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The “HWS Connection” at Lawley Insurance

Buffalo’s Lawley Insurance Company is the location for an ongoing mini-reunion of HWS alums, says Megan Rechin ’11, the agency’s creative marketing specialist. Rechin does not shy away from talking about her time at the Colleges—she still proudly carries her William Smith lanyard with her—so perhaps it’s not surprising that she discovered two other HWS alums who work there.

A conversation with Brian Duffet ’90, a sales producer at the company, led to her first HWS discovery. “I always talk about my undergrad at HWS when meeting new people and happened to mention it,” she says. “Brian filled me in about his time at Hobart.”

Her discovery of Emily Hurley ’19 was equally serendipitous. “My team was interviewing for an intern and we saw her resume come through,” says Rechin. “Once I saw the HWS alum status, I knew she would be perfect for the job because I knew she had a great education.”

Buffalo’s largest insurance agency, Lawley offers business insurance, employee benefits, risk management and personal insurance options to clients. “We have almost 400 employees, with offices in Connecticut, Long Island and Jamestown,” says Duffet.

Rechin, who completed an independent major in science journalism, credits her internship in the HWS Communications Office for introducing her to many of the tasks she now does professionally. “At Lawley, I do event photography, social media management, web development, content strategy, media buying, communications strategy, PR, digital marketing and more,” she says. “I am doing all the same things [that I did as a student worker].”

As a Lawley intern, Hurley writes articles for the insurance page, updates contacts and performs ad hoc tasks for Rechin’s marketing team. Like Rechin, she feels that augmenting her classwork with on-campus employment benefited her in the workforce. “Skills I gained working for the HWS Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning office as well as working as an America Reads tutor were a big help to me in a corporate environment,” she says.

As a political science major, Statesman ice hockey captain and Theta Delta Chi brother, Buffet credits HWS with giving him the critical thinking and writing skills that are necessary for his job as an insurance broker, as well as honing his social skills. “As a producer [broker], the ability to acquire relationships is important,” he says.

Recently returned from a golfing reunion with 15 of his HWS friends, Buffet says he’s stayed in touch with many alums and frequently does business with them. “[HWS] was a great experience with wonderful people and I developed lifelong friendships that I still have today,” he says.