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    FEBRUARY 26, 2015 | VOLUME LXIV, ISSUE 12
    PAST ISSUES
    ADVOCACY
    Countdown to the 2015 Legislative Session begins
    Forty senators, 120 representatives, lots of lobbyists (including FAIA’s own), and other interested parties will descend on Tallahassee for the opening day of the 2015 Legislative Session next Tuesday. FAIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Kyle Ulrich provides an overview of the broader issues, and a detailed list of the major insurance issues, in his 2015 Legislative Session Preview blog.

    Workforce development panel added to Fly-In issues briefing
    Finding workers to take the place of rapidly retiring independent insurance agents is the driving force behind pending legislation that could help increase the pool of qualified candidates for insurance jobs. Workforce development is an FAIA strategic priority and a major objective of FAIA’s Good Works Fund. FAIA President Jeff Grady, GWF Committee Chairman Greg Baker, and DFS Agent and Agency Services Director Greg Thomas will discuss ongoing legislative efforts during Tuesday’s issues briefing. Learn more, and register.
    Dispatches from the Citizens Agent Roundtable meeting
    Water claims, PolicyCenter, and Coverage B limit changes were among the hot topics at the recent Citizens Agents Roundtable meeting. In his CPIC blog, Dave Newell reports back from the meeting, which also included a sneak peek at new websites for agents and consumers. Follow the CPIC blog for regular updates.
    EDUCATION
    Don’t confuse premium charge with policy coverage
    Sometimes, insureds forget to tell their agents about changes in their situation, whether it’s hiring additional employees or adding cars to their fleet. But does that mean they aren’t covered? Read David Thompson’s blog for the answer.
    Ruling in uninsured motorist court case proves David Thompson right!
    Resident insurance nerd David Thompson literally will not rest until all agents write uninsured motorist coverage equal to bodily injury limits stacked. And now he’s got important back-up in his quest: a recent ruling by the Florida Supreme Court. Read about the court’s decision and find out why UM issues are so rife with E&O implications.
    Your questions answered in FAIA’s online Community forums
    FAIA offers many member-only ways to get information, whether it’s the Education Library or our Live Help service. We also provide forums in the FAIA Community. The forums are a great place to ask both real and “hypothetical” questions—and get quick answers. Check it out, and then ask a question yourself.
    EVENTS
    Changes coming to Thursday night Convention options
    Date night, family night, or all about business. Convention’s Thursday Night Party has been revamped so attendees can customize their own experience. Read Cindy Molnar’s blog to see what changes are in store, and visit the Convention networking page to see what other networking opportunities Convention has to offer.
    TRUSTED CHOICE.COM
    Millennials can no longer be viewed as ‘bad risks’
    One day, they were toddlers. Now, they are buying houses. We’re referring to the Millennial generation, young people who are rapidly entering the prime spending years of their lives. There are a lot of them, and they are the most diverse generation in the U.S. What are you doing to capture their business? Visit Agency Nation to learn how to win the business of these up and comers.
    MEMBER AGENCY NEWS
    Mystery Slimick, GBA, BB&T Insurance Services: promoted to insurance officer.

    Florida WorkComp Specialist, Inc. dba WorkComp Partners, Plant City: named the “Agency of the Month” in February by Rough Notes magazine.

    INDUSTRY NEWS
    Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Co.: announced that President Scott Wallace plans to retire at the end of May 2015. Paresh Patel, HCI Group’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer, and executive chairman of Homeowners Choice, will assume charge of the company.

    Main Street America Group: promoted Tiffany Daly as president of the Western region, and Jeff Kusch to senior vice president and head of operations.

    Tower Hill Insurance Group: will offer commercial lines products through Tower Hill Prime Insurance Co.

    NEW AGENCY MEMBERS
    AmeriQuest Mutual Insurance: Virginia Gardens

    Kelly's Insurance Group, LLC: Cape Coral

    Lely Insurance Group, LLC: Naples

    Mullins Insurance Group, LLC: Titusville

    The Murray Insurance Agency: St. Augustine

    Tyler Insurance Agency, Inc.: Lakeland

    Zorro Financial, Inc.: Jacksonville

    NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
    Florida Retrofits: Palm Bay

    Program Underwriter: Coral Springs

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