PCI’s William Stander Joins Public Adjusters, Trial Lawyers and Appraisal Umpires at Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate’s January 6 Roundtable
Dec 17, 2009
William Stander, Regional Manager for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, will join a panel of “alternative dispute resolution” insurance professionals that will include public adjusters, appraisal umpires and trial lawyers on January 6, 2010 in Tallahassee.
Marking the third in a series of claims dispute-related roundtable-style meetings held by the Office of the Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate, the January 6 meeting will focus on identifying complications with the current appraisal process and formulating recommendations on how to improve appraisal as a viable dispute resolution process for utilization once again.
In his Roundtable announcement reprinted below, Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw notes that recently, several insurance companies have amended or removed the appraisal provision from their policies, and that, while the appraisal process had been considered to be a cost-effective process for resolving claim disputes, it has been highly criticized in recent years.
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Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate To Host Alternative Dispute Resolution Roundtable
Tallahassee – In an effort to help Floridians affected by property insurance losses the Insurance Consumer Advocate will host a roundtable on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. Recently, several insurance companies have amended or removed the appraisal provision from their policies. The appraisal process had been considered to be a cost-effective process for resolving claim disputes, but has been highly criticized in recent years.
Sean Shaw will bring together members of the insurance industry and other professionals who are involved in the alternative dispute resolution processes, such as public adjusters, appraisal umpires and attorneys. The roundtable will work to identify complications with the current appraisal process and make recommendations on how to improve the appraisal process so that it can again be a viable dispute resolution process.
The following is pertinent information regarding the time and location:
DATE: Wednesday, January 6, 2010
TIME: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: House Office Building, 4th Floor, Committee Room 404, The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399
A copy of the agenda will be posted on the Insurance Consumer Advocates website at: http://www.myfloridacfo.com/ICA/. Public Comments will be heard in the afternoon session. Those unable to attend the meeting may listen via conference call at Dial-in Number: (888) 808-6959, Conference Code: 4132880 or watch the roundtable on the Florida Channel’s website at http://www.wfsu.org/tfc/index.php.
Participants of the Claims Dispute Resolution Roundtable include:
- Sean M. Shaw, Esq., Insurance Consumer Advocate, Tallahassee
- Johnny L. Moore, Esq., Deputy Insurance Consumer Advocate
- R. Terry Butler, Senior Attorney, Office of the Insurance Consumer Advocate
- Art Newman, Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. (WIND), Deerfield Beach
- Christopher N. Mammel, Esq., Childress Duffy Goldblatt, Ltd., Orlando
- Frank Artiles J.D., LL.M., Insurance Appraisal and Umpire Association, Inc., Miami
- George Meros, Jr., Esq., The National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, Tallahassee
- Jim Reichle, Florida Insurance Council, Inc., Lake Mary
- John A. Voelpel, III, CPCU, AIC , Voelpel Claims Service, Inc., Orlando
- Leonard “Lenny” Bauman, Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, Inc., Seminole
- Paul G. Neilson, Account Manager-Property, Travelers of Florida, Tampa
- Stephen A. Marino, Jr., Esq., Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, P.A., Miami
- Tim Zeak, Florida Public Adjusting, Lakeland
- William “Chip” Merlin, Jr., Esq., Merlin Law Group, Tampa
- William Stander, Regional Manager, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America,Tallahassee
The Insurance Consumer Advocate is appointed by Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and is committed to finding solutions to insurance issues facing Floridians, calling attention to questionable insurance practices, promoting a viable insurance market responsive to the needs of Florida’s diverse population and assuring that rates are fair and justified.
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