Keeping up to date with estimating platforms in the Property Claim industry- Symbility and MSB Merge/ Farmers and OH windpool now using Symbility

January 31, 2012

I firmly believe adjusters and claim managers need to stay current with changes in the Property and Casualty Claims industry and this week’s hot topic is announcements from Symbility and Bloomberg news that Farmers and the Ohio Windpool are now going to be using Symbility software. You can view both news releases on the following links:

http://www.symbilitysolutions.com/article/news-releases-127.asp

Here is the news release over at Bloomberg news as well:

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=12298738

To top off those news releases, today we received a news release from Property360.com announcing that MSB (Integriclaim) and Symbility are merging their software firms. I especially appreciate the fact their CEO’s  are hosting a webinar on February 2, 2012 to explain the merger of their two software firms. I’m glad I got my registration in before they reach capacity.

I love Symbility claims software and always used to use the demo of an estimate, scope notes, diagrams and photos in our Fundamentals of Claims class in our estimate reconciliation class with new adjusters. Unfortunately, the last I looked that demo was no longer up on their site.

The concern from an independent adjuster standpoint with Symbility was that they were charged on a per claim basis. This is wonderful on daily claims when an independent receives a limited number of claims per month. Is when they did not like the concept of the per file fee was when working catastrophe losses as even at $5.00 per claim if they received 100 catastrophe claims that would be a $500.00 per month expense which is much greater than the monthly fees charged by Xactware for Xactimate software.

It will be interesting to see how well this Symbility software will be accepted by carriers as it is the insurance company who dictates which estimate software the independent adjusting firms must use in estimate preparation.

There are many discussions going on over at Linkedin on this hot topic.

Here is the link  for more information and to register for the 2/2/12 Webinar:

http://www.propertycasualty360.com/webseminars/marshall-swift-boeckh-and-symbility—teaming-up?pc=WS01.31

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2012 Independent Adjuster Carrier Catastrophe Certification Workshops- Contact Eberls Claims Service for Information

January 30, 2012

I am frequently asked for the location and dates of upcoming Property and Auto carrier certification classes with carrier certifications as one of the top requests.

I highly recommend any independent adjuster seeking specific dates and locations contact Eberls Claims Service  who is a highly regarded independent adjusting firm. I know they have a training headquarters in Dallas and provide excellent courses for Xactimate Training by one of the handful of people who are actually a Certified Xactimate trainer by Xactware (Jennifer Whitaker).

I have many adjusters who are on their rosters who highly recommend Eberls. I have also supervised Eberl’s adjusters for many years when performing as a National Catastrophe manager for State Farm as well as a Field Team Manager so I feel very confident recommending them.

They can fill you in on the experience requirements, dates of upcoming  carrier certification exam dates.

Email Tina Lehman at Eberls at TLehman@Eberls.com to submit your resume and request information should you be looking for a Carrier Certification or other assignments as Eberls is also a Citizens of Florida  adjusting firm and I have no doubt respresent many other carriers providing you with an excellent opportunity to receive assignments given your experience level and professionalism meets their needs.


Sponsor Mariposa Claims announces the addition of Bob Khosropur as Sr Vice President

January 27, 2012

 

ClaimSmentor sponsor Mariposa  announces the addition of Bob Khosropur as Senior Vice President

Whitehouse, OH – January 27, 2012

 

Mariposa Insurance Services announced that Bob Khosropur has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Operations, where he will be responsible for sales, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, accounting and logistics.

“Bob brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, and we know that he will be a great addition to our team, helping us achieve our operational, reputational and growth goals,” said David Swank, Senior Partner at Mariposa Insurance Services.

Prior to joining the company, Bob served as Chief Claims Officer at Narragansett Bay Insurance, a Northeast regional insurance company that grew from $12 million to $120 million during his tenure. At Narragansett Bay, Bob was responsible for building a homeowners claims department capable of daily and catastrophe response for customers. He also oversaw the company’s Shelterpride® field underwriting arm that appraises the interior and exterior of homes for value, risk management/mitigation, and predictive modeling data.

Bob has more than 25 years of claims operations and strategy experience including 19 years with Allstate Insurance in a variety of roles, starting as an adjuster to the district claims manager, and completing with four years as a national manager of strategic sourcing for the claims department. His extensive claims operations experience includes catastrophe management involving Hurricane Andrew, the Northridge Earthquake, and multiple wind, hail, flood and freeze catastrophes. Bob also served as the first Vice President of Claims for Privilege Underwriters (PURE), where he led the build-out of the Claims Department for the start-up carrier based in White Plains, NY.

Bob holds a Six Sigma Black Belt in business defect analysis and improvement, and this past year he received National Underwriter’s Claims Magazine “Claims Professional of the Year” award at the 15th Annual America’s Claims Event (ACE) in New Orleans.

Recognizing Bob’s ingenuity and dedication to enhancing claims services, Christina Bramlet, ACE Chairperson and Editor in Chief of Claims Magazine, said: “During a career spanning more than 20 years, he has embodied the attributes fitting of this distinction, having instituted ‘best’ practices and systematic changes to propel his organization to excellence.”

Bob holds a Bachelor’s degree in science from Goddard College in Vermont.

About Mariposa Insurance Services

Headquartered in Whitehouse, Ohio, Mariposa Insurance Services is an independent adjusting firm managing policyholder claims for insurance companies through a nationwide network of trained and qualified adjusters and a comprehensive web-based claims management system. Mariposa specializes in daily property and casualty claims and complete catastrophe support. The company also offers custom TPA services, call center services and a variety of other business process outsourcing services for insurance companies. For more information, visit www.mariposaltd.com.

For more information, contact David Swank 419-861-2557 or at david@mariposaltd.com.


Special thanks go out to the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance CLM for the donation of eight scholarships to their annual claim litigation conference- See Conference Details

January 25, 2012

ClaimSmentor gives special thanks to Adam Potter, Executive Director of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance for awarding ClaimSmentor eight scholarships to attend their annual claim conference to be held this year in San Diego, CA March 28-30, 2012.

We have passed these on to long time ClaimSmentor sponsors Eberls Claims Service, Mariposa Claims, William Kramer and Associates, and Auto Claims Direct due to the long term committment these firms have made to support our online e-mentoring project.

This conference is an outstanding opportunity for claims adjusters, claim managers, claims counsel- both staff claims and independent claims- to network as well as participate in this conference hosting 350 speakers, CE credits, and a great location.

To learn more about this claims conference, you will find all of the valuable details here.


ClaimSmentor Welcomes Wardlaw Claims as our newest Sponsor- Wardlaw Claims Conference info February 2012

January 24, 2012

Special thanks go out to Wardlaw Claims who has joined ClaimSmentor as our newest sponsor. Watch for additional upcoming informationabout all of the training and job opportunities they offer but for now we wish to share a link to their upcoming claim conference to be held February 13 through February 17, 2012 in Waco, TX.

For complete claim conference details and registration, you can view them on their site here.


The 2012 Texas Windpool TWIA Adjuster Workshops are now posted for registration!

January 20, 2012

TWIA Texas Windpool now has the 2012 Adjuster Workshops up for those wishing to register for the 2012 workshops.

Click here for complete details.

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The 2012 National Flood Insurance Claims Adjuster Workshops are now up-Schedule yours today!

January 20, 2012

NFIP has the claims adjuster workshops now up for your registration purposes for the required 2012 NFIP Claims Adjuster Flood Certification workshops. Here’s the link: click here