Articles by Amy O'Connor

O'Connor is the Southeast editor for Insurance Journal and associate editor of MyNewMarkets.com.

Moment of Change: How the Insurance Industry Can Bridge the Diversity Gap, Be an Ally

The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by white police officers last year sparked protests and examinations of racial injustice and inequities across the country. Individuals and businesses responded by vowing to better support communities of color. Experts on …

World Insurance Associates Acquires J.W. Edens & Company, Inc.

Insurance brokerage World Insurance Associates LLC (WIA) has acquired J.W. Edens & Co., Inc. (JWE) of Titusville, Fla. on Dec. 31, 2020. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1997, J.W. Edens & Company is a retail insurance …

Florida’s Citizens Ends Moratorium on Cancellations, Nonrenewals

After extending the moratorium on cancellations and nonrenewals put into place at the start of the pandemic, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has announced it will resume processing these as of Feb. 1, 2021. The Florida insurer of last resort said …

Florida Market Stabilization Critical to Reducing Citizens’ Exposure: Study

Florida’s fluctuating and volatile private market may be instigating long-term policy growth for Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and creating serious obstacles to its position as the state’s residual insurer, a study says. The 236-page “Exposure Reduction and Depopulation Opportunities Analysis,” …

Goosehead Insurance Fires Employee Who Participated in Storming of Capitol

Texas-based personal lines insurance agency Goosehead Insurance has fired an employee who participated in the storming of the Capitol yesterday. According to a posting on Goosehead’s Twitter account, Paul Davis, who was associate general counsel, is no longer with the …

Insurance Journal’s Most Noteworthy Topics of 2020: Southeast Region

It was another busy year for the Southeast region – from Florida’s distressed property insurance market to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was plenty of news to follow. Some of the top insurance topics this year included: Florida, Florida, Florida The …

Insurance Journal’s Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2020: Southeast Region

Here’s a look back at Insurance Journal’s most read stories of 2020 for the Southeast region, based on readership metrics: 1.) Florida Supreme Court Suspends Attorney Behind Thousands of Insurer Lawsuits Florida attorney Scot Strems was suspended by the Florida …

Florida Market Stabilization Critical to Reducing Citizens’ Exposure: Study

Florida’s fluctuating and volatile private market may be instigating long-term policy growth for Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and creating serious obstacles to its position as the state’s residual insurer, according to a new study. The 236-page “Exposure Reduction and Depopulation …

South Carolina Renews Wind Pool Territory Expansion

A temporary order extending the area where South Carolina’s residual property insurance market provides insurance has been renewed for another two years. An order issued by South Carolina Insurance Director Ray Farmer says the renewal of the 2007 expansion of …

Chambers to Serve as Director of Digital Partnerships for Appalachian Underwriters

Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. (AUI) has added William Chambers as director of Digital Partnerships. Chambers comes to AUI with over 5 years of experience in the insurance industry, with former roles in underwriting and digital partnership management at a leading specialist …