Items filtered by date: November 2016

Pittsburgh, PA (November 5) – Ascinsure Specialty Risk LLC is pleased to announce its recent hire of Curtis Kochman, who will join the Ascinsure team as its Senior Vice President.

San Diego, CA, 11/4/13 – Atlas General Insurance Services, LLC, is pleased to announce that it has formally completed the “tribunalization” process with Lloyd’s of London.

October 30, 2013 - We are proud to announce that Insurance Journal has named Mackoul & Associates the “2013 Best Independent Agency to Work For” in the Eastern United States.

Greensboro, NC – Affordable Home Services, Inc., is pleased to introduce our program for Manufactured Housing Communities. This new program will be underwritten and administered by Western Heritage Insurance Company, which has an A. M. Best rating of A+XV (Superior).

Wilmington, DE (October 28, 2013)
—The Target Markets Program Administrators Association (TMPAA) awarded 28 of its members the Certified Programs Leader (CPL) Designation during their 13th Annual Summit in Scottsdale, AZ last week.

Recipients of the CPL Designation completed and passed required Target University courses, and met program and industry experience expectations set out by the Association. “The mission of Target University and the CPL Designation is to promote best practices in program administration, and recognize the specialized skill sets of program administrators,” stated David Springer, TMPAA President. “We are very happy that the Designation has been embraced by our members.  The large number of CPLs awarded at our Summit speaks to its value.”

CPL Designation recipients included Debra Anglin, Markel; Domenic Antinucci, Liberty International Underwriters; Eric Arthur and Katie Stephens, Fulcrum Programs; Adam Besnard, Besnard & Associates Insurance; Sim Bridges, Chuck Bushong and Faye Leto, Coastal Insurance Underwriters; Jeremy Bryant, Allegiant Programs Group; Bonnie Coverstone, Brieanna Leaken and Jeremiah O'Donovan, O'Donovan & Associates, Inc.; Susan DeCarlo, James Flynn, Erin McBride, Brian Parks and Michael Thabet, Distinguished Programs Group; Laura Gaffney, Liberty Mutual Commercial Insurance Programs; Christopher Fell, K & B Underwriters; Jim O'Connell, B&B Programs; Michael Oliver, Axis Insurance; Dan Rieden, Platinum Program Managers & Ins. Services; John Solari, Glatfelter Insurance Group; Heidi Strommen, ProHost USA; Lisa Tancioco, Blue River Underwriters; William Thompson, National Specialty Underwriters; Alek Turko, 5 Star Specialty Programs and Steve Zastrow, ARA Insurance.

“My involvement with the University and the CPL Designation continues to be a great honor,” indicated Greg Thompson, TMPAA Past President and University Dean. “All of our CPL recipients demonstrated their mastery in crucial aspects of successful program administration and have a solid resume of work in programs. I am proud to be associated with them all.”

The Target Markets Program Administrators Association is an organization dedicated to the unique challenges of insurance program administration. The TMPAA’s mission is to help Program Administrators conduct their business more efficiently, with greater proficiency and profitability. The organization provides its membership with an array of business and educational services including access to program carrier decision makers, Best Practice information and recognition, Target University, program marketing, Target Programs (online portal), Industry studies and two annual member meetings.  

The Association’s recent Summit was held in Scottsdale, AZ, October 21-23. The 2014 Mid Year Meeting is scheduled for May 12-14 in Baltimore, MD.

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The Target Markets Program Administrators Association (TMPAA) awarded New Empire Group the Association’s Best Practice Designation at their recent 13th Annual Summit in Scottsdale, AZ.  Five other administrators were also recognized for their Best Practice recertification.

David Springer, TMPAA President and NIP Group President & CEO stated, “The TMPAA continues to serve the unique needs of program specialists.  Promoting best practices in programs is a critical element the Association brings to this industry segment.  The Best Practice Designation provides us the opportunity to showcase our members who function at the highest levels, and have demonstrated their expertise in Program Administration.  We are pleased to award New Empire Group this designation.”

“New Empire Group is honored to be recognized and awarded the TMPAA Best Practices Designation,” indicated Deborah K. Mackoul, New Empire Group President & COO.  “I highly recommend that my fellow Program Administrators accept the challenge and apply for the designation.  It’s a very enlightening experience that will benefit your agency, your insured’s and your credibility with the carriers with whom you partner.  We’re proud to be a premier Program Administrator committed to excellence.”

ARA Insurance, Glatfelter Insurance Group, Synergy Professional Associates, ORYX Insurance Brokerage and Venture Insurance Programs were also recognized for having recertified their Best Practice status.  

The Association’s 13th Annual Summit was attended by over 750 program business professionals including representatives from over 190 Agencies and the group’s 53 Program Carriers.  Attendees had the privilege of hearing a Keynote address from former Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman and CEO, Carly Fiorina and an Industry address by Zurich’s CEO North America Commercial, Mike Foley.  The Target Markets Program Administrators Association’s 2014 Mid Year Meeting is scheduled for May 12-14 in Baltimore, MD.  

Information about New Empire Group can be found at 

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for complete Best Practice information.

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L to R: Robert E. Mackoul, CEO and Deborah K. Mackoul, President, New Empire Group; David Springer, TMPAA President


October 7, 2013 – As the economy rebounds from the Great Recession, the restaurant industry also is enjoying a gradual recovery, according to industry observers.

Click here to view photos from the 12th Annual TMPAA Summit.