CEO Werner Kruck of Ormond Beach,Fla.-based Security First Insurance Co. haswon the 2015 Ventana Research Leadership Award for CustomerExcellence. The award recognizes noteworthy individuals andorganizations that have advanced business by effectively usingtheir people, processes, information and technology to achieve thebest outcomes.

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Farmington Hills, Mich.-based wholesale insurance broker andunderwriting firm Burns & Wilcoxhas announced its official sponsorship of American professionalgolfer Jimmy Walker, effective Jan. 1. Walker is currently onthe PGA Tour and is ranked 22nd in the world. He has won five PGATour victories and was on the most recent Ryder Cup and PresidentsCup teams. Walker will be Burns & Wilcox's first professionalathlete brand ambassador.

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Jacksonville, Fla.-based property and casualty insuranceprovider Main StreetAmerica Group is now offering Cyber risk protectionfor businesses in 19 states. The coverage is available through itsMain Line Business Owners Policy. Over the next few months,coverage will be made available in eight additional states.

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Culver City, Calif.-based Zalma Insurance Consultants andClaimSchool Inc. are now offering “Zalma's Insurance 101,” anonline resource that provides video-based insurance training forinsurance agents, insurance brokers, insurance claims employees andinsurance lawyers.

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Westfield Center, Ohio-based insurance and banking servicesprovider WestfieldInsurance Foundation has donated $47,125 to the MedinaCounty Sheriff's Office to pay for an unmanned tacticalsurveillance robot. Medina County's SWAT will be able to respond todangerous situations involving shooters and hostage takers throughthe deployment of the unmanned vehicle.

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Bermuda-based FidelisInsurance announced that it has been approved by theBank of England's Prudential Regulation Authority to beginoperation of its U.K. business, which will begin underwritingimmediately. The London-based subsidiary is led by Dan Burrows asU.K. chief executive officer. He is joined by Nick Burkinshaw,chairman of Specialty, and Richard Coulson, Specialty Linesunderwriter.

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St. Petersburg, Fla.-based VIPSoftware announced the integration of its Bill Audit Pro software with Xactware's XactAnalysis. XactAnalysis identifieserrors and opportunities for costs savings in the estimatingprocess. Bill Audit Pro audits invoices against the approvedestimates to identify billing overages.

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New York City-based insurance startup LemonadeInc. has announced that it has secured $13 million infunding in a round led by Aleph and Sequoia Capital. Lemonade saysit will set up the world's first peer-to-peer insurancecompany.

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Trudy Knockless

Trudy Knockless is a reporter on ALM Media's Business of Law desk.  She has a background serving legal and insurance publications. Contact her at [email protected] or on LinkedIn at Trudy Knockless.