Archive for the ‘Insurance & Employee Benefits’ Category

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Recruitment pays off for Tupelo hospital

TUPELO — Rodger Brown, vice president for human resources, North Mississippi Health Services, is proud to head up HR for an organization with 6,200 employees that is one of the top three largest private sector employers in the state. He is even more proud of the crowning achievement of NMHS in winning the Malcolm Baldrige […] [...]

SouthGroup builds on legacy as state’s largest private insurance agency

The folks at SouthGroup Insurance Services are fond of a saying that sums up the company’s complex beginnings. “We like to say we’re an 11-year-old company with a 115-year history,” said Ronnie Tubertini, president and CEO. Tubertini was one of the founders of SouthGroup, which was formed Jan. 1, 2002, when 12 “successful, old and […] [...]

Insurance costs contribute to slow residential growth on Gulf Coast

A drive along coastal U.S. 90 reveals many vacant lots where homes and businesses sat before Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Eight years after the devastating storm, rebuilding is scarce along the beach and on nearby streets. While reasons vary, the high cost of insurance is heard more than any other reason. For full coverage, property […] [...]

Porter leads Glynn Griffing and Associates with music in her heart

On her way to becoming president of Glynn Griffing and Associates, Kim Griffing Porter had a musical career. After earning degrees in music from Ole Miss and Boston University, she won a competition as a soprano and traveled the world with a youth orchestra and choir. “I had an opportunity to sing and travel all […] [...]

Act now before storm season

If you think preparing for storm season only means stocking up on extra drinking water and food or filling your gas tank, you are missing a very important step in your preparations. You should get to know your insurance policy. Knowing what’s covered and what’s not can save you a world of trouble and possibly […] [...]

Commercial real estate insurance rates increasing, but property owners can take steps to reduce premiums

Superstorm Sandy in 2012 followed an unprofitable 2011 year worldwide for insurers, so it should come as no surprise that coverage for insurance including commercial insurance is increasing in price. “Over the past year or two, we’ve seen slight increases in property rates,” said Brandt Galloway, a partner with Galloway Chandler-McKinney insurance, Columbus. “Upgrades to […] [...]

Proposed Medicaid expansion could create 9,000 jobs

The proposed Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, would add 400,000 state residents to Medicaid, which a University Research Center report predicts would create 9,000 new jobs in Mississippi. Former state economist Phil Pepper points out that is as many jobs as generated by the Nissan and […] [...]

Insurance agent survives stage four cancer with hope and positive attitude

Stan Gartman owns an independent insurance agency in Vancleave but has a story to share that transcends the insurance industry. His story is one of serious illness, recovery and hope. In July 2011, he was diagnosed with stage four tonsil, throat and lymph node cancer, and the past year has been quite a journey. “Cancer […] [...]

LIVING LIFE AND LOVING IT: Insurance agent Andy Daniels takes to the sky for birthday

Not everyone celebrates a birthday with a skydiving adventure, but Andy Daniels of Indianola did just that, and it’s a birthday he won’t soon forget. The State Farm insurance agent didn’t mind turning 46, but he did want to fulfill a long-standing wish and do something memorable. Plans to take the dive on his 40th […] [...]

Williams, new chair of state workers’ comp commission

As chairman of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, Liles B. Williams oversees the work of an agency that receives reports of more than 11,000 work-related injuries per year. Williams sees his role as one of trying to control the costs while assuring that injured workers are treated fairly. “It is a good feeling when you […] [...]

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