Articles by Don Jergler

California Wildfires Are a ‘Larger Scale Disaster’

Active wildfires in California have burned an estimated 1,500 homes and commercial structures, scorched more than 115,000 acres and reportedly killed 15 people. Insurers and others who access damage are only beginning to get “boots on the ground,” as the …

Why Mandating Cyber Reporting, Basic Coverage Makes Sense: Cyence Exec

Matt Honea, cyber manager at Cyence, a San Mateo, Calif.-based cyber risk modeler, thinks a great way to get companies to report cyber attacks is to make them do it. Honea, who believes insurers can be a catalyst for collecting …

Get Very Used to Drone Usage in the Insurance Industry

One major insurance carrier already has a program underway to train claims adjusters to visit accident sites and fly drones to gather data. American Family Insurance started working on developing a drone program around 2013, and the company now has …

Worker Safety, Regulation Overload Among Highlights of Drone Expo In California

Drones may already be impacting the world of workers’ compensation. Fewer workers on communications towers are falling to their deaths, according to Todd Schlekeway, executive director of the National Association of Tower Erectors. Schlekeway, who was speaking at a panel …

GOLD Best Agency to Work For – West: LP Insurance Services

When people use the word “connected,” they’re typically referring to the cool vastness of cyberspace, where they can surf the web, send and receive email or Facebook with one another. Often regarded as the Neanderthal cousin of modern communication, another …

California Commissioner High on Marijuana Insurance, Sums up Trump Battle

It’s David vs. Goliath. That about sums up California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ feelings on his efforts to keep the remnants of Obamacare up and running in his state while President Trump does his best to repeal and replace it. …

1987 Whittier Narrows Earthquake Anniversary A Reminder to Californians

The 30th anniversary of the 1987 magnitude 5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake is Sunday, and the head of the California Earthquake Authority is using that to remind Californians to buy earthquake insurance. The quake was reported to have caused $358 million …

Study Says Climate Change Could Lead to Rougher Roads

Expect some rough roads ahead. Literally, if a new study is any indication of how U.S. roads as they are currently being built might fare in a warmer world. A study by professors at Arizona State University shows that global …

Generali Chief Underwriting Officer Sees His Job as Part Science, Part Art

Bill Skapof, chief underwriting officer and head of global corporate and commercial in North America for Generali, considers underwriting as much art as it is science. Skapof has more than 30 years of global insurance experience developing product, distribution and …

California Commissioner Sums up Trump Battle, High on Cannabis Insurance

It’s David vs. Goliath. That about sums up California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ feelings on his efforts to keep the remnants of Obamacare up and running in his state while President Trump does his best to repeal and replace it. …