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Higginbotham’s Rusty Reid Named Insurance Business America CEO of the Year

Higginbotham President & CEO Rusty Reid was awarded the Agency CEO of the Year at the Insurance Business Awards 2017.   More than 450 insurance leaders attended the awards event at the Navy Pier in Chicago on Nov. 29 for a … Continue reading

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Electronic Auto Claims Filing has Room to Improve/Grow

Insurers are investing in technologies, but policyholders aren’t in such a rush to use them. That’s the finding of a new survey by J.D. Power.  For example, only 12 percent of Gen Y policyholders report a claim digitally, and many … Continue reading

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Pedestrians in Honolulu to Face Fines for Texting While Walking

Bans on texting while driving are common but Honolulu has become the first major U.S. city to extend the ban to pedestrians after the City Council passed the ordinance in July. Pedestrians caught crossing the street while staring at their … Continue reading

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Laura Farmer Joining Service Lloyds Insurance Company

It’s with mixed emotions that IIAT announces Laura Farmer, CPCU, CIC, will be pursuing a new role at Service Lloyds Insurance Company. During her time at the association, Laura has managed the ELITExas (Emerging Leaders of Insurance in Texas) Advisory … Continue reading

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NFIP Issues Clarification, Changes

FEMA recently issued two bulletins in regards to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). If you write flood insurance, please review them to stay in the know. UNDERWRITING CLARIFICATIONS Bulletin W-17062 addresses the fall-out from April 1, 2015 Program Changes, … Continue reading

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IIAT’s Response to Harvey Recovery Czar’s Comments on Insurance Agents

During a Texas Tribune event on Friday, Sept. 29, Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp, named by Governor Abbott to lead the state’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey, commented that the insurance industry, specifically insurance agencies, were waiting on FEMA before paying … Continue reading

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IIAT Joins Independent Insurance Agents in Victoria and Rockport to Extend Financial Support to Harvey Impacted Communities

In an effort to provide financial relief to two of the communities greatly impacted by Hurricane Harvey, a group of ambassadors from the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) recently joined local independent insurance agents in Victoria and Rockport to … Continue reading

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Big “I” 2017 Best Practices Study Update Now Available

Best Practices agencies understand how important it is to work on their business—not just in it. The newly released 2017 Best Practices Study Update can provide insight you can use to more effectively understand your agency’s value and the opportunities you may … Continue reading

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TWIA Stays in the Coastal Bend as Community Recovers

TWIA announced last week that it is staying in the Coastal Bend area for as long as needed to provide support to its policyholders as they begin to rebuild. TWIA will transition its three Mobile Claims Centers from emergency relief … Continue reading

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Gov. Abbott appoints Kent Sullivan as Commissioner of Insurance

Governor Greg Abbott has announced the appointment of Kent Sullivan to the position of Texas Commissioner of Insurance. The appointment is for a term set to expire February 1, 2019. Commissioner Sullivan most recently held the position of Partner at the Jackson … Continue reading

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