Letter from the President, Peter Schifrin

In December I traveled to Cape Coral for the Mid-Year Board Meeting. I am pleased to report that the Hurricane Ian devastation mostly spared the Westin Hotel and surrounding area. 

That doesn’t discount the tremendous damage and loss of life in the region. In meeting with a local member, Ed Crittenden, I saw photos and video which were startling. Many of our member firms will be busy for quite some time helping policyholders recover.

We have many insurance companies and member firms that rely on the ability to quickly locate a member firm in the location of the loss, to assign a claim investigation and adjustment. It is important that each member firm regularly update their listings to ensure they can provide a competent adjuster who can provide the advertised service type in the advertised service location. Please review your current listings for accuracy. 

The NAIIA rightfully states that we have some of the best adjusters in the country who can provide superior claim handling in the locations and lines of coverage they service. We all need to make sure that this promise can be kept for the benefit of the NAIIA brand.

Shortly it will be time for desirous parties to submit their name for nomination to serve on the executive board. If you have the time, some fresh ideas, a bit of energy and a desire to serve, please contact Sheri Csom.

We have two regional meetings in February: the Southeast Region, led by RVP Maggie Moss Hufstedler, meets in Atlanta and the Southwest Region, led by RVP Rock Phillips, meets in Dallas-Fort Worth. All members, regardless of region, are invited to these meetings and network with fellow members, insurer personnel and vendors. Full information is available at www.naiia.com.

The annual convention registration is now open, and the information is within this newsletter. I look forward to seeing many of you there. Cape Coral will be a great meeting location. 

Sooner than that, the NAIIA will have a booth at the PLRB in Orlando in March and I expect we will see many member firms there. If you will be there and want to volunteer some time at the booth, so I can stretch my legs occasionally, please contact Sheri Csom.

The Strategic Planning Committee and Board have been reviewing various items, including the future of the Blue Book and potential 2023-2024 initiatives to help all members. I’ll have more to say about this next newsletter.

I wish everyone a happy new year. Please reach out if you have any questions, thoughts, or just want to say hello.

Sincerely,
Peter Schifrin
President, SGD, Inc.
2022-2023 NAIIA President

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