Articles by Amy O'Connor

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

Patrick Ryan Hails Program Business Amid Retail Consolidation, Moves Toward MGAs

Insurance industry trailblazer Patrick Ryan thinks the insurance program business could be headed for interesting times given recent consolidation in the retail insurance agency sector, an influx of capital and the recent purchase of a large program manager by American …

Beck Holds Narrow Lead Over Laws in Georgia Insurance Commissioner Race

The race for the next Georgia Insurance Commissioner was too close to call Wednesday morning, according to local media outlets in the state. Republican and former deputy insurance commissioner Jim Beck had a slight lead over Democrat and insurance agent …

Florida Workers’ Comp Rates to Decrease by Double-Digits in 2019

Florida workers’ compensation rates are going down again next year, the third decrease in the two years since significant Florida Supreme Court decisions created concern and uncertainty over future of the state’s workers’ comp system. According to an order from …

Laws, Beck Face Off in Georgia Insurance Commissioner Race

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ decision not to seek re-election this year opened up the playing field for the state’s top insurance post for the first time since 2010. Hudgens, a Republican, announced in July 2017 he would not run …

Regulators, Industry Seek to Keep Florida AOB Abuse in Check After Michael

In an effort to keep the Florida assignment of benefits (AOB) crisis from further worsening in the state, Florida’s insurance industry, regulators and consumer advocates are on high alert for AOB activity in the wake of Hurricane Michael and working …

Sticking Together Through Tough Times

Southwest Florida-based Harbour Insurance employees are well versed in helping their clients get back on their feet following a hurricane. But last year, the agency had to step into different shoes when Hurricane Irma hit the state and destroyed its …

Florida Insured Losses from Hurricane Michael Top $2B, And Growing

Total estimated insured losses from Hurricane Michael have reached more than $2.1 billion, according to the most recent data from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. The current number of claims from Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm that hit …

Regulators, Industry Seek to Keep Florida AOB Abuse In Check After Michael

In an effort to keep the Florida assignment of benefits (AOB) crisis from further worsening in the state, Florida’s insurance industry, regulators and consumer advocates are on high alert for AOB activity in the wake of Hurricane Michael and working …

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 …