March 18, 2013 - Richard “Gordy” Bunch, president and CEO of The Woodlands Financial Group, readily concedes that starting a personal lines-focused insurance business in Texas in 2001 – while the state was in the throes of the “mold crisis” – may not have been the best of plans. Nevertheless, it has worked out well for him and the company he founded.
Itasca, IL, March 15, 2013 – Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG) today announced that, for the second year in a row, it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the leading business ethics think-tank, as one of the 2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies.
Louisville, KY (March 7, 2013) - Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corporation (IPISC) has launched its latest IP insurance product, InventPro™ Abatement Insurance, an affordable IP insurance starter plan, designed specifically to help inventors and small companies enforce their IP rights and to protect their innovations from the predatory business practices of some companies.
March 6, 2013 - General Star Management Co. has launched a high value homeowners program. Effective March 1, the product is offered through All Risks, Ltd, the program administrator for this new facility.
Hartford, Connecticut – February 25, 2013. SPARTA Insurance Holdings, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointments of Ralph E. Jones, III as Chief Executive Officer and Brian D. First as President and Chief Operating Officer effective today.
Third Annual TMPAA Marketing Campaign Competition
Once again, the TMPAA is teaming up with the highly regarded Insurance Marketing & Communication Association (IMCA) to offer all TMPAA Program Administrator Members the opportunity to submit their best marketing campaigns.
Now is the time to start reviewing this past-year’s marketing campaigns and decide which initiative or initiatives will be your operation’s best entry for the TMPAA Program Marketing Campaign Award competition. Three winning campaigns will be announced at the Mid Year Meeting.
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Welcome New Members
A few reminders...
News Release Service
Basic promotion of your people and products often gets lost in the daily shuffle. Target Programs has a simple solution. We’ll send information about your employees and new products to the insurance media for you as part of participation in Target Programs.
Current Target Program Outlet Center Owners will get two releases per year. Additional news releases can be purchased for a nominal fee.
Our premium public relations service can provide more coverage and positioning beyond the basic announcement. Just let us know what you’re seeking and we will send you a proposal. Contact Sarah Ayars, Target Programs Marketing Coordinator, with any questions or to submit your news.
Members of the TMPAA Carrier Committee have developed a format that provides basic elements of your programs that will allow a protential carrier partner the opportunity to properly evaluate an initial submission for possible further consideration.
Each carrier has its own set of expectations for a formal program submission. The Program Executive Summary will provide important information that will aid in the decision of taking that next step.
Please consider having this fillable document available when scheduling your exploratory meetings at the two annual TMPAA events.
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Where Program Business Gets Done
2013 Mid Year Meeting
The TMPAA moves back to Baltimore for the 2013 Mid Year Meeting. Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen (Ret.), will share his belief that our financial health is directly related to national security. Admiral Mullen will focus on cyber threats that affect the insurance industry and business in general.
Industry Keynote Speaker Seraina Maag, Chief Executive of the North America Property & Casualty (P&C) unit of XL Group will be sharing her insights into the current state of the insurance marketplace.
Along with the program business networking expected at our events, the second annual Program Administrator Town Hall meeting is planned along with presentations including:
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We expect over 600 Program Business Professionals to attend this meeting, including decision makers from our 54 Program Carriers. The recent release of the 2012 Program Business Study and new Certified Programs Leader Designation continues to put the TMPAA at the epicenter of this industry segment. If you make your living in programs, you will want to attend the 2013 TMPAA Mid Year Meeting – “Where Program Business Gets Done.”
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Key Meeting Sponsors
Second Annual Program Administrator Town Hall
A frequent theme expressed by our Program Administrator members involves the need for more opportunities to hear how their peers run successful program business operations.
Plans are underway to hold our second PA Town Hall Meeting at the Mid Year Event in Baltimore on Monday, May 6. Our topic area for this event is:
Life Cycle of the Program Administrator
Discussion involving critical start up issues, strategic planning, sustaining growth and perpetuation are planned.
We will be utilizing an Automated Response System that will allow attendees to respond to questions via wifi keypads producing immediate, tabulated results.
Attend / Participate / Learn
The Town Hall Meeting is sponsored by:
TMPAA LinkedIn Group Nears
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The TM Women’s Networking Group is being developed to provide an additional business incubation and professional development forum for women members of the TMPAA. The group is also designed to promote leadership of women in the program industry segment and encourage women currently in these leadership positions to join and participate in the TMPAA.
The group's kickoff event will be a Women’s Networking Lunch at the TMPAA Mid Year Meeting in Baltimore. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 7 at Noon. Location TBA.
We want your ideas about how to use this opportunity and have created a forum on the Association's Linked In page to generate discussion.
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Once you are signed up for Linked In, you can request to join the Target Markets Program Administrators Association group. From there, you can take part in the new TM Women’s Networking Group.
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Let us know if you plan to attend the lunch or would like to send a note to one of the Women’s Networking Group steering committee members below.
Click here to sign up for the Women’s Networking Lunch (must be registered to attend the Mid Year Meeting)
WNG (Women’s Networking Group) Steering Committee:
Heidi Strommen, Chairperson – President, ProHost USA
Lisa Doherty – President and CEO, Business Risk Partners
Helen English – COO, Distinguished Programs
Karen Trudel – COO, GMI Insurance
Tracey Carragher – CEO, Breckenridge Insurance Group
We hope to see all our female members in Baltimore.
TMPAA Rough Notes Supplement
For Target Markets
Rough Notes is dedicating a special supplement within their September 2013 issue exclusively to Target Markets. Our previous nine supplements were a tremendous success. Last year's supplement was well over 150 pages. Here's what you get:
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Contact Us to reserve your spot in the TMPAA Supplement.
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Review your current level of functioning, look for greater efficiencies in the way you do business, and ultimately be recognized by program business professionals as a best in class operation!
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Schaumburg, Ill., February 26, 2013 – Zurich, a leading commercial property and casualty insurer, globally and in North America, announced the appointment of Roger Brunner as Head of Programs, a key component of the company’s Programs & Direct Markets business.
Pearl River, NY (February 25, 2013) - Allied World U.S. and The Mechanic Group, Inc. have entered into an agreement to provide primary and excess liability insurance products to private security, electronic security-alarm and investigation firms.
February 26, 2013 – Trinity Underwriting Managers, Inc. (TUMI), a Georgia-based program administrator, has expanded its commercial auto capabilities. TUMI has established a relationship with an “A” rated carrier that underwrites business auto classes including, but not limited to: garbage trucks, cement mixers, dump trucks, contractors, food & beverage distributors, lunch trucks, catering operations, household movers, milk haulers, retail & wholesale delivery, septic service companies and mobile businesses.
February 21, 2013 – Professional Program Insurance Brokerage (PPIB) has promoted Jennifer Schoenthal to the position of Underwriting and Production Manager for their agency.
Valley Forge, PA, January 23, 2013 – GMI Insurance, a leading managing general agency specializing in commercial transportation exposures, has named Angela Milks as its Underwriting Director. Milks has more than a decade of experience writing and evaluating transportation risks for National Interstate Insurance Company.