TASIU- Texas Gulf Coast Insurance Fraud Seminar and Vendor Expo- May 2011 in Cypress, Texas

January 25, 2011

The following Linkedin post looks like a fantastic opportunity for our members in Texas to obtain adjuster CE credits while at the same time obtain some much needed fraud insurance investigation training:

Register now for the TASIU 2011 Gulf Coast Insurance Fraud Seminar & Vendor Expo (May 5, 2011)

It’s time again for the TASIU Gulf Coast Insurance Fraud Seminar & Vendor Expo. This year it will be held at the Northwest Forest Conference Center in Cypress, TX (www.northwestforest.com), just 30 minutes from downtown Houston.

May 4th Evening Welcome Reception
May 5th Seminar (8 hours CE) and Vendor Expo

Why you should attend…

– Stay current on emerging fraud trends and schemes in Texas,

– Develop and improve your insurance fraud investigative skills,

– Maintain, strengthen and expand your antifraud peer network.

ANTIFRAUD TRAINING
The one-day, antifraud educational seminar will offer two breakout sessions per time block, consisting of a diverse selection of fraud topics taught by industry experts. Attendees can earn eight (8) hours of TDI adjuster, TCLEOSE and CIFI CE credit. Stay tuned for our list of antifraud speakers and topics.

Interested in attending?
http://www.tasiu.org/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=62802&item_id=159606.

VENDOR EXPO
With representatives from a wide variety of claim and investigation support services, the TASIU Vendor Expo is truly a one-stop-shop. Please be sure to visit with each of our antifraud partners to learn more about the services they offer.

Interested in vendor booth space or sponsorship?
http://www.tasiu.org/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=62802&item_id=159620

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Special Announcement- KMConDemand Announces Release of the Property Technical Certification I Program for all Property Claims Adjusters

January 11, 2011

I am very excited to release the following announcement from KMConDemand executive, Colm Keenan announcing the release of the PTC1 designation program -Property Technical Certification I-now available to all property adjusters. I highly endorse this program and am a firm believer that all independent adjusting firms should require any adjuster they deploy to take and successfully complete this program to set your firm apart from others by having TESTED adjusters on assignments. I cannot express how highly I believe in this after being involved in ClaimSmentor and working with thousands of adjusters. It is far past time independents have an opportunity to not just attend seminars and obtain CE’s but to test to prove their competency to handle claims.

Without further comment- here is the complete announcement released with the permission of KMConDemand:

KMC On DemandSM, Advisory Committee Roll Out Property Technical Certification

 

Crawford KMC On Demand, a leading online provider of continuing online education and CE credits for insurance claims adjusters, in collaboration with  a key insurance industry advisory committee have released the first Property Technical Certification (PTC) course to the insurance industry.

PTC is designed to fill a gap in validation of expertise among property claims adjusters. The launch of PTC I – Elements of Property Loss follows the successful conclusion of a pilot program conducted during summer 2010. “The PTC pilot participants gave high marks to the content and relevance of the courses,” said Colm Keenan, vice president of knowledge management for KMC On Demand.

A Property Advisory Committee (PAC) made up of high-level professionals from insurance companies, independent adjusting companies and contractor networks has been working together for more than two years to establish the PTC. The pilot program included an industry-wide collaboration on technical content.

The PAC members include:

Allstate, Ace, Alacrity, Assurant, Aviva Canada, Claims Mentor, Contractor Connection, Crawford, Custard Insurance Adjusters, Cypress Insurance, Dri-Eaz, Fireman’s Fund, Fox Valley Technical College, Liberty Mutual, Metlife, Nationwide, Pilot Cat,  and SimSol.

PTC II will be released in the fall of 2011 with PTC III following in 2012. There are 12 courses in PTC I which consists of 38 modules. Each module costs $15 if purchased individually while the whole first designation can be bought for $425, a 25% savings. All courses have been approved for ce credits in all states that mandate adjuster ce’s. Courses are accessed and completed at www.kmcondemand.com/ptc .

Why PTC? Simply put, PTC fulfills a pressing need in the property and casualty industry. Everyone who has touched this project, from the largest insurers to the small independents, agrees on this one point: it’s about time.

First, it is very difficult to determine the expertise of adjusters, and even harder to predict their future performance. But though having knowledge is no guarantee of performance, not having knowledge is a guarantee of failure. It is impossible to perform well in our industry without the proper technical knowledge. Industry post-Katrina performance reviews were lukewarm at best, due in great part to a lack of property claim-handling knowledge. Though some companies might have commendable training, as an industry, we do not.  

Patrick Milone, vice president of the Property Services Division of Custard Insurance Adjusters Inc., sees the PTC “as a way to keep adjusters current in all property aspects of the claims arena via training by an accredited resource.” Milone also considers the compliance aspect of PTC to be important, as all courses have been approved in every state that requires adjuster continuing education.

The resource Milone refers to above is KMC On DemandSM, part of Crawford & Company, which has a long history of claims training. KMC technology enables the PTC to record user completions and provides an attractive interface for the learner. Each course in the PTC has a corresponding performance support file that is easily accessible and has vital information to assist the adjuster long after the course is completed. Performance support files will be regularly updated as they become the industry technical resource of record. Passing an exam becomes the beginning, rather than the end, of the PTC experience. 

The next advent in the progression to industry certification is individual insurance company certification. The first insurance company in line to do this with KMC/PTC is MetLife. This will enable independent adjuster’s online industry certification, PTC, and individual carrier certification. More insurance carriers will added to this list throughout 2011.

To purchase PTC I go to www.kmcondemand.com/ptc or contact Elise Quadrozzi at elise_quadrozzi@us.crawco.com .


Sponsor Opportunities Available for 2011 at ClaimSmentor

January 8, 2011

New for 2011 is acceptance of Insurance Claim Recruiters, Temporary Staffing agencies,  Insurance Company HR personnel and claim recruiters as Sponsors at ClaimSmentor www.claimSmentor.com.

Interested claim recruiters, temporary staffing agencies, adjusting firms, claims service organizations, and software vendors should email dkmoroy@dimechimes.com for complete details.

Our Sponsor package includes up to 10 FREE job postings in our Career forum per month, free postings about upcoming seminars your firm is hosting, and special discounts you offer to our ClaimSmentor members. Sponsors also receive 100% access to our roster of adjuster members. Much more ….contact me at above email if interested in helping keep our e-mentoring program active for auto, property, and casualty adjusters.

We will reach our five year anniversary next week and currently have approximately 1,600 members and are very proud of it! Unlike other claim forum sites, we require preapproval for membership to confirm we are all licensed adjusters or claims managers. Members upload their resumes for adjusting firm and insurance recruiters use. Our desire is to enhance the job opportunities available to our members for consideration in 2011 by now accepting insurance claims recruiters for our members who are located nationwide.

Also- all welcome to join our Linkedin group and our Twitter group:

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1820952

www.linkedin.com/in/claimSmentor

www.twitter.com/claimSmentor

You can also follow our blog entries by clicking on the SUBSCRIBE tab in the dark gray area at the top of this blog.


Remember our blog on “Who Moved my Claims Cheese”? Well 2011 claim changes are very active already!

January 6, 2011

Some things just never change in claims! 2011 is rolling out many important announcements that will effect claim job opportunities for both staff adjusters and for independent adjusters.

If you missed our initial blog in 2007 which is still relevant today, here is the link:

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/07/30/who-moved-my-claims-cheesedealing-with-change-in-the-insurance-adjusting-community/

Here are just four of the more important changes we’ve found via news releases in just the first 5 days of 2011:

Cunningham-Lindsay buys GAB North America operations:

Cunningham Lindsey adjusting firm buys out GAB North America Operations

http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2011/01/04/cunningham-lindsey-buys-gab-robins.html

Hartford Insurance to sell third party claims division:

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. is narrowing its focus and selling its third-party claims unit for $278 million. http://ow.ly/3yQv1

USAA to cancel some coastal policies:

USAA dropping some coastal policies-http://www.sunherald.com/2011/01/04/2753375/usaa-dropping-some-coast-wind.html

NCA Group (adjusting firm) acquires T. M. Mayfield adjusting firm:

http://www.ncagroup.com/adjuster_community.php


2011 Independent Adjusting Firm listing ready for your marketing or resume submission needs!

January 2, 2011

We have completed our ClaimSmentor 2011 listing of independent adjusting firms compiled from recommendations of our members and lists through major independent adjusting firm sources such as NACA and NAIIA. We have approximately 65 firms on our current list. If your firm has not been listed, please email dkmoroy@dimechimes.com to have your firm added if you have been in business a minimum of 3 years with your website, resume email address, office # and fax #. Thanks!

Adjusters – if you have more firms you think would qualify and you recommend them- please send your recommendations to claimSmentor@dimechimes.com or simply reply to this topic. Thanks!

The listing contains the website, resume contact address, link to the online application if required, and contact number.

Use of this list will save you hours upon hours (if not days like it took me to create it) when submitting your resumes to what we hope to be some of the most reputable firms in the property and casualty claims industry.

Should you need the listing, it is free to our ClaimSmentor annual supporters and can be ordered by others needing it by sending a request for information to dkmoroy@dimechimes.com.


Eternal Father Strong to Save- A prayer for Americans during the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill Recovery- Open Letter 3 to President Obama and Admiral Thad Allen

June 15, 2010

President Obama is speaking from NAS Pensacola, FL as I write this. It is the most support I have seen him express to the brave men and woman serving in the US Armed Forces  since he began his Presidency. I am taking this particular speech very personally as my father, my brother, and my brother in law are all buried at Barrancas National Cemetary at NAS Pensacola.  I cannot bear the thought of the memories of our childhood being destroyed with the gulf oil tar nor of disturbing the area so others can  grow up with the same wonderful memories our family shares from the area during our youth when my father was stationed there.

I still  have family in the area including my nephew Ryan who is attending college at the University of West Florida  following in the foot steps of my wonderful father and brother who also attended the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. His degree is going to be in the marine industry. He too is watching his dreams disturbed by the worst environmental disaster in Amercian history as he faces unemployment working part time in the beach restaurant industry as a means of income to help cover his expenses while in college.

President Obama- thank you for doing us proud with your military speech in Pensacola and for finally showing our military of all branches the respect and honor they so much deserve. As a military brat as us military children are known as, we do know the sacrifices having watched our fathers depart on Naval aircraft carriers, departing for war, and the fear and sadness we experience as we support our brothers, sisters, neices, nephews, sons, daughters, and our fathers as they protect Amercians at assignments both at home and have to regularly leave us to go abroad to protect us around the world.

I’ll end this thanks with the words of my very favorite navy hymn heard every Sunday growing up on military bases and attending church at military chapels where our father was stationed.  If you really listen and read the words, I think you will agree this song represents all of our prayers for our military, our national guard members, our claims adjusters who will have to work in these coastal environments during hurricane season, and our BP responders constantly exposed to the oil spill tar and disperants as they clean up our beaches and marshlands and experiencing illness as a result. We also extend this as a prayer to all gulf coast residents suffering from this oil spill :

             Eternal Father Strong to Save – Original Version

             The original words are:

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walkedst on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee 
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

For links to the origins and history and other more modern versions of this song, visit this link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Father,_Strong_to_Save#Lyrics

**Note the Episcopal version is also very appropriate and shown on the link above

I find the following musical version very comforting at times like these and hope you will enjoy the music and pictorial vision as well:

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/e/t/eternalf.htm

Please pass this on in hope it brings a focus to the faith that God will protect us and keep us safe. Especially for the families of the victims killed in this BP Oil explosion. Our prayers are with you every single day. Just click on the title to this blog today and you can then copy and paste it into an email to your friends and family suffering through this disaster or serving in recovery efforts.

Respectfully,

Debbie Moroy, AIC,IIA  ClaimSmentor Founder www.claimSmentor.com

 

 

 


Universities offering Insurance Degrees-where to get yours for a staff career in claims adjusting or claim management

May 13, 2010

This Business Insurance website is just a wealth of information! Here is a list they have of universities offering Bachelor’s degrees in insurance either as a major or a minor:

http://www.businessinsurance.com/section/directories?djoPage=search_details&djoPid=10776&djoPY=@pJ9IK0YJUZoU

Appalachian State University

(Boone, NC)

Ball State University

(Muncie, IN)

Baylor University

(Waco, TX)

California State University Fullerton

California State University, Sacramento

(Sacramento, CA)

Delta State University

(Cleveland, MS)

Florida State University

(Tallahassee, FL)

Georgia State University

(Atlanta, GA)

Howard University

(Washington, DC)

Illinois State University

(Normal, IL)

Illinois Wesleyan University

(Bloomington, IL)

Indiana State University

(Terre Haute, IN)

La Salle University

(Philadelphia, PA)

Miami of Ohio University

(Oxford, OH)

Middle Tennessee State University

(Murfreesboro, TN)

Mississippi State University

(Mississippi State, MS)

Missouri State University

(Springfield, MO)

Old Dominion University

(Norfolk, VA)

Olivet College

(Olivet, MI)

St. John’s University

(New York, NY)

St. Mary’s University

(San Antonio, TX)

Temple University

(Philadelphia, PA)

Troy University

(Troy, AL)

University of Alabama

(Tuscaloosa, AL)

University of Calgary

(Calgary, Alberta)

University of Central Arkansas

(Conway, AR)

University of Georgia

(Athens, GA)

University of Hartford

(West Hartford, CT)

University of Houston

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

(Lafayette, LA)

University of Louisiana at Monroe

(Monroe, LA)

University of Mississippi

(University, MS)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

(Las Vegas, NV)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC)

University of North Texas

(Denton, TX)

University of South Carolina

(Columbia, SC)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

(Madison, WI)

Virginia Commonwealth University

(Richmond, VA)

Washington State University

(Pullman, WA)

Appalachian State University

(Boone, NC)

Ball State University

(Muncie, IN)

Baylor University

(Waco, TX)

California State University Fullerton

California State University, Sacramento

(Sacramento, CA)

Delta State University

(Cleveland, MS)

Florida State University

(Tallahassee, FL)

Georgia State University

(Atlanta, GA)

Howard University

(Washington, DC)

Illinois State University

(Normal, IL)

Illinois Wesleyan University

(Bloomington, IL)

Indiana State University

(Terre Haute, IN)

La Salle University

(Philadelphia, PA)

Miami of Ohio University

(Oxford, OH)

Middle Tennessee State University

(Murfreesboro, TN)

Mississippi State University

(Mississippi State, MS)

Missouri State University

(Springfield, MO)

Old Dominion University

(Norfolk, VA)

Olivet College

(Olivet, MI)

St. John’s University

(New York, NY)

St. Mary’s University

(San Antonio, TX)

Temple University

(Philadelphia, PA)

Troy University

(Troy, AL)

University of Alabama

(Tuscaloosa, AL)

University of Calgary

(Calgary, Alberta)

University of Central Arkansas

(Conway, AR)

University of Georgia

(Athens, GA)

University of Hartford

(West Hartford, CT)

University of Houston

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

(Lafayette, LA)

University of Louisiana at Monroe

(Monroe, LA)

University of Mississippi

(University, MS)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

(Las Vegas, NV)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC)

University of North Texas

(Denton, TX)

University of South Carolina

(Columbia, SC)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

(Madison, WI)

Virginia Commonwealth University

(Richmond, VA)

Washington State University

(Pullman, WA)

I can personally vouch for the great program Troy State University-Florida Region had. They gave me college credit for all of my Associates in Claims courses and for the 9 parts of CPCU (both programs through http://www.aicpcu.org towards my degree in Insurance Resource management.

It is a common complaint of newly licensed adjusters when they realize most carriers will not hire them as claims adjusters without a Bachelor Degree. Well this is the post to provide you the information for those of you willing to incur the cost and the substantial time into obtaining your degree. It will be well worth your effort for staff adjuster and staff claim management job opportunities!