Artex Steps Forward Atlanta, GA

Nov 12, 2020

Welcome to Atlanta, GA

The 16th stop in our walk around the world challenge.

Welcome to Atlanta!

We’ve landed at our 16th stop on our walk around the world. We’re just 266 miles away from our last stop in North Carolina, and once we finish in Georgia, we’re going to leave the United States and head to the islands!

Randy Carey, vice president of Claims and Analytics at Artex North America, leads our team of 11 insurance professionals in Atlanta. Randy’s team specializes in claim and risk management oversight of clients, as well as analysis of claim development, trends and other benchmarking data designed to help clients improve their claims outcomes. The Atlanta team manages a variety of clients, including those within group and single-parent captives, and those who are looking to improve their loss history so they can benefit from alternative risk programs. Randy’s best piece of advice for those who are considering claims as their specialty focus for a career in insurance includes two key points: “It can be a rewarding experience to assist clients with their risk management needs and overall claim experience. However, you will need to have an innate desire to serve and a strong work ethic, viewing their issues as your own as you strive to resolve them.”

Our Atlanta office has a long history of supporting a variety of local charities. Betty Brown and Toni Roquemore-James lead the coordination and involvement with local charity events throughout the year. Two organizations they’ve long supported are the Lupus Foundation’s “Walk to End Lupus,” where the Artex team is responsible for assisting with the venue setup and operations the day of the event. Additionally they regularly support “Open Hand Atlanta,” which is an organization dedicated to supplying healthy, proportional food to individuals fighting diseases and other ailments.

Outside the office, Randy is a supporter of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the city’s local children’s hospital and healthcare system. Randy was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to the United States when he was 16 years old. He attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, but left after a year due to freezing to death and settled in Atlanta, Georgia. One of his favorite meals is jerk chicken accompanied with 12-year Jamaican rum called Appleton. He professes to be a grill master, primarily jerk chicken, but we have yet to substantiate that claim to fame since he routinely has excuses for not providing samples to us.

Fun facts about Atlanta:

  • Atlanta is home to 71 streets with a variation of the word “Peachtree” in their names yet, for the most part, there are no peach trees in Atlanta, nor are they native to this area. The name evolved from a corruption of “pitch tree,” which is what they call the native pine trees to the area due to their sticky sap.
  • Also called “City in a Forest,” Atlanta is known as the most heavily forested urban area in the United States, with forests covering 47.9% of the city.
  • Coca-Cola was invented here.
  • The city is known as the center of the American civil rights movement and home to many historic sites, including Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Herndon Home Museum.
  • Atlanta was the only North American city destroyed as an act of war – General Sherman burnt it and only 400 buildings survived, hence the city’s symbol, a phoenix.
  • The world’s largest drive-in restaurant, the Varsity, is in Atlanta. They serve the equivalent of two miles of hot dogs each day, and on some days they’ve been known to serve more than 30,000 people.
  • Our office is located in Dunwoody, which is known as a premier shopping and restaurant experience.

 

Looking for a family-friendly activity? Go on a virtual tour of the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr., or see the 20 iconic dishes every Atlantan needs to eat here.

 

Follow our journey, including our milestones, as we trek nearly 28,000 miles around the globe here.