Rank #1: EP. 12: Budtender Liability Soon to be a Thing?
A budtender can tell you the difference between Laughing Buddha and Acapulco Gold, or which vape pen may last the longest. But some of these experts at your friendly neighborhood dispensary are sometimes asked, and offer, advice beyond such innocuous subjects, creating a potential for issues down the road. We have yet to see a proliferation of budtender liability lawsuits, but they’re probably coming, according to experts we spoke with.
Oct 15 2020
Rank #2: Publisher Reflects on 50 Years of Insurance Fun
Normally we aim to peek into the future with our guests. On this recording, we check out the past. Mark Wells is an industry icon who’s been at the helm of Insurance Journal for the last 50 years. That’s right, during what is an otherwise dreadful year (hello, pandemic), Mark is popping some champagne – or perhaps some fine pinot noir, as we’ll hear – to celebrate a half-century of challenges, tears, fears and mostly cheers. When Mark assumed leadership of Insurance Journal from his dad in 1970, the insurance industry and California had a different relationship. Boy have things changed! And if you think insurance is a competitive environment, you should try insurance publishing. Mark and his super heroes made it happen. Experimentation is in their DNA.
Oct 12 2020
Rank #3: SPONSORED: How to Make a Marketing Plan for Your Agency
A marketing plan is more than just tactics and a budget. It’s a guide to your agency’s marketing strategy. It will help you identify and reach your audience. ITC’s Chief Marketing Officer Becky Schroeder explains how to create a marketing plan for your insurance agency.
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Oct 02 2020
Rank #4: EP. 11: Where Are All the Cannabis Lawsuits?
Remember the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit from the 1990s? If blazing java on a crotch had the makings for a juicy lawsuit, you’d think that plaintiff’s attorneys would be packing the courts with filings over a product like cannabis. But so far there haven’t been that many lawsuits in the space. What’s going on? We found a few legal experts and an underwriter to answer that question. Lawsuit watchers take heart, there are a few good suits worth watching.
Oct 01 2020
Rank #5: Increasing Diversity All About Dollars… And Sense
George Woods, a senior exec with Guy Carpenter, is an intriguing guest. He’s knowledgeable about insurance technology advances. You’ll hear about those on this recording. And he’s thoughtful about ways to increase diversity and inclusion in the industry. Making sure D&I initiatives permeate the organization requires that part of managers’ compensation be linked to their effectiveness with these initiatives, George says. He takes a broad view: “Diversity isn’t just gender and ethnicity and race. It could be age or education. Ivy League vs. a state school. Someone who grew up in a rural versus urban environment. A creative versus analytical mind. Left brain or right brain. There are so many things that come into play.” Pay equity is an issue too, he adds. “Look at your organization and how you’re presently recruiting. How do you change that? And once you recruit the talent, who do you see getting promoted most of the time?” You’ll enjoy this discussion with a passionate industry insider.
Sep 28 2020
Rank #6: EP. 10: Want to Do Business with the Cannabis Industry? Learn about Sales Fatigue First
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “sales fatigue” and you’re trying to do business in the cannabis industry, take a seat and listen up. We also asked experts in this week’s sales-focused Insuring Cannabis podcast whether being a cannabis consumer gives sellers of insurance and other products and services a boost and about nuances of selling to legacy vs. green rush operators?
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Sep 16 2020
Rank #7: VIDEO: Carrier Management ExecTalk: COVID-19: An Industry Wake-Up Call
As part of Carrier Management’s new ExecTalk series, Tracey Gibbons, senior vice president, underwriting, at Third Point Re, discusses how COVID-19 has been a wake-up call for the re/insurance industry. In a video filmed in early September 2020, Gibbons addresses the challenges that reinsurers face when underwriting pandemic risk, how COVID-19 has affected carriers’ appetite for pandemic risk, the growing awareness within the industry of the potential for hidden pandemic exposures, and the feasibility of government backstops for pandemic risk.
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Sep 16 2020
Rank #8: Lockton Re: Creating Choice in Reinsurance with Talent, Analytics, Relationships
In March 2019, independent broker Lockton, sensing that a consolidating reinsurance market was lacking choice, made a major commitment to globally expand its reinsurance operations. Since then it has attracted a roster of talent with considerable experience. Two of these Lockton experts, Tim Gardner and Ross Howard, are well known in reinsurance circles. Gardner is today the global CEO of Lockton Re and Howard is global chairman. They see Lockton Re on the road to becoming the third largest reinsurance broker. Here Gardner from the U.S. and Howard from London talk about Lockton Re’s approach to creating choice, the difference experienced talent and state-of-the-art analytics make, the effect of the pandemic, and how this hard market differs from others.
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Sep 16 2020
Rank #9: VIDEO: Machine Cover’s CEO: Reinsurance Is on the Verge of “Fairly Remarkable Change”
According to Inder-Jeet “IJ” Gujral, reinsurance is on the “cusp of fairly remarkable change over the next several years.” Gujral is founder and CEO of Machine Cover, an InsurTech that provides technology needed to bring parametrics into the insurance and reinsurance marketplaces. Recently, he spoke with Carrier Management Editor Mark Hollmer about the juxtaposition of parametrics and reinsurance and what he thinks about reinsurance innovation so far. Also in the mix: A little bit about Byzantine history, of which Gujral is a fan.
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Sep 15 2020
Rank #10: AUDIO: Re/Insurance Liability Trends During the COVID-19 Crisis
Chirag Shah, Executive Vice President, Casualty Reinsurance at Willis Re, discusses how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting liability trends. During an interview conducted early September for this podcast, Shah pointed to the significant market correction taking place in the North American liability space, driven by social inflation and adverse loss development. Nevertheless, Shah says, there has been an increased demand for casualty reinsurance as insurers confront threats to both the asset and liability sides of their balance sheets – and look to reinsurers for more solutions to help them with their evolving needs.
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Sep 14 2020