Florida Attorney Chip Merlin posts information on the Florida Public Adjuster right to Free Speech as FL determines 2008 regulation on immediate contact is unconstitutional

July 6, 2012

Here are two very important blogs by Chip Merlin and at his 2nd blog on Florida Condominium claims announcing that Florida has declared the 2008 regulation delaying the Public Adjuster’s right to immediate policyholder contact unconstitutional.

For complete details:

http://www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com/2012/07/articles/consumer-protection/public-adjusters-win-free-speech-rights-and-ability-to-promptly-help-policyholders/index.html

http://www.condominiuminsurancelaw.com/2012/07/articles/florida/florida-ban-on-public-adjuster-solicitation-ruled-unconstitutional/

 


Citizens of Florida announced Tom Grady as Interim President in March 2012

April 13, 2012

In case you missed this announcement made after Scott Wallace announced his resignation in January 2012, here is a link to the media announcement that states in part:

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Citizens Board of Governors convened on Monday and voted unanimously to appoint Tom Grady, Commissioner of the Office of Financial Regulation and former Vice Chairman of the Insurance, Business and Financial Affairs Committee of the Florida House, its interim president beginning March 12, 2012 following the resignation of the current president Scott Wallace. Mr. Wallace will remain with the corporation until April 6 in order to facilitate the transition. “

Here is a link to the entire press release they made on March 6, 2012:

https://www.citizensfla.com/about/pressreleases.cfm?show=text&link=/shared/press/articles/new/03_06_2012.cfm&showyear=2012

I think I just might respect Tom Grady if the information quoting him when he resigned from his prior position to take this Interim position at Citizens is correct- he does need to turn the place inside out and I will keep my fingers crossed he consults with top insurance consultants when making decisions as too many people running the show have zero prior claims experience such as the Sr Director and Vendor Management director from an insurance claims department standpoint. More on that in my next blog where I’ll show you my major concern regarding the proposed catastrophe staffing model.

Here is the article I’m referring to from the Miami Herald:

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/03/tom-grady-signs-off-at-office-of-financial-regulation-heads-to-citizens.html


Upcoming Claim Committee Teleconference for Citizens Insurance of Florida is today 4/13/12 9:30-to 11:30 ET

April 13, 2012

I know many of you are certified or in the process of certifying to work Citizens of Florida Insurance Corporation- CPIC- catastrophe and non catastrophe claims as independent adjusters.

Here’s your chance to get a current update on their staffing model in the event of a storm and much more information as outlined on today’s teleconference which takes place from 9:30-11:30 ET. As far as I know, all are still welcome to join in the teleconference. I have seen on prior meeting minutes where folks call in even just as citizens of the state of Florida.

The teleconference information for call in as shown on their Board of Governor meeting link is listed as:

Claims Committee Meeting

When: April 13, 2012 9:30 – 11:30am EDT

Where: Teleconference

Teleconference: 866-361-7525 Code: 5219676193

For a complete list of documents and the agenda, here is the current link on Future Meetings link  here:

https://www.citizensfla.com/about/mDetails_boardmtgs.cfm?show=PDF&link=/bnc_meet/docs/445/00A_Claims_Agenda_04_13_2012.pdf&event=445&when=Future

Note that this same information with very informative documents is usually moved to the Past Meetings link  after the meeting so if you are wanting to view this information after today’s meeting, here is the link to Past Meetings here:

https://www.citizensfla.com/about/past_boardmtgs.cfm

I’ll make another post later today with my comments regarding the staffing model of 120 days as proposed in the February meeting minutes that is presented for approval today as well as other things mentioned in the well prepared minutes from February.

The advantage of sitting in on the teleconference is not having to wait more than a month to know what happened at the committee meeting as it takes them quite a while to get the minutes posted in preparation of their next scheduled Claim Committee hearing.


List of 2011 Independent Adjusting firms with Citizens of FL Tier One (Direct) Contracts

October 25, 2011

For those of you asking due to approaching Hurricane Rina- here is the link to the list up on the Citizens of Florida website with the list of Independent Adjusting firms with direct assignment contracts with Citizens as of 9/8/11 per the date on their pdf:

https://www.citizensfla.com/shared/purchasing/pdfs/AdjustingFirmsRegisteredWithCitizens.pdf

I see Eberls Claims is on the list who is a ClaimSmentor Sponsor so please let them know we sent you if you apply! There are some great firms to choose from on the list so good luck out there should Hurricane Rina strike Florida!


January 2012 Windstorm Network Conference- Orlando, FL/ Also put to rest the rumor that attendee majority were public adjusters- see stats

September 22, 2011

The 2012 Windstorm Network Conference will be held in January 2012 in Orlando, FL from January 30, 2012 through February 2, 2012.

While researching the 2011 conference and attendees due to an upcoming opportunity to speak on behalf of ClaimSmentor to the 2012 network, I came across a most interesting blog entry putting to rest rumors even I had heard that the Windstorm network attendees are public adjusters in the majority of cases.

This article on the actual statistics put out by Attorney Chip Merlin, current Windstorm Network President,  dispells these rumors and shows that attendees are 4 to 1 dominated by independent claims personnel and staff claims personnel. I hope you find this article interesting when considering both sponsorship opportunities as well as attendance participation. All in all, I find it an outstanding networking opportunity for all parties concerned in wind topics which are important for all of us in the Property and Casualty claims industry:

http://www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com/2011/03/articles/insurance/windstorm-insurance-networka-dominated-by-independent-and-company-adjusters/

Here is also the link for the January 2012 Membership and Conference Registration:
Membership- Click here

Conference Registration- Click here

 

 


Update on FL Claim Litigation and Appraisal provision on Citizens of FL Case 2/2011- Just a ClaimSmentor Moment Update

February 9, 2011

Here’s a great blog entry  by the Florida Legal Blog you may want to read about a court decision on the Appraisal provision in Florida. The case involved a Citizens of Florida case:

http://www.floridalegalblog.org/2011/02/insurance-appraisal-not-appropriate-if.html


ClaimSmentor newest Sponsor- Action Catastrophe Team to host Citizens of Florida Daily and Catastrophe Team 2011 Certification Classes

January 20, 2011

Thanks to Tom Nowalowski, President and owner of Action Catastrophe Team who I have known and worked with during the major 4 in 04 hurricane season is our latest sponsor on ClaimSmentor. Special thanks to him for supporting our online  e-mentoring program at ClaimSmentor and for sharing his class schedule with our members.

Tom does have one request that you go to their website linked above and fill out the adjuster information sheet which is required to register for their free Citizens of Florida 2011 classes which are listed below:

Action Catastrophe Team

 

 

 

Join Our Mailing List

Upcoming Citizen’s Certification Classes from Action Catastrophe Team

 

Hello Again!!

We hope everyone has has an enjoyable start to what we hope is a very healthy and prosperous 2011.  As we enter the New Year, it’s time for us to start turning our attention to this years’ new, yearly Citizen’s certification classes.

 

A.C.T. is very fortunate to be a vendor for Citizen’s, handling both Non-Cat (Daily) and Catastrophe claims.  We have adjusting positions available for Residential, Commercial, Sinkhole,  Liability, Team Lead, and Inside Examiners for both Daily and Cat claims.

 

The early predictions indicate the 2011 Hurricane Season will be more active than normal and there is a high likelihood that Florida will once again be in the bulls-eye.  Don’t let the less than active last couple of years lull you into a false sense of security. 

 

We could have another 2004 or 2005 season at any time and if you want to participate when it happens, you MUST attend one of the FREE, MANDATORY, Citizen’s Certification Classes we will be offering.

 

Unlike past years, Citizen’s is combining the Cat and Non-Cat classes into one session.  Even if you attended a Citizen’s class in the past, you have to be re-certified every year. 

 

We have scheduled five seperate Certification classses and smaller group sessions in Florida are possible at a later date, along with a possible Miami/Ft. Lauderdale meeting, if demand warrants.

 

To register, simply reply to this e-mail with the location you wish to reserve a seat in.  You will receive an e-mail confirmation.  Also, even if you are currently on our roster, you MUST go to our Website www.actioncatteam.com and visit the “Contact Us” page.  While there, fill out the On-Line Information sheet to ensure we have your current contact information and prior claims experience.  It will only take a couple of minutes to complete and is REQUIRED. 

You will be prompted to forward a resume’ to tom@actioncatteam.com and you will not be admitted into the meeting without us receiving your current resume’ in advance.  Examples of an acceptable resume’ will be sent with the tentative confirmation. 

 

Once you are confirmed to attend, we will send specific information as to the materials you will need to bring to these meetings.  In addition to a current resume’ a Background Check will be done on all adjusters.

 

Feel free to forward this to any adjusters you know that would like to join our Team.  Hope to see you soon.

 

Tom Nowakowski

President/Claim Operations Manager

Office:  800-516-6978

Cell:  940-452-0174

Fax:  207-226-5718

tom@actioncatteam.com

http://www.actioncatteam.com

 

 

 

 

Tallahassee, Florida

We traditionally make the Holiday Inn in Tallahassee one of our first Certification Class locations.  There are several hotels/motels nearby and this year, they have taken over ownership of the old Marie Livingstons Steakhouse that is on the property, and converted it into the Monroe Street Conference Center.  Our Meeting will be held inside the Monroe Street Conference Center.

Event Info

Saturday, February 12, 2011

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM  (Eastern Time)

2714 Graves Rd. Tallahassee, FL 32303

850-536-2005

 

There are special rates for the Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, Days Inn if you say you are attending the Citizen’s Training for Action Cat Team.

 

 

 

 

Atlanta, Georgia

We had a GREAT turnout in Atlanta last year and we are happy to provide a location in the Atlanta area again for this year’s classes. 

The meeting will be at the Golden Corral restaurant meeting room.  There is no charge for the meeting, but the restaurant has given us use of the meeting room with the understanding that many of our attendees will want to eat lunch with them. The lunch is under $8.00. If you aren’t familiar with them, they offer one of the best buffets you can buy.  Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Event Info – 2 DIFFERENT MEETING DATES AVAILABLE

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 OR Tuesday March 29th, 2011

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  (Eastern Time)

2155 Riverside Parkway Lawrenceville, GA

 

There are several motels close by if you need one you can Google either Lawrenceville, Suwanee, or Norcross for the motels nearby.

 

 

 

 

Arlington, Texas

Arlington is convenient to several major cities around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and our meeting there will be held at the LaQuina Inns and Suites.  They are offering rooms at special rates which  include breakfast and free airport shuttle service. 

 
Event Info

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM  (Central Time)

825 N. Watson Rd.  Arlington, TX 76011

817-640-4142

 

 

 

 

Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida

Our meeting in the Tampa Bay area is conveniently located not too far off of the main bridge into St. Petersburg.  The Comfort Inn is also offering special rates if you say you are attending our Citizens Training Class.  A single room is $79.99 and 2 Double bed room is only $84.99 + tax.  Free Deluxe Continental breakfast is included.  Please mention “Citizen’s Training Class for Action Catastrophe Team” when you call.

Event Info

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

2260 54th Ave North,  St. Petersburg, FL 33714

727-362-0075

 

 

 

 

Atlanta, Georgia (2nd Meeting Date in Atlanta)

We had a GREAT turnout in Atlanta last year and we are happy to provide a location in the Atlanta area again for this year’s classes. 

The meeting will be at the Golden Corral restaurant meeting room.  There is no charge for the meeting, but the restaurant has given us use of the meeting room with the understanding that many of our attendees will want to eat lunch with them. The lunch is under $8.00. If you aren’t familiar with them, they offer one of the best buffets you can buy.  Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Event Info – 2 DIFFERENT MEETING DATES AVAILABLE

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 OR Tuesday March 29th, 2011

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  (Eastern Time)

2155 Riverside Parkway Lawrenceville, GA

 

There are several motels close by if you need one you can Google either Lawrenceville, Suwanee, or Norcross for the motels nearby.

 

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