Articles by Sue McKenna

Agents Speak Out on ‘Putting Back the Pieces’ After Brooke

Brooke Group Declares Bankruptcy, Faces Rico Charges, More Lawsuits Technically, Brooke Franchise owes me $7 million, but who knows if I will ever see it,” said Roger Cunningham, former Brooke franchisee and agent/ owner of RKC Financial in the Dallas/Ft. …

Independent Agents: State Regulation Big Issue in 2009

The New Year always brings out great hope for a new beginning, a fresh start and greater resolve for the coming year. But with all the financial and economic turmoil of the second half of 2008, independent agents could find …

Agents Speak Out on ‘Putting Back the Pieces’ after Brooke

“Technically, Brooke Franchise owes me $7 million, but who knows if I will ever see it,” said Roger Cunningham, former Brooke franchisee and agent/owner of RKC Financial in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas, area. Cunningham, like many Brooke franchise owners, is …

Agents Speak Out on ‘Putting Back the Pieces’ After Brooke

Brooke Group Declares Bankruptcy, Faces Rico Charges, More Lawsuits Technically, Brooke Franchise owes me $7 million, but who knows if I will ever see it,” said Roger Cunningham, former Brooke franchisee and agent/owner of RKC Financial in the Dallas/Fort Worth …

Industry Contributes Big Bucks to Midwest Candidates

Candidates on Both Sides of the Aisle Benefit Interestingly enough, both Democrats and Republicans were on the receiving end of the industry contribution checks. With the 2008 election now behind us, it is interesting to see how the insurance industry …

Agents ‘Putting Back the Pieces’ After Brooke

Brooke Group Declares Bankruptcy, Faces More Lawsuits Technically, Brooke Franchise owes me $7 million, but who knows if I will ever see it,” says Roger Cunningham, former Brooke franchisee and agent/owner of RKC Financial in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas, area. …

N.D. Commissioner Hamm Declared Winner in Tight Race

In a tight race that was not officially called until early on Nov. 5, incumbent Republican Adam Hamm was elected North Dakota insurance commissioner. He narrowly defeated Democratic challenger Fargo state Representative Jasper Schneider. Hamm was appointed in February 2008, …

Opportunity Management

As the impact of the global economic crisis takes hold, a quarter of large U.S. employers expect to make layoffs in the next 12 months. However, most companies are focusing on increased employee communication and smaller cost-saving measures, according to …

… Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water

One stanza of an old Paul Simon song goes: “When darkness comes and pain is all around, like a bridge over troubled waters, I will lay me down.” The recent news that two Kansas businessmen have offered to purchase the …

Brooke Corp. Faces Lawsuits by Illinois and New York Banks

Overland Park, Kansas-based Brooke Corp. faces a lawsuit by a bank seeking $13 million plus interest and costs for breach of contract. The suit was filed the last week in September 2008 in federal court in Illinois by First United …