Midwest insurer commits to diversity and inclusion with new exec, committee

Midwest insurer commits to diversity and inclusion with new exec, committee

Midwest insurer commits to diversity and inclusion with new exec, committee Hoping to ensure its continued progress and growth toward a more diverse staff, one Missouri insurance group is staffing out.

Columbia, Missouri-based Shelter Insurance announced this month the appointment of Brian Jones as manager of diversity and inclusion.

Jones, who joined Shelter four years ago as a recruiting and development specialist in Indiana, moved to the home office in Columbia to become a training and development specialist. He has an extensive background in recruiting, development and management, and has served in similar positions with Chase Investment Services, the Centennial Group and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

His appointment comes a year after Shelter established a corporate diversity committee and a strategic diversity and inclusion plan for the group. Shelter hopes that with Jones’ hire, the work of that committee will successfully move forward.

“It’s a real benefit to have an individual focused on fulfilling our Diversity Mission Statement on a daily basis,” said Stacye Smith, Shelter’s director of human resources. “We have a number of ongoing initiatives that are really making a difference at Shelter and Brian is going to help us make those even stronger.”

Jones serves on Shelter’s corporate diversity committee and is a member of the leadership committee for the company’s Emerging Professionals Network. He was also been a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana program and was a founder of Minority Forum.

He expressed excitement about his latest opportunity to “take active steps” to help Shelter “continue to grow as a great corporate citizen.”

“I’m truly humbled that they have chosen me for such an important role and can’t wait to work with the outstanding employees at Shelter Insurance to make a difference in the communities we serve,” Jones said.