Fire On the Mind

This is a bit of late notice, but you may still be able to catch it.  A regulation proposed by California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara to stop insurance companies from overcharging homeowners who reduce their risk of loss from wildfires must also apply to insurance companies’ decisions about which properties they will insure, consumer groups will testify at a public hearing in Oakland today. Sign in to watch the 1pm April 13 public hearing here here.

NAIC

NAIC Kicks Off Another Podcast Season

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has kicked off the fourth season of its podcast, “The Regulators.” Episode 1 of the season features NAIC CEO Mike Consedine and Colorado Division of Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway discussing Disaster Preparedness and the impact of the Marshall Fire.

CLIMATE

Check Out the Climate Future for Your City

If you’re interested in future thinking, this future climates interactive map is pretty cool. (Actually, pretty hot in some places –sorry)

ON THE WATER

GGAHU ‘Day on the Bay’ May 12

What can we say? The Golden Gate Association of Health Underwriter folks really know how to throw a party symposium! Join them on May 12. More info at GGAHU.org.

IICF

IICF Gives Big; Honors Aon’s Eric J. Andersen

Big kudos to the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities and enriching lives. IICF granted nearly $410,000 at its seventh annual IICF Western Division Horizon Award Gala at The Majestic Downtown in Los Angeles last week. The event gathered insurance leaders from the Western states, along with representatives of nonprofit partners. Eric J. Andersen, President of Aon, was honored with IICF’s Golden Horizon Award. Presented by Aon’s Chief People Officer, Lisa Stevens, this annual award recognizes an individual within the insurance community who has demonstrated philanthropic excellence and leadership. Andersen is actively involved with the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI), as well as the Insurance Development Forum (IDF). He sits on the board of trustees of Colgate University and is a board member of Covenant House New Jersey, which helps homeless, at-risk and runaway youth.

DO GOOD

Make Lunches for Sack Lunch Sunday

We’ve mentioned this previously, but just want to remind you that many Los Angeles area insurance industry folks are participating in Sack Lunch Sunday, a grassroots effort that involves making sack lunches for people without homes. Some people are very artistic and decorate or paint the bags in amazing ways. That’s NOT required. What is required? Sign up to pack 10 or more lunches and drop them off at your chosen spot on Sunday by the designated time (see link below to sign up and see a list of drop off locations).

Lunches must include these seven items:

Napkin, Sandwich, Drink, Chips, Snack/Granola Bar, Fruit, Cookies/Dessert

Additional items in the bags like candy, hygiene products, toys, etc., are appreciated but not required. Do NOT include money.

LOCATION ADDRESS CONTACT DROP OFF BY
BEVERLY HILLS ADJ
BRENTWOOD
1817 S Bedford St – Leave on porch
533 Moreno Ave. – Leave on driveway         
Michelle: 310-968-1477
Daryl: 310-963-6152
12:15 PM
11:00 AM
CULVER CITY
HANCOCK PARK
11030 Rhoda Way – Leave on driveway
153 S. Norton – Leave on front porch            
Esta: 310-351-3560
Jen: 310-849-2265                 
10:30 AM
11:30 AM
HOLLYWOOD HILLS:       2752 La Cuesta – Leave at top of driveway Chitra: 323-717-9668              11:00 AM
LOS FELIZ 2369 N. Vermont Ave. – Leave on front        Julie: 323-839-4905                12:00 noon
PACIFIC PALISADES 516 Arbramar Ave. – Leave on driveway      Hazel: 310-382-0909              10:30 AM
PASADENA: 210 San Rafael Road – Leave on driveway   Jenny: 213-841-1905              Btwn 10:30 – 11:30 am
SANTA MONICA 1414 Oak Street – Leave on front porch        Joanne: 310-980-8627            12:00 noon
SILVER LAKE 2120 Rockford Road – behind front gate        Francine: 213.219.0452          12:15 PM
STUDIO CITY 12659 Milbank Street – Leave in front yard    Andrea: 818-681-8660            11:00 AM
WESTLAKE VILLAGE 2236 Glastonbury Rd –Bottom of driveway   Diana: 213-503-1477             10:30 AM
WOODLAND HILLS 22117 San Miguel – Leave on driveway         Sarah: 310-804-5707              11:00 AM

COVID

BA.2 Accounts for Most COVID

Just so you know: the BA.2 Omicron subvariant of the coronavirus is now responsible for 86% of U.S. COVID-19 cases, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

FINANCIAL PLANNING

Women Make Great Advisors

InvestmentNews says women are a natural fit for the job of financial advisor:

Korn Ferry data show women are 45% more likely to demonstrate consistent empathy than men and bring a different perspective to professional discussions. These emotional and social competencies are essential for financial advisers, as they often have tough conversations with clients and handle delicate situations. During the pandemic, I heard from women advisers who mourned with their clients over the death of a loved one but were also there to celebrate weddings, graduations and other milestones. None of that has anything to do with wealth building or compound interest, but everything to do with taking care of the client.

PEOPLE

AFLAC’s Teresa White Retires

Aflac Incorporated announced that Teresa L. White, president, Aflac U.S., will retire effective March 31, 2023: 

Under White’s leadership, Aflac reshaped its internal processes to adapt to the changing dynamics of the marketplace, and expanded technology innovation with tools and solutions designed to both support sales growth and to reimagine the customer experience. She is responsible for driving a carefully designed strategy aimed to expand both distribution and product offering, including standing up the broker distribution channel and launching the consumer markets platforms, as well as actively onboarding strategic acquisitions like Empowered Benefit,  Aflac Northern Ireland, Argus and Zurich. During her tenure, Aflac has realized record all-time annual new sales and record premium persistency.

CHA-CHA-CHA CHANGES

Insurance Industry Insider Welcomes New Voice

Since 2017 Victoria Alexander has written California Broker’s Insurance Industry Insider e-newsletter. It’s time for new blood! Linda Hubbard Lalande will soon be taking over the reins. Make sure to say hello to Linda at LAAHU’s upcoming symposium April 26 in Pasadena. And, as always, keep sending in your news and events: editor@calbrokermag.com.

Thank you!

EVENTS

  • LAAHU Annual Symposium, in person, April 26, Pasadena Convention Center. Info here.
  • The Group & Worksite Benefits Conference, in person, May 3 – 5, Boston, Massachusetts. Info here.
  • CAHIP’s Capitol Summit, in person, May 9-11, Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, Sacramento. Registration info here. Sponsorship info here.
  • GGAHU Annual Symposium ‘Day on the Bay’, in person on a boat!, May 12. Info here.
  • NAAIA Spring Career Fair, online, May 24, 11am-1:30pm Pacific, More info here.
  • BenefitsPro Broker Expo, in person, May 23-25, Austin, TX. Request more info here. Register here.
  • IEAHU, OCAHU & SDAHU Senior Summit, in person, Aug 23-25, Pechanga resort, Temecula. Register here.