2015 Property Innovation Summit at a Glance

2015-05-11-News_Latest-NewsThis year’s Property Innovation Summit was keynoted by best-selling business book author and leadership consultant Jack Zenger, whose agency has conducted 360-degree feedback reviews with 80,000 Fortune 500 executives. “What do the best leaders share in common?” A willingness to challenge the status quo, powerful and clear communications, a focus on speed, developing a strategy collectively, reciprocal trust, accessibility, and having an intimately friendly relationship with co-workers. “Trust leads to greater innovation,” said Zenger. Continue reading

Great Works of Art or Great Forgery?

The highest price paid for a work of art was $250 million in 2011. Obviously, there’s a lot of money in selling art. Unfortunately this also means there is a lot of money in producing forgeries.

TheProcuress_1490391cOne notable forger sold $60 million worth of phony Vermeers to a slew of people throughout Europe before being caught. When it comes to appraising fine art even the experts can get duped and when they do, buyers pay too high a price.  Continue reading

Here to Serve

Now that summer is behind us, we’re delighted to introduce new episodes of “Making it Right.”  We took a short hiatus over the July and August months but will be running new episodes every couple of weeks throughout the balance of the year.  Thank you for the continued messages of support – I excerpted a few quotes from recent emails below:

“Keep up your good work on behalf of our industry and what it does for our society”

“These stories continue to resonate with me…absolutely awesome and I share them with my team!” Continue reading

Making it Right: Get in the Bathroom

Dorothy - Wizard of OzEveryone remembers the scene in the Wizard of Oz movie where Dorothy steps out of her house after the terrifying tornado to see….Oz.

Imagine a more chilling scenario where you step outside your home into the aftermath of a twister to see…nothing.

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Making it Right: Beyond the Policy

If you’ve been following our “Making it Right” Web series you know that many of the episodes have showcased compassionate adjusters assisting policyholders through particularly rough times, helping restore what’s important to them.  This next episode takes a different tact in profiling an insured whose claim didn’t fit traditional parameters.   As Eva Mowry of Security First explains, “Even though there was not coverage under the contract, there is always service and caring – we continued to call the homeowner every day until we got him help because that’s what we do.”  Eva’s story on how Security First pulled out all the stops to help the home owner, provides the backdrop for why this episode is entitled, “Beyond the Policy.

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Making it Right: The Art of Connecting

This week’s episode of “Making it Right” centers around family. As tight as your family relationships may be, all too often your spouse or children may not know exactly what claims professionals do. I love the way the young son of one of the series participants characterized what his Dad does, explaining that his father  “helps people after a bad weather.” (I’m paraphrasing slightly). But, family members may not always understand the day-to-day aspects of your job, especially given that every day can be different.

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Making it Right: A Christmas Story

The holidays are always an emotional time so this week’s Episode of “Making it Right” is particularly poignant.  Featuring Otto Kieslich from Universal NA, the episode recounts a fire that destroyed the Christmas tree in a family’s new home — but not the family’s spirit — thanks to Otto’s efforts.

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