Arlington/Roe promotes Jennifer Bussard to underwriter

Jennifer Bussard Arlington/Roe headshotCOLUMBUS, OH - Jim Roe, CPCU, president and CEO, announced the promotion of Jennifer Bussard to commercial lines underwriter at the Ohio office of Arlington/Roe, managing general agency and wholesale insurance broker.   

Jen is a graduate of Franklin University and holds the Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) designations.

About Arlington/Roe

Arlington/Roe is a managing general agency and wholesale insurance broker headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, with offices also in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Minnesota. Arlington/Roe was founded in 1964 by Francis Roe, father of current president and CEO James A. Roe, CPCU. Arlington/Roe’s specialty departments include Aviation, Bonds, Farm, Personal Lines, Commercial Property and Liability (Underwriting and Brokerage), Commercial Auto/Transportation, Professional Liability, Workers’ Compensation and Healthcare & Human Services. The company writes in excess of $205 million in annual premium.


Attend the Ohio Insurance Innovators Forum

The Columbus Chapter of the CPCU Society is hosting the Ohio Insurance Innovators Forum on April 10 at the Lincoln Theater Ballroom in downtown Columbus! You will:

  • Hear insights, experiences and future views of panelists who work with innovation every day.

  • Learn from local experts why innovation is critical to the long-term health of Ohio’s insurance industry.

  • Meet and mingle with up to 200 fellow Ohio insurance professionals.

  • Create stronger connections between “insurtech” headlines and what’s happening right here in Ohio.

  • Have a better understanding about the variety of innovation happening in the local P&C industry.

  • Leave with the ability to integrate innovation into your career, your company and your future.

You'll hear from:

  • Dr. Jeff Sheen - Senior Architect, Innovation and Strategy, Grange Insurance

  • Kyle Krumlauf, CPCU, ARM - Commercial Lines BI & Analytics Manager

  • Haley Smith - State Auto Labs Insurance Analyst, State Auto Insurance Companies

  • Yiem Sunbhanich - Co-Founder and CEO at TNEDICCA, past Executive in Residence, Nationwide Center for Advanced Customer Insights (NCACI), Nationwide Insurance

  • Andrew Farver (Moderator) - OII Young Insurance Professionals; University Relations and College Recruiting Specialist, Westfield Group

Additional information:

  • When: Tuesday, April 10 from 11:30am to 1:30pm (doors open at 11:00am)

  • Address: The Lincoln Theater Ballroom, 769 East Long Street, Columbus, OH 43203 (enter through red double doors facing Long Street)

  • Parking: free parking across from and to the west of the theater

  • Cost: free for Chapter Members, $10 for all others (includes box lunch and beverages)

Limited tickets are available, so register today!

Register now


Gov. Kasich declares state of emergency in 17 Ohio counties

Gov. John Kasich has declared a state of emergency in 17 counties due to severe storms and heavy, persistent rains that occurred in much of Ohio in late February.

In response to Kasich’s declaration in Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Muskingum, Scioto and Washington counties, the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) has also issued a bulletin to allow insureds in those counties to defer insurance premium payments and extend time constraints in which insureds must take certain actions. Read the entire bulletin here.

ODI’s bulletin applies to insureds, insured properties and claimants in the named counties, and is effective between March 7, 2018 and May 24, 2018.


Motorists names Wilcox executive vice president of personal lines

Matthew Wilcox Motorists Insurance GroupCOLUMBUS, OH – Matthew C. Wilcox has been hired as executive vice president of personal lines for Motorists Insurance Group.

“We’re pleased to have Matthew join Motorists and bring his depth of industry experience and knowledge to our team,” said Motorists CEO Dave Kaufman. “His insights will help us ensure our policyholders receive quality products from Motorists.”

Wilcox has more than 30 years of insurance industry experience. He most recently served as a senior vice president with MAPFRE USA. He has also held leadership positions with Travelers of New Jersey and USAA Insurance Company.

“We’re fully committed to being a company our agents and policyholders can count on for quality products in both commercial and personal insurance,” said Motorists President and COO Thomas J. Obrokta, Jr. “Hiring Matthew to lead our personal lines is an important strategic move for continued care and service to our customers.”

Wilcox holds the CPCU designation and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode
Island.

About Motorists Insurance Group and BrickStreet Insurance

Motorists Insurance Group and BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. affiliated through a joint venture in 2017. Ohio-­based Motorists consists of property and casualty insurance, life insurance and insurance brokerage companies, and West Virginia-­based BrickStreet is one of the largest writers of workers' compensation coverage in the region.

The group markets insurance solutions through more than 17,000 independent agents at more than 2,000 agencies in the Midwest, Northeast and South. Learn more about Motorists Insurance Group at motoristsinsurancegroup.com and BrickStreet at brickstreet.com.


Supreme Court of Ohio Clarifies Statute of Limitations in Agency Negligence Claims

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The Supreme Court of Ohio recently issued an opinion on the LGR Realty, Inc. v. Frank & London Insurance Agency case that clarifies the statute of limitations on agency negligence.

LGR Realty brought this action alleging that they received an unsatisfactory insurance policy from Frank and London Insurance Agency.

The question that the court answered in this case was when the statute of limitations should begin in an insurance agency negligence claim.

The day the cause of action accrues is the day the statute of limitations begins to run.

The Ruling

In this case, the court decided that the cause of action began on the date the policy was issued, not when the party suffered an injury. Therefore, the case was time-barred.

The Supreme Court of Ohio specifically stated that:

“the delayed-damage rule does not apply to cause of action alleging negligent procurement of professional-liability insurance policy or negligent misrepresentation of the terms of the policy when the policy at issue contains a provision specifically excluding the type of claim the insured alleges it believed was covered by the policy.”

Frank and London Insurance argued that the statute of limitations clock began to run on the date the policy was issued, however, LGR Realty argued that the “delayed-damages” rule applies and the statute of limitations began when Continental Casualty Company, the commercial policy carrier, refused to defend and indemnify.

Under the delayed-damages rule, a cause of action does not accrue until a party suffers an injury, which would have extended the period for LGR Realty to bring this action.  

The Supreme Court ruled that the delayed-damages provision does not apply and sided with the trial court to rule in favor of Frank & London Insurance Agency.

Want more information about the case? Check out this video from The Ohio Channel.

CITATION: LGR Realty, Inc. v. Frank & London Ins. Agency, Slip Opinion No. 2018-Ohio-334

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