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JULY 12, 2017 | VOLUME LXVI, ISSUE 19 
Conference breakouts to focus on agents’ role in work comp system
FAIA and NCCI are teaming up with the Workers Compensation Institute to provide the most comprehensive agent-track program in the WCI Conference history. The 2017 WCI Conference takes place August 6–9 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

Sessions, which span two full days, will address, among other topics, how risk managers and agents can work together, the agent's role in the workers' comp claims process, and tools available for agents to becomes better advocates for their clients.

ICYMI: Department of Labor won't defend overtime pay rule. Read Laura’s Legal Brief of the Week for details.
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A can’t miss webinar for Citizens-appointed agents
Citizens Board of Governors has approved a staff recommendation to update the tropical storm/hurricane binding suspension rule to allow more flexibility for both agents and Citizens. This topic, as well as the Clearinghouse, managed repair program, and PolicyCenter, are on the agenda for a special Citizens edition of Friday Morning Live!, July 21 at 9:00 a.m. (EDT). As always, there's no cost to attend.
 
EDUCATION
Do right by your clients: Recommend stacked UM coverage
Agents who are reluctant to recommend stacked UM coverage (which David Thompson says you should always do, every time, until the end of time) should read David’s latest Education Library article, Uninsured Motorist Coverage: An Agent Who “Gets It.”
‘Damage to Premises Rented to You’ coverage overview
A client who rents a storefront in a small retail building calls with a question. He tells you a small fire ignited in a trashcan, but fortunately, he was able to put it out before any damage is done. His brush with disaster has him wondering, “am I covered?” Keith Jones digs in to the nitty gritty coverage details
MEMBER SERVICES
How e-signature can change your approach to paperwork
Ready to make the move to e-signature software? You will be after you read this Q&A with InsureSign user and FAIA member agent Christine Latulippe of COBIA Insurance.
ASSOCIATION NEWS
FAIA CIO keeps us up and running, but that’s not all
Paul Peeples oversees FAIA’s computer networks and enterprise operating systems (the tools that allow you to register online for classes and such) for FAIA, things you would expect from a chief information officer. But his works goes far beyond internal operations. A former agent himself, Paul also advocates for agents through his work on the Agents Council for Technology. Learn more about Paul.    
Meet Taylor Hendrickson, FAIA’s new YAC director
While she may be new to FAIA, Taylor Hendrickson is no stranger to insurance. In fact, you could say her entire life, including her most recent position in the hospitality industry, has prepared her to lead FAIA’s Young Agents Council.

Get to know Taylor.

   
Pay it forward by volunteering for membership task force
We’re looking for agents to serve on FAIA’s Pay It Forward Task Force, which will meet Thursday, August 17, at the Summer Leadership Conference at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach (reserve your room before the July 17 deadline). Among other things, the task force regularly contacts new FAIA members, provides mentoring to agents, maintains the Agency Principals Roundtable, and hosts the New Member/First Time Attendee lunch at Convention. Read the council's charge for details.
IN MEMORIAM
Industry loses education icon John Eubank, CPCU, ARM
One of the premier insurance educators in the world has died. Known to many FAIA members through his work as a faculty member of IIABA’s Virtual University, John Eubank also served as a faculty member for the Society of CIC and researched and wrote dozens of technical manuals and articles in business and trade periodicals. Read fellow Insurance Nerd David Thompson’s tribute.
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NEW AGENCY MEMBERS

JNF Insurance Agency, LLC: Orlando

Time to renew your membership
If you haven't already, you will soon receive membership renewal information in the mail. A gentle reminder that payment for FAIA membership is due August 31. Agency members that don't have branches can renew online.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns! 

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If you have a newsworthy item—a milestone agency anniversary, community honor, staff promotion, etc.—let us know and we’ll include it in the Agency News section.

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MEMBER AGENCY NEWS

Brown & Brown, Inc., Jacksonville: named one of Jacksonville’s “Best Places to Work 2017.”

FAIA CIC & CISR June Scholarships: awarded the CIC scholarship to Ron Kuruvilla of We Insure in Jacksonville, and the CISR scholarship to Kadesha Ellis of AA Insurance World Services in Miramar.

Insurance Office of America (IOA): purchased the Employee Benefits Practice, Major Accounts Group, and captive and alternative risk financing units of Slaton Risk Services, and will establish a new IOA branch in West Palm Beach.

Iron Ridge Insurance Services, Ft. Myers: acquired the property and casualty business of Zehner & Associates, LLC.

USI Insurance Services: agreed to acquire Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA.

We Insure Group, Inc., Jacksonville: named one of Jacksonville’s “Best Places to Work 2017.”

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.: appointed John Doyle as CEO of Marsh.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

American Integrity Insurance Group: will offer a private flood insurance option for homeowners.

Aon Benefield: appointed Andy Marcell to the new position of president.

Forbes’ 500 Best Large Employers of 2017: named 11 property & casualty insurers: CNA Financial, Geico Auto Insurance, Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Zurich Insurance Group, Allstate, The Travelers Companies, Progressive, State Farm, Chubb, FM Global, and United Services Automobile Association.

Gulfstream Property & Casualty Insurance Company: named Nan D. Brunson president & CEO.

Hiscox USA: named Josh Nevin as chief operating officer.

HCI Group: plans to expand private flood insurance into Arkansas, California, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.

Kingstone Insurance Company: has joined TrustedChoice.com as a national partner.

SUNZ Insurance Company: promoted Karen Bolinder to chief operating officer.

The Travelers Companies, Inc.: recognized by the Insurance Accounting & Systems Association, Inc., with the 2017 Excellence Award.

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