Articles by Andrew G. Simpson

Interview: Public Affairs ‘Ironman’ Kevelighan Takes Helm at I.I.I.

Committing to a few extreme physical fitness events every year keeps Sean Kevelighan honest. “That, for me, is the incentive to insure that I keep my training going. It’s really good for your health, obviously, mental health and physical health,” …

New York Workers’ Compensation Loss Costs Going Up 9.3%

New York has approved a 9.3 percent average hike in workers’ compensation loss costs effective Oct. 1. New York businesses, while not pleased, see the hike as necessary in order to keep the insurance market stable after the state hiked …

Element Risk Management Acquires Singleton Insurance in Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania-based insurance agency Element Risk Management has finalized the acquisition of Singleton Insurance in Ickesburg, Pennsylvania. Terms were not disclosed. The acquisition expands Element Risk’s footprint throughout Pennsylvania. Singleton Insurance will continue operations in Ickesburg. One owner, Vicky …

U.S., China Insurance Regulators Keep Open Dialogue

Regulatory representatives from the U.S. and China met this week to discuss issues facing their respective insurance markets. The meeting was held at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) New York office. According to the NAIC, they discussed retirement …

Local Fire Chief Credits ‘Pokemon Go’ Player with Saving Building

Authorities say a man who was outside playing “Pokemon Go” helped save a burning Massachusetts building from severe damage. Sandwich Deputy Fire Chief John Burke said the man lived nearby and was in the parking lot playing the cellphone game …

Meeting of 2 Minds on Worker Safety as Path to Profit

Adam Friedlander is a third generation insurance professional who has made his mark in safety, workplace safety that is. His New York agency, Friedlander Group, has for years developed and managed employer safety groups that have helped businesses improve workplace …

Chubb Weathers Q2 Disasters; CEO Greenberg Hits Anti-Trade, Anti-Immigration Politics

Chubb Ltd. weathered claims from major storms in Texas and other U.S. states, Canadian wildfires and earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador in the second quarter to record solid operating results. Operating income at the giant insurer formed with the merger …

UConn Plans Biological Risk Institute

The University of Connecticut is establishing an Institute of Biological Risk. The school says the new institute will seek to understand and mitigate emerging threats to agriculture, natural resources, human health and the economy. That means studying climate change and …

Renaissance Alliance Names Christiansen as Managing Director, Business Development

The Massachusetts-based agency coalition and services network, Renaissance Alliance Insurance Services, has named Michael R. Christiansen to the position of managing director, Strategic Business Development. In this role, Christiansen will work with management and business development teams on a range …

Administrator of Sept. 11 Victims’ Compensation Fund Leaving Post; Successor Named

The administrator of the federal compensation fund for Sept. 11 victims is stepping down after five years. Sheila Birnbaum will leave her post as special master of the fund that disburses compensation awards to first responders, recovery workers and other …