Articles by Don Jergler

Flintstones vs. Jetsons, a Broker Success Story, and How Agencies Can Survive Insuretech

“If we survive the next five to 10 years and improve the way we do things, we can be well-positioned into the future.” James Keating, founder, chairman and CEO of The Keating Group, offered those positive words amid the din …

Aon Gains Upper Hand in Non-Compete and Poaching Lawsuit vs. Alliant

A legal battle between two insurance brokerages over whether a former employee violated non-compete agreements and poached numerous employees is not over yet but the brokerage bringing the charges has scored key early victories. The lawsuit brought by U.K.-based Aon …

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Could Pave Way for Self-Driving Cars, Smart Roads

What does the Trump Administration have in store for the development of autonomous vehicles and smart roads? With the administration’s ambitious infrastructure plan still far from finalized, Hilary Rowen, a partner in the San Francisco office of Sedgwick LLP, whose …

Insurance Charity Benefits Make-A-Wish, Honors Wells Chief

In a room packed with insurance industry professionals, an undeniable air of gratitude hung over those who were doing the giving. Speaker after speaker came up and talked to the audience at a charity event about how grateful they were …

It Could Be Trump or the Weather, But More People Think Climate Change Is Real

You can blame it on the weather, or you can blame it on Trump. A record number of Americans are concerned about global warming, believe it is occurring and consider it a serious threat that is caused by human activity. …

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Could Pave Way for Self-Driving Cars, Smart Roads

What does the Trump Administration have in store for the development of autonomous vehicles and smart roads? With the administration’s ambitious infrastructure plan still far from finalized, Hilary Rowen, a partner in the San Francisco office of Sedgwick LLP, whose …

Humans to Blame for More Than 80% of U.S. Wildfires

Humans have been the culprits behind hundreds of thousands of wildfires in recent decades, and they will probably make things a whole lot worse in coming years. Research from the University of Colorado Boulder finds that humans have dramatically increased …

PURE COO on Mutual Growth, Home and Auto

Martin Hartley, executive vice president and chief operating officer of PURE Group of Insurance Cos., sees ample growth opportunities for mutual carriers despite a soft market. Some of those opportunities are in the form of increasing and measuring customer satisfaction, …

Nationwide Says Extreme Weather Brings Bigger Claims, Need for Disaster Plans

More extreme weather has led to more extreme insurance claims in the U.S. over the past few years. In a review of more than 100,000 commercial catastrophe claims during a 10-year period, Mark A. Anderson, a claims executive at Nationwide …

What Happens if Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Agreement?

Dam climate change. An opinion piece in the New York Times is offering a tie-in between global warming and the potential disaster unfolding at the Oroville Dam in Northern California. “After five years of record-setting drought, much of California is …