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This Week in Insurance: August 24–28, 2015

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Public Hearing, 9:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  • Florida Workers' Compensation JUA, Rates & Forms Committee teleconference, 12:00 p.m. To participate in the teleconference meeting, please contact Kathy Coyne at (941) 378-7408. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

  • Florida Workers' Compensation JUA, Operations Committee teleconference, 2:00 p.m. To participate in the teleconference meeting, please contact Kathy Coyne at (941) 378-7408. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

  • Florida Workers' Compensation JUA, Reinsurance Committee teleconference, 11:00 a.m. To participate in the teleconference meeting, please contact Kathy Coyne at (941) 378-7408. 

Heritage Insurance Company joins TrustedChoice

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FAIA Member Services preferred provider Heritage Insurance Company is the newest member of the Trusted Choice® consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers. Heritage, headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, has joined 68 other leading insurance companies nationwide as a Trusted Choice® company partner.

“Trusted Choice® is pleased to welcome Heritage Insurance Company as the newest company partner,” said Dave Evans, Trusted Choice® executive director. “The Heritage Insurance Company has enjoyed significant growth and we look forward to working with its team to serve the needs of Trusted Choice® agents and their clients.” 

Founded in 2012, Heritage Insurance is a property- casualty insurance holding company headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, that offers home, condo, rental property and commercial residential insurance through a large network of experienced independent agents. Its subsidiary, Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company, writes approximately $500 million of personal and commercial residential premium. The Heritage senior management team has an average of 28 years of insurance industry experience. 

“Heritage Insurance is very pleased to become the latest company partner of Trusted Choice®,” said Mel Russell, Heritage’s chief underwriting officer and executive vice president of Sales and Marketing. “We have been focused on the Independent Agency System since our inception, and almost all of us at Heritage have spent our careers working with independent agents.  We appreciate the value that independent agents bring to their customers as well as their company partners, and we are looking forward to building on that to foster growth both in Florida and in other states.”

Trusted Choice® was launched by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) and several independent agency companies to highlight the benefits independent agencies and brokerage firms offer consumers—choice of companies, customization of policies and advocacy support. It is the premier consumer brand for independent insurance agents and provides national advertising and other strategic tools to reach consumers.  

This Week in Insurance: August 17–21, 2015

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Monday, August 17 2015

  • Florida House of Representatives, Session, 12:00 p.m., Tallahassee. 
  • Florida Senate, Reapportionment, 12:00 p.m., Tallahassee. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

  • DFS Rule Workshop, Mediation of Commercial Residential Property Insurance Claims and Mediation of Residential Property Insurance Claims; 9:30 a.m., Tallahassee. 
  • Florida House of Representatives, Session, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

  • Florida House of Representatives, Session, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 
  • Florida Senate, Session, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

  • Meeting Informat• Florida House of Representatives, Session, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 
  • Florida Senate, Session, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

  • Florida House of Representatives, Session, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 
  • Florida Senate, Session, 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 

This Week in Insurance: August 10–17, 2015

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Monday, August 10, 2015

  • Florida House of Representatives, Session, 3:00 p.m., Tallahassee. 
  • Florida Senate, Session, 3:00 p.m., Tallahassee. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

  • Florida House of Representatives, Select Committee on Redistricting, 9:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 
  • Florida Senate, Reapportionment, 9:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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

Thursday, August 13, 2015

  • Florida House of Representatives, Select Committee on Redistricting, 9:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 
  • Florida Workers’ Compensation JUA, Audit Committee teleconference, 10:00 a.m. To participate, contact Kathy Coyne at (941) 378-7408. 
  • FAIA Planning Session, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Florida students dominate list of InVEST scholarship recipients

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InVEST—the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program—has awarded $77,000 in scholarships to 88 students representing 32 high schools, colleges, and universities in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Florida InVEST students accounted for 62 percent of the national scholarships awarded, totaling $51,000!

InVEST contributes to the education and development of future insurance professionals through academic programs and scholarships. In high schools, the program offers students a business curriculum that teaches students about insurance agency and company dynamics. At the college level, the program develops students’ risk management and financial analysis skills. Along with direct contributions, scholarships are funded through proceeds generated by the InVEST Silent and Live auctions held in conjunction with the Big “I” Legislative Conference.

To be considered, students from across the country submitted essays describing the influence and benefits InVEST had on their educational plans. The quality of the essay, combined with the applicant’s grade-point average and extracurricular activities, were factors in selecting the recipients. Scholarship checks are mailed directly to the institute of higher learning that each student is attending and will be used exclusively for educational expenses.

Congratulations to the following Florida scholarships winners, and many thanks to the teachers and agency volunteers who helped make this opportunity possible.

$3,000 Bob Betters Scholarship Winners:

  • Brooke Coughlin, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Jessica England, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland

$2,000 Scholarship Winners:

  • Rebecca Cleppe, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Claire Collins, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Quinn Christian Cotilla, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Catherine De Freitas, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Ayme Ibarra, Manatee High School, Bradenton
  • Zachary Shuman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Matthew Sullivan, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Jeremy Tromer, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Shawn Varughese, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Emilio Ycaza, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg

$1,000 Scholarship Award Winners:

  • Sawmon Abossedgh, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Sarah Elizabeth Fuss, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Khalil Garcia, Palmetto High School, Palmetto
  • Kenan Ghibih, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Megan Zenovia Gibson, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Lucy Gomez, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Wesley Harper, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Stephanie McCann, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Devin P. Miller, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Chantelle Mnayarji, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs
  • Tyler Sheradsky State University, Tallahassee
  • Tiffany Travis, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg

$500 Scholarship Award Winners:

  • Andres Alvarez, University of Central Florida, Orlando
  • Lucy Baez, Coral Gables High School, Miami
  • Allan Bekerman, Cooper City High School, Cooper City
  • Danielle Columbus State University, Tallahassee
  • Parker Shaw Del Medico, Cardinal Mooney High School, Sarasota
  • Libby Feldman, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Samantha Galloway, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Shannon Greenwald, Manatee High School, Bradenton
  • Andrew James Haddad, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Lauren Hausman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Katie Heard, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Jonathan Michael Juchtman, Cooper City High School, Cooper City
  • Nathan Keen, Manatee High School, Bradenton
  • Liam Mass, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Rachel Mentzer, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Coral Miller, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
  • Tyson Muniz, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Dora Muratovic, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Lindsay Perrin, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Justin Petrelli , William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Cianna Piercey, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Ariana Plaza, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando
  • Michelle Price, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs
  • Gabrielle Sarah Reiff, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Genevieve Rexford, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Parker Addison Rhoads, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg
  • Tilley Elizabeth Van Dyke, William R. Boone High School, Orlando
  • Zackary Weiss, Marjory Stoneman, Douglas High School, Parkland

As a 501(c)(3) educational trust, InVEST benefits from the support of numerous insurance organizations, hundreds of agencies, brokers and volunteers. The program provides the insurance industry with motivated, talented and intelligent professionals through a support structure of state associations, board members, national staff, teachers and the many industry professionals who work in the field as classroom liaisons.

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. now accepting e-signatures

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FAIA preferred provider InsureSign meets all Citizens e-signing requirements 

Citizens Property Insurance is now accepting electronic signatures for nearly all policy documents (not just those running through the Clearinghouse).

Citizens announced the news, which applies to agent, applicant, and policyholder e-signatures, last week in an Agent Informational Email.  “Wet” signatures are still required for (1) windstorm coverage and/or contents coverage and for (2) notarized forms and required forms signed by a customer’s authorized representative.

FAIA preferred provider InsureSign meets all of Citizens’ e-signing requirements, and FAIA members in good standing receive up to a 20-percent discount. 

InsureSign was designed exclusively for insurance agents, and provides e-signature service for more than 1,000 insurance agencies across the country.

“We’re already helping hundreds of agencies in Florida save time and money, and work closely with our friends at FAIA regularly,” said Joe Floyd, president of InsureSign.  “Now we’re ready to help even more insurance professionals in Florida add hours back to their days by eliminating paperwork altogether with our simple and secure e-signing.”

Visit FAIA Member Services’ website to learn more about InsureSign. Register for a webinar to see how it works.

This Week in Insurance: August 3–7, 2015

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

This Week in Insurance: June 22–26, 2015

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors, 9:00 a.m. To participate, dial 1-888-942-8686 and use code 5743735657. 

Officers, new board members installed

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FAIA Installed new officers and board members, and gave thanks to its outgoing board members during its Business & Awards Breakfast, held in conjunction with the 111th Anniversary Convention & Education Symposium, on June 20, 2015. Read their bios in the FAIA Community (log in required).

New Officers 

  • Chip Greene, president and CEO of Jacksonville-based Greene-Hazel Insurance Group, was elected chairman;
  • Brian R. Scarborough, CIC, REBC, vice president and co-owner of Scarborough Insurance in Gainesville, was elected chairman-elect; and
  • Douglass F. Wiles, CPCU, president and owner of Herbie Wiles Insurance in St. Augustine, was elected vice-chairman. 

New Board Members  

  • Karyn Roeling, CIC, CPCU, president of Seibert Insurance Agency in Tampa.
  • Robert K. Rollins, Jr., CPCU, AAI, president of The Beacon Group in Boca Raton.
  • Garrett Butler, AAI, sales executive, Butler, Buckley Deets in Miami. 

Board members serve a three-year term, from 2015 to 2018  

Outgoing Board Members 

Cycling off the board are: 

  • Frank Kowalski
  • Brendan Lynch
  • Sam Rogers, Jr.
  • Nicole Williams
Thank you for your service!

 

Baker honored with FAIA Chairman's Award

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/uploadedImages/FAIA_Site_Home/Media_Center/Baker_Greg.jpgGreg Baker, chairman of FAIA’s Good Works Fund, is the 2015 recipient of the Chairman's Award. The award, presented during Convention's Business & Awards Breakfast, recognizes an FAIA member whose attitude, spirit, and efforts inspire others to be their best.

First as an appointed member of the Good Works Fund Committee and for the past two years as its chair, Greg has worked tirelessly to establish insurance specialization programs in state colleges around the state, starting with St. Johns River State College in his own backyard. The SJR State program currently has 34 students.

Greg developed the “Ambassador Program” to connect the Good Works Fund with local agents who have connections to their local state college, and worked with FAIA’s legislative team to draft and pass the Workforce Development Bill. The bill authorizes the Florida Department of Financial Services to waive the state exam for a personal lines agent’s license if the applicant receives an associate’s degree that includes nine credit hours of approved insurance instruction.

College interest in insurance specialization programs spiked after the bill passed, and Greg wasted no time seizing the opportunity. Since March, the Good Works Fund partnered with Polk, Broward, and Seminole state colleges. Those colleges will start teaching insurance courses in January, and there are many more colleges in the exploratory stages.

Greg is a past chairman of FAIA and a recipient of the Mitchell Stallings Memorial Award, and through his work on the Good Works Fund, he continues to inspire others.