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    AUGUST 7, 2014 | VOLUME LXIII, ISSUE 23
    PAST ISSUES
    ADVOCACY
    Your legal questions help shape legislative agenda
    FAIA’s General Counsel Laura Pearce regularly fields calls from members about issues ranging from the legality of lender requests to what “agent in charge” really means. The sorts of questions that leave you shaking your head when you hear the answer are the very topics the Legislative Council will be discussing this week at FAIA’s Planning Session. Read Laura’s Legal Brief of the Week to see what’s on the agenda and to participate in the conversation.
    Your Sunshine State receivership questions answered
    Many loose ends remain—how will agents get paid, how will refunds for non-transitioned policyholders be handled—following the announcement of the Sunshine State Insurance Company receivership and subsequent Heritage assumption deal. Dave Newell provides answers to some of the questions causing agents the most concern.
    The latest dispatches from FAIA’s director of Health & Benefits
    Three months have passed since the ACA open enrollment ended, writes Lee Martin in his blog, and we don’t know a whole lot more today than we did then. But we have learned at least three truths. Read more.
    TRUSTED CHOICE
    Help wishes come true with a simple ‘share’ on Facebook
    During the month of August, Trusted Choice will join with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for their fourth social media campaign. For every “share” from the page, Trusted Choice will donate ten dollars to Make-A-Wish. A minimum of one hundred thousand dollars will be donated. During the last three campaigns, over three hundred thousand has been raised to help grant the wishes of children and their families.
    EDUCATION
    When flood maps change, what’s an agent’s duty?
    Remapping is taking place around the country, and when maps change, so, too, may your insureds’ risk and insurance requirements. If one of your policyholders is mapped out of a high-risk area, his flood insurance costs will likely decrease. What’s an agent’s duty to the customer? Read David Thompson’s blog for the answer.
    Expanded lender-issue category added to the Education Library 
    If you’re confused by lender requests, and based on the volume of questions FAIA receives, many of you are, then head over to FAIA’s Education Library, where we’ve created a section solely devoted to lender issues. There, you’ll find staff articles and blogs, and letters you can use to respond to unreasonable requests.
    AGENCY ACCOLADES
    FAIA member agencies among nation’s most elite
    Eight FAIA agencies landed on the Insurance Journal’s list of the Top 100 Privately-Held Property/Casualty Agencies, and two earned spots on the Top 20 Agency Partnerships roster. Visit the Media Center to see who made the cut.
    Insurance agencies, companies recognized as great places to work
    Nine FAIA member agencies and associate members made this year’s Florida Trend list of Florida’s Best Companies to Work For—three more than the previous year. Companies that choose to participate are surveyed about company policies, practices, and demographics. After that, a randomly selected group of each firm’s employees respond to 72 statements on a five-point agreement scale. Read more.
    MEMBERSHIP
    Reminder: It’s time to renew
    Did you know that you can renew your membership online? Simply log in to FAIA's website with your user name and password, and your agency's information will auto populate the online form (you'll still need to update your total revenues and enter payment information.) Don't risk letting your FAIA membership (and all that comes with it) lapse. Renew before November 1 to avoid a reinstatement fee.
    IN MEMORIAM
    Michael J. Miele: we offer our condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Mike, who passed away on July 23. He was a valued member of the MGA Property & Casualty Insurance Agency in Bradenton.
    MEMBER AGENCY NEWS
    Baldwin Risk Partners, Tampa: ranked as the fifteenth fastest growing company in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

    Betsy Ceneus, AU, AIS, ASLI, ACS, AAI, Lanier Upshaw, Inc.: promoted to assistant vice president.

    Donald McMahon, McMahon-Hadder Insurance, Inc.: named vice-chair for 2014–2015 of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida governing board.

    Rushing Insurance, LLC dba McGraw Insurance Services, Pensacola: honored as the “2014 Best of the Bay” winner in insurance by the Pensacola News Journal.

    Thomas Insurance, LLC, Pensacola: named a finalist in the “2014 Best of the Bay” awards by the Pensacola News Journal.

    INDUSTRY NEWS
    Cigna Insurance: named Patty Fontneau as president of private exchange business.

    CNA Insurance: completed the sale of Continental Assurance Company to a subsidiary of Wilton Re Holdings Limited.

    Federated National Holding Co.: has agreed to form Monarch National Insurance Co., a new Florida-based homeowners carrier, with C.A. Bancorp, Inc.

    NEW AGENCY MEMBERS
    Brightway Insurance, Inc.: Altamonte Springs

    Goosehead Insurance Agency, LLC: Miami*

    Goosehead Insurance Agency, LLC: Ponte Vedra Beach

    Jordan Insurance and Financial Services: Clewiston

    We Insure Florida, Inc.: Coconut Creek

    We Insure Florida, Inc.: Wilton Manors

    * two locations

    CALENDAR OF EVENTS
    FAIA EVENTS

    LOCAL BOARD EVENTS

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

    • IIA of Palm Beach County, Citizens Demo and Town Hall meeting: August 12, 2014; Embassy Suites Hotel, West Palm Beach.
    • IIA of South Florida, Town Hall meeting and Miami Marlins game: August 13, 2014.
    • IIA of Northeast Florida, SmartStart4Kids School Supply Drive Drop Off Party: August 14, 2014; Sneakers Sports Grille on Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville.
    • IIA of Central Florida, CE Seminar: August 20, 2014; contact the association office for details.
    • IIA of Palm Beach County, Luncheon with guest Patrick Murphy: August 21, 2014; Embassy Suites, West Palm Beach.
    • IIA of South Florida, Officers and Directors Installation: Sept. 12, 2014.
    • Pinellas Association of Insurance Agents, Big I Day: Sept. 25, 2014, Feathersound Country Club, Clearwater.

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