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    After a storm hits, the ‘Cat Committee’ is there to help
    Fortunately, the recent weather crisis was averted when Tropical Storm Erika dissipated over Cuba. She left some messes to clean up, but the storm could have done serious damage, including to your agency. Hurricane damage, and the personnel shortages and related perils it causes, can paralyze an agency’s ability to serve customers during their greatest time of need. That’s where FAIA’s Catastrophe Committee comes in.
    FAIA working with FEMA to improve NFIP process, communication
    FAIA member agents met with FEMA’s new director of Risk Insurance last week to examine the NFIP process. The discussion focused on finding ways to streamline policy administration and improve communication. Read Dave Newell’s blog for the details. In other industry news, NCCI proposed a rate decrease in workers’ compensation rates for 2016.
    Attend Florida Chamber’s Insurance Summit (for free!)
    FAIA again this year is sponsoring the Florida Chamber’s Insurance Summit, Oct. 26–28, 2015, at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. To encourage attendance, we’re giving away 10 free registrations on a first-come, first service basis. Email Kyle Ulrich if you’re interested.
    Prepare nonresidential insureds for potential NFIP rate increase
    Your nonresidential policyholders could be in for a 25 percent rate increase…or not, but that depends in part on how responsive you are to companies’ requests for information. The information provided will split non-residential risks into two categories: Non-residential business and other non-residential. If the required information is not provided, the risk will default to other non-residential business and receive the 25 percent increase. Learn more about this important change.
    Open claims and policy cancellations.
    Is that really legal?
    While it seems like it should be illegal for companies to non-renew a policy following a claim, Florida has no such statute. But there is a “however,” writes David Thompson in his blog, pertaining to declarations of emergency.
    Upcoming Webinar provides an overview
    of A.M. Best reports
    Learn from the experts what to look for in a carrier's financial disclosures when A.M. Best hosts a webinar for member agents Wednesday, September 9. The free webinar is offered at two times, both EDT: 10:00–11:00 a.m. (register), and 2:00–3:00 p.m. (register). 

    ‘Appetite Engine’ helps you write more of the business you want
    Independent insurance agencies are fueled not by more referrals, but by more of the right referrals. This is especially true when it comes to commercial lines. Agencies that have a Commercial Lines Advantage subscription close more than 40 percent of TrustedChoice.com referrals because of the technology the site uses to match buyers with the right agents. Learn how the Appetite Engine can help you attract the types of risk you want to write.
    Auto-Owners will cover half of Advantage subscription via co-op program
    Good news for FAIA members and Auto-Owners agencies: TrustedChoice.com Advantage subscriptions—personal lines, commercial lines, or both—are now eligible for co-op reimbursement to cover 50 percent of the monthly subscription fee (subject to availability of your co-op budget). Learn more.

    Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, Tampa: named one of the 10 Best Workplaces in Insurance by Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine.

    Brightway Insurance, Jacksonville: hired Kristine Azar as vice president of customer experience.

    Rosier Insurance, Bonita Springs: is sponsoring a networking event as part of the Bonita Springs Area Young Professionals Group “In Your Future” Summit on Sept. 11.


    Advanced E&S Group: opened a branch office in Dallas, TX.

    Allied American Underwriters: acquired the renewal rights on several books of business from Jacksonville, Florida-based US Assure.

    HCI Group, Inc.: Named one of Fortune magazine's 100 fastest-growing companies for 2015.

    Highlands County: is assisting agents in determining if a specific property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area as defined in FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Map. To make an inquiry, call (863) 402-6643, or stop by the Building Department, 501 S Commerce Ave in Sebring.

    MAPFRE: is live for quoting in Florida on TrustedChoice.com.

    United Insurance Holdings Corporation: Named one of Fortune magazine's 100 fastest-growing companies for 2015.


    Brightway Insurance, Inc.: Altamonte Springs

    Brown Insurance Services, LLC: Tallahassee

    Hazel Partners, LLC: Jacksonville Beach

    Meek Insurance Group: Apollo Beach

    NationsInsuranceQuote.com: Delray Beach

    RDZ Insurance, Inc.: Riverview

    Rob Owen Insurance, Inc.: Clermont

    We Insure: Kissimmee


    Baxter Restoration: Orlando

    Bob Nix Insurance Agency: New Smyrna Beach



    Many local boards hold monthly or quarterly meetings. Visit our website for a schedule.

    • IIA of Broward County, Installation of Officers and Directors with guest speaker CFO Jeff Atwater: Sept. 9, 2015; Renaissance Ft. Lauderdale-Plantation Hotel, Plantation.
    • IIA of Central Florida, Installation luncheon; Sept. 9, 2015, Citrus Club, Orlando.
    • IIA of Palm Beach County, Membership meeting: Sept. 17, 2015; Hilton Palm Beach Airport, West Palm Beach.
    • Pinellas Association of Insurance Agents, Big I Golf Tournament & Banquet: Sept. 24, 2015; Bardmoor Country Club, Seminole.
    • IIA of North Florida, Membership meeting: Sept. 29, 2015; Black Finn Ameripub, Jacksonville.
    • Manatee County Big I Day: Oct. 7, 2015; River Wilderness Golf and Country Club, Parrish.
    • Panhandle Big I Day: Oct. 15, 2015; Pensacola Beach Hilton, Pensacola Beach.


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