June 12th kicked off this year’s Annual Meeting of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) in Napa, California. There to congratulate new President, Jeff O’Connor, were SMW’s Diane Swerling (NAPIA’s 2016 President), and first-time attendee Bryan Holtzman. We were happy to visit with the exhibitors to learn about the cutting-edge technology in the field today, and enjoy the local wines at the Hall and V. Sattui vineyards.
The Annual Meeting also proved to be highly educational. Brian Goodman, Esq. and Ann Frohman, Esq. spoke on the hot button issue of the Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusters. Victor Jacobelis, Esq. and Chip Merlin, Esq. explained how a loss can still sometimes be covered, even when there is an exclusion in the policy. Rocco Calacia talked about how meteorologists can assist public adjusters. Frank Winston, Esq. spoke about the application of named storm provision of wind deductible. And the event wrapped up with talks from Joey Childress on the value of building officials, and advice for public adjusters going to trial from Michael Duffy, Esq.
Thanks to NAPIA for another great Annual Meeting full of food, friends, and education.