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Next Avenue Names its 2019 INFLUENCERS IN AGING

Sep 25, 2019

Meet the advocates, researchers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and groundbreakers who push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older. 

 SAINT PAUL, Minn. — September 25, 2019 — Next Avenue, public media’s digital publication dedicated to covering issues for people 50 and older, has released its fifth annual list of Influencers in Aging, which includes 12 advocates, researchers, thought leaders and innovators who are breaking ground and changing how we age and think about aging. People are honored from each of the six areas that Next Avenue covers: Health, Caregiving, Money and Policy, Work and Purpose, Living and Technology.

This year’s list includes Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom, who is creating a Master Plan for Aging for his state; Dr. Louise Aronson, the Elderhood author helping optimize health care and improve outcomes for older adults and Imani Woody, who is developing a home for older LGBTQ adults in Washington, D.C. For a complete list of honorees and further information about Next Avenue’s 2019 Influencers in Aging, please visit: nextavenue.org/influencers.

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WAHVE Wins Innovation Award

Jun 14, 2019


Sharon Emek, WAHVE CEO and WAHVE won Silicon Valley Innovation Competition, sponsored by AARP Innovation Labs: They’ll go on to compete in the competition’s finals in Washington, D.C. this fall.
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Dr. Sharon Emek Receives Leadership Award Celebrating Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Apr 04, 2018

Emek was presented with the award during the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit

NEW YORK (April 4, 2018) – Dr. Sharon Emek, founder and chief executive officer of WAHVE, an innovative staffing solution that connects employers with pre-retirement workers, was presented with the Leadership, Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship award at the 15th annual What’s Next Boomer Business Summit.

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WAHVE Nominated: SeniorHomes.com 2018 Best Senior Living Awards

Jan 29, 2018

SeniorHomes.com has nominated our site for their 2018 Best Senior Living Awards! Since 2011, SeniorHomes.com has been featuring top websites, products, and organizations that help seniors lead healthy and vibrant lives.

One of the ways our site can advance is through your popular votes. There are just 10 days to vote for our site. We would appreciate all the support we could get.

Please take a moment and cast your vote for us here. We really appreciate your time and efforts!

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Work At Home Vintage Experts has earned the distinction of being recognized as a Certified Age Friendly Employer™ for 2017

Oct 21, 2017

RetirementJobs.com | October 20, 2017

We are pleased to inform you that WAHVE has earned the special distinction of being certified as an Age Friendly Employer for 2018.  Recently, in conjunction with your organization’s recruiting efforts on our destination site, the Research Group at RetirementJobs.com carefully reviewed the information you provided to us through a confidential survey, in addition to information you publish publicly on your website and in other employment and human resource-oriented materials.

About our Certification

We verified that your organization is among the rising number of employers that make a special effort to recruit and retain workers over age 50.  As part of our company mission, we identify organizations that maintain policies, practices and programs consistent with employment of people age 50 and older based solely on their proficiency, qualifications and contribution, and on terms comparable to younger individuals. Our Certification indicates an employer’s recognition of the unique value of age 50+ workers as well as their commitment to take affirmative action in providing meaningful employment, development opportunities and competitive pay and benefits.  Our Certification program is recognized by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, AARP and NCOA.

See our press release here.

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Hiring Smarter

Jan 02, 2017

Insurance Journal On Point Podcast | January 2, 2017
In this fascinating presentation, Dr. Emek outlines  “blind hiring” as effective way to onboard talented workers in the insurance industry. With all their prejudices and preconceived notions about people, “human beings are terrible at hiring,” says Sharon. Furthermore, some quality candidates perform terribly on standard tests. Instead, firms looking for high-quality candidates should create engaging online games and other exercises to anonymously gauge candidates’ skills and application of knowledge.

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Sharon Emek named winner of the Vistage Leadership Legacy Award

Aug 19, 2016

www.vistage.com | August 19, 2016
Vistage Worldwide, Inc., a global organization that assembles and facilitates private advisory boards for CEOs, senior executives and business owners, recently presented Sharon Emek, CEO of Work At Home Vintage Experts, with the Vistage Leadership Legacy Award at SmartCEO’s New York Brava! Awards.

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Colorado Agent Association Endorses WAHVE

Jul 17, 2016

July 16, 2016

22 Agent Groups Now Offer Remote Staff Services to Members

NEW YORK (June 21, 2016) – The Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado (PIIAC) endorsed Work At Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE) to provide contract staffing services to its members.

The endorsement allows the 2,500 property-casualty agency members of PIIAC to access WAHVE’s unique staffing services on a preferred basis. WAHVE offers an innovative contract staffing talent solution to meet the full-time or part-time staffing needs of insurance agents/brokers and other insurance firms. WAHVE’s insurance experts work remotely using technology tools.

Bryan Bernier, CEO of PIIAC, said that WAHVE gives Colorado’s agents another option for professional staffing needs. “Finding and retaining the right staff present an ongoing challenge in the agency business. With boomers reaching traditional retirement age and millennial recruits difficult to attract, independent agencies need alternatives,” said Bernier. “WAHVE provides independent agencies with insurance professionals who bring significant agency experience in customer service, underwriting and other vital insurance workflows.”

Bill Hunt, executive vice president and chief sales officer of WAHVE, said: “Many insurance agencies find it tough to hire the experienced insurance professionals they need locally. WAHVE widens the geographic horizons for these insurance firms. With WAHVE’s in-depth screening and matching processes, we are able to find the expert who is the right fit for that particular firm’s needs, whether in commercial lines or personal lines.”








Bryan Bernier CEO Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado (PIIAC)

WAHVE now has more than 300 vintage professionals working remotely for 260 insurance firms throughout the country.

The Colorado endorsement bring to 22 the number of state insurance agent associations that endorse WAHVE’s services for members.

Insurance firms interested in working with WAHVE and obtaining more information are invited to visit wahve.com or contact Bill Hunt at Bill.Hunt@WAHVE.com or 646.807.4372 ext. 3757.

Agent associations in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming endorse WAHVE. All are affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA) except for Maryland, which is affiliated with National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA). WAHVE is a participating employer in AARP’s Life Reimagined for Work initiative, is listed as a work-at-home option by Clark Howard, is a Certified Age Friendly Employer by RetirementJobs.com, and is certified as a woman business enterprise by the National Women Owned Business Corporation (NWBOC).

About Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado: The Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado (PIIAC), a non-profit membership-based industry association of Colorado’s independent insurance agents, represents more than 2,500 independent insurance agents. Affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, PIIAC educates and advocates for agents on the latest developments in insurance legislation, laws and regulations.

About WAHVE: Work At Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE) is an innovative contract staffing talent solution. WAHVE matches retiring insurance professionals leaving the regular workforce to insurance firms to meet their full- or part-time staffing needs. Insurance firms benefit by improving productivity and lowering costs. WAHVE’s unique qualifying process and technology platform match the right “pretirees,” wherever they may live, to the needs of insurance firms wherever they are located.

WAHVE bridges the gap between insurance firms’ staffing needs and seasoned professionals’ “work-life” balance preferences as they phase into retirement.

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