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                               EXPRESS
          “What You Don’t Know Can’t Help You!” … Eddie K. Emmett, Editor / Publisher




      INSURANCE EXPO 2011
                              “Every Day’s a Holiday!”
                                  August 25 – 27
                      Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA
                                                                                             Free Parking:
                                                                                      Gwinnett Convention Center
                                                                                   has acres of free parking with
                                                                                   quick accessibility from I-85.


       Are you on his list?                                                            Why Should You Attend?
                                           Did you know that every day is
                                                                                      It's 3 days of non-stop action
      Insurance Expo 2011                a holiday? That somewhere,
                                                                                   and education designed especially
                                         someone        is      celebrating
         August 25th – 27th              something? Well, so are we!               for the Independent Insurance
                                         Check out today’s celebration at:         Industry.
    Gwinnett Center / Duluth, GA
                                             http://www.timeanddate.com/ho            Get up to 15 hours Continuing
   Earn up to 15 hours Brand-                                                      Education! Each day features at
New CE designed exclusively              lidays/
                                                                                   least 3 hours Ethics CE!
for the Independent Insurance               Last year’s Insurance Expo
Agent / CSR                              broke all records for attendance.            Be our guest at United
•   Free Trade Fair on Thursday          This year’s lineup of events and              Auto’s Biggest FREE
    & Friday                             CE seminars promises to break                Insurance Party in Ga!
                                         that record.
•   Free Friday Night Party
•   $89.00 room rate at Hilton
    Garden Inn
Register online or call (770 495-
7600 and be sure to mention you
are part of Insurance Expo 2011.                                                   Free Open Bar, Free Food,
http://www.fyigeorgiaviews.com/IE
                                              FREE Trade Fair                          Music & Dancing
2011/Hotel.htm                                  Thursday & Friday                      Everyone is invited!
        Complete Info at
                                               2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                  Friday, August 26th at
    www.FYIGeorgiaViews.com                                                          Insurance Expo 2011 in
                                            Largest Insurance Industry
                                         Trade Fair in the South! IE2011 is
                                                                                         Gwinnett Center
                                         Bigger & Better than ever!
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   Thursday, August 25th
   9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
   “Independent’s Day E&O Jeopardy”
   3 hours P&C CE
                                                                     Friday, August 26th
                         Test your knowledge of all lines
                     of insurance, GA DOI, GA DMV &                  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
                     GA Laws in this fast-paced CE
                                                                     “Nightmare on River Street”
                     seminar based on the popular
                     “Jeopardy” game show. Sponsored                 3 hours Basic Flood Insurance CE
                     &     presented    by    Southern
                                                                     Insurance agents that sell property insurance have
                     Insurance Underwriters & SIUPrem
                                                                     nightmares of failing to offer flood insurance coverage to
                     Premium Finance
                                                                     all of their property insurance clients.
                                                                     Melanie Graham of H2O Partners will teach you that
                                                                     “Everyone lives in a Flood Zone” in this 3 hour
                                                                     mandatory Flood Insurance CE that we updated for
                                                                     2011.


Thursday, August 25th                                                Friday, August 26th
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Part 1)                                      12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Part 1)
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Part 2)                                       4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Part 2)
“Santa’s CSR Workshop”                                                                   “Mobilize the Moment”
3 hours Ethics CE                                                                        3 hours Ethics CE
Insurance House will show you                                                            Internet Marketing & Social Media
the ethical steps to take when                                                           enables independent agents to “find
you are creating a competitive                                                           the pot ‘o gold” but it must be done
advantage in your agency. This is                                                        ethically.
an inter - active, fun - filled
workshop that is guaranteed to                                                          Eddie K. Emmett shares all of the
improve the sales & service skills of all attendees …                                   free tips ‘n tools in what has been
from the agency owners to CSRs and all in between.                   described as “the best CE seminar I’ve ever attended!”

You’ll have a 2 hour break from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to             CE Sponsored by AccuAuto. You must attend both
tour the IE2011 Holiday Trade Fair and get your picture              Part 1 & Part 2 to earn any CE credit.
taken with Santa at Insurance House booth.
You must attend both Part 1 & Part 2 to earn any CE                  Saturday, August 27th
credit.
                                                                     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
                                                                     Virtual Insurance Agency Management
                                                                     3 hours P&C CE
                                                                     Eddie K. Emmett
  BTW … Agents & CSRs who represent Insurance                        will show you how
House may attend their 3 hour CE seminar for FREE!                   to set up a “remote”
   Get the special 100% discount code from your                      agency, supervise
favorite Insurance House Rep then use it when you                    their activities from
register online at http://ie11-agent.eventbrite.com                  anywhere at any time, create a paperless environment
                                                                     and set up a consistent client contact program.
                                                                     Your agency’s increased sales and service will be a
                                                                     cause to celebrate! CE Sponsored by AccuAuto.


               FYI EXPRESS                                  Page 2                                    August, 2011
 United Auto’s Biggest Insurance Party in Georgia!




           Free Open Bar, Free Food, Music & Dancing


            Everyone is invited!
    Friday, August 26th at Insurance Expo 2011 in Gwinnett Center

                Even competitors are welcome to attend!




 Insurance Expo celebrates 21 Years!
                    IE2011 CE / Party Combo Package

 3 hours Friday Ethics CE + Trade Fair + UAIC Party + 3 hours Saturday P&C CE

                                Only $21.00

Special registration at http://ie11-agent.eventbrite.com
 Make a night of it by reserving an $89.00 room at Hilton Garden Inn

 http://www.fyigeorgiaviews.com/IE2011/Hotel.htm
                    Insurance Expo 2011 Exhibitors & Sponsors



                             EXPRESS
      “What You Don’t Know Can’t Help You!” … Eddie K. Emmett, Editor / Publisher
                             www.fyigeorgiaviews.com




Insurance Expo 2011:
Exhibitors & Sponsors
                                    Agency Advantage
  A.D. Banker of Georgia                                       American Vehicle Insurance Co
                                 www.agencyadvantage.com
 https://atlanta.adbtc.net                                             (678) 559-4342




                                   Aggressive Insurance
Access Insurance Company        www.AggressiveUSA.com
 www.accessgeneral.com

                                                                 AskAnInsuranceAgent.com
                                                               www.AskAnInsuranceAgent.com


 Accu-Auto Systems, Inc.
                                  Alfa Insurance Company
    www.accuauto.net                 http://alfapolicy.com

                                                                     AssuranceAmerica
                                                                www.assuranceamerica.com




 Affinity Insurance Agency         American Specialty Agents     Assurant Specialty Property
   www.proliability.com                   Programs
                                                                  U.S. Insurance Services
                                     www.Go-to-ASAP.com
                                                                   www.us-insurance.com
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                       Insurance Expo 2011 Exhibitors & Sponsors


                                      Enterprise Rent-A-Car
                                         www.Enterprise.com
      Brightway Insurance                                          Georgia Insurance Agents Alliance
 www.BrightwayInsurance.com                                            www.georgia-agents.com


                                    Everest Security Insurance
                                            Company
                                      www.esicinsurance.com
Broadway Premium Funding Corp.
  www.broadwaypremium.com
                                                                            Georgia Mutual
                                                                             (678) 559-7987




 Capital Premium Financing, Inc.
    www.capitalpremium.net         Evolution Agency Management             GMAC Insurance
                                          www.My-Evo.com                 www.GMACAgency.com




   CCiComputer Services, Inc.
      www.CCiRater.com                                                    Griffin Transition
                                      First Insurance Network        www.theGriffinTransition.com
                                         www.finusa.com




 Cornerstone National Insurance                                  Independent Insurance Agents of GA
           Company
                                          GA 1752 Club                       www.iiag.org
          (678) 559-4342
                                      www.GA1752Club.com




      Dairyland Insurance
        www.sentry.com                                                     Infinity Insurance
                                     GAINSCO Auto Insurance           www.infinity-insurance.com
                                    www.Gainsco.com/Georgia
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                          Insurance Expo 2011 Exhibitors & Sponsors



     InServ General Agency                 Mile Auto Insurance         National Security Fire & Casualty
      www.InServGA.com                     www.MileAuto.com            www.nationalsecuritygroup.com




                                                                            Omni Insurance Group

                                     Money Service Businesses of GA         www.omni-insurance.com
          Insight Cards
                                           www.MSBGA.com
     www.InsightCards.com

                                                                         Private Asset Strategies, Inc.
                                                                       www.PrivateAssetStrategies.com




        Insurance House                                                     Progressive Insurance
   www.insurancehouse.com                  Nation Safe Drivers           www.progressiveagent.com
                                       www.nationsafedrivers.com




                                               Netspend
                                           www.Netspend.com            Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort
Insurance Professionals of Atlanta
                                                                             www.SeaPalms.com
        www.ipanaiw.org




                                         N-Surance Outlets, Inc.
 InsureMax Insurance Company            www.nsuranceoutlets.com
        www.insuremax.net

                                                                       SehMobile Agency Phone Apps
                                                                             www.SehMobile.com
        The Kotter Group
         www.kotter.net
                                                                           Simply Easier Payments
                                     National Insurance Underwriters
                                                                       www.simplyeasierpayments.com
                                              www.NIUW.com
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                        Insurance Expo 2011 Exhibitors & Sponsors



                                                                          InSite Support Services
                                                                          www.insitesupport.com
Southern Insurance Underwriters
       www.siuins.com
                                      Sponsors
                                                                             Insurance House
                                                                         www.insurancehouse.com

  SIUPrem Premium Finance             Accu-Auto Systems, Inc.
      www.siuprem.com                    www.accuauto.net

                                                                      InsureMax Insurance Company
                                                                             www.insuremax.net




                                  Advanced Insurance Systems, Inc.           Metro Group, LLC
Strickland General Agency, Inc.       www.financemaster.com              www.themetrogroup.us
       www.sgainga.com




                                        Aggressive Insurance             National Lloyds Insurance
United Auto Insurance Company                                                    Company
                                    www.AggressiveUSA.com
         www.uaig.net                                                       www.natlloyds.com




                                      Alfa Insurance Company              Progressive Insurance
                                         http://alfapolicy.com          www.progressiveagent.com

       Unitrin Specialty
   www.unitrinspecialty.com

                                        Dairyland Insurance
                                          www.sentry.com
                                                                      Southern Insurance Underwriters
                                                                             www.siuins.com

     Warranty Corporation
    http://onecalloffers.com
                                  Georgia Insurance Agents Alliance     SIUPrem Premium Finance
                                      www.georgia-agents.com                www.siuprem.com
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     QR Codes and Internet
     Marketing at IE2011
   One of the tips you’ll learn at Insurance Expo 2011 is
how to create a YouTube video for free and how to
convert the link into a free QR Code.
   Independent Insurance Agents of GA will be staffing
a booth at IE2011 Trade Fair. Be sure to stop by and
see what IIAG membership can do for your agency.
  I converted the link to their Membership Video into a
QR Code as an example of how effective this type of                    8 Ways to Maximize Your YouTube
marketing can be in your agency.
                                                                     Marketing Results
                                                                         Are you on YouTube? Are you getting the results
                                                                     you hoped for? In this article I’ll share 8 actionable tips
                                                                     to enhance your YouTube marketing. Why YouTube?
                                                                     The most recent statistics on online video and YouTube
                                                                     are mind-blowing: Nielsen reported that Americans
                                                                     streamed 15 billion videos in the most recently
                                                                     recorded month (May 2011). While [...] Read the rest
                                                                     of this article...
  Do you need a QR Code Reader for your                                http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/8-ways-to-
Smartphone?                                                          maximize-your-youtube-marketing-results/
   Go to www.2DGo.org and download a free one!

               FYI EXPRESS                                  Page 4                                   August, 2011
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       Georgia Basic Flood Insurance CE Seminar
                    Seminar conducted by the National Flood Insurance Program


   Insurance Expo 2011 on Friday, August 26th
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
This seminar addresses basic flood insurance issues as well as some more advanced components. At
the conclusion of this seminar, attendees with little or no prior NFIP experience will understand how to
build a flood insurance policy from the ground up. More experienced attendees will develop an even
better understanding of:

   •    A Standard Flood Insurance Policy's major coverage areas
   •    FEMA's elevation certificate
   •    Increased Cost of Compliance coverage
   •    Preferred Risk Policy
   •    Grandfather Rating Rules
   •    How the NFIP Works


CONTINUING EDUCATION
This seminar is approved for 3 hours of Georgia continuing education credit. They meet the minimum
flood insurance training requirements for the state and also qualify as 3 hours Ethics CE.


REGISTRATION INFORMATION
8:30 - 9:00am (Sign-in)
9:00am - noon (Seminar)

Cost for attendees is only $25 and includes 3 hours CE plus tour of Trade Fair.

Register at http://ie11-agent.eventbrite.com.

Feel free to contact NFIP Trainer Melanie Graham with any questions at melanie@h2opartnersusa.com
or 704.778.8245.




             FYI EXPRESS                             Page 5                                August, 2011
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                                                                                  GMAC Study Reveals 1 in 5 American Drivers
                                                                                Unfit for the Road
                                                                                   A national survey projected that 18 percent of
   6 Daily Habits for Facebook Marketing Success                                Americans with a current driver's license would be
                                                                                unable to pass a driver's…Read more
    Do you feel overwhelmed by Facebook? Wouldn’t it be nice
to know specific daily actions you can take to get real results                  http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2011/07/28/gmac-
on your Facebook page? You’ve come to the right place.                          study-reveals-1-in-5-american-drivers-unfit-f?t=claims
Facebook marketing, when done right, is an extremely
powerful tool. It can increase your leads, attract highly targeted
prospects and position you as [...] Read the rest of this article...
    http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/6-daily-habits-
for-facebook-marketing-success/                                                    Did You Know?
                                                                                August is . . . . National Catfish Month, National Golf 
   Georgia Annual License Renewals                                              Month, National Eye Exam Month, National Water 
     Georgia insurance license renewals for 2012 are now                        Quality Month, Romance Awareness Month, Peach 
available for online processing. All agent and agency                           Month, and Foot Health Month 
renewals are due November 1, 2011. Renewals                                      
received November 2, 2011 through December 31,                                  August 25th is “Kiss and Make Up Day” 
2011, will be accepted but must include a $15.00 late
filing fee.
                                                                                August 26th is “National Cherry Popsicle Day” 




                  FYI EXPRESS                                          Page 6                                    August, 2011
GeorGia aGeNts are talKiNG
about GaiNsco auto iNsuraNce

   “Most non-standard companies are not in the game for the
   long haul. but we as agency owners feel that GaiNsco will be
   here not only for the next year but for decades to come.”
                                                     – Shawn Reynolds, Esquire Insurance, Winder, GA




  “our GaiNsco rep                                        “GaiNsco has great prices and a
  makes us feel like we’re                                website that makes it very easy
  part of the team.”                                      to quote and sell.”
   – Lori Blalock, ABC Insurance, Dalton, GA                    – Yolanda Bargas, Liberty Tax Service, Cumming, GA




                                                                     are You driVeN?®
                                                                     JoiN tHe GaiNsco teaM

NoN-staNdard specialists           NoN-oWNer liabilitY
HiGHlY coMpetitiVe rates           iNstaNt sr-22’s
iNterNatioNal liceNses             oNliNe policY MaNaGeMeNt
ease of doiNG busiNess             biliNGual custoMer serVice
persoNalized claiMs                aGeNcY partNersHip proGraMs                           1.866. GaiNsco WWW.GaiNsco.coM
We want to tell you something you may not know about:




You might think that we want to tell you about a fraud ring that falsified accident reports, like the one
that GAINSCO's Special Investigation Unit (SIU) recently helped federal and state authorities
uncover.

However, we want to make you aware of another kind of fraud that is just as serious. Rate evasion
is insurance fraud that occurs when a written policy is misclassified in order to bind the policy at a
lower premium than what should have been charged. Examples of rate evasion are to knowingly:

    •   claim proof of prior insurance when none exists
    •   not disclose drivers or other household members
    •   falsify addresses
    •   withhold information about prior losses and violations

Why is rate evasion so serious? The costs of illegal rate evasion are passed to the
consumer. Companies must raise rates, and honest agents and customers must ultimately foot the
bill for dishonest ones. This is a good example of how "a few bad apples spoil the bunch."

GAINSCO is acutely aware of rate evasion, and we are serious about controlling it. So we are
constantly looking for ways to uncover these cases of fraud. GAINSCO has zero tolerance for any
intentional act by our agencies to write policies at incorrect, lower rates. We continue to refer
individuals involved to the Department of Financial Services who may take actions ranging from
administrative action to prosecution. We want to be sure you are aware of some specific situations
we monitor very closely:

    •   Non-complying proof-of-prior insurance
    •   Improperly rejecting Discovered At-Fault Accidents
    •   Improper use of garaging address
    •   Incorrect rating addresses
    •   Not listing all required drivers
NEW! You can report fraud to GAINSCO
GAINSCO has implemented a dedicated email address and phone extension so that suspicions of
fraudulent activity can be reported and investigated accordingly.


 Email: ReportFraudtoGainsco@gainsco.com

 Call: 1.866.GAINSCO (1.866.424.6726), Ext. 4989




Other options
The Georgia Insurance Information Service (GIIS) recommends contacting the following:

    •   The Georgia Department of Insurance at 404-656-2070
    •   The Department's Insurance Fraud Hotline 1-800-726-6070
    •   The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Call toll-free at 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-
        6422) or submit a form online at www.nicb.org.

More information can be found here.




As a valued GAINSCO agent, you can help us by being vigilant in obtaining complete and correct
information from customers, training your staff about the issue of insurance fraud, and talking about
this issue at industry meetings and conventions.




We invite everyone to visit our 
booth at Insurance Expo 2011 
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   QR Codes coming to cemeteries
http://blogs.ajc.com/news-to-me/2011/07/25/technology-
helping-cemeteries-spring-to-life/                                Progressive Drives Mobile Apps Forward
That reminds me … First Insurance Network’s booth                 Among many new mobile functionalities is the ability to
theme at IE2011 Trade Fair is “Halloween”!                        gain instant estimate of auto insurance costs by
                                                                  scanning new car’s VIN bar code with mobile phone
                                                                  cameras.
                                                                  http://www.insurancenetworking.com/vwc/insurance_tec
                                                                  hnology_Progressive_mobile_rates_VIN-28456-
                                                                  1.html?ET=insurancenetworking:e2007:59483a:&st=em
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  I stood there stupified. I am 56, not even 60 yet? A            "Leaving keys behind hardly makes a man elderly! It
mere child! Senior citizen?                                    could happen to anyone!"
                                                                                 Continued on page 12




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Apps 81 Web Browser 74 – Apps Win!                                  Which do You Think Your Customers Would Do?
                                                                   Fortunately, since everything done on the Internet or
                                                                on your phone is measured and analyzed, you don’t
   Apps Just Work                                               have to guess what most people are actually doing.
   If you had a choice of getting information by…                  What the average person in America is doing, given
    1. going to your desk                                       the choice, is using a phone app.
    2. opening a browser – assuming your computer is               According to a study by flurry.com, June 2011 is a
already turned on                                               very historic month. It is the first month the average
    3. typing  in  a  search  or  opening  your  list  of       American spent more time using mobile apps than they
                                                                spent using the Internet through a web browser.
bookmarks 
    4. clicking on a link to get to the website                    In June 2011 the average American will spend 81
    5. navigating the website to get what you wanted            minutes per day using mobile apps but only 74 minutes
                                                                per day using a web browser.
   Or,
                                                                    But Wait, as they say, There’s More
   1.    picking up your mobile phone – it’s always on 
                                                                   In a study done by Demandware.com, 62% of
   2.    tapping on an app icon to get what you want            consumers want the businesses they buy from to have a
   Which would you do?                                          mobile app.
                                                                                 Continued on page 16




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    Your Phone App is More Important than Your                    The point is everything about the change to using
                     Website                                  smart phones is happening a whole lot faster than
                                                              anyone predicts. Until you take the step yourself, I really
   Here is the most amazing thing about this to me.
                                                              don’t think there is any way you can understand. Once
   1. Only  1  out  of  3  Americans  currently  has  a       you use smart phones and apps, you probably will not
mobile device to use apps                                     be able to explain it in words either. But your actions will
                                                              certainly show you understand at a gut level. You will
   2. Almost  all  Americans  have  access  to  a  web 
                                                              never go back to preferring a desktop or laptop computer
browser                                                       for many, many things.
   3. Most businesses do not have an app for folks to 
                                                                  What Can You Do
use yet 
                                                                  I suggest you use the Golden Rule of Business…
   Imagine, if you will, how much more time folks will be
spending using apps than browsers as more Americans               Do unto others as they want to be done unto.
get smart phones and more businesses provide apps to
                                                                 Because, here’s the thing, if it can be done, it will be
their customers.
                                                              done. If you don’t do it, somebody else will.
   Are Your Customers Learning Faster Than You?
                                                                 Hint – get a phone app for your business. They are
  Probably they are. They probably already use their          very affordable. They are very effective and becoming
smart phone as their first choice device.                     more so every day.
   You need to keep up with where your customers are             Over 500,000 new smart phones are activated every
going.                                                        day. It is easy to see where this is going.
   We Are Living in a Post PC World                               Duke Williams is the founder of www.sehmobile.com,
                                                              the first and leading builder of smart phone apps for
   Last July, 2010 Forrester Research said Smart
                                                              insurance agents. Duke will be teaching insurance
Phones would out sell personal computers by 2014.
                                                              agents how to do business online at IE2011. You can
They missed by 4 years. In the 4th quarter of 2010 this
                                                              call SehMobile at 800-768-0907.
actually happened.

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   SehMobile Newsletter
   Promote Your App
  You can promote your phone app on your website,
mailings, business cards, printed material or in your
emails.

Promote through:

    •    QR (Quick Response) Code that allows app users
         to directly download your app
    •    A link to your app's Android Market page
    •    E-mailing your app as an attachment to any
         Android phone with at least 2.2 operating             You can also include the app as attachments to emails.
         system                                                Simply download the app from your SehMobile
                                                               dashboard onto your desktop and attach it to any
   We will provide a QR code for your app. Or you can          email. When an Android smart phone with a 2.2
create your own QR codes at many sites including these         operating system receives the email, the phone will
two favorites of ours.                                         automatically prompt the user to download and install
                                                               the app.
http://wwwqrstuff.com/
                                                               You should include the QR code and the Android Market
http://delivr.com/qr-code-generator                            link to your app in all of the emails from the agency so
                                                               your customers can get to your app directly from your
The QR code automatically opens your apps Android              emails. Create a signature that includes the QR code
Market page. Your customer then simply taps the                and Android Market link and it will automatically be
download button on that page.                                  added to each email.

The QR code can be printed on business cards, printed          You can find your app in the Android Market. Go to
documents or post cards, posted on your website, and           http://www.market.android.com and type the name of
included in emails. See the QR code below.                     the app you would like to download into search.


                 This particular code will load the
                 SehMobile phone app, which provides
                 contact information for customer
                 support as well as other features.

                  We will also provide a link to your app
in the Android Market. Once your app has been
published in the Android Market you will be able to link
to it in all your email correspondence with customers
and from your website.


          Contact SehMobile                                    Select the page for your app. This is the page your
                                                               customers will need to come to in order to download
          at 800-768-0907 or                                   your app.

         duke@sehhey.com                                       Copy the website address for this page and save this
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                                                               accessible to add to your website, email, or any other
              www.sehmobile.com                                communications you might want to include it in.
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                                                                   That subsection was amended such that it no longer
                                                               includes a prohibition on such surcharges. Additionally,
                                                               O.C.G.A. S 33-6-5 does not prohibit Persons from
                                                               passing on interchange fees to consumers paying for
                                                               insurance with a credit card. All such fees, however,
                                                               must be prominently disclosed to the consumer in
                                                               writing.
                                                                  Regulated persons are cautioned; however, that it is
                                                               a violation of the law, including specifically O.C.G.A. S
                                                               33-6-5, to charge consumers other fees unless those
                                                               fees are expressly allowed under the Insurance Code or
                                                               other applicable rules and regulations. Regulated
                                                               Persons are also reminded that it is an unfair trade
                                                               practice to charge more or less than the applicable
                                                               premium rate for an insurance policy.
                                                                  Finally, Regulated Persons are warned that a
                                                               consumer's right to use any other available payment
    Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner
                                                               method to avoid interchange fees cannot be abridged.
Ralph Hudgens issued the following Bulletin (11-EX-2) to
all regulated persons today, July 19, in reference to the          RALPH T. HUDGENS
use of credit cards to pay for insurance premiums:
                                                                   COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE
                    BULLETIN 11-EX-2
                                                                   SAFETY FIRE COMMISSIONER
         USE OF CREDIT CARDS TO PAY FOR
                                                                   INDUSTRIAL LOAN COMMISSIONER
             INSURANCE PREMIUMS
                                                                   COMPTROLLER GENERAL
    It has come to my attention that Bulletin 87-EX-l,
                                                                   SEVENTH FLOOR, WEST TOWER
previously issued by this Office as guidance for the use
of credit cards to pay insurance premiums, contains a              FLOYD BUILDING
legal reference which is no longer accurate. Specifically,
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interchange fees incurred in association with the use of a
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  Auto    Town    Insurance               Announces
Acquisition    of    Trustway              Insurance
Locations in Georgia
    Atlanta, GA - July 19, 2011 - Auto Town Insurance
(ATI) today announced that it closed on the acquisition
of the Trustway Insurance Agency locations in Georgia.
The acquisition adds locations throughout the state and           1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
that were formerly operated by the seller, Trustway
                                                                 Stop and think about it and decide on your answer
Insurance Agencies, LLC, a subsidiary of Assurance
                                                              before you scroll down.
America Corporation. Under terms of the agreement,
ATI will offer insurance under both the AutoTown and             The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in
Trustway brand names, but other terms of the                  the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests
transaction were not disclosed. With the addition of          whether you tend to do simple things in an overly
these new locations, ATI has expanded its Georgia             complicated way.
footprint making it the largest independent, non-standard
                                                                  2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
insurance agency in the state.
                                                                 Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the
   Commenting on the transaction ATI President Dustin
                                                              elephant, and close the refrigerator?
Walsey said: “This acquisition is a critical component in
ATI’s continuing expansion plans. The addition of the             Wrong Answer.
Trustway Insurance locations has opened up new
                                                                  Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the
markets for ATI Customers so ATI can provide a better
                                                              giraffe, put in the elephant, and close the door. This tests
value. Our goal is to continue to grow ATI by offering
                                                              your ability to think through the repercussions of your
more convenient locations so we can provide our
                                                              previous actions.
customers the most affordable insurance solutions and
create a great customer experience.”                              3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All
                                                              the animals attend.... except one. Which animal does not
    ATI Chairman, Emanuel Fialkow added:           “This
                                                              attend?
acquisition is the beginning of our growth and expansion
strategy. Over the next 18 to 24 months, we expect to             Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the
continue to grow throughout the Southeast by acquiring        refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your
more independent agencies and fulfill the needs of our        memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three
customers.”                                                   questions correctly, you still have one more chance to
                                                              show your true abilities.
   About Auto Town Insurance:
                                                                 4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by
   Auto Town Insurance is one of the largest
                                                              crocodiles, and
independent insurance agencies in the southeast.
Based in Norcross, Georgia, AutoTown has been                     You do not have a boat. How do you manage it?
protecting and insuring its customers since 1970. Auto
Town operates 45 retail stores in Georgia, Alabama and           Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim
                                                              across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles
South Carolina. Auto Town customers services clients
in person at its retail locations, over the phone at 404-     are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether
591-5020, or online at www.autotowninsurance.com.             you learn quickly from your mistakes.
Auto Town’s mission is to provide quality insurance              According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around
solutions at a fair price.                                    90% of the professionals they tested got all questions
                                                              wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct
                                                              answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively
                                                              proves the theory that most professionals do not have
                                                              the brains of a four-year-old.


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                                                                    * Brian Casey Paul Jackson and his then-fiancé (now
                                                                wife) were having financial problems and were behind on
                                                                mortgage payments. So the Portland, Ore. couple
                                                                ditched her car for an insurance payout. The unnamed
                                                                woman said she was too drunk in a bar to drive, so she
   Reports of Convictions From the Coalition Against            got a ride home. When she returned the next day, she
Insurance Fraud – http://www.InsuranceFraud.org.                said, her 2006 Subaru Legacy was gone. The claim was
    * Annette McDaniel was so work-injured that she             settled for $26,614. But Jackson stripped parts, burned
collected more than $17,000 from the Ohio state comp            the car, then sold the parts on the Internet. The spoiler
bureau. But the former Columbus woman worked for KC             went to a buyer in Bend and the leather seats were
Men's Clothing, AmeriCoat, Value City Department                FedExed to someone in Canada. But investigators
Stores and Addeco all the while. McDaniel was busted            tripped her up: She claimed she'd left the car locked,
thanks to a database cross-match of her name                    and had the only key. But there was no broken glass and
conducted with the Ohio Department of Job and Family            the car needed a special transponder key to operate.
Services. McDaniel got off with eight months suspended,         Jackson pleaded guilty in federal court and will be
but must repay more than $17,000.                               sentenced later.

    * A Florida woman who faked her husband's death by              * Prosecutors have shattered a Washington State
supposed food poisoning will see how she handles                auto-glass firm that bilked insurers out of more than $1.4
prison food. Rajmatee Kapadia lied that her hubby Vij           million by overbilling 4,840 times for high-priced glass
Misir died of bad oysters in the back seat of a taxi while      after installing cheaper aftermarket parts. Michael Alan
on a family vacation in Malaysia. Kapadia collected             Perkins owned Autoglass Express and Premier Auto
$1.99 million in life-insurance money after seeking $7          Glass, which were based in his Burien home. The scam
million. Misir remained in hiding for more than five years      lasted for years. Perkins billed insurers full price for
until he was busted after trying to renew his passport at       some windows he pulled from wrecking yards. He billed
the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Kapadia                 one insurer more than $1,000 for a Toyota windshield
received two years in prison in Sioux Fall, S.D. Misir          that cost only $92. A Lexus windshield that cost just $56
was handed three years in April.                                was billed at $1,167. Perkins was busted when an
                                                                outside claims administrator noticed a large number of
    * Owners of Majestic Auto Repair probably are               pricey Original Equipment Manufacturer windows. The
feeling less than majestic. The Baltimore body shop paid        firm notified State Farm, which then investigated.
more than 50 cops up to $1 million total to steer crashed       Perkins received nine months in jail yesterday.
cars to Majestic for inflated repairs. Police responding to
accidents or disabled vehicles are supposed to call a               * Refusing to pay up landed Sheila Burke three years
city-approved towing company or let owners make                 in the slammer. The Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
private arrangements. But the officers allegedly steered        longshore worker filed bogus workers comp injury claims
motorists to Majestic, which isn't a city-certified tow         for a collision involving her pickup truck and a tractor-
company. Majestic paid the cops $200-$300 per vehicle.          trailer. She received a year in prison in 2007 and was
The car owners were told they could skip the towing fee         ordered to pay $75,000 in restitution. But Burke refused
and avoid paying their insurance deductible if Majestic         to pay up, even though she was employed and owned a
repaired the vehicle. Some officers damaged the cars            $218,000 property in the area. So she was hauled back
more, creating up to $1 million in padded repair bills.         into court and handed three years in prison.
Brothers Hernan Alexis Moreno and Edwin Javier Mejia                * A slumlord tried to burn down his Oakland hotel for
pleaded guilty in federal court. Each faces up to 50 years      an insurance payday, not caring that 200 residents were
in prison when sentenced in November.                           inside and the rickety old building had no fire escape.
     * Defrocked superior court judge Michael Joyce has         Richard Earl Singer owned the rundown Menlo Hotel. He
lost his wife, home, career and freedom after being             recruited someone to set him up with an arsonist. But
convicted of stealing $440,000 in insurance money by            the recruit turned Singer in. Officials set up Singer with a
exaggerating an auto injury. Now serving nearly four            supposed arsonist who actually was a wired federal
years in prison, the Pennsylvania man faces another             informant. Singer wanted to trigger several false alarms
hard knock: possible loss of his $81,000-a-year pension.        to slow down fire fighters. He handed the informant more
The state retirement system ruled in 2009 that he could         than $1,500 to buy fire-starting material, and promised
keep his pension. But the state's Court of Judicial             another $63,500 within 48 hours after the fire started.
Discipline revealed a ruling Wednesday that formally            Singer pleaded guilty and faces up to 10 years in federal
removes Joyce from office and bars pensions for judges          prison when sentenced August 31.
in Joyce's situation. That's a virtual death knell for his
pension, news reports say, though the retirement system
still must review the decision.


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                    Georgia Premium Finance Association, Inc.
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                            555 Sun Valley Drive Suite P-3
                               Roswell, Georgia 30076
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                    NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

The Annual Meeting of the Georgia Premium Finance Association, Inc. will be
held at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 26, 2011, at Gwinnett Convention Center at
6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia.

   Complimentary online registration at http://gpfa11.eventbrite.com.

Full details regarding hotel accommodations and events before and after our meeting
may be found at the following link:

            http://www.fyigeorgiaviews.com/IE2011/Virtual_Links.htm

Our sincere thanks goes to Mr. Eddie Emmett, Editor and Publisher of the F.Y.I.
Express newsletter, for providing the venue for our meeting.

Before the meeting you may choose to attend the Trade Fair and/or Continuing
Education classes. Following the meeting, you may choose to attend a gathering
sponsored by United Auto Insurance Company.

Meeting Topics Include:
     Georgia Law: Uniform Electronic Transactions Act
     The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
     Rebating: Michigan’s SB24
     State required Certified Annual Financial Statements
     Convenience Fee
     Changes to your Finance Agreement
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                                When: October 20 - 22, 2011
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   GIAA has arranged a special room rate at Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort (http://www.seapalms.com)
   Online Room Registration Information at www.Georgia-Agents.com


                           GIAA Conference of Champions 2011 Agenda
                                                                    Friday, October 21st
   Thursday, October 20th
                                                                    Agency Owner Training Seminars
   Internet Marketing Seminar
                                                                    8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: 3 hours P&C CE
   1:00 p.m – 2:30 p.m. : (Part 1 of 3 hrs Ethics CE)
                                                                    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Luncheon & Trade Fair
   2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.         Free Trade Fair
                                                                    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: 3 hours Ethics CE
   4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: (Part 2 of 3 hrs Ethics CE)
                                                                    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Poolside Tiki Bar
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discoveries of Brunswick & The Golden Isles of Georgia.
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                                                                    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Luncheon
   GIAA Membership has its Advantages!
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   Much more information at www.Georgia-Agents.com
                             GIAA Membership has its advantages!
                    GIAA members who have paid their 2011 membership dues may attend at 50% discount off non-
                  members Registration Fees. Please check the one that applies to you.


                 ___ Non-GIAA /members pay $99.00 per person for 2 ½ days (up to 15 hours CE).
                 ___ GIAA members pay only $50.00 for 2 ½ days (up to 15 hours CE).
                 ___ Non-members pay $69.00 for 1 day (up to 6 hours CE).
                 ___ GIAA members pay only $35.00 for 1 day (up to 6 hours CE).


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   Please make check payable to Georgia Insurance Agents Alliance & mail with completed form to:
   Eddie K. Emmett, GIAA Membership Chairman, 200 Russell Court, Canton, GA 30114
   Questions? Contact me @ (770) 312-2342; FAX (770) 783-8226; or eddieemmett@windstream.net
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                         (Feel free to attach business card if it has all of the required information)
   Name: _________________________________________                Agency: ___________________________________


   Address: ________________________________________ (City) ______________________(St) ___ (Zip) ______


   E-mail: __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ _


   Phone: (______) __________________________________ Fax: (______) _________________________________
   The BEST BARGAIN will be $50.00 for GIAA members. That fee includes all activities for both days: CE seminars,
Trade Fairs, and Luncheons!
   Everybody can’t leave the office at the same time? Don’t want to close it completely down?
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   Please make check payable to GIAA & mail it with completed form(s) to:
   GIAA Conference 2011 c/o Eddie K. Emmett, 200 Russell Court, Canton, GA 30114
                                                                          Total check attached =         $ _______
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