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Are You Addressing Environmental Liabilities with Your Clients?

…Because if you’re not, another broker surely will.

Argosy Risk Specialists is here to offer expert guidance in complex environmental matters. By partnering with us, you can help protect your insureds from potential environmental liabilities. Engaging Argosy in the process--as a seamless and collaborative part of your account team, a consultant or as an indirect advisor—allows you to feel confident in addressing this complicated subject, helping to keep your clients and drive new business.    

Argosy is led by Tanya Andolsen, a 23-year veteran and leading expert in the environmental insurance niche, with extensive experience at some of the most trusted organizations in the industry.

“It’s important to me that agents and brokers value the guidance that Argosy Risk Specialists can offer as a trusted partner and resource when it comes to environmental risks,” said Andolsen. “Throughout my career, I’ve encountered too many companies that are uninsured or underinsured for potential environmental liabilities. In most cases it’s because of inadequate counseling or direction from their current agent or broker, merely because the account team lacks the expertise or knowledge on how to even begin addressing the subject with their insureds.”

Andolsen served at AIG Environmental as an underwriter and later as a regional manager, overseeing a team of several environmental risk analysts and loss control consultants. During her years years at AIG, she worked alongside many industry leaders responsible for the development of fundamental coverages and underwriting guidelines that have been the building blocks in the environmental insurance market. Later, she moved to the brokerage side, spending 13 years at Wells Fargo Insurance Services (formerly Wachovia and Palmer & Cay), as a national environmental specialist, working with clients nationwide on a wide range of environmental risk management and insurance placement services.

In 2016, she joined Armada Risk Partners as Senior Vice President and Director of Environmental, where she expanded her portfolio to include Property & Casualty Team Leader.

A native Clevelander, Ms. Andolsen earned an MBA in International Business from Baldwin Wallace University, as well as a BSBA from John Carroll University, with a dual major in Logistics and Marketing and a minor in Communications.

Argosy Risk Specialists is a company partner of Ohio Insurance Agents Association.


ABOUT Argosy

Argosy Risk Specialists is a wholesale insurance broker offering guidance on how to best transfer unique and complex environmental risks. We assist reputable brokers nationwide in the placement of state-of-the-art, creative and relevant environmental insurance programs.

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, our service team offers considerable access to multiple markets, fast response times, and support that goes beyond simple insurance placement.

Learn more at www.ArgosyRisk.com


E&O Not Impacted By PIA Disaffiliation

OIA disaffiliated with PIA National, how does that affect your E&O coverage? It doesn’t!  Our exclusive direct appointment with our insurance carriers is not reliant upon an affiliation with the PIA National.

For over 120 years OIA has been your trusted advisor helping you protect your agency, with over 85% of independent agents trusting us to provide them with insurance coverage.  OIA has exclusivity with our markets which allows us to provide our agents with the broadest policy terms at the most competitive rates available. At OIA, our E&O experts are industry professionals who understand your business with a collective experience of over 75 years as licensed insurance professionals.

For over 50 years, OIA has partnered with insurance carriers that have been focused on insuring the independent agency system. With a majority of the independent agents insured by our carriers nationally, they have designed their policy forms to meet the unique needs of our industry and staffed experts in the areas of claims, legal and underwriting.

Partnering with OIA allows us to assist you in meeting your risk management needs through training classes tailored to qualify your agency for policy discounts while providing industry specific instruction to mitigate your risk of an E&O claim.  Through our carriers, you have access to risk management portals filled with leading topics around current coverage issues, templates for use within your agency to help you communicate to your clients and staff, and best practices for risk management.

As the agent’s agent, OIA understands how important it is to provide our clients with the best in class to protect your agency. Our mission to protect, promote and progress the independent agent stands as strong today as it did 120 years ago. We are dedicated to your success and we will continue to partner with you to deliver top notch insurance coverage and excellent customer service through our staff of trained E&O experts. 

We are proud that independent agents in Ohio turn to us for their insurance needs and we will continue to be a trusted business advisor to you.

Interested in learning more about OIA's e&o Insurance?

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Personal Umbrella Rate Change

RLI Personal Umbrella rates will be changing as of 4/1/2019 for new business and 6/1/2019 for renewal business in most states.  As of today, RLI has received approval in all states except California and Colorado for a modest rate increase. We will also be introducing additional rating changes at this time. Highlights to be aware of include:

  •  A 5% increase on Excess UM/UIM rates, including states rated on a per driver basis. For example, $150 per driver becomes $158 per driver

  • Incident surcharge for drivers under 22 and/or 80 and older have increased from $100 per incident to $200 per incident. In addition, this question (question 14 on new business) will be split into 14a and 14b in PUP Access, but will remain the same combined question on the paper application.

  • On new business, we have removed the $100 surcharge for a driver licensed less than one year, with a permit, or international license (Question 13). A response greater than zero will continue to place the risk in PUP Special, and restrict to $1M coverage.

  • Surcharge increase for households with a youthful or inexperienced operator, as well as an increase in the 80+ surcharge in NY, PA, and GA.

As always, the updated rates will be available by quoting within PUP Access or at www.rlipup.com, and will be in compliance with state-approved filings.

Please refer to the below chart for the effective dates for New and Renewal Business: 

  

Place your personal umbrella business in RLI’s home-business insurance program. The most popular business classes include, jewelry (costume or “fashion”), photography, tutor/teacher and crafter.” 

For more information on the rate change visit RLICORP.com or visit our page on RLI Personal Umbrella Insurance. 

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AmWINS Group opens new Ohio office

AmWINS Group, Inc., the largest independent wholesale distributor of specialty insurance products in the United States, has opened an office in Columbus, Ohio.

The team includes Tiffany Buchs, Amy Szana and Chris DeLozier of the AmWINS Access division and Andy Phillips of the Brokerage division.

The Columbus office joins the current Ohio office locations in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton.

J.B. Civille, Cindy Renske and Andrea Jenkins are in the Cincinnati Brokerage division, Lori Ulbrich and T.C. Canterna are in the Cleveland Brokerage division, Angel Lightcap-Grisez is in the Dayton Brokerage division, and Rhonda Goines is in the Dayton Access division.

AmWINS Access is a nationwide delegated-authority business focused on small commercial property and casualty, and personal lines. AmWINS Access provides the capabilities and market access of the largest P&C wholesaler in the United States, combined with local underwriting expertise, industry-leading technology, and access to a wide range of binding authority markets and exclusive products.

AmWINS Brokerage is the largest specialty distributor of property, casualty and professional lines insurance products. Our sales professionals are strategically located throughout the United States to service retail agents with innovative excess & surplus (E&S) lines and specialty insurance solutions.

AmWINS Group, Inc. is dedicated to serving retail insurance agents by providing property and casualty products, specialty group benefit products and administrative services. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the company operates through more than 100 offices globally and handles premium placements in excess of $14 billion dollars annually.


Western Reserve Group hires Galonski as VP of Claims

William Galonski of Western Reserve GroupKevin W. Day, President and CEO of Western Reserve Group (WRG), 1685 Cleveland Rd., Wooster, Ohio, announced that William Galonski has joined as Vice President of Claims and a member of the Operating Committee.

“William brings a depth of Claims leadership and acumen to WRG. He is an excellent fit for our corporate culture.” said Day.

William has served in several claims roles at Grange Insurance most recently as Assistant Vice President – Property Claims & SIU. He began his 15 year tenure with Grange in 2003 as Claims Representative and then Field Property Specialist. William served from 2006 – 2014 as Manager of Property Claims & SIU before his promotion to Assistant Vice President in 2014.

William started his career in Claims in 1999 as a Claims Representative with State Auto Insurance. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has the following insurance designations: CPCU, ARM, AIC, and AU.

He grew up in Northeast Ohio where his parents still reside, is an avid basketball fan and still plays, and has a special passion for supporting the fight against cancer.

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