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    JULY 16, 2015 | VOLUME LXIV, ISSUE 21
    Planning Session panel takes on assignment of benefits issue
    FAIA and its company partners have a long history of coming together to overcome some of the industry’s greatest challenges. In that tradition, in addition to Thursday’s Workforce Development Summit, FAIA will host a panel discussion on assignment of benefits during the upcoming Planning Session that will cover claims trends, court decisions, and potential legislative strategies. (Read about the latest ruling in Laura’s Legal Brief of the Week.) Come ready to share your experiences and ask questions of the panel as we work together to end the rampant AOB fraud and abuse happening in Florida. Mark your calendar for 8:00 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, and register.
    Florida Chamber’s annual Insurance Summit scheduled for October
    Agents have an opportunity to engage with legislative leaders, insurance executives, and political insiders this fall at the Florida Chamber’s 2016 Insurance Summit, Oct. 26–28, 2015, at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. (Why 2016 Summit in 2015? Because the 2016 session convenes January 12.) Discussion topics include the CAT Fund, Citizens, and property market cost drivers, among others. Learn more and register.
    The NFIP Update 2015 webinar is back by popular demand
    If you missed David Thompson’s NFIP Update webinar that was offered earlier this month, you’re in luck. It will be rebroadcast next Wednesday, July 22, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Subjects include grandfathering, subsidized rates, new deductible options, the “infamous” $250 policy surcharge, rate increase, and much more. Register online.
    Beware the employee who refuses to file workers’ comp claim?
    A commercial insured’s employee is injured in her personal vehicle while conducting legitimate company business. The insured, naturally, reports the injury to workers’ comp carrier. The employee, however, refuses to cooperate, on the advice of her attorney, and the claim is closed. What’s going on here? Read Keith Jones’ blog to find out.
    Be found online by participating in Trusted Choice digital ad buy
    The deadline to participate in the next “Freedom” digital ad campaign is August 1. Agents who participate in the campaign, which runs September 1–November 30, will benefit from the increased Trusted Choice brand awareness raised by FAIA’s parallel digital ad buy. The local buy features display Facebook packages and target adults 25–54 who are entering various life stages such as purchasing a home or a car, getting married, starting a family, etc. Commercial lines ads that target small business owners also are available. Contact Kiescha Cherry for more information and to sign up.
    Trusted Choice, FAIA, and local agents help make wishes come true
    The Trusted Choice partnership with Make-A-Wish continues to grow. This spring, Trusted Choice sponsored three Make-A-Wish walks in Florida. IIA of Central Florida and Harry Levine Insurance fielded two teams for the Orlando Walk for Wishes at Lake Eola on March 12, and agents from the Fessler Agency participated in the Tampa Bay Walk for Wishes on April 11. Trusted Choice was the medal sponsor for the May 3 Miami Walk for Wishes; each participant who crossed the finish line received a medal with the Trusted Choice logo on it. For more information about how your agency can get involved with Make-A-Wish, email Julia Freeman.
    Webinar focuses on perpetuation from young agent’s perspective
    If you’re a young agent who has ownership dreams, you need a plan…but where do you start? Find out in a free YAC Chat webinar offered July 21, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and presented by InsurBanc President & CEO David Tralka. Learn the steps agency owners take when planning for perpetuation and how you can become part of that plan. Register.
    Look for a check from the program that pays you back
    If your agency participates in FAIA Member Services’ Utilization Bonus Program, you should receive a check representing your share of the 2014–2015 utilization credit by the end of the calendar year. Since its inception, the program has returned more than $1.5 million to participating members. More than 900 agencies qualified for a bonus last year, and in many cases, utilization bonus checks represented more than an agency’s annual FAIA membership dues. If your agency isn’t participating in the program that pays you back, contact your region’s FAIA Member Services representative.
    Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.: Which cloud storage solution is right for you?
    Cloud storage services can be indispensable tools for agents struggling to find a better way to share documents and images (especially ones that are too large to send over email). Chief Information Officer Paul Peeples reviews three cloud storage solutions in his latest blog.

    Allen Bell Agency, Inc. dba Legacy Insurance of Northwest Florida, LLC, Crestview: named the 2015 Business of the Year by the Crestview Chamber of Commerce.

    Davis Alexander, Thompson Baker Agency: became the first student to receive his 20-44 license (on the same day the law took effect) under the new law created by HB 1133.

    Robert Wentzell, Bradenton Insurance, LLC: named to the Rotary Club of Bradenton board of directors.

    Cooper, Simms, Nelson & Mosley, Inc., Winter Park: has been acquired by Hub International Limited.

    Alejandra Marquez, MP Insurance, Inc. dba Southeast Insurance Agency: received the June CISR scholarship from The National Alliance for Insurance Education.

    Tami Dudley, Van Lierop Insurance Services: received the June CIC scholarship from The National Alliance for Insurance Education. 


    FCCI Insurance Group: ranked No. 23 on Fortune’s inaugural list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials.

    Meadowbrook Insurance Group: acquisition by Fosun International Limited has been completed.

    Patriot National, Inc.: acquired South Carolina-based CWIBenefits.


    Brightway Insurance, Inc.: Winter Springs

    Commercial Insurance Associates, Inc.: Winter Park

    Pineywoods Insurance Agency, LLC: Tampa

    Sikora & Moore Insurance, PLLC: Venice

    We Insure: North Miami



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

    • IIA of Palm Beach County, Membership Luncheon: July 16, 2015; Hilton Palm Beach Airport, West Palm Beach.
    • IIA of Broward County, Cocktail Party: July 30, 2015; DoubleTree by Hilton Sunrise/Sawgrass Mills, Sunrise.
    • IIA of Palm Beach County, Membership Luncheon: August 20, 2015; Hilton Palm Beach Airport, West Palm Beach.
    • IIA of South Florida, CE and Marlins Game; August 11, 2015; Miami Marlins Ball Park.



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