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    THE LADY IN THE HAT

THE LADY IN THE HAT

New Jersey agent stands out in a crowd and works smart behind the scenes We’re pleased to present another article in our Broken Glass series, in which we talk with a woman in the independent agency business about the challenges and rewards she has experienced throughout her career. This month we profile Robin Suydam, president of Suydam Insurance Operations at Assured Partners/Suydam Insurance in Somerset, New Jersey. Hat? These days,

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    ONE SIZE FITS NONE

ONE SIZE FITS NONE

One way insurance professionals are missing the mark in the war against potential market disruptors Not all that long ago, I found myself checking email on my iPhone just before I went to bed. A message from a former prospect popped out at me, perhaps because it had the word “urgent” written in the subject line. Intrigued as to what could be so important after midnight on a Friday, I

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    A RISK MANAGEMENT CRISIS AT SEA

A RISK MANAGEMENT CRISIS AT SEA

Risk Management Lessons learned from deadly crashes of Navy vessels I have a great deal of respect for our men and women who serve in the military. What they do allows us the freedom to live our lives every day in peace, something we should never take for granted. I have a particular fondness for the Navy because my uncle, John Boss, served on the aircraft carrier Coral Sea during

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    THE DINEEN AWARD

THE DINEEN AWARD

Public Policy Analysis & Opinion A well-deserved tip of the hat to a nearly forgotten leader Yes, I am disgusted with the contemporary manifestation of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC); once a year, however, I think about what might have been. Each year the NAIC bestows the Robert Dineen Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the State Regulation of Insurance. The NAIC established the award in 1989

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    WITH LASER FOCUS

WITH LASER FOCUS

Austin firm knows what it’s like to grow a niche without changing lanes Andrew Branoff cares about community. For Branoff, president and CEO of Apartment Insurance Consultants (AIC), that community isn’t just in and around the Austin, Texas, area, but includes communities in need, even those nearly three hours away. In the weeks following Hurricane Harvey, which created massive flooding in the Houston area, Branoff and his staff volunteered to

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