Caring and Sharing – Kapnick 2014 Holiday Give

Kapnick gives backKapnick continues to be a great place to work, care and share with others.

Our 2014 Holiday Give was a great success. We were able to adopt families and supply the organizations with items that they need as well. We collected 900.00 in jeans money which gave each location 300.00 to purchase any additional items that were needed.

• Ann Arbor – Adopted one family of 7 through the Boys and Girls Club and also supplied a basket of items needed for their facility.
• Southfield – Adopted one family of 4 through the Boys and Girls Club and also supplied a basket of items needed for their facility.
• Adrian – Adopted two families of 6 each through the Associated Charities and supplied non-perishable items for their food bank.
Each location was not only able to supply each child with four gifts each, but was also able to purchase baskets of for the parents as well.

What a wonder feeling it is to give to someone less fortunate, especially this time of year.
If it was giving money or purchasing gifts, we THANK EVERYONE for participating.

Kapnick Announces New Officer Appointments for 2014

In a recent company-wide meeting, Kapnick Insurance Group’s Executive Committee announced new officer appointments for 2014. According to CEO Jim Kapnick, these promotions are given much consideration by the Committee. The recipients have exhibited several important traits during their tenure including (but not limited to): a commitment to Kapnick’s core values, putting the betterment of the organization before personal gain, being positive advocates for Kapnick Insurance Group in the community and managing a considerable book of business while continuing to excel in new sales. Congratulations to:

ADean_webAngela Dean –from Vice President to Senior Vice President. As a Vice President in the benefits division, with a large book of business to maintain, Angela has exhibited a continued growth focus, and is an active contributor in all corporate initiatives.


JeffBlanton_webJeff Blanton – Vice President. Jeff has been with Kapnick for six years as a Commercial Insurance Division Client Executive.


DGangi_webDavid Gangi – Vice President. David has been with Kapnick for 10 years as a benefits division Client Executive.


David Huntzicker_webDavid Huntzicker – Vice President. David, a former client executive in the Employee Benefits Division, is also very active in the community.


KWood_webKathy Wood – Vice President. Since becoming a Client Executive in the Benefits Division, Kathy hit the ground running, picked up knowledge and experience quickly and has been very successful in that position.


Kapnick Insurance Group values all their employees and the individual contributions everyone makes toward the overall success of the organization. With this in mind, successful sales efforts are shared by all and everyone is recognized and rewarded. As a result, everyone feels ownership in individual successes, and this motivates everyone to want to do their best. This is one of the biggest secrets to Kapnick Insurance Group’s success!

Happy Halloweenie! Snoopy’s Tips

Halloween is a scary time, but the fear should be all in fun. Help prevent a trick-or-treat tragedy by sticking to some basic safety guidelines when handing out treats to the neighborhood children.

  • Stick to handing out individually wrapped candy and treats. Many parents are wary of home-baked or unwrapped items.
  • Make sure treats that contain common allergens, such as peanuts, are clearly marked.
  • Turn on your outdoor light both as a signal that you are handing out candy, as well as to prevent anyone from tripping and falling in the dark.
  • Remove any obstacles from the walkways, such as a stray garden hose or unlit lawn decorations.
  • Park your car so as not to obstruct parents’ views of their children as they approach your door.

After all the Halloween candy has been devoured,
some tips on Dental Health for Children may come in handy!

Trick-or-treating for Halloween candy caps off the month of October for most children, but with the sugary holiday comes the potential for something much scarier than plastic lawn ghosts—cavities and dental bills.

Whether your children are consuming large quantities of sugary treats or not, maintaining dental hygiene is an important habit to teach children. The best time to instill good dental habits is when your child is still young.

  • Begin teeth-cleaning as soon as teeth appear in your infant’s mouth; this may include using a soft cloth to wipe your child’s gums.
  • Start brushing when your child’s first teeth appear.
  • Begin using toothpaste around age 2, but check with your doctor for specific recommendations.
  • Floss for your child starting at age 4.
  • Teach your child to brush for him- or herself around age 6 or 7, although you will likely need to continue supervising.
  • Teach your child to floss by age 8.

Why Are Clean Teeth Important?

Sugar from food is left in the mouth and on teeth, fueling the formation of plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria that covers the teeth and gums and can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing and flossing removes plaque and keeps your teeth strong.

Daily Care

Brush teeth twice a day, making sure the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of the teeth, as well as the tongue, are cleaned.
Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
Floss at least daily.

Professional Care Recommendations

The ADA recommends that a child should have his or her first dental visit within six months of the first tooth coming in, but no later than his or her first birthday. Preventing dental problems is always easier than correcting them, and your dentist can also offer suggestions for daily dental care.

After that first visit, dental visits should become a routine part of your child’s health care, with a dental visit typically occurring every six months. If you anticipate your child being anxious about the first dental visit, have him or her come along and observe your visit beforehand so he or she knows what to expect.

Micah Teets Featured in Crain’s Detroit Business Ad

Did you see our ad in Crain’s Detroit Business featuring  Micah Teets –  Senior Vice President & Real Estate Expert? Check out the Kapnick ad today – hot off the press in Crain’s.

Micah Teets - Senior Vice President - Real Estate Expert

Micah Teets – Senior Vice President – Real Estate Expert

New Manager of Administrative Services

Laura Hagan, who formerly worked in Kapnick’s Human Resources Department, has been named the new Manager of Administrative Services for Kapnick Insurance Group’s Employee Benefits Division. Laura replaces Katie Clark, who is relocating with her family to Florida. “Katie built a strong team at Kapnick, and we wish her the best.” according to Steve Peck, president of Kapnick’s Benefits Division. “Under Laura’s direction the Administrative Department will continue to grow and prosper.”

Laura has worked at Kapnick Insurance Group for over 4 years as the Human Resource Generalist and has developed strong relationships with the members of her team. In her new position she is responsible for overseeing the Flex, COBRA and bSwift offerings of the Benefit Administration Services Department. Laura is prepared to start handling your account with no interruption in service and appreciates the confidence you have placed in Kapnick Insurance.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these services, you may direct them to Laura at: 517.266.6572 888.263.4656, x1216

6 Fire Prevention Tips

Fire prevention safety week 2014 is here – here are 6 tips on how to prevent and be ready in case of a fire.PropertyManagement







  1. Buy smoke detectors if you don’t have any – and check the batteries and test regularly. It is recommended that you test smoke detectors every month.
  2. Put together a fire escape plan –  include a designated meeting place outside of the home. Plan on practicing your escape plan twice a year.
  3. Stop. Drop. and Roll – children should be taught this technique to use if their clothes are on fire.
  4. Create an emergency supply kit – include things like blankets, flashlight and water-  keep it in your car so can access it easily.
  5. Gather a list of emergency contact numbers –   keep it in your emergency supply kit.
  6. Buy a fireproof safe –  store important documents like birth certificates and financial documents in the safe or even store them in a safe deposit box.

University of Michigan – The Glory Days

With football season underway I thought I would do a throwback blog. Remember the 1979 Michigan vs. Indiana Anthony Carter Touchdown “Play of the Century”? Never saw it? Watch and listen to this video as Bob Ufer makes you feel like you are at the game!

Also, watch for our ad in Crain’s Detroit Business October 13th issue featuring Jim Kapnick and Tom Ufer – where we revive one of  Bob Ufer’s favorite “Uferisms”.


Kapnick and Walbridge Build a Healthier Workforce

Kapnick CrainsAd Walbridge22014rev1 300x253 Corporate Wellness Solutions   Kapnick and Walbridge Partner for a Healthier WorkplaceWhen Walbridge wanted to build a healthier workforce and provide a more robust benefit program for employees, they relied on Kapnick.


This ad appeared in Crain’s Detroit Business this year after Walbridge won Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America utilizing KAPNICK strive®. 

When Walbridge, one of America’s largest privately owned construction companies, wanted to build a program that provided employees with robust tools and education to live a healthier life at home and at work—they called Kapnick Insurance Group. Kapnick is a third generation, Michigan based professional service firm providing insurance solutions to a vast and diverse base of clients worldwide. In fact, the corporate wellness program Kapnick provided to Walbridge played an integral role in their being named one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America 2014. Call us, and we’ll help you construct an award-winning wellness program too.

Going Dairy Free – Lactose Intolerance

CowLast week I talked about gluten free tips. This week, I want to chat a little about dairy free items.

Going dairy free is getting easier but you have to read food labels. Since dairy is one of the “top 8 allergens” you will find the work “milk” or “dairy” in bold black letters on the ingredient list.

Some items to avoid:
Cottage cheese
Condensed milk
Ice cream
Sour cream
Cream cheese

You can find many substitutes for dairy containing foods. Plant-based milks (almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, soymilk, rice milk, etc.) are available in most grocery stores and non-dairy ice cream (coconut ice cream is my favorite!). I don’t recommend non-dairy cheese. I haven’t found a good and healthy substitute. You may have to get used to cheese-less pizza. It’s actually very good!

Here’s a healthy non-dairy “ice cream” recipe! Super healthy and easy!

“Ice Cream” base:
3 frozen bananas
2 Tbsp. Peanut butter or almond butter (all-natural)
½ tsp. Vanilla

Chocolate drizzle:
Spoonful cocoa powder
Drizzle non-dairy plant milk (coconut, soy or almond milk)
Liquid sweetener, to taste (liquid Stevia, honey, maple syrup)

What to do:

• Freeze bananas for several hours (or overnight)
• Place bananas, peanut or almond butter and vanilla in food processor or blender (can add a little plant milk if sticking too much)
• Place in Tupperware, spread out and freeze for 30-60 mins
• Combine chocolate drizzle ingredients and drizzle over “ice cream” and add salted peanuts or chopped walnuts, if desired

Lactose Intolerance Syptoms

Gluten Free Video Below

Mari Hicks – Health Coach

Generator Safety Tips Video

More than 400,00 households had their power knocked out throughout Michigan from the last storm that hit early in September. With that said, I imagine generator sales have soared through the roof. I recently purchased one but was a bit intimated by this unfamiliar machine. The generator safety video below will show some tips when starting and using a generator.  I really hope I don’t have to use it but it does give you a sense of security.