Continuing with the education theme of my newsletter, I wanted to provide the resources that have been shared by Tim Cook, CPCU, ARM, director for the Risk and Insurance Studies Center at Virginia Commonwealth University-School of Business. Tim is in the Department and Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate in Richmond, Virginia. Tim has attended many of our national and regional meetings and is a supporter of the NAIIA and risk management education.
My monthly collaboration piece is about education and adjuster training. We are well into February, and many college students are approaching their final semester in college.
Hiring the next generation directly from college can be very beneficial. You have the opportunity to mentor and mold someone in the specialized skills needed for your unique firm. There is an upfront investment in time and finances. But investing in the right person can return exponential results for you, the trainee, your firm and the industry.
Part of the honor of being involved in the Association and the Executive Board is to work with the Educational and Conference Committees for the 2019 National Conference in Orlando. It has been a pleasure working with the Education Committee comprised of Barry Parks, Peter Shiffrin, and Don Lederer.
You can find the list of education sessions in the 2019 NAIIA National Conference Registration brochure at this link.
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season that was spent with family and friends and that all are looking forward to a prosperous 2019. As I think of our goals as a company going forward, I think they are very similar to those of the association. My theme of collaboration and working together with others to do something greater than what I could do by myself is always an annual personal and professional goal. Many people are concerned about opening up and working with others. There are some confidentiality concerns and also challenges of how a relationship can be started.
“What is the NAIIA?” I’ve been asked this simple question on more than one occasion. The simple answer, of course, is the “National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters.” And while that may answer the question, I believe a more appropriate question is “who is the NAIIA.”
First, being a member of the NAIIA comes with many benefits:
On behalf of the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), we would like to express our thanks to all of our member firms and National Advisory Council members who offered input and dialogue this past year toward our strategic planning initiative. The SPC evolved in response to a need to set a course into our future through the transitions of a new Executive Director, changing officers, and our rapidly changing industry. The strategic planning followed our updates to the NAIIA mission, vision, and values.
The NAIIA would like to congratulate Dotson & Associates, LLC and Dylan Dotson who just received his adjuster's license in Kentucky. Dylan is 21 years old and is the son of an NAIIA member, John Dotson. Dylan has been doing ride-a-longs with his father for the last 5 years, preparing him for this milestone.
On behalf of the NAIIA, we’d like to thank all the generous contributors who helped NAIIA succeed in raising $10,000 for Kids’ Chance of America in 2017-18. Kids’ Chance is a nonprofit aimed at providing a scholarship to the children of those who have suffered a catastrophic or fatal work injury. The NAIIA contributed over $10,000 to Kids’ Chance of America.
Lauren Marsh, the Team Lead-Select for Small Business Commercial at PayneWest Financial, was selected to attend the 2019 Emerging Leaders Conference! Lauren has grown up as an NAIIA kid! She is the daughter of Michael Marsh, President and Senior General Adjuster at Midland Claims in Montana. Congratulations Lauren!