Chip Merlin and FAPIA Executive Director Nancy Dominguez

The largest public adjuster conferences are with the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA). Nancy Dominguez is the Executive Director pictured with me at this past weekend’s conference. Two major themes resonated at the conference—insurance protection gaps and forgotten catastrophe-victim policyholders.
Continue Reading Insurance Protection Gaps and Forgotten Policyholders are Major Topics at FAPIA

Being that FAPIA falls on the cusp of Halloween this year, there will be lots of fun themed events to look forward to. On Saturday night, October 27, Venture Construction Group will be hosting a Scary Insurance Claims Cocktail Party. Venture will also be sponsoring brunch on Sunday October 28. Be sure to throw some hairspray in your bag because on Sunday evening, October 28, FAPIA is putting on a Public Adjusters Rock Concert featuring Titans of Rock, a Journey and Bon Jovi Tribute Band.
Continue Reading Boo! FAPIA’s 2018 Fall Conference Is Almost Here! October 27-29

This past week, I had the pleasure of attending the Florida Association of Public Adjusters (“FAPIA”) conference in Ft. Myers, Florida. FAPIA President, Jimmy Farach did a wonderful job spearheading the event, along with the help of Nancy Dominguez and many others. They also did a great job selecting the venue; the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa was lovely and I had a great experience with their management and staff.
Continue Reading Florida First Party Case Law Update at FAPIA Conference, June 2018

Lifetime Achievement Awards usually come at the end of a career. That was my first thought when I was surprised by the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters granting me such an honor at their annual convention this week. My second thought was that a lot of people die not long after they get one of these things.


Continue Reading Public Adjusters Honor Chip Merlin with Lifetime Achievement Award

Let’s face it, the weather in Florida is fantastic, but November is one of my favorite months because the humidity drops a notch and we still see nearly 80 as a high temp and lows dip down to the 60’s most days. This is perfect weather to enjoy Orlando and have a great day at the golf course. Grand Cypress Golf Club will host the FAPIA tournament this year on November 5, 2016. Click here to register for the tournament and buy your mulligans at check in!


Continue Reading FAPIA Conference Coming Soon, November 5-8

In the wake of Hurricane Hermine, policyholders may find themselves in need of their own insurance adjuster. As we have expressed in the past, make sure you hire a qualified and licensed public insurance adjuster. The adjuster sent to you from the insurance company is not working for you, that person works for the insurance company.


Continue Reading Understanding Agreements with Public Insurance Adjusters and Emergency Shelter Donation Funds

FAPIA held its annual conference last week at Reunion Resort and Spa in Davenport, Florida. As usual, it was a first class event. The seminars and speakers were incredibly educational and entertaining. Specifically, it was especially interesting to hear from Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate (Sha’Ron James). As set out in my prior blog, Great News for Florida Policyholders, Sha’Ron is a good friend and a friend to all Florida insurance consumers. As a personal note, it was an absolute honor for me to give the introduction for her keynote address. Her speech did not disappoint. She was compassionate, insightful, and funny! Her focus on tackling the issue of Assignment of Benefits was very well received by all in attendance. I hope that she is able to get the data and information she needs to address this issue from a consumer-friendly perspective.


Continue Reading Notes from a Successful FAPIA Conference