National Underwriter Property & Casualty-October 29, 2012

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  • Carriers Compete for Builder’s Risk Business

    Dave Lenckus

    As more insurers compete for less construction business, project owners and general contractors can find ample Builders Risk insurance at reduced or stable rates for projects that are not exposed to catastrophes, market executives say.

  • Using ‘Gecko Tools’ on Commercial Customers

    Laura Mazzuca Toops

    Most people in our business love to denigrate Flo and the gecko as icons of commoditized insurance, a cookie-cutter sales and service approach that only works for the most basic personal-lines coverage. Online rate-shopping, instant quotes and Web-based customer service may be convenient, but they have nothing to do with...

  • The Young & (Not) Restless

    Bobby Reagan, Brian McNeely

    In 2009, Reagan Consulting conducted The Young Producer Study, a project designed to identify and investigate those firms that had demonstrated success after recruiting and hiring young (under 30) producers.

  • Survey: Independent Agencies on the Rise Again

    Mark E. Ruquet

    It would appear reports of the demise of the independent agent have been greatly exaggerated: A new survey shows the independent-agency system is growing again and is financially healthier than it has been in the past several years.

  • Goodbye, Joe

    Mark Ruquet

    Were going to miss Joe. No, not our current vice president: Joe Plumeri, outgoing CEO of Willis Group Holdings.

  • Good Names on the Line

    Bonnie Cavanaugh, E&S Editor

    Reputational Risk products are hot: Clients are actively asking insurers about available coverages, and insurers are reacting with a variety of products.

  • Designing Fine Forms: Insurance Headquarters

    Caterina Pontoriero

    Insurance companies are housed in some of the most stunning examples of corporate architecture. From striking futuristic and eco-friendly designs to classic and iconic structures, these headquarters in many cases reflect the characteristics of the carriers themselves.

  • Joan Zerkovich: Data Diver

    Shawn Moynihan

    Joan Zerkovich is the newly appointed Senior Vice President of Operations for the American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS), an advisory organization that develops policy forms and ratings information used by more than 700 P&C insurers throughout the U.S.Here she talks with NU about AAIS efforts to make available more...

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