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March 2017 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on March 2, 2017

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Hello all and happy March. Spring is almost here – then again, some may say it has been here all winter!

March is Ethics month for the CPCU Society and as usual, our March chapter meeting will also align with this topic. Join us on March 16, from 11:30 – 1:00, at EMC Insurance to listen to speaker Kathy Carroll Karpowicz, Director of Ethics at Unity Point Health.

In addition to our chapter meeting, The Institutes is also hosting two free webinars this month related to ethics. The first is on March 15 at 1:00, titled Ethical Decisions of the Future.

The second is on March 21 at 1:00 and is titled Ethical Issues Facing Leaders Today. Both webinars count towards the CE for CPCUs program. To sign up for the webinars, or to review the entire list of upcoming webinars, go to www.cpcusociety.org/education-events/webinars.

Speaking of webinars, did you know that The Institutes offers over 50 FREE webinars each year to paid members? There are a lot of new benefits provided to members including a 25% discount on state CE and a 35% discount other certification courses and study material from The Institutes. There are also a lot of great publications offered 14 different interest groups. If you haven’t looked in a while, take a moment to review your benefits at www.cpcusociety.org. [click to continue…]

December 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on November 30, 2016

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The holiday season will make the month of December speed by and my term as President complete. You may not know that I-Day is not just a one day event for a few of us. Ted Lussem, Kevin Seward and I had the opportunity to visit several companies on November 9th with Mike Koscielny, President Elect of the CPCU Society. We stopped at The IMT Group, EMC Insurance Companies, Grinnell Mutual, Nationwide, GuideOne and NCMIC and had to the chance to speak to new designees, members of the Iowa Chapter, future designees working towards their CPCU and executives of these companies to encourage participation in the Society and completion of the CPCU designation.

On November 10th we celebrated almost 50 of our new designees. You and our new designees are among 2% of the industry professionals with a CPCU. Congratulations to all. We hosted two speakers who talked to us about Personal Lines. Ray Thompson indicated that small companies can compete in this competitive market through local expertise, value added services and intelligent underwriting. Kim Hazelbaker encouraged us to review the top safety pick on the IIHS website to learn how safe your car is compared to others. [click to continue…]

November 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on November 2, 2016

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November starts the busiest time of the year for all of us. The week of I-Day will be quite the week as we elect our next President. Additionally, I will visit companies across Iowa the day before I-Day to congratulate the new designees on November 9th.

Veterans Day and Thanksgiving also make this month special. Thank you to our Veterans who have served and sacrificed for our freedom. Did you know that in 2019 this tradition of honoring our Veterans will be 100 years old?

We will continue our celebration for new designees at the I-Day conferment, on November 10, 2016 at Prairie Meadows starting at 8:00 AM. We still have space available for our meeting so sign up soon. Our topic will be Personal Lines and why it is important to you, the industry and what the future holds. We will also present the Burkhalter Award and the Circle of Excellence Award at this event.  [click to continue…]

October 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

October 3, 2016

Link to the ChapterGram October 2016 Meeting Registration Aloha kakou! This phrase means “greetings to all” in Hawaiian and was just one of the many interesting things I learned during our annual convention. The new designees descended on Honolulu, HI … Continue reading

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September 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

August 23, 2016

Link to the ChapterGram September 2016 Meeting Registration Records were meant to be broken and the Iowa CPCU Chapter broke a record this year for the number of new designees. No doubt, breaking the record was due to the annual meeting … Continue reading

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April 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

April 1, 2016

Download Handout from April 19 Chapter Meeting (Certificates of Insurance – by Dean Brooks) Link to the ChapterGram April Meeting Registration Page You are never too old for some fun. No matter where I am, I love to laugh and … Continue reading

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February 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

February 1, 2016

Link to the ChapterGram February Meeting Registration Page Cold weather doesn’t stop a CPCU from coming out to listen to our speakers, eat together and honor two of our members! On January 21, we met at the Des Moines Social Club downtown. … Continue reading

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January 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

December 31, 2015

Link to the ChapterGram January Meeting Registration Happy New Year! I am excited about the New Year and ready to serve as the President of the Iowa Chapter! I have truly grown up in the insurance industry. Brian Cole, prior … Continue reading

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September 2015 President’s Message & ChapterGram

September 2, 2015

Link to the ChapterGram September 2015 ChapterGram September 2015 President’s Message As the Iowa State Fair wraps up, the kids return to school, and summer quickly fades into Fall and football season, it’s time to get back into the second … Continue reading

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