Meet Goldleaf Surety’s Administrative Professional

On Administrative Professionals’ Day, we would like to take time to introduce you to our administrative professional.  And to thank her for all of her hard work and dedication to Goldleaf Surety. The friendly voice on the other end of the phone when you call into Goldleaf Surety is our Administrative Assistant Gwen Olson.  And while most people who work with Goldleaf Surety know her  only as the friendly and helpful voice at the other end of the line when they call in, Gwen’s contributions to … [Read more...]

Goldleaf Surety Services Celebrating 20 Years

On April 1, 1998,  Goldleaf Financial, Ltd. began operations in Montevideo, Minnesota.  And while the company has undergone many changes throughout the past 20 years, one thing has remained consistent - our reputation as the most comprehensive surety services company in the US. When other surety bond specialists or companies are restricted by size, specialty divisions, or other constraints that limit the entire bonding process, Goldleaf has continually brought it all together under one roof.  … [Read more...]

Acora Surety & Insurance Services Recognized

Acora Surety & Insurance Services, LLC has been recognized for reaching the Champions level of Merchants’ Leaderboard program.  Acora Surety & Insurance Services is the agency that issues most of the bonds placed by Goldleaf Surety Services and is owned by the same parent company as Goldleaf Surety . As a Champion level partner, Acora is among the elite in contract surety and is a valued partner of Merchants. Merchants Champion level recognizes contract surety agencies and agents … [Read more...]

Goldleaf Surety to Host Construction Law Seminar

Goldleaf Surety Services will be hosting a Construction Law Seminar on Tuesday, March 13th.  This seminar will be held at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha, Wisconsin. This year’s key note speaker will be William E. McCardell.  Mr. McCardell is a partner in the law firm of DeWitt Ross & Stevens in Madison. He focuses his practice on two distinct areas of law (1) representing management interests in labor and employment law; (2) representing the construction industry in contract … [Read more...]

Times They Are A-Changin’

As the title of the famous Bob Dylan song says, Times They Are A-Changin’.  And no one knows that better than the Green Bay Packers faithful.  After their first losing season since 2008, the Packers’ owners have gone to work revamping staff and instituting a new game plan for 2018. The times may also be changing in the surety marketplace.  For several years, strong profits, inexpensive reinsurance and competition in the surety underwriting business have worked to a contractor’s advantage.  … [Read more...]

Goldleaf Surety to Host Construction Law Seminar

Goldleaf Surety Services will be hosting a Construction Law Seminar on Wednesday, February 28th.  This seminar will be held at Embassy Suites & Courtyard, 12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista, Nebraska. This year’s key note speaker will be Sean Minahan.  Sean is a partner in the law firm of Lamson Dugan and Murray, LLP in Omaha and a member of its Litigation Department.  Mr. Minahan has represented a broad range of clients in corporate litigation.  He has a specific interest in representing … [Read more...]

Year End Considerations and Solid Surety Programs

While a company’s year-end considerations are not a new blog topic for Goldleaf Surety (Surety Bonds & End of the Year Considerations-Part 1; Surety Bonds & End of the Year Considerations-Part 2; Surety-Oriented Considerations at Year-End; and Surety Program and Year End Considerations), it is a topic worth visiting this time of year.  How a company deals with its year-end planning can have a significant impact on its bonding program moving forward. For this reason, we feel it is … [Read more...]

Goldleaf Surety Making the Season Merry and Bright

The song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” was first written in 1963 and recorded for “The Andy Williams Christmas Album.”  Now, I may date myself by admitting that not only is this one of my favorite Christmas carols but I never missed one of the Andy Williams family Christmas specials during my childhood.   Those shows with his brothers, children and extended family all gathered together around the Christmas tree singing in perfect harmony seemed in my young mind to be everything the … [Read more...]

Goldleaf Surety Has Markets for Decommissioning Bonds

In our November 30th blog, we looked at Software and Technology bonds and Goldleaf Surety's success with placing bonds for this class of business.  Another class of bond which falls under the large commercial bond umbrella is a decommissioning bond.  These bonds can be extremely difficult to obtain and many sureties simply do not entertain this type of risk.  However, Goldleaf Surety does have markets for a company with the financial strength to qualify. A recent success story: … [Read more...]

Software and Technology Bond Success Story

Large Commercial Surety Bonds generally include bonds needed in conjunction with service contracts such as transportation companies, janitorial companies, garbage collection companies, “non-sticks and bricks” construction contracts, as well as manufacturing and supply contracts and software and technology contracts. The underwriting considerations for this class of business are different from those for the contract bonds and have become more sophisticated and specialized over time. One … [Read more...]