Articles by Don Jergler

California Earthquake Authority Chief Talks About 1 Million Policies

Glenn Pomeroy, CEO of the California Earthquake Authority, is as enthusiastic of an earthquake policy salesman as you’ll find anywhere. Pomeroy has headed the state’s privately funded, publicly managed seller of earthquake policies for the past 10 years. Since Pomeroy, …

Green Bonds Booming Despite Washington’s Animus, Report Shows

In spite of the U.S. withdrawal from the global climate change accord hammered out in Paris a year earlier, green bond issuance around the world reached $155.5 billion in 2017, a new report shows. That figure surpassed the initial, and …

California Wholesaler Conference Questions: Rising Premiums, Disruption, Disasters?

Surplus lines in California had a great year with more premium and more items, such as policies and endorsements sold. However, surplus lines brokers had to work harder for all that premium. That’s according to Ben McKay, executive director of …

Top Insurance Journal West Stories of 2017

Trade secrets and Hippos, lawsuits and tragedies. The news for 2017 didn’t seem to be dominated by a single trend or sole event, but in an ever-fractured media world that must try and cater to short attention spans and social …

Microsoft Wants to Pit AI Against Climate Change

Red and green make yellow. And depending on how one feels about climate change, it could be considered a cautionary tale for the U.S. that China plans to create the world’s largest carbon market, possibly making it the lead nation …

Insurance Industry Week of Giving Set Records in Midst of Catastrophes

Hundreds of volunteers from the insurance industry descended on the National Veterans cemeteries in October in Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth to assist with maintenance and cleanup. Volunteers in Chicago from several insurance companies worked together to sort and size clothing …

‘Rideshare Guy’ Says 60-80% of Drivers Still Don’t Have Correct Insurance

He calls himself “The Rideshare Guy” and he’s become one of the more prolific voices covering the still-burgeoning business. When Uber and Lyft were at the point in development that they were considered by some to be just another fly-by-night …

Insurtech Startup Debuts with $6M and Proactive Cyber Risk Product

A California insurtech startup with a new cyber product has launched to offer brokers and their clients what it calls “redesigned insurance, with cyber security expertise at its core.” Mountain View, Calif.-based At-Bay launched out of stealth mode late last …

Best Agencies to Work For West: Kulchin Ross – Bronze

There are no worries about who will take over at Kulchin Ross Insurance Services LLC when the agency principals decide to hang it up. The agency, which has grown from a handful of employees to more than 30 employees since …

Go Ahead and Start a Climate Change Debate at the Thanksgiving Table

When you pass the turkey gravy on Thursday consider stuffing a hunk of climate change discourse down your uncle Jeb’s gullet. Let him stew until he’s good and fermented, then agitate as needed to see the fruits of your labor. …