Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Nodak Mutual Seeking to Convert to a Stock Company

A North Dakota mutual insurer with ties to the Farm Bureau is awaiting a decision from the state insurance commissioner as to whether it can proceed with a plan to convert to a stock insurance company. Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. …

Property Claims and Litigation Likely on Texas 2017 Legislative Docket

If a Dec. 1, 2016, hearing is any indication, Texas lawmakers will likely be encouraged in the coming legislative session to take up what the property/casualty insurance industry says is a problematic trend following severe weather-related events in the state: …

North Dakota’s Nodak Mutual Seeking to Convert to a Stock Company

A North Dakota mutual insurer with ties to the Farm Bureau is awaiting a decision from the state insurance commissioner as to whether it can proceed with a plan to convert to a stock insurance company. Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. …

Auto-Owners Insurance Proposes Affiliation with New Hampshire-Based Concord

Auto-Owners Insurance, a Lansing, Michigan, based insurance provider, has announced its proposed affiliation with the Concord, N.H., based Concord General Mutual Insurance group of companies. The transaction has been approved by both Auto-Owners’ and Concord’s boards and is expected to …

Insureon CEO on Growth, Hockey Pucks and the Perils of Complacency

A major online provider of commercial insurance for small businesses in the United States keeps track of its growth milestones with hockey pucks. OK, that might be a bit of a stretch but Chicago-based Insureon definitely has found hockey pucks to …

$122.5M Award Upheld in Imprisoned Arkansas Doctor’s Bombing Case

A former Arkansas doctor has lost his appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court of a $122.5 million jury award stemming from cas that encompasses a suspended license to practice medicine, overprescribing of pain medications, criminal assault charges and one count of …

Rising Earthquake Risks and Oklahoma’s Insurance Market

The 5.0 magnitude earthquake that struck near the oil and gas storage hub of Cushing, Oklahoma, on Nov. 6 put the nation on alert to the vulnerability of the country’s oil reserves to the significant increase in seismic activity in …

Agents Vie to Become American Modern’s ‘Most Confident’

An Ohio-based property/casualty insurer experimenting with gamification to educate agents on its specialized products and services is finding that it is learning a lot about its agent force in the process. American Modern Insurance Group, in the final stages of its …

Will Rising Earthquake Risks in Oklahoma Shake Up the Insurance Market?

The 5.0 magnitude earthquake that struck near the oil and gas storage hub of Cushing, Oklahoma, on Nov. 6 put the nation on alert to the vulnerability of the country’s oil reserves to the significant increase in seismic activity in …

In American Modern’s ‘Most Confident Agent’ Campaign, Learning Goes Both Ways

An Ohio-based property/casualty insurer experimenting with gamification to educate agents on its specialized products and services is finding that it is learning a lot about its agent force in the process. American Modern Insurance Group, in the final stages of its …