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Ralph Korn, CPCU

I have over fifty years’ experience in insurance and risk management.  I am a graduate of Loyola University, Chicago.  My corporate experience includes Director of Insurance for Duplan Corporation, Risk Manager for E. & J. Gallo Winery and Vice President of Insurance for Greyhound Corporation.  In addition, I have over thirty-five years’ experience as an…

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…

Mike Stroman

R. MICHAEL STROMAN SUMMARY R. Michael Stroman has over 42 years of experience in the insurance industry. Currently serving as an industry consultant, he assists insurance purchasers, insurance companies and agents, and their attorneys, accountants, and other industry advisors, with agency management, claims consulting, underwriting practices, standard of care, and other technical assistance. Mr. Stroman…

Follow Up: Dressing Professionally

Last year I wrote a commentary, “To Dress or Not—Is Professional Attire Outdated?,” on whether or not students should be expected to dress professionally for interviews and career fairs. I asked for feedback and encouraged responses. I’m pleased to say I got a lot of thoughtful responses from a wide range of readers. Executives, claims adjusters, independent agents, corporate trainers, and many others chimed in.

COVID-19: Learning, Graduation, and the Job Search

To any students reading this—it’s time to show your very best, not your very bare minimum! Remember, what you do online is now all we have to grade you on. Sure, you completed half the semester before spring break, but there’s still this second half, and we can only grade what you actually do during it. Poor performance, even under these dire circumstances, will not only impact grades (yes, we still have to issue those), but it will also impact the references your professors give for you when employers call.

Musings of a Socially-Distanced Professor: New Habits

Remember the people who waste a lot of time bouncing up and down the halls, chitchatting at the water cooler and otherwise not working? They’re about to be found out. There’s no hiding a lack of output anymore. I’m seeing this in my students. I’m seeing who is taking responsibilities seriously and who isn’t. It’s as plain as the screen in front of my face.

The Value of a Mentoring Program

I write this smiling at the memory of three of the greatest mentors a gal could ever ask for. They were my guidance system in my early career. I got valuable advice from all three of them, and when they all passed away over the years, I found myself somewhat lost.

Adjuster Safety

This article discusses some of the physical risks adjusters face in fieldwork and the emotional risks they face in an increasingly stressful claims arena. It offers tips and solutions for both adjusters and those who manage a claims team.

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…

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