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Milne Scali & Company Acquires Surety Business

Richard W. Milne Jr., chairman of Phoenix-based Milne Scali & Company, a subsidiary of BNC National Bank and its parent company BNCCORP Inc., announced its acquisition of Tim Mitchell’s surety business. The transaction was effective on July 31, 2004. Mitchell, …

Earthquake Authority Monitors Parkfield Earthquake

The California Earthquake Authority is monitoring events in Central California following Tuesday’s 6.0 magnitude earthquake that struck near Parkfield at 10:15 a.m. PDT. The CEA Earthquake Response Manager is coordinating with participating insurance company claims representatives to determine what damage, …

Patel Appointed President of San Mateo, Calif.-based LISI

San Mateo, Calif.-based LISI, a leading provider of employee benefits broker services, announced the appointment of Becky (Renuka) Patel as President of LISI. LISI operates six fully staffed offices in California: San Mateo, Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange County and …

Sloan Mason Announces Workers’ Comp/USL&H Product

Sloan Mason Insurance Services announced a Workers’ Compensation/USL&H product for California companies with longshore exposures. Domestic US Insurance Carrier – AM Best ‘A’ ++ XV Rated. The target business is companies with WC/USL&H premium from $15,000 to $100,000—minimum 10 percent …

CompWest Launches Workers’ Comp Ops in California

CompWest Insurance Company announced that it has been licensed as a workers’ compensation insurer by the California Department of Insurance, responding to the significant capacity shortage in the California market. Trident III, L.P., a private equity fund managed by MMC …

Insurers Using Satellite Photos to Determine Fire Risk

Sheree DiCicco was shocked to learn that her insurance company used satellite images to determine her home was located too close to brush and would not be reinsured because of the potential for wildfire damage. “I didn’t know insurance companies …

Wash. Physical Therapist Charged with Overcharging L&I

King County, Wash. prosecutors have charged the owner of Peak Performance Physical Therapy with first-degree theft, accusing James Gordon Aiton of falsely billing the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) for over $375,000 worth of treatments his company never performed. …

Safeco Announces New Leadership Structure

Seattle-based Safeco announced a new leadership structure for the company, reflecting its evolution from a turnaround concern to a profit-and-growth enterprise. The cornerstone of the structure is the newly created “Office of the President,” which will be led by Safeco …

Segale Promoted to VP at Insurance Skills Center

Marjorie Segale has been promoted to vice president of Insurance Skills Center. The announcement was made by Laurie Infantino, president of Insurance Skills Center. As vice president, Segale will be responsible for developing curriculum, training instructors as well as research …

Wall Joins MacCorkle Insurance

San Mateo, Calif-based MacCorkle Insurance Services, an independent, multi-line insurance broker, announced the selection of Bradford J. Wall as director of operations. Wall has over 32 years of experience in the insurance industry and previously served as a principal at …

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