President’s Messages

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…]

September 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on August 23, 2016

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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 and commencement ceremony in Honolulu, Hawaii. Our chapter will be celebrating with 181 new designees in Hawaii from September 16 – 20. We are looking forward to keynote speaker, John Quinones, co-anchor of ABC Primetime, as well as hearing from Dewitt Jones, a professional photographer, film director and writer. In addition to the great speakers there will be classes on underwriting, claims, future of our industry, and career building to fill our days in Hawaii.

Back home in Iowa, we honor our new designees with a reception in Des Moines and at I-Day in November. Our reception was very well attended at Wellman’s on August 8 and we gave away a $50.00 gift card to Marcus Treimer based on participation in a networking activity during the reception. We had a good time meeting each other and we will hope to see everyone at the reception in Hawaii on Sunday, September 18 at the Hawaii  Convention Center from 3 – 4:30. An email was sent inviting new designees to the reception in Hawaii in mid-August. Please let us know whether you will be in attendance. [click to continue…]

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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April 2015 President’s Message & ChapterGram

April 1, 2015

Link to the ChapterGram April 2015 ChapterGram April 2015 President’s Message We’ve experienced a few really nice days of weather lately, so I’m hoping Spring is upon us! With the arrival of Spring, it’s time for our chapter to be … Continue reading

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March 2014 President’s Message & ChapterGram

February 24, 2014

Link to the ChapterGram March 2014 ChapterGram March 2014 President’s Message On February 13, the Iowa Chapter was treated to a presentation by Brenda Criswell, Employment Specialist for the Iowa Department for the Blind. Needless to say, it was an … Continue reading

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September 2013 President’s Message & ChapterGram

August 30, 2013

Link to the Chaptergram September 2013 ChapterGram September 2013 President’s Message I hope you have enjoyed your summer and are ready to get back into the routine that comes with fall and back to school. The Iowa CPCU Society Chapter … Continue reading

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