Articles by Don Jergler

Former California Insurance Commissioner Remember

Wes Kinder was a California insurance commissioner who served during a turbulent time. Kinder, a resident of La Habra, Calif., died Wednesday at age 94. “He was a great guy. He was the best boss,” said Roger McNitt, a San Diego-based attorney …

Climate Change Modeling is Closer than You Think

For the last few years you got a common response from catastrophe modelers who advise the property/casualty industry when they are asked about including the effects of climate change in modeling. It went something like: “The industry isn’t interested in what …

WorkCompCentral Founder DePaolo Remembered as ‘Innovative Thinker’

The founder of WorkCompCentral died on Sunday in a motorcycle crash, according to employees reporting on the website. David DePaolo, 56, was reportedly in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu Hills, Calif. in the afternoon when he hit an embankment, …

Climate Change Exposes U.S. Infrastructure to Natural Hazards, Rand Corp. Says

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part column. A follow up column will focus on how catastrophe modelers are being asked to create products that take into account potential climate change impacts. A report out this week from …

Disaster Response: Pandemic Insurance to the Rescue

The shoe may eventually be placed on the other foot for the United States. This nation has a long-standing tradition of innovating products and ideas – particularly insurance products – and then exporting them to other countries. Now the U.S. …

California Insurers Group Hopes Governor Signs Airbnb Bill

Another bill dealing with the sharing economy is headed to the California governor’s desk. A bill to ensure homeowners and renters offering rooms for rent on hosting platforms like Airbnb and Home Away understand what insurance coverage they have recently …

Brexit, Climate Change and Clean Air

What does the Brexit portend for all those collaborative efforts undertaken by the European Union to battle climate change? It’s a question a number of people were pondering – in Europe and in the U.S. – after last week when U.K. …

What Do You Get When You Combine Drones and Self-Driving Cars?

That’s one small step for drones, and no steps needed for mankind. Autonomous drone transport for humans. Why not? We’re eventually getting autonomous cars so you don’t have to do the driving, and drones are all the rage – although …

Pandemics and Climate Change Present Opportunity for Insurers

The shoe may eventually be placed on the other foot for the U.S. This nation has a long-standing tradition of innovating products and ideas – particularly insurance products – and then exporting them to other countries. Now the U.S. may …

What Do You Get When You Combine Drones and Self-Driving Cars?

That’s one small step for drones, and no steps needed for mankind. Autonomous drone transport for humans. Why not? We’re eventually getting autonomous cars so you don’t have to do the driving, and drones are all the rage – although …