Elevate 2018 is coming to Cleveland!

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We’re excited to announce that Agency Nation is bringing Elevate 2018 to Cleveland!

Why are we promoting another organization’s event? Because it’s that awesome.

Sign up right now for Elevate 2018 while you still can.

Several OIA team members attended Elevate 2017 and we experienced the high-level energy and amazing content first hand.

In fact, it helped inspire us to shift away from the traditional “annual conference” and move toward the IACON17 format many of you experienced last October.

The going rate for Elevate 2018 tickets is currently $975, however, OIA member agents have access to a steeply discounted rate of $300.

Sound too good to be true? I promise that’s the real price, but the catch is that we have less than 40 tickets left at this price as of today.

Still not convinced that it’s important to register soon? Check out the video below to learn why you should register before April 1 (and no, it’s not a joke!).


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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD looking to grow in Ohio

Catherine Casterline Berkshire Hathaway GUARDBerkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies recently added Catherine Casterline, CPIA, API, ACS, as a senior field representative to promote targeted growth in Ohio.

This addition is part of the company’s move to appoint new agency partners and grow in the commercial property and casualty sector of the Ohio insurance market.

In her new capacity, Casterline is responsible for identifying prospects for appointments while providing information about available resources and new developments to existing members of the distribution network.

She also functions as agents’ field liaison with Berkshire Hathaway GUARD’s underwriting, loss control, and claims staff.

Casterline has been part of the insurance community for more than two decades and has extensive experience working with insurers and agents to grow their businesses.

Potential in Ohio

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD’s Senior Vice President of Sales Dave Simmons remarked, “Ohio is an important state for us. In 2017, we introduced several lines of coverage – specifically a businessowner’s policy able to accommodate typical TIV up to $25 million (up to $50 million for select classes), commercial umbrella liability, and commercial auto. A lawyers’ and miscellaneous professional liability policy are also featured.”

Simmons further noted, “We believe Catherine Casterline will assist us in growing our market share. We have agency appointments available; as a long-term, experienced insurance professional in the area, Catherine is the right person to help us fill those openings.”

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD currently specializes in commercial property and liability coverage, commercial umbrella, commercial auto and professional liability.

The company’s targeted classes include:

  • Artisan contractors

  • Auto service and repair

  • Habitational – hotels and motels

  • Professional offices

  • Restaurants

  • Retail

  • Service industry

  • Wholesalers and distributors

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies are A+ (“Superior”) by A.M. Best and ultimately owned by the Berkshire Hathaway group.

Agents with an established commercial lines client base who are interested in an appointment with the company can visit www.guard.com/apply to learn more.

Arlington/Roe promotes Jennifer Bussard to underwriter

Jennifer Bussard Arlington/Roe headshotCOLUMBUS, OH - Jim Roe, CPCU, president and CEO, announced the promotion of Jennifer Bussard to commercial lines underwriter at the Ohio office of Arlington/Roe, managing general agency and wholesale insurance broker.   

Jen is a graduate of Franklin University and holds the Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) designations.

About Arlington/Roe

Arlington/Roe is a managing general agency and wholesale insurance broker headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, with offices also in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Minnesota. Arlington/Roe was founded in 1964 by Francis Roe, father of current president and CEO James A. Roe, CPCU. Arlington/Roe’s specialty departments include Aviation, Bonds, Farm, Personal Lines, Commercial Property and Liability (Underwriting and Brokerage), Commercial Auto/Transportation, Professional Liability, Workers’ Compensation and Healthcare & Human Services. The company writes in excess of $205 million in annual premium.

Attend the Ohio Insurance Innovators Forum

The Columbus Chapter of the CPCU Society is hosting the Ohio Insurance Innovators Forum on April 10 at the Lincoln Theater Ballroom in downtown Columbus! You will:

  • Hear insights, experiences and future views of panelists who work with innovation every day.

  • Learn from local experts why innovation is critical to the long-term health of Ohio’s insurance industry.

  • Meet and mingle with up to 200 fellow Ohio insurance professionals.

  • Create stronger connections between “insurtech” headlines and what’s happening right here in Ohio.

  • Have a better understanding about the variety of innovation happening in the local P&C industry.

  • Leave with the ability to integrate innovation into your career, your company and your future.

You'll hear from:

  • Dr. Jeff Sheen - Senior Architect, Innovation and Strategy, Grange Insurance

  • Kyle Krumlauf, CPCU, ARM - Commercial Lines BI & Analytics Manager

  • Haley Smith - State Auto Labs Insurance Analyst, State Auto Insurance Companies

  • Yiem Sunbhanich - Co-Founder and CEO at TNEDICCA, past Executive in Residence, Nationwide Center for Advanced Customer Insights (NCACI), Nationwide Insurance

  • Andrew Farver (Moderator) - OII Young Insurance Professionals; University Relations and College Recruiting Specialist, Westfield Group

Additional information:

  • When: Tuesday, April 10 from 11:30am to 1:30pm (doors open at 11:00am)

  • Address: The Lincoln Theater Ballroom, 769 East Long Street, Columbus, OH 43203 (enter through red double doors facing Long Street)

  • Parking: free parking across from and to the west of the theater

  • Cost: free for Chapter Members, $10 for all others (includes box lunch and beverages)

Limited tickets are available, so register today!

Register now

Gov. Kasich declares state of emergency in 17 Ohio counties

Gov. John Kasich has declared a state of emergency in 17 counties due to severe storms and heavy, persistent rains that occurred in much of Ohio in late February.

In response to Kasich’s declaration in Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Muskingum, Scioto and Washington counties, the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) has also issued a bulletin to allow insureds in those counties to defer insurance premium payments and extend time constraints in which insureds must take certain actions. Read the entire bulletin here.

ODI’s bulletin applies to insureds, insured properties and claimants in the named counties, and is effective between March 7, 2018 and May 24, 2018.

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