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Robert Moore Named As VP of Safeco’s Southeast Region Advisory Council

Congratulations Robbie!

Safeco Insurance announces agent officers, participants for 2016 Southeast Region Advisory Council

SEATTLE, Washington (DATE, YEAR) – Laura Sherman will serve as president for the Safeco Insurance Southeast Region Advisory Council, effective Jan. 1, 2016, Safeco has announced. Robert Moore will be the council’s vice president. As regional officers, both also will serve on the National Advisory Council.

Safeco has been using advisory councils for more than 10 years to collaborate with agents on solutions that will improve the insurance experience for both agents and their customers. Approximately 140 agents sit on eight regional councils, all managed by agents. The national council includes the president and vice president from each of the company’s regional councils across the country. Officers are elected by their peers.

“The agents who serve in the Advisory Council program are dedicated to building stronger relationships and creating excellent customer experiences,” said Matthew Nickerson, Safeco Insurance president. “Their contributions are vital to our success, and I thank them for their commitment.”

Sherman is the owner/principal of Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners in Tampa, Florida. Moore is executive vice president at Blanchard & Calhoun in Augusta, Georgia.

In addition to Sherman and Moore, the following agents will serve on the 2016 Southeast Region Advisory Council:

  • Kelley Herrin, Jack Bradley Agency, Cornelia, Georgia
  • Mike Arnaud, BB&T Insurance Services, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Dianna Pinizzotto, Tequesta Insurance Advisors, Tequesta, Florida
  • Jerry Elliott, BB&T Oswald Trippe, Fort Myers, Florida
  • Robin Price, Allen Tate Insurance, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Ronnie Tubertini, Southgroup/Ridgeland, Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Cam Winterburn, Winterburn & Associates, Pulaski, Tennessee
  • Ron Gant, Collierville Insurance, Collierville, Tennessee
  • Robby Robertson, Renasant Insurance, Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • Julius Anderson, Anderson Insurance Associates, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Bill Turbeville, Turbeville Insurance Agency, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Kagan Cooksley, Regency Insurance Group, Fort Myers, Florida
  • Eric Shellnut, Shellnut-Campbell Insurance, Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Danny Strock, Independent Insurance Associates, Prattville, Alabama
  • Clayton Rhoads, The Rhoads Group, Cumming, Georgia

 About Safeco Insurance In business since 1923 and based in Boston, Mass., Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2013 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 78th on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2014 revenue.

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Have a Happy and Safe Halloween from Georgia’s Trusted Choice® Insurance Agencies

Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia offer tips to protect families, homeowners and drivers from scary risks.   Halloween is creeping up fast and many consumers may not realize how frightening this scary night could be for their personal safety, their property or their bank accounts. Trusted Choice® independent insurance agents can help families and businesses better prepare for Halloween hazards that may approach in disguise or under the cloak of dark.   To help individuals, families and businesses enjoy the spooky holiday and protect themselves against scary Halloween risks, Trusted Choice®, the consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers, offers the following safety tips:

  • Hear and Be Heard: Do not text or unnecessarily use a cell phone while walking. Make sure your hearing isn’t impaired with cumbersome costumes or earphones. Be alert to the sounds of moving vehicles, other groups of pedestrians or bicyclists, animals, and listen to all of your surroundings.
  • Don’t be a Scary Driver: Drive sober, slowly and even more carefully than usual on Halloween. Watch for children who may be running, not watching where they are going or wearing dark costumes.
  • Stay Accident-free: Remove or move lawn furniture, garden gnomes and decorations, or any other obstacles, to avoid accidents or damage. Ensure your home’s entry is in good condition, free of loose or broken pieces on stairwells, and its walkways are clear to avoid trick-or-treaters’ injuries on your property.
  • Prevent Fires: Prevent fire dangers by making sure pumpkins containing candles are placed at a distance where a costume cannot be ignited or a curious or clumsy guest may tip it over. Extinguish all candles before going to bed. Use battery operated lights if possible. A variety of Jack-O-Lantern lights are available at many stores that sell Halloween decor.
  • Costume Safety: Costumes can hide more than someone’s true identity and may cloak hazards. All disguises should be made from flame-resistant materials and shouldn’t contain sharp accessories or be too long. Avoid masks that may obscure vision and hypo-allergenic make-up if possible.
  • See and Be Seen: Encourage all trick-or-treaters and adult chaperones to each carry a flashlight and, if possible, wear light colors. Apply light-reflecting material to costumes for added safety.
  • Power in Numbers: When traveling on foot, walk in groups and cross only at corners and crosswalks—never between parked cars. Stay on well-lit streets.
  • Unwelcomed Guests: Vandals often use the chaos of Halloween night to strike. Scare them away from your property by keeping outdoor lights on.
  • Pet Safety: Keep pets indoors. Warn children to stay away from animals as they go door-to-door. Halloween night can be stressful, even to the friendliest creature including the neighborhood dogs and cats.
  • Candy Inspection: Cavities aren’t the only candy-related risks on Halloween. Inspect all trick-or-treat candy and other treats. Never eat unwrapped items. Collect candy only from people you know and trust and ask the local police department if it offers a candy x-ray and/or inspection service. Throw away any suspicious candy.
  • Allergy Awareness: Be aware of any allergens and, if you’re passing treats out, offer allergen-friendly treats if possible.
  • Carry an Umbrella: Make sure you’ve got homeowners (or tenant/renters’) insurance which can provide protection in the event of slips and falls, a burning pumpkin candle that sets a costume on fire, claims of tainted candy, etc. An umbrella policy may be the best option.
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Congratulations Ash and Robbie!

Ash Smith was awarded the Presidential Citation by the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia  in recognition and appreciation for his dedication and his untiring efforts as InsurPac Chairman.   Also, we congratulate Robbie Moore as the Young Agents Committee Chairman for Georgia.  We are proud to have such accomplished agents working at Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance!

Ash Conv 2015~Robbie-YAC 2015~


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