Smith Insurance Associates, Inc. is proud to announce that Meghan McSloy has obtained the CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) designation. 

The CISR designation is awarded by the Society of CISR, a not-for-profit organization and member of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, the nation’s premier provider of insurance and risk management education. 

The CISR Program, available to insurance professionals in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean, is distinguished from other programs of its kind by an annual continuing education requirement, which ensures that designees stay current on the important policy changes and trends within the industry.

Meghan is a graduate of Cabrini University and has been a tremendous asset to the Smith Insurance Commercial Lines team for several years.  She focuses on assisting our real estate clients with the placement and servicing of their insurance programs and risk management.

On Saturday 26, 2016, The Keith Thomas Perrymore Fund held its final charity auction.  Following the auction, Roger Perrymore (a former employee of Smith Insurance), provided the Smith Insurance family with an award for their continuous sponsorship for 14 years.

The Keith Thomas Perrymore Fund was created following the tragic death by suicide of Keith Perrymore in 2002 by the Perrymore family.  The KTP Fund seeks to financially assist local and national organizations dedicated to providing research, education and raising community awareness on a variety of issues, including suicide prevention.  The KTP Fund also provides a scholarship to one student/athlete each school year at Keith’s alma mater Archbishop Carroll High School.  More information about the organization can be found at http://www.ktpfund.org

On October 27, 2017, the Pennsylvania Apartment Association held their Annual Membership Meeting at the Marriot in Conshohocken, PA.  “Succession Planning” was a focus of the event. 

President-elect Miles Orth moderated a panel of industry leaders including: Bret Altman, Altman Management Company; Alan Lindy, Lindy Communities; Steve Smith Jr., Smith Insurance Associates; Gunti Weissenberger, The Westover Companies; and Mike Woodward, Woodward Properties.  The panelists shared their experiences with multi-generational challenges complicated by a family business.  

Smith Insurance Associates, Inc. is proud to announce that Jeanette Pironti has obtained the CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) designation. 

The CISR designation is awarded by the Society of CISR, a not-for-profit organization and member of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, the nation’s premier provider of insurance and risk management education. 

The CISR Program, available to insurance professionals in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean, is distinguished from other programs of its kind by an annual continuing education requirement, which ensures that designees stay current on the important policy changes and trends within the industry.

Jeanette also serves on the Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI) Annual Conference and Expo Committee and has been an integral part of the Smith Insurance Commercial Lines team for several years.  

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!  To celebrate with our families, our office will be closed on Monday, September 5th.

If you are an owner of a multi-family real estate or a property manager, maintenance is one of your top priorities.

Often an owner or manager is so focused on the main building, they tend to forget the parking lot.

To avoid costly claims, here are some safety tips:

Pavement - make sure pavement is free of potholes and cracks.  An imperfection in the lot or sidewalk can create a tripping hazard.  Also keeping the lot free of leaves and debris, will cut down the potential of falls.  Trees and shrubs should be cut back to avoid obstructing the drivers line of sight.

Getting In and Out - make sure clear signage directs people where to go with enter and exit signs.   Make sure they are well maintained and are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Gates and guard houses should be well lit.

Lighting - is important not just from a liability standpoint, but to help keep tenants safe and secure. 

Prospective tenants often mention parking lot lighting as a significant factor in their decision to live in your building.  Lights should turn on a dusk.  Replace burned-out lights as soon as possible.

Snow & ice - keeping the parking lot clear is vitally important.  If you contract your snow removal out, insist on obtaining a certificate of insurance from the contractor showing proof of adequate General Liability limits and Workers' Compensation coverage.  The name of the owner and the applicable entity should be listed as "additional insureds".  The contract for services should clearly state the contractor's duties before, during, and after a weather occurrence.  It should cover how often the contractor is to return to salt an area.

Parking garages - multi-family building owners and managers who have parking garages rather than surface lots are subject to additional liability.  Garages have more hidden places such as elevators and stairwells.  Additional security protections such as cameras and emergency call boxes should be installed.  A high-quality lighting becomes paramount in a parking garage.

Valet Service - There are additional insurance requirements and potential liability any time a human element is involved.  Check with your insurance broker for all required coverages.

Proper oversight of parking lots, garages, and walking areas, can greatly reduce claims.

Source:  Greg Howson for Property Casualty 360

Lisa Albert, our Commercial Account Manager here at Smith Insurance, has written a one-pager on the responsibilities of a homeowner who is part of an association as it relates to outdoor water and sewer service lines. Click here to read the entire release. Have any questions, give Lisa a call at 215.542.5959 X117 if you have specific questions or concerns.

Chris Smith from Smith Insurance was invited by the Pennsylvania Apartment Association (PAA) East to teach the Risk Management module for the CAM/CAS designation class on February 18th.  The CAM designation refers to a Certified Apartment Manager and the CAS designation refers to the Certified Apartment Supplier.  Both designations are offered by the National Apartment Association.  Click here for more information.

Chris Smith is currently serving as the Vice President of the Associates Council for PAA East and is one of only two vendors that hold positions on the Board of Directors for PAA East.

Brian Friel, a sales associate at Smith Insurance, has just been appointed as President of the Board of Directors of the Pennslyvania and Delaware Valley Chapter of Community Associations, but did you know a lot about him. Click here to read about Hail to the Chief.

Brian Friel, CIC, CIRMS, a partner with Smith Insurance Associates in Spring House, PA was elected President of the Board and will assume office on January 1 as the new President of the Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Chapter of Community Associations Institute.

Friel, along with other members of the chapter’s leadership, were elected by the chapter Board of Directors at the December 12 Board Meeting. Friel has been involved in community association insurance and risk management since 2000 and has been an active volunteer with CAI for many years.  

 “I look forward to working with the chapter leadership, board members, staff and dozens of chapter volunteers as we continue to bring information, resources and critical educational services to homeowners as well as community association managers. Our goal is to build better communities, and help residents of community associations to protect the value of their most important asset, their home,” Friel said.

CAI is a 33,000 member organization dedicated to building better communities. Working in partnership with 60 state and regional chapters—including the Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter—CAI provides information, education and resources to associations and the professionals who support them. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship, ideals reflected in communities that are preferred places to call home. CAI’s Pocono Mountains Regional Council hosts educational programs on issues affecting community associations in the Poconos. For more information, call 877-608-9777 or visit www.cai-padelval.org.

 
 

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