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YAC zones gear up for SmartStart4Kids with networking events

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Zone 6 luncheon to feature presentation on Citizens policy changes 

Bay area young agents are hosting Citizens Property Insurance Director of Agent Services Carl Rockman for an informative luncheon to help agents and customer service reps understand the critical changes in Citizens’ policy language coming July 1. The luncheon takes place Thursday, June 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Crafted Plate in St. Pete.

The event is open to all agents and industry associates. It’s free to YAC members, and $10 for nonmembers.

The luncheon also serves as an unofficial kick off for SmartStart4Kids, the council’s annual school-supply drive, so bring some school supplies or cash. Proceeds of a planned 50/50 raffle directly benefit Voices for Children.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP.

Catch a class and a baseball game with Zone 5 agents 

Join young agents in Zone 5 for “Thirsty Thursday” on July 7 at Space Coast Stadium in Viera. The event starts with a CE class, Ignoring Flood Insurance Equals E&O Exposure. Stick around for a Brevard County Manatees baseball game, including an all you can eat dinner (with one free beer) and $2 draft beer. Admission is free for those who bring school supplies for the SmartStart4Kids drive. Register online to save your seat.

Agent sessions on the agenda for upcoming work comp conference

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NCCI and FAIA are teaming up to sponsor special breakout sessions for insurance agents/brokers during the 71st Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, Aug. 21–24 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

Agents will hear from a panel of regulators who will address regulatory issues and their impact on agents. Technical classes include Class Codes and Pricing Programs, Self-Insurance & Large Deductibles, Experience Rating, and a demonstration of NCCI’s Proof of Coverage inquiry tool and Coverage Verification System.

The cost to attend is $290 for those who register before August 1; after that date the cost is $320. Registration is available online; there’s no additional cost for the breakouts, but pre-registration is required.

Town hall meetings to focus on workers' comp law ideas, solutions

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Helping Florid Work logoFlorida’s workers’ compensation laws guarantee that medical and other work benefits are available when someone is injured on the job. But recent decisions by the Florida Supreme Court declaring portions of the law unconstitutional will require changes to the system—changes that could significantly increase the costs of workers’ compensation insurance. 

A workers’ compensation law without reasonable checks and balances will affect agency owners directly and indirectly. Agents can help state officials develop ideas and solutions to preserve the workers’ compensation program and keep it affordable, which is why FAIA is partnering with Associated Industries of Florida and other business groups to organize town hall meetings June 29 in Miami and July 13 in Jacksonville. The goal of the Helping Florida Work Town Hall Tour is to educate lawmakers about the challenges and threats employers face in the state’s workers’ compensation system.

The meetings are free and open to all, but registration is required, as space is limited.

Helping Florida Work Town Hall: Miami
WHEN: Wednesday, June 29, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Turnberry Isle Resort, Aventura

Helping Florida Work Town Hall: Jacksonville
WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Location TBA

Visit the Helping Florida Work website for more information and resources.

This Week in Insurance: June 20–24, 2016

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors meeting, 9:00 a.m., Orlando. 

Tower Hill named FAIA's 2016 Trusted Choice Company of the Year

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TowerHillAwardFor its strong ties to the Independent Agency System and its support of and commitment to, Gainesville-based Tower Hill Insurance is FAIA’s 2016 Trusted Choice Company of the Year.

In addition to Tower Hill’s support of Trusted Choice, the company also was instrumental in working with FAIA’s Good Works Fund to establish the risk management/insurance two-year-degree program at Santa Fe College.

Founded in 1972, the company is one of Florida’s largest providers of residential property insurance.

Congratulations to Tower Hill Insurance; FAIA honors your commitment to the brand. 

Ostrander awarded FAIA's Mitchell Stallings Memorial Award

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OstranderTedFor his faithful and selfless service to FAIA and its members, the insurance industry, and his community, Ted R. Ostrander, Jr., AAI, CIC, has been honored with FAIA’s Mitchell Stallings Memorial Award.

The award—FAIA’s greatest honor—was presented June 17 during the general session of FAIA’s 112th Anniversary Convention & Education Symposium in Orlando. Ted is chairman of the board of LassiterWare.

Ted has served in many leadership roles at FAIA, including chairman in 1993. He served as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Lake County and on numerous FAIA councils and committees. Beginning Sept. 1, Ted will chair FAIA’s Pay It Forward Task Force.

Ted has dutifully served his community, including as president of the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and Finance chairman to the Lake District Central Florida Council. He has served as chairman of the Lake and Sumter Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Central Florida Healthcare Development Corp. He also served on the Leesburg Regional Medical Center Board for 12 years, including as chairman. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Central Florida District Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Ted received his Bachelor of Science in Risk Management and Insurance from the Florida State University College of Business, where he remains actively involved in developing and growing the program. His most recent contribution created the Ostrander Family Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center Suite in Legacy Hall.


This Week in Insurance: June 13–17, 2016

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

  • DFS Rule Hearing, Rules 69B-124.021, 69B-124.022, 69B-124.023, 69B-124.024, and 69B-124.025. 10:00 a.m., Tallahassee. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

  • FAIA’s Convention, Orlando World Center Marriott. 

Announcing Florida's 2016 Outstanding Customer Service Representative of the Year

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Kellie BrandesKellie S. Brandes, CRIS, with the ThompsonBaker Agency in St. Augustine, has been selected Florida’s 2016 Outstanding Customer Service Representative (OCSR) of the Year by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. The prestigious award recognizes the contributions and commitment of those who serve clients within the insurance industry.

Kellie is now eligible to compete for the national honor, which carries a $2,000 cash award, a gold and diamond pin, $1,000 cash award for the nominator, and a scholarship for the recipient’s employer to any program offered by The National Alliance.

To qualify for the top state honor, 2016 candidates submitted an essay on the following topic:

“Many in our industry came into insurance by chance, but have built a career by choice. How did you come into the industry, and what are four reasons you stayed and built a career?” 

Additionally, entrants must have demonstrated commendable service to their agencies, their industry, and their community.

FAIA installs 2016-2017 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 18, 2016, in conjunction with the 112th Anniversary Convention & Education Symposium.

New Officers   

  • Brian R. Scarborough, CIC, REBC, vice president and co-owner of Scarborough Insurance in Gainesville, chairman.
  • Douglass F. Wiles, CPCU, president and owner of Herbie Wiles Insurance in St. Augustine, chairman-elect.
  • E. Anthony DuBose, principal of Coastal Community Insurance Agency in Panama City, vice-chairman.
  • Veronica Della Porta, CIC CRIS, CPIW, president of the Della Porta Group and Della Porta Financial Advisors, both in Jacksonville, national director.

New Board Members

  • John Darr, IV, agency principal/owner of Darr Schackow Insurance in Gainesville.
  • Christopher W. Heidrick, CPCU, CFP, ANFI, principal of Heidrick & Company Insurance and Risk Management Services in Sanibel.
  • Jason Levine, MSM-RMI, vice president of operations at Harry Levine Insurance in Orlando.

Board members serve three-year terms.

Outgoing Board Members

Thanks to Paul Mack, CIC, CRM, AAI; Kevin Clay Mangan, CIC, CRM, AIAM; and Billy Wagner for their service.

This Week in Insurance: June 6–10, 2016

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

  • DFS Workshop, Division of Workers’ Compensation Bureau of Monitoring and Audit, Rules 69L-31.003–014 and 69L-31.016–017, 9:30 a.m., Tallahassee.