Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

A Few Thoughts for Insurance Entrepreneurs

Managerial flexiblity, effective communication, selecting and placing employees wisely, customer care and reputational risk are some of the factors would-be entrepreneurs need to consider when contemplating running their own businesses, according to one insurance executive with the work history to support his …

Best Agency to Work For – Midwest

Changing the Game by Doing the Right Thing HNI Risk Services – New Berlin, Wisconsin A high regard for ethics and respect for customer and employee needs are just some of the reasons staff members at HNI Risk Services in …

Oklahoma Earthquakes Rattle On

Government officials say the rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma of magnitude 3.0 or greater has risen significantly and that statistics show an increased chance for a magnitude 5.5 or greater quake in the state. From January through May 2 the …

Best Agency to Work For – South Central

All About the People Higginbotham – Fort Worth, Texas The Best in Texas. That is both the goal and the operational philosophy of this year’s winner of Insurance Journal’s Best Agency to Work For: South Central. Fort Worth-based Higginbotham is …

Washington State Entrepreneurs Stake Their Claim in Marijuana ‘Green Rush’

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles on the the marijuana insurance industry to appear on InsuranceJournal.com. Upcoming stories will include reports on how medical marijuana could affect the workers’ compensation market, potential changes to federal …

Once Again, Texas Lawmakers Asked to Do Something about Windstorm Insurer

What to do about Texas’ wind insurer of last resort? That’s the question being asked again of Texas lawmakers in advance of the coming legislative session. In a surprise visit to a Senate Business & Commerce Committee hearing in early …

Marijuana Coverage in the Wild West

In Washington – which permits the sale and personal use of cannabis and cannabis-related products through Initiative 502 passed in 2012 – the recreational marijuana industry is regulated by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Licensees are required to have …

Louisiana AG Files Suit Against State Farm over Auto Repair Practices

Alleging “a culture of unsafe business practices” in its handling of vehicle repairs, Louisiana’s attorney general has filed suit against insurance giant State Farm. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s lawsuit, filed Aug. 19 in the 19th Judicial Court in East Baton …

Everyone Likes a Hard Insurance Market, Right?

What’s the big deal with a hard property/casualty insurance market? Everyone likes one, said Art Davis, president of Colony Specialty, a member of the Argo Group. “You make a lot of money, have good returns.” The problem is, Davis said …

Missouri Insurance Director: Claims from Ferguson Riots Limited to Businesses

Property damage claims resulting from the rioting in Ferguson, Mo., in August are limited primarily to commercial property housing small businesses, according to the state’s chief insurance regulator. “There are no residential losses that we know of,” Insurance Director John …