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USI Holdings Finalizes Purchase of Calif. P/C Operation

USI Holdings Corporation announced the closing of the acquisition of Burlingame, Calif.-based retail property & casualty firm operating as Winthrop Insurance Plans. This operation has been providing employee property & casualty solutions to middle market businesses in the San Francisco …

Francis Joins Baldwin Resource Group

Marleen Francis has joined Washington-based Baldwin Resource Group in Bellevue as client services manager and carrier liaison. Baldwin Resource Group specializes in risk management, insurance and business consulting. Previously, Francis worked as Excess & Surplus Lines/Large Construction manager for The …

McFall General Agency Notes Move

Oregon-based McFall General Agency recently moved its Gig Harbor, Washington office. The new address is: 6525 Wagner Way, Gig Harbor, Wash., 98335. The phone numbers are (253) 857-1050 and (866) 499-5714 or fax at (253) 857-1054 or (866) 536-4760. McFall …

PCI Says Ariz. Court Ruling Threatens Workplace Safety

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America is disappointed that the state Supreme Court in David C. Grammatica v. Arizona Industrial Commission has invalidated what PCI believed was a valuable law designed to help provide drug and alcohol-free working environments …

Shifting Commuter Habits Can Cut Insurance Costs in Calif.

With gasoline prices creeping past $3 per gallon in some areas, California commuters may turn to public transportation to ease the gas crunch. But they may not realize that making a habit of public transportation may also save them money …

Howey Joins G.E. Young & Company

Jim Howey recently joined Denver-based G.E. Young & Company as chief operating officer. Howey, who holds more than 16 years of insurance and risk management experience, was brought on board to drive process and strategy implementation for the company, according …

Burns & Wilcox Adds New Mexico office

Burns & Wilcox, the nation’s largest independently-owned specialty insurance wholesaler, underwriter and managing general agency, has opened a new service center in Albuquerque, N.M. Announced by Burns & Wilcox Chairman, President and CEO Alan Jay Kaufman, the expansion represents Burns …

Credit-based Insurance Scoring in Renewal Policy Underwriting Essential for Accuracy

The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies will testify at an Alaska Division of Insurance hearing that, “at renewal, insurance carriers need the flexibility to engage in a total circumstances analysis of the basis for the change in a consumer’s …

Margolis Joins Superior Access

Mike Mayo, president of Superior Access Insurance Services Inc., announced the new hire of Aaron D. Margolis as marketing representative at the Irvine headquarters. Margolis began his insurance career in 2000 at Geico Direct in the sales/service department. He also …

ITC Golf Tourney Set for Oct. 17

Insuring the Children has set the date of Oct. 17, 2005 for the Annual Golf Tournament. This year it will be held at the prestigious Santa Ana Country Club. For those golfers who haven’t played this course, this is a …

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