Articles by Don Jergler

AmWins and Networked Deal Plays to Each Firm’s Strengths, Execs Say

The acquisition by AmWINS Group Inc. late last month of Networked Insurance Agents will achieve a number of objectives for both the Charlotte, N.C.-based distributor of specialty insurance products and the California-based aggregator. Namely, the deal plays to each firm’s …

Report: Climate Change to Increase Insured Losses from Windstorms in the U.K.

Climate change will drive up wind losses in the U.K. in coming years, according to a recent report from the Association of British Insurers, the Met Office, and Boston, Mass.-based catastrophe modeler AIR Worldwide. The report shows that temperature increases …

Paul Hanson’s Pedisich Heads to EPIC as Producer in California

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has added Nick Pedisich as an insurance broker/producer. Pedisich will be based in EPIC’s Concord, Calif. office and report to Curt Perata, president of EPIC’s Pacific North region. He is focused on the transportation industry …

States Getting More Active on Autonomous Vehicle Rules, Says PCI Director

Thinking about the rules of the road for a time when autonomous vehicles dominate the landscape is probably like envisioning a horseless carriage on the plains of the Old West. But that won’t stop Bob Passmore, senior director of personal …

California Small Business Advocate Produces 2nd List of ‘Good, Bad & Ugly Bills’

With a California Legislative deadline looming, a business advocate is calling attention to bills that he believes owners and managers of small businesses should take note of in his second annual list of “Good, Bad & Ugly Bills.” Any bill …

Global Temps Could Hit 1.5°C Target in 9 Years: Research

Believe it or not, the planet could be much warmer in the next few years, according to new research. The research, published this week in Geophysical Research Letters, indicates that Earth could be 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 C) warmer than …

‘Poaching’ Suits Like Aon v. Alliant: Nothing Personal, Just Routine Business

An ongoing legal battle between two large national insurance brokerage firms over employee poaching is a byproduct of a hazard faced in the financial services industries where relationships and knowledge of business practices are premium assets, experts say. A jury …

California Insurer Groups and Insurance Department Battle over Auto Repair Survey Bill

A California bill that could affect auto repair costs is making its way through state Legislature, and one group that’s happy about that is the Association of California Insurance Companies. ACIC is one of several groups backing Assembly Bill 1679, …

Online Rideshare Insurance Offering Debut by CoverHound

CoverHound is getting into the rideshare insurance business. The online insurance comparison shopping platform has partnered with several large carriers to offer auto insurance quotes in 24 states for people who drive for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. The …

Report: Climate Change Could Cause Mass U.S. Migration

Migration to escape sea level rise could radically reshape the U.S. population landscape, and not just in coastal areas, according to a recent study. The author, Mathew Hauer, an applied demographer with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the …