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The Conflict and Burden of Insurer Appointments for Brokers and the Need for Regulatory Reform

Brokers are supposed to be independent to represent the insured, rather than the insurer; yet, the law in many states still requires insurers to appoint a broker as an agent actually to transact insurance with the insurer. This dual agency creates well-known conflicts and burdens. We contend that the requirement that insurers appoint agents in…

Dr. Brenda Powell Wells

Brenda Powell Wells holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia.  She holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI) and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designations.  She also holds a graduate certificate in Business Analytics from East…

Thomas Quaka

Agency Networks Aid Agency Net Worth

The advantages and disadvantages of joining an Agency Network…and the issues to be considered in selecting a suitable Agency Network.

Keys to Making your Agency More Productive & Efficient

Mary LaPorte was interviewed for this article which was included in Erie Insurance’s June 7, 2017 publication of The Bulletin which is distributed to their agency force. In this interview, Mary disucsses the key reasons many agencies fail to reach optimum productivity and the benefits gained by making necessary improvements.

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Stanley Lipshultz

I began my insurance career in 1968 working in the claims department for the Insurance Company of North America (INA) both as a staff claims adjuster and then as a liability supervisor.  After finishing law school I specialized in insurance defense for agents and brokers and for insurance companies in  direct suits against them as…

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