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There are multiple professions I can relate to while working as an insurance broker. We wear many hats. Reaching beyond the technical insurance components and past all the acronyms, codes, and exposure schedules, we often serve more like counselors, lawyers, experts, educators, and researchers.
However, most days I feel like Jerry Maguire. Yep! I’m talking about Tom Cruise in the 1996 movie “Jerry Maguire” where he plays a sports agent who had a moral epiphany — finding himself fiercely dedicated to his client. Remember the scene in the locker room where Jerry and his client, Rod Tidwell (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.), are discussing the best way to negotiate the pre-season contract? Jerry Maguire cares so deeply and wants so badly to get the best results for the client, but he can’t do it alone. Jerry starts pleading, “Help Me…Help You. Help me, help you. Help ME Help YOU!”
In placing insurance for my clients, I’m like Jerry.
‘Tis the season, in a growing number of cases, for increased social engineering attacks. With it being year-end and the holidays, people and organizations are busy, feeling generous, and sometimes just not paying close enough attention.
Per the United States Computer Emergency Team (US-CERT), in a social engineering attack, an attacker uses human interaction (social skills) to obtain or compromise information about an organization or its computer systems. An attacker may seem unassuming and respectable, possibly claiming to be a new employee, repair person, or researcher and even offering credentials to support that identity. However …
This past Friday, December 14, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas Fort Worth Division ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was unconstitutional. How can this be given the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) already determined the ACA to be constitutional?
Here’s a bit of detail, and just a warning …
When you receive a bill each year for your family’s automobile insurance, do you think “Oh my gosh, why did it go up again?!” I won’t be shocked if your answer is, “Yes!”
Although vehicles depreciate in value and the cost to repair or replace vehicles is less expensive as they get older, it’s not always the vehicles that are driving those premiums. It might…just might…be the person behind the wheel. I’ll give you an easy two-word explanation why …
ou’ve likely heard the phrase “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!” Well, when it comes to me and what I’m about to talk about in this blog, that phrase doesn’t ring true. In fact, I’m actually eager to tell you about my trip! Why? Because I have some great information for you about ESOPs. If you’re scratching your head, that stands for Employee Stock Ownership Plan. If you’re interested in learning the ins and outs of ESOPs, check out my previous blog.
Back to Vegas. I was there recently for what turned out to be an energizing and informative ESOP Association national convention. It was great to see the ESOP community embracing growth for its companies and their employee owners, and it was eye opening to me
OK…so I know the Titanic sunk, but humor me for a moment. To say the healthcare insurance industry is wildly volatile and extremely overcomplicated might just be an understatement. To me, it’s like the Titanic…sinking slowly and we’re all on it.
I recently read an article titled “Secret Contracts Between Insurers and Providers — Who Benefits?“ The article is spot on. Everything about it is accurate…sadly.
It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us! This time of year always causes people to pause and think about their blessings, and for me, it’s no different. While I’m thankful for many things, I want to spotlight two in particular.
Let me start with the heart of the Holmes Murphy enterprise —
Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone? A notorious confection this time of year as the Starbucks’ seasonal drink of choice. The Starbucks enterprise may have also benefited several years ago as consumers adopted a “pay it forward” gesture, where guests made a choice to pay in advance for a Starbucks’ customer receding them in the ever-bustling line of caffeine connoisseurs.
Why do people do this? Why does one intentionally pay for a stranger’s cup of caffeinated cheer, while knowing fully they will not receive thanks nor likely anything in return?
According to Psychology Today
The 2018 mid-term election is over. Here are my three takeaways …
Spoiler alert: I’m not going to give you our secret family recipe for this delicious side dish, but one interesting part of making potato salad is how we alter the state of the two key ingredients to make it. There is an old saying …
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