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Operation Healing Forces Unique Charity Created by Insurance Executive Markel

Gary Markel was at home one evening watching a television show on volunteers helping wounded veterans scuba dive in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some had missing limbs, and others had severe disabilities. They and the volunteers persevered …

Why a Unique Perpetuation Model Still Stands Strong

In the insurance agency system, it’s no secret that right now many agencies are merging or being acquired, increasingly by private equity firms. For some, this is a blessing because they have not been able to keep up with technology, …

The Corporate Citizenship Mandate

In the midst of today’s growing war for talent and increasingly competitive labor market, corporate citizenship programs should no longer be viewed simply as a “feel good” activity. Rather, this “win-win-win” opportunity — providing benefits for the charity, employer and …

Declarations

Clear Pot Thinking “The governor has been clear about the importance of the marijuana industry to Oregon’s economy.” — Jeff Rhoades, marijuana policy adviser for Gov. Kate Brown, said a move by the state to ease testing requirements keeps Oregonians …

Business Moves

Access Holdco Management, IAT Insurance Group Access Holdco Management has purchased the Massachusetts non-standard auto insurance book of business of Occidental Fire & Casualty Company of North Carolina from Occidental’s parent, IAT Insurance Group (IAT). Access Holdco Management is an …

ACA Does Not Hurt Medical Care Access for Workers’ Comp Claimants: Study

New research has found that while the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has dramatically increased the number of people who are medically insured, it has not hurt access to medical care for workers’ compensation claimants, which was a …

ACORD CEO Pieroni on the Industry’s Digital Transformation

Bill Pieroni, CEO of ACORD, is on a mission — not to “push” the industry toward digital transformation but rather to marshal its inherent strengths and enable carriers, agents and brokers to implement standards and digital best practices to their …

Business Moves

BrickStreet Mutual, Motorists Mutual BrickStreet Mutual Insurance and Motorists Mutual Insurance Co. are formalizing an affiliation agreement between the two companies.If approved by state regulators and closed as anticipated in July 2017, the affiliation will include more than 1,600 employees, …

Could POTUS Battle Trigger More Discrimination Suits?

Regardless of one’s political leaning, the 2016 presidential election offered bold dialogue. Many criticized the president-elect for brash comments and a disregard for political correctness. If recent news reports are any indication, America could see a shift in terms of …

Declarations

Criminal Defense “You can’t fire somebody because they refused to commit a crime for you.” — Mary Schultz, the attorney for Gregg Becker, successfully argued in court that the former chief financial officer of a chain of medical clinics in …

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