Alex Levy

Finding the perfect fit

When claims adjuster Alex Levy joined Grinnell Mutual 10 years ago, she was a recent college graduate and a trailing spouse in a new community. What she found was a company that values continuous learning and wellness as much as she does.

After college, where she met her husband, Paul, he accepted a job with Brownells, which is based in Grinnell, Iowa. Anticipating moving to Grinnell, Levy started looking for jobs there and found Grinnell Mutual. She started in 2011 in in the Customer Service and Billing department and transferred to Claims in 2014.

Alex Levy holding a race tagShe discovered that had an affinity for the work. “I love working in the claims department!” Levy said. “Not only do I have the privilege of working with an amazing group of people, but every day I get to help people in their time of need. It can be tough, but it is rewarding.”

Continuous learning

Grinnell Mutual offers a variety of continuing education programs, from tuition reimbursement to insurance industry-specific certifications. Levy had never worked in insurance so she saw the perk as an opportunity and put it to good use earning industry designations, including an Associate in General Insurance (AINS), Associate in Claims (AIC), and Associate in Personal Insurance (API).

She also earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), joining an exclusive group of insurance professionals in obtaining the top insurance credential — all while working full-time and raising two children (Ruth, 6, and Miles, 4) with her husband.

“I saw the CPCU as a challenge,” Levy said. “It is a relatively small group that earn the designation when compared to the industry as a whole, and I believe in continuous education. I liked the idea of putting myself to the test and learning more about the industry.”

Her industry education helps Levy in her work as a claims adjuster, where she gets to be a resource, helping guide policyholders through the claims process.

Wellness at work

Levy is proud of her work but also enthusiastically volunteers as a Grinnell Mutual Wellness Ambassador, providing encouragement to employees to get and stay healthy, and planning fun and creative events to support employees’ mental, physical, and nutritional wellness.

“We are the cheerleaders for our co-workers and encourage them on their wellness journeys,” said Levy. “When it comes to your personal health and setting those goals, it’s not about you versus someone running 20 miles or deadlifting lifting 300 pounds. It’s you versus you.

“I love that Grinnell Mutual cares this much about employee wellness and provides the resources to help them accomplish their goals. They are actively devoting funds to wellness with great benefits and wellness events. The fact they offer any of this at all is HUGE.”

At the end of the day, Levy tells us, “I couldn’t have done any of it without the support of my husband, especially with the little ones at home.”

She also credits the team she works with and the company for helping her thrive. “Grinnell Mutual has supported me a lot — my team, my leaders, and my mentors. Everyone is approachable and personal.”

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