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This Week in Insurance: June 19–23, 2017

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Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Sheraton Orlando North, Maitland. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Sheraton Orlando North, Maitland. 
    • Board of Governors, 9:00 a.m. To participate by telephone, dial 1-888-942-8686 and use code: 574-373-5657#.
    • FMAP Board of Governors, TBD (upon conclusion of the Citizens Board of Governors meeting). To participate by telephone, dial 1-888-942-8686 and use code: 574-373-5657#.

Friday, June 23, 2017

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Retirement Plan Committee, 10:00 a.m. To participate by telephone, dial 1-866-574-0995 and use code: 9235841#. 

RLI named Florida Trusted Choice Company of the Year

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Longtime FAIA Member Services partner RLI Insurance Company was named Florida's Trusted Choice Company of the Year during General Session of FAIA's 113th Anniversary Convention & Education Symposium. 

RLI has been an ardent supporter of the Independent Agency System since its founding in 1965. Rated A+ “Superior” by A.M. Best, RLI has been FAIA's preferred personal stand-alone umbrella insurance provider for 16 years, and joined TrustedChoice.com's national referral program in 2016. 

RLI has a stellar reputation for niche expertise, superior service, entrepreneurial spirit, and aggressive implementation of cutting-edge technology.  

RLI offers In-Home Business and Personal and Commercial Umbrella coverage through FMS.

 RLI Award 
RLI Chairman and CEO Jonathan Michael (center) accepts the Trusted Choice Company of the Year Award from FAIA President and CEO Jeff Grady (left) and FAIA Chairman Brian Scarborough (right).  

Young Agents Council announces 2018 award winners

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Young agents who exemplify professionalism and ethical behavior were honored Friday during the invitation only Young Agents Council luncheon held in conjunction with FAIA’s 113th Anniversary Convention and Education Symposium at the Gaylord Palms Resort:

  • Young Agent of the Year (tie): Christine Billington, CIC, ACSR, AAI, Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Inc.; and Nicole L. Coppock, AIAM, Frank H. Furman, Inc.
  • Young Agent Associate Individual of the Year: Patrick Banis, CIC, Tower Hill Insurance Group, Inc.
  • Young Agents Company Partner of the Year: Capitol Preferred/Southern Fidelity Insurance Company.

Announcing FAIA's 2017-2018 Board of Directors

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FAIA installed newly elected officers and board members and gave thanks to outgoing board members during its Business & Awards Breakfast, held June 10, 2017, in conjunction with the 113th Anniversary Convention & Education Symposium.

New Officers 

  • Douglass F. Wiles, CPCU, president and owner of Herbie Wiles Insurance in St. Augustine, chairman.
  • E. Anthony DuBose, principal of Coastal Community Insurance Agency in Panama City Beach, chairman-elect.
  • Brendan Lynch, AIP, AAI, owner of The Plastridge Insurance Agency, with locations in Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton and Stuart, vice-chairman.

New Board Members

  • Chris Black, principal agent of Chris Black Insurance with offices in Lutz and Sarasota. 
  • Brad Havemeier, president and CEO of Gulfshore Insurance in Naples.
  • Bob Moore, chief operating officer at Corporate Insurance Advisors in Ft. Lauderdale. 

Board members serve three-year terms.

Outgoing Board Members

Thanks to Dan Alexander, CIC; Michael J. Alvarez, CPIA, PIAM; Chip Greene; and Lindsey A. Shank for their service. 

This Week in Insurance: June 12–16, 2017

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Consumer Services Committee teleconference, 10:00 a.m. To participate, dial 1-866-361-7525, and use code: 648-781-1621#. 
  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Claims Committee teleconference, 1:00 p.m. To participate, dial 1-866-361-7525, and use code: 521-967-6193#. 

This Week in Insurance: June 5–9, 2017

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

  • Florida Workers' Compensation JUA, Board of Governors meeting, 10:00 a.m., Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale. 
  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Information Systems Advisory Committee teleconference, 11:00 a.m. To participate, dial 1-866-361-7525, and use code: 486-964-1229#. 
  • Florida House of Representatives, Special Session 2017A, 12:30 p.m. 
  • Florida Senate, Special Session 2017A. 
  • FAIA's 113th Anniversary Convention and Educational Symposium, Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

Slate set for 2017-2018 Board of Directors

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FAIA’s Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following agents for leadership positions and seats on the 2017-2018 FAIA  Board of Directors:

FAIA Chairman-Elect: E. Anthony DuBose

Anthony DuboseAnthony is the principal of Coastal Community Insurance Agency in Panama City Beach. He has been an active member of FAIA, serving as a member of the Young Agents Council and on the FAIA Board of Directors. He served as chairman of both the FAIA Audit and Finance committees.

Anthony served as chairman of the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member of the Bay Defense Alliance and served on the Bay County Economic Development Alliance Board. Anthony graduated from the University of Alabama and has served as present of the local University of Alabama Booster Association. Anthony and his wife, Tiffany, are the proud parents of Ella Katherine, Emma, and Reece.

FAIA Vice Chairman: Brendan Lynch, AIP, AAI

Brendan LynchBrendan is an owner of The Plastridge Insurance Agency, a general insurance agency established in 1919, now with four offices in Florida. He currently serves on FAIA’s Good Works and Finance committees, as well as on the FAIA Member Services Board. He’s a former board member, and has been involved with numerous task forces and councils since 2002.

Brendan is an active volunteer in his community. He has served as director of the Business Development board of Palm Beach County, and as a board member of 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Junior Achievement of Palm Beach County, and North Palm Beach County Chamber, among others. Brendan graduated from East Carolina University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts, and earned an MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Chris Black

Chris BlackChris is the principal agent of Chris Black Insurance with offices in Lutz and Sarasota. He is active in FAIA’s Young Agents Council, serving as the local council chair, and with the Tampa local board, serving on its board from 2014 to 2016.

He serves on the board of The First National Bank of Pasco, and just finished board service on the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce. Chris is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where he was a member of the men’s golf team. He and his wife, Morgan, are the proud parents of Tripp and Emmy.


Brad Havemeier

Brad Havemeyer

Brad is president and CEO of Gulfshore Insurance in Naples, an agency founded in 1970. Brad joined the agency in 1980 after moving to Florida from his home state of Minnesota and has served as president since 1985. Brad has been active in insurance related industry associations, currently serving on several company advisory boards.

In addition, Brad has been active in community related organizations and currently serves as a board member of Avow Hospice, the Community Foundation of Collier County, and the Gulfshore Insurance Humanitarian Foundation. Brad is a graduate of St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. He and his wife, Jenny, have three children and two grandchildren.

Bob Moore

Bob MooreBob is the chief operating officer at Corporate Insurance Advisors in Ft. Lauderdale. He has served on numerous FAIA committees, including as chairman of the FAIA Member Services Board of Directors, and currently serves on Workforce Development Committee.

In his community, Bob is active with the Legal Aid of Broward County and Christmas Adopt-a-Family. He attended the University of Florida and graduated from USF with degrees in finance and accounting. Bob and his wife, Mylin, have two children.

The election will be held during Saturday’s Business and Awards Breakfast at FAIA’s Convention.

This Week in Insurance: May 22–26, 2017

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Florida Workers' Compensation JUA, Investment Committee, 9:00 a.m. To participate, contact Kathy Coyne at 941-378-7408.