Articles by Amy O'Connor

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

Assignment of Benefits Abuse Tops Florida News for 2017

Florida’s ongoing battle with assignment of benefits (AOB) claims abuse was not a new topic in 2017, but it was certainly one of the hottest ones for Southeast readers. From threats of insurer ratings downgrades caused by the escalation in …

Florida’s Citizens Expects Policy Count Increase in 2018, Plans Claims System Upgrade

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the Florida state-run insurer of last resort, is anticipating its policyholder count will increase in 2018 for the first time since its efforts to shed policies through depopulation began several years ago. As it moves on …

Insurance Industry Bands Together to Make a Difference in North Carolina City

A group of insurance and risk management professionals are working together to make a difference in one of North Carolina’s largest cities. The group, Community Matters: Insurance Partners of Charlotte, started in 2012 to help raise funds to build a …

For Florida Insurer American Integrity, Giving Back is Part of Company Culture

American Integrity Insurance Group’s charitable efforts have become an integral part of the company’s culture, and not just during the holiday season. The Florida-based insurer, which formed in 2006, began asking employees four years ago what charities they would like …

Northern California Agency Owner Answers Christmas Wishes of Single Mothers in Need

Commercial Coverage Insurance Agency Owner Samantha Tradelius approaches running the nonprofit she started two years ago, The Sparkle Foundation, in the same manner she runs her insurance agency: it’s about taking care of people and living a life of purpose. …

Workers’ Comp Carrier Guarantee Insurance Declared Insolvent by Florida Regulators

Florida insurance regulators have placed workers’ compensation carrier Guarantee Insurance Co. in receivership. According to documents from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR), the company was materially under-reserved at year end 2016 and consented to being placed in receivership …

Florida’s Hurricane Irma Recovery: The Cost, The Challenges, The Lessons

The hurricane season is officially over, but it didn’t go by without leaving a major mark on Florida and its insurance industry. Hurricane Irma, a name most in the state won’t soon forget, first hit the Florida Keys as a …

Patriot National to Reorganize for Acquiring Lenders; Subsidiaries to File Chapter 11

Patriot National Inc., which provides technology, outsourcing and underwriting services to the insurance industry, has announced a plan of reorganization as part of a restructuring support agreement (RSA) with its lenders, Cerberus Business Finance, LLC and its affiliates, and TCW …

Best Agencies to Work For Southeast: Jones Insurance Agency – Bronze

Employees of Jones Insurance Agency in Garner, N.C., understand they aren’t just selling an insurance policy, they are carrying on a mission put in place when the company was founded in 1956. Jerry Jones, the company’s current CEO and chairman, …

Florida Puts Workers’ Comp Carrier Guarantee Insurance In Receivership

Florida insurance regulators have placed workers’ compensation carrier Guarantee Insurance Co. in receivership due to inadequate reserves. According to documents from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR), the company was materially under-reserved at year end 2016 and consented to …