p> <p><sup>ii</sup> Based on Allstate claims data that was analyzed over the same three-year period, November 15 through January 15, 2011-2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp;# #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Danny Jovic <br /> 908-252-5164</p> National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Allstate Announce 251 Nominees to Good Works Teams® Off-the-court award honors college basketball student-athletes for their dedication to community service<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 251 nominees for the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg;. This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.</p> <p>College sports information directors and basketball coaches across the country nominated players who exhibit exceptional leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to volunteerism. From the 158 NABC nominees and 93 WBCA nominees, distinguished voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA&reg; Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.</p> <p>"The accomplishments of student-athletes extend far beyond successes achieved on the court, and Allstate is proud to recognize this exceptional group of young men and women for the positive impact they are making in their communities," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2015 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg; selection panels. "Their stories of powerful and selfless acts, shared by SIDs and coaches across the nation, represent the best of collegiate student-athletes and serve as an inspiration to us all."</p> <p>For the third year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg; help spotlight the off-the-court good works and service to others that often goes unnoticed and unrewarded. From creating organizations benefitting at-risk youth to volunteering overseas to help impoverished communities, there are countless remarkable stories of service among this year's group of nominees. As full-time students and athletes, these players choose to dedicate their limited free time to improving the lives of those around them.</p> <p>"The Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg; is a prominent award that honors those student-athletes who serve the community," said Danielle Donehew, executive director of the WBCA. "We celebrate the commitment these 93 nominees have made to their respective communities and we are grateful to Allstate for recognizing these individuals for their exceptional efforts."</p> <p>Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg; will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four&reg; in Indianapolis, where they will participate in a community project benefitting the host city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg; will be recognized during the 2015 WBCA Convention and at the 2015 NCAA Women's Final Four&reg; in Tampa Bay, and will also participate in a local community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.</p> <p>"In this third year of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg; program, we had an overwhelming response with 158 nominations for 2015," said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. "There are so many young men and women in college basketball today who make extraordinary and selfless contributions locally, nationally and globally. This is a tremendous opportunity to not only recognize the best of the best but honor all of these student-athletes for their achievements away from the court."</p> <p>Former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will headline the Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg; voting panel, while WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will serve on the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg; panel. In addition to Hollander, Hill and Catchings, the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg; selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes Greg Anthony (UNLV), Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) and Alana Beard (Duke); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O'Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX).</p> <p>Since 2008, Allstate has worked with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;, which shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities. Through an arrangement with the AFCA, NABC and WBCA, Allstate has been able to expand the Good Works Team&reg; to also recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to make a difference off the court.</p> <p>More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg; and the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg; is available at <a href="http://www.nabc.org">www.nabc.org</a> and <a href="http://www.wbca.org">www.wbca.org</a>.</p> <p>The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg;:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><strong>NCAA Division I</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Abilene Christian University &ndash; Parker Wentz<br /> American University &ndash; Darius "Pee Wee" Gardner<br /> Appalachian State University &ndash; Michael<br /> Obacha<br /> Arizona State University &ndash; Sai Tummala<br /> Auburn University &ndash; KT Harrell<br /> Belmont University &ndash; Reece Chamberlain<br /> Brigham Young University &ndash; Tyler Haws<br /> Central Michigan University &ndash; Chris Fowler<br /> College of Charleston &ndash; Canyon Barry<br /> Creighton University &ndash; Austin Chatman<br /> Duke University &ndash; Marshall Plumlee<br /> East Carolina University &ndash; Caleb White<br /> Eastern Kentucky University &ndash; Deverin Muff<br /> Fairleigh Dickinson University &ndash; Mustafaa Jones<br /> Florida State University &ndash; Aaron Thomas<br /> Fordham University &ndash; Bryan Smith<br /> Fresno State University &ndash; Alex Davis<br /> George Mason University &ndash; Marko Gujanicic<br /> Georgia State University &ndash; R.J. Hunter<br /> Georgetown University &ndash; Jabril Trawick<br /> Gonzaga University &ndash; Kevin Pangos<br /> Hofstra University &ndash; Dion Nesmith<br /> Illinois State University &ndash; Bobby Hunter<br /> Indiana State University &ndash; Justin Gant<br /> Iowa State University &ndash; Georges Niang<br /> Kansas State University &ndash; Brian Rohleder<br /> Marist College &ndash; Tourron Whitfield<br /> McNeese State University &ndash; Kevin Hardy<br /> Mercer University &ndash; Darious Moten<br /> Michigan State University &ndash; Travis Trice<br /> Middle Tennessee State University &ndash; Jacquez Rozier<br /> Morgan State University &ndash; Blake Bozeman<br /> North Carolina Central University &ndash; Karamo Jawara<br /> North Carolina State University &ndash; Ralston Turner<br /> Northwestern University &ndash; Tre Demps<br /> Oakland University &ndash; Corey Petros<br /> Penn State University &ndash; Kevin Montminy<br /> Quinnipiac University &ndash; Zaid Hearst<br /> Rice University &ndash; Max Guercy<br /> Rider University &ndash; Emerson Bursis<br /> Saint Joseph's University &ndash; Chris Wilson<br /> University of South Dakota &ndash; Brandon Bos<br /> University of Tennessee &ndash; Josh Richardson<br /> University of Texas &ndash; Tarale Murry<br /> University of the Pacific &ndash; T.J. Wallace<br /> University of Toledo &ndash; Justin Drummond<br /> University of Utah &ndash; Brandon Taylor<br /> University of Virginia &ndash; Malcolm Brogdon<br /> University of Wisconsin &ndash; Josh Gasser<br /> University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee &ndash; Matt Tiby<br /> U.S. Naval Academy (Navy) &ndash; Kevin Alter</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Sam Houston State University &ndash; DeMarcus<br /> Gatlin<br /> Santa Clara University &ndash; Dominic Romeo<br /> Siena College &ndash; Brett Bisping<br /> Stanford University &ndash; Chasson Randle<br /> Stephen F. Austin State University &ndash; Jacob<br /> Parker<br /> Stony Brook University &ndash; Rayshaun McGrew<br /> Syracuse University &ndash; Rakeem Christmas<br /> Texas A&amp;M University &ndash; Jordan Green<br /> Texas A&amp;M University-Corpus Christi &ndash; Cole<br /> Martinez<br /> Texas Tech University &ndash; Clark Lammert<br /> The Citadel &ndash; Quinton Marshall<br /> THE Ohio State University &ndash; Shannon Scott<br /> University of California, Los Angeles&ndash;<br /> Norman Powell<br /> University of Arizona &ndash; T.J. McConnell<br /> University of California, Berkeley &ndash; David<br /> Kravish<br /> University of California-Irvine &ndash; Mamadou<br /> Ndiaye<br /> University of Colorado &ndash; Josh Scott<br /> University of Denver &ndash; Brett Olson<br /> University of Georgia &ndash; Marcus Thornton<br /> University of Houston &ndash; Mikhail McLean<br /> University of Iowa &ndash; Aaron White<br /> University of Maryland-Eastern Shore &ndash; Ishaq<br /> Pitt<br /> University of Memphis &ndash; Shaq Goodwin<br /> University of Nebraska &ndash; Shavon Shields<br /> University of Nebraska-Omaha &ndash; Kyler<br /> Erickson<br /> University of North Carolina &ndash; Marcus Paige<br /> University of North Carolina-Asheville &ndash;<br /> Corey Littlejohn<br /> University of North Carolina-Wilmington &ndash;<br /> Cedrick Williams<br /> University of Northern Colorado &ndash; Cody<br /> McDavis<br /> University of Northern Iowa &ndash; Max Martino<br /> University of Notre Dame &ndash; Pat Connaughton<br /> University of Pittsburgh &ndash; Cameron Wright<br /> University of Richmond &ndash; Kendall Anthony<br /> University of San Diego &ndash; Johnny Dee<br /> University of South Carolina &ndash; Michael<br /> Carrera<br /> University of South Carolina Upstate &ndash; Ty<br /> Greene<br /> Utah State University &ndash; Sean Harris<br /> Valparaiso University &ndash; Alec Peters<br /> Vanderbilt University &ndash; James Siakam<br /> Villanova University &ndash; Ryan Arcidiacono<br /> Wagner College &ndash; Greg Senat<br /> Wake Forest University &ndash; Aaron Rountree III<br /> West Virginia University &ndash; Juwan Staten<br /> Wofford College &ndash; Jeremiah Tate<br /> Wright State University &ndash; Kendall Griffin<br /> Xavier University &ndash; Matt Stainbrook<br /> Yale University &ndash; Javier Duren</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><strong>NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">Alma College &ndash; DJ Beckman<br /> Anderson University &ndash; Myson Jones<br /> Austin College &ndash; Cody Meyers<br /> Belmont Abbey College &ndash; Justin Kuhlman<br /> Bethany College &ndash; Devin Smith<br /> Bluefield State College &ndash; Avery Holliday<br /> Caldwell University &ndash; Michael Balkovic<br /> California Institute of Technology &ndash; Rob Anderson<br /> Cardinal Stritch University &ndash; Tony Smit<br /> Carroll College &ndash; Ian Lorang<br /> Cedarville University &ndash; Marcus Reineke<br /> Coker College &ndash; Deion Craig<br /> Columbia (Mo.) College &ndash; Zach Rockers<br /> Delta State University &ndash; Jack Madgen<br /> Dominican University of California &ndash; Matt Hayes<br /> Franklin &amp; Marshall College &ndash; Lior Levy<br /> Geneva College &ndash; Tyler Damazo<br /> Hilbert College &ndash; Trevor Stark<br /> Illinois Wesleyan University &ndash; Dylan<br /> Overstreet<br /> Indiana University East &ndash; Tyler Fangman<br /> Johns Hopkins University &ndash; George<br /> Bugarinovic<br /> Kalamazoo College &ndash; Scott Wharam<br /> Kansas Wesleyan University &ndash; Dylan Hidalgo<br /> LaGrange College &ndash; Jalen Butler<br /> Lancaster Bible College &ndash; Albert Suniga<br /> Life University &ndash; Jonathan Beausejour<br /> Lindsey Wilson College &ndash; Tony Horne<br /> Lynn University &ndash; T.J. Bullock<br /> Lyon College &ndash; Riley Jenkins<br /> Macalester College &ndash; Dylan Kilgour<br /> Maine Maritime Academy &ndash; Zachary Radcliffe</td> <td valign="top">Marywood University &ndash; Shane Kellaher<br /> Northwood University &ndash; Julian Smith<br /> Oklahoma Baptist University &ndash; Cale Jackson<br /> Penn State Altoona &ndash; Joel Redfoot<br /> Pittsburg State University &ndash; Sam Pugh<br /> Ripon College &ndash; Jordan Stiede<br /> South Dakota School of Mines &amp; Technology &ndash; Jordan Dick<br /> Southern Connecticut State University &ndash; Luke Houston<br /> Springfield College &ndash; Nick Sienkiewicz<br /> Sterling College &ndash; Matt Swank<br /> Sul Ross State University &ndash; Zakk Revelle<br /> State University of New York College at Old Westbury &ndash; Nat Vaughan<br /> Swarthmore College &ndash; Karl Barkley<br /> Tarleton State University &ndash; Jakob Damstra<br /> Trinity College &ndash; George Papadeas<br /> Truett-McConnell College &ndash; David Ward<br /> Union University &ndash; Zach Phillips<br /> University of Arkansas Monticello &ndash; Sharif Hudson<br /> University of Chicago &ndash; Eric Robinson<br /> University of Mary Washington &ndash; Taylor<br /> Johnson<br /> University of West Alabama &ndash; Justin Wright<br /> University of West Florida &ndash; Justin Williams<br /> Virginia State University &ndash; Lamar Kearse<br /> Wayne State University &ndash; Michael Lewis<br /> West Liberty University &ndash; C.J. Hester<br /> Westminster College (Pa.) &ndash; Johnny Arcuri<br /> Willamette University &ndash; Matt Logan<br /> William Jessup University &ndash; Matt Thompson<br /> Worcester Polytechnic Institute &ndash; Sam<br /> Longwell</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2015 Allstate<br /> WBCA Good Works Team&reg;:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><strong>NCAA Division I</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">Arizona State University &ndash; Sophie Brunner<br /> Bradley University &ndash; Fantasia Vine<br /> Campbell University &ndash; Juli Osborne<br /> Colgate University &ndash; Carole Harris<br /> College of the Holy Cross &ndash; Raquel Scott<br /> College of William &amp; Mary &ndash; Kyla Kerstetter<br /> Columbia University &ndash; Devon Roeper<br /> Drake University &ndash; Kyndal Clark<br /> Duke University &ndash; Elizabeth Williams<br /> East Carolina University &ndash; Abria Trice<br /> Florida State University &ndash; Emiah Bingley<br /> Georgetown University &ndash; Ki-Ke Rafiu<br /> Georgia Institute of Technology &ndash; Kaela Davis<br /> Harvard University &ndash; AnnMarie Healy<br /> Manhattan College &ndash; Jacqui Thompson<br /> Marist College &ndash; Maggie Gallagher<br /> Mississippi State University &ndash; Savannah Carter<br /> North Carolina State University &ndash; Ashley Eli<br /> Northwestern University &ndash; Alex Cohen<br /> Oakland University &ndash; Elena Popkey<br /> Penn State University &ndash; Tori Waldner<br /> Pepperdine University &ndash; Bria Richardson<br /> Quinnipiac University &ndash; Jasmine Martin<br /> Rice University &ndash; Christal Porter<br /> Rider University &ndash; Marritta Gillcrease<br /> Seattle University &ndash; Renee Dillard-Brown<br /> South Dakota State University &ndash; Megan Stuart<br /> St. Francis College &ndash; Sarah Benedetti</td> <td valign="top">Saint Louis University in the NCAA Div. 1 WBCA<br /> Stephen F. Austin State University &ndash; Brittney Matthew<br /> Stony Brook University &ndash; Brittany Snow<br /> Texas Tech University &ndash; Minta Spears<br /> Tulane University &ndash; Jamie Kaplan<br /> University of Alabama &ndash; Nikki Hegstetter<br /> University of Colorado &ndash; Jasmine Sborov<br /> University of Delaware &ndash; Stephanie Leon<br /> University of Denver &ndash; Theresa Wirth<br /> University of Florida &ndash; Kayla Lewis<br /> University of Iowa &ndash; Kali Peschel<br /> University of Kentucky &ndash; Bria Goss<br /> University of Maine &ndash; Elizabeth Wood<br /> University of Maryland, Baltimore County &ndash; Pandora Wilson<br /> University of Michigan &ndash; Nicole Elmblad<br /> University of Nevada &ndash; Julia Shelbourn<br /> University of New Mexico &ndash; Antiesha Brown<br /> University of Pittsburgh &ndash; Brianna Kiesel<br /> University of South Carolina &ndash; Elem Ibiam<br /> University of Tennessee &ndash; Cierra Burdick<br /> University of Toledo &ndash; Sophie Reecher<br /> University of Utah &ndash; Danielle Rodriguez<br /> University of Virginia &ndash; Sarah Beth Barnette<br /> University of Wisconsin &ndash; Michala Johnson<br /> Vanderbilt University &ndash; Kendall Shaw<br /> West Virginia University &ndash; Averee Fields<br /> Western Kentucky University &ndash; Alexis Govan<br /> Wichita State University &ndash; Alex Harden</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><strong>NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Brooklyn College &ndash; Sarah Shanderson<br /> Carson-Newman University &ndash; Jai Jai McLaughlin<br /> Coker College &ndash; Kelley Godbout<br /> Concordia University, St. Paul &ndash; Anika Whiting<br /> Davenport University &ndash; Linnea Brandholm<br /> Delta State University &ndash; Rhandi Ball<br /> Drew University &ndash; Erin Howard<br /> Gannon University &ndash; Brittany Batts<br /> Moravian College &ndash; Alexis Wright<br /> Nova Southeastern University &ndash; Jessica Valley<br /> Ohio Dominican University &ndash; Kacee Hockenberry<br /> Pittsburg State University &ndash; Kylie Gafford<br /> Rhodes College &ndash; Dy&rsquo;Nelle Todman<br /> Rockhurst University &ndash; Taylor Skala<br /> Southern Connecticut State University &ndash;<br /> Nicole Grossbard<br /> State University of New York College at Geneseo &ndash; Lea Sobieraski<br /> State University of New York College at Old Westbury &ndash; Raven Pentz</p> </td> <td valign="top">Stevenson University &ndash; Kayleigh Guzek<br /> Tarleton State University &ndash; Karli Moore<br /> Union University &ndash; Emily Sissom<br /> University of Mary Washington &ndash; Claire Haeuptle<br /> University of Missouri - St Louis &ndash; Kelly McGovern<br /> University of Montevallo &ndash; Katie Colson<br /> University of Pittsburgh-Bradford &ndash; Alicia Kimmel<br /> Wayne State College &ndash; Ashton Yossi<br /> Wheaton College (Mass.) &ndash; Kenzie Kuhn<br /> Wingate University &ndash; Jasmine DeBerry<br /> Yeshiva University &ndash; Stephanie Greenberg</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About the National Association of Basketball Coaches</strong><br /> Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at <a href="http://www.nabc.org">www.nabc.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Women's Basketball Coaches Association</strong><br /> Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit <a href="http://www.wbca.org/">www.wbca.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the AFCA</strong> <br /> The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."<strong>&nbsp;</strong><br /> <strong>About the NCAA</strong><br /> The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 460,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate&reg;</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to <a href="http://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><sup>NCAA, Final Four and Women's Final Four are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.&nbsp; All other licenses or trademarks are property of their respective holders.</sup></p> <p style="text-align: center;">#&nbsp;#&nbsp;#</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Rick Leddy, NABC<br /> 203-815-2437<br /> <a href="mailto:ricknabc@gmail.com">ricknabc@gmail.com</a></p> <p>Jessie Snider, Taylor<br /> 704-644-6928<br /> <a href="mailto:jsnider@taylorstrategy.com">jsnider@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> <p>Jack Watford, WBCA<br /> 770-279-8027 ext. 112<br /> <a href="mailto:jwatford@wbca.org">jwatford@wbca.org</a></p> <p>Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com">Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com</a></p> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:35:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/2c1e6193-d9a5-4640-9e7b-4e73ca0ad99a http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/2c1e6193-d9a5-4640-9e7b-4e73ca0ad99a National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Allstate Announce 251 Nominees to Good Works Teams® Off-the-court award honors college basketball student-athletes for their dedication to community service<br /><strong>This release contains: 2 Photos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 251 nominees for the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg;. This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.</p> <p>College sports information directors and basketball coaches across the country nominated players who exhibit exceptional leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to volunteerism. From the 158 NABC nominees and 93 WBCA nominees, distinguished voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA&reg; Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.</p> <p>"The accomplishments of student-athletes extend far beyond successes achieved on the court, and Allstate is proud to recognize this exceptional group of young men and women for the positive impact they are making in their communities," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2015 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg; selection panels. "Their stories of powerful and selfless acts, shared by SIDs and coaches across the nation, represent the best of collegiate student-athletes and serve as an inspiration to us all."</p> <p>For the third year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg; help spotlight the off-the-court good works and service to others that often goes unnoticed and unrewarded. From creating organizations benefitting at-risk youth to volunteering overseas to help impoverished communities, there are countless remarkable stories of service among this year's group of nominees. As full-time students and athletes, these players choose to dedicate their limited free time to improving the lives of those around them.</p> <p>"The Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg; is a prominent award that honors those student-athletes who serve the community," said Danielle Donehew, executive director of the WBCA. "We celebrate the commitment these 93 nominees have made to their respective communities and we are grateful to Allstate for recognizing these individuals for their exceptional efforts."</p> <p>Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg; will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four&reg; in Indianapolis, where they will participate in a community project benefitting the host city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg; will be recognized during the 2015 WBCA Convention and at the 2015 NCAA Women's Final Four&reg; in Tampa Bay, and will also participate in a local community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.</p> <p>"In this third year of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg; program, we had an overwhelming response with 158 nominations for 2015," said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. "There are so many young men and women in college basketball today who make extraordinary and selfless contributions locally, nationally and globally. This is a tremendous opportunity to not only recognize the best of the best but honor all of these student-athletes for their achievements away from the court."</p> <p>Former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will headline the Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg; voting panel, while WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will serve on the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg; panel. In addition to Hollander, Hill and Catchings, the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams&reg; selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes Greg Anthony (UNLV), Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) and Alana Beard (Duke); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O'Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX).</p> <p>Since 2008, Allstate has worked with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team&reg;, which shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities. Through an arrangement with the AFCA, NABC and WBCA, Allstate has been able to expand the Good Works Team&reg; to also recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to make a difference off the court.</p> <p>More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg; and the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team&reg; is available at <a href="http://www.nabc.org">www.nabc.org</a> and <a href="http://www.wbca.org">www.wbca.org</a>.</p> <p>The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team&reg;:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><strong>NCAA Division I</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Abilene Christian University &ndash; Parker Wentz<br /> American University &ndash; Darius "Pee Wee" Gardner<br /> Appalachian State University &ndash; Michael<br /> Obacha<br /> Arizona State University &ndash; Sai Tummala<br /> Auburn University &ndash; KT Harrell<br /> Belmont University &ndash; Reece Chamberlain<br /> Brigham Young University &ndash; Tyler Haws<br /> Central Michigan University &ndash; Chris Fowler<br /> College of Charleston &ndash; Canyon Barry<br /> Creighton University &ndash; Austin Chatman<br /> Duke University &ndash; Marshall Plumlee<br /> East Carolina University &ndash; Caleb White<br /> Eastern Kentucky University &ndash; Deverin Muff<br /> Fairleigh Dickinson University &ndash; Mustafaa Jones<br /> Florida State University &ndash; Aaron Thomas<br /> Fordham University &ndash; Bryan Smith<br /> Fresno State University &ndash; Alex Davis<br /> George Mason University &ndash; Marko Gujanicic<br /> Georgia State University &ndash; R.J. Hunter<br /> Georgetown University &ndash; Jabril Trawick<br /> Gonzaga University &ndash; Kevin Pangos<br /> Hofstra University &ndash; Dion Nesmith<br /> Illinois State University &ndash; Bobby Hunter<br /> Indiana State University &ndash; Justin Gant<br /> Iowa State University &ndash; Georges Niang<br /> Kansas State University &ndash; Brian Rohleder<br /> Marist College &ndash; Tourron Whitfield<br /> McNeese State University &ndash; Kevin Hardy<br /> Mercer University &ndash; Darious Moten<br /> Michigan State University &ndash; Travis Trice<br /> Middle Tennessee State University &ndash; Jacquez Rozier<br /> Morgan State University &ndash; Blake Bozeman<br /> North Carolina Central University &ndash; Karamo Jawara<br /> North Carolina State University &ndash; Ralston Turner<br /> Northwestern University &ndash; Tre Demps<br /> Oakland University &ndash; Corey Petros<br /> Penn State University &ndash; Kevin Montminy<br /> Quinnipiac University &ndash; Zaid Hearst<br /> Rice University &ndash; Max Guercy<br /> Rider University &ndash; Emerson Bursis<br /> Saint Joseph's University &ndash; Chris Wilson<br /> University of South Dakota &ndash; Brandon Bos<br /> University of Tennessee &ndash; Josh Richardson<br /> University of Texas &ndash; Tarale Murry<br /> University of the Pacific &ndash; T.J. Wallace<br /> University of Toledo &ndash; Justin Drummond<br /> University of Utah &ndash; Brandon Taylor<br /> University of Virginia &ndash; Malcolm Brogdon<br /> University of Wisconsin &ndash; Josh Gasser<br /> University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee &ndash; Matt Tiby<br /> U.S. Naval Academy (Navy) &ndash; Kevin Alter</p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Sam Houston State University &ndash; DeMarcus<br /> Gatlin<br /> Santa Clara University &ndash; Dominic Romeo<br /> Siena College &ndash; Brett Bisping<br /> Stanford University &ndash; Chasson Randle<br /> Stephen F. Austin State University &ndash; Jacob<br /> Parker<br /> Stony Brook University &ndash; Rayshaun McGrew<br /> Syracuse University &ndash; Rakeem Christmas<br /> Texas A&amp;M University &ndash; Jordan Green<br /> Texas A&amp;M University-Corpus Christi &ndash; Cole<br /> Martinez<br /> Texas Tech University &ndash; Clark Lammert<br /> The Citadel &ndash; Quinton Marshall<br /> THE Ohio State University &ndash; Shannon Scott<br /> University of California, Los Angeles&ndash;<br /> Norman Powell<br /> University of Arizona &ndash; T.J. McConnell<br /> University of California, Berkeley &ndash; David<br /> Kravish<br /> University of California-Irvine &ndash; Mamadou<br /> Ndiaye<br /> University of Colorado &ndash; Josh Scott<br /> University of Denver &ndash; Brett Olson<br /> University of Georgia &ndash; Marcus Thornton<br /> University of Houston &ndash; Mikhail McLean<br /> University of Iowa &ndash; Aaron White<br /> University of Maryland-Eastern Shore &ndash; Ishaq<br /> Pitt<br /> University of Memphis &ndash; Shaq Goodwin<br /> University of Nebraska &ndash; Shavon Shields<br /> University of Nebraska-Omaha &ndash; Kyler<br /> Erickson<br /> University of North Carolina &ndash; Marcus Paige<br /> University of North Carolina-Asheville &ndash;<br /> Corey Littlejohn<br /> University of North Carolina-Wilmington &ndash;<br /> Cedrick Williams<br /> University of Northern Colorado &ndash; Cody<br /> McDavis<br /> University of Northern Iowa &ndash; Max Martino<br /> University of Notre Dame &ndash; Pat Connaughton<br /> University of Pittsburgh &ndash; Cameron Wright<br /> University of Richmond &ndash; Kendall Anthony<br /> University of San Diego &ndash; Johnny Dee<br /> University of South Carolina &ndash; Michael<br /> Carrera<br /> University of South Carolina Upstate &ndash; Ty<br /> Greene<br /> Utah State University &ndash; Sean Harris<br /> Valparaiso University &ndash; Alec Peters<br /> Vanderbilt University &ndash; James Siakam<br /> Villanova University &ndash; Ryan Arcidiacono<br /> Wagner College &ndash; Greg Senat<br /> Wake Forest University &ndash; Aaron Rountree III<br /> West Virginia University &ndash; Juwan Staten<br /> Wofford College &ndash; Jeremiah Tate<br /> Wright State University &ndash; Kendall Griffin<br /> Xavier University &ndash; Matt Stainbrook<br /> Yale University &ndash; Javier Duren</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><strong>NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">Alma College &ndash; DJ Beckman<br /> Anderson University &ndash; Myson Jones<br /> Austin College &ndash; Cody Meyers<br /> Belmont Abbey College &ndash; Justin Kuhlman<br /> Bethany College &ndash; Devin Smith<br /> Bluefield State College &ndash; Avery Holliday<br /> Caldwell University &ndash; Michael Balkovic<br /> California Institute of Technology &ndash; Rob Anderson<br /> Cardinal Stritch University &ndash; Tony Smit<br /> Carroll College &ndash; Ian Lorang<br /> Cedarville University &ndash; Marcus Reineke<br /> Coker College &ndash; Deion Craig<br /> Columbia (Mo.) College &ndash; Zach Rockers<br /> Delta State University &ndash; Jack Madgen<br /> Dominican University of California &ndash; Matt Hayes<br /> Franklin &amp; Marshall College &ndash; Lior Levy<br /> Geneva College &ndash; Tyler Damazo<br /> Hilbert College &ndash; Trevor Stark<br /> Illinois Wesleyan University &ndash; Dylan<br /> Overstreet<br /> Indiana University East &ndash; Tyler Fangman<br /> Johns Hopkins University &ndash; George<br /> Bugarinovic<br /> Kalamazoo College &ndash; Scott Wharam<br /> Kansas Wesleyan University &ndash; Dylan Hidalgo<br /> LaGrange College &ndash; Jalen Butler<br /> Lancaster Bible College &ndash; Albert Suniga<br /> Life University &ndash; Jonathan Beausejour<br /> Lindsey Wilson College &ndash; Tony Horne<br /> Lynn University &ndash; T.J. Bullock<br /> Lyon College &ndash; Riley Jenkins<br /> Macalester College &ndash; Dylan Kilgour<br /> Maine Maritime Academy &ndash; Zachary Radcliffe</td> <td valign="top">Marywood University &ndash; Shane Kellaher<br /> Northwood University &ndash; Julian Smith<br /> Oklahoma Baptist University &ndash; Cale Jackson<br /> Penn State Altoona &ndash; Joel Redfoot<br /> Pittsburg State University &ndash; Sam Pugh<br /> Ripon College &ndash; Jordan Stiede<br /> South Dakota School of Mines &amp; Technology &ndash; Jordan Dick<br /> Southern Connecticut State University &ndash; Luke Houston<br /> Springfield College &ndash; Nick Sienkiewicz<br /> Sterling College &ndash; Matt Swank<br /> Sul Ross State University &ndash; Zakk Revelle<br /> State University of New York College at Old Westbury &ndash; Nat Vaughan<br /> Swarthmore College &ndash; Karl Barkley<br /> Tarleton State University &ndash; Jakob Damstra<br /> Trinity College &ndash; George Papadeas<br /> Truett-McConnell College &ndash; David Ward<br /> Union University &ndash; Zach Phillips<br /> University of Arkansas Monticello &ndash; Sharif Hudson<br /> University of Chicago &ndash; Eric Robinson<br /> University of Mary Washington &ndash; Taylor<br /> Johnson<br /> University of West Alabama &ndash; Justin Wright<br /> University of West Florida &ndash; Justin Williams<br /> Virginia State University &ndash; Lamar Kearse<br /> Wayne State University &ndash; Michael Lewis<br /> West Liberty University &ndash; C.J. Hester<br /> Westminster College (Pa.) &ndash; Johnny Arcuri<br /> Willamette University &ndash; Matt Logan<br /> William Jessup University &ndash; Matt Thompson<br /> Worcester Polytechnic Institute &ndash; Sam<br /> Longwell</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2015 Allstate<br /> WBCA Good Works Team&reg;:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><strong>NCAA Division I</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top">Arizona State University &ndash; Sophie Brunner<br /> Bradley University &ndash; Fantasia Vine<br /> Campbell University &ndash; Juli Osborne<br /> Colgate University &ndash; Carole Harris<br /> College of the Holy Cross &ndash; Raquel Scott<br /> College of William &amp; Mary &ndash; Kyla Kerstetter<br /> Columbia University &ndash; Devon Roeper<br /> Drake University &ndash; Kyndal Clark<br /> Duke University &ndash; Elizabeth Williams<br /> East Carolina University &ndash; Abria Trice<br /> Florida State University &ndash; Emiah Bingley<br /> Georgetown University &ndash; Ki-Ke Rafiu<br /> Georgia Institute of Technology &ndash; Kaela Davis<br /> Harvard University &ndash; AnnMarie Healy<br /> Manhattan College &ndash; Jacqui Thompson<br /> Marist College &ndash; Maggie Gallagher<br /> Mississippi State University &ndash; Savannah Carter<br /> North Carolina State University &ndash; Ashley Eli<br /> Northwestern University &ndash; Alex Cohen<br /> Oakland University &ndash; Elena Popkey<br /> Penn State University &ndash; Tori Waldner<br /> Pepperdine University &ndash; Bria Richardson<br /> Quinnipiac University &ndash; Jasmine Martin<br /> Rice University &ndash; Christal Porter<br /> Rider University &ndash; Marritta Gillcrease<br /> Seattle University &ndash; Renee Dillard-Brown<br /> South Dakota State University &ndash; Megan Stuart<br /> St. Francis College &ndash; Sarah Benedetti</td> <td valign="top">Saint Louis University in the NCAA Div. 1 WBCA<br /> Stephen F. Austin State University &ndash; Brittney Matthew<br /> Stony Brook University &ndash; Brittany Snow<br /> Texas Tech University &ndash; Minta Spears<br /> Tulane University &ndash; Jamie Kaplan<br /> University of Alabama &ndash; Nikki Hegstetter<br /> University of Colorado &ndash; Jasmine Sborov<br /> University of Delaware &ndash; Stephanie Leon<br /> University of Denver &ndash; Theresa Wirth<br /> University of Florida &ndash; Kayla Lewis<br /> University of Iowa &ndash; Kali Peschel<br /> University of Kentucky &ndash; Bria Goss<br /> University of Maine &ndash; Elizabeth Wood<br /> University of Maryland, Baltimore County &ndash; Pandora Wilson<br /> University of Michigan &ndash; Nicole Elmblad<br /> University of Nevada &ndash; Julia Shelbourn<br /> University of New Mexico &ndash; Antiesha Brown<br /> University of Pittsburgh &ndash; Brianna Kiesel<br /> University of South Carolina &ndash; Elem Ibiam<br /> University of Tennessee &ndash; Cierra Burdick<br /> University of Toledo &ndash; Sophie Reecher<br /> University of Utah &ndash; Danielle Rodriguez<br /> University of Virginia &ndash; Sarah Beth Barnette<br /> University of Wisconsin &ndash; Michala Johnson<br /> Vanderbilt University &ndash; Kendall Shaw<br /> West Virginia University &ndash; Averee Fields<br /> Western Kentucky University &ndash; Alexis Govan<br /> Wichita State University &ndash; Alex Harden</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" valign="top"><strong>NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Brooklyn College &ndash; Sarah Shanderson<br /> Carson-Newman University &ndash; Jai Jai McLaughlin<br /> Coker College &ndash; Kelley Godbout<br /> Concordia University, St. Paul &ndash; Anika Whiting<br /> Davenport University &ndash; Linnea Brandholm<br /> Delta State University &ndash; Rhandi Ball<br /> Drew University &ndash; Erin Howard<br /> Gannon University &ndash; Brittany Batts<br /> Moravian College &ndash; Alexis Wright<br /> Nova Southeastern University &ndash; Jessica Valley<br /> Ohio Dominican University &ndash; Kacee Hockenberry<br /> Pittsburg State University &ndash; Kylie Gafford<br /> Rhodes College &ndash; Dy&rsquo;Nelle Todman<br /> Rockhurst University &ndash; Taylor Skala<br /> Southern Connecticut State University &ndash;<br /> Nicole Grossbard<br /> State University of New York College at Geneseo &ndash; Lea Sobieraski<br /> State University of New York College at Old Westbury &ndash; Raven Pentz</p> </td> <td valign="top">Stevenson University &ndash; Kayleigh Guzek<br /> Tarleton State University &ndash; Karli Moore<br /> Union University &ndash; Emily Sissom<br /> University of Mary Washington &ndash; Claire Haeuptle<br /> University of Missouri - St Louis &ndash; Kelly McGovern<br /> University of Montevallo &ndash; Katie Colson<br /> University of Pittsburgh-Bradford &ndash; Alicia Kimmel<br /> Wayne State College &ndash; Ashton Yossi<br /> Wheaton College (Mass.) &ndash; Kenzie Kuhn<br /> Wingate University &ndash; Jasmine DeBerry<br /> Yeshiva University &ndash; Stephanie Greenberg</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About the National Association of Basketball Coaches</strong><br /> Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at <a href="http://www.nabc.org">www.nabc.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the Women's Basketball Coaches Association</strong><br /> Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit <a href="http://www.wbca.org/">www.wbca.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the AFCA</strong> <br /> The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."<strong>&nbsp;</strong><br /> <strong>About the NCAA</strong><br /> The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 460,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate&reg;</strong><br /> <a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a> (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through its <a href="http://www.allstate.com/">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/">Encompass</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names and <a href="http://www.allstate.com/financial">Allstate Financial</a> business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate&reg;." 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