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    JULY 24, 2014 | VOLUME LXIII, ISSUE 22
    PAST ISSUES
    ADVOCACY
    Your livelihood is at stake this election year
    There is no other political race of greater significance to the livelihood of insurance agents than the 2014 race for governor. Read Kyle Ulrich’s latest blog to find out why and how you can help re-elect Governor Rick Scott.
    Plug in on the issues you care most about at Planning Session, Aug. 7–9 in Orlando
    Lender issues, Clearinghouse logistics, fees versus commissions, and unlawful inducements are just a few of the topics that will be discussed during FAIA’s upcoming Planning Session. Workforce development and health care reform also are on the agenda. It’s not too late to join your colleagues as they create the plan that will guide your association’s efforts in the coming year. Sign up for a task force, and reserve your room.
    TRUSTED CHOICE
    Travelers goes live on TrustedChoice.com rater
    July is proving to be a landmark month for TrustedChoice.com! Last week, Travelers joined Mercury and Safeco on Florida’s comparative rater, and over a two-week period, an additional 75 Florida agencies subscribed to the Advantage program. Momentum is building as both companies and independent agents recognize the value of an expanded profile, enhanced positioning, and unlimited prospects. Learn more.
    Personalize the Freedom campaign with your agency information…for free
    Did you know that Trusted Choice® will customize Freedom campaign advertising materials for your agency at no cost? Not only that, but agencies that place Freedom campaign ads can be reimbursed for up to $350 through tier two of the Marketing Reimbursement Program (go online for a PDF of the guidelines). Learn more.
    EDUCATION
    More rental cars returned damaged than you  think
    Anecdotal evidence suggests that 30 rental cars a day (at just one rental car company) are returned with damage. How many of those drivers bought the loss damage waiver? Read David Thompson’s blog to find out.
    Florida students awarded 64 percent of InVEST scholarships
    Congratulations to the 45 Florida students who were awarded scholarships through InVEST, the financial literacy program designed to attract talent to the insurance industry. Read more, and be sure to thank the agency and company volunteers for creating the opportunity!
    If you’re not appointed, you’re not legal
    You must be licensed and appointed to transact insurance business in Florida. Period. Much is at stake for those who aren’t appointed, and also for the agencies they work for. Learn who appoints whom and what happens when you violate Florida Statutes.
    YOUNG AGENTS
    Events planned statewide for school supply drive
    Jacksonville, Tampa, and Sarasota agents get ready to combine fun and philanthropy at upcoming SmartStart4Kids events in your areas. Find out when and where, and learn how you can help give students in need a smart start in the new school year.
    Are you a future insurance leader?
    You could be, and FAIA’s Young Agents Council can help you get there. Florida’s Future Insurance Leaders program is designed to attract high caliber agents and help them develop and build on leadership skills through education and mentoring. Criteria for admission and the application for the 2014–2015 class are available online.
    IN MEMORIAM
    Mark Wesley Thompson
    We extend our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Mark Thompson who died on July 16. He was active in the insurance industry, his church, and community. Read about his life in the Gainesville Sun.
    Donald E. Waters, Sr.
    We extend our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Don Waters, Sr., who died on June 26. He was active in the insurance industry from 1962, when he and his brother purchased Alley Rehbaum & Capes Assurance, Inc., in Clearwater, until his retirement in 2007. Read about his life in the Tampa Bay Times.

    MEMBER AGENCY NEWS
    Kimberly J. Ellis, Kim Ellis Insurance Services, Inc.: was profiled in the "Five Minutes With.." feature in the Stuart News. The article highlighted her considerable community service.

    Thomas Godfrey, Florida Insurance Agency: completed the Titan Insurance Hero’s company promotion at the top of all Florida agencies.

    Patrick Hopkins, Waddell & Williams Insurance Group: completed the 2014 Leadership Indian River County program.

    Kim Jones, Celedinas Agency, Inc.: elected first vice president to the board of Leadership Palm Beach County.

    George H. Odiorne Insurance Agency, Inc., Brandon: celebrates 40 years serving the insurance needs of its community.

    Chris Walker, Brown & Brown, Inc.: named programs division president.

    Margaret C. Zeller, Evergreen Insurance Agency, Inc.: elected to the board of directors of the YWCA of Palm Beach County.

    INDUSTRY NEWS
    OIR issues orders terminating certain Cat Fund emergency assessments.

    Senate passes TRIA renewal with broker licensing provision.

    AXA Financial, Inc.: A.M. Best has revised the issuer credit ratings (ICR) outlook from stable to negative and affirmed an ICR of “a-.”

    Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company: appointed Steven Bailey as national practice leader in field underwriting for highly protected risks in large property.

    Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.: has entered into an agreement with National Indemnity Company. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services revised the outlook to stable from positive.

    NEW AGENCY MEMBERS
    Gulf Coast Executive Insurance, LLC: New Port Richey

    Integrity Risk Management: Port Charlotte

    McGrady Insurance Group: Orlando

    OQuinn Insurance Services, LLC: Ormond Beach

    Sawyer Insurance, Inc.: Ramrod Key

    NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
    Centauri Specialty Insurance Company: Sarasota
    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 (SS4K) School Supply Drive Drop Off Party: August 14, 2014; Sneakers Sports Grille, Jacksonville.
    • IIA of South Florida, Officers and Directors Installation: September 12, 2014.

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    INDUSTRY EVENTS

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