Articles by Don Jergler

12 States Call Out California’s ‘Affront to Sound Insurance Regulation’

It’s difficult to decide whether Dave Jones is underdog prize fighter Rocky Balboa or reigning champ Apollo Creed. He’s the insurance commissioner of the most populated state in the nation and that makes him a powerful figure. But with a …

Insurtech Startup Buys MGA in California with Product for Agents in Mind

Insurtech startup Bridger has purchased Pleasanton, Calif.-based SCJ Insurance Services in a step toward launching what the firm contends will be “simpler, cheaper, and easier-to-manage automotive insurance.” Bridger CEO Kimo Winterbottom talked about the acquisition with Insurance Journal on Thursday …

California Surplus Lines Don’t Want to be Left out of State’s Marijuana Regs

California’s surplus lines industry is trying to clear up the haze over a proposed regulation that would require medical marijuana businesses to purchase insurance only from admitted carriers. The regulation is one of several regulations under consideration at a series …

High Agency Valuations Not Going Away, MarshBerry Exec Tells Conference

Valuations of insurance agencies are as high as they have ever been, and there does not appear to be any lessening of interest among suitors, according to an industry mergers and acquisitions (M&A) consultant. John Wepler, chairman and CEO of …

Startup Decisely: Insurtech ‘For Brokers, By Brokers’ Targets Small Business Benefits

Some see insurtech as the enemy. Others see it as a sign of things to come. Then there’s EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, which is clearly embracing the insurtech craze while soliciting brokers to join them. San Francisco, Calif.-based EPIC …

Climate Change Advocates Galvanized by Trump Decision

You’d think climate change activists now living under a new reality created by a U.S. president making good on his promise to withdraw the nation from the Paris accord on global warming would feel at least a bit vexed or …

The Hartford Launches Nationally Registered Apprenticeship Program

The Hartford is working to educate college students about opportunities in the insurance industry while helping to make the transition from college to an insurance career an easier one. This initiative comes through its recent partnership with the Connecticut Department …

AmWINS and Networked Deal Plays to Strengths of Both Firms, Execs Say

The acquisition by AmWINS Group Inc. at the end of last month of Networked Insurance Agents will achieve a number of objectives for both the Charlotte, N.C.-based global distributor of specialty insurance products and services and the California-based aggregator. Namely, …

High Agency Valuations ‘Not a Fad,’ MarshBerry Exec Tells Conference

Valuations of insurance agencies are as high as they have ever been and there does not appear to be any lessening of interest among suitors, according to an industry mergers-and-acquisitions (M&A) consultant. John Wepler, chairman and CEO of MarshBerrry, described …

AmWINS and Networked Deal Plays to Strengths of Both Firms, Execs Say

The acquisition by AmWINS Group Inc. at the end of last month of Networked Insurance Agents will achieve a number of objectives for both the Charlotte, N.C.-based global distributor of specialty insurance products and services and the California-based aggregator. Namely, …