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Mid-Valley Claims Association News Network

February 2018

Volume XXV • Number II

Serving MVCA Since 1994

Kronlund to Deliver Annual Legal Review at Feb 16 MVCA Board Elections featured as well

Join Your Mid-Valley Claims Association for the first Luncheon meeting of the new year

Case Law Review

Friday, February 16, 2018 as we welcome guest speaker

Mike Kronlund Quinn & Kronlund Attorney Mike Kronlund

see page 4

DOI Fair Claims Regs Recertification at March 16 MVCA Christine Reed, of Low Ball & Lynch, to present luncheon seminar

Secure your spot now for the annual MVCA DOI Fair Claims Regulations Recertification

Fair Claims Recertification Friday, March 16, 2018 Special guest speaker

Join Mid-Valley Claims Association for 2018 Now!

Christine Reed Low Ball & Lynch see page 5 Attorney Christine Reed

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Don Sams, founder of Sams & Associates, announces retirement and plans for other pursuits Loomis, CA – Don Sams, founder and president of Sams & Associates, has announced his retirement from Sams & Associates. After 42 years in the insurance industry, Don plans to pursue other entrepreneurial ventures. “Words can never express the love and respect I have for our industry and the many professionals I have come to know over these last four plus decades,” Sams said. “I have often been asked what I liked most about my ‘job’. It has always been an easy answer: the many close personal relationships forged with so many great people,” he explains. During his career, Don Sams worked for many insurance organizations. He started as an adjuster, then account manager, with Crawford & Company in Chicago, He was Senior Vice President with Brown Brothers Adjusters at its sale to Frank B. Hall. In 1990, Don opened his own claims organization, Sams & Associates. According to Don, “The hallmark of Sams & Associates has been outstanding service, which inspired my motto of “Your Claims… Done Right… Guaranteed”. Sams & Associates has developed a reputa-

tion for not only treating its customers right, but employees with care and concern.” In 2013, Sams & Associates was cited by the Sacramento Journal in its Fastest Growing Companies List. Again in 2014 for its revenue growth, and as the leading independent adjusting firm in the western United States, with a national reputation for outstanding service. Sams & Associates has had a presence in over twelve western states, and done private investigative services in California. “I have known Don Sams for many years,” stated David Gibson, Vice President, Claims, NIAG (Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group). “Under his stewardship, Sams and Associates earned the hard-won national reputation in the industry as a reliable investigative partner, assisting us in protecting our valuable clients when they were most vulnerable. “Don has always been uncommonly ac-

cessible as a busy CEO, and has dedicated his energies to ensuring prompt, efficient, quality service, professionally delivered,” Gibson continued. “I value our friendship as well as his demonstrated competence over these many years.” In September 2014, Sams was acquired by York Risk Services Group. Don Sams was appointed the President of York Field Services with the mission of bringing the outstanding service that Sams & Associates has been known for to the nationwide York Field Services network, and to continue to “grow the business.” “Combining the expertise and geographic footprint of Sams & Associates with our established York Field Services team strengthens our property and casualty service offerings to all our clients,” noted Danny Miller in 2014, President of York Specialized Loss Adjusting, “and we are looking forward to expanding this key service area under Don’s leadership,” he added. Don Sams has supported the local Sacramento community and the insurance in-

dustry. In 2009 and 2010, Don was president of the Sacramento Claims Association. He has been a member and supported the PLRB (Property & Liability Resource Bureau) for over 30 years. In 2003, Don was chairman of the first annual American Diabetes Association Father of the Year, Sacramento. As Don Sams pursues other ventures he adds, “I look forward to working with and staying in touch with the many contacts and friends I have in the insurance industry. I will continue to provide support and assistance to any of them who have a need. My plans will be to do some consulting and recruiting within our industry.” Don Sams can be reached at (916) 7997267 or

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Luncheon Meeting Mike Kronlund - Case Law Review - and MVCA Board Election - see page 4

Friday, March 16, 2018

Luncheon Meeting California DOI “Fair Claims Settlement Practices Act” Regulations Recertification featuring guest presenter

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Legal Update & MVCA Elections at February 16 Luncheon February 2018 Message from MVCA President Sherry Wenograd Dear Mid-Valley Members: I hope your new year has gotten off to a good start. We look forward to a productive and successful year for our beloved Mid-Valley Claims Association. As we did not have a January luncheon, we are looking forward to our first luncheon of 2018, this Friday, February 16th. We are very pleased to present Mr. Mike Kronlund, from the law offices of Quinn & Kronlund, to present a Case Law Review. We will also be holding MVCA Board Elections at this meeting. So, those of you interested in helping out, please come prepared to be nominated. We would greatly appreciate if you would please contact me, Staci Moreno or Bryan Harrison to let us know your interest ahead of time, as soon as possible. We are honored to once again have Christine Reed of Low Ball and Lynch as our guest speaker on March 16th, when she will present our annual Certification Class on the California DOI Fair Claims Practices Regs. May this year bring great opportunity and happiness to you and your family!!! I look forward to spending more time with so many of you in the coming months, starting this Friday! Respectfully submitted,

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Kronlund to Deliver Annual Legal Review at Feb 16 MVCA Board Elections featured as well

The Mid-Valley Claims Association is very pleased to feature guest speaker, Mike Kronlund, of Quinn & Kronlund, at our February 16, 2018 luncheon meeting. Mr. Kronlund will present a review of significant cases to the insurance claims industry from the past year.

Attorney Mike Kronlund

The February 16th luncheon will also feature election of MVCA Board and Officers. Interested parties should contact Sherry Wenograd or Staci Moreno for more information.

Michael C. Kronlund has been a partner at Quinn & Kronlund, LLP since 1999 and has worked with Daniel F. Quinn since 1989. He brings more than 20 years of active civil litigation experience to their firm, and has also participated in numerous binding arbitrations. Mr. Kronlund is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, having received a B.A. degree in Government in 1986. He went on to McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, completing his Juris Doctorate in 1989. As a Stockton trial attorney, Mr. Kronlund has in personal injury law, representing many defendants, including: drivers, truckers, police officers, public entities and businesses. He also possesses considerable experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases, according to the firm’s web site. During the course of his career, Mr. Kronlund has tried cases in many counties across Northern California. He has also received the prestigious BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rating(SM) from Martindale-Hubbell®, which reflects his sterling reputation within the California legal community as a Stockton trial and personal injury attorney. Mike is also a past member of the Mid-Valley Claims Association Board of Directors. We look forward to his presentation.

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DOI Fair Claims Regs Recertification at March 16 MVCA Christine Reed, of Low Ball & Lynch, to present luncheon seminar

The Mid-Valley Claims Association is pleased to present our annual Fair Claims Regs Recertification Friday, March 16, 2018, as we welcome Ms. Christine Secure your spot now for the annual MVCA DOI Fair Claims Regulations Reed, of Low, Ball & Lynch, as our presenter. Recertification

Christine Balbo Reed joined the firm in 2003. She practices in the areas of employment, personal injury, premises liability, construction defect and public entity defense. Ms. Reed specializes in the representation of civil litigation defendants throughout Northern and Central California. She is admitted to practice in the State of California, before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and in the Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of the Federal Courts. Christine handles all aspects of litigation, including arbitration, jury and court trials in state and federal court. Her most recent trial experience occurred in Alameda County in October, 2016, in which she received a defense verdict after a 9 day jury trial in a personal injury and property damage matter defending corporate client, Aaron’s. Her practice also includes appellate work, with the most recent decision published in 2015 in conjunction with Guy Stilson, Valdez v. Santa Lucia Preserve Co. CA6 (H040685) (unpublished), reversing a denied motion to compel arbitration in employment class action matter. Published decisions include Trend Homes Inc. v. Azperren 131 Cal.App.4th 950 regarding judicial reference in 2005, and again in conjunction with Guy Stilson

in 2010, in Sacramento Suncreek Apartment, LLC, et al. v. Cambridge Advantaged Properties II L.P., et al. 187 Cal. App. 4th 1, regarding proper service of out of state parties for California jurisdiction. Special guest speaker Christine is a regular presenter at various claims association organizations and Low Ball & Lynch PARMA and organizes Low, at Ball and Lynch’s annual SacDave Wong’s Restaurant & Bar ramento Seminar/Webinar conducted for all LBL clients 2828 West March Lane, Stockton nationwide. She was born in Torrance, 11:30 a.m. check-in California and raised on the Monterey Peninsula. Noon - 1:00 p.m. luncheon She was admitted to the bar in 1995, after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley Just $22 for all paid 2018 in 1991 with a degree in Legal Studies and from Members Monterey College of Law in 1995, where she $28 for Non-Members/guests or earned the David Sabih Scholarship Award. Those with No Reservations Ms. Reed is a member of the California Bar AsJoin or Renew your sociation, Monterey County Bar Association, and MVCA Membership Now! Monterey County Women Lawyers Association and Insurance Professionals of the Monterey Peninsula. Dave Wong’s requires a head count, so Christine is a fourth generation Monterey Peninsula resident currently living in Carmel with her please make your reservations now with MVCA Treasurer Staci Moreno: husband and two children. She enjoys swimming, 209-603-5006, officiating swim meets for Pacific Swimming, or yoga, skiing, hiking, cooking, and traveling.

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