August 5, 2013 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Gridiron Insurance Underwriters, Inc., a program manager that specializes in program business on a regional and national basis through select retail and wholesale producers, has announced a new product.
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Targeting Talent Trophy
Application Deadline - 9/13Tysers, working with the TMPAA, is proud to sponsor the "Targeting Talent Trophy" which looks to provide a selected individual, from a Program Administrator member of the Association, the opportunity to travel to London for a 10 day educational assignment during the spring of 2014.
The selected applicant will leave London with a comprehensive understanding of how Program Business is transacted in the London market, spending time with the Tysers' broking team and various Lloyd's syndicates. There will be a focus on all aspects of transacting Program Business in London from client introduction through placement to accounting and claims.
This educational assignment is targeting applicants with:
Sponsorship will include flights to London, transfers and accommodation for the duration of the stay.
News from our Members
ProHost USA Launches Data Breach Endorsement for Restaurants
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Participate in the 2013 Program Business Study
Study Closes this Month
Seeking 100% Member Participation
The TMPAA and the research team at Advisen Ltd. would like all members to participate in the 2013 State of Program Business Study. The results will provide valuable tools to assist with your future program business planning.
As with previous studies, all individual responses will be kept confidential. The results of this study will be discussed at the 13th Annual Summit in Scottsdale, AZ (October 21-23).
Participants who complete the survey will have access to the full research report and be entered into a drawing to win one of several passes to the upcoming Summit.
Click Here if you did not receive a link to the study. We will have a specialized link for your agency/company sent to you.
Special thanks to our Study Sponsors:
Need a new Corporate Photo?
Still using that photo with a full head of hair, the absence of wrinkles, holding your high school diploma? Help is on the way.
The TMPAA has made arrangements to have a professional photographer at the October Summit to take that corporate headshot you need for print media, websites, LinkedIn, and all other media that requires your image. The Association will email you the high resolution file following the event.
A two hour window will be available on Tuesday afternoon from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Interested parties will be assigned a time slot, so no more than a few minutes away from your business meetings will be required.
Photographs are $75 dollars, a portion of which will benefit TMPAA Charities.
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Plan to meet the 50 program markets of the TMPAA
The "Carrier Meet and Greet" event is once again planned for this year's Summit, scheduled immediately following the general session on Tuesday, October 22 at 10:30am. This event ensures program administrator attendees can connect with all participating carrier members. It has been referred to as the "speed dating" portion of the Summit.
Expect more information about the Carrier Meet and Greet event in the coming weeks. Plan to meet your next program business partner at the Summit.
PA Networking Bulletin Board
The TMPAA Program Administrator Networking Bulletin Board provides program administrators attending our events the ability to connect with each other regarding specific areas of interest. Post the issue for which you would like to connect with your peers and other attendees can contact you to meet at the Summit.
Click Here to submit your post for the Networking Bulletin Board. The link is also available on the current meeting page of the TMPAA site for future access.
Twitter: It's not just for following your favorite celebrity!
Want to be among the first to hear about everything TMPAA? Keep track of new members, resources for your business, meeting information and updates, member news and much more when you follow us on Twitter!
Meet your next Program Partner at the TMPAA Charities Networking Golf Tournament
Arrive early for the Summit and participate in the tournament -
October 21 at 7:30am
Unlike other golf events, pairings in this tournament are made to maximize the networking opportunities between carriers, program administrators and vendors. The tournament is designed for golfers of all skill (or lack thereof) levels. Participants must also be registered to attend the 13th Annual Summit.
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Program AdministratorsWestern Experts in Transportation
Irwin Siegel Agency, Inc.
The Holdren Insurance Group
NASW Assurance Services, Inc.
Resort Hotel Insurance Services
"Getting Business Done"
One of our vendors will be working with the Association staff for this incentive. No one will know the vendor identity. During the Summit, the 5th program administrator or carrier attendee who visits this vendor's trade show table and asks the contest question, "How can your product or service help me get business done" will win a One Thousand Dollar AMEX gift card from the TMPAA. We will not announce or inform the winner until the general session on Wednesday morning.
The more vendor services you learn about, the greater your chances of walking away with One Thousand Dollars, and potentially a valuable resource for your business.
It's a win, win for everyone.
The "Getting Business Done" Trade Show Challenge is sponsored by:
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- Looking for a few good PAs -
The Nomination Committee of the TMPAA Advisory Board was established to maintain a pool of candidates that would be available to fill slots on the Board as they become available.
Bellevue, Wash. – July 29, 2013 – Ultra Risk Advisors (formerly NSU Healthcare), a national insurance program manager, is rolling out a new series of informational videos, highlighting the company’s specialized programs for healthcare facilities and professionals.
When former Joints Chief of Staff Admiral Mullen addressed the 2013 TMPAA Mid Year event, he spoke about the cyber risks that threaten our nation’s critical infrastructure but also indicated that individual US businesses faced these same threats and may not be adequately protected. After listening to Admiral Mullen and our members, the TMPAA moved to develop and provide a risk management and coverage solution specifically addressing the cyber exposures faced by our program administrators.
Cyber Liability Insurance is a critically important coverage for today’s business environment. Most standard insurance package policies will protect your agency against loss to tangible property but not loss of data. Data management is an essential part of business today which includes customer credit cards, employee health information, websites and marketing lists to name a few. Data has value and the management of this data creates duties and significant liabilities which may be protected by Cyber Liability Insurance (CLI).
The TMPAA has brought together two trusted members of the Association to offer this tailored coverage for your agency or company.
Edgewater Holdings recently celebrated its 20th anniversary pioneering many current risk liability products. They have developed an expertise in Cyber Risk and created a coverage that is far superior to many Cyber products currently being rushed to market.
The Law Firm of Wilson Elser has been a member of the TMPAA since 2002 and has an extensive Data Security and Cyber Liability Practice. Wilson Elser will be providing the Risk Management services available exclusively to TMPAA policy holders.
Use the following links to learn more about the Cyber Policy for TMPAA Members:
Risk Management from Wilson Elser
"The Time for Cyber Coverage is Now" (Rough Notes March 2014)
“The Strong Case for Program Administrator Cyber Protection” (Rough Notes Sept 2013)
Click here to connect with Edgewater Holdings (policy form, application, contacts)
July 25, 2013 - ProHost USA, a Minneapolis-based program administrator, has added a new data breach coverage endorsement to its package programs for fine dining, family dining and fast casual restaurants. The endorsement, written on admitted paper, is available immediately in 28 states with more states to be added in the coming weeks.
Morristown, New Jersey, July 16, 2013 – Cover-All (NYSE MKT:COVR), announced today that three carriers have selected to upgrade to the new Cover-All Policy to handle their commercial auto and commercial package (including property, general liability, inland marine and crime) lines of business.
July 12, 2013 - Encino, CA: Today, NAS Insurance announces the availability of the general liability insurance program for Long Term Care facilities on an occurrence basis. In addition, sexual misconduct coverage (up to $2 million) and evacuation expense coverage can each be added by endorsement.
July 11, 2013 -The Public Servants Defense Agency (PSDA) has broadened coverage available to retirees allowed to carry firearms under the Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act (LEOSA). As a result of this product enhancement, PSDA’s LEOSA Self-Defense Plan provides both defense and indemnity protection in the event of a covered loss.
LONDON, July 9, 2013 – Lloyd’s, the “World’s Specialist Insurance Market,” founded in London 325 years ago, has appointed Texas-based The Woodlands Financial Group as an approved coverholder, which authorizes its TWFG General Agency to enter into contracts of insurance and to issue insurance documentation under a Lloyd’s registered binding authority.
July 10, 2013 - Arch Insurance Group, a member of Arch Capital Group Ltd., has released a new blogger insurance program. Partnering with CalSurance Associates, a division of Brown & Brown Program Insurance Services, Inc., Arch Insurance Group will provide a new liability insurance product, BloggerShield Insurance for Bloggers.
Leslie Nylund, Vice Chairman of Sterling Risk
On behalf of Sterling Risk, we are thrilled to be awarded the Target Markets Best Practice Designation. We pride ourselves on our adherence to compliance, professional standards and driving excellence in our delivery of service to our clients. Going through the Target Markets review and audit process further enforced our high level of commitment to discipline in our underwriting process and delivery of consistent quality and value to all our partners.
Scott Hanson, Executive Vice President of AmRisc, LP
AmRisc is a relatively new member of Target Markets, though the carriers that support us are key sponsors of this Association. Carriers have a myriad of program choices, and we recognized that this designation would distinguish AmRisc and validate our underwriting execution, practices, and processes. We are proud to have received this award, and look forward to increased participation in the Target Markets Association.
Karen Trudel, COO of GMI Insurance Services
For thirty two years GMI has strived to become an elite program administrator focused on superior service, expertise, and client relationships. Our mission is to deliver a consistent profit to all our stakeholders. We are extremely pleased to know that all of our hard work and effort has been recognized by Target Markets with the receipt of its “Best Practices” designation. This award will only fuel our desire to reach new levels of excellence. We want to thank Target Markets for its efforts and dedication to our industry. The due Diligence process was enlightening and gave our company even more ways to become better program business professionals.
Jeremy Hitzig–Distinguished Programs
Our Agency was excited about the possibility of demonstrating the systems and controls developed to run a successful program. The evaluation provided us the opportunity to re-evaluate our operation and look for additional efficiencies. Given the growing industry status of the TMPAA, earning this Best Practice Designation is also a good investment in our business.
Marty O’Brien–Ascinsure Specialty Risk
In receiving the Target Markets Best Practices Designation, we are proud to have been recognized for the quality of our operations. This designation is another step forward in having the insurance industry in general recognize the valuable and professional role that program underwriting managers provide. The establishment of a best practices designation in our industry is important to create greater confidence and credibility to this industry segment.
David Hampson–Willis Programs
It is a privilege and an honor to be awarded the Target Markets Best Practices Designation. This designation represents the hallmark of quality in Program Management and Willis Programs is very proud of this accomplishment. I strongly encourage all Program Managers to obtain the Best Practices designation.
Ira Dawer–Synergy Professional Associates
It was an exercise well worth doing. In preparation for the audit we took an introspective look at our operations and procedures–we realize that keeping high standards is a journey and not a destination. The designation we believe is a value added proposition to our company partners and our producers.
Phil Kelling–ARA Insurance Services
ARA Insurance Services is honored to achieve the Best Practice Designation awarded by Target Markets. This award confirms the pride that we have in our Equipment Rental Program as we serve the members of the American Rental Association. The designation is a mark of excellence that is recognized by our agents and our business partners and can be shown to our insureds to validate the faith they have placed in us.
Tony Campisi–Glatfelter Insurance Group
It is an honor to be awarded the Best Practice Designation. The award is a reflection of the ideals we strive to achieve in the program world, and an important benchmark for all program specialists to reach in becoming a best in class operation.
Phil Harvey–Venture Insurance Programs
Venture Insurance Programs has always strived to provide best in class solutions for the industries it serves. This Best Practice designation from Target Markets demonstrates the success of our approach, our systems and most importantly our people. We’re honored to be one of the first program administrators chosen for this prestigious designation.
Dave Springer–NIP Programs
We are extremely proud to have earned the Best Practices Designation from Target Markets. “Passing such a rigorous third party review of our operation is a testament to the underwriting systems and processes we’ve developed over the years, and our deep commitment to serving our carrier and broker partners.