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For immediate release: Jan. 14, 2013

Blazer appointed BWC Southeast Ohio business development manager

COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today announced the appointment of Jim Blazer as business development manager for Southeast Ohio. In this position, Blazer will serve as an ambassador for Buehrer and work with employers that could substantially benefit from BWC's safety and claims management services. Blazer is one of four such managers across the state.

"We are pleased to have Jim to help employers create safer work environments and effectively assist workers when they are injured, which are both key to lowering workers' compensation premiums and freeing up funds for employers to energize company growth and job creation," said Buehrer. "Jim and his counterparts are seasoned professionals who will bridge a gap between BWC and employers that we must fill if we are to accomplish our prevention and care mission."

BWC offers numerous programs that can help businesses save money, generally focused on preventing accidents and improving worker care. Blazer will work with other BWC staff to educate employers on these programs and increase participation in them. One example is Destination: Excellence, a program that allows businesses to choose from up to seven money-saving options focused primarily on creating safer work places and transitioning injured workers back onto the job. He will also establish relationships with employers in Southeast Ohio to ensure their workers' compensation needs are being met.

Blazer was the founder and owner of Blazer and Associates, Inc., an insurance agency specializing in employee benefits to employers and associations. The agency celebrated its 23rd anniversary this year, and many associations have endorsed Blazer and Associates, Inc. to provide employee benefits for members, such as the Central Ohio Retail Grocers, East Central Ohio Food Dealers, Ohio Bed and Breakfast Association, The Ohio Library Council, The Automobile Dealers Alliance of Ohio, Ohio Association of Realtors, The Columbus Board of Realtors and The Professional Insurance Agents of America.

Blazer has served on a number of committees for the Clintonville Area Commission. In 2009, he served as chairman of the Election Committee and on the High Street/North Broadway Task Force, and he currently serves as a member of the Planning and Development Committee. In the spring of 2010, he was elected to a three-year term as Commissioner of District 3 on the Clintonville Area Commission. He currently serves as treasurer of the Commission and is a founding member of the Clintonville Rotary.

He attended the Ohio State University, where he majored in cinematography and film production.

A photo of Jim Blazer is available here.

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