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Meet Jessica Phan the PIA Western Alliance’s New Marketing Coordinator

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Marketing is a tough business. Evolution is the reason. Managing to bounce between what’s working in marketing today and what used to work is a challenge.

And it’s a challenge that the PIA Western Alliance’s new Marketing Coordinator Jessica Phan is looking forward to mastering.

Her biggest test, and that of association’s like the PIA Western Alliance is being caught between having to do traditional marketing to an aging agent community and keeping up with the technology where today’s young agents reside.

A BS degree in Digital Communications from Oregon State University in Corvallis will go a long way toward helping the association move forward. In an interview with Weekly Industry News, Phan said, “I feel like a lot of people my age — and I’m only 23 — don't know much about insurance world. That’s what interested me most about the PIA.”

Age — and in this case, a younger age — is of tremendous value to the PIA. “I'm a younger person,” she said. “And I can market to people my age easier than someone older.”

Phan said that’s where understanding the blitz-lighting advances in social media, online marketing and other digital age platforms comes in handy.

“Technology is constantly evolving and it’s evolving very quickly,” she pointed out. “I want to help push the PIA Western Alliance into the future. People are on their phones all the time. In 10-years most of us will not be reading newspapers. We’ll be getting almost all of our information online.”

She also understands the need and the value of finding better ways to communicate the message of the PIA to older, more established agents.

“I’m looking forward to working more with those who’ve been in the business for a long time and to picking their minds for ideas on how to better reach them, too,” she said and noted the newly formed Oregon Young Insurance Professionals (OYIP) and the older agents and company representatives that are mentoring them. “They — and their experience — have so much to offer younger agents and novices to the insurance industry like me.”

Jessica Phan is from Portland, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University a year ago. She is engaged, has a wonderful Golden Retriever named Winston and loves to run and dance.

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California’s Insurance Commissioner & Relief for Wildfire Victims

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

California Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara wants insurers in the state to give a third year of temporary home rental coverage for victims of Northern California’s plethora of wildfires in 2017.

Since there are so many fire victims, and so few contractors, a lot of them are having trouble getting their new homes finished. Lara — of course — does not have the authority to order a coverage extension. What he does have is the court of public pressure and the commissioner is applying it quite liberally.

The Press Democrat — a Northern California publication — says it has checked in with insurers to see what they’re going to do. Here’s an alphabetical list:

Allstate: It will follow state law and the living expenses will end in October

Chubb: There are no policy limits but officials say they’d extend payments if policy holders couldn’t get the job done within two years

CSAA Insurance: It already provides three years of coverage

Farmers: Will extend payments to 36 months

The Hartford: There is no time limit

Liberty Mutual/Safeco: Both companies are evaluating things on an individual basis

Nationwide: In discussions with the insurance commissioner on the matter

State Farm: Talking with Lara about an extension and is wanting those whose policies are expiring to contact their claim representatives

Travelers: Will extend rental assistance until it is no longer needed or the financial cap is up

USAA: Will follow the law and the language of the individual policies

The fires destroyed thousands of homes and killed dozens of people.

Source link: The Press Democrat

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Summer Vacations & the Nation’s Airlines

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

It’s summer. Vacations are coming and many of you are going. The going — a lot of time — is done by air. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes a paper every year called Air Traffic by the Numbers.

It is also called the ATO Fact Book and ranks airlines on things like flight cancellations, missed connections, baggage handling and a host of other customer service items. The FAA also looks at how much we’re flying.

  In 2018 the number of passengers carried by airlines rose by 4.8%

  Over one billion of us flew last year

  The number of pilots with certificates to fly rose 3.9% to 633,316

  Flight delays dropped by 9% to 260,325

  Cancellations also fell by 3.4% and sat at 101,303

Wallethub took a look at the statistics in the report and from a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) report called the Air Travel Consumer Report and used them to determine the best airlines in the U.S.

The DOT report says 81% of U.S. flights run on time. That’s good news but things could be better. Here are the reasons carriers say cause delays and cancellations:

  Mechanical issues

  Security concerns

  Inclement weather

A report from Forbes says delays, bad baggage handling and all will not stop us from our summer vacation plans. The magazine’s Aerospace and Defense Contributor Dan Reid said air travel will rise again this year.

“This summer U.S. airlines are anticipating that a record 257.4 million of your closest friends will be joining you in the skies between June 1 and August 31, up 3.4% compared to a year ago,” he said, “And it means there’ll be an average of about 2.8 million people flying per day during the summer. That’s about 93,000 more per day, on average, over the summer of 2018.”

With that, here are what these reports say about the airlines operating in the U.S. and how they rank from best to not quite as good in the areas mentioned earlier in this story.

1. Alaska Airlines — Percentage of one-time arrival: 81.5%

2. Delta Airlines — Percentage of one-time arrival: 85.6%

3. Skywest Airlines — Percentage of one-time arrival: 79.2%

4. Spirit Airlines — Percentage of one-time arrival: 86.4%

5. Expressjet Airlines — Percentage of one-time arrival: 75.1%

6. Hawaiian Airlines — Percentage of one-time arrival: 86.8%

7. United Airlines — Percentage of one-time arrival: 77.1%

8. JetBlue Airways — Percentage of one-time arrival: 73.8%

9. Southwest Airlines — Percentage of one-time arrival: 80.0%

10. American Airlines — Percentage of one-time arrival: 80.4%

11. Envoy Air — Percentage of one-time arrival: 82.3%

12. Frontier Airlines — Percentage of one-time arrival: 78.3%

Source link: PropertyCasualty360.com

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A.M Best — P&C Net Income Up 70% in 2018

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A.M. Best’s special report Generally Favorable 2018 Statutory Results for Property/Casualty Insurers says P&C insurer net income rose close to 70% in 2018. No. You did not read that number incorrectly nor is it a typo.

The actual figure is 69.3% and it sat at $59.2 billion.

Lower catastrophe losses, loss reserve improvements and higher net investment income are some reasons. The tax reducing 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act didn’t hurt either.

Net written premiums jumped 10.8% due to the tax changes and was at $617.4 billion by year’s end. Improved underwriting percentages helped. Here’s more:

  Incurred losses rose 4.4%

  Lower catastrophe payouts helped the loss-adjustment expenses

  They fell 0.5%

  Underwriting expenses rose 0.7%

  There was a 9.9% uptick in net premiums earned

  So the overall underwriting loss was $2.9 billion

  That’s a huge improvement over last year’s underwriting loss of $25.3 billion

  The combined ratio dropped to 99.6 from 104.6

There’s also net investment income. It increased 14% in 2018. On the negative, unrealized investment losses hit $43.8 billion. Equity market declines caused those losses and they had an effect on the policyholders’ surplus.

Source links: Carrier Management, Business Insurance

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Investigation — Washington’s Fatal Train Crash 2017

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

On December 18, 2017 — and on its inaugural run — a Tacoma, Washington to Portland, Oregon Amtrak train derailed near DuPont, Washington.

Three of the 77 people on board died.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) just finished its final report on the crash. It occurred on a 30mph curve on the 80mph track. The engineer failed to slow down for the curve and the train derailed and spilled onto Interstate 5.

NTSB vice chairman Bruce Landsberg said for decades his organization has routinely studied the derailment of trains because of curves. Landsberg said the NTSB has urged the Federal Railroad Administration to require positive train control on trains. For those not knowing what that is, positive train control is GPS technology that can automatically slow down a train or stop it when the need arises.

The report’s criticism starts with the engineer saying he lost track of where he was on the trip. Landsberg said the crash cause was from “extremely lax safety oversight, unclear responsibility, and poor training.”

At the same time, Landsberg thinks Amtrak was complacent and set the engineer up to fail. “There was a Titanic-like complacency and certainty exhibited by those tasked with the safety, operation and management of the Point Defiance Bypass rail line before the revenue service started in 2017,” Landsberg wrote in his conclusion. “The term ‘accident’ is inappropriate because that implies that this was an unforeseen and unpredictable event. It was anything but unforeseeable.”

The final report came with 26 recommendations for safety and gave emphasis to three that are already in existence. Where it applies most to this incident is the recommendation that more signs be posted along tracks to remind engineers of where they are and the speed limit for that section of track.

The NTSB also wants Amtrak to replace four of the high-speed Talgo trains it uses on the Cascade line.

The railroad administration has responded to the report and said it is doing a review and is now in the process of trying to ensure that positive train control is in place. To that the NTSB’s Jennifer Homendy said the administration is actually slowing down the process.

She points to a recently released rulemaking notice that seeks to delay such requirements for commuter and intercity passenger trains that would identify and mitigate all risks. Homendy calls it feet dragging on the highest order.

“The absence of a sense of urgency to implement this safety recommendation and the willingness to continue to jeopardize the safety of train crews and their passengers is unacceptable,” she said.

In the report the NTSB was also sharply critical of the railroad administration for allowing Amtrak to use lightweight European-style railroad rail cars that don’t meet the nation’s updated safety standards. It was equally critical of Amtrak for not getting the engineer better training.

The report also took on Sound Transit — Washington State’s Northwest region transit system — for not doing more to mitigate the danger of that sharp bend in the tracks. The Washington Department of Transportation was not left out and has been highly criticized for not making sure the route was safe before it green-lit the passenger train service on that line.

Amtrak responded immediately to the report and said it will work with the NTSB to implement the report’s recommendations and said it will put positive train control in place across its network.

The safety program it wants to implement was given to the railroad administration last November.

In a written statement, Amtrak said, “We remain deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries due to this tragic event. Amtrak remains committed to continuously improving safety for both our customers and employees.”

The Washington Department of Transportation is a little more defensive about the report. Spokeswoman Janet Matkin said the two Talgo trains it owns and the two owned by Amtrak met safety standards when they were first used on the Cascade line 20-years ago. She also pointed out that the trains were grandfathered in when the standards were updated.

“The finding that we’re focusing on right now is the recommendation that we replace the Talgo trainset as soon as possible,” she said. “We are working with Amtrak to identify substitute equipment we can move to the Pacific Northwest. It’s not easy to find extra equipment, especially during the busy summer travel times.”

Matkin said plans are in the works to replace the four trains now in operation by the mid-2020s. They cost $25 million each.

By the way, the Oregon Department of Transportation also has two Talgo trains but they are newer and meet current safety requirements.

Source link: Insurance Journal

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Driving Like a Zombie — Lots of Us Do

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

We’re an active nation. Lots and lots of movement. Much of that movement takes place in automobiles. The problem we have is maybe too much movement. We’re working more hours, driving farther to work and back and we’re just plain tired.

No. Let’s make that tired and DISTRACTED.

A new survey by Root Insurance checked in with 2,000 drivers. The company found 27% of us admit to being what the survey calls zombie drivers. That’s defined as zoning out behind the wheel. In fact, 55% — including the 27% — say they’re often on autopilot while driving.

Here’s how Root Insurance defines zombie driving. It occurs when drivers:

  Have a lot on their mind — 49%

  Drive when they're tired — 42%

  Drive on a stretch of road they're familiar with — 40%

  Drive long distances — 43%

  Drive the same route every day — 34%

  Find driving to be monotonous — 27%

The average driver says they zone out four times a week. And while 90% of those surveyed think they’re good drivers, 49% of them admit to driving while distracted. That distraction behind the wheel comes from:

  Eating food — 55%

  Talking on the phone — 51%

  Checking notifications on the smartphone — 36%

  Sending a text — 32%

  Changing music on their phones — 33%

Root Insurance spokesman Conor Day said, “Driving safety is about more than the driver. It’s about creating a safe environment for passengers, pedestrians and our communities, and as these results show, we are all aware of the impact of safe driving, even if we’re not behind the wheel.”

He said 49% of us say the bad habits of a family member or a friend make them feel unsafe as a passenger. A whopping 22% said people have commented on their bad driving habits. These bad habits include:

  Driving too fast

  Making phone calls while behind the wheel

  Aggressively taking corners

  Not following road signs like stop or yield signs

Still, 86% of those surveyed said they’d pass a driving test if they were forced to take one. But would they? The survey says that may be over-confidence.

  Just 63% could correctly recognize a hill ahead sign

  54% couldn’t ID an HOV lane sign

  Just 61% could identify a slippery when wet sign

In the end, 67% say they could be a safer driver but only 18% said an autonomous vehicle would be a better driver than them.

Day offered up the survey’s conclusion. “With connected technology surrounding us in our cars, driving is more distracting than ever,” said Day. “Companies and drivers both need to do more to make sure we’re all following the rules of the road and staying focused.”

By the way, since Root Insurance is an insurance company, it could not resist adding an insurance aspect to the survey and found when it comes to insurance Americans don’t understand:

If they are getting the right amount of insurance — 40%

What coverage is right for them — 30%

If they're properly protected — 27%

How much insurance they need — 26%

What insurance is required by law — 22%

Source link: New York Post

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Flood Insurance Changes — Private Insurance Acceptance

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

In February of this year the Federal Reserve System’s board of governors, the Farm Credit Administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Administration and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency made an important flood insurance decision.

They said private flood insurance will be legal in some circumstances and banks and other lenders must accept that decision.

The decision is based on policies that were put into place by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. The circumstances listed include a definition of private flood insurance and said — under Biggert-Waters — financial institutions have:

  Mandatory acceptance of private flood insurance

  Mandatory acceptance of compliance aid

  Discretionary acceptance of private flood insurance

  Food coverage provided by mutual aid societies

What this basically means is insurance issued by duly licensed or approved insurance companies can and will be accepted. However, the insurance must be as comprehensive and as broad as that provided by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

And while these changes have happened and it’s now easier to pick up private flood insurance, the Higher Ground coalition is urging Congress and other governments to take action to keep development out of low-lying floodplains.

The group is sending out a — pun intended — storm of videos, photos and other materials to persuade the federal, state and local governments to ban such building.

The group says statistics from New York University’s Furman Center shows that 5% of the population of the country lives in areas prone to flood every 100 years. Yet building is not prohibited in those areas. You can build if you follow regulations that reduce risk and if you purchase flood insurance.

Carlos Martin of the Urban Institutes said the impact of climate change with more frequent and powerful storms make this building not a very good idea. “Development continues in places that are less than ideal — known floodplains and future ones,” he said.

Chad Berginnis is the executive director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers. The non-profit says beefed up regulations will prevent more losses and fewer costs to taxpayers. “The communities who have those kind of standards on their books typically experience less flood damage,” Berginnis said.

Source links: JD Supra, Reuters

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Around the PIA Western Alliance States

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

California — Work Comp Regulatory Filing: The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California has submitted its 2020 regulatory filing. California’s Department of Insurance will considering the filing.

It amends the state’s Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan — 1995 and includes amendments to the Standard Classification System. There are also amendments to the Miscellaneous Regulations for the Recording and Reporting of Data — 1995.

Last in the filing are amendments to the California Workers’ Compensation Experience Rating Plan.

All will be effective — if approved — on January 1, 2020.

Source link: Insurance Journal

Idaho — Medicare Workshops: The Idaho Department of Insurance is doing more in its continuing series of Medicare workshops. The workshops are designed to introduce the various parts of Medicare and to share some of the costs and benefits associated with the program. 

Sessions cover enrollment timeframes for Medigap, Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plans, and how the different parts of Medicare work together.

Staff with the state’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program — a unit of the Idaho Department of Insurance — conducts the workshops.  To register for the upcoming session, please contact the SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-247-4422.

Boise — July 17th

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Boise Public Library

715 S. Capitol Blvd, 3rd Floor, Marion Bingham Room

Lewiston — July 24th

1pm to 3pm at the Community Action Partnership of Lewiston

124 New 6th St. 

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center

Conference Room D

415 6th St.

Idaho — Crop Insurance Award: The Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho has settled a lawsuit from storm damages in July of 2016. The alfalfa seed crop of Nate and Kristan Pancheri was destroyed in that storm.

The couple filed suit and said the company grossly underestimated the value of their crop. After negotiations, the company agreed to pay $3.48 million.

Source link: Insurance Journal

Oregon — From the Oregon Department of Insurance: The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation recently adopted the following rule:

ID 06-2019: Network Adequacy Compliance Requirements

Rules affected: OAR 836-053-0320, 836-053-0330

Rule Summary: Amended to clarify period to which annual report applies; amended to clarify period to which evidence of coverage applies; amended to explain how Medicare Advantage network adequacy standards must be adjusted for the age demographics of the plan’s enrollees; amended to remove the federal network adequacy standards applicable to Qualified Health Plans as an acceptable nationallyrecognized standard to use in demonstrating compliance with Oregon’s network adequacy requirements.

Filed: June 17, 2019

Effective: July 1, 2019


Permanent Administrative Order — https://dfr.oregon.gov/laws-rules/Documents/id06-2019_rule-order.pdf

Summary of Testimony and Hearing Officer's Report — https://dfr.oregon.gov/laws-rules/Documents/id06-2019_ho-rec.pdf

For more information, please visit the Division's website:


Preliminary rate decisions for 2020 health plans revealed

Oregonians can now see the state’s preliminary rate decisions for 2020 individual and small employer health insurance plans. The Division of Financial Regulation must review and approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

Preliminary rate decisions are for individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer and for small businesses.

In the individual market, the division has issued preliminary decisions for seven companies with average rate changes ranging from a 3.2 percent decrease to a 8.9 percent increase, for an average of 2.3 percent. As a comparison, insurers originally requested rates ranging from an average 3.2 percent decrease to an average 13.5 percent increase, for an average of 3.3 percent.

Under the preliminary decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $530 to $436 a month.

“Although rates are still rising for many consumers, we are encouraged to see the health insurance market stabilizing,” said Andrew Stolfi, insurance commissioner. “Part of the stabilization is due to the Oregon Reinsurance Program providing some relief, enabling carriers to expand coverage into additional counties and keeping rate increases lower than they could have been without it.

In the small group market, the division has reviewed each company’s rate request and plans to approve the rates as filed. The average rate increases range from a 0.3 percent decrease to a 13.1 percent increase. Under the preliminary decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $394 to $328 a month.

See our chart for a full list of preliminary decisions — https://dfr.oregon.gov/healthrates/Documents/2020-pre-prop-rates.pdf

Common trends that affect rates include:

  Medical costs continue to rise, driven by increased use and the cost of new specialized prescription drugs.

  The cost of providing care continues to surpass premiums collected for many carriers.

  Federal policy changes, including the zeroing out of the individual mandate and federal rule changes around short-term limited-duration plans and association health plans, contributed an average of 7 percentage points to rate increases.

  The Oregon Reinsurance Program, which was renewed by the legislature for six more years, continues to lower rates by 6 percent each year.

  These preliminary decisions will undergo continued review and discussion through public hearings held in Salem and streamed online July 2-3. The public comment period also will remain open through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 3.

All Oregonians are encouraged to participate during the public comment period. Visit www.oregonhealthrates.org to see a chart detailing changes to each plan for 2020, review each insurance company’s public hearing schedule, and submit comments regarding specific health insurance company’s rates.

Final decisions are expected to be announced Tuesday, July 23.

Washington — From the Washington Department of Insurance: Notice of rulemaking on Health plan coverage of reproductive healthcare and contraception (R 2019-07)

We are starting rulemaking on Health plan coverage of reproductive healthcare and contraception (R2019-07) to  update the WACs and add new sections to align with Chapter 399, Laws of 2019 (2SSB 5602) amending RCW 48.43.072 and adding sections into RCW 48.43.

It is expected that this rulemaking will join with current rulemaking in Insurance Commissioner Matter R 2018-10 in the CR-102 stage, resulting in one rule.

Comments are due July 31, 2019; please send them to rulescoordinator@oic.wa.gov.

Notice of rulemaking on Confidential Communications (R 2019-03)

We are starting rulemaking on Confidential Communications (R 2019-03). This rulemaking is in support of SSB 5889, requiring health carriers to direct all communications regarding sensitive services directly to the protected individual.

Pre CR-101 stakeholder meeting notice (R 2019-03) — https://www.insurance.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2019-06/pre-cr101-stakeholder-meeting-notice-r2019-03.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Pre CR-101 stakeholder meeting: 

July 18, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Tumwater Office: 5000 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, WA 98501

There will be no call-in option.

The comment period for the Pre CR-101 stakeholder meeting is open until: 07/18/2019.

Please send comments to the rulescoordinator@oic.wa.gov

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A Big Congratulations to April Rabb!

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 28, 2019

New CISR Elite, April Rabb, Wheatland Insurance Center

April Rabb | CISR ELITE

Wheatland Insurance Center | Pendleton OR


Gaining knowledge in this ever-changing industry gives me confidence to assist my commercial clients with their insurance needs. And, I just really like the "Elite" after my designation. :)

I have worked as a commercial account manager with Wheatland Insurance Center in Pendleton, Oregon for 10 years. I'm one of those "boomerang kids" that couldn't wait to move away after high school. I got an education and career but moved back to our small town to raise my family. I am married and have two teenagers. 

Tags:  CISR  CISR Elite Designation  New CIC & CISR Designations 

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Save the Date — PIA Washington/Alaska & IIABW Joint Conference

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 25, 2019

 Save the date! The annual 2019 Washington Joint Conference and Trade Show is heading to Coeur d' Alene Resort.

September 18-20, 2019

The conference is done each year by the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) Western Alliance and the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Washington (IIABW). This year’s title sponsors are:

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Safeco Insurance

This is the only annual industry conference for Washington agents and brokers. It is the one opportunity this year to network, learn, share and connect with insurance companies, wholesalers and other companies with whom you do business.

Click here for the conference agenda.

Click here to register and attend.

High on the list of why you want to attend is the always packed trade show. Here’s who’s coming this year so far:

AFCO Premium Finance

Affordable American Insurance

All Risks, Ltd

Applied Systems, Inc

Aspera Insurance Services


Berkley North Pacific

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies

Capital Premium Financing

Clear Risk Solutions

Cochrane and Company

Conifer Insurance Company


Encompass Insurance


First Insurance Funding

Foremost Insurance Group

Frontier Bonding Service

General Agents Acceptance Corporation

Glatfelter Insurance Group

Grange Insurance Association

Great American Property & Inland Marine

Griffin Underwriting Services


Hawksoft Inc

Homeowners Catastrophe Insurance Trust - HCIT

Hull and Company


Imperial PFS

Insurance Audit Control System DBA RediRegs

Irwin Siegel Agency

ITC Insurance Agency

Liberty Mutual Insurance

MAPFRE Insurance

Markel Specialty Commercial

Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance

National General Insurance

Nationwide Insurance

Neptune Flood

Pacific Coast E&S Insurance Services

Pacific International Underwriters


Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company

Philadelphia Insurance Companies

PIA Western Alliance

Prime Insurance

Prime Insurance Company


Red Shield Insurance Company

RIC Insurance General Agency

Risk Placement Services

Safeco Insurance

Safelite Auto Glass

Superior Underwriters

TAPCO Underwriters, Inc.

Tepco Premium Finance

The Life Office

The Main Street America Group

Tokio Marine HCC - Surety Group


Utica National

Walls Insurance Training

Washington FAIR Plan

Western National Insurance


Exhibitors! There are just a few booths left. You don’t want to miss out. Click here to learn more.

Exhibit booths are $1,100 for members of either association and $1,300 for non-members. The booth includes one complimentary conference attendee registration. Additional attendees must register separately. Complimentary attendee registration does not include golf.

Outside of some excellent networking opportunities and — of course, golf — the conference is the perfect opportunity to get that much needed CE.

To see the floor plan and register for a booth click here.

Here is a look at this year’s classes:

   You don't Know What You Don't Know 3 CE WA — Kathy Fraley

   Personal lines hot topics 3 CE WA — Jerry Kennedy

   How to Leverage Your Sales Velocity — Tim Parenti, First Insurance Funding

   Ethical Solutions for Insurance Professionals 3 CE WA — Kathy Fraley

   Troubles with Toys 3 CE WA — Jerry Kennedy

Click here for more information on the CE sessions.

There is still plenty of time to sponsor and to show your support for agents and their distribution system at the Washington Joint Conference and Trade Show.

The conference maximizes the exposure of sponsoring companies, so you get the most of your investment. We publicize your support on this website, at the conference and in the IIABW and PIA association publications.

This year’s sponsors — so far!

Title Sponsors — Liberty Mutual Insurance, Safeco Insurance

Premier Sponsors — Progressive Insurance

Elite Sponsors — Travelers, Western National Insurance

Major Sponsors — Capital Premium Financing, Grange Insurance Association, Mapfre Insurance

Supporting Sponsors  — Mutual of Enumclaw, Pemco, Prime Insurance, Risk Placement Services, Superior Underwriters

Golf Tournament Sponsors: Capital Premium Financing, Cochrane & Company, Encompass, Griffin Underwriting, Mutual of Enumclaw, Prime Insurance, Pacific International Underwriters, RIC Insurance General Agency, Red Shield Insurance, Tepco Premium Financing

Show your support and click here to sponsor.

And no conference is complete without golf and golf doesn’t get any better than this course!

You arrive at the course in a custom mahogany lake shuttle and are greeted by a personal forecaddie. The breathtaking lake views from nearly every hole eases the tension of the formidable challenge presented by the floating green. The award-winning, expertly groomed course aesthetics compliment the experience.

The superb attention to every need and detail sets the scene for the ultimate round of golf where every guest is considered a member.

The experts at Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Conde Nast Traveler agree – this is one of the world’s most memorable golf experiences.

Don’t miss this event.

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