Articles by Amy O'Connor

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

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 …

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 …

19% Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease Proposed for Tennessee

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has filed for a 19.1 percent decrease for workers’ compensation voluntary market loss costs in Tennessee – the largest recommended decrease since reforms to the state’s workers’ compensation system were passed in 2013. …

Florida Workers’ Comp Rates Going Down Again, But Future Challenges Remain

Florida businesses could see another significant rate decrease in workers’ compensation rates next year if Florida regulators approve the latest filing from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). But the trend of lower rates may not last for long …

Hurricane Florence Hits Close to Home for North Carolina-Based Broker AmWINS

For North Carolina-headquartered global insurance broker AmWINS Group Inc., Hurricane Florence isn’t just a storm that will affect insureds – many of its own employees and agents are also directly in the storm’s path. With 385 employees between Charlotte, Burlington, …