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inaugural Bob Ross Scholarship awarded

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Chiste Award 
Pictured from left to right are: (front) Michele Ross McIntyre, Danielle Chiste, Sue Ross Joiner; and (back) Robert Ross and Mark Ross.
 

Danielle Chiste is the inaugural recipient of the Bob Ross Scholarship. The talented junior insurance major received the award at the fall banquet of the Florida State University College of Business School of Risk Management/Insurance awards banquet held December 4.

Four of Bob Ross’s five children were on hand to celebrate the award, given in their father’s honor, and meet the recipient.

Former Chairman Sam Rogers, who spearheaded the scholarship fundraising efforts during his term and is a lifelong friend of the Ross family, reflected on the momentous occasion.

“One of the remarkable things about this legacy scholarship is not just that Bob Ross’s name will forever appear in a program or on a plaque, but also that students like Danielle will forever be connected to Bob Ross and his family.”

Danielle said she feels honored and blessed to receive such a wonderful award.

“If there is one thing I am most excited for, it would definitely be my drive to live on Bob Ross’s legacy,” she said. “(The Ross family is) such a lively and incredible group of people, and I am thrilled to keep a relationship with all of them.”

The scholarship was made possible through the efforts of the FAIA Good Works Fund. Contributions from companies, agencies, and individuals reached the $100,000 necessary to endow the scholarship in Bob’s name, ensuring that a $5,000 scholarship award can be awarded in perpetuity.

This Week in Insurance: December 15–19, 2014

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 

  • Special Primary Election for House District 13. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Find out how Trusted Choice can help you pay for advertising

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Please join Trusted Choice for a brief webinar to learn about the new and enhanced 2015 Marketing Reimbursement Program. There is up to $1,600 available to your agency to help offset the cost of your advertising to consumers.

You can register for a session by clicking one of the following dates:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014; 11:00 a.m.–noon, EST 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014; 1:00–2:00 p.m., EST 

 2015 MRP notice 

This Week in Insurance: December 8–12, 2014

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Monday, December 8, 2014 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation 
    • Board of Governors meeting, 9:00 a.m., Orlando. To participate via conference call, dial 1-888-942-8686 and use access code 5743735657#.
    • FMAP Board of Governors meeting, 12:00 noon. To participate in the call, dial 888-942-8686 and use participant code 5743735657#.
  • Florida Workers’ Compensation JUA, Board of Governors teleconference, 10:00 a.m. To participate, contact Kathy Coyne at (941) 378-7408. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • DFS, Division of Agent & Agency Services, Rule Workshop on Requirements for Replacement of Life and Health Coverage, 9:00 a.m., Tallahassee (116 Larson Building, 200 E Gaines St). For more information, contact Cindy Benefield at 850-413-5404. 

This Week in Insurance: December 1–5, 2014

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Information Systems Advisory Committee, 1:30 p.m., teleconference. To participate in the call, dial 1-866-361-7525 and use participant code 4869641229#. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Consumer Services Committee, 1:00 p.m., teleconference. To participate in the call, dial 1-866-361-7525 and use participant code 6487811620#. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • FAIA, Board of Directors meeting, Honey Lake Plantation. 
  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Claims Committee, 10:00 a.m., teleconference. To participate in the call, dial 1-866-361-7525 and use participant code 5219676193#. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

CIC, Ruble schedule for 2015 set

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For details, visit the CIC and Ruble schedule pages.

 CIC Ruble Schedule 2015 

This Week in Insurance: November 17–21, 2014

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 

  • Florida Legislature, Organizational Session, The Capitol, 9:00 a.m. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Florida Workers’ Compensation JUA, Investment Committee teleconference, 10:00 a.m. To participate in the conference call, contact Kathy Coyne at (941) 378-7408. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • Florida Workers’ Compensation JUA, Operations Committee teleconference, 3:00 p.m. To participate in the conference call, contact Kathy Coyne at (941) 378-7408. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

  • Florida Workers’ Compensation JUA, Reinsurance Committee teleconference, 10:00 a.m. To participate in the conference call, contact Kathy Coyne at (941) 378-7408. 
  • Health Choices Florida, Finance & Audits Committee meeting, 11:00 a.m., Tallahassee (200 W College Ave). 

This Week in Insurance: November 10–14, 2014

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 

  • Happy Veteran’s Day. FAIA’s office will be closed. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • Florida Cabinet, 9:00 a.m., Tallahassee, The Capitol. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Florida Workers' Compensation JUA, Audit Committee teleconference, 10:00 a.m. To participate in the teleconference meeting, contact Kathy Coyne at (941) 378-7408. 

This Week in Insurance: November 3–7, 2014

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 

  • Election Day. 

Underwriters, Agents Launch New Coalition

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Association of Health Underwriters (FAHU) and the Florida Association of Insurance Agents (FAIA) have joined forces to create a unified voice for health insurance and employee benefits agents in Florida. 

The new Florida Health Insurance & Employee Benefits Coalition will advocate for agents in the legislature, the executive branch, and the regulatory arena. 

“This coalition was forged to be a strong, vocal alliance for health and benefits associations, agents, and employees,” said Matt Dinkel, chair of the coalition and FAHU’s legislative chair. “Our goal is to make a high priority of the governmental objectives of our member organizations, and to ensure that their concerns are continually addressed.”

An advisory board made up of three members from each organization oversees the coalition. The 2014-15 members are: 

  • Chair Matt Dinkel of Fort Myers (FAHU)
  • Vice Chair John Lacey of Clearwater (FAIA)
  • Case Fessler of Clearwater (FAIA)
  • Donna Fogle of St. Augustine (FAHU)
  • Don Marx of Leesburg (FAHU)
  • Angie Vitale of Maitland (FAIA)  

The advisory board will meet periodically to discuss relevant industry issues and develop consensus on issues of mutual interest to the member organizations. 

“Health and benefits agents work closely with small business owners and understand the issues that matter most,” said John Lacy, vice chair of the coalition and chairman of the FAIA Health & Benefits Task Force. “Our business and our customers’ businesses will benefit from the combined efforts of these respected organizations.” 

FAHU is a non-profit organization of insurance professionals dedicated to serving the public by strengthening the insurance marketplace, advocating for effective legislation, ethical leadership and professional standards, and by educating our members and the consumers they serve.