Chip Merlin, Kelly Kubiak, and Javier Delgado will be presenting next week at the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Spring Conference. Come check out the courses next week at Koven’s Conference Center at FIU North Campus, 3000 N. E. 151st Street, Miami.

Registration numbers for this spring conference are high but there is still time to sign up to attend. Since this conference promises a plethora of new agenda items and networking opportunities, taking just a few short days will reward you! The continuing education is going to be jam packed with great courses and features key note speaker Barry Lanier from the Department of Financial Services. Public adjusters should consider attending just for the value of receiving their 5 hour mandatory Law and Ethics Course. On Monday, FAPIA will host the mandatory 5-hour Law and Ethics course – Approved for the 5-320 CE 5-Hour Public Adjuster Law and Ethics Update Course & 5 CLE credits. This course covers everything from regulatory awareness, including advertising and recordkeeping requirements to disciplinary and insurance industry trends. This new mandatory course is required of every licensee, and enforcement will begin in October of 2014. If you are a public adjuster in Florida, you must take this course to remain in compliance.

A kick-off to FAPIA starts this Friday, May 2nd, with FAPIA Ambassadors and donors to meet at the Florida International University, South (Kendall) School of Engineering for a live presentation by two Directors at the International Hurricane Research Center: Dr. Shahid Hamid and Dr. Eric Salna.

The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Wall of Wind (WOW), an engineering marvel housed at the Florida International University Engineering Campus. The WOW is a category 5 hurricane simulator. There are only two in the country. Very few spots remain available to attend this event as there is limited seating and attendees should plan to bring an umbrella.

Saturday, participants have a free day to network and relax. FAPIA’s First Annual Golf Tournament. Registration has now closed at the Diplomat Golf Course, but it’s not too late to sign up for kayaking at Oleta River, making plans to go to the theatre, or Gulfstream Park.

The Spring Conference begins on Sunday, May 4th at 10:a.m. There will be a Sunday Brunch offered with chefs and made to order omelet stations as well as other delicious brunch items. This will be followed by a legislative update from FAPIA President, Paul Handerhan, who will then introduce the Keynote Speaker, DFS’s Chief of the Bureau of Investigations, Barry Lanier.

Courses continue on Monday with the new mandatory 5 Hour Law and Ethics Course. A total of 8 CE credits, and the Florida Bar has approved 8.5 hours CLE’s for our Associate Members. The courses, agenda, and speakers can be found on the FAPIA website.


FAPIA will be closing all online registration at midnight on Tuesday night, April 29, 2014. There will be a limited number of spots available for on-site registration, but a convenience fee will also be charged.

Register now for the Current Fee:

FAPIA Members and Associate Members $200.00 Non FAPIA Member Public Adjusters $250.00

On-Site Registration FAPIA Members & Associate Members – $225.00; Non-FAPIA Public Adjusters – $275.00

The FAPIA Exhibitor Hall will feature some of the best resources for products and services available to the public adjusting community. There will be valuable prize drawings throughout the conference, including a last day prize drawing that will include a $1,000.00 vacation package that can be used towards cruises, flights, cars, hotels – any vacation you’d like to create through BJ’s Travel. There is also a large flat screen TV, Digital Camera, iPad, Free FAPIA memberships, Gift Cards, and other valuable prizes courtesy of our valued sponsors and exhibitors! Sunday night features a Cocktail Hour (and a half!) with open bar and appetizers co-sponsored by Thunder Bay Builders and FAPIA.

A hotel option is also available here:

This is going to be an awesome weekend dedicated to Public Adjusters! Please register before midnight on Tuesday to secure your spot.