Brown & Brown acquires NY-based Northeast Dealer Consultants

Brown & Brown | March 09, 2020

Brown & Brown has announced that its subsidiary – Brown & Brown of Kentucky – has acquired the assets of Northeast Dealer Consultants (NEDC). NEDC assists its auto dealership clients with F&I performance and compliance management in New York and in other neighboring states. President and co-owner Phil Bruno have more than 25 years of experience in the automotive and power sport industries. A release said that following the acquisition, NEDC will become part of Brown & Brown Dealer Services, which is headed by Brown & Brown of Kentucky president Mike Neal. “Phil brings a wealth of experience in F&I performance and products for his dealer partners.  NEDC will provide Brown & Brown Dealer Services with an enhanced footprint in upstate New York,” commented Neal. “We are excited for Phil to join with our team in Massachusetts as we continue to build out our presence in the northeast.”

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Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance Partners with Rhode Island Environmental Non-Profit

Save The Bay | January 27, 2022

Advocacy of clean waterways is top priority for Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance, which is why a partnership with Save The Bay is a natural fit. Safe Harbor offers the largest spill response network in the vessel pollution industry, which allows for the opportune response in the crucial first moments of marine oil spills. Additionally, most of its staff are based in North Kingstown, RI – where the office overlooks Narragansett Bay – the very body of water Save The Bay actively works to clean and protect every day. Much of Save The Bay's mission-based work seeks to address the ongoing threats to Narragansett Bay including: "polluted runoff, excessive nutrients, accumulating toxins, overfishing, declining biodiversity, warming sea temperatures, and coastal inundation—all of which represent urgent perils that demand our attention." Safe Harbor and the extended Falvey Insurance Group staff plan to support Save The Bay through local beach cleanups, volunteer hours dedicated to removing garbage and debris from the Bay's coastline. Safe Harbor is also proud to support Save The Bay by hosting and serving as the presenting sponsor of "Fore the Bay" – a charity golf tournament planned for Monday, July 25, 2022. The tournament will be hosted at Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club in Middletown, RI, which overlooks the same body of water the event will support – Narragansett Bay. All proceeds will be donated to Save The Bay. Golf registration and sponsorship opportunities are available at safeharborpollutioninsurance.com/save-the-bay. This partnership is a continuation of Falvey Insurance Group's, parent company of Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance, effort to directly align its 2021 philanthropy with causes related to its business operations. About Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance At Safe Harbor, we are more than paper, we are a partner. With roughly 50 cumulative years of experience, Safe Harbor offers the strongest and longest track record of continuous applied expertise in the vessel pollution industry. Safe Harbor supports clients with the industry's leading infrastructure and institutional knowledge available in the market today. Offering the broadest coverage, largest spill response network and most transparent claims process in the industry, Safe Harbor is more than paper, we are a partner and vessel pollution expert you can trust. Learn more about Safe Harbor at: safeharborpollutioninsurance.com About Falvey Insurance Group Falvey Insurance Group began as a single division, Falvey Cargo Underwriting, opening its first office in 1995 in Wakefield, RI by the company's founder: Mike Falvey. After 25 years, the company has evolved into Falvey Insurance Group, comprised of four divisions: Falvey Cargo Underwriting, Falvey Shippers Insurance, Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance, and Falvey Insurance Services. "The Specialized Insurance Experts" underwrite on behalf of Lloyd's of London, C.V. Starr, Nationwide, Beazley Insurance Company, Hiscox, Ascot Group and State National. The flexibility, World-Class customer service, claims processing excellence, and comprehensive knowledge and expertise that Falvey companies are known for is unparalleled in the insurance industry. Falvey was also named Insurance Insider's MGA of the Year in 2020. About Save The Bay Founded in 1970, the Rhode Island-based nonprofit Save The Bay seeks to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its 1,705-square-mile watershed. The organization works to achieve its vision of a fully swimmable, fishable Narragansett Bay, accessible to all, through its advocacy, education, and habitat restoration and adaptation work.

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Stampede Insurance Services and Bliss Drive Establish New Partnership

Stampede Insurance | April 23, 2022

Stampede Insurance Services, an independent insurance agency based in Pasadena, CA, is happy to announce its new partnership with Bliss Drive. Bliss Drive is a well-known digital marketing company specializing in B2B inbound lead generation solutions. One of the key products offered by Stampede Insurance in Pasadena is general liability insurance. They want to point out that every business is exposed to the risk of accidents and injuries happening on the business premises. General liability insurance coverage can provide the protection needed by California businesses in case unexpected events happen where the business is forced to spend on legal fees. California general liability insurance, along with your property and work comp policies, protects your business if you're sued for personal injury or property damage. A typical policy will cover those accidents or damages that occur on-site or as a result of using goods or services sold by the company. In addition, coverages can be designed to cover additional costs like attorney fees or court costs.” Rene Rebollo, a spokesperson for Stampede Insurance Services. Stampede Insurance agents can help clients in taking into account all aspects of the general liability insurance package in order for the client to have the most relevant policy available. These agents will help in customizing a particular plan that works for businesses in Pasadena, including the Long Beach, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Bernardino, and Riverside areas. The company is also licensed to offer its services in Alabama, Arizona, California (#0H18184), Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas. They can also provide contractors general liability insurance and other coverages that are essential for contractors, such as commercial auto coverage, business risk insurance, and insurance for tools and equipment. California contractors' insurance can be quite confusing at times, which is why their agents are always ready to assist clients during the process of choosing the proper coverage for a particular company. Meanwhile, Bliss Drive believes that search engine optimization (SEO) is a key component of any successful online marketing strategy. If done correctly, SEO can help in significantly improving a website’s visibility when a potential customer searches for a particular keyword or phrase. And it is vital to maintain high rankings on the major search engines, or else the competition will eventually catch up and surpass the company’s position on the search engine pages. Bliss Drive crafts full-spectrum SEO campaigns after in-depth planning and research, and these are supported by real-world data. They combine proven methodologies and cutting-edge technology with their proprietary approaches for coming up with custom-fitted solutions that are based on the requirements of a particular company. Pasadena’s population is just over 140,000, which means that businesses can take advantage of the diverse economy mixed with Pasadena’s small-city environment. Doing business in a smaller city means that your reputation is more important than ever. Word-of-mouth travels fast, and the key to securing loyal customers in the area is to establish yourself as a leader in your industry. This is why digital marketing is so important, as it helps spread the word about your business while allowing you to interact directly with your customers.” Richard Fong, founder, and CEO of Bliss Drive, LLC. Having started its operation in 2010, Stampede Insurance Services is capable of servicing clients throughout the nation and are licensed in many of the states. Each one of their clients is provided with a dedicated team of experts that work together to expertly all of the client’s concerns. They specialize in general liability, business owners policy, builders risk, bonds, contractors, commercial auto, commercial property, commercial umbrella, and workers compensation insurance and allow clients to save money on their business insurance. They also offer all kinds of personal insurance coverages to clients in all of their licensed states, including homeowners insurance, boat & watercraft insurance, auto insurance, motorcycle insurance, and flood insurance. They also provide condo insurance, earthquake insurance, landlord insurance, renters insurance, and manufactured / mobile home insurance.

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New ATRI Research Evaluates Motor Carrier Strategies for Responding to Rising Insurance Costs

The American Transportation Research Institute | February 18, 2022

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released a new report analyzing trucking industry impacts from the rising costs of insurance. This analysis, a top priority of ATRI's Research Advisory Committee, utilized detailed financial and insurance data from dozens of motor carriers and commercial insurers. The report assesses immediate and longer-term impacts that rising insurance costs have on carrier financial conditions, safety technology investments and crash outcomes as well as strategies used by carriers to manage escalating insurance costs. The study found that carrier strategies included decreasing insurance coverage levels, raising deductibles and/or Self-Insurance Retention (SIR) levels, and decreasing investments in other cost centers. In spite of this increased liability exposure, out-of-pocket incident costs and carrier crash involvement remained stable or decreased among a majority of respondents. Despite reductions in insurance coverage, rising deductibles and improved safety, almost all motor carriers experienced substantial increases in insurance costs from 2018 to 2020. Premiums increased across all fleet sizes and sectors, with small fleets paying more than three times as much as very large fleets on a per-mile basis. One-third of respondents reported cutting wages or bonuses due to rising insurance costs, and 22 percent cut investments in equipment and technology – potentially creating future safety and driver shortage concerns. However, in the short-term, crash data confirms that carriers that raised deductibles or reduced insurance coverage were generally incentivized to reduce crashes in the subsequent year. Finally, the research describes a process for calculating the "Total Cost of Risk" in order to evaluate the full scale and impact of rising insurance costs on a carrier's long-term safety and financial viability, including safety investments in drivers, programs and technologies. "ATRI's study corroborates the Triple-I's research on rising insurance costs and social inflation – that increased litigation and other factors dramatically raise insurers' claim payouts, External factors that go well beyond carrier safety force commercial trucking insurance costs to increase, which then requires carriers to redesign their business strategies. The higher premiums ultimately tend to be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices for goods and services." -Dale Porfilio, Chief Insurance Officer of the Insurance Information Institute.

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Agentero Expands Offerings for Agents

Agentero | December 16, 2021

Agentero, the digital insurance network, has expanded its personal and commercial offerings for independent agents, announcing new integrations with four leading insurance markets including Ethos, Cowbell Cyber, Thimble and Bamboo Insurance. The firm currently connects agents with 19 markets providing quoting, communication and automation tools so agents can efficiently write more new business. Agentero focuses on reinventing the insurance buying process, making insurance more accessible to consumers and small businesses. New agents can sign up with Agentero in 10 minutes or less, and once they do, new insurance applications can be completed in seconds. "Insurance has so many opportunities to be faster and more convenient. We're focused on driving insurance innovation in distribution, something we plan to continue in 2022, We are also reducing the barriers to entry for new agents. Insurance has traditionally been a tough business to get started in, and we're connecting agents to a variety of insurance products quickly." -Luis Pino, CEO of Agentero. The firm has added the following insurance products to its platform: Ethos provides life insurance Cowbell Cyber offers standalone, admitted, individualized, and easy-to-understand cyber insurance Thimble offers small business general liability insurance Bamboo Insurance offers homeowners and dwelling fire Independent insurance agents use Agentero to access modern carriers and to boost their revenue. Agents save time and deliver a superior customer experience through efficient product distribution. About Agentero With more than 1,000 insurance agencies, Agentero uses robust data and analytics enabling agents to proactively offer insurance choices to customers at the right time, every time, mitigating risks for consumers while growing relationships and revenue for agents. Founder and CEO Luis Pino was the first employee at insurtech CoverWallet, and has also worked for McKinsey & Co.

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In a simpler time, this patchwork was passable. But change is coming. New regulations will bring greater complexity to the accounting process for insurers, which will make semi-manual, legacy processes look like a house of cards and raise doubts about the validity of the final numbers on the P&L sheet. That looming change, of course, is IFRS 17, the new International Financial Reporting Standard issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in May 2017. It defines how accounting will be done by insurers in the more than 100 countries that adopted IFRS. IFRS 17 will replace IFRS 4 Phase II, which isn’t a comprehensive international standard but rather a structure for grandfathering in the use of countries’ national standards

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