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    FAIA’s role in preserving personal lines commissions?
    Technology, changing consumer demographics, and buying behaviors are rapidly altering the personal lines market. These changes affect the way agents do business, and sometimes affect how much they are paid. FAIA has a role to play in defending and preserving agent commissions, but it may be a little different than you think. Read Jeff Grady’s blog to find out what the association can—and cannot—do to advocate for independent agents in this changing marketplace.
    New, fillable model privacy form is now available from IIABA
    Working in collaboration with several federal agencies, the Big “I” recently updated its Privacy Provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and Their Impact on Insurance Agents & Brokers memo. The new memo includes an updated model privacy form that, when adopted by agents, provides safe harbor from FTC enforcement actions. Read Laura’s Legal Brief of the Week for details.
    Congress passes, President signs TRIA, NARAB II legislative package
    The long-fought-for legislative package includes both a six-year extension of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) and the Big ‘I’ preferred, permanent version of NARAB II to streamline nonresident licensing. What is NARAB II and why is it such a huge win for agents and consumers? Read Kyle Ulrich's blog to find out.
    InsurPac reaches new milestone
    For the first time in history, InsurPac, IIABA’s political action committee, has topped the $1 million fundraising mark in back to back years. A record 40 states, including Florida, reached their fundraising goals in 2014, and Florida’s young agents raised more than any other state young agents group. This new standard could not have been set without the leadership of current InsurPac Chair—and past FAIA Chairman—Veronica Della Porta, and current Florida InsurPac chair and FAIA Vice Chairman Brian Scarborough. Congratulations to all, and keep giving!
    Flood map changes present opportunities for agents
    Flood maps changes coming to Sarasota and Martin counties, which is good news for some insureds, and not so good for others. Either way, you likely will need to have “the flood talk” with your customers. Fortunately, FAIA has resources to help and advice from David Thompson.
    Uber: Is it ride sharing or ride renting?
    How many people who use services such as Uber and Lyft stop to consider the insurance implications of doing so? The answer is almost no one does, but you can be sure that David Thompson thinks about it. He shares his concerns in the Community.
    YAC golf tournament adds putt, chip, and drive contest
    Every year, the Young Agents Council Golf Tournament held in conjunction with Convention sells out; so this year, organizers have added a putt, chip, and drive contest so more people can participate! Learn more about the tournament, which benefits the Folds of Honor Foundation, and register.
    Still time to register for Sales & Leadership Conference
    Though the deadline to reserve a room at the conference hotel has passed, there’s still time to register to attend the Sales & Leadership Conference, to be held Jan. 29–30 at the Tampa Marriott Westshore. Visit the conference website to learn how you can take your career to the next level.
    Make plans now to attend 2015 Legislative Fly-In
    FAIA’s legislative success has long been a result of active participation from member agents like you. Help us help you by attending Legislative Fly-In, March 17–18 at the Hotel Duval in Tallahassee. This year’s priorities include working with Citizens on amending the FMAP statute, supporting legislation that allows personal lines licenses to be granted through qualifying means other than the state exam, and addressing the fallout from the recent Tiara vs. Marsh case. Learn more and register.
    First annual Employee Benefits Conference debuts in May
    Plans are taking shape for the Employee Benefits Conference, scheduled for May 11–12 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. This two-day event covers all aspects of employee benefits: sales and marketing, benefits strategy, compliance information, a federal-level overview, and a working lunch with state regulators. Check out the agenda and register.
    Convention breakout sessions for 2015 include class on ‘adult toys’
    Yes, you read that right, but it’s not what you think. These adult toys, which many of your customers use on a regular basis, include dirt bikes, riding mowers, boats, golf carts, etc. This is just one of the classes that will be available June 17–20 at this year’s Convention. Learn more and register.
    Ardent Insurance Group, Inc., Naples: has acquired Dean & Associates of SW FL, Inc.

    Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, Tampa: announced a joint venture with iPEO Solutions to form a boutique insurance and risk management practice.

    Daniel James Howell, Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners: received the fourth quarter CIC scholarship.

    Bouchard Insurance, Inc., Clearwater: named Andy Davis as chief operating officer.

    Hub International Ltd.: has acquired Smith Watson Parker Insurance of Hollywood.

    Howell A. McKay: we extend our sympathy to the family of Howell McKay, who passed away on December 21. After he served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he returned to Tampa where he was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Tampa. He shared his gifts of music as often as he could. Read about his life in the Tampa Tribune.
    Allianz SE: announced plans to sell Fireman’s Fund U.S. personal lines insurance to ACE Limited.

    CNA Financial Corp.: announced the retirement of Robert Lindemann as president and chief operating officer of CNA Commercial.

    Gulfstream Property and Casualty Insurance Co. appointed Douglas W. Reynolds as president and CEO.

    Meadowbrook Insurance Group: has entered an agreement to be acquired by Fosun International Ltd.

    Normandy Insurance Co.: moved its headquarters to Deerfield Beach.

    Patriot National, Inc.: filed a registration statement for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock.

    Progressive Corp.: announced plans to buy a controlling interest in American Strategic Insurance.

    United Insurance Holdings, Inc.: announced plans to acquire Family Security Holdings, LLC.

    Binger Financial Services, LLC: St. Petersburg

    Elementary Insurance Agency: Tallahassee

    Livstar, Inc. dba Safeguard Insurance Group: Port Richey

    McCormick Insurance, Inc.: Pembroke Pines

    Preferred Insurance, Inc.: Naples

    Prism Insurance, Inc.: Orlando

    Rate Rite Insurance Group Corp.: Tampa

    Employee Leasing Strategies: Dunedin


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