Articles by Dave Kaiser

Motor sports coverage: garage risks on speed

The high-value of even the lowest-priced racing cars and the likelihood of calamity drive up overall insurance costs and make liability coverage for motor sports particularly difficult to find, according to motor sports insurance experts. Race car insurance is also …

Citizens agrees to renew, write new builder’s risk coverage in Florida

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has reversed a June decision to cancel its builder’s risk program and agreed to renew existing builder’s risk policies and write new policies in Florida until the end of the year. The shift in policy was …

A lot can happen in the auto dealers’ insurance market

Even with a wave of consolidation through the industry, the number of new and used auto dealerships in the U.S. is close to 100,000, meaning most independent agents have multiple dealers in their own backyards. “We have been able to …

Hurricane consultant outlines mitigation steps

According to a consultant for the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Florida’s building codes, which were approved in 2001, are working. He also says that Hurricane Charlie was a “model” hurricane in the sense that it was exactly what the …

Former FEMA director promotes government-industry disaster mediation

Federal and state governments should work with private insurance companies to sponsor disaster mediation programs, according to a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. James Lee Witt, president of James Lee Witt Associates and FEMA director in the …

Sen. Smith unveils ‘comprehensive plan’ to fix Florida’s insurance woes

Unless the state adopts a comprehensive and workable plan, accumulating financial stress could destroy the viability of the Florida insurance market and leave millions of Floridians without affordable and reliable insurance coverage, according to Sen. Rod Smith, of Alachua, Fla, …

Big ‘I’ exec tells agents federal charter is a ‘recipe for disaster’

If a mandatory or even an optional Federal Charter is implemented in Washington, D.C., it will be a “recipe for disaster,” says Charles E. Symington Jr., Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America’s senior vice president of Government Affairs and …

Pay less attention to delinquent accounts, call your good customers

Agents can make a difference in the perception of the insurance business if, instead of tracking and billing delinquent accounts, they turn everything around and call good customers, Kat Davis of Tower Hill Insurance in Gainesville, Fla., insists. In a …

Former FEMA director promotes state, federal disaster mediation

Federal and state governments need to work with insurance companies to sponsor disaster mediation programs before something happens, before people who have worked all their lives for everything they have, then all of a sudden, within minutes, they lose all …

Former FEMA director promotes state, federal disaster mediation

Federal and state governments need to work with insurance companies to sponsor disaster mediation programs before something happens — before people who have worked all their lives for everything they have, all of a sudden, within minutes, lose all their …