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A man of many hats

by Published: March 13,2011

Tags: Joe Shumaker, MBJ Focus, Mississippi Rating Bureau

Shumaker must be versatile at the state rating bureau Joe Shumaker has had a long career with the Mississippi Rating Bureau, where he began working at age 20. He currently wears three hats as manager of the three separate entities at the bureau. There’s the Mississippi Rating Bureau, established by state law in 1924, which […] [...]

Number Crunching

Actuaries provide a valuable service for insurance, other sectors What is an actuary and what do they do? These mainstays of the insurance industry are not crunching numbers with a magical twist; they’re grounded in mathematics, logic and statistics. They’re also listed on job-rating lists as one of America’s top 10 best jobs. Furthermore, the road […] [...]

Maintaining the status quo

Mississippi Association of Self Insurers’ members thriving Self insurers in Mississippi are alive and well. In spite of a recovering economy and some employment problems, these not-for-profit insurers and members of the Mississippi Association of Self Insurers are thriving, according to Dan Gibson, executive director of MASI. “Our members are doing well even though it’s […] [...]

Insurance rates hinge on local standards

Economy could force changes in urban and rural fire operations Steps taken by Mississippi’s state government during the last 23 years are credited with keeping today’s home and business fire insurance rates stable. But budget problems in urban fire departments and manpower shortages in rural ones threaten the hard-won stability. As the recession lingers, localities […] [...]

RAND proposals designed for new thinking on coastal storm insurance

by Published: October 31,2010

Tags: Lloyd Dixon, RAND

Research organization sees lack of progress on Gulf Coast property insurance challenges,  details ideas for avoiding post-Katrina missteps The next time a strong hurricane or series of hurricanes hammer Mississippi’s coastal region as they did in 2004-2005, some changes in the structure of wind and flood insurance must be in place, says the RAND Corporation […] [...]

Coastal American set to grow as coastal insurer

by Published: October 31,2010

Tags: Coastal American Insurance Co., Joe Shumaker, Ned Dolese

New insurance firm staking its viability on belief water — not wind — is biggest threat to Gulf homes A little more than seven months after it began providing wind and flood coverage to homeowners along Mississippi’s coast, Coastal American Insurance Co. is ready to take on several thousand new policyholders, says Ned Dolese, a […] [...]

Proximity pays OFF

by Published: October 31,2010

Tags: Joe Shumaker, Mississippi State Rating Bureau

Fire Ratings Bureau more concerned with nearness of fire services than number of homes to be served Want to pay less for fire insurance? Move next door to a fire station, even if the neighborhood is jam packed with dwellings. In fire insurance, as in real estate, location is everything. When Joe Shumaker and his […] [...]

A fire station near every home

Long-ago funding revamps help lower insurance premiums A couple of decades ago, Mississippi set a goal of putting a fire station within five miles of every home in the state. “I think we’re very close to that,” said Larry Barr, state fire coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Insurance’s Division of Fire Service Development. Two […] [...]

Wait and see

by Published: September 19,2010

Tags: Galloway Chandler McKinney Insurance, Renee Gibbons

Employees, bosses still in the dark about impact of healthcare reform on paychecks Changes to the nation’s healthcare laws are coming as soon as Sept. 23, while others won’t take effect in 2014. Renee Gibbons, an employer benefits specialist for Galloway Chandler McKinney Insurance in Columbus, said many of the company’s small business clients are […] [...]

Life well lived

by Published: June 13,2010

Tags: Glynn Griffing

  Long before guiding the Ole Miss Rebels football team to a national championship in 1962, Glynn Griffing roamed the hills and valleys of the Vicksburg National Military Park. “It was a quite an experience,” he said. “We ran all over that park.” He and friends spent days scampering along the hills in search of […] [...]

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