Feed http://allstatenewsroom.com en-US Copyright 2015 40 Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:13:07 -0500 Allstate Expands New York Commitment with Award Program Allstate Insurance Company Will Pay $5,000 for Financial Specialist Referrals<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><div style="background: #fafafa; color: #999999; border: 1px solid #e8e8e8; border-radius: 5px; padding: 10px 15px 10px 25px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 0px; width: auto;"> <p><strong>To refer a qualified candidate, please contact the Allstate New York Recruiter closest to your location:</strong></p> <p>&bull; <strong>Long Island &amp; Queens Referrals: </strong>Contact David Hull, <a href="mailto:dhull@allstate.com">dhull@allstate.com</a>, (631) 357-8870<br /> &bull; <strong>Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Bronx Referrals:</strong> Contact Ivan Holtzer, <a href="mailto:iholt@allstate.com">iholt@allstate.com</a>,<strong></strong> (718) 982-5711<br /> &bull; <strong>Westchester and all of Upstate New York Referrals: </strong>Contact Tony Pagano, <a href="mailto:tpagano@allstate.com">tpagano@allstate.com</a>, (585) 944-4871</p> </div> <p>Allstate Insurance Company is offering <strong>$5,000*</strong> awards to individuals who successfully refer New York financial specialists for employment in 2015.</p> <p>The new Referral Bonus Program is Allstate's latest commitment to expanding its presence in the New York financial services marketplace.</p> <p>"Allstate Financial Specialists help guide customers in the right direction to protect the good life they deserve," said Heather Dougherty, Allstate New York Regional Financial Sales Leader. "The right life insurance solution depends on a customer's situation and preferences. Allstate Financial Specialists can help a customer decide what options are best suited for them and their families."</p> <p>Allstate is seeking financial professionals who hold Series 6 and 63 licenses to sell variable life insurance and annuities, mutual funds, individual stocks and other financial products, and who also may have additional licenses to sell health and accident insurance. To be considered for hiring, candidates should have three or more years of experience selling insurance and other financial products.</p> <p>Allstate offers a wide range of life insurance, retirement and college savings options, both through Allstate subsidiaries and third parties such as AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co., ING U.S., Prudential Insurance Co. and Protective Life Insurance Co.</p> <p><sup>*<em>This referral award is subject to limitations and paid at the exclusive discretion of Allstate. The referral award is payable ninety (90) days after appointment, provided the Financial Specialist is still employed by Allstate. This award is subject to change without notice. Recipients will be responsible for any tax liability. Securities offered through Allstate Financial Services, LLC.&nbsp; Register Broker-Dealer.&nbsp; Member NASD, SIPC.&nbsp; Main Office 2920 South 84th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506.&nbsp; 877-525-5727. In New York, insurance products are offered by Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allstate Life Insurance Company. &copy;2006 Allstate Insurance Company Allstate.com Allstate Insurance is an Equal Opportunity Company.</em></sup></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="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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 <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> 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="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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></p> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:59:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/bcae1a56-aeae-46ce-b9be-75c4aef2e200 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/bcae1a56-aeae-46ce-b9be-75c4aef2e200 Allstate Expands New York Commitment with Award Program Allstate Insurance Company Will Pay $5,000 for Financial Specialist Referrals<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><div style="background: #fafafa; color: #999999; border: 1px solid #e8e8e8; border-radius: 5px; padding: 10px 15px 10px 25px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 0px; width: auto;"> <p><strong>To refer a qualified candidate, please contact the Allstate New York Recruiter closest to your location:</strong></p> <p>&bull; <strong>Long Island &amp; Queens Referrals: </strong>Contact David Hull, <a href="mailto:dhull@allstate.com">dhull@allstate.com</a>, (631) 357-8870<br /> &bull; <strong>Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Bronx Referrals:</strong> Contact Ivan Holtzer, <a href="mailto:iholt@allstate.com">iholt@allstate.com</a>,<strong></strong> (718) 982-5711<br /> &bull; <strong>Westchester and all of Upstate New York Referrals: </strong>Contact Tony Pagano, <a href="mailto:tpagano@allstate.com">tpagano@allstate.com</a>, (585) 944-4871</p> </div> <p>Allstate Insurance Company is offering <strong>$5,000*</strong> awards to individuals who successfully refer New York financial specialists for employment in 2015.</p> <p>The new Referral Bonus Program is Allstate's latest commitment to expanding its presence in the New York financial services marketplace.</p> <p>"Allstate Financial Specialists help guide customers in the right direction to protect the good life they deserve," said Heather Dougherty, Allstate New York Regional Financial Sales Leader. "The right life insurance solution depends on a customer's situation and preferences. Allstate Financial Specialists can help a customer decide what options are best suited for them and their families."</p> <p>Allstate is seeking financial professionals who hold Series 6 and 63 licenses to sell variable life insurance and annuities, mutual funds, individual stocks and other financial products, and who also may have additional licenses to sell health and accident insurance. To be considered for hiring, candidates should have three or more years of experience selling insurance and other financial products.</p> <p>Allstate offers a wide range of life insurance, retirement and college savings options, both through Allstate subsidiaries and third parties such as AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co., ING U.S., Prudential Insurance Co. and Protective Life Insurance Co.</p> <p><sup>*<em>This referral award is subject to limitations and paid at the exclusive discretion of Allstate. The referral award is payable ninety (90) days after appointment, provided the Financial Specialist is still employed by Allstate. This award is subject to change without notice. Recipients will be responsible for any tax liability. Securities offered through Allstate Financial Services, LLC.&nbsp; Register Broker-Dealer.&nbsp; Member NASD, SIPC.&nbsp; Main Office 2920 South 84th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506.&nbsp; 877-525-5727. In New York, insurance products are offered by Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allstate Life Insurance Company. &copy;2006 Allstate Insurance Company Allstate.com Allstate Insurance is an Equal Opportunity Company.</em></sup></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="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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 <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> 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="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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></p> Allstate: Be aware of contractor fraud following recent tornadoes Allstate offers important rebuilding information<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>While most home-repair contractors are honest and provide quality work, Allstate Insurance reminds homeowners affected by the recent severe weather and tornadoes to be on the lookout for workers and companies engaging in contractor fraud.</p> <p>Here are some ways to avoid getting scammed by contractor fraud in the aftermath of the storms:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Be wary of contractors who solicit door-to-door. Work only with established contractors and those who have a solid reputation.</li> <li>Work only with licensed, bonded and insured contractors and have them provide you with documentation.</li> <li>Require references and check them out. </li> <li>Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against contractors you are considering. Victims of contractor fraud often file complaints.</li> <li>Don't feel pressured into signing a contract, and never sign a contract with blanks. A contract should include the contractor's name, business name, phone number and address.</li> <li>Avoid payment-in-full up front. Some contractors may require a partial up front payment, but the amount should not exceed approximately 20% of the total estimate amount.</li> <li>Never let work begin on your home or business until the contract is finalized.</li> <li>Don't pay a contractor in full or sign a completion certificate until the job is completed and you are satisfied with the work &mdash; avoid making cash payments.</li> <li>If anyone performs unauthorized work on your property and demands payment, consider contacting authorities.</li> <li>Never let anyone persuade you to seek reimbursement for nonexistent or exaggerated losses or damages. This is insurance fraud, which is a felony.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate policyholders who have damage as a result of the recent severe weather can file a claim by contacting their agent, calling <strong>1-800-54-STORM</strong>, visiting a <strong>Mobile Claims Center</strong> or logging onto <strong><a href="http://www.Allstate.com" target="_blank">Allstate.com</a></strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a>&nbsp;(NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its&nbsp;<a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In&nbsp;<a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a>&nbsp;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&nbsp;<a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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>Meegan Sims<br /> 224-383-7751</p> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:56:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/77997f28-deb7-42d8-9ff9-a377abfefd91 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/77997f28-deb7-42d8-9ff9-a377abfefd91 Allstate: Be aware of contractor fraud following recent tornadoes Allstate offers important rebuilding information<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>While most home-repair contractors are honest and provide quality work, Allstate Insurance reminds homeowners affected by the recent severe weather and tornadoes to be on the lookout for workers and companies engaging in contractor fraud.</p> <p>Here are some ways to avoid getting scammed by contractor fraud in the aftermath of the storms:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Be wary of contractors who solicit door-to-door. Work only with established contractors and those who have a solid reputation.</li> <li>Work only with licensed, bonded and insured contractors and have them provide you with documentation.</li> <li>Require references and check them out. </li> <li>Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against contractors you are considering. Victims of contractor fraud often file complaints.</li> <li>Don't feel pressured into signing a contract, and never sign a contract with blanks. A contract should include the contractor's name, business name, phone number and address.</li> <li>Avoid payment-in-full up front. Some contractors may require a partial up front payment, but the amount should not exceed approximately 20% of the total estimate amount.</li> <li>Never let work begin on your home or business until the contract is finalized.</li> <li>Don't pay a contractor in full or sign a completion certificate until the job is completed and you are satisfied with the work &mdash; avoid making cash payments.</li> <li>If anyone performs unauthorized work on your property and demands payment, consider contacting authorities.</li> <li>Never let anyone persuade you to seek reimbursement for nonexistent or exaggerated losses or damages. This is insurance fraud, which is a felony.</li> </ul> <p>Allstate policyholders who have damage as a result of the recent severe weather can file a claim by contacting their agent, calling <strong>1-800-54-STORM</strong>, visiting a <strong>Mobile Claims Center</strong> or logging onto <strong><a href="http://www.Allstate.com" target="_blank">Allstate.com</a></strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/">The Allstate Corporation</a>&nbsp;(NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its&nbsp;<a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Encompass</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/" target="_blank">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In&nbsp;<a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a>&nbsp;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&nbsp;<a href="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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>Meegan Sims<br /> 224-383-7751</p> Allstate rolls in a mobile claim office to assist Rochelle area homeowners impacted by tornado damage Allstate Insurance Mobile Claims Centers arrive in Rochelle to make filing claims easier<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company has set up a Mobile Claims Center to help policyholders in the Rochelle area following the recent tornado damage.</p> <p>These self-contained motor coaches are equipped with generators, satellite technology and high-speed internet connectivity so Allstate's National Catastrophe Team can set up temporary claim locations and provide policyholders claim support in areas hardest hit by the storm.</p> <p>"Many of our customers may be in their neighborhoods clearing debris and trying to see what they can salvage," said Alice Byrne, Midwest Region Field Senior Vice President. "We are bringing this mobile claim office as close to them as we can. By visiting an Allstate Mobile Claims Center, customers will be able to start the claims process and ask questions about their claim."</p> <p>The current Allstate Mobile Claims Center location as of Sat., April 11 is as follows:</p> <p><strong>Rochelle Township High School</strong><br /> 1401 Flagg Rd.<br /> Rochelle, IL 61068<br /> Hours of operation:<br /> Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.<br /> Sat and Sun: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.</p> <p>Hours of operation for the Mobile Claims Center are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The hours and locations of these units are subject to change, so please check for updates by visiting <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.allstate.com/catastrophe/Mobile-Response-Units.aspx" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/catastrophe/Mobile-Response-Units.aspx</a>. </span></p> <p>Allstate policyholders whose homes or automobiles have been damaged or destroyed by the recent severe weather can also contact Allstate by visiting their local agent, calling <strong>1-800-54-STORM (547-8676)</strong>, visiting a <strong>Mobile Claims Center</strong>, or logging onto <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate.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 auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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 <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> 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="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #<strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span></em></strong></p> <p><strong>CONTACT:</strong></p> <p>Meegan Sims<br /> 224-383-7751</p> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:21:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d4909dfe-11e3-47c0-9c1b-be98305ea5e3 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/d4909dfe-11e3-47c0-9c1b-be98305ea5e3 Allstate rolls in a mobile claim office to assist Rochelle area homeowners impacted by tornado damage Allstate Insurance Mobile Claims Centers arrive in Rochelle to make filing claims easier<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company has set up a Mobile Claims Center to help policyholders in the Rochelle area following the recent tornado damage.</p> <p>These self-contained motor coaches are equipped with generators, satellite technology and high-speed internet connectivity so Allstate's National Catastrophe Team can set up temporary claim locations and provide policyholders claim support in areas hardest hit by the storm.</p> <p>"Many of our customers may be in their neighborhoods clearing debris and trying to see what they can salvage," said Alice Byrne, Midwest Region Field Senior Vice President. "We are bringing this mobile claim office as close to them as we can. By visiting an Allstate Mobile Claims Center, customers will be able to start the claims process and ask questions about their claim."</p> <p>The current Allstate Mobile Claims Center location as of Sat., April 11 is as follows:</p> <p><strong>Rochelle Township High School</strong><br /> 1401 Flagg Rd.<br /> Rochelle, IL 61068<br /> Hours of operation:<br /> Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.<br /> Sat and Sun: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.</p> <p>Hours of operation for the Mobile Claims Center are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The hours and locations of these units are subject to change, so please check for updates by visiting <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.allstate.com/catastrophe/Mobile-Response-Units.aspx" target="_blank">www.allstate.com/catastrophe/Mobile-Response-Units.aspx</a>. </span></p> <p>Allstate policyholders whose homes or automobiles have been damaged or destroyed by the recent severe weather can also contact Allstate by visiting their local agent, calling <strong>1-800-54-STORM (547-8676)</strong>, visiting a <strong>Mobile Claims Center</strong>, or logging onto <a href="http://www.allstate.com/" target="_blank">Allstate.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 auto, home, <a href="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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 <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> 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="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p># # #<strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span></em></strong></p> <p><strong>CONTACT:</strong></p> <p>Meegan Sims<br /> 224-383-7751</p> How to look for possible tornado damage: Allstate offers insurance tips Rockford-area residents should inspect for damage following storm<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Rockford-area residents should inspect for tornado damage once it is safe to do so. Residents should be very careful when returning home following the severe weather that struck Thursday evening.</p> <p>Allstate recommends homeowners carefully inspect their homes for possible signs of tornado damage, and that residents pay particular attention to the following areas:</p> <ul> <li>Look for wall cracks in spots where there were no cracks before. Cracks of a quarter inch or more are signs walls may have shifted or settled. Look carefully around windows and doors because these are typically the weakest spots in a home's construction.</li> <li>Make sure to closely check rooms not regularly used. </li> <li>Look outside for physically visible, new cracks in the home's foundation. Look inside for changes in the levelness of floors. Changes in the level of the floor could be signs of a lift in the home's foundation.</li> <li>Inspect plumbing. Look closely around the water heater and/or water softener for signs of water leaks that did not exist before. Flush all toilets, turn on all of the water faucets, and check connecting pipes for any leaking water.</li> <li>In the days or weeks after a tornado, check walls and ceilings for water stains or yellowing that did not exist before. It could indicate damage on the roof. </li> <li>Carefully inspect the outside gutters. Damaged gutters could cause water damage inside the home long after the actual gutter damage occurs.</li> </ul> <p>Regarding damage from the severe weather, Allstate policyholders who suspect their home might have sustained damage during the recent storm can contact Allstate by dialing <strong>1-800-54-STORM </strong>(1-800-547-8676) or visiting at<strong> Allstate.com</strong>.</p> <p>If after inspection, your home shows signs of tornado damage and needs repair, Allstate strongly encourages homeowners to be careful when hiring contractors. Following large natural disasters, contractor fraud is more common.</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="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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 <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> 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="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.<br /> <br /> #&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meegan Sims<br /> 224-383-7751</p> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:52:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/64890b98-39a1-4b96-8f54-6e3056ad2cfb http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/64890b98-39a1-4b96-8f54-6e3056ad2cfb How to look for possible tornado damage: Allstate offers insurance tips Rockford-area residents should inspect for damage following storm<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Rockford-area residents should inspect for tornado damage once it is safe to do so. Residents should be very careful when returning home following the severe weather that struck Thursday evening.</p> <p>Allstate recommends homeowners carefully inspect their homes for possible signs of tornado damage, and that residents pay particular attention to the following areas:</p> <ul> <li>Look for wall cracks in spots where there were no cracks before. Cracks of a quarter inch or more are signs walls may have shifted or settled. Look carefully around windows and doors because these are typically the weakest spots in a home's construction.</li> <li>Make sure to closely check rooms not regularly used. </li> <li>Look outside for physically visible, new cracks in the home's foundation. Look inside for changes in the levelness of floors. Changes in the level of the floor could be signs of a lift in the home's foundation.</li> <li>Inspect plumbing. Look closely around the water heater and/or water softener for signs of water leaks that did not exist before. Flush all toilets, turn on all of the water faucets, and check connecting pipes for any leaking water.</li> <li>In the days or weeks after a tornado, check walls and ceilings for water stains or yellowing that did not exist before. It could indicate damage on the roof. </li> <li>Carefully inspect the outside gutters. Damaged gutters could cause water damage inside the home long after the actual gutter damage occurs.</li> </ul> <p>Regarding damage from the severe weather, Allstate policyholders who suspect their home might have sustained damage during the recent storm can contact Allstate by dialing <strong>1-800-54-STORM </strong>(1-800-547-8676) or visiting at<strong> Allstate.com</strong>.</p> <p>If after inspection, your home shows signs of tornado damage and needs repair, Allstate strongly encourages homeowners to be careful when hiring contractors. Following large natural disasters, contractor fraud is more common.</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="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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 <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> 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="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">support local communities</a>. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.<br /> <br /> #&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Meegan Sims<br /> 224-383-7751</p> Spring Cleaning? Create a 'Living List' Allstate helps New Yorkers create a living inventory list in case a loss does happen<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The best loss is one that never happens, but if you do experience a loss, Allstate wants you to be prepared to help make the claims process easier. One way to do that is with a detailed home inventory list. And, that can be easier to do than you may think by using the Allstate Digital Locker tool for your smartphone. Anyone can <a href="https://www.allstate.com/mobile/digital-locker-web.aspx" target="_blank">download the tool for free</a> &ndash; even if you aren't an Allstate customer.</p> <p><strong>What is Digital Locker?</strong><br /> Digital locker is a free tool from Allstate that allows you to create a visual inventory of your personal property. With it, you can use your camera or phone to take pictures of your items, organize them by room or category, assign a value to them and store them safely in the cloud.</p> <p><strong>How does it work?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Secure Account &ndash; Digital Locker allows you to create a username and password so that you can access your account from any internet-connected device</li> <li>Templates &ndash; Allstate provides you with room and category templates to help you get started with your inventory process and create a property catalog</li> <li>Photos &ndash; You can either take photos with your smartphone or use existing photos to add to your inventory for a visual reference of your items</li> <li>Item Value &ndash; You can also enter information on the value of your items (you can use your best judgment, or use the Google or barcode search)</li> <li>Synchronized Data &ndash; You can access your "locker" from the app or the website and back up your inventory to Allstate's secure data cloud</li> </ul> <p><strong>What are some of the advantages of creating a home inventory?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Online, secure inventory of your personal property that can help you itemize your possessions for insurance purposes</li> <li>Putting the value on your possessions may help you determine what your insurance limits should be</li> <li>Home inventories help you to keep track of your possessions and help replace items due to a loss (and may even help streamline the claims process)</li> <li>Easily accessible information from any internet-connected device</li> <li>You can share the information with others, so that they are aware of your personal property and its value</li> <li>You can print or email a copy of your inventory as needed</li> <li>In the event of a claim, it will help you prevent the hassles of trying to recreate a list or description from memory</li> </ul> <p>Visit <a href="https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare.aspx" target="_blank">Allstate Be Aware and Prepare</a> and the <a href="http://www.disastersafety.org/" target="_blank">Insurance Institute</a> for Business &amp; Home Safety for more, helpful information.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">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>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/AllstateNewYork">@AllstateNewYork</a></p> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:19:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/175fe2de-9ffb-403e-97f7-a656aa4f36ea http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/175fe2de-9ffb-403e-97f7-a656aa4f36ea Spring Cleaning? Create a 'Living List' Allstate helps New Yorkers create a living inventory list in case a loss does happen<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The best loss is one that never happens, but if you do experience a loss, Allstate wants you to be prepared to help make the claims process easier. One way to do that is with a detailed home inventory list. And, that can be easier to do than you may think by using the Allstate Digital Locker tool for your smartphone. Anyone can <a href="https://www.allstate.com/mobile/digital-locker-web.aspx" target="_blank">download the tool for free</a> &ndash; even if you aren't an Allstate customer.</p> <p><strong>What is Digital Locker?</strong><br /> Digital locker is a free tool from Allstate that allows you to create a visual inventory of your personal property. With it, you can use your camera or phone to take pictures of your items, organize them by room or category, assign a value to them and store them safely in the cloud.</p> <p><strong>How does it work?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Secure Account &ndash; Digital Locker allows you to create a username and password so that you can access your account from any internet-connected device</li> <li>Templates &ndash; Allstate provides you with room and category templates to help you get started with your inventory process and create a property catalog</li> <li>Photos &ndash; You can either take photos with your smartphone or use existing photos to add to your inventory for a visual reference of your items</li> <li>Item Value &ndash; You can also enter information on the value of your items (you can use your best judgment, or use the Google or barcode search)</li> <li>Synchronized Data &ndash; You can access your "locker" from the app or the website and back up your inventory to Allstate's secure data cloud</li> </ul> <p><strong>What are some of the advantages of creating a home inventory?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Online, secure inventory of your personal property that can help you itemize your possessions for insurance purposes</li> <li>Putting the value on your possessions may help you determine what your insurance limits should be</li> <li>Home inventories help you to keep track of your possessions and help replace items due to a loss (and may even help streamline the claims process)</li> <li>Easily accessible information from any internet-connected device</li> <li>You can share the information with others, so that they are aware of your personal property and its value</li> <li>You can print or email a copy of your inventory as needed</li> <li>In the event of a claim, it will help you prevent the hassles of trying to recreate a list or description from memory</li> </ul> <p>Visit <a href="https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare.aspx" target="_blank">Allstate Be Aware and Prepare</a> and the <a href="http://www.disastersafety.org/" target="_blank">Insurance Institute</a> for Business &amp; Home Safety for more, helpful information.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">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>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/AllstateNewYork">@AllstateNewYork</a></p> Bell and Smith Top Allstate’s Stormiest Counties List Allstate ranks top 25 counties in Texas affected by severe weather*<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Texas storms affected more Allstate insured homes and cars in Bell county than any other part of the state over the past five years, while Smith county saw the highest frequency of lightning. Allstate tallied the top 25 Texas counties affected by severe weather; identifying areas with highest frequencies of wind and hail, and lightning related homeowner property damage claims from 2010 through 2014.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Highest Frequency of&nbsp; Wind and Hail Claims 2010-2014 by County</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>1</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Bell</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>2</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Dallas</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>3</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Denton</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Hidalgo</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>5</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Randall</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>6</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Johnson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>7</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Parker</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Collin</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>9</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Tarrant</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Lubbock</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Smith</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>12</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>El Paso</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>13</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Bexar</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>14</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Webb</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>15</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Williamson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Fort Bend</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>17</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Travis</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>18</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Midland</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>19</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Montgomery</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>20</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Harris</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>21</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Nueces</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>22</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Galveston</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>23</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Cameron</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>24</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Brazoria</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>25</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Jefferson</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Highest Frequency of Lightning Claims 2010-2014 by County</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>1</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Smith</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>2</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Jefferson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>3</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Montgomery</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Lubbock</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>5</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Johnson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>6</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Parker</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>7</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Williamson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Bell</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>9</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Denton</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Brazoria</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Collin</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>12</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Bexar</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>13</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Fort Bend</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>14</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Travis</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>15</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Dallas</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Harris</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>17</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Tarrant</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>18</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Galveston</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>19</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Midland</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>20</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Webb</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>21</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Hidalgo</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>22</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Randall</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>23</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Nueces</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>24</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Cameron</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>25</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>El Paso</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Homes aren't the only thing that can be damaged in a storm. Bell County also topped the list for the highest frequency of auto comprehensive claims caused by nature related perils (Windstorm, Hail or Flood) over the past five years. Allstate tallied the top 25 counties affected by severe weather, identifying areas with highest frequencies of wind, hail and flood related auto comprehensive claims from 2010 through 2014.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Highest Frequency of Nature Related Peril (Wind, Hail and Flood) Comprehensive Claims 2010-2014 by County</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>1</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Bell</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>2</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Dallas</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>3</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Randall</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>4</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Denton</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>5</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Lubbock</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>6</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Hidalgo</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Parker</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>8</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Johnson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Midland</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Collin</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>11</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Smith</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Tarrant</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>13</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Galveston</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>14</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>McLennan</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>15</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>El Paso</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>16</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Bexar</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>17</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Travis</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>18</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Gregg</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>19</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Hays</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>20</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Comal</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>21</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Nueces</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>22</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Jefferson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>23</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Williamson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>24</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Orange</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>25</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Fort Bend</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Rankings</strong><br /> Bell, Dallas and Denton counties top the list for the frequency of wind and hail homeowner property claims over the past five years; while Smith, Jefferson and Montgomery saw the highest frequency of lightning claims.</p> <p>Bell and Dallas also top the list for frequency in auto comprehensive claims caused by wind, hail or flood damage. Counties with the highest frequency of claims range from north, south, east and western parts of the state; demonstrating few areas in Texas are safe from severe weather.</p> <p>"It's important for families to take precautions to protect themselves and their belongings for severe weather events, "said Jason Jones, an Allstate agent in East Texas. "Texans are exposed to more types of natural disasters than any other state.**"</p> <p>How can Texans be prepared for natural disasters? Allstate recommends a few steps:</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Before the Storm:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Clean Out Your Garage and Yard:</strong> Take steps to reduce risks of damage to your property like having a spot for your car during a hail storm and removing dying tree limbs and outside furniture that can go airborne during a wind storm.<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Make a Plan:</strong> Create a safety plan with your family and know the prepared areas to take shelter in case of a tornado. Visit emergency management <a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/mkx/pdf/handouts/weather-safety-tips.pdf">government Web sites</a> to help you come up with a plan before a catastrophe.<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Take Stock of Your Stuff</strong>: Walk through your home with a video or still camera to create a record of what you have and where it is in your house. You can also download an App like Allstate's Digital Locker (TM) to help create an inventory.<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Call Your Insurer:</strong> Locate your current insurance information and reach out to your insurer for a yearly coverage check-up. Review your policy with your agent to make sure your coverages meet your current needs.</li> </ul> <p>In the unfortunate event of a storm, Allstate recommends the following tips to help customers begin the recovery process.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Storm Recovery:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Make Temporary Repairs:</strong> Make reasonable <span style="text-decoration: underline;">temporary</span> repairs to prevent further damage. Save the receipts for temporary home repairs as these expenses may be reimbursed as part of your homeowner's policy. Your adjuster will need this information.<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Document Damages</strong>: Inventory your home and list damaged items before your adjuster arrives.&nbsp; An inventory can help facilitate the claim process after a disaster.<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Research Contractors:</strong> Be wary of contractors who solicit door-to-door. Work only with licensed, bonded and insured contractors and have them provide you with documentation. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against contractors you are considering. </li> </ul> <p><strong>About the Data</strong><br /> * To collect the data, Allstate measured the frequency of hail, wind and lightning homeowner property claims from 2010- 2014 to tally the top 25 counties, which all had at least 3,500 Allstate policies.&nbsp; Allstate also measured the frequency of nature related peril (wind, hail or flood) auto comprehensive claims from 2010-2014 to tally the top 25 counties, which all had at least 3,500 Allstate policies.</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="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> 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="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">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>** See US Weather Map: <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://tcais.org/key-issues/texas-weather-losses/">http://tcais.org/key-issues/texas-weather-losses/</a></span></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> (972) 871-6460-desk<br /> (469) 585-1109- cell</p> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9ddc5ec4-3294-43ad-ad93-3497e1169974 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/9ddc5ec4-3294-43ad-ad93-3497e1169974 Bell and Smith Top Allstate’s Stormiest Counties List Allstate ranks top 25 counties in Texas affected by severe weather*<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Texas storms affected more Allstate insured homes and cars in Bell county than any other part of the state over the past five years, while Smith county saw the highest frequency of lightning. Allstate tallied the top 25 Texas counties affected by severe weather; identifying areas with highest frequencies of wind and hail, and lightning related homeowner property damage claims from 2010 through 2014.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Highest Frequency of&nbsp; Wind and Hail Claims 2010-2014 by County</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>1</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Bell</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>2</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Dallas</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>3</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Denton</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Hidalgo</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>5</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Randall</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>6</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Johnson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>7</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Parker</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Collin</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>9</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Tarrant</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Lubbock</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Smith</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>12</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>El Paso</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>13</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Bexar</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>14</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Webb</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>15</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Williamson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Fort Bend</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>17</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Travis</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>18</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Midland</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>19</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Montgomery</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>20</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Harris</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>21</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Nueces</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>22</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Galveston</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>23</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Cameron</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>24</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Brazoria</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>25</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Jefferson</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Highest Frequency of Lightning Claims 2010-2014 by County</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>1</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Smith</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>2</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Jefferson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>3</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Montgomery</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>4</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Lubbock</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>5</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Johnson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>6</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Parker</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>7</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Williamson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>8</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Bell</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>9</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Denton</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>10</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Brazoria</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>11</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Collin</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>12</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Bexar</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>13</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Fort Bend</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>14</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Travis</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>15</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Dallas</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>16</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Harris</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>17</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Tarrant</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>18</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Galveston</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>19</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Midland</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>20</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Webb</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>21</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Hidalgo</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>22</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Randall</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>23</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Nueces</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>24</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Cameron</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>25</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>El Paso</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Homes aren't the only thing that can be damaged in a storm. Bell County also topped the list for the highest frequency of auto comprehensive claims caused by nature related perils (Windstorm, Hail or Flood) over the past five years. Allstate tallied the top 25 counties affected by severe weather, identifying areas with highest frequencies of wind, hail and flood related auto comprehensive claims from 2010 through 2014.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="center" valign="top"> <p><strong>Highest Frequency of Nature Related Peril (Wind, Hail and Flood) Comprehensive Claims 2010-2014 by County</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>1</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Bell</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>2</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Dallas</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>3</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Randall</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>4</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Denton</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>5</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Lubbock</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>6</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Hidalgo</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>7</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Parker</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>8</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Johnson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>9</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Midland</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>10</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Collin</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>11</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Smith</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>12</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Tarrant</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>13</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Galveston</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>14</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>McLennan</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>15</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>El Paso</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>16</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Bexar</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>17</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Travis</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>18</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Gregg</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>19</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Hays</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>20</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Comal</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>21</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Nueces</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>22</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Jefferson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>23</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Williamson</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>24</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Orange</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <p>25</p> </td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <p>Fort Bend</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Rankings</strong><br /> Bell, Dallas and Denton counties top the list for the frequency of wind and hail homeowner property claims over the past five years; while Smith, Jefferson and Montgomery saw the highest frequency of lightning claims.</p> <p>Bell and Dallas also top the list for frequency in auto comprehensive claims caused by wind, hail or flood damage. Counties with the highest frequency of claims range from north, south, east and western parts of the state; demonstrating few areas in Texas are safe from severe weather.</p> <p>"It's important for families to take precautions to protect themselves and their belongings for severe weather events, "said Jason Jones, an Allstate agent in East Texas. "Texans are exposed to more types of natural disasters than any other state.**"</p> <p>How can Texans be prepared for natural disasters? Allstate recommends a few steps:</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Before the Storm:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Clean Out Your Garage and Yard:</strong> Take steps to reduce risks of damage to your property like having a spot for your car during a hail storm and removing dying tree limbs and outside furniture that can go airborne during a wind storm.<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Make a Plan:</strong> Create a safety plan with your family and know the prepared areas to take shelter in case of a tornado. Visit emergency management <a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/mkx/pdf/handouts/weather-safety-tips.pdf">government Web sites</a> to help you come up with a plan before a catastrophe.<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Take Stock of Your Stuff</strong>: Walk through your home with a video or still camera to create a record of what you have and where it is in your house. You can also download an App like Allstate's Digital Locker (TM) to help create an inventory.<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Call Your Insurer:</strong> Locate your current insurance information and reach out to your insurer for a yearly coverage check-up. Review your policy with your agent to make sure your coverages meet your current needs.</li> </ul> <p>In the unfortunate event of a storm, Allstate recommends the following tips to help customers begin the recovery process.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Storm Recovery:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Make Temporary Repairs:</strong> Make reasonable <span style="text-decoration: underline;">temporary</span> repairs to prevent further damage. Save the receipts for temporary home repairs as these expenses may be reimbursed as part of your homeowner's policy. Your adjuster will need this information.<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Document Damages</strong>: Inventory your home and list damaged items before your adjuster arrives.&nbsp; An inventory can help facilitate the claim process after a disaster.<br /> <br /> </li> <li><strong>Research Contractors:</strong> Be wary of contractors who solicit door-to-door. Work only with licensed, bonded and insured contractors and have them provide you with documentation. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against contractors you are considering. </li> </ul> <p><strong>About the Data</strong><br /> * To collect the data, Allstate measured the frequency of hail, wind and lightning homeowner property claims from 2010- 2014 to tally the top 25 counties, which all had at least 3,500 Allstate policies.&nbsp; Allstate also measured the frequency of nature related peril (wind, hail or flood) auto comprehensive claims from 2010-2014 to tally the top 25 counties, which all had at least 3,500 Allstate policies.</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="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> 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="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">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>** See US Weather Map: <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://tcais.org/key-issues/texas-weather-losses/">http://tcais.org/key-issues/texas-weather-losses/</a></span></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kristen Freis<br /> (972) 871-6460-desk<br /> (469) 585-1109- cell</p> Allstate "Reality Rides®" Rolls into Denver to Combat Distracted Driving <strong>This release contains: 6 Photos, 1 Video, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" is making a pit-stop in Denver on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>In 2013, there were 481 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Colorado. To help combat these tragedies, Reality Rides is coming to Denver at the Denver Auto Show. Reality Rides will be set up and available for visitors during all hours of operation at the Auto Show.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Colorado motorists see the impact distractions have on their driving," said Jim McInnes, a local Allstate exclusive agency owner. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that sixty-nine percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul> <li>Nearly sixty percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers claimed their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reality Rides Reach</strong><br /> After experiencing the Reality Rides simulation, participants answered another survey that gauged its reach in changing their road safety opinions:</p> <ul> <li>Six-in-10 said they would "never text and drive," and another nearly one-third said they would "think twice about texting while driving."</li> <li>Majority of participants (58 percent) said they will not let others drive distracted or they will inform others of the dangers (almost 35 percent).</li> <li>A vast majority &ndash; 92 percent &ndash; said they are at least "slightly less likely" to ride with others who text or are distracted while driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash<sup>i</sup>, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>iii</sup></li> <li>The Advocates for Highway &amp; Auto Safety found that the annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes in Colorado is $4.804 Billion.</li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Stephanie Howell<br /> 303-852-3715<br /> <a href="mailto:Stephanie.Howell@allstate.com">Stephanie.Howell@allstate.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at </em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf"><em>http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</em></a></p> <p><em><sup>ii</sup> Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><em><sup>iii</sup> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:48:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5bfdeae5-79e1-4216-94de-c435bbf5a315 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5bfdeae5-79e1-4216-94de-c435bbf5a315 Allstate "Reality Rides®" Rolls into Denver to Combat Distracted Driving <strong>This release contains: 6 Photos, 1 Video, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate "Reality Rides&reg;" is making a pit-stop in Denver on its tour of 25 cities across America. Reality Rides is a distracted driving simulator that aims to prevent these avoidable collisions. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>In 2013, there were 481 fatalities as a result of car accidents in Colorado. To help combat these tragedies, Reality Rides is coming to Denver at the Denver Auto Show. Reality Rides will be set up and available for visitors during all hours of operation at the Auto Show.</p> <p>"Reality Rides is a safe and compelling way for Colorado motorists see the impact distractions have on their driving," said Jim McInnes, a local Allstate exclusive agency owner. "The goal of Reality Rides is to help eliminate the more than 3,000 lives lost and 400,000 injuries caused by distracted driver related collisions each year."</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that sixty-nine percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."</p> <p>Reality Rides features a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul> <li>Nearly sixty percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers claimed their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reality Rides Reach</strong><br /> After experiencing the Reality Rides simulation, participants answered another survey that gauged its reach in changing their road safety opinions:</p> <ul> <li>Six-in-10 said they would "never text and drive," and another nearly one-third said they would "think twice about texting while driving."</li> <li>Majority of participants (58 percent) said they will not let others drive distracted or they will inform others of the dangers (almost 35 percent).</li> <li>A vast majority &ndash; 92 percent &ndash; said they are at least "slightly less likely" to ride with others who text or are distracted while driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash<sup>i</sup>, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.<sup>ii</sup></li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup></li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>iii</sup></li> <li>The Advocates for Highway &amp; Auto Safety found that the annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes in Colorado is $4.804 Billion.</li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "License to Save" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/xthetxt">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Stephanie Howell<br /> 303-852-3715<br /> <a href="mailto:Stephanie.Howell@allstate.com">Stephanie.Howell@allstate.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><sup>i</sup> Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at </em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf"><em>http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</em></a></p> <p><em><sup>ii</sup> Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><em><sup>iii</sup> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> Reality Rides <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/f0b0/bc9b/f0b0bc9b-0bbf-40ae-aeb0-bb27587c2edc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Reality Rides Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/reality-rides-2 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/reality-rides-2 Reality Rides <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/f0b0/bc9b/f0b0bc9b-0bbf-40ae-aeb0-bb27587c2edc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Reality Rides Broll: Reality Rides is effectively changing road safety opinions Broll: Reality Rides is effectively changing road safety opinions Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/9efe47f3-7dab-4b9a-ba58-87ff6aaf34ee http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/9efe47f3-7dab-4b9a-ba58-87ff6aaf34ee Broll: Reality Rides is effectively changing road safety opinions Broll: Reality Rides is effectively changing road safety opinions Allstate's Reality Rides® Simulator Races Across America To Help Save Lives <strong>This release contains: 6 Photos, 1 Video, 1 Related Document</strong><p>More than 3,000 lives are lost and 400,000 people are injured as a result of distracted driving each year<sup>i</sup>. Allstate is helping to prevent these avoidable tragedies by launching a national tour with the company's Reality Rides distracted driving simulator this month. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>"Educating drivers about safety has long been a commitment for Allstate," said Steve Sorenson, executive vice president of product operations at Allstate Insurance Company. "More than a decade ago, we began to build awareness of how distractions in the car could become driving dangers. Today, our Reality Rides simulator provides an impactful way for drivers to learn firsthand how significantly distractions can affect their ability to drive safely."</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that sixty-nine percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."<sup>ii</sup></p> <p>Reality Rides feAatures a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul> <li>Nearly sixty percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers said their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reality Rides Reach</strong><br /> After experiencing the Reality Rides simulation, participants answered another survey that gauged its reach in changing their road safety opinions:</p> <ul> <li>Six-in-10 said they would "never text and drive," and another nearly one-third said they would "think twice about texting while driving."</li> <li>Majority of participants (58 percent) said they will not let others drive distracted or they will inform others of the dangers (almost 35 percent).</li> <li>A vast majority &ndash; 92 percent -- said they are less likely to ride with others who text or are distracted while driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup> </li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash<sup>iii</sup>, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.<sup>iv</sup></li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup> </li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>v</sup></li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "<a href="http://www.allstatefoundation.org/teen_safe_driving_driver_license.html" target="_blank">License to Save</a>" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>Reality Rides will tour 25 American cities starting with the Denver Auto Show and will continue on to venues ranging from community gatherings to sporting events and teen safe driving advocacy programs. To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="https://www.facebook.com/XtheTXT" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013-2014 survey of more than 4,500 Americans age 15 and older was conducted from April 2013 through November of 2014 via 70 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</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/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">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" 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><em><sup>i</sup> 2013, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "2013 Quick Facts," </em><a href="http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812100.pdf" target="_blank"><em>http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812100.pdf</em></a></p> <p><em><sup>ii</sup> 2013-2014, Allstate Reality Rides&reg; Survey</em></p> <p><em><sup>iii</sup> Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov" target="_blank"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at </em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf" target="_blank"><em>http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</em></a></p> <p><em><sup>iv</sup> Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><em><sup>v</sup> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kari Mather<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:05:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fa9fc198-889e-4cba-bc29-4ad9c3e7143f http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/fa9fc198-889e-4cba-bc29-4ad9c3e7143f Allstate's Reality Rides® Simulator Races Across America To Help Save Lives <strong>This release contains: 6 Photos, 1 Video, 1 Related Document</strong><p>More than 3,000 lives are lost and 400,000 people are injured as a result of distracted driving each year<sup>i</sup>. Allstate is helping to prevent these avoidable tragedies by launching a national tour with the company's Reality Rides distracted driving simulator this month. In its third year, the campaign builds awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and offers tips and information on how to be safer behind the wheel.</p> <p>"Educating drivers about safety has long been a commitment for Allstate," said Steve Sorenson, executive vice president of product operations at Allstate Insurance Company. "More than a decade ago, we began to build awareness of how distractions in the car could become driving dangers. Today, our Reality Rides simulator provides an impactful way for drivers to learn firsthand how significantly distractions can affect their ability to drive safely."</p> <p>A survey of more than 4,500 people who experienced Reality Rides' simulation shows that sixty-nine percent learned more about distracted driving, and 85 percent found the program "fun and effective."<sup>ii</sup></p> <p>Reality Rides feAatures a real but stationary car equipped with virtual reality technology that displays a responsive animated environment on a curved LED television embedded in the windshield. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, the driver is tasked with driving while also attempting to text, talk on the phone and enter navigation system directions. Participants are given traffic "tickets" that reveal potential infractions a driver could receive if the experience happened in real life, and have the opportunity to take the Allstate X the TXT&reg; pledge to not text and drive.</p> <p><strong>Curbing Bad Habits</strong><br /> Allstate Reality Rides tours surveyed participants before experiencing the simulator and found they "get" how distracted driving is dangerous, yet many didn't make attempts to curb their behaviors:</p> <ul> <li>Nearly sixty percent admit to talking on the phone and 43 percent admit to texting while driving at least "sometimes" if not more.</li> <li>Nearly seven-in-10 rate their ability to text or talk on the phone while driving as "fair" or "poor" as opposed to "the same," "good" or "excellent."</li> <li>Two-thirds of drivers said their knowledge of texting's impairment effect was average or above.</li> <li>A large majority (85 percent) think texting and distracted driving is the same or more dangerous than drunk driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Reality Rides Reach</strong><br /> After experiencing the Reality Rides simulation, participants answered another survey that gauged its reach in changing their road safety opinions:</p> <ul> <li>Six-in-10 said they would "never text and drive," and another nearly one-third said they would "think twice about texting while driving."</li> <li>Majority of participants (58 percent) said they will not let others drive distracted or they will inform others of the dangers (almost 35 percent).</li> <li>A vast majority &ndash; 92 percent -- said they are less likely to ride with others who text or are distracted while driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Facts on Distracted Driving and Teen Safe Driving:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Distracted driving is attributed to about 16 percent of all car collisions.<sup>ii</sup> </li> <li>Studies have shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash<sup>iii</sup>, and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.<sup>iv</sup></li> <li>Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone in the U.S. ages 11-27, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.<sup>i</sup> </li> <li>Stronger teen driving laws, referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 30 percent in the states where they have been adopted.<sup>v</sup></li> <li>Research from The Allstate Foundation's "<a href="http://www.allstatefoundation.org/teen_safe_driving_driver_license.html" target="_blank">License to Save</a>" report found that comprehensive GDL laws could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.<sup>iii</sup></li> </ul> <p>Reality Rides will tour 25 American cities starting with the Denver Auto Show and will continue on to venues ranging from community gatherings to sporting events and teen safe driving advocacy programs. To track the Allstate Reality Rides tour and see photos of participants, visit <a href="https://www.facebook.com/XtheTXT" target="_blank">facebook.com/xthetxt</a>. While there, check out information and resources, engage in the conversation and invite family and friends to take action in support of stronger teen driving laws.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology </strong> <br /> The onsite, multiple-choice Allstate Reality Rides 2013-2014 survey of more than 4,500 Americans age 15 and older was conducted from April 2013 through November of 2014 via 70 Reality Rides events before and after experiencing the distracted driving simulator. Gathered respondent data was normalized to ensure consistency between the pre- and post-simulation experience.</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/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/" target="_blank">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" 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><em><sup>i</sup> 2013, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "2013 Quick Facts," </em><a href="http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812100.pdf" target="_blank"><em>http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812100.pdf</em></a></p> <p><em><sup>ii</sup> 2013-2014, Allstate Reality Rides&reg; Survey</em></p> <p><em><sup>iii</sup> Setting Limits, Saving Lives &ndash; The Case for .08 BAC Laws, available at </em><a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov" target="_blank"><em>www.nhtsa.dot.gov</em></a><em> and A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, available at </em><a href="http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf" target="_blank"><em>http://www.distraction.gov/downloads/pdfs/a-comparison-of-the-cell-phone-driver-and-the-drunk-driver.pdf</em></a></p> <p><em><sup>iv</sup> Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and NHTSA, "NHTSA, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Release Findings of Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction, and Crash Factors"</em></p> <p><em><sup>v</sup> January 2015, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes"</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kari Mather<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Reality Rides <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/bdbc/43f2/bdbc43f2-80e5-40d9-9fd0-7936a33604b6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Reality Rides Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:04:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/reality-rides http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/reality-rides Reality Rides <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/bdbc/43f2/bdbc43f2-80e5-40d9-9fd0-7936a33604b6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Reality Rides Reality Rides <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/7c68/8c42/7c688c42-cedc-494d-a9a1-c9e3a37b9957-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Reality Rides Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:04:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/reality-rides-5 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/reality-rides-5 Reality Rides <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/7c68/8c42/7c688c42-cedc-494d-a9a1-c9e3a37b9957-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Reality Rides Reality Rides <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/5ad5/a594/5ad5a594-7840-4eea-9dff-55d6a71e5a5e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Reality Rides Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:04:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/reality-rides-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/reality-rides-1 Reality Rides <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/5ad5/a594/5ad5a594-7840-4eea-9dff-55d6a71e5a5e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Reality Rides Reality Rides <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/8af7/03a6/8af703a6-cbe0-49e5-a7c5-57941ffba3f7-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Reality Rides Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:04:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/reality-rides-3 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/reality-rides-3 Reality Rides <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/8af7/03a6/8af703a6-cbe0-49e5-a7c5-57941ffba3f7-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Reality Rides Reality Rides <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/4414/6a97/44146a97-bb16-4f6d-b0a9-f2d20a43c331-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Reality Rides Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:04:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/reality-rides-4 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/reality-rides-4 Reality Rides <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/4414/6a97/44146a97-bb16-4f6d-b0a9-f2d20a43c331-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Reality Rides Allstate to Discuss First Quarter 2015 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 Wednesday, May 6 to discuss first quarter 2015 earnings. The company will issue a news release announcing quarterly results at or after 4:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 5.</p> <p>Allstate intends to publish its investor supplement on its website shortly after issuing its earnings announcement. In addition, Allstate will file its quarterly Form 10-Q and its supplement with the SEC that afternoon. These materials will be available on Allstate's website at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</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" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">www.allstatenewsroom.com</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">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="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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 <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> 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;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:<br /> </strong>Greg Burns<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:26:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4a31c19b-37d1-4402-9127-30bcd2d87578 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/4a31c19b-37d1-4402-9127-30bcd2d87578 Allstate to Discuss First Quarter 2015 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 Wednesday, May 6 to discuss first quarter 2015 earnings. The company will issue a news release announcing quarterly results at or after 4:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 5.</p> <p>Allstate intends to publish its investor supplement on its website shortly after issuing its earnings announcement. In addition, Allstate will file its quarterly Form 10-Q and its supplement with the SEC that afternoon. These materials will be available on Allstate's website at <a href="http://www.allstateinvestors.com" target="_blank">www.allstateinvestors.com</a>.</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" target="_blank">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" target="_blank">www.allstatenewsroom.com</a>.</p> <p><a title="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" href="http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/" target="_blank">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="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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 <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> 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;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:<br /> </strong>Greg Burns<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> Only Three Percent of Americans Ranked Financial Abuse as Most Likely to Cause Lasting Negative Effects In Reality, Victims Face Years of Recovery <br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Video, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Financial abuse is a tactic used by abusers in ninety-eight percent of domestic violence situations and its effects are often life-altering. However, in a recent survey from The Allstate Foundation, just three percent of Americans ranked financial abuse as most likely to cause long-term effects, far behind emotional (43 percent) and physical abuse (22 percent).</p> <p>Financial abuse is in fact devastating for women. It is the number one reason why women stay in or return to abusive relationships. It is common for abusers to destroy victims' credit, deny them access to money, and force them to quit their jobs or to decline promotions. Without resources of their own, victims are often unable to care for themselves, find employment and housing, or save for the future. Those who manage to leave their abusers can find themselves debt-ridden, lacking necessary job skills, and even at risk for homelessness.</p> <p>The national survey, <em>Silent Weapon</em>, polled 1,220 American adults age 18+ about domestic violence and financial abuse. Additional survey data finds that Americans are not well-informed on the issue:</p> <ul> <li>More than <strong>40 percent</strong> say they don't understand financial abuse.</li> <li><strong>Two percent</strong> ranked financial abuse as the least common form of abuse. </li> <li>Only <strong>13 percent</strong> believe that financial abuse can happen to people they know. </li> <li><strong>Four percent</strong> believe that financial abuse harms victims' children.</li> </ul> <p>"Any woman can become a victim of financial abuse, regardless of economic or social status," said John Rugel, senior vice president, life customer fulfillment and underwriting at Allstate. "It's incredibly important that we are aware of the significant challenges that face women in abusive relationships, and that we create a culture where women feel safe to come forward and get help."&nbsp;</p> <p>"Financial abuse is devastatingly effective because it's often not illegal, and it is an invisible tactic of domestic violence," added Kim Pentico, director of economic justice programs, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). "Women literally don't have money for cab fare, to buy food and other necessities of life, often forcing them to choose between homelessness and being battered.&nbsp; It is a profoundly powerless situation for these women."</p> <p>An abuser may deny a victim access to money and financial resources throughout the course of a relationship or when the victim attempts to leave. He may use one or more of the following common tactics:</p> <ul> <li>Control the victim's paychecks, credit cards and bank accounts.</li> <li>Determine how the victim's money is spent.</li> <li>Destroy the victim's credit rating by using her credit cards without permission, filing financial contracts (lease, credit cards, utilities, etc.) in her name or failing to make timely payments.</li> <li>Force her to turn over retirement benefits.</li> <li>Control all property decisions.</li> <li>Decide where the victim works or prevent the victim from employment or promotion.</li> </ul> <p>It can take years for women to recover financially. Getting assistance is a critical first step to helping women reclaim their lives:</p> <ul> <li>The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233).</li> <li>The <a href="http://www.clicktoempower.org/financial-tools/financial-empowerment-curriculum" target="_blank">Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum</a> developed by The Allstate Foundation and National Network to End Domestic Violence is available for free to domestic violence victims. The curriculum helps victims untangle financial relationships with their abusive partners, work through past misuse of financial records and address safety concerns. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.clicktoempower.org" target="_blank">www.clicktoempower.org</a>. </li> </ul> <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 building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people's lives. 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:<br /> </strong>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09:30:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/47be83be-7d39-4e6d-afbc-30edef23c1d9 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/47be83be-7d39-4e6d-afbc-30edef23c1d9 Only Three Percent of Americans Ranked Financial Abuse as Most Likely to Cause Lasting Negative Effects In Reality, Victims Face Years of Recovery <br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Video, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Financial abuse is a tactic used by abusers in ninety-eight percent of domestic violence situations and its effects are often life-altering. However, in a recent survey from The Allstate Foundation, just three percent of Americans ranked financial abuse as most likely to cause long-term effects, far behind emotional (43 percent) and physical abuse (22 percent).</p> <p>Financial abuse is in fact devastating for women. It is the number one reason why women stay in or return to abusive relationships. It is common for abusers to destroy victims' credit, deny them access to money, and force them to quit their jobs or to decline promotions. Without resources of their own, victims are often unable to care for themselves, find employment and housing, or save for the future. Those who manage to leave their abusers can find themselves debt-ridden, lacking necessary job skills, and even at risk for homelessness.</p> <p>The national survey, <em>Silent Weapon</em>, polled 1,220 American adults age 18+ about domestic violence and financial abuse. Additional survey data finds that Americans are not well-informed on the issue:</p> <ul> <li>More than <strong>40 percent</strong> say they don't understand financial abuse.</li> <li><strong>Two percent</strong> ranked financial abuse as the least common form of abuse. </li> <li>Only <strong>13 percent</strong> believe that financial abuse can happen to people they know. </li> <li><strong>Four percent</strong> believe that financial abuse harms victims' children.</li> </ul> <p>"Any woman can become a victim of financial abuse, regardless of economic or social status," said John Rugel, senior vice president, life customer fulfillment and underwriting at Allstate. "It's incredibly important that we are aware of the significant challenges that face women in abusive relationships, and that we create a culture where women feel safe to come forward and get help."&nbsp;</p> <p>"Financial abuse is devastatingly effective because it's often not illegal, and it is an invisible tactic of domestic violence," added Kim Pentico, director of economic justice programs, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). "Women literally don't have money for cab fare, to buy food and other necessities of life, often forcing them to choose between homelessness and being battered.&nbsp; It is a profoundly powerless situation for these women."</p> <p>An abuser may deny a victim access to money and financial resources throughout the course of a relationship or when the victim attempts to leave. He may use one or more of the following common tactics:</p> <ul> <li>Control the victim's paychecks, credit cards and bank accounts.</li> <li>Determine how the victim's money is spent.</li> <li>Destroy the victim's credit rating by using her credit cards without permission, filing financial contracts (lease, credit cards, utilities, etc.) in her name or failing to make timely payments.</li> <li>Force her to turn over retirement benefits.</li> <li>Control all property decisions.</li> <li>Decide where the victim works or prevent the victim from employment or promotion.</li> </ul> <p>It can take years for women to recover financially. Getting assistance is a critical first step to helping women reclaim their lives:</p> <ul> <li>The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233).</li> <li>The <a href="http://www.clicktoempower.org/financial-tools/financial-empowerment-curriculum" target="_blank">Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum</a> developed by The Allstate Foundation and National Network to End Domestic Violence is available for free to domestic violence victims. The curriculum helps victims untangle financial relationships with their abusive partners, work through past misuse of financial records and address safety concerns. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.clicktoempower.org" target="_blank">www.clicktoempower.org</a>. </li> </ul> <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 building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people's lives. 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:<br /> </strong>Kyle Donash<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:Kyle.donash@allstate.com">Kyle.donash@allstate.com</a></p> Allstate, Tech-Cor Research Team Up with Ford to Ensure Cost-Effective Repairs for Aluminum-Intensive F-150 After years of research and education, repair shops and insurance adjusters are now handling the innovative truck.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck made headlines for its switch from traditional steel to high-strength aluminum alloy throughout its body, but skeptics worried about how the new truck would be repaired and what they might do to insurance premiums on the truck.</p> <p>During the past few years, Ford, Allstate Insurance Company and its research group, Tech-Cor Applied Research, &nbsp;teamed up to analyze repairability and prepare adjusters as well as body shop technicians who are responsible for working on the new trucks, which has resulted in the ease of repairability and insurance costs in line with previous models and other full-size pickup trucks.</p> <p>Ford proactively partnered with Allstate and Tech-Cor to prepare the collision repair industry well in advance of the vehicle's release, ensuring the necessary training, tooling and expertise would be able to repair the new F-150. Now, more than 2,500 Allstate adjusters and claims staff have received vehicle-specific aluminum repair training through Tech-Cor. In addition, Allstate continues its effort to encourage its "Good Hands Repair Network" shops to have technicians complete Ford's recommended training classes.</p> <p>"The result of all this work ahead of the new truck ever hitting the road is that the insurance premiums on the 2015 Ford F-150 are in line with the prior model year when Ford used steel instead of aluminum," Allstate's Vice President of Vehicle Product Management Dave Border said. "We will continue to look at our loss costs with the new truck and price it accordingly but, so far, the work Ford and Tech-Cor did in advance is paying off for customers."</p> <p>Many auto manufacturers have had aluminum-intensive vehicle bodies for years, but the repair of these&nbsp;normally higher-end, lower-volume vehicles has generally been confined to specialty repair facilities.</p> <p>Aluminum also has been used across the industry in certain vehicle body parts for years, such as the hood of the 1997 to 2014 F-150, so many body shops are already equipped to handle cosmetic aluminum repairs.</p> <p>Ford's 2015 F-150 keeps small and large repairs simple through modular vehicle construction that helps reduce repair times and partnerships with places like Tech-Cor that can provide expertise on how to keep costs reasonable.</p> <p>"We have designed the new F-150 to be easily repairable in the event of minor or major accidents," said Mike Berardi, director, Ford Service Engineering Operations. &nbsp;"We value Tech-Cor's input on the necessary tools, equipment and repair options, which has helped keep repair costs down on our all-new truck."</p> <p>Tech-Cor Research has had a longstanding business relationship with Ford and worked closely with the carmaker on&nbsp;numerous&nbsp;projects over the&nbsp;years. Throughout the design process of the new F-150, Ford engaged organizations like Tech-Cor Research and Allstate to evaluate the vehicle's repairability and to ensure that all repairs are completed per Ford's recommendations while keeping costs in check.</p> <p>"With the F-150 consistently being one of the highest-volume production vehicles in the U.S., Ford wanted to make sure that the collision repair industry would be able to properly repair this truck," says Tech-Cor Research Senior Manager Mark Woirol. "We were happy to help provide input as they developed tooling and repair options, which we know can help customers who may buy the truck in the future, as well."</p> <p># # #</p> <p>Tech-Cor Research, established in 1979, works cooperatively with auto manufacturers, insurers and the collision repair industry to develop innovative ways to make vehicles more damage resistant and the methods used to repair them more efficient and cost effective. Recognized around the world as a leader in automotive collision repair research, Tech-Cor is perhaps best known for its pioneering efforts in developing sectioning repairs. Today Tech-Cor's mission is to provide research, technical support and collision repair information on wide variety of automotive damageability and repairability issues to Allstate Insurance Company's claim organization and the collision repair industry. Tech-Cor also operates a 32,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Collision Repair Center. One of the largest and best-equipped body shops in the central United States, Tech-Cor's Collision Repair Center is staffed by experienced, certified technicians. The Collision Repair Center maintains I-CAR's Gold Class Facility Certification, ASE Blue Seal Certification, Chief, Car-O-Liner and Akzo Nobel certifications and meets all Environmental S/P2 conformance requirements.</p> <p>Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit <a href="http://corporate.ford.com" target="_blank">http://corporate.ford.com</a>. <strong></strong></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="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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 <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> 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="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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 /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a><br /> 727-512-8314 mobile</p> <p>Mike Levine<br /> <a href="mailto:mlevine5@ford.com">mlevine5@ford.com</a><br /> 313-806-1741</p> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09:10:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/886e8b84-4c1c-4623-bcc7-90211a3166e1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/886e8b84-4c1c-4623-bcc7-90211a3166e1 Allstate, Tech-Cor Research Team Up with Ford to Ensure Cost-Effective Repairs for Aluminum-Intensive F-150 After years of research and education, repair shops and insurance adjusters are now handling the innovative truck.<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck made headlines for its switch from traditional steel to high-strength aluminum alloy throughout its body, but skeptics worried about how the new truck would be repaired and what they might do to insurance premiums on the truck.</p> <p>During the past few years, Ford, Allstate Insurance Company and its research group, Tech-Cor Applied Research, &nbsp;teamed up to analyze repairability and prepare adjusters as well as body shop technicians who are responsible for working on the new trucks, which has resulted in the ease of repairability and insurance costs in line with previous models and other full-size pickup trucks.</p> <p>Ford proactively partnered with Allstate and Tech-Cor to prepare the collision repair industry well in advance of the vehicle's release, ensuring the necessary training, tooling and expertise would be able to repair the new F-150. Now, more than 2,500 Allstate adjusters and claims staff have received vehicle-specific aluminum repair training through Tech-Cor. In addition, Allstate continues its effort to encourage its "Good Hands Repair Network" shops to have technicians complete Ford's recommended training classes.</p> <p>"The result of all this work ahead of the new truck ever hitting the road is that the insurance premiums on the 2015 Ford F-150 are in line with the prior model year when Ford used steel instead of aluminum," Allstate's Vice President of Vehicle Product Management Dave Border said. "We will continue to look at our loss costs with the new truck and price it accordingly but, so far, the work Ford and Tech-Cor did in advance is paying off for customers."</p> <p>Many auto manufacturers have had aluminum-intensive vehicle bodies for years, but the repair of these&nbsp;normally higher-end, lower-volume vehicles has generally been confined to specialty repair facilities.</p> <p>Aluminum also has been used across the industry in certain vehicle body parts for years, such as the hood of the 1997 to 2014 F-150, so many body shops are already equipped to handle cosmetic aluminum repairs.</p> <p>Ford's 2015 F-150 keeps small and large repairs simple through modular vehicle construction that helps reduce repair times and partnerships with places like Tech-Cor that can provide expertise on how to keep costs reasonable.</p> <p>"We have designed the new F-150 to be easily repairable in the event of minor or major accidents," said Mike Berardi, director, Ford Service Engineering Operations. &nbsp;"We value Tech-Cor's input on the necessary tools, equipment and repair options, which has helped keep repair costs down on our all-new truck."</p> <p>Tech-Cor Research has had a longstanding business relationship with Ford and worked closely with the carmaker on&nbsp;numerous&nbsp;projects over the&nbsp;years. Throughout the design process of the new F-150, Ford engaged organizations like Tech-Cor Research and Allstate to evaluate the vehicle's repairability and to ensure that all repairs are completed per Ford's recommendations while keeping costs in check.</p> <p>"With the F-150 consistently being one of the highest-volume production vehicles in the U.S., Ford wanted to make sure that the collision repair industry would be able to properly repair this truck," says Tech-Cor Research Senior Manager Mark Woirol. "We were happy to help provide input as they developed tooling and repair options, which we know can help customers who may buy the truck in the future, as well."</p> <p># # #</p> <p>Tech-Cor Research, established in 1979, works cooperatively with auto manufacturers, insurers and the collision repair industry to develop innovative ways to make vehicles more damage resistant and the methods used to repair them more efficient and cost effective. Recognized around the world as a leader in automotive collision repair research, Tech-Cor is perhaps best known for its pioneering efforts in developing sectioning repairs. Today Tech-Cor's mission is to provide research, technical support and collision repair information on wide variety of automotive damageability and repairability issues to Allstate Insurance Company's claim organization and the collision repair industry. Tech-Cor also operates a 32,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Collision Repair Center. One of the largest and best-equipped body shops in the central United States, Tech-Cor's Collision Repair Center is staffed by experienced, certified technicians. The Collision Repair Center maintains I-CAR's Gold Class Facility Certification, ASE Blue Seal Certification, Chief, Car-O-Liner and Akzo Nobel certifications and meets all Environmental S/P2 conformance requirements.</p> <p>Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit <a href="http://corporate.ford.com" target="_blank">http://corporate.ford.com</a>. <strong></strong></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="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/" target="_blank">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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 <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" target="_blank">Good Hands</a> 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="https://www.allstate.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312" 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 /> <a href="mailto:Justin.Herndon@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a><br /> 727-512-8314 mobile</p> <p>Mike Levine<br /> <a href="mailto:mlevine5@ford.com">mlevine5@ford.com</a><br /> 313-806-1741</p> Allstate Helps Prevent New Yorkers from Accidental Poisoning Many common household items can be deadly if handled incorrectly<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Coming in contact with poisons may not be something you think about on a daily basis, but the fact is, many people are around common household items that can be as dangerous as poison if handled incorrectly or accidentally ingested. Allstate Insurance Company wants to make sure all New Yorkers take inventory and care of these potentially harmful items in their household.</p> <p><strong>Medications</strong> <br /> Incorrect use of medications is one of the largest categories for accidental poisonings. Medicines, if taken improperly, can often have some of the same effects as ingesting a poison. Remember these tips:</p> <ul> <li>Taking a larger-than-suggested dose does NOT mean faster/better results. Stick to the instructions.</li> <li>Read the labels before taking &ndash; Sounds simple, but so often, we skip this step and could miss information about dangerous interactions with food or other drugs.</li> <li>Keep medicines in their original bottles/containers &ndash; Pill organizers are helpful, but you may forget which medication is which, or leave it where a child could access it. </li> <li>See the light &ndash; If you are taking medicine at night, take an extra second to turn on the lights and make sure you have the right dosage and drug.</li> <li>Keep medicines where kids can't reach them and keep them separated from food items &ndash; child "resistant" doesn't mean they won't find a way to get into the container.</li> <li>Double check the markings on dosage cups/spoons &ndash; giving someone the wrong dosage could be harmful.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Household Chemicals/Cleaning Products</strong></p> <ul> <li>Don't mix cleaning products as you might create toxic fumes.</li> <li><strong>Be aware of look-alikes</strong>. Many non-food products have "twins" that can look just like something delicious. For example, a highly concentrated detergent pod could be mistaken for a small piece of hard candy. </li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Here are a few other look-alikes to check for in your home:</em></strong></p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Food item </strong></td> <td><strong>Looks just like </strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Apple juice</td> <td>Pine cleaner, candle oil</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Blue sports drink</td> <td>Glass cleaner</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chocolate bar</td> <td>Laxative</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Candy coated chocolates (like M&amp;Ms)</td> <td>Cold medicines, iron supplements, pain relievers</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Candy "tablets" (like Smarties or Pez)</td> <td>Antacids or vitamins</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Plants </strong><br /> As the names might suggest, poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac can cause irritation (sometimes severe) to a person's skin when they have direct contact. Here are a few more plants that can cause severe reactions if eaten (so do not use for garnish, or in a floral display that is placed near food):</p> <ul> <li>Narcissus &ndash; sometimes confused with onions.</li> <li>Bittersweet Nightshade &ndash; has colorful berries.</li> <li>Rhododendron (Azalea) &ndash; can cause many symptoms including slow/irregular heartbeat.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Keep the poison control number (800-222-1222)</strong> near your phone at home and program it to your mobile phone. If you need to call, try to stay calm and have details ready: what was taken, when and how much was ingested, along with the age and weight of the victim. Everyone is susceptible to poisoning, but children are especially at risk&mdash;get a "child's-eye" view of your home and see what temptations are in their path &hellip; then remove the potentially dangerous items.</p> <p>Visit <a href="https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare.aspx" target="_blank">Allstate Be Aware and Prepare</a> and the <a href="http://www.disastersafety.org/" target="_blank">Insurance Institute</a> for Business &amp; Home Safety for more, helpful information.</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><strong>Contact:</strong></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> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 11:19:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/cc300e7d-4635-4ada-9f29-a8000003d7e7 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/cc300e7d-4635-4ada-9f29-a8000003d7e7 Allstate Helps Prevent New Yorkers from Accidental Poisoning Many common household items can be deadly if handled incorrectly<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Coming in contact with poisons may not be something you think about on a daily basis, but the fact is, many people are around common household items that can be as dangerous as poison if handled incorrectly or accidentally ingested. Allstate Insurance Company wants to make sure all New Yorkers take inventory and care of these potentially harmful items in their household.</p> <p><strong>Medications</strong> <br /> Incorrect use of medications is one of the largest categories for accidental poisonings. Medicines, if taken improperly, can often have some of the same effects as ingesting a poison. Remember these tips:</p> <ul> <li>Taking a larger-than-suggested dose does NOT mean faster/better results. Stick to the instructions.</li> <li>Read the labels before taking &ndash; Sounds simple, but so often, we skip this step and could miss information about dangerous interactions with food or other drugs.</li> <li>Keep medicines in their original bottles/containers &ndash; Pill organizers are helpful, but you may forget which medication is which, or leave it where a child could access it. </li> <li>See the light &ndash; If you are taking medicine at night, take an extra second to turn on the lights and make sure you have the right dosage and drug.</li> <li>Keep medicines where kids can't reach them and keep them separated from food items &ndash; child "resistant" doesn't mean they won't find a way to get into the container.</li> <li>Double check the markings on dosage cups/spoons &ndash; giving someone the wrong dosage could be harmful.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Household Chemicals/Cleaning Products</strong></p> <ul> <li>Don't mix cleaning products as you might create toxic fumes.</li> <li><strong>Be aware of look-alikes</strong>. Many non-food products have "twins" that can look just like something delicious. For example, a highly concentrated detergent pod could be mistaken for a small piece of hard candy. </li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Here are a few other look-alikes to check for in your home:</em></strong></p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Food item </strong></td> <td><strong>Looks just like </strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Apple juice</td> <td>Pine cleaner, candle oil</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Blue sports drink</td> <td>Glass cleaner</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chocolate bar</td> <td>Laxative</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Candy coated chocolates (like M&amp;Ms)</td> <td>Cold medicines, iron supplements, pain relievers</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Candy "tablets" (like Smarties or Pez)</td> <td>Antacids or vitamins</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Plants </strong><br /> As the names might suggest, poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac can cause irritation (sometimes severe) to a person's skin when they have direct contact. Here are a few more plants that can cause severe reactions if eaten (so do not use for garnish, or in a floral display that is placed near food):</p> <ul> <li>Narcissus &ndash; sometimes confused with onions.</li> <li>Bittersweet Nightshade &ndash; has colorful berries.</li> <li>Rhododendron (Azalea) &ndash; can cause many symptoms including slow/irregular heartbeat.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Keep the poison control number (800-222-1222)</strong> near your phone at home and program it to your mobile phone. If you need to call, try to stay calm and have details ready: what was taken, when and how much was ingested, along with the age and weight of the victim. Everyone is susceptible to poisoning, but children are especially at risk&mdash;get a "child's-eye" view of your home and see what temptations are in their path &hellip; then remove the potentially dangerous items.</p> <p>Visit <a href="https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/be-aware-and-prepare.aspx" target="_blank">Allstate Be Aware and Prepare</a> and the <a href="http://www.disastersafety.org/" target="_blank">Insurance Institute</a> for Business &amp; Home Safety for more, helpful information.</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><strong>Contact:</strong></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> It’s the Most Dreaded Time of Year: Pothole Season What New York Residents Can Do to Protect Their Vehicles from Pothole Damage<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Pothole season is officially underway, which means New York 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><strong>Here's what you can do to avoid pothole damage to your car:</strong></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 have become eroded with potholes damaging our cars and even causing crashes," said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate New York Spokesperson. "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 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><strong>To report a pothole in the state of New York, visit: </strong><a href="https://www.dot.ny.gov/programs/pothole-rpt"><strong>www.dot.ny.gov/programs/pothole-rpt</strong></a><strong>.</strong></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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></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">@AllstateNewYork</a></p> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:14:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ab59d0c4-13a5-4151-9683-32186e87cc68 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/ab59d0c4-13a5-4151-9683-32186e87cc68 It’s the Most Dreaded Time of Year: Pothole Season What New York Residents Can Do to Protect Their Vehicles from Pothole Damage<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Pothole season is officially underway, which means New York 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><strong>Here's what you can do to avoid pothole damage to your car:</strong></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 have become eroded with potholes damaging our cars and even causing crashes," said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate New York Spokesperson. "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 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><strong>To report a pothole in the state of New York, visit: </strong><a href="https://www.dot.ny.gov/programs/pothole-rpt"><strong>www.dot.ny.gov/programs/pothole-rpt</strong></a><strong>.</strong></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 style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></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">@AllstateNewYork</a></p> Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Teens’ And Parents’ Views On Paying For College And Other Personal Finance Topics Teens talk about budgeting, saving for college, and credit cards. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:54:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/5aab85fa-059e-4e7f-bee3-6a5716edb434 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/5aab85fa-059e-4e7f-bee3-6a5716edb434 Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Teens’ And Parents’ Views On Paying For College And Other Personal Finance Topics Teens talk about budgeting, saving for college, and credit cards. Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Teens’ And Parents’ Views On Paying For College And Other Personal Finance Topics Teens talk about budgeting, saving for college, and credit cards. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:53:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/6dc2bcfc-86a1-4e5b-a51e-52ca4f8b958a http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/6dc2bcfc-86a1-4e5b-a51e-52ca4f8b958a Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Teens’ And Parents’ Views On Paying For College And Other Personal Finance Topics Teens talk about budgeting, saving for college, and credit cards. Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Teens’ And Parents’ Views On Paying For College And Other Personal Finance Topics Junior Achievement USA® and The Allstate Foundation survey also indicates girls are not being talked to as much as boys about money management and see themselves with lower potential earning power<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 3 Videos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Junior Achievement USA<strong>&reg; </strong>(JA) and The Allstate Foundation released today surprising findings from the annual Teens &amp; Personal Finance Survey, which was expanded this year to include parents for the first time.</p> <p>The 2015 survey reveals that nearly half of teens (48 percent) think their parents will help pay for college but only 16 percent of parents (of teens) report planning to pay for post-secondary education. Junior Achievement USA has commissioned the Teens &amp; Personal Finance Survey for the last 16 years. The 2015 study was conducted online on Junior Achievement's behalf by Harris Poll in January 2015 among 801 parents of teens ages 13-18 years old and 800 teens ages 13-18 years old.</p> <p>"Based on this year's findings, it is obvious that parents and teens need to have honest conversations about money management, including paying for college," said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA. "Together as a family, it is important to develop a plan for life after high school &ndash; whatever that looks like for your family. As an organization that strives to empower all young people to own their economic success, JA will continue to help open these channels."</p> <p>The survey also reinforces that parents serve as teens' most influential teachers when it comes to money management skills. Eighty-four percent of teens report looking to their parents for information on how to manage money, but more than a third (34 percent) of parents says their family's approach to financial matters is to not discuss finances with their children and "let kids be kids." Millennial parents, ages 18-34, are the least likely to be confident about explaining money management to their kids: 60 percent report feeling confident, while 76 percent of parents ages 35-44 and 79 percent of parents ages 45-54 report feeling the same.</p> <p>"This year's survey clearly shows parents play a critical role in helping their kids understand how to manage money and become financially savvy," said Jim Haskins, executive vice president, Allstate, and board member of Junior Achievement of Chicago. "Talking with our kids about money management at an early age prepares them to more confidently handle financial decisions in the future."</p> <p>As with last year's survey, differences between boys and girls continue to come to light. When parents talk to their kids about money, it appears some are leaving girls out of the conversation more frequently. Teen girls are more likely than boys to say their parents don't talk to them enough about money management (40 percent to 24 percent) and paying for college (34 percent to 23 percent). When asked about their future earning power at their first "real" job, 24 percent of teen girls think they will make $15,000 or less, while only 16 percent of boys feel the same. Moms also are significantly more likely than dads to say their child will earn $15,000 or less (26 percent to 17 percent). &nbsp;</p> <p>Other key findings from the survey include:</p> <ul> <li>Interest in community college is on the rise. When asked to consider the rising cost of college, a larger number of teens in 2015 are considering attending a local community college instead of another college or university: 22 percent in 2014 rose to 29 percent in 2015. </li> <li>The gender gap continues in personal finance lessons from parents. Teen boys are more likely than teen girls to report that their parents help them keep track of money (31 percent to 20 percent). Teen boys also are more likely than teen girls to report they learned to take care of money from parents (88 percent to 80 percent). </li> <li>The number of teens who think their parents don't spend enough time talking to them about managing money significantly rose (21 percent in 2014 to 32 percent in 2015).</li> </ul> <p>Since 2005, Junior Achievement and The Allstate Foundation have partnered to provide students with valuable information about personal finance in the classroom and help them apply it in their lives. The <em>JA Economics for Success</em><strong>&reg; </strong>program, created in partnership with The Allstate Foundation, has helped more than 1.2 million students set personal goals about money and make wise financial choices. The program also helps empower students to develop, plan and set goals to help protect them from unexpected financial pitfalls.</p> <p>An executive summary of the 2015 Junior Achievement USA/Allstate Foundation Teens &amp; Personal Finance Survey is available at <a href="http://www.ja.org" target="_blank">www.ja.org</a>.</p> <p><strong><em>Methodology</em></strong><br /> <em>This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Junior Achievement between January 12-30, 2015, among 801 U.S. adults aged 18 or older, who are the parents of teens aged 13-18 and 800 teens aged 13-18. Each group had an oversample of 200 Hispanics. The 2014 study was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll and included 712 teens aged 13-18. Figures for age, race/ethnicity, education, region, and household income were weighted for parents where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. For teens, figures for age, gender, race, parent's education, region, and school location were weighted. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online. </em></p> <p><strong>About Junior Achievement USA&reg; (JA)</strong><br /> Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.5 million students per year in 115 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Visit <a href="http://www.ja.org/" target="_blank">www.ja.org</a> for more information.</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 building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people's lives. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Stephanie Bell<br /> Junior Achievement USA&reg;<br /> (719) 540-6171<br /> <a href="mailto:sbell@ja.org">sbell@ja.org</a><br /> @JA_USA</p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> The Allstate Foundation<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:kyle.donash@allstate.com">kyle.donash@allstate.com</a><br /> @AllstateNews</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:29:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/78a85f3f-441e-432d-a8a6-68569537a890 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/78a85f3f-441e-432d-a8a6-68569537a890 Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Teens’ And Parents’ Views On Paying For College And Other Personal Finance Topics Junior Achievement USA® and The Allstate Foundation survey also indicates girls are not being talked to as much as boys about money management and see themselves with lower potential earning power<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 3 Videos, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Junior Achievement USA<strong>&reg; </strong>(JA) and The Allstate Foundation released today surprising findings from the annual Teens &amp; Personal Finance Survey, which was expanded this year to include parents for the first time.</p> <p>The 2015 survey reveals that nearly half of teens (48 percent) think their parents will help pay for college but only 16 percent of parents (of teens) report planning to pay for post-secondary education. Junior Achievement USA has commissioned the Teens &amp; Personal Finance Survey for the last 16 years. The 2015 study was conducted online on Junior Achievement's behalf by Harris Poll in January 2015 among 801 parents of teens ages 13-18 years old and 800 teens ages 13-18 years old.</p> <p>"Based on this year's findings, it is obvious that parents and teens need to have honest conversations about money management, including paying for college," said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA. "Together as a family, it is important to develop a plan for life after high school &ndash; whatever that looks like for your family. As an organization that strives to empower all young people to own their economic success, JA will continue to help open these channels."</p> <p>The survey also reinforces that parents serve as teens' most influential teachers when it comes to money management skills. Eighty-four percent of teens report looking to their parents for information on how to manage money, but more than a third (34 percent) of parents says their family's approach to financial matters is to not discuss finances with their children and "let kids be kids." Millennial parents, ages 18-34, are the least likely to be confident about explaining money management to their kids: 60 percent report feeling confident, while 76 percent of parents ages 35-44 and 79 percent of parents ages 45-54 report feeling the same.</p> <p>"This year's survey clearly shows parents play a critical role in helping their kids understand how to manage money and become financially savvy," said Jim Haskins, executive vice president, Allstate, and board member of Junior Achievement of Chicago. "Talking with our kids about money management at an early age prepares them to more confidently handle financial decisions in the future."</p> <p>As with last year's survey, differences between boys and girls continue to come to light. When parents talk to their kids about money, it appears some are leaving girls out of the conversation more frequently. Teen girls are more likely than boys to say their parents don't talk to them enough about money management (40 percent to 24 percent) and paying for college (34 percent to 23 percent). When asked about their future earning power at their first "real" job, 24 percent of teen girls think they will make $15,000 or less, while only 16 percent of boys feel the same. Moms also are significantly more likely than dads to say their child will earn $15,000 or less (26 percent to 17 percent). &nbsp;</p> <p>Other key findings from the survey include:</p> <ul> <li>Interest in community college is on the rise. When asked to consider the rising cost of college, a larger number of teens in 2015 are considering attending a local community college instead of another college or university: 22 percent in 2014 rose to 29 percent in 2015. </li> <li>The gender gap continues in personal finance lessons from parents. Teen boys are more likely than teen girls to report that their parents help them keep track of money (31 percent to 20 percent). Teen boys also are more likely than teen girls to report they learned to take care of money from parents (88 percent to 80 percent). </li> <li>The number of teens who think their parents don't spend enough time talking to them about managing money significantly rose (21 percent in 2014 to 32 percent in 2015).</li> </ul> <p>Since 2005, Junior Achievement and The Allstate Foundation have partnered to provide students with valuable information about personal finance in the classroom and help them apply it in their lives. The <em>JA Economics for Success</em><strong>&reg; </strong>program, created in partnership with The Allstate Foundation, has helped more than 1.2 million students set personal goals about money and make wise financial choices. The program also helps empower students to develop, plan and set goals to help protect them from unexpected financial pitfalls.</p> <p>An executive summary of the 2015 Junior Achievement USA/Allstate Foundation Teens &amp; Personal Finance Survey is available at <a href="http://www.ja.org" target="_blank">www.ja.org</a>.</p> <p><strong><em>Methodology</em></strong><br /> <em>This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Junior Achievement between January 12-30, 2015, among 801 U.S. adults aged 18 or older, who are the parents of teens aged 13-18 and 800 teens aged 13-18. Each group had an oversample of 200 Hispanics. The 2014 study was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll and included 712 teens aged 13-18. Figures for age, race/ethnicity, education, region, and household income were weighted for parents where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. For teens, figures for age, gender, race, parent's education, region, and school location were weighted. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online. </em></p> <p><strong>About Junior Achievement USA&reg; (JA)</strong><br /> Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.5 million students per year in 115 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Visit <a href="http://www.ja.org/" target="_blank">www.ja.org</a> for more information.</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 building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people's lives. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AllstateFoundation.org" target="_blank">www.AllstateFoundation.org</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Stephanie Bell<br /> Junior Achievement USA&reg;<br /> (719) 540-6171<br /> <a href="mailto:sbell@ja.org">sbell@ja.org</a><br /> @JA_USA</p> <p>Kyle Donash<br /> The Allstate Foundation<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:kyle.donash@allstate.com">kyle.donash@allstate.com</a><br /> @AllstateNews</p> Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Teens’ And Parents’ Views On Paying For College And Other Personal Finance Topics Teens talk about budgeting, saving for college, and credit cards. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:45:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/11c9b3a1-1b4d-448f-8e65-7ec9238c09e2 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/11c9b3a1-1b4d-448f-8e65-7ec9238c09e2 Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Teens’ And Parents’ Views On Paying For College And Other Personal Finance Topics Teens talk about budgeting, saving for college, and credit cards. Allstate Foundation/JA Poll, “Girls view their earning power as lower than boys." <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/2c69/4339/2c694339-d727-460a-986b-ac9fdce29b08-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Foundation/JA Poll, “Girls view their earning power as lower than boys." Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:38:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/junior-achievement-empowering-young-people-to-own-their-economi http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/junior-achievement-empowering-young-people-to-own-their-economi Allstate Foundation/JA Poll, “Girls view their earning power as lower than boys." <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/2c69/4339/2c694339-d727-460a-986b-ac9fdce29b08-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate Foundation/JA Poll, “Girls view their earning power as lower than boys." Northwestern Graduate Student Teams Compete in Allstate Challenge Competition let students present tech-focused innovation ideas<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>With a fresh take on bringing useful information to drivers, teams of graduate students from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management recently competed in the Allstate Insurance Business Challenge. The teams submitted proposals that blended business strategy, technology and domain expertise to develop ideas for innovative new mobile solutions.</p> <p>The winning team was selected by executives from Allstate's Technology &amp; Strategic Ventures business unit and was awarded $20,000. The second and third place teams received $4,000 and $1,000, respectively, and the company collected valuable innovation ideas.</p> <p>"The Business Challenge provided multiple opportunities for us, most importantly receiving fresh, new innovative ideas to leverage technology for our customers," said Andy Zitney, Allstate senior vice president. "In addition to the proposals received, the challenge allowed us to interact with and mentor students, build ties with a top university for future recruiting, and reinforce Allstate's status as a leading employer in this market."</p> <p>The winning team's entry proposed two new mobile apps. The first app, MyCopilot, would give drivers tips on how to improve mileage, monitor the health of their car, and deliver an estimate for their insurance premiums. The second app, CarViser, would package data for agents allowing them to customize information specific to each customer's vehicle and project overall cost of ownership.</p> <p>The second place team entry offered an idea to create a mobile app allowing consumers to choose a preferred driver for their ride-booking service needs. The third place team idea was for a suite of mobile driving apps designed to promote safer driving and connect users with other drivers and mobile services.</p> <p>"The Allstate Business Challenge was a win-win initiative for Allstate as well as the Kellogg School of Management as it gave Allstate fresh insights and it provided Kellogg MBA students with a hands-on learning experience and mentoring by Allstate leaders," said professor Mohan Sawhney, McCormick Foundation professor of technology and the director of the Center for Research in Technology &amp; Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.</p> <p>The Allstate Insurance Business Challenge is part of a larger initiative by the Allstate Technology &amp; Strategic Ventures business unit to build relationships with universities to recruit talent, mentor future leaders and identify new and innovative technology offerings. The Challenge was open to teams of four to six students, with at least two of the students coming from the Kellogg School of Management and at least one student coming from one of Northwestern's five other post-graduate institutions. After evaluating the first round of submissions, the top three teams were chosen by Northwestern faculty and assigned coaches from Allstate. With guidance from those coaches, the teams made their final presentations.</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>The <a href="http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/">Kellogg School of Management</a> at Northwestern University develops brave leaders who inspire growth in people, organizations and markets. Based just outside of Chicago, the school is a global leader in management education, renowned for its distinctive thought leadership and pioneering approach to learning. Kellogg offers an innovative portfolio of programs: four Full-Time MBA programs including leading one-year program and joint degree programs with the engineering, law and medical schools; a Part-Time MBA Program; the premier Executive MBA global network; and extensive non-degree Executive Education programs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:<br /> </strong>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:56:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/98a8261a-0216-46f6-aa19-3004cfb437dd http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/98a8261a-0216-46f6-aa19-3004cfb437dd Northwestern Graduate Student Teams Compete in Allstate Challenge Competition let students present tech-focused innovation ideas<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>With a fresh take on bringing useful information to drivers, teams of graduate students from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management recently competed in the Allstate Insurance Business Challenge. The teams submitted proposals that blended business strategy, technology and domain expertise to develop ideas for innovative new mobile solutions.</p> <p>The winning team was selected by executives from Allstate's Technology &amp; Strategic Ventures business unit and was awarded $20,000. The second and third place teams received $4,000 and $1,000, respectively, and the company collected valuable innovation ideas.</p> <p>"The Business Challenge provided multiple opportunities for us, most importantly receiving fresh, new innovative ideas to leverage technology for our customers," said Andy Zitney, Allstate senior vice president. "In addition to the proposals received, the challenge allowed us to interact with and mentor students, build ties with a top university for future recruiting, and reinforce Allstate's status as a leading employer in this market."</p> <p>The winning team's entry proposed two new mobile apps. The first app, MyCopilot, would give drivers tips on how to improve mileage, monitor the health of their car, and deliver an estimate for their insurance premiums. The second app, CarViser, would package data for agents allowing them to customize information specific to each customer's vehicle and project overall cost of ownership.</p> <p>The second place team entry offered an idea to create a mobile app allowing consumers to choose a preferred driver for their ride-booking service needs. The third place team idea was for a suite of mobile driving apps designed to promote safer driving and connect users with other drivers and mobile services.</p> <p>"The Allstate Business Challenge was a win-win initiative for Allstate as well as the Kellogg School of Management as it gave Allstate fresh insights and it provided Kellogg MBA students with a hands-on learning experience and mentoring by Allstate leaders," said professor Mohan Sawhney, McCormick Foundation professor of technology and the director of the Center for Research in Technology &amp; Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.</p> <p>The Allstate Insurance Business Challenge is part of a larger initiative by the Allstate Technology &amp; Strategic Ventures business unit to build relationships with universities to recruit talent, mentor future leaders and identify new and innovative technology offerings. The Challenge was open to teams of four to six students, with at least two of the students coming from the Kellogg School of Management and at least one student coming from one of Northwestern's five other post-graduate institutions. After evaluating the first round of submissions, the top three teams were chosen by Northwestern faculty and assigned coaches from Allstate. With guidance from those coaches, the teams made their final presentations.</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>The <a href="http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/">Kellogg School of Management</a> at Northwestern University develops brave leaders who inspire growth in people, organizations and markets. Based just outside of Chicago, the school is a global leader in management education, renowned for its distinctive thought leadership and pioneering approach to learning. Kellogg offers an innovative portfolio of programs: four Full-Time MBA programs including leading one-year program and joint degree programs with the engineering, law and medical schools; a Part-Time MBA Program; the premier Executive MBA global network; and extensive non-degree Executive Education programs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:<br /> </strong>Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> Allstate Announces February Catastrophe Loss Estimate <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced estimated catastrophe losses for the month of February 2015 of $223 million, pre-tax ($145 million after-tax). Catastrophe losses occurring in February comprised seven events at an estimated cost of $224 million, pre-tax, partially offset by favorable reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses. Three severe winter weather/freeze events accounted for over 88% of the estimated loss for February events.</p> <p>Estimated catastrophe losses for the first quarter months of January and February 2015 totaled $225 million, pre-tax ($146 million after-tax).</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="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> 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><strong>Forward-Looking Statements</strong><br /> This news release contains "forward-looking statements" that anticipate results based on our estimates, assumptions and plans that are subject to uncertainty. These statements are made subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and may be identified by their use of words like "plans," "seeks," "expects," "will," "should," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "believes," "likely," "targets" and other words with similar meanings. We believe these statements are based on reasonable estimates, assumptions and plans. However, if the estimates, assumptions or plans underlying the forward-looking statements prove inaccurate or if other risks or uncertainties arise, actual results could differ materially from those communicated in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements may be found in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p> <p>Greg Burns<br /> Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>Pat Macellaro<br /> Investor Relations<br /> (847) 402-2800</p> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:22:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a47db8b0-2a65-4079-87be-0c6512face93 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/a47db8b0-2a65-4079-87be-0c6512face93 Allstate Announces February Catastrophe Loss Estimate <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced estimated catastrophe losses for the month of February 2015 of $223 million, pre-tax ($145 million after-tax). Catastrophe losses occurring in February comprised seven events at an estimated cost of $224 million, pre-tax, partially offset by favorable reserve reestimates of prior reported catastrophe losses. Three severe winter weather/freeze events accounted for over 88% of the estimated loss for February events.</p> <p>Estimated catastrophe losses for the first quarter months of January and February 2015 totaled $225 million, pre-tax ($146 million after-tax).</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="https://www.allstate.com/financial/life-insurance/main.aspx?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">life</a> and other insurance offered through its <a href="https://www.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Allstate</a>, <a href="http://www.esurance.com/">Esurance</a>, <a href="http://www.encompassinsurance.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Encompass</a> and <a href="http://www.answerfinancial.com/">Answer Financial</a> brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In <a href="https://ourstory.allstate.com/?cid=OTC-PR-Corp-150312">Good Hands</a> 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><strong>Forward-Looking Statements</strong><br /> This news release contains "forward-looking statements" that anticipate results based on our estimates, assumptions and plans that are subject to uncertainty. These statements are made subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and may be identified by their use of words like "plans," "seeks," "expects," "will," "should," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "believes," "likely," "targets" and other words with similar meanings. We believe these statements are based on reasonable estimates, assumptions and plans. However, if the estimates, assumptions or plans underlying the forward-looking statements prove inaccurate or if other risks or uncertainties arise, actual results could differ materially from those communicated in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements may be found in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p> <p>Greg Burns<br /> Media Relations<br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p>Pat Macellaro<br /> Investor Relations<br /> (847) 402-2800</p> Americans Take Advantage of Lower Gas Prices and Tax Refunds to Pay-Off Debt, Cover Everyday Needs -- Finds Allstate/National Journal Poll Middle class Americans living on tight budgets despite improving unemployment rate; poll finds growing positive economic sentiment for second half of year<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Despite lower gas prices and reduced unemployment, most Americans are taking advantage of their savings at the pump to cover basic needs and pay off debt, according to the data released this week by The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) and <em>National Journal</em>.</p> <p>The 22<sup>nd</sup> quarterly Allstate/<em>National Journal</em> Heartland Monitor Poll revealed that nearly four-in-five Americans (78 percent) are realizing savings at the pump, and 58 percent of them are using these savings to cover basic necessities (31 percent) or to pay off/avoid debt (27 percent). Nearly one third of Americans (32 percent) state that the decline in gas prices has had a "huge" or "significant difference" in their personal financial situations, according to Americans polled who benefitted from price savings.</p> <p>In addition, more than half of Americans (55 percent) expect to receive a refund on their taxes this year and nearly four-in-ten (37 percent) of them will use their refund to pay off debt.</p> <p>The Heartland Monitor poll surveyed Americans' attitudes, expectations, and personal financial situations amidst lower gas prices and as the country approaches the height of tax season. The results reveal a population that is more optimistic for the future but continuing to struggle despite the broader economic recovery.</p> <p>In a positive sign, for the first time in Heartland Monitor's polling since June 2013, Americans are now more likely to say that the national economy will improve over the next twelve months (32 percent) than they are to say it will get worse (25 percent). However, an overwhelming majority of Americans express deep concerns over the cost of living for necessities and wages and income with nearly 80 percent of the country claiming the U.S. economy rates "Fair" or "Poor" on these factors.</p> <p>"While many Americans still face financial challenges, these poll results also indicate the great progress made in turning around our economy," said Tom Clarkson, president, West Territory, Allstate Personal Lines. "As a network of small businesses, we understand that middle class Americans have been incredibly resilient to overcome these challenges and local institutions and small businesses will continue to play an important role in our economic growth."</p> <p>"Americans indicate in the poll that they still plan to be cautious with their savings at the pump and any tax refund they might receive," said Ronald Brownstein, Atlantic Media's editorial director. "That fits with the pattern of restrained optimism we see throughout the poll. While Americans' attitudes about their personal prospects and the country's direction have clearly brightened since last fall, most Americans remain skittish about the economy's overall performance and concerned about its ability to generate rising wages and living standards."</p> <p><strong>Impact of Lower Gas Prices</strong></p> <ul> <li>Among the 78 percent of those polled who've benefitted from savings at the pump, nearly half of those polled (43 percent) say that the decline in gas prices has had "only a slight difference" or made no impact on their personal financial situations.</li> <li>Americans who say that lower gas prices have made a huge or significant difference in their personal finances are more likely to believe that their personal finances will improve by this time next year.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Impact of Tax Refunds and Property Taxes</strong></p> <ul> <li>The top priority for spending anticipated tax refunds is paying off debt (37 percent) followed by saving or investing (29 percent) and spending on necessities (20 percent).</li> <li>The highest expectations for a tax refund come from households that earn between $30k and $75k per year and among younger age groups.</li> <li>Individuals under 50 years old expressed a higher degree of commitment to pay off debt than older Americans.</li> <li>Four-in-ten (40 percent) Millennials and 45 percent of Gen X'ers plan to use their tax refunds to pay off debt. Across the nation, just 8 percent of respondents say they will spend their tax refund on non-essential purchases.</li> <li>When polled on different factors about the community they live in, Americans gave a substantial "fair" or "poor" rating for the amount they pay in local and property taxes (63 percent), followed by wages and incomes (62 percent), and costs of living (60 percent).</li> </ul> <p>For complete survey findings, please visit <a href="http://www.heartlandmonitor.com">www.heartlandmonitor.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> Since April 2009, the Allstate/<em>National Journal</em> Heartland Monitor Polls have explored Americans' personal financial experiences, their views on the financial system, and their opinion of how the federal government's budget situation impacts their personal finances. The most recent Allstate/<em>National Journal</em> Heartland Monitor national poll was conducted by FTI Consulting, from February 18-22, 2015, among N=1,000 American adults age 18+, with 500 reached via landline and 500 reached via cell phone. The margin of error for survey is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate Corporation</strong><br /> The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial 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 support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About National Journal Group</strong><br /> National Journal Group (NJG) is a premium provider of essential insights, analysis, and solutions for those operating in Washington's policy and government arenas. The brand currently reaches an audience of over 3 million through its editorial products, including NationalJournal.com, <em>Hotline, National Journal</em>, the magazine, and <em>National Journal Daily</em>. In addition, NJG serves 700 of Washington's top organizations through its robust Membership Services, and convenes the nation's top leaders at its 75 widely attended live events each year.</p> <p>Tim Hartman is the Chief Executive Officer, Tim Grieve is President and Editor-in-Chief and Poppy MacDonald serves as President and Publisher. National Journal Group is a division of Atlantic Media.</p> <p><strong>About FTI Consulting</strong><br /> FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN) is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 4,400 employees located in 26 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.76 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2014. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.fticonsulting.com">www.fticonsulting.com</a> and connect with us on Twitter (@FTIConsulting), Facebook and LinkedIn.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Media Contacts:</strong><br /> <br /> Jeff Cartwright<br /> <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com"><em>National Journal</em></a><br /> <a href="mailto:Jeff@nationaljournal.com">Jeff@nationaljournal.com</a><br /> (202) 266-7405</p> <p>Dan Margolis<br /> FTI Consulting, for Allstate<br /> <a href="mailto:Dan.Margolis@fticonsulting.com">Dan.Margolis@fticonsulting.com</a><br /> (213) 452-6472</p> <p>Pam Morris<br /> Allstate<br /> <a href="mailto:Pamela.Morris@allstate.com">Pamela.Morris@allstate.com</a> <br /> (847) 402-8565</p> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:24:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f655c5ea-f1a4-467b-a83b-bdea6fcdb1ac http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/f655c5ea-f1a4-467b-a83b-bdea6fcdb1ac Americans Take Advantage of Lower Gas Prices and Tax Refunds to Pay-Off Debt, Cover Everyday Needs -- Finds Allstate/National Journal Poll Middle class Americans living on tight budgets despite improving unemployment rate; poll finds growing positive economic sentiment for second half of year<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Despite lower gas prices and reduced unemployment, most Americans are taking advantage of their savings at the pump to cover basic needs and pay off debt, according to the data released this week by The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) and <em>National Journal</em>.</p> <p>The 22<sup>nd</sup> quarterly Allstate/<em>National Journal</em> Heartland Monitor Poll revealed that nearly four-in-five Americans (78 percent) are realizing savings at the pump, and 58 percent of them are using these savings to cover basic necessities (31 percent) or to pay off/avoid debt (27 percent). Nearly one third of Americans (32 percent) state that the decline in gas prices has had a "huge" or "significant difference" in their personal financial situations, according to Americans polled who benefitted from price savings.</p> <p>In addition, more than half of Americans (55 percent) expect to receive a refund on their taxes this year and nearly four-in-ten (37 percent) of them will use their refund to pay off debt.</p> <p>The Heartland Monitor poll surveyed Americans' attitudes, expectations, and personal financial situations amidst lower gas prices and as the country approaches the height of tax season. The results reveal a population that is more optimistic for the future but continuing to struggle despite the broader economic recovery.</p> <p>In a positive sign, for the first time in Heartland Monitor's polling since June 2013, Americans are now more likely to say that the national economy will improve over the next twelve months (32 percent) than they are to say it will get worse (25 percent). However, an overwhelming majority of Americans express deep concerns over the cost of living for necessities and wages and income with nearly 80 percent of the country claiming the U.S. economy rates "Fair" or "Poor" on these factors.</p> <p>"While many Americans still face financial challenges, these poll results also indicate the great progress made in turning around our economy," said Tom Clarkson, president, West Territory, Allstate Personal Lines. "As a network of small businesses, we understand that middle class Americans have been incredibly resilient to overcome these challenges and local institutions and small businesses will continue to play an important role in our economic growth."</p> <p>"Americans indicate in the poll that they still plan to be cautious with their savings at the pump and any tax refund they might receive," said Ronald Brownstein, Atlantic Media's editorial director. "That fits with the pattern of restrained optimism we see throughout the poll. While Americans' attitudes about their personal prospects and the country's direction have clearly brightened since last fall, most Americans remain skittish about the economy's overall performance and concerned about its ability to generate rising wages and living standards."</p> <p><strong>Impact of Lower Gas Prices</strong></p> <ul> <li>Among the 78 percent of those polled who've benefitted from savings at the pump, nearly half of those polled (43 percent) say that the decline in gas prices has had "only a slight difference" or made no impact on their personal financial situations.</li> <li>Americans who say that lower gas prices have made a huge or significant difference in their personal finances are more likely to believe that their personal finances will improve by this time next year.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Impact of Tax Refunds and Property Taxes</strong></p> <ul> <li>The top priority for spending anticipated tax refunds is paying off debt (37 percent) followed by saving or investing (29 percent) and spending on necessities (20 percent).</li> <li>The highest expectations for a tax refund come from households that earn between $30k and $75k per year and among younger age groups.</li> <li>Individuals under 50 years old expressed a higher degree of commitment to pay off debt than older Americans.</li> <li>Four-in-ten (40 percent) Millennials and 45 percent of Gen X'ers plan to use their tax refunds to pay off debt. Across the nation, just 8 percent of respondents say they will spend their tax refund on non-essential purchases.</li> <li>When polled on different factors about the community they live in, Americans gave a substantial "fair" or "poor" rating for the amount they pay in local and property taxes (63 percent), followed by wages and incomes (62 percent), and costs of living (60 percent).</li> </ul> <p>For complete survey findings, please visit <a href="http://www.heartlandmonitor.com">www.heartlandmonitor.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> Since April 2009, the Allstate/<em>National Journal</em> Heartland Monitor Polls have explored Americans' personal financial experiences, their views on the financial system, and their opinion of how the federal government's budget situation impacts their personal finances. The most recent Allstate/<em>National Journal</em> Heartland Monitor national poll was conducted by FTI Consulting, from February 18-22, 2015, among N=1,000 American adults age 18+, with 500 reached via landline and 500 reached via cell phone. The margin of error for survey is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate Corporation</strong><br /> The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial 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 support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About National Journal Group</strong><br /> National Journal Group (NJG) is a premium provider of essential insights, analysis, and solutions for those operating in Washington's policy and government arenas. The brand currently reaches an audience of over 3 million through its editorial products, including NationalJournal.com, <em>Hotline, National Journal</em>, the magazine, and <em>National Journal Daily</em>. In addition, NJG serves 700 of Washington's top organizations through its robust Membership Services, and convenes the nation's top leaders at its 75 widely attended live events each year.</p> <p>Tim Hartman is the Chief Executive Officer, Tim Grieve is President and Editor-in-Chief and Poppy MacDonald serves as President and Publisher. National Journal Group is a division of Atlantic Media.</p> <p><strong>About FTI Consulting</strong><br /> FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN) is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 4,400 employees located in 26 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.76 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2014. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.fticonsulting.com">www.fticonsulting.com</a> and connect with us on Twitter (@FTIConsulting), Facebook and LinkedIn.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Media Contacts:</strong><br /> <br /> Jeff Cartwright<br /> <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com"><em>National Journal</em></a><br /> <a href="mailto:Jeff@nationaljournal.com">Jeff@nationaljournal.com</a><br /> (202) 266-7405</p> <p>Dan Margolis<br /> FTI Consulting, for Allstate<br /> <a href="mailto:Dan.Margolis@fticonsulting.com">Dan.Margolis@fticonsulting.com</a><br /> (213) 452-6472</p> <p>Pam Morris<br /> Allstate<br /> <a href="mailto:Pamela.Morris@allstate.com">Pamela.Morris@allstate.com</a> <br /> (847) 402-8565</p> College Basketball Analyst Dick Vitale to Face Groundhog Day Legend Punxsutawney Phil™ in Allstate’s March Mayhem™ Challenge Vitale and world-renowned, prognosticating groundhog to make NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship picks during bracket challenge<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Dick Vitale, ESPN college basketball analyst and one of the sport's most recognizable icons, is putting his NCAA&reg; bracket picking skills to the ultimate test going head-to-head with Punxsutawney Phil&trade;, the famous winter vs. spring-predicting groundhog, in this year's Allstate March Mayhem&trade; Challenge.</p> <p>Taking on well-known bracket pick 'em champions from the animal kingdom is nothing new for Vitale. During previous Allstate March Mayhem&trade; Challenge events, he narrowly edged out a victory against the Georgia Aquarium's sports-predicting dolphins and defeated Joel, the Fort Worth Herd's 1,795-pound longhorn. But this year, Allstate Insurance Company, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, is pitting Vitale up against his toughest competitor to-date, Punxsutawney Phil&trade;, who boasts an impressive record of 129-0 in his history of correctly predicting an early spring or extended winter.</p> <p>"I've put my basketball knowledge to the test against a pair of dolphins and a Texas longhorn, and was able to beat them all," said Vitale. "Now it's time to up the ante and take on one of the world's most notorious animal prognosticators. Phil may have one hundred-plus years of correctly picking winter vs. spring under his belt, but there's no way he's going to beat me at my own game."</p> <p>Phil will leave Pennsylvania for the first time in more than a decade to take on Vitale in a bracket picking contest of epic proportions on March 17 at the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis, host city of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.</p> <p>"After much consideration and research, Punxsutawney Phil will indeed emerge from his burrow to go head-to-head against Dickie V in the Allstate March Mayhem Challenge," said Bill Deeley, Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle president. "Make no mistake; this year's brutal winter was proof yet again of Phil's infallible record of predicting the weather, 129-0. And while college basketball is not the type of predicting Phil is accustom to, The Groundhog Club is confident he will bring home a win and defeat the legendary broadcaster."</p> <p>No matter which expert reigns supreme this March, in the spirit of good sportsmanship, Allstate Insurance Company will make a monetary donation to Gobbler's Knob to go towards the celebration of Groundhog Day and to the V Foundation for cancer research on behalf of each competitor.</p> <p>"This time of year is all about March Mayhem. You never know what is going to happen on the court, which is why this year we're pitting two of the best predictors in the world against one another as part of the Allstate March Mayhem Challenge," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company. "From buzzer beaters to improbable upsets, Mayhem is everywhere, making it nearly impossible for even the most respected and knowledgeable basketball analysts &ndash; and prognosticating groundhogs &ndash; to predict the on-the-court action."&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, fans can also get in on the action and experience the mayhem first-hand by signing up for Allstate's Tourney Challenge Sweepstakes for a chance to win $50,000 and a trip to the 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four&reg; in Indianapolis. To sign up, visit <a href="http://www.ESPN.com" target="_blank">ESPN.com</a> and search "Allstate," then play the ESPN Tournament Challenge.</p> <p>Knowing that not everyone can be a prognosticator like Vitale and Phil, this year Allstate Insurance Company is providing fans with a predictive statistical analysis tool to help the bracket-building process for their personal enjoyment. Following Selection Sunday on March 16, fans can check out the Mayhem Bracket Predictor tool at <a href="http://allstatemarchmayhem.stats.com/?cid=OTC-PR-NCAAMayhemBracket-150305#home" target="_blank">allstatemarchmayhem.stats.com</a>, which allows users to pair any two teams in the Tournament and instantly receive the win probability for each school. Individual team stats and historical Tournament data are also available to help fans make difficult picks.</p> <p>In addition to providing the win probability of individual matchups, this year's Mayhem Bracket Predictor allows fans to come back to the site throughout the Tournament to see if their bracket is busted through the Tournament Predictor feature. The Tournament Predictor will provide updates based on statistical data on the likelihood of each team winning the entire NCAA Tournament as games take place.</p> <p>For more information on the Mayhem Bracket Predictor tool, visit <a href="http://allstatemarchmayhem.stats.com/?cid=OTC-PR-NCAAMayhemBracket-150305#home" target="_blank">allstatemarchmayhem.stats.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><strong>&reg;</strong><strong> </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 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, March Madness and March Mayhem are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Media Contacts:</strong></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> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0378e464-c161-447b-992b-f7f747c54947 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/0378e464-c161-447b-992b-f7f747c54947 College Basketball Analyst Dick Vitale to Face Groundhog Day Legend Punxsutawney Phil™ in Allstate’s March Mayhem™ Challenge Vitale and world-renowned, prognosticating groundhog to make NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship picks during bracket challenge<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Dick Vitale, ESPN college basketball analyst and one of the sport's most recognizable icons, is putting his NCAA&reg; bracket picking skills to the ultimate test going head-to-head with Punxsutawney Phil&trade;, the famous winter vs. spring-predicting groundhog, in this year's Allstate March Mayhem&trade; Challenge.</p> <p>Taking on well-known bracket pick 'em champions from the animal kingdom is nothing new for Vitale. During previous Allstate March Mayhem&trade; Challenge events, he narrowly edged out a victory against the Georgia Aquarium's sports-predicting dolphins and defeated Joel, the Fort Worth Herd's 1,795-pound longhorn. But this year, Allstate Insurance Company, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, is pitting Vitale up against his toughest competitor to-date, Punxsutawney Phil&trade;, who boasts an impressive record of 129-0 in his history of correctly predicting an early spring or extended winter.</p> <p>"I've put my basketball knowledge to the test against a pair of dolphins and a Texas longhorn, and was able to beat them all," said Vitale. "Now it's time to up the ante and take on one of the world's most notorious animal prognosticators. Phil may have one hundred-plus years of correctly picking winter vs. spring under his belt, but there's no way he's going to beat me at my own game."</p> <p>Phil will leave Pennsylvania for the first time in more than a decade to take on Vitale in a bracket picking contest of epic proportions on March 17 at the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis, host city of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.</p> <p>"After much consideration and research, Punxsutawney Phil will indeed emerge from his burrow to go head-to-head against Dickie V in the Allstate March Mayhem Challenge," said Bill Deeley, Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle president. "Make no mistake; this year's brutal winter was proof yet again of Phil's infallible record of predicting the weather, 129-0. And while college basketball is not the type of predicting Phil is accustom to, The Groundhog Club is confident he will bring home a win and defeat the legendary broadcaster."</p> <p>No matter which expert reigns supreme this March, in the spirit of good sportsmanship, Allstate Insurance Company will make a monetary donation to Gobbler's Knob to go towards the celebration of Groundhog Day and to the V Foundation for cancer research on behalf of each competitor.</p> <p>"This time of year is all about March Mayhem. You never know what is going to happen on the court, which is why this year we're pitting two of the best predictors in the world against one another as part of the Allstate March Mayhem Challenge," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company. "From buzzer beaters to improbable upsets, Mayhem is everywhere, making it nearly impossible for even the most respected and knowledgeable basketball analysts &ndash; and prognosticating groundhogs &ndash; to predict the on-the-court action."&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, fans can also get in on the action and experience the mayhem first-hand by signing up for Allstate's Tourney Challenge Sweepstakes for a chance to win $50,000 and a trip to the 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four&reg; in Indianapolis. To sign up, visit <a href="http://www.ESPN.com" target="_blank">ESPN.com</a> and search "Allstate," then play the ESPN Tournament Challenge.</p> <p>Knowing that not everyone can be a prognosticator like Vitale and Phil, this year Allstate Insurance Company is providing fans with a predictive statistical analysis tool to help the bracket-building process for their personal enjoyment. Following Selection Sunday on March 16, fans can check out the Mayhem Bracket Predictor tool at <a href="http://allstatemarchmayhem.stats.com/?cid=OTC-PR-NCAAMayhemBracket-150305#home" target="_blank">allstatemarchmayhem.stats.com</a>, which allows users to pair any two teams in the Tournament and instantly receive the win probability for each school. Individual team stats and historical Tournament data are also available to help fans make difficult picks.</p> <p>In addition to providing the win probability of individual matchups, this year's Mayhem Bracket Predictor allows fans to come back to the site throughout the Tournament to see if their bracket is busted through the Tournament Predictor feature. The Tournament Predictor will provide updates based on statistical data on the likelihood of each team winning the entire NCAA Tournament as games take place.</p> <p>For more information on the Mayhem Bracket Predictor tool, visit <a href="http://allstatemarchmayhem.stats.com/?cid=OTC-PR-NCAAMayhemBracket-150305#home" target="_blank">allstatemarchmayhem.stats.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate</strong><strong>&reg;</strong><strong> </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 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, March Madness and March Mayhem are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>Media Contacts:</strong></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> <p>&nbsp;</p> Earn Up to $10,000 Referral Award if Candidates are Appointed This Year <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="background: #fafafa; color: #999999; border: 1px solid #e8e8e8; border-radius: 5px; padding: 10px 15px 10px 25px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 0px; width: auto;"> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="/media_storage/new/2015-EA-Referral-Form.doc" target="_blank">Click here to fill out the referral form</a><br /> </strong><strong>For more information, email <a href="mailto:NYSDL@Allstate.com">NYSDL@Allstate.com</a></strong></p> </div> <p>In a strong demonstration of its commitment to increasing its presence in the New York marketplace, Allstate Insurance Company has announced that it is looking to appoint new exclusive agency owners and is offering up to $10,000 for Allstate Exclusive Agent referrals that are appointed as Exclusive Agents in New York as part of a new 2015 Referral Bonus Program.</p> <p>"We see a significant opportunity in the current economy to attract entrepreneurs and mid-career, mid-level managers who are looking to own and operate their own business* and represent Allstate," says Douglas Eberle, Allstate Strategic Deployment Leader in New York. "We currently work with our existing Allstate agents, business brokers and recruiters to find professionals with financial or sales backgrounds. However, Allstate is now offering consumers the opportunity to cash in by helping to identify candidates who are dedicated to customer service."</p> <p>Allstate Insurance Company in New York is offering $5,000 for the first referral appointed this year, $7,500 for the second referral appointed this year and $10,000 for each additional referral appointed in 2015. The referral must be appointed as an Allstate Exclusive Agent in New York State to qualify. The advantage of investing in Allstate is, agency owners are able to leverage one of America's most recognized brands without ever having to pay a franchise or licensing fee. The capital invested in the business will go directly toward the success of that agency.</p> <p>To begin the referral process, consumers can fill out the attachment in the link above and email the completed form to <a href="mailto:NYSDL@Allstate.com">NYSDL@Allstate.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><em>*subject to the terms and conditions of the Allstate Agency agreement.</em></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>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:17:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/2da4e2f2-7c0f-4716-a1ba-f6a6883d24be http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/2da4e2f2-7c0f-4716-a1ba-f6a6883d24be Earn Up to $10,000 Referral Award if Candidates are Appointed This Year <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="background: #fafafa; color: #999999; border: 1px solid #e8e8e8; border-radius: 5px; padding: 10px 15px 10px 25px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 0px; width: auto;"> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="/media_storage/new/2015-EA-Referral-Form.doc" target="_blank">Click here to fill out the referral form</a><br /> </strong><strong>For more information, email <a href="mailto:NYSDL@Allstate.com">NYSDL@Allstate.com</a></strong></p> </div> <p>In a strong demonstration of its commitment to increasing its presence in the New York marketplace, Allstate Insurance Company has announced that it is looking to appoint new exclusive agency owners and is offering up to $10,000 for Allstate Exclusive Agent referrals that are appointed as Exclusive Agents in New York as part of a new 2015 Referral Bonus Program.</p> <p>"We see a significant opportunity in the current economy to attract entrepreneurs and mid-career, mid-level managers who are looking to own and operate their own business* and represent Allstate," says Douglas Eberle, Allstate Strategic Deployment Leader in New York. "We currently work with our existing Allstate agents, business brokers and recruiters to find professionals with financial or sales backgrounds. However, Allstate is now offering consumers the opportunity to cash in by helping to identify candidates who are dedicated to customer service."</p> <p>Allstate Insurance Company in New York is offering $5,000 for the first referral appointed this year, $7,500 for the second referral appointed this year and $10,000 for each additional referral appointed in 2015. The referral must be appointed as an Allstate Exclusive Agent in New York State to qualify. The advantage of investing in Allstate is, agency owners are able to leverage one of America's most recognized brands without ever having to pay a franchise or licensing fee. The capital invested in the business will go directly toward the success of that agency.</p> <p>To begin the referral process, consumers can fill out the attachment in the link above and email the completed form to <a href="mailto:NYSDL@Allstate.com">NYSDL@Allstate.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><em>*subject to the terms and conditions of the Allstate Agency agreement.</em></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>Christina Kelly<br /> 631-233-6048<br /> <a href="mailto:ckelx@allstate.com">ckelx@allstate.com</a></p> Harriet Harty <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/de9e/b9d2/de9eb9d2-78e7-4c32-8102-731b801f9cdc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Harriet Harty Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:50:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/harriet-harty-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/harriet-harty-1 Harriet Harty <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/de9e/b9d2/de9eb9d2-78e7-4c32-8102-731b801f9cdc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Harriet Harty Clarkson, Thomas <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/ddd3/9175/ddd39175-9926-4fd2-9bb1-5b8a3fd3a221-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Clarkson, Thomas Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:47:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/clarkson-thomas-1 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/clarkson-thomas-1 Clarkson, Thomas <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/ddd3/9175/ddd39175-9926-4fd2-9bb1-5b8a3fd3a221-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Clarkson, Thomas Heartland Monitor Poll XXII Explores American Attitudes toward their Local Communities and Country Heartland Monitor Poll XXII Explores American Attitudes toward their Local Communities and Country; Allstate Chairman and CEO Tom Wilson Announces The Renewal Awards Highlighting Local Innovators Building their Communities from the Ground Up. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:44:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/0f02616a-1007-4ad5-9bc8-1a5a055a57c8 http://allstatenewsroom.com/videos/0f02616a-1007-4ad5-9bc8-1a5a055a57c8 Heartland Monitor Poll XXII Explores American Attitudes toward their Local Communities and Country Heartland Monitor Poll XXII Explores American Attitudes toward their Local Communities and Country; Allstate Chairman and CEO Tom Wilson Announces The Renewal Awards Highlighting Local Innovators Building their Communities from the Ground Up. Allstate Recruiting California Insurer Adding Agency Owners for 7th Consecutive Year<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company plans to add additional agency owners in California in 2015, extending its recruiting campaign for the seventh consecutive year. Allstate signed 69 new exclusive agency owners in California in 2014, after adding 73 in 2013, 58 in 2012 and 2011, 44 in 2010, and 17 in 2009.</p> <p>"Allstate remains committed to growing in California and to serving more Californians," says John Stolte, Regional Field Sales Leader for Allstate in California. "Entrepreneurial professionals with financial and sales backgrounds interested in making a career out of helping people should contact Allstate to learn more of this opportunity."</p> <p>Candidates for Allstate agency ownership need a minimum of $50,000 of liquid capital to invest in their agency. Not a franchise fee, "this commitment is an investment in their agency," Stolte says. "It covers the frequent and expected operating expenses associated with a successful new agency. "</p> <p>As owner of their small business, these entrepreneurs are in charge of hiring licensed sales and customer service staff as part of building their business plan to serve the communities where they live and work. These operating resources also augment the marketing and product support that's provided by Allstate.</p> <p>"Allstate is unique among insurers because agents own the economic interest in their business," says Stolte. "Allstate agency owners can grow that interest and eventually sell it if they choose. No other branded insurer has this option."</p> <p>"Allstate further separates itself from industry competitors with best-in-class new owner curriculum, imparting the knowledge necessary to run a successful agency in California," he says. "New agency owners receive comprehensive instruction on every aspect of insurance and customer service in order to serve policyholders best and to grow their business."</p> <p><strong>Additional Hiring Could Total Hundreds More </strong></p> <p>Allstate is also encouraging agencies across the state to hire licensed sales professionals&mdash;at least a couple hundred more to reflect the Allstate commitment to grow auto business and increase service to Californians. The country's second largest auto insurance provider is also moving to strengthen its California presence in the boat, motorcycle and recreational all-terrain vehicle insurance markets.</p> <p>Allstate currently insures approximately 2 million California passenger cars and trucks plus more than a million homes here, and features more than 4,000 agency owners, support staff and employees in the state.</p> <p>Interested candidates can learn more about owning an Allstate agency by logging on to <a href="http://www.allstateagent.com/">www.allstateagent.com</a> or by contacting Linda Black or Angie Garcia, senior recruiting consultants in California, at (916) 859-8804 or (916) 859-8851, and <a href="mailto:Angie.Garcia@Allstate.com">Angie.Garcia@Allstate.com</a> or <a href="mailto:Linda.Black@Allstate.com">Linda.Black@Allstate.com</a>.</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 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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contacts:</strong><br /> Jim Klapthor, Allstate Media Relations<br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a><br /> On Twitter @AllstateinCA</p> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 06:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5063e172-cf9e-4281-8533-8d8e6251932d http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/5063e172-cf9e-4281-8533-8d8e6251932d Allstate Recruiting California Insurer Adding Agency Owners for 7th Consecutive Year<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company plans to add additional agency owners in California in 2015, extending its recruiting campaign for the seventh consecutive year. Allstate signed 69 new exclusive agency owners in California in 2014, after adding 73 in 2013, 58 in 2012 and 2011, 44 in 2010, and 17 in 2009.</p> <p>"Allstate remains committed to growing in California and to serving more Californians," says John Stolte, Regional Field Sales Leader for Allstate in California. "Entrepreneurial professionals with financial and sales backgrounds interested in making a career out of helping people should contact Allstate to learn more of this opportunity."</p> <p>Candidates for Allstate agency ownership need a minimum of $50,000 of liquid capital to invest in their agency. Not a franchise fee, "this commitment is an investment in their agency," Stolte says. "It covers the frequent and expected operating expenses associated with a successful new agency. "</p> <p>As owner of their small business, these entrepreneurs are in charge of hiring licensed sales and customer service staff as part of building their business plan to serve the communities where they live and work. These operating resources also augment the marketing and product support that's provided by Allstate.</p> <p>"Allstate is unique among insurers because agents own the economic interest in their business," says Stolte. "Allstate agency owners can grow that interest and eventually sell it if they choose. No other branded insurer has this option."</p> <p>"Allstate further separates itself from industry competitors with best-in-class new owner curriculum, imparting the knowledge necessary to run a successful agency in California," he says. "New agency owners receive comprehensive instruction on every aspect of insurance and customer service in order to serve policyholders best and to grow their business."</p> <p><strong>Additional Hiring Could Total Hundreds More </strong></p> <p>Allstate is also encouraging agencies across the state to hire licensed sales professionals&mdash;at least a couple hundred more to reflect the Allstate commitment to grow auto business and increase service to Californians. The country's second largest auto insurance provider is also moving to strengthen its California presence in the boat, motorcycle and recreational all-terrain vehicle insurance markets.</p> <p>Allstate currently insures approximately 2 million California passenger cars and trucks plus more than a million homes here, and features more than 4,000 agency owners, support staff and employees in the state.</p> <p>Interested candidates can learn more about owning an Allstate agency by logging on to <a href="http://www.allstateagent.com/">www.allstateagent.com</a> or by contacting Linda Black or Angie Garcia, senior recruiting consultants in California, at (916) 859-8804 or (916) 859-8851, and <a href="mailto:Angie.Garcia@Allstate.com">Angie.Garcia@Allstate.com</a> or <a href="mailto:Linda.Black@Allstate.com">Linda.Black@Allstate.com</a>.</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 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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contacts:</strong><br /> Jim Klapthor, Allstate Media Relations<br /> (909) 612-6644<br /> <a href="mailto:Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com">Jim.Klapthor@Allstate.com</a><br /> On Twitter @AllstateinCA</p> Americans Strongly Favor Local Institutions for Solving Nation’s Challenges ​Finds New Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Video, 1 Related Document</strong><p>As partisan gridlock plagues Washington, Americans are increasingly looking to state and local institutions for innovative approaches to solving the country's most pressing challenges, according to <a href="http://www.heartlandmonitor.com/" target="_blank">poll results</a> released today by The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) and <em>National Journal</em>.</p> <p>The 22nd quarterly Allstate/<em>National Journal</em> Heartland Monitor Poll explores Americans' experiences and attitudes toward their local communities in comparison to the rest of the country. The poll is part of <em><a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-economy" target="_blank">The Next Economy</a></em> series, a seven-year partnership between Allstate and Atlantic Media, of which <em>National Journal</em> is a part.</p> <p>The survey reveals an American public that is confident about their own local ingenuity, with 69 percent of Americans believing that new ideas and solutions to the country's challenges are more likely to come from state and local institutions compared to just 22 percent who believe that they will come from national institutions.</p> <p>A majority of Americans (64 percent) think more headway is being made at the state and local level compared to the national level (26 percent). Two-in-three Americans (66 percent) believe that state and local institutions are more equipped to improve the way we educate people. More than six-in-ten Americans (63 percent) also believe that state and local institutions are better at finding new ways to provide opportunities for the disadvantaged and creating new jobs than national institutions.</p> <p>National institutions came out on top only with "finding new ways to save energy and improve the environment" with 51 percent of respondents saying that national entities will do a better job compared to 43 percent at the state and local level, according to poll results.</p> <p>"These results resonate with what we have found while out reporting for <em>The Next Economy</em>--Americans are taking the country's problems into their own hands and solving them through innovation at the local level," said Atlantic Media Editorial Director Ron Brownstein. "While faith has clearly eroded in national institutions and Americans remain uncertain about the direction of the country overall, the public displays much more confidence in the direction of their local community, and the capacity of local institutions to address the major challenges facing the nation."</p> <p>"These poll results confirm what we've always known at Allstate, which is that great ideas start at the local level," said Tom Clarkson, president, West Territory, Allstate Personal Lines.&nbsp; "As a network of small businesses, we see the impact of creative, local problem solving first-hand. Communities are getting stronger and coming back, due to the energy of local individuals, businesses, and institutions."</p> <p>The poll found that Americans believe local institutions provide the best opportunities for revitalizing local economies. Specifically, 89 percent of respondents believe that investments by local businesses would be most beneficial to address challenges facing their local area.&nbsp; And, as for job growth, 62 percent said they see local businesses as more likely than national businesses, government, or non-profit groups to provide the best job opportunities.</p> <p>Americans are also ready to move beyond "tried and tested" approaches to local challenges and are instead looking for more innovative approaches. By a wide margin, 71 percent say they prefer "trying new ideas and solutions, even if the outcomes may be uncertain" compared to 20 percent who prefer "relying on tried and tested ideas and solutions, even if it means a lack of new thinking."</p> <p>Respondents also believe that they have greater ability today to drive this change. More than half (53 percent) say that, compared to 10 years ago, their personal resources like time and money allow them to make an impact in their local area. However, despite these resources, a plurality of Americans (44 percent) believe that average people have less influence on their local areas than 10 years ago.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> Since April 2009, the Allstate/<em>National Journal</em> Heartland Monitor Polls have explored Americans' personal financial experiences, their views on the financial system, and their opinion of how the federal government's budget situation impacts their personal finances. The most recent Allstate/<em>National Journal</em> Heartland Monitor national poll was conducted by FTI Consulting, from February 18-22, 2015, among N=1,000 American adults age 18+, with 500 reached via landline and 500 reached via cell phone. The Denver polling was conducted February 22-25, 2015. The margin of error for survey is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate Corporation</strong><br /> The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial 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 support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About National Journal Group</strong><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /> </span></strong>National Journal Group (NJG) is a premium provider of essential insights, analysis, and solutions for those operating in Washington's policy and government arenas. The brand currently reaches an audience of over 3 million through its editorial products, including NationalJournal.com, <em>Hotline</em>, <em>National Journal</em>, the magazine, and <em>National Journal Daily</em>.&nbsp;In addition, NJG serves 700 of Washington's top organizations through its robust Membership Services, and convenes the nation's top leaders at its 75 widely attended live events each year.</p> <p>Tim Hartman is the Chief Executive Officer, Tim Grieve is President and Editor-in-Chief and Poppy MacDonald serves as President and Publisher. National Journal Group is a division of Atlantic Media.</p> <p><strong>About The Next Economy<br /> </strong><em><a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-economy" target="_blank">The Next Economy</a></em> is based on a core idea: Even in the face of a political stalemate at the national level, our country has not lost its capacity for self-renewal. Founded in 2009, the program uses print, digital and live platforms to highlight how America is adapting to the changing economy, with a special focus on spotlighting local innovation driving progress in communities around the country. Combining editorial, events and the Heartland Monitor Poll, <em>The Next Economy</em> is available at NationalJournal.com/next-economy.</p> <p><strong>About FTI Consulting</strong><br /> FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FNC) is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 4,400 employees located in 26 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.76 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2014. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.www.fticonsulting.com" target="_blank">www.fticonsulting.com</a> and connect with us on Twitter (@FTIConsulting), Facebook and LinkedIn.</p> <p><strong>Media Contacts:</strong><br /> <br /> Jeff Cartwright <br /> <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com" target="_blank"><em>National Journal</em></a> <br /> <a href="mailto:Jeff@nationaljournal.com">Jeff@nationaljournal.com</a><br /> (202) 266-7405</p> <p>Dan Margolis<br /> FTI Consulting, for Allstate<br /> <a href="mailto:Dan.Margolis@fticonsulting.com">Dan.Margolis@fticonsulting.com</a><br /> (213) 452-6472</p> <p>Pam Morris<br /> Allstate<br /> <a href="mailto:Pamela.Morris@allstate.com">Pamela.Morris@allstate.com</a> <br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p># # #</p> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:12:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/29ace7c5-01d5-41f1-97b4-e0dc42b1dba8 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/29ace7c5-01d5-41f1-97b4-e0dc42b1dba8 Americans Strongly Favor Local Institutions for Solving Nation’s Challenges ​Finds New Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll <strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Video, 1 Related Document</strong><p>As partisan gridlock plagues Washington, Americans are increasingly looking to state and local institutions for innovative approaches to solving the country's most pressing challenges, according to <a href="http://www.heartlandmonitor.com/" target="_blank">poll results</a> released today by The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) and <em>National Journal</em>.</p> <p>The 22nd quarterly Allstate/<em>National Journal</em> Heartland Monitor Poll explores Americans' experiences and attitudes toward their local communities in comparison to the rest of the country. The poll is part of <em><a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-economy" target="_blank">The Next Economy</a></em> series, a seven-year partnership between Allstate and Atlantic Media, of which <em>National Journal</em> is a part.</p> <p>The survey reveals an American public that is confident about their own local ingenuity, with 69 percent of Americans believing that new ideas and solutions to the country's challenges are more likely to come from state and local institutions compared to just 22 percent who believe that they will come from national institutions.</p> <p>A majority of Americans (64 percent) think more headway is being made at the state and local level compared to the national level (26 percent). Two-in-three Americans (66 percent) believe that state and local institutions are more equipped to improve the way we educate people. More than six-in-ten Americans (63 percent) also believe that state and local institutions are better at finding new ways to provide opportunities for the disadvantaged and creating new jobs than national institutions.</p> <p>National institutions came out on top only with "finding new ways to save energy and improve the environment" with 51 percent of respondents saying that national entities will do a better job compared to 43 percent at the state and local level, according to poll results.</p> <p>"These results resonate with what we have found while out reporting for <em>The Next Economy</em>--Americans are taking the country's problems into their own hands and solving them through innovation at the local level," said Atlantic Media Editorial Director Ron Brownstein. "While faith has clearly eroded in national institutions and Americans remain uncertain about the direction of the country overall, the public displays much more confidence in the direction of their local community, and the capacity of local institutions to address the major challenges facing the nation."</p> <p>"These poll results confirm what we've always known at Allstate, which is that great ideas start at the local level," said Tom Clarkson, president, West Territory, Allstate Personal Lines.&nbsp; "As a network of small businesses, we see the impact of creative, local problem solving first-hand. Communities are getting stronger and coming back, due to the energy of local individuals, businesses, and institutions."</p> <p>The poll found that Americans believe local institutions provide the best opportunities for revitalizing local economies. Specifically, 89 percent of respondents believe that investments by local businesses would be most beneficial to address challenges facing their local area.&nbsp; And, as for job growth, 62 percent said they see local businesses as more likely than national businesses, government, or non-profit groups to provide the best job opportunities.</p> <p>Americans are also ready to move beyond "tried and tested" approaches to local challenges and are instead looking for more innovative approaches. By a wide margin, 71 percent say they prefer "trying new ideas and solutions, even if the outcomes may be uncertain" compared to 20 percent who prefer "relying on tried and tested ideas and solutions, even if it means a lack of new thinking."</p> <p>Respondents also believe that they have greater ability today to drive this change. More than half (53 percent) say that, compared to 10 years ago, their personal resources like time and money allow them to make an impact in their local area. However, despite these resources, a plurality of Americans (44 percent) believe that average people have less influence on their local areas than 10 years ago.</p> <p><strong>Survey Methodology</strong><br /> Since April 2009, the Allstate/<em>National Journal</em> Heartland Monitor Polls have explored Americans' personal financial experiences, their views on the financial system, and their opinion of how the federal government's budget situation impacts their personal finances. The most recent Allstate/<em>National Journal</em> Heartland Monitor national poll was conducted by FTI Consulting, from February 18-22, 2015, among N=1,000 American adults age 18+, with 500 reached via landline and 500 reached via cell phone. The Denver polling was conducted February 22-25, 2015. The margin of error for survey is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.</p> <p><strong>About Allstate Corporation</strong><br /> The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial 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 support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.</p> <p><strong>About National Journal Group</strong><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /> </span></strong>National Journal Group (NJG) is a premium provider of essential insights, analysis, and solutions for those operating in Washington's policy and government arenas. The brand currently reaches an audience of over 3 million through its editorial products, including NationalJournal.com, <em>Hotline</em>, <em>National Journal</em>, the magazine, and <em>National Journal Daily</em>.&nbsp;In addition, NJG serves 700 of Washington's top organizations through its robust Membership Services, and convenes the nation's top leaders at its 75 widely attended live events each year.</p> <p>Tim Hartman is the Chief Executive Officer, Tim Grieve is President and Editor-in-Chief and Poppy MacDonald serves as President and Publisher. National Journal Group is a division of Atlantic Media.</p> <p><strong>About The Next Economy<br /> </strong><em><a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-economy" target="_blank">The Next Economy</a></em> is based on a core idea: Even in the face of a political stalemate at the national level, our country has not lost its capacity for self-renewal. Founded in 2009, the program uses print, digital and live platforms to highlight how America is adapting to the changing economy, with a special focus on spotlighting local innovation driving progress in communities around the country. Combining editorial, events and the Heartland Monitor Poll, <em>The Next Economy</em> is available at NationalJournal.com/next-economy.</p> <p><strong>About FTI Consulting</strong><br /> FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FNC) is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 4,400 employees located in 26 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.76 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2014. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.www.fticonsulting.com" target="_blank">www.fticonsulting.com</a> and connect with us on Twitter (@FTIConsulting), Facebook and LinkedIn.</p> <p><strong>Media Contacts:</strong><br /> <br /> Jeff Cartwright <br /> <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com" target="_blank"><em>National Journal</em></a> <br /> <a href="mailto:Jeff@nationaljournal.com">Jeff@nationaljournal.com</a><br /> (202) 266-7405</p> <p>Dan Margolis<br /> FTI Consulting, for Allstate<br /> <a href="mailto:Dan.Margolis@fticonsulting.com">Dan.Margolis@fticonsulting.com</a><br /> (213) 452-6472</p> <p>Pam Morris<br /> Allstate<br /> <a href="mailto:Pamela.Morris@allstate.com">Pamela.Morris@allstate.com</a> <br /> (847) 402-5600</p> <p># # #</p> Allstate Named as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute Recognition Demonstrates Allstate’s Commitment to Ethical Leadership, Good Governance and Compliance<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance announced today that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a <a href="http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/">2015 World's Most Ethical Company</a>&reg;.</p> <p>The World's Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes those organizations that have had a significant impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.</p> <p>Receiving this honor underscores the company's commitment to leading ethical business standards and practices ensuring long-term value to key stakeholders including customers, employees, agency owners, suppliers, regulators and investors. Allstate is one of only 132 companies representing more than 50 sectors worldwide to receive the World's Most Ethical Companies designation.</p> <p>"We're proud to be a company that truly goes beyond just talking about behaving ethically," said Kelly Noll, Allstate senior vice president, chief ethics, compliance &amp; privacy officer. "We strive to do the right thing, putting people ahead of policies and defying expectations&mdash;delivering more than what people would expect from an insurance company."</p> <p>"The World's Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical business practice and improved company performance. These companies use ethics as a means to further define their industry leadership and understand that creating an ethical culture and earning the World's Most Ethical Companies recognition involves more than just an outward facing message or a handful of senior executives saying the right thing," said Ethisphere's Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Earning this recognition involves the collective action of a global workforce from the top down. We congratulate everyone at Allstate for this extraordinary achievement."</p> <p>The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute's <a href="http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/scoring-methodology/">Ethics Quotient</a>&trade; (EQ) framework developed over years of research to provide a means to assess an organization's performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. The EQ framework and methodology is determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere's network of thought leaders and from the World's Most Ethical Company <a href="http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/advisory-panel">Methodology Advisory Panel</a>.</p> <p>Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%).</p> <p>The full list of the 2015 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at <a href="http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/">http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/</a>.</p> <p>Senior executives of honorees contribute high-level insights and best practices to the well-regarded <em>World's Most Ethical Companies Executive Briefing</em> (<a href="http://ethisphere.com/magazine/executive-briefing/">download Volume 2 here</a>). Additional insights gleaned from the World's Most Ethical Companies will be released in a series of whitepapers and infographics over the coming months (<a href="http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/insights-from-honorees/series-resources/">download the 2014 Insights</a>). Organizations interested in how they compare to the World's Most Ethical Companies are invited to learn more about <a href="http://ethisphere.com/services/wme-benchmark/">benchmarking services</a>.</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 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><strong>About the Ethisphere Institute</strong><br /> The Ethisphere&reg; Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World's Most Ethical Companies&reg; recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of <em>Ethisphere Magazine</em> and <em>The World's Most Ethical Companies Executive Briefing</em>. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: <a href="http://ethisphere.com">http://ethisphere.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Allstate Insurance Company<br /> Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> <p>Ethisphere<br /> Clea Nabozny<br /> (480) 397-2658<br /> <a href="mailto:Clea.Nabozny@ethisphere.com">Clea.Nabozny@ethisphere.com</a></p> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0500 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/bc6c7a38-1569-4ab6-93d8-67746fb12943 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/bc6c7a38-1569-4ab6-93d8-67746fb12943 Allstate Named as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute Recognition Demonstrates Allstate’s Commitment to Ethical Leadership, Good Governance and Compliance<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance announced today that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a <a href="http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/">2015 World's Most Ethical Company</a>&reg;.</p> <p>The World's Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes those organizations that have had a significant impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.</p> <p>Receiving this honor underscores the company's commitment to leading ethical business standards and practices ensuring long-term value to key stakeholders including customers, employees, agency owners, suppliers, regulators and investors. Allstate is one of only 132 companies representing more than 50 sectors worldwide to receive the World's Most Ethical Companies designation.</p> <p>"We're proud to be a company that truly goes beyond just talking about behaving ethically," said Kelly Noll, Allstate senior vice president, chief ethics, compliance &amp; privacy officer. "We strive to do the right thing, putting people ahead of policies and defying expectations&mdash;delivering more than what people would expect from an insurance company."</p> <p>"The World's Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical business practice and improved company performance. These companies use ethics as a means to further define their industry leadership and understand that creating an ethical culture and earning the World's Most Ethical Companies recognition involves more than just an outward facing message or a handful of senior executives saying the right thing," said Ethisphere's Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Earning this recognition involves the collective action of a global workforce from the top down. We congratulate everyone at Allstate for this extraordinary achievement."</p> <p>The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute's <a href="http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/scoring-methodology/">Ethics Quotient</a>&trade; (EQ) framework developed over years of research to provide a means to assess an organization's performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. The EQ framework and methodology is determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere's network of thought leaders and from the World's Most Ethical Company <a href="http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/advisory-panel">Methodology Advisory Panel</a>.</p> <p>Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%).</p> <p>The full list of the 2015 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at <a href="http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/">http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/</a>.</p> <p>Senior executives of honorees contribute high-level insights and best practices to the well-regarded <em>World's Most Ethical Companies Executive Briefing</em> (<a href="http://ethisphere.com/magazine/executive-briefing/">download Volume 2 here</a>). Additional insights gleaned from the World's Most Ethical Companies will be released in a series of whitepapers and infographics over the coming months (<a href="http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/insights-from-honorees/series-resources/">download the 2014 Insights</a>). Organizations interested in how they compare to the World's Most Ethical Companies are invited to learn more about <a href="http://ethisphere.com/services/wme-benchmark/">benchmarking services</a>.</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 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><strong>About the Ethisphere Institute</strong><br /> The Ethisphere&reg; Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World's Most Ethical Companies&reg; recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of <em>Ethisphere Magazine</em> and <em>The World's Most Ethical Companies Executive Briefing</em>. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: <a href="http://ethisphere.com">http://ethisphere.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p>Allstate Insurance Company<br /> Chris Bauer<br /> (847) 402-5600<br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> <p>Ethisphere<br /> Clea Nabozny<br /> (480) 397-2658<br /> <a href="mailto:Clea.Nabozny@ethisphere.com">Clea.Nabozny@ethisphere.com</a></p> Allstate to Unveil First-Ever Custom Motorcycle Collaboration by Arlen Ness, Inc. and Rick Fairless at Daytona Bike Week Riders can win customized bike by entering the 2015 Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company and legendary motorcycle designers Rick Fairless and Arlen Ness, Inc. will unveil their first-ever collaborative creation at Daytona Bike Week on Friday, March 6. The custom Allstate Victory Gunner Bike is this year's grand prize for the sixth annual Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes.</p> <p>The Victory will be comprised of Ness-signature parts and a custom paint job by Fairless. Notable features also include Ness billet grips, pegs and side covers, Ness-modified modular handlebars and Fairless custom motor cages. Cory Ness, Arlen Ness' son, was the brainchild behind the custom-built bike.</p> <p>"Allstate is once again proud to partner with these incredible legends to produce a true piece of motorcycle art," says Allstate Marketing Vice President Pam Hollander. "We're excited to offer riders an opportunity to win a bike that takes customization to a whole new level."</p> <p>The bike will make its debut at the Allstate Rider Protection Zone, located at Daytona Speedway. Riders in attendance will have the opportunity to see the one-of-a-kind bike in person, enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win the motorcycle, and view some of the other custom bikes Allstate showcases. Fairless himself will also be on-hand March 6 and 7 to sign autographs, take pictures and talk about the bike with fellow riders.</p> <p>"When I heard I was going to get the chance to collaborate with the Arlen Ness team on this year's Allstate Sweepstakes bike, I couldn't wait to get started," Fairless said. "It was an awesome experience working with the Ness gang, and I think we came out with a truly unique motorcycle. The Victory ';Gunner' is now a Victory ';Stunner,' and I hope that everyone signs up for a chance to win this cool custom."</p> <p>"It was great for our team to not only work on another creation for Allstate, but also to be able to team up with Rick Fairless," Cory Ness said. "We modified the tank and rear fender to add some caf&eacute; styling cues, loaded it up with Ness billet accessories from front to back and let Rick finish it up with a wild paint job. Someone is going to be very happy to win this motorcycle."</p> <p>After the unveiling, the Allstate Victory Gunner will be on display at the Allstate Rider Protection Zone, which will be making an appearance at multiple rallies throughout the year including the following:</p> <ul> <li>Daytona Bike Week: Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 6-14)</li> <li>Arizona Bike Week: Scottsdale, Ariz. (March 25-29)</li> <li>Leesburg Bikefest: Leesburg, Fla. (April 24-26)</li> <li>Republic of Texas Rally: Austin, Texas (June 11-14)</li> <li>Thunder in the Valley: Johnstown, Pa. (June 25-28)</li> <li>Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Sturgis, S.D. (Aug. 1-8)</li> </ul> <p>Participants can enter the Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes through Feb. 28, 2016, online at <a href="http://www.allstatemotorcyclesweepstakes.com" target="_blank">www.allstatemotorcyclesweepstakes.com</a>, or at the Allstate Rider Protection Zone which visits select rallies across the country (see above for upcoming stops). The winner will be announced in March 2016.</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 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>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Justin Herndon, Allstate Media Relations<br /> (727) 512-8314<br /> <a href="mailto:Chris.Bauer@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a><br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> <p>Taylor Fitts, Taylor<br /> (704) 644-6926<br /> <a href="file:///C:\Users\gjooste\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary%20Internet%20Files\Content.Outlook\06FV8985\tfitts@taylorstrategy.com">tfitts@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:10:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/cb174caa-1517-43e3-992b-fb8bd310491d http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/cb174caa-1517-43e3-992b-fb8bd310491d Allstate to Unveil First-Ever Custom Motorcycle Collaboration by Arlen Ness, Inc. and Rick Fairless at Daytona Bike Week Riders can win customized bike by entering the 2015 Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Allstate Insurance Company and legendary motorcycle designers Rick Fairless and Arlen Ness, Inc. will unveil their first-ever collaborative creation at Daytona Bike Week on Friday, March 6. The custom Allstate Victory Gunner Bike is this year's grand prize for the sixth annual Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes.</p> <p>The Victory will be comprised of Ness-signature parts and a custom paint job by Fairless. Notable features also include Ness billet grips, pegs and side covers, Ness-modified modular handlebars and Fairless custom motor cages. Cory Ness, Arlen Ness' son, was the brainchild behind the custom-built bike.</p> <p>"Allstate is once again proud to partner with these incredible legends to produce a true piece of motorcycle art," says Allstate Marketing Vice President Pam Hollander. "We're excited to offer riders an opportunity to win a bike that takes customization to a whole new level."</p> <p>The bike will make its debut at the Allstate Rider Protection Zone, located at Daytona Speedway. Riders in attendance will have the opportunity to see the one-of-a-kind bike in person, enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win the motorcycle, and view some of the other custom bikes Allstate showcases. Fairless himself will also be on-hand March 6 and 7 to sign autographs, take pictures and talk about the bike with fellow riders.</p> <p>"When I heard I was going to get the chance to collaborate with the Arlen Ness team on this year's Allstate Sweepstakes bike, I couldn't wait to get started," Fairless said. "It was an awesome experience working with the Ness gang, and I think we came out with a truly unique motorcycle. The Victory ';Gunner' is now a Victory ';Stunner,' and I hope that everyone signs up for a chance to win this cool custom."</p> <p>"It was great for our team to not only work on another creation for Allstate, but also to be able to team up with Rick Fairless," Cory Ness said. "We modified the tank and rear fender to add some caf&eacute; styling cues, loaded it up with Ness billet accessories from front to back and let Rick finish it up with a wild paint job. Someone is going to be very happy to win this motorcycle."</p> <p>After the unveiling, the Allstate Victory Gunner will be on display at the Allstate Rider Protection Zone, which will be making an appearance at multiple rallies throughout the year including the following:</p> <ul> <li>Daytona Bike Week: Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 6-14)</li> <li>Arizona Bike Week: Scottsdale, Ariz. (March 25-29)</li> <li>Leesburg Bikefest: Leesburg, Fla. (April 24-26)</li> <li>Republic of Texas Rally: Austin, Texas (June 11-14)</li> <li>Thunder in the Valley: Johnstown, Pa. (June 25-28)</li> <li>Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Sturgis, S.D. (Aug. 1-8)</li> </ul> <p>Participants can enter the Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes through Feb. 28, 2016, online at <a href="http://www.allstatemotorcyclesweepstakes.com" target="_blank">www.allstatemotorcyclesweepstakes.com</a>, or at the Allstate Rider Protection Zone which visits select rallies across the country (see above for upcoming stops). The winner will be announced in March 2016.</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 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>#&nbsp; #&nbsp; #</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Justin Herndon, Allstate Media Relations<br /> (727) 512-8314<br /> <a href="mailto:Chris.Bauer@allstate.com">Justin.Herndon@allstate.com</a><br /> On Twitter @AllstateNews</p> <p>Taylor Fitts, Taylor<br /> (704) 644-6926<br /> <a href="file:///C:\Users\gjooste\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary%20Internet%20Files\Content.Outlook\06FV8985\tfitts@taylorstrategy.com">tfitts@taylorstrategy.com</a></p> Allstate to Unveil First-Ever Custom Motorcycle Collaboration by Arlen Ness, Inc. and Rick Fairless at Daytona Bike Week <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/4ae7/ee3c/4ae7ee3c-82f2-46e6-8276-8812c0ca2e8d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate to Unveil First-Ever Custom Motorcycle Collaboration by Arlen Ness, Inc. and Rick Fairless at Daytona Bike Week Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:10:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-to-unveil-first-ever-custom-motorcycle-collaboration-by http://allstatenewsroom.com/photos/allstate-to-unveil-first-ever-custom-motorcycle-collaboration-by Allstate to Unveil First-Ever Custom Motorcycle Collaboration by Arlen Ness, Inc. and Rick Fairless at Daytona Bike Week <img src="http://cdn.allstatenewsroom.com/photos/4ae7/ee3c/4ae7ee3c-82f2-46e6-8276-8812c0ca2e8d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Allstate to Unveil First-Ever Custom Motorcycle Collaboration by Arlen Ness, Inc. and Rick Fairless at Daytona Bike Week 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> Atlantic Media and Allstate Launch the Renewal Awards to Highlight Local Innovators Driving Positive Change in Their Communities Awards Will Recognize Six Americans with Allstate Grant Funds Totaling $60,000<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Video, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Atlantic Media and Allstate today introduced <em>The Renewal Awards</em>, a new program that will spotlight and reward innovators who are improving their communities from the ground up. The awards are a new editorial extension of <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-economy" target="_blank"><em>The Next Economy</em></a> series from Atlantic Media's <em>National Journal</em> and <em>The Atlantic</em>, which explores the creative ways Americans are using innovation to solve problems at the local level. <em>The Renewal Awards</em> launch today with a call for public nominations at <a href="http://www.renewalawards.com/" target="_blank">RenewalAwards.com</a>.</p> <p>"Despite the partisan stalemate in Washington, the evidence is that we are living through a golden age of grassroots initiative and problem-solving. Creative new solutions are emerging from non-profit organizations, businesses, local governments and innovative partnerships that bring together all of these institutions," said Atlantic Media Editorial Director Ron Brownstein. "Through<em> The Next Economy </em>and now <em>The Renewal Awards</em>, Atlantic Media is committed to identifying and celebrating the best of these local innovators, as they do their part to help renew the country."</p> <p><em>The Renewal Awards</em> will accept nominations throughout 2015 for the people and organizations whose projects and ideas are driving measurable change in communities. The six finalists will consist of four general recipients, selected by a panel that will include Atlantic Media editorial staff and outside judges, an "Allstate Youth Empowerment" recipient, selected by Allstate, and one "Reader's Choice" recipient, selected by <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-economy" target="_blank"><em>The Next Economy</em></a> audience. The winners will each receive $10,000 in grant funding and an all-expenses paid trip to Des Moines, Iowa, in early 2016 for a summit on local innovation with national and local leaders.</p> <p>"We're a network of thousands of small businesses. We know that great ideas start at the local level," said&nbsp;Tom&nbsp;Clarkson,&nbsp;West Territory President for&nbsp;Allstate. "There are innovative people across the country who are making a difference on social issues and getting results. <em>The Renewal Awards&nbsp;</em>are our opportunity to spotlight these local innovators, and spread their good ideas to benefit other communities.&nbsp;This awards program is about celebrating innovators and involving more people in brainstorming and generating creative ideas that will change our communities for the better across the country."</p> <p>To kick-off <em>The Renewal Awards</em>, Atlantic Media and Allstate will host a national event in Denver on&nbsp;March 11&nbsp;about the transformative work already shaping that city and others like it. Keynote speakers include Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. Attendees will draw from local and national startups, incubators, community groups and government. This will be the first of several events held around the country as part of the initiative that will explore how local innovators and community leaders are grappling with their most pressing challenges &ndash;and making the most of opportunities.</p> <p><em>The Renewal Awards</em> is the latest project from <em>The Next Economy </em>series, a seven-year partnership between <em>National Journal</em>, <em>The Atlantic </em>and Allstate. The series encompasses reporting from <em>National Journal</em> and <em>The Atlantic</em>, the Heartland Monitor Poll (which explores Americans' shifting economic attitudes and experiences), and national and local events.</p> <p>Public nominations and official contest rules for <em>The Renewal Awards</em> are available at <a href="http://www.renewalawards.com/" target="_blank">RenewalAwards.com</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>About The Next Economy</strong> <br /> The Next Economy is based on a core idea: Even in the face of a political stalemate at the national level, our country has not lost its capacity for self-renewal. Founded in 2009, the program uses print, digital and live platforms to highlight how America is adapting to the changing economy, with a special focus on spotlighting local innovation driving progress in communities around the country. Combining editorial, events and the Heartland Monitor Poll, The Next Economy is available at NationalJournal.com/next-economy.</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, 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><strong>MEDIA CONTACTS:</strong></p> <p>Jeff Cartwright <br /> Communications Director, National Journal <br /> 202-266-7405 <br /> <a href="mailto:jeff@nationaljournal.com">jeff@nationaljournal.com</a></p> <p>Emily Lenzner <br /> VP, Global Communications, Atlantic Media <br /> 202-266-7169 <br /> <a href="mailto:emily@atlanticmedia.com">emily@atlanticmedia.com</a></p> <p>Pam Morris<br /> Manager, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:pmorx@allstate.com">pmorx@allstate.com</a></p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:37:00 -0600 http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/07e18326-9244-4fcd-a392-34bb9f98627c http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/07e18326-9244-4fcd-a392-34bb9f98627c Atlantic Media and Allstate Launch the Renewal Awards to Highlight Local Innovators Driving Positive Change in Their Communities Awards Will Recognize Six Americans with Allstate Grant Funds Totaling $60,000<br /><strong>This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Video, 1 Related Document</strong><p>Atlantic Media and Allstate today introduced <em>The Renewal Awards</em>, a new program that will spotlight and reward innovators who are improving their communities from the ground up. The awards are a new editorial extension of <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-economy" target="_blank"><em>The Next Economy</em></a> series from Atlantic Media's <em>National Journal</em> and <em>The Atlantic</em>, which explores the creative ways Americans are using innovation to solve problems at the local level. <em>The Renewal Awards</em> launch today with a call for public nominations at <a href="http://www.renewalawards.com/" target="_blank">RenewalAwards.com</a>.</p> <p>"Despite the partisan stalemate in Washington, the evidence is that we are living through a golden age of grassroots initiative and problem-solving. Creative new solutions are emerging from non-profit organizations, businesses, local governments and innovative partnerships that bring together all of these institutions," said Atlantic Media Editorial Director Ron Brownstein. "Through<em> The Next Economy </em>and now <em>The Renewal Awards</em>, Atlantic Media is committed to identifying and celebrating the best of these local innovators, as they do their part to help renew the country."</p> <p><em>The Renewal Awards</em> will accept nominations throughout 2015 for the people and organizations whose projects and ideas are driving measurable change in communities. The six finalists will consist of four general recipients, selected by a panel that will include Atlantic Media editorial staff and outside judges, an "Allstate Youth Empowerment" recipient, selected by Allstate, and one "Reader's Choice" recipient, selected by <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-economy" target="_blank"><em>The Next Economy</em></a> audience. The winners will each receive $10,000 in grant funding and an all-expenses paid trip to Des Moines, Iowa, in early 2016 for a summit on local innovation with national and local leaders.</p> <p>"We're a network of thousands of small businesses. We know that great ideas start at the local level," said&nbsp;Tom&nbsp;Clarkson,&nbsp;West Territory President for&nbsp;Allstate. "There are innovative people across the country who are making a difference on social issues and getting results. <em>The Renewal Awards&nbsp;</em>are our opportunity to spotlight these local innovators, and spread their good ideas to benefit other communities.&nbsp;This awards program is about celebrating innovators and involving more people in brainstorming and generating creative ideas that will change our communities for the better across the country."</p> <p>To kick-off <em>The Renewal Awards</em>, Atlantic Media and Allstate will host a national event in Denver on&nbsp;March 11&nbsp;about the transformative work already shaping that city and others like it. Keynote speakers include Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. Attendees will draw from local and national startups, incubators, community groups and government. This will be the first of several events held around the country as part of the initiative that will explore how local innovators and community leaders are grappling with their most pressing challenges &ndash;and making the most of opportunities.</p> <p><em>The Renewal Awards</em> is the latest project from <em>The Next Economy </em>series, a seven-year partnership between <em>National Journal</em>, <em>The Atlantic </em>and Allstate. The series encompasses reporting from <em>National Journal</em> and <em>The Atlantic</em>, the Heartland Monitor Poll (which explores Americans' shifting economic attitudes and experiences), and national and local events.</p> <p>Public nominations and official contest rules for <em>The Renewal Awards</em> are available at <a href="http://www.renewalawards.com/" target="_blank">RenewalAwards.com</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>About The Next Economy</strong> <br /> The Next Economy is based on a core idea: Even in the face of a political stalemate at the national level, our country has not lost its capacity for self-renewal. Founded in 2009, the program uses print, digital and live platforms to highlight how America is adapting to the changing economy, with a special focus on spotlighting local innovation driving progress in communities around the country. Combining editorial, events and the Heartland Monitor Poll, The Next Economy is available at NationalJournal.com/next-economy.</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, 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><strong>MEDIA CONTACTS:</strong></p> <p>Jeff Cartwright <br /> Communications Director, National Journal <br /> 202-266-7405 <br /> <a href="mailto:jeff@nationaljournal.com">jeff@nationaljournal.com</a></p> <p>Emily Lenzner <br /> VP, Global Communications, Atlantic Media <br /> 202-266-7169 <br /> <a href="mailto:emily@atlanticmedia.com">emily@atlanticmedia.com</a></p> <p>Pam Morris<br /> Manager, Allstate Media Relations<br /> 847-402-5600<br /> <a href="mailto:pmorx@allstate.com">pmorx@allstate.com</a></p>