Sharon Emek

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Location: New York, NY
Founded: 2010
Industry: Professional services exclusively to the insurance industry

Sharon Emek
President and CEO

Work at Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE)

Sharon Emek, president and CEO of Work at Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE), wants to change the way society and companies view retirement. In light of that mission, she created WAHVE to give insurance experts over 50 a way to “pretire.” Many insurance companies outsource to other countries, but often, the people they hire don’t have sufficient expertise in the industry. That’s why Emek is out “to prove to insurance firms that ‘vintage’ experts can be exceptionally productive working from home,” she says. “We are helping people continue to work and contribute their amazing knowledge, while having flexibility in their older years.”

Fun Fact: Emek has been featured on Insurance Business America’s Hot 100 list. 

“The challenge that I faced in starting the company was to convince the insurance industry and management that people do not need to always work in an office today,” says Emek. So she walked the walk and made her own company a virtual one. By taking advantage of technology and successfully navigating a dispersed workforce, Emek has shown that it is possible to succeed with the right talent.

On the flip side of her quest to help an older generation stay productive, Emek and WAHVE support a program called Invest. This organization is focused on bringing young people into the insurance industry.