Articles by Cynthia Beisiegel

Up and Running Again

Although Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are behind us, hurricane season continues through the end of November. And while it does, residents on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts are picking up the pieces and rebuilding their lives, while praying that the …

A Loss Greater than We Can Imagine

There has been great sadness in my heart over the past two weeks as we’ve all witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath. All along the Gulf Coast, Katrina took out homes, buildings, lives … the impact is …

Open Minds, Better Business

I recently had the pleasure of attending a day-long conference sponsored by the Insurance Information Network of California, aptly named “Fusion.” The conference, held in Los Angeles, focused on target marketing to the different ethnic and social groups in California, …

Got Dispensable Income? The GLBTs Do!

Tap into this potentially lucrative marketplace with a little gay-friendly marketing …. Why should you target the GLBTpopulation? The GLBT (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender) population is a powerful, emerging market that boasts plenty of dispensable income. With a steady …

Doggie Discrimination

There’s a bill circulating around the California legislature that would allow cities and counties to be able to restrict dog breeds deemed “malicious and dangerous,” by requiring owners to spay and neuter their dogs, and prohibit breeding. SB 861, introduced …

Trade Associations Oppose Continuation of Low Cost Auto in California

California’s Low Cost Auto program may or may not continue, depending on the passage of SB 20 (Escutia), which would extend the pilot program beyond its Jan. 1, 2007, sunset date. The bill was re-referred to the Assembly Committee on …

With or Without TRIA, Terrorism Still Top Concern for Industry

The insurance industry expressed its disappointment over the June 30 release of the Treasury Department’s report announcing its recommendation to oppose the renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act by Congress in its current form. TRIA is set to sunset …

Two Industry Opposed Bills Die in California Legislature

California’s SB 46 and SB 603 both died in the Legislature in late June, allowing insurers to breathe a little easy–for now. SB 46, authored by Sen. Richard Alarcon (D — San Fernando Valley), would have established a rate-making mechanism …

The Threat Remains: With or Without TRIA, Terrorism Still a Top Concern

The insurance industry expressed its disappointment over the June 30 release of the Treasury Department’s report announcing its opposition to the renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act by Congress in its current form. TRIA is set to sunset on …

Terror Strike … Again

Recently I attended the National Symposium on the Future of Terrorism Risk Insurance. The day-long symposium, which took place on the campus of the University of Southern California, featured experts from several different perspectives on terrorism insurance. Much of the …