A Perfect Day for a Golf Outing!

OAPSLO couldn’t have asked for a better day for the 2022 Golf Outing at Rattlesnake Ridge Golf Course. The weather was beautiful, the course known for its excellent greens and immaculate conditions, did not disappoint. Throw that on with awesome networking, and you couldn’t help but have a great time. This was a special treat to reengage with colleagues, and meet new friends and connections. No one left empty handed thanks to the generosity of everyone who brought raffle prizes.

We would not have been able to put on such a great event without the support of our sponsors. Great American Insurance Company, bronze sponsor provided lunch and dinner, and The Cincinnati Specialty Underwriters Insurance Company, our copper sponsor provided the cart beverages.

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The Future of Cyber Insurance:  Trends on the Horizon

OAPSLO Webinar – Dec. 16, 2021 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Approved for 1 hour of CE


IntroductionDrastic Changes in Cyber
Trends in CyberFederal Regulations and Oversight
Cost of CyberQ & A


Navigating the Hard Market – Designing Top Quality Submissions

OAPSLO in conjunction with OIA presented a webinar on Navigating the Hard Market – Designing Top Quality Submissions on Dec. 9, 2020. Seventy-one agents were educated on this topic!

OAPSLO Panelists Ken Kukral, Jason Stoermer, JB Civille, and Andy Hamilton were joined by Judy Sivy (OIA) to provide valuable information to OAPSLO and OIA members.  If you were unable to attend you can access the recording by clicking the link below.

Provided here is the recording, provided here is the presentation, and provided here are the poll results. We’ve also included this COVID-19 Questionnaire for your convenience.

In addition, OLAPSO has provided the articles Working With Insurance Specialty Markets – Guide to Top Quality Submissions and The Lost Art of Submission Narratives for your personal use.

Provided below you will find three takeaways from the webinar.

  1. Include a submission narrative to “tell the rest of the story” to the application. Make the narrative is clear, succinct and all encompassing.
  2. Put yourself in your underwriter’s shoes. If you were the underwriter what questions would you ask about the submission, and then include the information in your narrative submission.
  3. Have a relationship with your E/S partner. Be consistent in that relationship.  Find out what they specialize in and their turn around time. 

If you have any additional questions about today’s session or if there’s anything that we can help you with, please contact OAPSLO.

Products Recall Insurance Webinar Recap

If you missed the OAPSLO/OIA joint webinar on Products Recall Insurance: When the Things That Go Out Have to Come Back In, the recording is provided here, and the presentation is provided here.

If you would like learn more about products recall insurance, please fill out the Product Recall Indication Form and submit the completed form to Ken Kukral at kennethkukral@intlxs.com.​​​

Special Election Report: The Impact of Ohio Election Results on Independent Agents 

Nov. 9, 2022
Lauren Reid, Government Affairs Manager, Ohio Insurance Agents Association, Inc.

First, we want to say thank you for your generous and loyal support to OIAPAC. Your contributions showed direct success in candidate victories in Ohio at the Supreme Court, Legislature, and Statewide Offices. As you know, OIAPAC supports candidates with pro-business views that promote a strong economy and competitive insurance market. We know looking ahead into 2023 that many of the candidates elected yesterday will fulfill the values we hold dear and protect the independent agency system.  

2022 General Election Recap 

Yesterday’s election generated 51% voter turnout, with record breaking early voting with 1.55 million Ohioans requesting an absentee ballot or casting their ballot early in-person.  

Voter drop-off was at an all time low of 2% for Supreme Court Candidates from 16% in 2020. Raising the position of Supreme Court candidates on the ballot and distinguishing their party affiliation for the first time seemed to have played a critical role in this election.  

Republicans Sweep Supreme Court Races 

Republican Justice Sharon Kennedy will be the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Kennedy defeated Justice Jennifer Brunner by a margin of 56.3% – 43.7%. Brunner will remain on the court going into 2023 and Governor DeWine will appoint a replacement to Kennedy’s seat once she transitions to the Chief Justice in the new year.  

Justices Pat DeWine and Pat Fischer were also re-elected for another term, defeating Marilyn Zayas and Terri Jamison by margins of 56.5% – 43.5% and 57.2% – 42.9%. 

Another 4 Years for Governor Mike DeWine and other Statewide Officials 

Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted were reelected by a 25.4% margin over Nan Whaley and Cheryl Stephens. In addition, incumbent Republicans swept all statewide executive offices.  

Attorney General: Dave Yost (R) defeated Jeff Crossman (D) 60.4% – 39.6% 
Auditor of State: Keith Faber (R) defeated Taylor Sappington (D) 59% – 41% 
Secretary of State: Frank LaRose (R) defeated Chelsea Clark (D) and Terpsehore Tore Maras 59.5% – 39.4% – 1% 
Treasurer or State: Robert Sprague (R) defeated Scott Schertzer 58.8% – 41.2% 

Ohio General Assembly Furthers Supermajority 

The Ohio General Assembly will remain firmly controlled by Republicans. In the Ohio House, House Republicans have increased their supermajority by picking up four seats leading to a 68-31 majority heading into the 135th General Assembly in January. Although, that breakdown could slightly change as additional votes are counted as Ronald Beach IV (R) holds a 96-vote lead over incumbent Richard Brown (D). The race falls within the half-point margin that triggers and automatic recount under Ohio Law. 

In the Ohio Senate, Republicans look to have a 26-7 supermajority next year. The largest Republican majority since 1951.  

Independent insurance agents will be well-represented in the 135th Ohio General Assembly with the re-election of three OIA members: State Reps. Jason Stephens, Brian Lampton, and Jessica Miranda. We are proud that Reps. Stephens, Lampton, and Miranda are members of our association, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with them again next year. 

Vance Defeats Ryan; Democrats win Congressional District in Cincinnati 

Republican JD Vance will head to the U.S. Senate next year replacing retiring Senator Rob Portman. Vance’s victory comes from a well-fought campaign against Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan by a margin of 53.3% – 46.7%. 

Next year, Ohio’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives will consist of 10 Republicans and 5 Democrats. Cincinnati City Councilman Greg Landsman (D) defeated longtime Congressman Steve Chabot (R) by a margin of 52.5%-47.5%. The other new faces in Congress includes State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D) who defeated Madison Gesiotto Gilbert (R) by a margin of 52.6% – 47.4%. As well as former President Trump aide Max Miller (R) who defeated opponent Matthew Diemer for the seat of retiring Congressman Anthony Gonzalez.  

Thank You OIAPAC Contributors 

Again, thank you OIPAC contributors! Your investment helps strengthen OIA’s advocacy efforts and get insurance friendly candidates to represent you, your business, and your clients in state and federal government.  

If you have any questions regarding the 2022 election results or want to learn more, please reach out.  

Kind regards,  

Lauren Reid
Direct: (614) 552-3040

Member Spotlight – Arlington/Roe

Founded in 1964, Arlington/Roe is a family-owned managing general agency and wholesale insurance broker. Our lines of business range from motorcycles to complex environmental risks and everything in between. We are proud of our associates’ insurance knowledge and the breadth of our E&S and standard insurance company markets. When producers consistently trust in our specialty underwriting and brokerage teams, our advantage becomes their success.

Our goal is to provide one-stop solutions for our independent producers’ local and nationwide insurance coverage needs. Note our aviation specialty is available to producers nationwide.

Contact Arlington/Roe today to learn more:

Kirsten Ritchie
Ohio Marketing Manager
Arlington/Roe & Company
(800) 878-9891, Ext. 8735

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Member Spotlight – McGowan Companies

The McGowan Companies has over 50 years of exceptional service in the insurance industry.  The McGowan Companies core insurance operations consist of McGowan Program Administrators (MPA), McGowan Excess & Casualty (MEC), McGowan, Donnelly & Oberheu, LLC (MDO), McGowan Governmental Underwriters (MGU), and McGowan Risk Specialists (MRS).

McGowan has become the industry leader for specialized insurance programs.  We offer full in-house authority to underwrite, rate, quote, bind and issue policies on behalf of National “A” Rated Carriers, processed with state-of-the-art technology, combined with the exceptional service only achievable by over 50 years of cultivation and growth.  The McGowan Companies have perfected the recipe for servicing your specialized insurance needs.

Contact McGowan today to learn more:

Michael Moncada, CPCU
Director of Placements & Strategic Partnerships 
The McGowan Companies
20595 Lorain Road
Fairview Park, OH 44126
(440) 333-6300, x 3670 
(216) 217-5519 mobile

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Member Spotlight – Argosy

Are You Addressing Environmental Liabilities with Your Clients??….

Argosy Risk Specialists, a wholesale broker specializing in environmental insurance, offers expert guidance in addressing environmental matters with insureds of all sizes, in all industry sectors.   Engaging Argosy in the process – as a seamless and collaborative part of your account team, a consultant or as an indirect advisor – allows you to feel confident in addressing this complicated subject, helping to keep your clients and drive new business

Argosy is led by Tanya Andolsen, a 26-year veteran and leading expert in the environmental insurance niche, with extensive experience at some of the most trusted organizations in the industry. 

“It’s important to me that agents and brokers value the guidance that Argosy Risk Specialists can offer as a trusted partner and resource when it comes to environmental risks,” said Andolsen. “Throughout my career, I’ve encountered too many companies that are uninsured or underinsured for potential environmental liabilities. In most cases it’s because of inadequate counseling or direction from their current agent or broker, merely because the account team lacks the expertise or knowledge on how to even begin addressing the subject with their insureds.”

Argosy works closely with retail brokers to make sure they are asking the right questions to uncover and address environmental exposures for their clients.  Since it’s not an area of coverage that most brokers encounter on a regular basis, Argosy’s goal is to fill the knowledge gap as a seamless part of the account team for agents and brokers that don’t have an internal environmental specialist.  In addition, Argosy offers a basic course on environmental risk and insurance (approved for 1 hr CE in Ohio) which has proved to be a valuable educational offering at brokers and agencies nationwide. 

Once an exposure has been identified, securing the best coverage at a competitive price can also be a challenge if you don’t have the expertise to know where to go.  Inadequate insurance programs can result in significant costs from environmental liabilities.  With over 40 environmental insurance carriers and thousands of non-standard coverage forms and endorsements, a thorough understanding of the marketplace is imperative.

If you haven’t addressed environmental liabilities with your clients or you’re not confident that their insurance program includes the right coverage, then it’s time to engage an expert. 

Contact Argosy today to learn more:

Tanya Andolsen
Argosy Risk Specialists
1300 East 9th Street, Suite 1650
Cleveland, OH 44114
216 408 7992 direct
440 458 2075 mobile

CA License #6005380

dba Argosy Insurance Solutions

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Please note: coverage cannot be placed, bound or altered without confirmation from an Argosy Risk Specialists representative. 

Products Recall Insurance: When The Things That Go Out Have To Come Back In

OAPSLO/OIA Joint Webinar – Nov. 30, 2022 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Richard S. Pitts will join OAPSLO and OIA on Wednesday, Nov. 30th for an informative webinar on Products Recall Insurance. One hour CE has been approved.

All product manufacturers – from those creating sophisticated medical devices to the manufacturer of the most common component parts – have a product recall risk. The costs of a product recall can call into question the very survival of a smaller organization. Is that recall risk insurable?  The answer is yes, it is, but not without some foresight, planning and premium dollars.  Insured manufacturers need to understand that, without significant endorsement, the standard commercial general liability policy (CGL), won’t respond to the costs of a recall.

Rick Pitts is vice president and general counsel for Arlington/Roe & Co., a leading Midwest managing general agent and wholesale insurance broker.  Rick also serves as general counsel to the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana, Inc. As counsel to the “Big I,” Rick speaks annually at the association’s Agency Compliance seminars and teaches various seminars on insurance and employment related matters. Pitts has also presented continuing education seminars to insurance professionals nationally.

You must register in advance to attend the webinar: Registration link for Products Recall Insurance webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the webinar. Please share this invitation with others in your organization who might benefit in attending.

Thank you to Arlington/Roe for their generous sponsorship of this program.

Membership Webinar – Flood

April 21, 2022 from 12 to 1 p.m.

1 hour of CE Approved

Thomas Becker, Director of Business Development, DUAL North America, Chicago, IL


National Flood Insurance Program Overview
Risk Rating 2.0 Update
Private Flood Markets