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PIA Oregon/Idaho President Cathy Rottle Receives Prestigious Safeco Award for 2nd Year
Cathy Rottle is PIA Oregon/Idaho's president. She's amazing and is much loved by the members of the association. Cathy's title with the Fournier Group in Portland, Oregon is Personal Insurance Account Executive and she does sales and customer service. Weekly Industry News assumes her co-workers love her as much as those in this association. PIA Oregon/Idaho and the Fournier Group are not alone in their admiration for Cathy. For the second year in a row Cathy has received the prestigious Award of Excellence from Safeco.
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Welcome New Professional Insurance Agents Western Alliance Members
In June and July we have had the honor of welcoming the following new members to Professional Insurance Agents Western Alliance. Please give a warm welcome to the following.
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Have You Recently Lost Access to Write Commercial Lines Business?
GET ACCESS! Working with Professional Insurance Agents Western Alliance gives you access to Commercial Lines carriers such as The Hartford, Allied/Nationwide, Fireman's Fund and Foremost. We can roll your current book of business, facilitate account rounding and write new business.
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Earthquake Paranoia Hits Pacific Northwest
For eons earthquake watchers have focused on Southern California and the San Andreas Fault. They've dubbed it the "big one" and it's — according to experts — way overdue. But also way overdue is an even more dangerous Cascadia subduction zone. The fault line runs 700 miles from Cape Medocino in California to Vancouver Island in Canada. In between are states Oregon and Washington and their major metro areas Portland, Salem, Eugene, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Everett, Bellingham and so on.
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Hackers & Autos: Chrysler Recall
We've been hearing about this for a while. Britain's NCC Group said it has found ways to cyber attack your auto. In mid-July, U.S. researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller — who are researchers in the U.S. — said they hacked a Jeep Cherokee. Car information and navigation systems and entertainment systems are the culprits. The researchers and their hacks reveal two important points.
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The Industry's Biggest Concern: Regulation First, Cyber on the Rise
The annual Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) study on insurance industry worries is out. Plenty of surprises are revealed in group's fifth study done — as always — with help from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Regulation — as it has the past three years — is the top worry of the 806 P&C and life insurer insiders from 54 countries. What took everyone by surprise is four newcomers to the top-25 list.
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An Insurance Worry: Cyber Hacker Tactics — Trying to Keep Up
Though there is much income to be made from cyber insurance business, the insurance industry also worries about the increase in the purchasing of said insurance. With the rapid rise of cyber attacks comes a rapid rise of insurance payouts. Something — everyone agrees — needs to be done. But what? And how?
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W.R. Berkley: An Industry Giant to Step Down
William R. Berkley is going to bow out as CEO and turn the operation of his firm W.R. Berkley Corp. to his son W. Robert Berkley, Jr. He made the announcement last week at the company's second quarter earnings call.
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The Assault on ObamaCare's Cadillac Tax
Criticism from all sides of the political aisle from liberal to conservative to independent have been heaped upon the Affordable Care Act. The attacks range from hatred of the individual mandate, that requirement that everyone have insurance, to the expensive state insurance exchanges to thoughts that the Affordable Care Act is unaffordable to the poor who cannot afford co-payments in spite of now having insurance. You get the picture.
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Demotech Announces Sublimity Insurance Company as a 2015 Stakeholder Team Accomplishment Recognition™ Award Recipient
Sublimity Insurance Company has earned a 2015 Stakeholder Team Accomplishment Recognition™ (STAR) Award from Demotech, Inc. for its operating results in 2014. A total of 2,657 Property and Casualty carriers were reviewed and analyzed, with only 29, or 1.1 percent, meeting each of Demotech's objective operating criteria. Sublimity Insurance Company was one of only two carriers in the Regional Company Classification category to earn a 2015 STAR award.
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