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    DECEMBER 17, 2014 | VOLUME LXIV, ISSUE 8
    PAST ISSUES
    Giving thanks for your continued membership
    As we wind down yet another year, your professional staff is thankful for our members’ leadership and support in making FAIA the best independent agents’ association in the land! The holiday season offers a time to reflect on our many blessings and be grateful!

    In that spirit, your association had yet another record year in membership growth, topping out at over 1,900 agency members with almost 2,200 office locations. FAIA members also contributed record amounts to the association’s political action committees, which were essential to the industry’s success in one of the most important elections in recent memory. FAIA Member Services returned utilization bonuses to over 900 member agencies—more than ever before. Finally, FAIA also had another very successful fiscal year by adding to member equity and strengthening the association’s balance sheet.

    Indeed, we are thankful for your membership and continued support of this great association. May your holiday season be joyous and the New Year one of peace and prosperity!

    ADVOCACY
    Citizens training webinar available on demand
    If you missed FAIA’s recent training webinar for the Citizens Personal Lines Policy Center launch, you can still benefit by watching the recorded version, which takes a policy through the new system in real time, online. Remember, the system replaces ePas on February 1, 2015. While you’re online, head over to the Community and read the latest updates from Citizens’ recent committee and board meetings.
    Edison is back; new rate filings approved; and other industry updates
    It would be easy to overlook important details amid the holiday swirl, but fortunately, Industry Relations Manager Dave Newell is looking out for you! In his latest blog, Dave reports the re-launch of Edison Insurance, new residential rate filings, and news of the liquidation of Florida Healthcare Plus.
    Supreme Court workers’ comp decision a huge win for insurance community
    Earlier this month, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the workers’ compensation law’s mechanism of exclusive remedy—applied when an injured worker settles a workers’ comp case—bars that worker from suing the employers for further recovery. The decision in Morales vs. Zenith is a victory for the insurance and business communities, and for FAIA as well. Find out why in Laura’s Legal Brief of the Week.
    EDUCATION
    The lowest price is almost never the best option
    Is quoting Homeowners Coverage C that is only 25 percent of the Coverage A limit enough? Probably not, according to David Thompson, who once again urges agents to remember that a lower price is not the best option. Customers who claim they don’t need it because they “don't have a lot of stuff” may think otherwise when it comes time to replace that stuff after a total loss. Read his latest blog and the comments; then add your thoughts.
    GOOD WORKS FUND
    Inaugural Bob Ross Scholarship awarded
    Danielle Chiste is the inaugural recipient of the Bob Ross Scholarship. The talented junior insurance major received the award at the fall banquet of FSU School of Risk Management/Insurance awards banquet held December 4. Four of Bob Ross’s five children were on hand to celebrate the award and meet the recipient. Learn more.
    MEMBER AGENCY NEWS
    Insurance Journal: named the following FAIA member agencies among their Top 50 Personal Lines Leaders: AssuredPartners, Inc., Lake Mary; Baldwin Risk Partners, LLC, Tampa; Bouchard Insurance, Inc., Clearwater; Celedinas Agency, Inc., Palm Beach Gardens; Insurance Office of America, Inc., Altamonte Springs; and Sihle Insurance Group, Inc., Altamonte Springs. Congratulations!
    IN MEMORIAM
    Robert Stacy: the former co-owner of the Carr Insurance Agency died on November 29. He was well respected within the industry and on the golf course. He loved his family and cherished his friends. In keeping with his wishes, there was no service.
    INDUSTRY NEWS
    Senate fails to renew TRIA: The legislation would have extended the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act for six years and included agent licensing reform. Read the IIABA's statement.

    ACORD Corp.: announced that Gregory Maciag will retire as president and CEO in January 2016.

    Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company: announced Art Moossmann as president and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2015.

    ICW Group Insurance Companies: named Gary Morin Florida branch manager. He replaces Rob DeViere who was promoted to regional director of ICW Group’s Midwest, Eastern, and Southern workers’ compensation operations.

    InsureZone Agency Network: has entered Florida under the name Florida InsureZone Direct (IZD).

    Regions Insurance Group: has opened an office in St. Petersburg and John Pickard has been named CEO of Regions Insurance of Florida.

    NEW AGENCY MEMBERS

    Elegant Insurance Agency: Ft. Lauderdale

    NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

    Regions Insurance Group: St. Petersburg

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