Take a Look! Sponsor Mariposa Ltd Claims is Offering Benefits, Base Salary and Much More!

April 28, 2012

Here is GREAT news shared by ClaimSmentor sponsor Mariposa Ltd Claims  regarding outstanding opportunities to continue your work as an independent adjuster AND receive a base salary and fantastic benefits:

Are You Looking for Financial Stability and a More Stable Way of Life as an Adjuster?


• Would you like to have a regular pay check every two weeks? • Do you need health insurance but cannot afford the monthly premiums or the cost to include your family members? • Have you ever thought about putting money aside for retirement, but it seems like you can never stay ahead and are always playing financial catch-up? • Has additional and continuing education been on your mind, but you simply cannot afford to allocate any funds into that bucket? • Is the price of gasoline getting you worried and discouraged? • Have you given any thought to staying at home and taking care of yourself and your family while working as a regional adjuster versus storm chasing catastrophe work?
Mariposa Insurance Services would like to talk seriously with you if you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions.
 What You Can Offer:


• Delivery of quality customer service, policy interpretation, and cost control methodology. • Bring us your current regular business referred to you from carriers – 10+ daily claim assignments per month coming to you direct from insurance carriers. (do not count claim assignments from insurance adjusting companies) • You handle claims on your own or maybe you have a partner or family member helping you. • Three or more years of field experience as a property damage adjuster (commercial, liability/casualty experience is a plus). • Being a licensed adjuster.
What Mariposa Can Offer:


• We hire you as a full time Field Staff Adjuster, with the following offered benefits: o Health, Dental, Vision plans o 401 K with company contribution program o Company car with gas card o Cell phone o Laptop and all required software
• You receive a guaranteed annual base salary up to $40,000 (depending your experience and starting monthly claim volume) • You will receive additional claims to your own current load • You will receive a monthly commission up to 40% of the base fee charged to the carrier, less the base salary for the month • You are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses tied to performance metrics and company profitability. • You benefit from a solid company’s structure and support to ensure that you succeed as a Field Staff Adjuster
Your Responsibilities


• The claims you receive from Mariposa, plus the claims you receive from your current clients fall within this salary/commission agreement. • All claims will be handled under the standards of Mariposa’s Adjuster Guidelines • As your business grows you will need to recruit qualified adjusting personnel to handle the volume and maintain the delivery of quality customer service and cost controls for the client carriers. • Once total assignments to you exceed 50 claims per month (average monthly run rate for three months), an additional 5% commission will be paid directly to you for all claims handled by your adjuster assistants.
FAQ’s

• How long will it take to get on board? o About one week • Will there be a contract between Mariposa and me? o Yes, we will send you a copy to review before you make your decision • What kind of support will I get from Mariposa? o Mariposa is a well-organized independent adjusting firm with systems and expertise available to ensure that you have all the tools and support required to succeed in your job. • How will I be paid? o You will receive an EFT every two weeks representing your base salary as well as the commission from the previous pay period. • Do I have to incur the cost of fuel and automobile wear and tear? o No, you will have a company credit card for fuel and other legitimate ‘on the road’ expenses. The maintenance of the car will be direct billed to the company through specific service providers. • Can I see the fee schedule? o Yes, we can provide you will current schedules, however these are generally negotiated with individuals carriers, so they may differ or change from time to time. • How much money can I expect to make? o This depends on volume, of course, however we intend to grow your business to at least 30-50 claims per month on a regular run-rate. At 40 claims per month, you should gross approximately $100,000 per year.

Instructions to Adjusters for Consideration:
If you feel that your name is on this offer then we want you to contact us. You should provide a current resume along with a letter in your words that addresses why you qualify as a candidate and send to:
Brian Jones Brian.Jones@MariposaLtd.com


Be sure to identify in the subject line “Mariposa Owner/Operator “
You do not need to provide us with the names of the carriers you work with just yet. If the Mariposa Leadership Team feels you qualify based on the information you have provided, Brian will then send you an NDA agreement to protect you and Mariposa in a confidentiality agreement where we can freely discuss further details of the opportunity between the parties.

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It is rare that I would endorse a particular adjusting firm due to the variables involved in evaluating an adjusting firm on important issues such as quality of their adminstration personnel, professionalism of staff, promptness of payments to adjusters, quality of claims management personnel,etc. However, I do STRONGLY endorse Mariposa Claims after working closely with them since the inception of ClaimSmentor in 2005 and their continued committment to mentoring and support of the ClaimSmentor program. I endorse them not because they are a ClaimSmentor sponsor but because of the long term relationship we have developed where I have gotten to know first hand the quality and dedication of the owners of this firm and their managers and importantly that I have gotten fantastic feedback from all independents I have staffed for them over the years during many catastrophe events who consistently report back that Mariposa provides an outstanding CMS Claims Management System (hosted by Click Claims at www.clickclaims.com) , a quality management staff, a friendly and available group at their home office who process assignments and adjuster payments, and…need I say more? One thing I will definitely add- if you are not interested in doing quality work or try to be a turn and burn adjuster then this offer is NOT for you!

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Now accepting new registrants for our 50 Hour Fundamentals of Claims course (10 sessions LIVE online)-take our self assessment exam and see if this is for you.

April 16, 2012

We are in the mist of the 2012 tornado and hail season with hurricane season soon to follow June 1, 2012.

As a result of the massive number of tornadoes and hail storms, we are already beginning to receive roster placement requests from numerous newly licensed property adjusters who believe the fact they have a license and perhaps an xactimate class and/ or a cat 101 class under their belt that they are ready to go out and service claims for carriers as a result of damage from these storms.

Check again- take our annual self assessment exam (free) to see how you fare on this exam and see how many of these basic claim handling questions for property claims you can actually answer:

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2009/02/13/have-license-ready-to-go-not-so-quick-take-this-self-assessment-test/

If you find your knowledge lacking after taking the exam, I highly recommend you register for our LIVE online 10 session Fundamentals of Property Claims adjusting class which will start up the first week of May. We will meet on Tuesday and Thursday nights LIVE online from 6:30 to 9:30 pm ET for five weeks to accomplish this training.

New in 2012 we will also be going on the road with an extended version of this course in a five week Monday-Friday to include many practical application workshops, guest speakers, and field trips to enhance your basic claim knowledge. These live classes will initially be offered in Jacksonville, Florida, Huntsville, TX, and Nashville, TN.

For complete details on our reasonable registration fees, course syllabus information, etc email dkmoroy@dimechimes.com for further details.

 


ClaimSmentor Property and Casualty group on Linkedin- now over 3,000 connections- Join us Today on Linkedin

February 10, 2012

We have now exceeded 3,000 (3,165 to be exact! ) connections in our networking group over at Linkedin and hope you’ll join us today!

Our ClaimSmentor Property and Casualty Group on Linkedin has 1,216 members and here is the link to join:

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?viewMembers=&gid=1820952&sik=1328895209538

We have 1,949 connections now on my personal profile and hope you’ll network with me as well on Linkedin at :

www.linkedin.com/in/claimSmentor

We hope to  network with you there!


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.


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.


Xactimate Training Options through Xactware Why take it anywhere but directly from the source!

August 17, 2011

Let’s talk Xactimate training!

I continue to be annoyed each and everytime I see another outrageous charge for Xactimate training by many sources who have little under their belt besides a few months to a few years of catastrophe adjusting.

First and foremost, before you pay any fee to any organization you need to verify through Xactware whether or not they are even Xactware certified to vouch for their expertise in the Xactimate programs. It is simple to do so, here is a link at Xactware where you can find instructors and verify if they have certified with them to teach a course to assure you are learning from a true and TESTED expert in this field: View list here

The second most important reason to take your training from an Xactimate certified instructor is due to the fact only XACTWARE can actually certify you in your training by truly testing your skills to verify you are adept at using their software. They offer Level I,  Level II, and Level III online certification tests. I have seen variations in requirements by adjusting firms asking adjusters to obtain their Level I and Level II and sometimes Level III certification. Thus, even if you paid an outrageous price from a non certified vendor and haven’t taken the certification level testing, it is worthless from the standpoint of securing the required Xactware certification.

You will also note that Xactware lists Certified users on their website which you can view here . It is without a doubt if I owned an independent adjusting firm and searching for qualified adjusters, I’d definitely start with this list which even shows the adjuster state of residence as well- what a find for an independent firm looking for good daily property adjusters!

The contact I received that prompted this blog post was from one of my favorite claims associations. They were proposing offering of Xactimate training by a source offering the class for $5,500.00 to the group thus the cost per participant would be apparently divided among the participants. The name of the trainer was not revealed in the email received and they could or could not be Xactware certified but I have let the group know my thoughts which was the very reason for the existence of ClaimSmentor to prevent the training abuses I have witnessed in the independent field by, in some cases, very poor trainers and very worthless certificates for attendance being given to class attendees. As a claim manager and knowing the problems existing out there with many of the training firms, a certificate of attendance at training is worthless when it isn’t backed up by proper testing to make sure you can actually produce a professional estimate and claim file.

It is almost certain trainee adjusters are spending upwards towards $10,000 dollars attending claim conferences, seminars, insurance carrier certification workshops and in the majority of their cases they have yet to receive their first assignment. It is actually shocking. More on this subject later.

In the meantime, I cannot stress enough that you should take your Xactimate training directly from the source. It is more cost effective, it accomplishes the need to properly get certified to your own advantage, and with all of the new options they have available through webinars, online training, self study training, and opportunities to take field classes you obtain the proper workbooks so you’ll have them on the road with your first assignments, but also find step by step guidelines to reference as needed.

The most common complaints I hear constantly from adjusters taking Xactimate courses from numerous other sources include but not limited to the fact that the trainer to student ratio is very poor, that hours into the first day are wasted while instructors have to load Xactware on adjusters computers who didn’t follow instructions to do so before classes, and that they walked away with no training material whatsoever for future references which is greatly needed when it may be months between your class instruction and when you actually receive your first assignments.

Listen folks, do yourselves a favor and take this training seriously. It isn’t he with the cheapest class or the class most convenient to your home that matters. If your estimates are not professional and properly formatted, as an independent you will earn NOTHING as your files will continue to be rejected for corrections. Over the years of running ClaimSmentor, I’ve heard countless number of stories from trainee adjusters who couldn’t cut it in the field and were released and sent home due to poor estimatics, poor estimating skills, and many other reasons we discuss in our Fundamentals of Claims courses.

Do the right thing for your own career.Here is the list of all programs Xactware offers on webinars and Xactimate training….run don’t walk to register through Xactware for all of your Xactimate training needs. I just cannot stress this enough. You can prevent becoming a victim of poor training without certification and have all of the options to meet your individual learning styles such as instructor lead, self study, webinars, etc all the while saving on those costly traveling expenses to attend field classes.

We continue to thank Xactware for the ever continuing effort they make with great progess I’d say in the last year or two to making Xactimate training options even more user friendly for adjusters today than ever before!

To all of you Xactimate users who have obtained your Level I, Level II, and even your Level III certification- my hat’s off to you for taking the professional route to learning the software. I understand there is a fee for each level of testing which is outlined on the Xactware site but for what it can do for your career and opportunities as well as your own comfort level- BRAVO to you!


TWIA- Texas Windpool- now offers 5 additional Claims Adjuster workshops in August and September 2011

August 10, 2011

We have just received a notice that Texas Windpool is offering 5 additional claims adjuster certification workshops in August and September 2011.

I am glad to see they are offering some outside of TX for your convenience. The following link also contains the information that you must be registered with one of the firms handling their claims and provides a website link for each firm.

It is my hope that you will consider the adjusting firms on that list who are ClaimSmentor sponsors which are Eberl Claims  and Crawford and Company (their KMConDemand.com) is also one of our sponsors. Four other names on the list are proactive participants on ClaimSmentor to include CNC-Resource, Pacesetter Claims, Wardlaw Claims, and NCA group.

Click HERE for the workshop and adjusting firm contact information. Please be sure to tell them you heard about this through ClaimSmentor since they are members too! We appreciate it!