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President Jeff Glass — President, PIA of Wisconsin
How Times Have Changed Being a collector of old Shelby cars, I can recall how difficult it was to find certain cars back in the 80’s and 90’s. You had to wait for your monthly copy of the Hemming’s Motor News and after receiving it, you had to read it cover to cover in hopes of finding the car you were looking for. Heck, the one Shelby I have today took me nearly two years to find and purchase, and that was aggressively hunting. Now, fast forward to today. You can go to countless websites or social media sites, plug in any car information and bingo, you can find just about anything you want in a matter of minutes. Information and communication moves at lightning speeds at zero cost to the end user today. It sometimes can be very overwhelming, but it’s our world we live in today. Now, one of my goals as president of the PIAW this year is to get the association’s communications with its membership as efficient and effective as possible. Currently the PIAW has a Facebook and LinkedIn presence for social media, a web site second to none…. but did you know PIAW also has Twitter?? What is Twitter?? Twitter is currently one of the most effective ways to receive or send information in short blasts (140 characters or less, or internet links) to a mass of people all at the same time. Twitter users choose who they follow and do not follow. The user has total control of what information they receive on their Twitter home page. So as an example, I choose to follow on Twitter… news, politicians, insurance related sites and a hand full of
Shelby sites (gets me the inside scoop on cars). I personally no longer have news apps on my IPhone. I follow specific news originations on Twitter and it is freaky fast. As a news story is literally happening, reports are being tweeted to you live. Heck…. the night Bin Laden was exterminated, I was receiving tweets on my phone 20 minutes before President Obama went on the air to address the nation as to Bin Laden’s demise. Twitter works and is very efficient. As a push to more effectively and efficiently communicate with its membership, PIAW would like all its members who use Twitter to follow PIAW (Twitter handle is @ PIAWofWisconsin) on your Twitter account. I promise the PIAW won’t tweet the heck out of you with junk, but we will tweet out to you relevant association information on education, legislation, social functions, important industry news…etc., etc., etc.—all in an effort to help you be a more informed, cutting edge insurance professional. The PIAW Twitter account (@PIAWofWisconsin) is open to all members and associates of the PIAW. Please take a few moments and go out and find PIAW and hit the “follow” button. It would be really cool to have 500 followers by August of 2014 when my term ends. Thanks. P.S. If any of you know of any old Shelby’s sitting in a barn, give me a call. J.J. Glass
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Madison Ron Von Haden, CIC — Executive Vice President, PIA of Wisconsin
The New Farm Bill IF YOU LIKE TO EAT, the new Farm Bill should be of great interest to you. After years of haggling and partisan bickering, congress finally passed a farm bill that has both sides of the aisle moaning because they didn’t get all they wanted. Nearly a TRILLION dollars is involved with this massive piece of legislation. Crop insurance, the food stamp program, subsidies to farmers and ranchers, money for product marketing lead the way but some obscure programs are hidden deep in the thousands of pages of the bill. Hundreds of lobbyists were literally slithering through congressional offices to promote or save their issues from being cut from the final version.
the good old boys on Capitol Hill may need a nap after that much activity.
YOU JUST CAN’T FIX STUPID, but you can pay his bills. Take the case of Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas. He was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor’s beagle—even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard. Williams didn’t get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle may have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun!
And then there’s Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware who sued the owner of a nightclub in a nearby city because she One big winner was the catfish industry. They got oversight fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out of the industry and product inspections moved from the her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to Food and Drug Administration to the Department of sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the Agriculture. Personally, I don’t know what difference that $3.50 cover charge, a jury said the nightclub had to pay her makes but it sure upset a lot of people outside the industry. ()*234!,-#%./+!0++1234!5)-0+,6!#-!;#%/=!$#%!/20+!)99+66!,#!5)3$!5#-+!5)-0+,67! $12,000, plus her dental expenses. Arizona Senator John McCain even quipped “It seems
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Boardroom LouAnn Herriges, CIC, CISR — Vice President, PIA of Wisconsin
Calling all Agents, Producers, CSR's, Company Reps! WE WANT YOU!!!!! Every year the PIA sends out a call for volunteers! The biggest one is the call for volunteers to be on Committees that are an integral part of the organization. The Committee is where it all begins. The Committee Chairperson and Board Liaison take the Committee’s suggestion to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors take the suggestions from the Committee recommendations. Once approved, the implementation process begins. You can be a part of the suggestions and recommendations by volunteering to be on a committee.
believe that being on a committee takes a large commitment of your time. It is true that it is a committment, however, many committees meet only once or twice a year. Some meet once and then do many activities via email. Some through conference calls. This summer a blast email will be sent out or a form will be included in the PIA magazine to sign up for a committee. You do not have to wait for summer to volunteer. Forms can be completed at any time by going to the PIA website – www.PIAW. org. The website also has a list of each committee, its purpose, the committee chairperson, board liaison and members.
Each year we find that many of the same people are willing to volunteer their time. We sincerely want to thank each and every one of them for the time and efforts with hopes that they will continue to volunteer. We are still in need of more volunteers with great ideas and enthusiasm.
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Many times we hear from members through phone calls, survey results, word of mouth - “I wished they do this?”, “Why don’t they do that”, “Why don’t they have a class on that subject?”and “Why aren’t they listening”. Well, this is your opportunity. Why not volunteer!
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Actions Ted Nickel — Commissioner of the Office of Insurance
Madison, WI—OCI has taken the following administrative actions. In many of these cases the respondent denied the allegations but consented to the action taken. Any forfeitures paid in these administrative actions are deposited in the Common School Fund which is administered by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. The earnings from this fund are distributed to all public K-12 schools in Wisconsin and are used by school libraries to purchase books. Copies of the administrative action orders may be viewed online at https://ociaccess.oci.wi.gov/OrderInfo/OrdInfo.oci. OCI is responsible for overseeing the operations and marketing of insurance companies and agents in Wisconsin. OCI encourages anyone with a question or a complaint regarding an insurance company or agent to contact the office at this toll-free telephone number: 1-800-236-8517.
Actions Against Agents
James Hillard Adger, 5806 Lady Bug Ct., Tampa, FL 33625, had his application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and failing to disclose administrative actions taken by the states of Florida and Wisconsin on a licensing application.
Charles Cardenas, 4330 Spectrum One, Apt. 1116, San Antonio, TX 78230, agreed to the denial of his application for an insurance license for 60 days. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and failing to disclose an administrative action taken by the state of Wisconsin on a licensing application.
Ann M. Alexander, 1600 Aspen Commons, Ste. 600, Middleton, WI 53562, had her application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of exhibiting financial irresponsibility.
Siobhan Davis, 1364 S. Babcock St., Melbourne, FL 32901, had her application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and having a criminal conviction which may be substantially related to insurance marketing type conduct.
Ryan J. Baron, 1134 Jenifer St., Apt. 3, Madison, WI 53703, had his application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and failing to pay Wisconsin delinquent taxes. Bethany Bradley, 121 Berkley Rd., Apt. 1, Verona, WI 53593, had her insurance license revoked. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to pay Wisconsin delinquent taxes. Jack Daniel Brees, 2989 S. Waukesha Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53227, had his application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and having unpaid civil money judgments. Courtney Bumber, 515 Lawrence Ave., Rothschild, WI 54474, had her application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI, failing to apply for licensure within 30 days of completing an insurance examination, and failing to complete the required fingerprinting. Donnell Byrd, 6986 N. Raintree Ct., Unit A, Milwaukee, WI 53223, had his insurance license revoked. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to pay Wisconsin delinquent taxes. 88 AUGUST 13 MARCH 14
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OCI Administrative Actions [continued from page 8] provide evidence of eligibility to work in the United States. Traci L. Graham, 1938 Mound Ave., Beloit, WI 53511, had her application for an insurance license denied for 31 days. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to disclose an administrative action taken by the state of Wisconsin on a licensing application. Richard A. Green, 1326 Schofield Ave., Schofield, WI 54476, was ordered to pay a forfeiture of $500.00 and was ordered to provide requested information within 10 days of receipt of the order. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI. Robert Lee Green, 1350 N. Glenville Dr., Richardson, TX 75081, had his application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and owing delinquent child support. Shannon Green, 10975 S. Sterling View Dr., Ste. A1, South Jordan, UT 84095, had her application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and having a criminal conviction which may be substantially related to insurance marketing type conduct. Joseph R. Hodorowski, 11703 N. Wauwatosa Rd., Mequon, WI 53097, had his insurance license revoked. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to pay Wisconsin delinquent taxes. Deborah Jean Hoeft-Christopherson, 11600 161st St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729, had her insurance license revoked. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to pay Wisconsin delinquent taxes. Brooke E. Hoss, S2518 Eagle Rd., Marshfield, WI 54449, had her application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and failing to retake an examination required for licensure. Dennis Kongvongsai, 2020 W. 89th St., Leawood, KS 66206, had his application for an insurance license denied for 31 days. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to disclose an administrative action taken by the state of New York on a licensing application. David L. Krupa, W56N437 Lenox Pl., Apt. 1, Cedarburg WI 53012, had his insurance license revoked. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to pay Wisconsin delinquent taxes. Sarah E. Laux, 13907 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, WI 53097, had her insurance license revoked, was ordered to pay consumer restitution of $584,995.00, was ordered to pay a $32,000.00 forfeiture within 31 days, and was ordered to pay an additional forfeiture of $600,000.00 within 60 days. These actions were taken based on allegations of making misrepresentations to insurance consumers, offering benefits not specified in insurance contracts to induce sales to consumers, misappropriating consumer funds, and failing to respond to OCI. See the press release at oci.wi.gov/ pressrel/0214slaux.htm. 10 MARCH 14
Reuben D. Levinsohn, 805 Lantern Hill Dr., East Lansing, MI 48823, had his application for an insurance license denied for 31 days. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to disclose an administrative action taken by the state of Wisconsin on a licensing application. Michael E. Mezei, 1715 Jaynes Rd., Mosinee, WI 54455, had his insurance license revoked. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to pay Wisconsin delinquent taxes. Shawna Leigh Miller, 306 Main St., P.O. Box 64, Pepin, WI 54759, had her insurance license revoked. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to pay Wisconsin delinquent taxes. Amanda S. Mindin, 2516 N. 83rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53213, had her application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and failing to complete the required fingerprinting and background check. William J. Motzel, 9 Kings Mill Cir., Apt. 108, Madison, WI 53718, had his application for additional lines of insurance authority denied. This action was taken based on allegations of having criminal convictions which may be substantially related to insurance marketing type conduct, failing to disclose a criminal arrest or conviction while licensed, making material misrepresentations on an application form, failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI, having unpaid civil money judgments, having a tax delinquency at the time of application, and owing delinquent child support. Michael J. Owens, W171 N10330 Wildrose Ln., Germantown, WI 53022, had his insurance license revoked. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to pay Wisconsin delinquent taxes. Joel Michael Paprocki, 12600 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. R275, Austin, TX 78738, had his application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and failing to provide evidence of resident surplus lines insurance licensure. Tymar Parker, 2909 Hickory St., Omaha, NE 68105, had his application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and owing delinquent child support. Jean Pazerunas, 425 S. Cedar St., Palatine, IL 60067, agreed to the denial of her application for an insurance license for 31 days. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to disclose an administrative action taken by the state of Wisconsin on a licensing application and failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI. Jennifer Regina Proctor, 1350 N. Glenville Dr., Richardson, TX 75081, had her application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and having a legal judgment rendered against her or her business. Leonard Pyatt, 4021 S. 700 East, Ste. 500, Salt Lake City, UT [continued on page 12]
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OCI Administrative Actions [continued from page 10] 84107, had his application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and owing delinquent child support. Rolando Xavier Reyes, 12653 Telecom Dr., Ste. 100, Tampa, FL 33637, had his application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and failing to provide evidence of resident surplus lines insurance licensure. Rolando Xavier Reyes, 12653 Telecom Dr., Ste. 100, Tampa, FL 33637, had his application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to provide life settlement broker information and failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI. Gregory Thomas Smith, 6578 Slaughter Rd., Primm Springs, TN 38476, had his application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and owing delinquent child support. Tristan J. Spaulding, 441 Mead Cir., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494, had his application for an insurance license denied for 31 days. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to disclose criminal charges and convictions on a licensing application.
Warren H. Stevens, 306 McGraw St., Eau Claire, WI 54701, had his application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to disclose criminal convictions on a licensing application and failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI. Noel G. Thomas, 1370 S. Babcock St., Melbourne, FL 32901, had his application for an insurance license denied. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and submitting duplicate licensing applications. Phaedra Ann Torres, 4012 Belknap St., Superior, WI 54880, had her insurance license revoked. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to pay Wisconsin delinquent taxes. Gregory W. Walsh, 1849 E. 7th St., Apt. 2, St. Paul, MN 55119, had his insurance license revoked. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to pay Wisconsin delinquent taxes. Michael Zolondek, 351 Grayside Ave., Mauston, WI 53948, agreed to the revocation of his insurance license for a minimum of two years, agreed to pay a $7,500.00 forfeiture, and agreed to never teach, moderate, and/or proctor any insurance classes or seminars. These actions were taken based on allegations of assisting students to cheat on insurance examinations and making misrepresentations to OCI and others regarding his conduct as an exam proctor.
Actions Against Companies
Assurance Group, Inc., 5035 Prospect St., High Point, NC 27263, agreed to the denial of its application for an insurance license for 31 days. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to respond promptly to inquiries from OCI and for failing to disclose administrative actions taken by the states of Florida, South Dakota, and Wisconsin on a licensing application. Columbus Mutual Town Insurance Company, 205 S. University Ave., Beaver Dam, WI 53916, was ordered to pay a forfeiture of $1,000.00. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to comply with an examination order.
Mercycare HMO, Inc., P.O. Box 550, Janesville, WI 53547, was ordered to pay a forfeiture of $3,000.00. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to comply with an examination order. Mt. Morris Mutual Insurance Company, N1211 County Rd. B, Coloma, WI 54930, was ordered to pay a forfeiture of $1,000.00. This action was taken based on allegations of failing to comply with an examination order.
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Nickel Elected to NAIC Leadership Post Madison, WI—Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Ted Nickel was elected on December 15, 2013, to the post of Chair of the Midwest Zone of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The annual elections comprise the votes of the commissioners in the Zone.The Midwest Zone is comprised of the insurance departments of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Midwest Zone focuses on insurance issues that are paramount to Midwest area insurance regulators and ensures that those issues are brought up and discussed to the full committee. Nickel began serving in this role in January of 2014. Created by the Legislature in 1871, Wisconsin’s Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) was vested with broad powers to ensure that the insurance industry responsibly and adequately met the insurance needs of Wisconsin citizens. Today, OCI’s mission is to lead the way in informing and protecting the public and responding to its insurance needs. 12 MARCH 14
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This Season your Sales Team from Good to Great!
by Lance Cooper
Most of us remember Alabama’s famous football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Someone once said, “The Bear could beat your team on one Saturday, and then take your team and turn around and beat his team the next Saturday!” He knew how to coach players, knew their strengths and weaknesses and how to get their best effort. He knew how to win.
How can you coach your sales team like Bear Bryant: from good to great? How can you do this with different personalities and age groups? How do you get salespeople engaged with their best efforts and able to handle rejection with dogged persistence until they achieve their goals? In every field of endeavor, a coaching philosophy, or set of values and beliefs, drives the performance system. This philosophy affects the hearts of its listeners. As we accept certain values and beliefs, attitudes emerge about coaching or leading people. The resulting behaviors turn into habits, which then produce consistent results. For example, one group of sales coaches believes that people cannot be trusted and so they micromanage people and their outputs like machines. Others do not believe in the coaching role at all and believe that people will succeed or fail despite their intervention - so they tell them what’s expected and then stay away. Some sales managers believe that people do better when they are afraid. As a result, they brow beat their salespeople and work to create an atmosphere of fear and control. The cultural effects are obvious: some sales teams operate out of a fearful spirit while others are courageous. Some are honest and some are not. Some believe in serving others - some do not. Some are creative and innovative while others wait for orders from the manager. Salespeople make confident and winning moves in the heat of the moment or we see them quit early and leave in defeat. What are the most important values and beliefs that define great coaching in sports or in sales?
Great sales coaches care about their people. They demonstrate this by paying attention to each salesperson’s motivational needs plans and progress. To understand their needs, they ask questions like, “What do you want?” “What are the three things that motivate you the most?” “What goals do you have in those areas?” From these questions, they discover the motivating center for each of their sales reps: competition, recognition or possibly a specific need to make a certain amount of money. Then, they help the rep put together a personalized sales plan to reach their objectives and get their payoff. They also demonstrate concern when they notice progress, praise effort and show appreciation for a person’s performance. Finally, they individualize their approach by understanding the rep’s temperament – their need to socialize, get tasks accomplished, or think through each step. Great sales coaches believe that their people have what it takes to achieve their goals. They demonstrate this faith by how they communicate when an individual or a team falls behind the pace necessary for goal achievement or misses hitting an objective. They teach sales teams the steps and skills within the sales process that lead to results by focusing on coaching 1-2 skills at a time until they become habits. They talk about specific points of progress. With various words and actions, great coaches help their team get better and reach personal objectives. They may even say, “I believe you can get this done, accomplish this task, or master this skill.’ They go with them on calls, listen to their concerns, watch their behaviors and habits, and remove sales process hindrances within their control. Great coaches sacrifice
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Coach . . . [continued from page 15] personal time for the improvement, encouragement, and correction of a person’s performance. Then, they do this for as long as they have confidence in a rep’s ability to achieve minimum performance or higher.
greatness is possible. As Paul Bear Bryant or as a sales manager, the values and beliefs remain the same. Never accept mediocre effort. Care about the reps. Let them know you believe they have what it takes. Expect them to get better.
Great sales coaches expect their people to improve and get better. And, those expectancies are specific and communicated. Specific plans, processes and skills, lead to specific habits and objectives. Sales leaders help their reps develop personalized sales plans and development objectives. They help reps find better ways to prospect or to set appointments, how to ask questions and identify a prospect’s needs, or to weave needs and recommended products into a solution that helps a new customer or turns into a profitable sale.
People live into and up to the expectations of the culture around them and leaders define the culture. Make it a challenging, fun, and purposeful experience for those you coach and they will rise to your expectations. n
Coaching a team to greatness begins with a belief that
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From His Lips Because it was a busy day in Heaven, St. Peter was interviewing recent arrivals three at a time. After making sure the latest trio was worthy of entering Heaven, St. Peter asked, "Now, what would you like the pastor to say at your funeral?" The first man said, "I want him to say that I was a wonderful father and loving husband who never, ever cheated on his wife." The second man answered, "Have him say that I was the most honest businessman in the world and that I absolutely did not embezzle all that money from my company before I died." The third person, a woman, thought for a moment, and then replied,"I want him to say, 'Oh my God, call a paramedic! She's still breathing."
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Prevent Ethical Breakdowns By Stan Craig
Ethics and values are eroding across a wide spectrum of government, organizational and corporate sectors around the world. Bribes, cheating, criminal behavior, sexual abuse and harassment are becoming commonplace. A nationwide survey on workplace ethics in 2011 opened with this startling statement, “Based on what we see now, we expect workplace ethics to decline.” That is a powerful and alarming comment, but it is based on solid research from the Ethics Resource Center.
It seems as if not a day passes by without a new story about ethical breakdowns. From doping athletes in baseball and cycling being stripped of titles and victories to politicians who behave as if sexual harassment and financial self-dealing are privileges of office, the stories are never ending. Why are ethics in decline for individuals and corporations? • A me-first attitude that places corporate interests and individual pleasure or gratification before all other ethical responsibilities • A craving for power, status, wealth and recognition that sees people, family, friends and others as tools to be used whenever necessary • An “everybody is doing it” attitude that implies permission for any behavior • A lack of accountability, which makes ethical misconduct a personal matter • A social acceptance of wrong-doing as a way to succeed, stand out and achieve goals without the out-of-date restraints of the past • A “rot at the top” stain which harms the entire body, group or company • A focus on short-term benefits at the expense of quality, value and integrity
The good news is that you can prevent ethical issues in your company by making ethical behavior a priority. Here are a few ways to create a culture of ethical behavior: 1. State the values that matter and why—for your firm, your clients and every employee. Stated values have a perceived value in the workplace when posted, referred to and taught. They give meaning to the daily work routine. A common commitment to the client, providing the best products in the market place, and unparalleled service carry more value than stockpiling profits which employees do not always share. 2. Publicize the firm’s commitment to ethical values. Customers, clients and prospective business are all impacted positively when values are publically stated. It is especially powerful when the values are demonstrated. Target, Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart are just a few retailers who put the dollar amount of their charitable contributions on display. 3. Top-down leadership must commit to ethical values. Research indicates that employees do not believe top management lives up to the values and ethics they say they believe. Leaders must demand the best from themselves and reward employees who report misconduct and violations of the stated policy. [continued on page 22] MARCH 14 21
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4. Managers at every level must pledge to learn, teach and apply the values stated. When employees see their own management team living corporate or organizational values and expecting all others to do the same, it is a confirmation that values matter. 5. Remind the entire organization that the right thing to do is always to do the right thing. Pressure to create sales and meet rollout deadlines, or reach the goal and please the stockholders or owners should never result in compromised behavior. Values and ethics are the glue that holds everything together. When they are broken, the sound carries far and wide and can trigger an avalanche ethical lapses that can never be undone. 6. Mottos and mission statements make a difference when they are displayed throughout the workplace. A mission, a motto and stated values can be printed on wallet cards, posters, or wall plaques in offices and gathering places. Values matter, and seeing them implies that they are just as important as labor laws and evacuation guides, and -perhaps- more meaningful for employees. 7. Be quick to take action when ethics and values are violated. If you want to denigrate a previous effort and integrity, ignore a violation when it occurs. Permitting violators to continue in their position when the facts of poor behavior are clear ends all creditability with your employees. The word will circulate quickly and undermine any previous efforts to maintain ethical standards If it is believed that some can get by with anything while others are punished, that sends a powerful message that ethics do not exist. 8. Ethical training and discussions help put values to work. When management expresses the values that the company or organization is to live by, employees are challenged to follow the example the company sets. This is one time when top-down leadership clearly works. Describing the right actions resulting from your shared values builds trust. Consider this: your values actually create value for your company. Year after year some of the world’s most admired companies, the best places to work and highest growth companies are those with clear corporate values demonstrated in the work place.
Ethisphere plainly states, “These companies also understand that a strong culture of ethics is also key to helping drive financial performance.” Employees want to come to work every day more excited than the last—no one wants to dread going to work. Even tedious and repetitive tasks have a purpose larger than the action itself. A unified understanding of the key values applied to decision-making makes a difference. A deep commitment and belief in the mission of the company to delight customers, develop dedicated clients, solve problems and positively impact others is a value to be created, understood and shared. When the ethical line is blurred and values are questioned, employees stop believing in the company and taking pride in their job and its significance. Your business or organizational culture is a conscious state of mind. It makes all the difference in the pride and accountability in each employee and how clients, customers or potential clients are treated in your organization. Culture is built on values, ethical expectations and behavior. Make your ethics and values real and watch the positive changes that flow from these clear and expressive centerpieces of your culture. John Hammond said, “Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success.” That applies to corporations and organizations as well as individuals. Declining ethics and values need not be a prophecy fulfilled. Build your corporate character, explain and live your values and it is likely success will follow in more ways than you can imagine. n Stan Craig, the founder of the ForeTalk Seminar, is an accomplished financial planner, executive coach and keynote speaker. He is also author of “ForeTalk: Taking Care of Tomorrow Today.” As a finance professional, Stan enjoyed a 27-year career at Merrill Lynch, which included positions as National Sales Manager, Director of Global Sales for Defined Asset Funds and the First Vice President and Senior Director of the Office of Investment Performance. For more information on Stan, please visit www.ForeTalkSeminar.com.
If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place. —Nora Roberts
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PERSONAL LINES – MISCELLANEOUS This course addresses the exposures created by watercraft, recreational vehicles, and business activities often encountered when working with personal lines clients. Prompting your client to identify these exposures is crucial, because the ISO Homeowners and ISO Personal Auto Programs provide only very limited coverage. You will be better able to design the appropriate coverage for these exposures. The course will also provide an analysis of the important coverage offered through personal umbrella or excess liability policies. It is recommended that students taking CISR Personal Lines Miscellaneous have already taken CISR Personal Residential or have a working knowledge of the Homeowners Policy Form.
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Does your year-end include an Agency Audit?
By Curtis M. Pearsall
At the end of each year, agency ownership/management does the typical “crunching of the numbers” to assess how the agency fared. An overall review will include an evaluation of premium and policy count changes, an assessment of how well various objectives/metrics were met and a careful dissection of the agency’s financial picture. Looking at these issues, as well as producers’ hit ratios and by-customer policy numbers, reveals your status from the business side of the equation. Yet how well do they determine the agency’s “E&O health?” To a significant degree they don’t, creating a need to perform a review that probably does not get as much attention as it should. Namely, “auditing” many of the key agency procedures to verify to what degree each of the staff is meeting the various agency expectations.
Most important If your agency has not been performing a staff audit, now is a good time to start, focusing on those procedures/expectations that are most important. This includes documentation – is it being done promptly, accurately and professionally? – the handling of e-mails, policy checking, and more. Employees not meeting the agency’s expectations increase the potential for an E&O issue to arise, so it is best to discover the issue and resolve it before it grows. Moreover, the possibility that agency expectations are not being met could result from employees not completely understanding those expectations, which suggests a need for further training. When it comes to producers, how comfortable do you feel with the way they perform their duties? When was the last time the agency owner/sales manager “rode along” with a producer to see how the call is handled, hear what is said and note how those discussions are documented?
Throughout the year Ideally, an audit process – essentially a review of a set number of files per-person based on his or her position – works best when the review is broken down and performed at periodic times during the year. Most agencies should perform this review quarterly. It is more efficient that way, and allows for
a “quicker” identification of problems or issues that must be addressed via training or individual/group consultation. While performing periodic quality control audits helps management understand what’s happening within the agency, it will also demonstrate that the staff is being held accountable for their work product and the performance of agency procedures. While the mention of an audit process might get some folks nervous, the staff must realize that auditing is performed in virtually every business and helps ensure the organization’s health.
Trust, but verify If you don’t have an audit form today, don’t worry about getting the process perfect right from the beginning. As you perform quality-control audits, you will be able to identify areas that must be added – or deleted – from the audit form. How many files should be reviewed? Many agencies strive for a 10% sampling, although the proper number will depend greatly on the amount of work performed. The goal is to review the number of files that provides credibility to the final score. If, for example, you are reviewing files for all customer service representatives, make sure it really does include all customer service representatives. While you may want to trust that your 30-year veteran is doing his or her job, it’s still best to “trust, but verify.” Because your agency probably consists of numerous disciplines – marketing, customer service, sales, accounting, etc. – ensure that each of these is reviewed. Each area has procedures that, if disregarded or not performed properly, could cause problems for the agency. Now is also a good time to review the agency’s website and promotional material to determine to what degree they continue to accurately portray the agency. Are you using any of the “dangerous words” such as “expert” or “specialist?” If so, you might want to change them.
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efforts and commitment. For those that struggled or did not “pass” the review, meet with them individually to better understand the reasons. Is there a need for additional training or another reason, such as the employee thinks his or her way is the better way? Consider factoring the audit results into an employee performance review to add some “teeth” to the process. Bottom line, it is difficult to grow in professionalism and efficiency without an auditing process. Your year-end agency review is not really complete without a review of the year-end audit results. n
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The PIAW Legislative Committee had a busy and productive meeting in January The group started with a legislative review and update from our lobbyist, Ron Kuehn. We then welcomed Andy Franken from the Wisconsin Insurance Alliance to give an overview of current and upcoming issues of interest to the insurance industry in Wisconsin. Then it was time to grab coats and gloves for a walk to the Department of Justice (the wind chill was -25 degrees) for a private meeting with Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. The Attorney General brought us up to speed on his eight year effort to improve the A.G.â€™s office and the accomplishments during that time. The coats were back on as we walked to the office of the Commissioner of Insurance to meet with J.P. Weiske, legislative liaison to the Commissioner for a discussion of the activities of the Department over the past year and a look to the future issues concerning agents
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and the industry. It was time to grab the coats again for a walk to the Capitol to meet with State Representative Mary Czaja. As an insurance agent and PIA member, Mary had great insight for the group on the issues soon to be addressed in the legislature and the impact on agents. Finally, we made a stop at Senator Frank Laseeâ€™s (Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee) office at the capitol to review a bill he is circulating regarding changes to commission levels on long term care insurance. It was a whirlwind schedule for this great group of dedicated PIAW volunteers who donate their time in service to the association. PIA is certainly proud of these folks and our lobbying team as they direct the legislative activities which are so important to our members.
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During this session participants will be provided with specific tools for analyzing consumer needs; will learn to utilize risk identification techniques to gather pertinent prospect information; will develop skills necessary to assimilate information gathered into a customized protection program; and will participate in exercises designed to promote effective delivery of proven solutions.
This program focuses on fulfilling the implied promises contained in the insuring agreement. Students will review methods of providing evidence of insurance coverage; will discuss policies and procedures for controlling errors and omissions including policy review and delivery, endorsements, claims-processing, and handling of client complaints. This course includes a review of the Professional Expectations; the Law of Agency; and Legal and Ethical Standards.
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If you’re looking to jump start a new career or make more with the one you are in, education is your best investment. Now, more than ever, it is important to invest in your greatest assets—yourself and your people. According to The National Alliance Producer Profile, commercial lines producers with the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation earn 30% more than those without the designation. To learn more about the CIC Program, call or visit us on the web.
The most successful training programs for insurance professionals
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Register at www.piaw.org or call 1-800-261-7429
2014 Ethics & Hot Topics Seminars Anyone Can Attend! All Approved for the Utica Premium Discount!
4 Credit CE Day: $65 PIA Member / $90 Non Member 7 Credit CE Day: $155 (includes lunch) The full days, also known as William T. Hold Seminars, are an approved CISR update option. No dues required. John Dismukes CIC, CPCU, AAI, AIS
Patti Gardner CIC, CRM, CPCU
Todd Davis CIC
Radisson – Green Bay
Ethics & Legal Considerations (John Dismukes) 4 WI Ethics CE – course # 61059
1:00 – 4:45 p.m.
May 15 Cranberry Country Lodge – Tomah Certificates of Insurance & Additional Insureds, Workers Compensation, Ethics (John Dismukes) 7 WI CE, 3 of 7 Ethics – new course #s
8:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn – Rothschild Certificates of Insurance & Additional Insureds, Workers Compensation, Ethics (Patti Gardner) 7 WI CE, 3 of 7 Ethics – new course #s
8:00 – 4:00 p.m.
1:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Holiday Inn – Fond du Lac
Ethical Standards (Todd Davis) 4 WI Ethics CE, course # 65902
Brookfield Suites – Brookfield Certificates of Insurance & Additional Insureds, Workers Compensation, Ethics (John Dismukes) 7 WI CE, 3 of 7 Ethics – new course #s
8:00 – 4:00 p.m.
$155 per course. Register at www.piaw.org or call 1-800-261-7429
Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist. —Karen Horney
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PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE AGENTS OF WISCONSIN, INC. OFFICERS
Mr. Jeff J. Glass, President A.F. Glass Insurance Agency PO Box 1149 Lake Geneva, WI 53147 Phone 262-248-5555 Fax 262-248-5544 email@example.com
Mr. Thomas Budzisz BWO Insurance Group, LLC 2111 E. Rawson Ave. Oak Creek, WI 53154 Phone 414-768-8100 Fax 414-768-8110 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. LouAnn Herriges, CIC, CISR Vice President Anderson's Insurance Associates 17500 W. Liberty Lane New Berlin, WI 53151 Phone 262-789-8500 Fax 262-754-6038 email@example.com
Ms. Jodi Cordes, CIC, CRM A.F. Glass Insurance Center P.O. Box 1149 Lake Geneva, WI 53147 Phone 262-248-5555 Fax 262-248-5544 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Rick Clements, LUTCF, MDRT Treasurer Clements Ins. Agency, Inc. 317 N. 6th St. Wausau, WI 54402 Phone 715-842-1664 Fax 715-848-3337 email@example.com
Mr. Matt Cranney, CIC M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc. 3133 W Beltline Hwy Madison, WI 53713 Phone 608-273-0655 Fax 608-273-7783 firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. John W. Klinzing, CIC Affiliated Ins. Agencies of WI, LLC 3830 Atwood Ave. Madison, WI 53714 Phone 608-310-3924 Fax 608-441-8787 email@example.com
Mr. Brian MacGillis, CPIA Secretary MacGillis Agency, Inc. W3934 County Highway H PO Box 100 Fredonia, WI 53021-0100 Phone 262-790-0000 Fax 262-790-0004 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Trey Neher, CIC, CISR THZ Insurance Group 420 E. Northland Ave. Appleton, WI 54911 Phone 920-730-0123 Fax 920-833-6870 email@example.com Ms. Tracy A. Oestreich CIC, AU, CPIA Anderson Ins. Associates, Inc. W177N9856 Rivercrest Dr., Ste. 215 Germantown, WI 53022 Phone 262-789-8500 Fax 262-754-6038 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald Von Haden, CIC Executive Vice President email@example.com Darcy Brown Member Benefits Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Heather Falk, CISR Bookkeeping email@example.com Mandy Penn Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org Becca Prestbroten Special Project Coordinator email@example.com Brenda Steinbach Education & Convention Director firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVANCED COMMERCIAL LINES ANALYSIS FOR E&O PREVENTION Wauwatosa (7 WI CE)
CPIA 1 Madison (7 WI CE)
CISR COMMERCIAL CASUALTY 2 Madison (7 WI CE)
25 ETHICS Green Bay (4 WI Ethics CE) 26-28
CIC COMMERCIAL CASUALTY Green Bay (20 WI CE)
AGENCY MANAGEMENT & TECHNOLOGY TRADE SHOW WI Dells
AUTOMATION TRADESHOW WI Dells
YPC BREWERS GAME Milwaukee
CISR PERSONAL LINES MISCELLANEOUS Brookfield, Madison (7 WI CE)
CIC RUBLE GRADUATE SEMINAR Middleton (16 WI CE, 4 of 16 are optional Ethics)
Hot Topic/William T. Hold Tomah (7 WI CE, 3 of 7 are Ethics)
CISR PERSONAL RESIDENTIAL Green Bay, Brookfield (7 WI CE)
CIC COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Milwaukee (20 WI CE)
HOT TOPIC/WILLIAM T. HOLD Rothschild (7 WI CE, 3 of the 7 are Ethics)
DYNAMICS OF SERVICE Fond du Lac (7 WI CE)
Ms. Kathy M. Mulder Nolan Insurance Agency LLC PO Box 238 Brandon, WI 53919 Phone 920-346-2241 Fax 920-346-5600 email@example.com
STAFF PIA of Wisconsin, Inc. 6401 Odana Road Madison WI 53719 Phone: 608-274-8188 Toll Free: 800-261-7429 Fax: 608-274-8195 Toll Free Fax: 866-203-7461 www.piaw.org
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Mr. Dennis Kuhnke, CIC, CPIA PIAW National Director Jack C. Loyda & Associates, Ltd. 4414 N. Oakland Ave. Shorewood, WI 53211 Phone 414-332-5150 Fax 414-332-7267 firstname.lastname@example.org
6-8 65 TH ANNUAL CONVENTION Lake Geneva (2 WI CE) 6
YPC GOLF OUTING Lake Geneva
CIC AGENCY MANAGEMENT Appleton (20 WI CE, 4 of the 20 are Ethics)
CPIA 2â€” IMPLEMENT FOR SUCCESS Appleton (7 WI CE)
ETHICAL STANDARDS Fond du Lac (4 WI CE)
CISR COMMERCIAL CASUALTY 1 Brookfield (7 WI CE)
CISR COMMERCIAL CASUALTY 1 Eau Claire (7 WI CE)
CIC PERSONAL LINES INSTITUTE Eau Claire (20 WI CE)
IT’S A THIN GRAY LINE. WHERE DO YOU
STAND? NEXT IN A NEW SERIES OF C E C R E D I T C O U R S E S E X C L U S I V E LY FOR ACUITY AGENTS! For All That Matters
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