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The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) has been a longtime client of Cook & Kocher because of their superior service, solutions oriented approach, and principled business philosophy. The team at Cook & Kocher are trusted partners that we rely on to help meet our insurance needs. We can always count on them to bring unique and innovative solutions to the table to address our most pressing issues. There are several companies that provide insurance services, but for us it is very important to engage with a reliable partner who has invested the time in understanding our needs and never takes the relationship for granted.
Geof Brown
Executive Director
National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)
CKIG has been extrememly helpful to our organization in regards to our insurance program. They not only provided the best prices, but the best coverage available. More importantly was the quality of the review.
Joe Culligan
Chief Finance Officer
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute
I have personally found the service and hands on approach to handling us as more than a client but a colleague has provided great benefit to WOMMA and more so to our employees. Jack personally meets with our team about our benefits – he is their go to resource and is always customer oriented, provides proactive advice for WOMMA for benefits and beyond and overall consistently exceeds expectations.
Kristin Smith
Executive Director
WOMMA (Word of Mouth Marketing Association)
You are unquestionably THE expert of risk management in associations! I look forward to working with you for many years to come.
J.C. (Chris) Mahaffey, MS, CAE
Executive Director
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
It’s been about 12 years now since you called me and asked about our insurance needs. At that time the Association was growing and becoming far more complex. I was concerned about gaps in our coverage. My original concerns were not so much as to whether there was insurance coverage available, but whether my agent was being diligent and thorough. I was fortunate to have answered the phone the day you called.
Edward A Goss
Executive Director
Arthroscopy Association of North America
I highly recommend their services as an insurance brokerage firm to any public library for their expertise in assessing insurance needs, commitment to delivering value, and responsive service.
Douglas Losey
Hillside Public Library
Jack Cook has been our business insurance broker since 2013. He services both our business coverage, as well as our employee health and dental coverage. From the start, Jack took the time to get to know our business in order to propose the best solutions for our organization. Through a complete benefit analysis, Jack was able to help us improve coverage, ensure there were no gaps in coverage, and ultimately lower some of our premiums. We have been impressed with Jack's efficiency, as well as his overall knowledge of the association environment. He offers sound advice and is always one step ahead. His experience in working with associations is second to none. In addition, his office staff is helpful, knowledgeable and prompt to respond to all of our requests. Jack is the consummate professional and someone I would highly recommend to my non-profit and corporate colleagues seeking insurance solutions.
Camille Patrick
Managing Director
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
I moved my association to Chicago in March of 2006. In relocating my offices from Berkeley, California, I had dozens of decisions to make: new office space, new vendors, new employees, etc. I did a lot of research and asked many association contacts about the most trustworthy insurance broker, and I kept hearing the name of Jack Cook. I have now switched all my insurance products over to Cook and Kocher and am thrilled with the level of service that I receive.
Maureen Shick
Executive Director
The American College of Psychiatrists
He follows up and follows through with everything we bring to his attention. He is truly committed to his line of service. I would highly recommend him to any organization as Jack is an absolute pleasure to do business with.
Patricia Milazzo
Human Resources and Facilities Director
National Assn. of Boards of Pharmacy
Jack is very proactive in dealing with problems and is effective at anticipating potential issues before they surface. He has a strong commitment to providing our association with the most cost effective insurance program while maintaining an exemplary level of customer service. This has been quite important to our association during this very difficult time in trying to control our cost of insurance.
Paul Blair
Manager of Finance
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Jack has always responded to our needs, questions and concerns in a professional and timely manner. He has consistently negotiated our health insurance premium increases to get them lowered whenever possible. He has always been willing and able to go the extra mile for us. We can count on Jack to obtain the best coverage at the most economical price.
Richard B. Bennett
Director of Finance and Administration
American Society of Home Inspectors
Over the years your advice on the benefits side has saved us thousands of dollars. In addition, your sound advice has helped us provide to our employees a very broad and very favorable range of benefits.
Gene R. Wurth
President and CEO
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
I have been impressed with Jack Cook and his customer service-oriented approach and his knowledge of insurance issues since I met him in 2013. His help has been invaluable as we navigated the changes to heath care due to the Affordable Care Act. Jack is able to draw on his vast experience with Associations to help us get the answers we need. Jack is friendly and personable as is everyone I've spoken with at Cook and Kocher. I look forward to working with Jack and CKIG for the years to come.
Sarah Byrne, PhD, PHR
Director of Human Resources
The Higher Learning Commission
I wanted to express my gratitude for your help in reviewing and shopping our staff health insurance benefits at Coin Laundry Association (CLA). You provided us with your expertise and executed a new plan that has resulted in significant savings for the Association.
Brian Wallace
President and Chief Executive Director
Coin Laundry Association
We switched to Jack Cook of Cook and Kocher Insurance Group in 2005. Jack is a true partner and it is a pleasure to work with someone who is always thinking ahead and looking out for his client’s best interest.
Patricia Burton
Director of Operations
Society for Vascular Surgery
When the AOFAS relocated to Rosemont and essentially restarted its business processes and services two years ago, you were most helpful in assessing our needs and tailoring an insurance program to fit this organization and its employees.
Lousanne (Zan) Lofgren, CAE
Executive Director
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
Jack is an expert both at understanding the needs of our association, finding the best value and ensuring adequate coverages in all areas.
Jim McNutt
Business Operations Manager
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Our association has worked with Mr. Cook since 1995 and has always found him to be helpful in identifying the best coverages at the best rates. He and his office staff always make themselves available for questions that we have and are diligent on following through.
Paula Davidson
Director of Finance and Administration
American Assn. of Law Libraries
CKIG's professionalism and understanding of the insurance industry was shown at our first meeting and has continued to impress our Library Board and Staff.
Anna M. Amen
Business Manager
Northbrook Public Library
Your guidance over the past years helped us craft the right balance between responsible fiscal management and our personal needs as staff members. We are truly grateful for that and value our business relationship with Cook and Kocher Insurance Group.
Judith Roettig
Chicagoland Apartment Association
You get back to me right away by phone or email whenever I have a question about anything. Your strong service-orientation is so very much appreciated and it makes my job so much easier. I view you as a true partner in our growing enterprise.
Christopher A. Damon, JD
Executive Director
American Medical Technologists
We appreciate the great customer service provided by Jack Cook and his team. They are always willing to answer our questions and assist us with any insurance or benefit issues that may arise. The team at Cook and Kocher responds to our phone calls and emails in a timely and professional manner. Jack's knowledge and experience in the association world has been extremely valuable to us.
Daniel P. Wiersma
Chief Financial Officer
National Sporting Goods Association
I know that I am not alone in realizing one of my least favorite responsibilities as the association’s Executive Director is to understand the maze of issues surrounding our insurance coverage. Jack helped me to understand, evaluate and organize the Association’s policies. He made sound recommendations on necessary changes in the interest of the Association including policies that we were lacking and those that were duplicative and unnecessary. Jack is always available for questions and takes pride in his customer service and professional relationships.
Thomas E. Stautzenbach, CAE, MBA, MA
Executive Director
American Academy of Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
Jack Cook has removed all the questions and concerns our organization had had, and replaced them with a simple plan to provide the best insuranc coverage for the organization, our board and most importantly our staff.
Jeff Knezovich
Executive Director
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Jack has always been responsive to our needs and has done an excellent job in developing a long lasting relationship with us. I would strongly recommend Jack to anyone that has insurance needs.
Jeff Buczkiewicz
Executive Director
Mason Contractors Association of America
Whenever there is a question, quotes or comparisons needed, or any concern, Jack Cook has always come through for us in a professional, knowledgeable and timely manner with all issues and details addressed.
Laura J. Maddalone
Accounting/HR Manager
Natl. Assn. of Personal Financial Advisors
Mr. Cook’s extensive experience with associations and expertise with benefit plans has been very beneficial to the ASNR.
Karen A Mansfield
Office Manager
American Society of Neuroradiology
The service provided by Cook and Kocher Insurance Group has been prompt and efficient. I would certainly recommend your firm to any potential client without reservation.
Kenneth M. Paul
VP Finance and Administration
Institute of Real Estate Management
Jack has always responded to our needs, questions and concerns in a professional and timely manner. At renewal time, we can always be assured that Jack has obtained the best insurance coverage for the most economical price.
Elsie Iturralde
COO (Chief Operations Officer)
Natl. Assn. of The Remodeling Industry
Jack’s attention to detail and follow-through in all areas of insurance needs have given us confidence that we have the necessary programs in place as we have continued to grow the organization. I am pleased to recommend Jack Cook to any organization, large or small. Given the opportunity, his expert advice and dedication to his clients will speak for itself.
John E. Burke, Ph.D.
Executive Director and CEO
Accreditation Association For Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.
The service was impeccable. You were very professional and prompt with replies to questions and concerns. Understanding of our business needs, both in costs and providing maximum coverage for our employees has been refreshing.
Debra Kennedy
Associate Executive Director
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
We trust Jack and his team of Professionals and are confident that they value our relationship. I do not hesitate to recommend Jack Cook and Cook & Kocher.
Linda Weiss
Library Director
Niles Public Library
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