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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.

2016-2017 Board Slate Set

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The nominating committee presents the following slate of candidates for FAIA’s 2016–2017 Board of Directors. The election will take place during the Convention’s Business and Awards breakfast, Saturday, June 18, 2016.

Chairman elect: Doug Wiles, CPCU, president, Herbie Wiles Insurance, St. Augustine.

Vice chairman: Anthony DuBose, president, Coastal Community Insurance Agency of Northwest Florida, Panama City.

National director: Veronica Della Porta, CIC, CRIS, CPIW, president, The Della Porta Group, Jacksonville.

Board members: John Darr, president, Darr Schackow Insurance Agency, Gainesville; Chris Heidrick, CPCU, CFP, ANFI, principal, Heidrick & Company Insurance and Risk Management Services, Sanibel; Jason Levine, vice president, Harry Levine Insurance Agency, Orlando.

2016 nominating committee consists of Chairman Chip Greene, Chairman-Elect Brian Scarborough, Garrett Butler, Sam Rogers, Greg Baker, Janice Hanks, and Chris Heidrick.

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.

Florida Young Agents Council collects two national awards

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Florida’s Young Agents Council (YAC) received two top honors at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) Annual Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon. The event, held Wednesday, April 22, event is held in conjunction with the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.

Brian ScarboroughFlorida InsurPac Chair and FAIA Vice Chair Brian Scarborough received 2014 InsurPac Young Agent Award for his enthusiasm and commitment to the cause.

“Brian lit a fire under agents of all ages and orchestrated a $12,000 increase in PAC receipts in the last four months of the year,” said Veronica Della Porta, Big “I” InsurPac chair and Florida national director. “If that wasn’t enough, he quarterbacked a $15,000 PAC-a-thon and has gone beyond the call of duty to help the Sunshine state top the fundraising charts and break records.”

Florida also received the Young Agent National Championship Award, which honors the state whose young agents donate the most money to InsurPac. Young agents from Florida contributed $11,179.

InsurPac: Insurance for Your Livelihood

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Brian Scarborough  
By Brian Scarborough
Florida InsurPac Chair 

As the federal government exercises more and more power over small business, the future of our industry depends more and more on agent involvement in the political process. The U.S. Congress regularly considers legislation that directly affects the livelihood of independent agents—from taxes and flood insurance to the overhaul of financial services regulation. 

We’re fortunate to have a strong federal advocacy team working for us through our membership in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) and FAIA. But they can’t do it alone. It is vital that we, as insurance producers and small business owners, play an active role in shaping the public policy debate, and ultimately the laws that come out of Washington, D.C.

We can do this by supporting our federal political action committee, InsurPac. Visit InsurPac online to make your voluntary, personal contribution; you must log in first with your IIABA user name and password.)  

At the federal level, our lobbyists advocate for us by demanding less government involvement in our day-to-day businesses. For example, as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act made its way through Congress several years ago, IIABA successfully maintained insurance as a state-regulated business. Unlike banking and securities regulation, which were drastically changed by Dodd-Frank, the insurance implications of the legislation were modest.

Your federal government affairs team had some major wins over the last year, including:

  • Enactment into law of both a long-term renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) and NARAB II. The TRIA extension helps stabilize the commercial property-casualty insurance market and NARAB II effectively creates one-stop producer licensing for nonresident licenses, while maintaining state regulation. If implemented correctly, NARAB II will significantly reduce administrative burdens and costs for independent agencies operating in multiple states.
  • Passage of the “Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014.” Among other things, the legislation reduced the price shock experienced by many consumers as a result of certain provisions in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Bill of 2012 (BW-12). This was a major win, as mitigating the unintended harmful effects resulting from BW-12 had been one of the association’s top priorities for 2014. The Big “I” was the only major producer trade association to advocate in favor of this legislation.
  • During Farm Bill consideration, IIABA protected the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) and successfully beat back against amendments aiming to cut or cap the premium subsidies that producers use to purchase adequate coverage for their farmland. In addition, the Big “I” worked to ensure that the FCIP remained the cornerstone risk management tool for farmers across the country and preserved the role of the agent as the sole sales force of the program.

Through constant dialogue with members of congress and participation in numerous congressional meetings, hearings, and events, our federal lobbying team has forged an impressive list of achievements. The government affairs team has done an excellent job developing relationships with many influential members of congress, something made possible in large part due to InsurPac, your federal political action committee. It solicits voluntary, personal contributions from agents throughout the country, and then distributes that money to congressmen, senators, and candidates for federal office who support small business and the independent agency system. InsurPac allows our federal advocates to attend fundraising events nearly every day of the week, constantly developing relationships with legislators and their staff from both sides of the aisle.

In the 2014 election cycle, more than 5,000 independent agents came together to support InsurPac, helping raise over two million dollars. InsurPac distributed over $1.8 million to a total of 292 races, winning 272 of them for a 93% victory rate. Of this amount, $77,500 was disbursed to members of the Florida delegation. Because no InsurPac dollars are used for administrative expenses, it means that 100 percent of agent investments are put to good use supporting legislators that support our business.

With so many important issues being debated in our nation’s capital by a new congress, the time for agents to be involved is now. Congressional opinions on issues are being shaped every day and we must continue to have a seat at the table to educate them.

Please do your part by supporting InsurPac and actively participating in both local and federal politics.