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This Week in Insurance: August 25–29, 2014

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

  • Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board, Meeting, 3:00 p.m., Tallahassee (Room 401, Senate Office Building). 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Public Rate Hearing for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee (Room 401, Senate Office Building). 
  • Florida Workers' Compensation JUA, Rates & Forms Committee teleconference, 2:00 p.m. To participate, contact Kathy Coyne at 941-378-7408. 

Trusted Choice virtual tradeshow scheduled for Oct. 22-23

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Free To ChooseTrusted Choice® agents can reap the benefits of attending a national convention—without the inconvenient travel time or costs—by attending the Trusted Choice Virtual Experience.

The online tradeshow takes place Oct. 22–23 and features an exhibit hall with booths from many of Trusted Choice’s company and MGA partners, as well as Big “I” programs and vendors.

During the event, you will be able to not only access information and tools from these exhibitors, but also live chat with booth representatives to ask any question you like, as well as gain access to several educational presentations on topics like digital advertising, social media, technology trends and diversity marketing. All this is at your fingertips, from the comfort of your own desk. Sign up today.

This Week in Insurance: August 18–22, 2014

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Monday, August 18, 2014 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 

  • Florida Cabinet, 9:00 a.m., Tallahassee (Cabinet Meeting Room, The Capitol). 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Florida Workers' Compensation JUA, Reinsurance Committee teleconference, 2:00 p.m. To participate, contact Kathy Coyne at 941-378-7408. 

Navigate your future business direction at upcoming GPS event

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MarshBerry LogoThe survival of the Independent Agency channel depends on incorporating growth, profit and sustainability into the strategic business plan. FAIA is partnering with MarshBerry, through the growth consultant’s new “GPS” program, to help FAIA members tap into these key attributes. 

Agency principals with up to $3 million in annual revenue are invited to attend a special day-and-a-half event designed to help navigate their future business direction. The event will be held October 2–3, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. FAIA members receive a $200 discount on the $750 registration fee (use the registration code “BIGI”). 

Visit MarshBerry online for registration information and the program agenda

About the MarshBerry GPS program

The GPS program is designed to help agencies:

  • Increase agency value
  • Remain independent
  • Drive predictable organic growth
  • Enhance profitability and drive efficiency
  • Hire, train and retain successful producers
  • Improve agency culture 
Questions? Call Jessica Stogran at 440-392-6558.

This Week in Insurance: August 11–15, 2014

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Monday, August 11, 2014 

  • Florida Senate, Special Session 2014A, 12:00 noon, Tallahassee (Senate Chamber). 
  • Florida House of Representatives, Special Session 2014A, 12:00 noon, Tallahassee (House Chamber). 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 

  • Florida Senate, Special Session 2014A, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee (Senate Chamber). 
  • Florida House of Representatives, Special Session 2014A, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee (House Chamber). 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • DFS Rule Hearing, Rule 69L-6.012, Notice of Election to Be Exempt, 9:30 a.m., Tallahassee. The proposed rule is amended to conform to applicable provisions of Chapter 440, F.S., that relate to the process whereby corporate officers may apply to be exempt from Florida’s workers’ compensation coverage requirements. The proposed rule also revises online form DFS-F2-DWC-250 (Notice of Election to Be Exempt) in order to accommodate application by non-construction industry employers. For more information, contact Robin Delaney at 850-413-1775. 
  • Florida Workers’ Compensation JUA, Investment Committee teleconference, 10:00 a.m. To participate, contact Kathy Coyne at 941-378-7408. 
  • Florida Senate, Special Session 2014A, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee (Senate Chamber). 
  • Florida House of Representatives, Special Session 2014A, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee (House Chamber). 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Florida Workers’ Compensation JUA, Operations Committee teleconference, 10:00 a.m. To participate, contact Kathy Coyne at 941-378-7408. 
  • Florida Workers’ Compensation JUA, Audit Committee teleconference, 11:00 a.m. To participate, contact Kathy Coyne at 941-378-7408. 
  • Florida Senate, Special Session 2014A, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee (Senate Chamber). 
  • Florida House of Representatives, Special Session 2014A, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee (House Chamber). 

Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Florida Senate, Special Session 2014A, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee (Senate Chamber). 
  • Florida House of Representatives, Special Session 2014A, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee (House Chamber). 

FAIA agencies well represented on Insurance Journal top 100 list

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IJTop100Eight FAIA member agencies are among Insurance Journal’s Top 100 Privately-Held Independent Property/Casualty Agencies.

6. AssuredPartners, Lake Mary

11. Insurance Office of America, Longwood

61. Bouchard Insurance, Clearwater

63. Advanced Insurance Underwriters LLC, Hollywood

64. Sihle Insurance Group Inc., Altamonte Springs

74. Risk Transfer LLC, Orlando

75. Celedinas Insurance Group, Palm Beach Gardens

100. Harden & Associates, Jacksonville

Agencies are ranked by total property/casualty revenue for 2013 and includes only those agencies that are privately-owned firms whose business is primarily retail, not wholesale.

This report also features the nation’s Top 20 Agency Partnerships, which includes agency groups such as aggregators, clusters and franchise organizations. GreatFlorida Insurance, based in Stuart, and Brightway Insurance, Inc., based in Jacksonville, rank 10th and 12th on the Top 20 list, respectively.

To see the complete report, visit Insurance Journal online.

This Week in Insurance: July 28–August 1, 2014

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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

Help make wishes come true with a simple share

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Trusted Choice® will soon launch its fourth annual summer social media campaign to raise money for Make-A-Wish America. For every “share” from the Trusted Choice Facebook page during the month of August, Trusted Choice will donate $10 to Make-A-Wish. 

With the last three campaigns, Trusted Choice raised more than $320,000 for Make-A-Wish while promoting the independent insurance agency channel to consumers. This year, Trusted Choice is committed to donating a minimum of $100,000 and a maximum of $150,000, which can only happen with your help. 

To get involved, mark your calendars for Friday, Aug. 1 and share any content posted to the Trusted Choice Facebook page throughout the month. With a simple click, you can do your part to grant the wishes of children and their families in their greatest time of need.

FAIA members among Florida Trend’s best companies to work for

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FlaTrendBestCompaniesNine FAIA member agencies and associate members made this year’s 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. Only 100 companies make the cut. Of that 100, the firms are divided into large companies of 250 or more U.S. employees, midsized companies of 50 to 249 U.S. employees, and small companies of fewer than 50 U.S. workers

Congratulations to the following:

In the Best Large Companies category: FCCI Insurance Group, Sarasota; and American Strategic Insurance, St. Petersburg.

In the Best Midsized Companies category: Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, Tampa; Bouchard Insurance, Clearwater; American Integrity Insurance Group, Tampa; and Lanier Upshaw, Lakeland.

In the Best Small Companies category: Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Tallahassee; Greene Hazel Insurance Group, Jacksonville; and Weston Insurance, Coral Gables.

Learn about e-signatures and more

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 InsureSign LogoWant to learn how e-signatures can streamline your agency's workflow and improve customer service?  InsureSign, an FAIA preferred provider, invites FAIA members to participate in a free webinar on Tuesday, July 22, or Thursday, July 24. During the webinar, you'll learn how you can:  

  • Do away with paper contracts altogether. No more mailing, scanning or faxing!
  • Close more policies. Now you can complete transactions in a few minutes. 
  • Set up your e-signature forms in less than one minute. 
  • Make life easy for your customers. Now they can sign any time from anywhere!
  • Rest assured that all your information is secure. 

Sign up and reserve a spot.