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October 2014 President’s Message and ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on September 29, 2014

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October 2014 ChapterGram

October 2014 President’s Message2014 Chapter Invite

September was a very busy month for our chapter. On Wednesday September 17th, board members volunteered to run The Institutes/CPCU Society’s information booth at the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa (IIAI) 108th Annual Convention Tradeshow. While it was a great opportunity to spread the word and encourage agents to work on the designation, the most fulfilling aspect was seeing all the CPCUs representing their companies, working the room, and networking. The insurance industry is huge in Iowa, yet it feels like such a small community. 

The next day at our September Chapter meeting, I was able to enjoy a beer while learning about the boiler and machinery breakdown hazards that craft brewers face today. It was a great experience for our underwriters and claims personnel to see how our industry’s products can help businesses (like our very own Exile Brewing Company) in a time of need.  [click to continue…]

Congratulations New Designees!

by Robert Conroy, CPCU, CIC on September 12, 2014






  • Jason Aarni, The IMT Group
  • Wallace Almquist III, Liberty Mutual
  • Jessica Bartello, The IMT Group
  • Christy Bellinger,  Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance
  • Michael Berven, Nationwide
  • Erick Biggs, FBL Financial Group
  • Meggin Blue, NCMIC Group
  • Joseph Brott, Nationwide
  • Jerry Burns, Jr, Liberty Mutual
  • Jeremy Butanis, FBL Financial Group
  • Brenda Carr, Auto-Owners Insurance
  • Terrence Clarkson, Nationwide
  • Amber Cole, Continental Western Group
  • Tom Craig, FBL Financial Group
  • Grant Fiihr, GuideOne Insurance
  • Michael Hickman, Nationwide
  • Michelle Ingle, FBL Financial Group
  • Oren Kennedy, Nationwide
  • Alex Koster, Nationwide
  • Nicholas Kraft, Marsh, Inc
  • Alyssa Lentz, The IMT Group
  • Eric Marovets, EMC Insurance Companies
  • Daniel Murphy, FBL Financial Group
  • Amy Nederhoff, EMC Insurance Companies
  • Stacy Parker, Marsh Inc
  • Freda Pearce, FBL Financial Group
  • Jeff Sanders, State Farm Insurance
  • Catherine Sebolt, Liberty Mutual
  • Sheila Smith, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance
  • Michael Spielmann, FBL Financial Group
  • Wesley St Clair, The IMT Group
  • Caitlin Stewart, EMC Insurance Companies
  • Adam Trowitch, The IMT Group
  • Joseph Uhlemann, Mercer H & B Admin
  • Teri Vavricek, Nationwide
  • Joe Woodward


September 2014 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on September 2, 2014

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September 2014 ChapterGram

September 2014 President’s Message

With summer coming to a close, kids back in school and the weather starting to change, it can only mean one thing… Time to reconnect with your fellow CPCUs!  What better way to kick off our fall season than with a chapter meeting at Exile Brewery? Please join us on September 18th at 3:00pm at Exile for some discussion on brews and breakdowns. Lynne Rush, Director of Risk Management for Hartford Steam Boiler will be our guest speaker.

On October 16th start your morning off right with a lovely breakfast at Des Moines Golf & Country Club, followed by the always informative Legislative Update by Bob Skow.

November 7th will be the annual Insurance Industry Day (I-Day). This year we are shaking it up and rolling the dice with a new venue – the conference center at Prairie Meadows. Guest speakers include former Iowa Insurance Commissioner, Terri Vaughan, CEO of Nationwide Insurance, Steve Rasmussen, and “Berkshire Beyond Buffett” author Lawrence Cunningham, just to name a few. You will not want to miss this event!

We have some fantastic opportunities lined up this fall to network, learn and give back to the community. I hope to see you there!

2014 Meals from the Heartland

August 31, 2014

Meals from the Heartland On August 28, a small but mighty group of CPCUs and friends packed 47 boxes of food, or almost 1,700 bags, to help feed the hungry at home and across the world.  

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New Designee Reception & Golf Event

July 8, 2014

A special invitation to our 2014 New Designees:  Congratulations on earning your CPCU and becoming a new CPCU designee! My name is Michael Elliott and I am the New Designee Chair for the Iowa CPCU Society Chapter. To celebrate your … Continue reading

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IAGDM Invites You to Their Professional Development Day

June 11, 2014

The Insurance Association of Greater Des Moines (IAGDM) invites you to their 5th Annual Professional Development Day.  The program is titled “Thinking Differently About Loss Control” and features speakers from the EMC Insurance Risk Improvement Department, including Chris Murphy, CPCU, … Continue reading

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Iowa CPCU Members Attend IIHOF Ceremony

May 30, 2014

The Iowa CPCU Society Chapter was well represented at the 2014 Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame Ceremony on May 20, 2014.  More than 10 current board members were in attendance to recognize the five new inductees. A photo of the Iowa … Continue reading

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More Good Works in Iowa!

May 27, 2014

Kossuth County CARE Team Benefits From NCI-CPCU Change Jar. The NCI-CPCU Subchapter collected loose change this past year with its “Change For A Change” program.  A jar is placed in the break room next to the vending machines at Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company. Thanks … Continue reading

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Good Works in Iowa!

May 27, 2014

Pharmacists Mutual employees and North Central Iowa CPCU chapter members partnered together to clean two miles of road ditch east of Algona, Iowa on March 14th, 2014. It was cloudy and windy, but the dedicated group of volunteers pressed forward to fill … Continue reading

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