Colburn ’13 at Top Insurance Agency – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Colburn ’13 at Top Insurance Agency

Megan Colburn ’13 recently joined the professional staff of Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy Inc., a top insurance agency in New York State, as assistant account manager for operations in the corporate solutions and select client solutions department.

Colburn, who interned in various departments with the company for the past three summers, received the job offer prior to graduation and began working full time in June.

“My desire to learn combined with their plan for me as a Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy team member offers an incredible opportunity that I am so grateful for,” says Colburn.

Responsible for supporting the many functions that optimize service to the company’s clients, she is working on the company’s social media outreach, Internet and other marketing projects.

“A large portion of my responsibilities at Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy involve developing their social media and web presence,” Colburn explains.

Though she still has a lot to learn, Colburn was able to garner a strong base of the skills needed for her new position throughout her four years at HWS.

“I am most appreciative of the opportunity to continue to develop the skills that I gained during my time at HWS while also continuing to learn things that are completely new to me,” Colburn says. “My work at the Digital Learning Center combined with my media and society studies provided me with various skills and knowledge that ultimately made me a great match for Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy and many of their current objectives.”

Colburn participated in a year-long apprenticeship in the Digital Learning Center as part of the Instructional Technology Apprentice Program of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium. The program enables students to combine their liberal arts degree with paraprofessional experiences in the field of instructional technology. These opportunities allowed her to work closely with faculty and students to incorporate technology into courses, course-related projects, and scholarship work.

She graduated from William Smith College with a bachelor of arts in media and society, magna cum laude, and a minor in economics.

Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy is one of Central New York’s oldest and largest independent insurance agencies, today offering conventional insurance solutions with strategies to help businesses manage risk. Headquartered in New Hartford, N.Y., the company serves customers across New York State and increasingly around the nation and globe. In 2010, they were ranked the No. 1 company of its size to work for in New York State.