• Johnsons Insurance Agency Marathon Location to Relocate April 1

    March 28, 2018

    MARATHON, Florida. (March 28, 2018) – Johnsons Insurance Agency ‘s office in Marathon will be temporally joining Keys Insurance Services at its Marathon location while the Johnsons’ building is under renovation. The move will take effect April 1, 2018. “We’re excited to grow in the Keys as we continue to take care of those we’ve served for over 49 years,” says IOA Senior Vice President... read more »

  • IOA Expands Its Western Region Leadership Team

    March 14, 2018

    SAN DIEGO (March 14, 2018) – IOA Insurance Services continues to grow with the addition of several new producer and leadership positions in the Western region. Insurance veterans Muhannad “Malki” Malki, Jeff Heet, Joey Ragan, and Megan Medrano have recently joined IOA. Malki specializes in cyber liability and employment practices, while Jeff focuses primarily on the construction industry, and Joey on trucking and transportation. All... read more »

  • Bruce Eades Appointed to National Wireless Safety Alliance Board of Governors

    February 15, 2018

    FAIRFAX, Virginia. (February 15, 2018)—The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced that Bruce Eades, Insurance Office of America regional president and president of USA Telecom Insurance Services, has been appointed to serve on the organization’s board of governors. “I am honored to be part of this great organization, and I believe NWSA will change the industry in a positive way,” said Eades. NWSA is a national nonprofit... read more »

  • PKBGT Introduces New Central Florida Regional Series in Partnership with the IOA Golf Classic

    February 1, 2018

    On February 1, 2018, the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour (PKBGT)  announced its partnership with Insurance Office of America  (IOA) to introduce a new developmental series for junior girl golfers in Central Florida. With this new partnership, IOA, which will be the title sponsor for three LPGA Symetra Tour events in 2018, will help link generations of junior golfers by partnering with the PKB Girls Golf Tour, an... read more »

  • Insurance Office of America (IOA) and Learfield’s Campus+ Form Strategic Partnership

    December 12, 2017

    LONGWOOD, Fla. (December 12, 2017) – Insurance Office of America (IOA) and Learfield’s Campus+ announced today that the two companies will form a strategic partnership over the next four years, marking IOA’s first official entry into higher education. “We are excited to partner with a national sports leader like Learfield and its Campus+ program. It was a 2017 IOA Sports Partners and IOA Collegiate Consulting Group... read more »

  • Insurance Office of America (IOA) Raises Hurricane Relief Support for Puerto Rico

    October 16, 2017

    LONGWOOD, Fla. (October 16, 2017) – Hurricanes Irma and Maria recently ravaged the island of Puerto Rico leaving in their wake extreme damage to property and a power grid that some say will take many months to fully restore. To bring much-needed relief, Insurance Office of America (IOA) has donated $50,000 in support of United for Puerto Rico, a nonprofit set up to benefit the residents of... read more »

  • Insurance Office of America Climbs to 12th Among Top 100 Property/Casualty Agencies

    August 9, 2017

    LONGWOOD, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2017) – Insurance Office of America (IOA) was named the 12th largest agency in the U.S., according to Insurance Journal‘s 2017 Top 100 Independent Property/Casualty Agencies. This ranking is up one position from last year’s list. “We are thrilled not only to be part of Insurance Journal’s prestigious listing once again but also to continue to grow each year,” says CEO Heath Ritenour.... read more »

  • IOA Acquires Slaton Employee Benefits Practice, Major Accounts Group

    May 31, 2017

    LONGWOOD, Fla. (May 31, 2017) – Insurance Office of America (IOA) CEO Heath Ritenour and Slaton Risk Services EVP and Practice Leader Rick Neyman announced the purchase of Slaton Risk Services’ Employee Benefits Practice, Major Accounts Group, and its captive and alternative risk financing units. These assets, including all staff, will establish a new IOA branch office in West Palm Beach, FL. Neyman is managing partner... read more »

  • Insurance Office of America Becomes Official Insurance Broker of Orlando City SC

    May 24, 2017

    INDUSTRY NEWS RELEASE Central Florida-based Partner Aligns with Club’s Community Relations Efforts ­­­­ORLANDO, Fla. (May 24, 2017) – Insurance Office of America (IOA) has become the Official Insurance Broker of Orlando City SC. “We welcome Insurance Office of America to our organization,” Orlando City SC VP of Corporate Partnerships Rob Parker said. “They are a long-standing organization with great presence in central Florida, and we... read more »

  • Rough Notes Names IOA Agency of the Month

    March 30, 2017

    LONGWOOD, Fla, March 30, 2017 – Rough Notes names Insurance Office of America (IOA) Agency of the Month in its April 2017 issue. Each month, Rough Notes focuses on a top independent agency for its cover story, and the year culminates with the presentation of the coveted Rough Notes Agency of the Year Award. IOA’s story not only features  insights from its leadership on the unique structure of the IOA model... read more »

  • Insurance Office of America Adds Equine Insurance Expert John Patrick Unick to Its Team

    February 14, 2017

    ALISO VIEJO, Calif., February 14, 2017 – Insurance veteran John Patrick Unick has joined Insurance Office of America (IOA) as a senior vice president and managing director of equine and self-insured risks. Before joining IOA, he served as an executive vice president and managing director at Bolton & Company and president of the thoroughbred racing division at MOC Insurance Services. Unick brings a wealth of experience... read more »

  • Eagle American Climbs to 22nd Spot Among Top 50 Personal Lines Agencies

    November 22, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Fla., November 22, 2016- Eagle American Insurance  Agency, acquired in June by Insurance Office of America, ranked 22nd on Insurance Journal‘s 2016 Top 50 Personal Lines Agencies. This new position represents a 13-point jump from the previous report’s ranking. “The Eagle American team takes great pride in achieving such strong results. We also realize there is still tremendous growth opportunity for us,” says Herman Peery,... read more »

  • IOA Honored Among Business Insurance’s 2016 Best Places to Work in Insurance

    October 2, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida, Oct. 2, 2016 – Insurance Office of America (IOA) is privileged to be among the honorees of Business Insurance‘s 2016 Best Places to Work in Insurance. The annual list showcases agents, brokers, insurers, and industry providers with the highest employee engagement and satisfaction. There are 75 companies featured in this year’s report, many that are first-time recipients. According to the announcement, “Harrisburg, Pa.-based... read more »

  • IOA Receives Applied Systems’ Pinnacle Award

    September 20, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida, Sept. 20, 2016 -Insurance Office of America (IOA) was honored with one of Applied Systems’ most coveted awards – the Pinnacle Award. The award was presented at Applied Net 2016, the largest independent insurance agency and brokerage technology conference in the world.  As the company’s highest customer honor, the Pinnacle Award recognizes partnership with Applied Systems and innovative usage of the company’s technology in making significant... read more »

  • Larry McLean Joins Insurance Office of America

    September 12, 2016

    LONGWOOD, Florida, Sept, 12, 2016 – Insurance veteran Larry McLean has joined Insurance Office of America (IOA) as a vice president in its Longwood office. McLean comes to IOA from Sihle Insurance Group, where he served as an executive board member and head of the commercial division. “I am excited to be part of the IOA team and to work alongside CEO Heath Ritenour, President Jeff... read more »

  • Georgia H.B. 943: Prohibiting the Use of Broad Form Indemnification and Duty to Defend Clauses in Georgia

    June 9, 2016

    Georgia House Bill 943: Prohibiting the Use of Broad Form Indemnification and Duty to Defend Clauses in Georgia By Jeff Mitchell, RPLU, AU, INS Insurance Office of America (IOA) THE GROWING PROBLEM For years, architects and engineers have had to contend with clients demanding that they sign contractual provisions in which the were coupled with verbiage that saddled the design professional with an additional duty to defend the client... read more »

  • Common Insurance Misconceptions

    June 6, 2016

    By Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine June 6, 2016 There are some common misconceptions regarding insurance for the waste industry. The most prevalent of which revolves around Environmental Insurance and who really needs this coverage. Many waste industry operators believe this type of coverage is only needed by hazardous waste haulers or entities engaged in landfill operations. While both of these operations... read more »

  • Bruce Eades Published in November/December Edition of Tower Times

    November 3, 2015

    BRUCE EADES, CIC, AAI Large telecommunication companies and carriers are requiring their contractors and sub-contrac- tors to have a workers compensation experience modification of 1.00 or lower. This is an unreason- able requirement due to the fact that it does not give a true picture of a company’s safety culture (notice I did not say safety program). Currently most telecom- munications contractors’ (line and antenna,... read more »

  • Bruce Eades Published in Wireless Estimator

    November 3, 2015

    Experience mod requirement of 1.0 or less seen as ‘ridiculous’ The good news for contractors, according to Bruce Eades, Regional President for Insurance Office of America, is workers compensation insurance premiums are going down from an average of $12 per $100 of remuneration to $6 based upon a change in NCCI Class Codes. But truly troubling news, Eades says, is that some contractors’ Experience Modification... read more »

  • Christopher Labrecque Published in i4 Business Magazine

    September 3, 2015

    Christopher Labrecque, Managing Partner of Employee Benefits Group at Insurance Office of America (IOA) was featured in the September issue of i4 Business Magazine. Throughout the article Challenging the Healthcare Status Quo, Labrecque gives a comprehensive analysis of the challenges with the Affordable Care Act, the overall healthcare system and offers thoughts on how to confront the issues at hand. “Considering the healthcare system’s current... read more »

  • A #1 Best Seller “Accidents Waiting to Happen”

    November 11, 2014

    Rick Dalrymple’s book, “Accidents Waiting to Happen,” published in May 2013, has become an Amazon.com category #1 Best Seller in the Insurance Liability and a #13 best seller in Risk Management on October 22nd, 2014. As a co-founder of RiskScore®, and partner of IOA the Risk Services team Rick has been a tremendous contributor to the departments overall success.  Rick and the team are driving results for clients... read more »

  • High Risk, High Reward

    September 12, 2014

    The challenge: fast insurance for high-dollar cargo. The solution: E- app automation. By Kevin Fritz WHEN OFFICIALS AT LANDSTAR SYSTEM INC.’S RISK MANAGEMENT SUBSIDIARY REALIZED INSURANCE COVERAGE ON HIGH-END SHIPMENTS MIGHT NOT WORK FOR THEM, THEY CALLED IOA FOR HELP. IOA’S THOMAS SCALISE, IN TURN, HELPED TO DESIGN A POLICY WITH LLOYD’S OF LONDON AS THE UNDERWRITER. It must have been some policy. That was 20 years ago this July, and... read more »

  • Workers’ Comp Claims Can Cost You

    March 7, 2014

    March 2014 Losses of productivity and high insurance premiums aren’t the only repercussions of a workers’ compensation claim. If your indirect costs exceed your direct costs, you could end up paying huge out-of-pocket fees. “You’ve got to understand the financial impact of one claim and how it affects the profitability of your company,” explains Bruce Eades of Insurance Office of America. In his presentation at NATE... read more »

  • Turning a Negative into a Positive

    January 18, 2014

    By: Jeff McConnell, CIC, CRM Vice President | January 18, 2014 A recurring question I hear is, “How should I set my loss limitation?” When making this decision, consider the following points. First, as a professional 3PL, who’s reputation and customer relationships are paramount, the primary objective should be to ensure customer’s expectations are met at time of loss. To keep all eyes wide-open, the IWLA Standard Terms... read more »

  • Who is Telling Your Story?

    January 4, 2014

     By: Brett C. Bradley, IOA Commercial Risk Advisor | January 4 , 2014 In our new world of PDFs, email, social media, and mobile devices, there is an increasingly impersonal approach to many facets of business. Insurance is no exception. When was the last time you met your underwriter or even had a call with the underwriter who is handling your account? Does your underwriter know your... read more »

  • Becoming Best in Class Takes More Than Talk

    October 1, 2013

    By: Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine October 2013 Let’s be honest, we all want to believe our company is truly the best in the industry. We feel our company is truly the best in the industry. We feel our company can outperform the competition from both a physical service and customer service standpoint. If we can’t believe we have built something better... read more »

  • Alternative Risk Management, Not a Fit For Everyone

    April 2, 2013

    Roughly two years ago we began telling readers and insurance buyers to prepare for a change in the insurance marketplace. Because of incidents taking place from earthquakes in Japan and Christchurch in New Zealand, and most recently Super Stormy Sandy, all indications were that the insurance carriers were going to begin pulling in the reins and increasing their rates to recoup the massive amounts of dollars paid in claims. Now, we have officially entered into the hard market insurance cycle read more »

  • Audits Are Nothing To Fear

    April 1, 2013

    By: Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine May 2013 The word “audit” tends to invoke notions of painstaking information gathering, countless wasted hours sitting with pencil pushers who have no sense of humor and other such images. The truth of the matter is, if you and your agent have taken the time to accurately project your past year’s performance, the audit should be... read more »

  • Maintaining Your Contracts with Changing Workers’ Compensation

    October 10, 2012

    October 12, 2012 As we have all witnessed over the last few years, it is getting harder and harder to successfully secure contracts. One of the latest obstacles in securing contracts has been the emergence of prohibiting contractors to bid jobs if their workers’ compensation experience modification factor (experience mod) is greater than a 1.00. The experience mod has become a common metric to determine... read more »

  • Hard Times in Insurance

    August 1, 2012

    By: Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine August 2012 Several months ago we published an article indicating a hard insurance market was looming (Waste Advantage Magazine, Dec. 2011). Hopefully, the message was heard and companies took heed as that indication has started to become a reality. As a basic description, a hard market comes about when carriers begin to tighten their underwriting guidelines,... read more »

  • The Hard Market Is Here

    December 1, 2011

    By: Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine December 2011 Throughout the course of this year I have had several articles in Waste Advantage Magazine that talked about the forth coming insurance market change from “soft” to “hard” and ways companies should be preparing. It is my sincere hope that you as the readers have taken heed to this message. In recent industry communiqués... read more »

  • Items to Consider While Switching Insurance Carriers

    December 1, 2010

    By: Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine December 2010 Insurance agents are often asked: what are the pros and cons of switching an insurance carrier? It is important to note that not all insurance carriers, and polices for that matter, are “equal” in what they offer their policyholders. Just like the variety of options you have when selecting what type of power unit... read more »

  • Taking a Proactive Approach to Mitigate Expenses

    June 1, 2010

    By: Nathan Brainard, Vice President, Environmental Division of IOA | Waste Advantage Magazine June 2010 There are a number of ways to impact your cost of insurance that have nothing to do with shopping your policy every year at renewal. Difficult times call for creative solutions and a proactive approach in order to mitigate your expenses. The intent of this article is to shed light on some ideas you may... read more »

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