Articles by Amy O'Connor

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

Market Changes Not Expected From Hurricane Michael; Florida Insurers ‘Heavily’ Reinsured

Losses to the insurance industry from Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm that hit the Florida Panhandle before continuing a path of destruction through several other Southeast states, will be substantial but not enough to cause problems for insurers or …

Turbeville Insurance Agency of South Carolina Adds Former Hub International VP Gardner

Turbeville Insurance Agency (TIA) of South Carolina has hired Graham Gardner as vice president of Large Construction Insurance in the company’s Columbia location. Gardner has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, most recently as vice president …

A Team With a Purpose

Employees of Garner, N.C.-based Jones Insurance Agency don’t just like where they work – they love it. “I love to work for Jones Insurance because after all these years it has remained a family owned and operated business. We exhibit …

Florida Regulator Urges Insurers to Respond Quickly After Michael, Says 500K Insureds At Risk

Fast-moving Hurricane Michael is expected to be a significant storm for the Florida Gulf Coast, and the state’s top insurance regulator says the insurance industry is ready to respond to whatever destruction it may bring. “Through Hermine, Matthew and Irma …

Florida Disaster Fraud Team Makes Arrest Over $30K in Fraudulent Irma Claims

A Palmetto Bay, Fla., man was arrested last month for allegedly defrauding Citizens Property Insurance Corp. of more than $30,000 relating to Hurricane Irma, according to a statement from Florida Chief Financial Officer. Carlos Guillermo Aponte, 44, of Palmetto Bay …

Godbold Joins Turbeville Insurance Agency in South Carolina from Hub International

Turbeville Insurance Agency (TIA) of South Carolina has hired Jack Godbold to the company’s executive team as the Small Commercial Lines director. In this role, Godbold will also oversee many of TIA’s high valued homeowner policies. Godbold comes to the …

American Traditions Insurance Launches Renters Policy in Florida

American Traditions Insurance Co. (ATIC) has launched a renters (HO4) product in the Florida marketplace. The HO4 product will be available through independent agents currently participating with the carrier. The renters program expands the company’s suite of insurance products that …

West Virginia Workers’ Comp Rates to Decrease Nov. 1

Workers’ compensation rates will soon be less expensive for businesses in West Virginia. According to West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Allan McVey, a filing for a 13 percent decrease in voluntary market loss costs by the National Council on Compensation Insurance …

Florence Impact on Insurers Tempered by Mostly Uninsured Flood Losses

Insurance industry losses from Hurricane Florence, which hit the Carolinas mid-September as a Category 1 storm, will be manageable and not have a severe impact on insurers, according to experts. As the storm turned out to be less of a …

Commitment to Company Culture

For the founders of Tampa, Fla.-based BKS- Partners, being nominated as Insurance Journal’s Best Agency to Work For by their employees is not only an “incredible honor” but also motivation to keep improving. “It’s such an incredible honor because to …